The Romulan War
In mid-July, Valerian picked up a distress call from the planet Draylax while patrolling the Coalition shipping lanes. As a follow up, Admiral William Gardner ordered Columbia to defend the planet with any means necessary. After serveral failed attempt to establish communication with the attackers, Columbia with the help of the NX-01, destroyed the Romulan contolled Klingon warships.
In the following days Valerian received another call for help. This time it came from near Alpha Centauri from a freighter convoy. The rescue attempt left Columbia with severe damages including to its communications system, so they were unable to report to Starfleet Command. (ENT novel: Kobayashi Maru)
After serveal days of hard work Valerian managed to restore the comm system and a Vulcan ship towed Columbia back to Earth. After repair have been completed, they were charged with establishing the new Vulcan warp detection grid around Coaltition star systems. Their first stop was at Jupiter Station to pick up essential materials for the mission. While there Valerian visited a local bar where she met with journalist Gannet Brooks who interviewed her.
Valerian was part of the landing party to that planet, Erigol, where they made first contact with the Caeliar race. After efforts by other members of the the team to use the Caeliar's technology to return the Columbia to its original time went badly wrong, the city of Axion was relocated in time to the year 1519. (ST - Destiny novel: Gods of Night)
After being informed that there was no way to return to her own time, Valerian slowly became mentally unstable, requiring constant care from Johanna Metzger. She lost the capacity for speech and did not interact with most of her mates, only the doctor herself, and then only to be led around. After Caeliar engineer Edrin constructed a holographic program of a warm, sunny beach, Valerian was escorted there every day, and she frolicked, often without clothing; however, she remained mute outside of the holochamber. After Metzger committed suicide in 1573, Valerian's condition worsened considerably. She sank into a catatonic comatose state, where she neither ate nor drank, and her body began to destroy itself, a condition her former crewmates allowed to ravage her body for three days. Wishing to find a way to heal her friend, former Earth Starfleet Captain Erika Hernandez allowed Inyx of the Caeliar to perform an experimental procedure on her, attempting to infuse her with catoms and link her with the Caeliar communal gestalt, hoping to use the group mind to draw her out. The procedure failed when Valerian's mind rejected the link with the gestalt, and she died on the operating table while Hernandez and Veronica Fletcher looked on. (ST - Destiny novel: Mere Mortals)
|United Earth (civilian registry)||SS Columbia||T. Haskins • Vina|
|United Earth Starfleet||Columbia (NX-02)||R. Akagi • D. Atlagic • Biggs • K. el-Rashad • V. Fletcher • K. Graylock • K. Gunnarsdóttir • E. Hernandez • R. Hexter • B. Mealia • J. Metzger • R. Oliveira • D. Pierce • S. Rivers • C. Siguenza • Strong • K. Thayer • C. Tucker • S. Valerian • C. Zeilfelder • MACO personnel: E. Crichlow • S. Foyle • N. Mazzetti • H. Mottaki • N. Otumbo • G. Pembleton • T. Steinhauer • V. Yacavino|
|Federation, Starfleet||USS Columbia (NCC-621)||V. DeSalle • C. Terrell|