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Audrid Dax writes a letter to her daughter, Neema Cyl, explaining the circumstances of her father's death, and the discovery of the Parasites.



Jon ChinDaxAudrid DaxCylNeema CylJuarezMiltonChristopher PikeVodJayvin Vod
Referenced only
Deilas CylLela DaxTobin DaxGranBaret VodCalila VodDevinel VodKelin VodTimus Vod

Starships and vehicles

USS Tereshkova (Starfleet science vessel)


Caves of Mak'alaHaliiStarbase 11Trill

Races and cultures


States and organizations

Kem'alta InstituteStarfleetTrill Symbiosis CommissionUnited Federation of Planets

Other references

cometenvironmental suitgravity bootskelboniteplisagraphzhian'tara


Related stories

  • Trill and the parasites - A century after the events of this story the relationship between the Trill and the parasites is revealed in the DS9 relaunch. In Unity the parasites make another attempt to attack the Trill, and in "Trill: Unjoined" the races' shared history is explored.
Media featuring Christopher Pike
Episodes and movies The Original Series The CageThe Menagerie
Movies Star TrekkStar Trek Into Darknessk
Discovery Will You Take My Hand?BrotherNew EdenPoint of LightAn Obol for CharonSaints of ImperfectionThe Sound of ThunderLight and ShadowsIf Memory ServesProject DaedalusThe Red AngelPerpetual InfinityThrough the Valley of ShadowsSuch Sweet Sorrow
Short Treks Q&AThe Trouble with EdwardAsk Not
Novels Killing TimeaEnterprise: The First AdventureVulcan's GloryLegacyThe RiftWhere Sea Meets SkyBurning DreamsA Less Perfect UnionaThe Children of KingsChild of Two WorldsDesperate HoursThe Enterprise War
Short stories "Conflicting Natures" • "A Private Anecdote" • "Sins of the Mother" • "The Greater Good"m
Comics Early Voyages "Flesh of My Flesh" • "The Fires of Pharos" • "Our Dearest Blood" • "Nor Iron Bars a Cage" • Cloak and Dagger (12) • "The Flat, Gold Forever" • "Immortal Wounds" • "One of a Kind" • The Fallen (12) • "Futures, Part One" • "Future Tense" • "Futures" • "Now and Then" • "Thanatos" • "Nemesis"
Starfleet Academy "Return to the Forbidden Planet" • "A Prelude to War"
Crew "Shadows of the Past" • "The Ends of Eternity"
other "All Those Years Ago..." • "To Walk the Night" • "Door in the Cage" • Alien Spotlight Alien Spotlight, Volume I (VulcansOrions) • Mirror Imagesm (1245) • Spock: Reflections, Issue 2Star Trek Movie Adaptationk (23456) • Captain's Log: PikeAftermath (123)
k : Kelvin timelinem : Mirror Universea : alternate reality


  • The bulk of this story takes place on stardate 1229, or 2265, a year before Christopher Pike's debilitating accident. The framing story is fifteen years later, or 2280.


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Old Souls
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chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Pocket Next Adventure:
A Little More Action
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2280.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
Things Fall Apart
Section 2
Next Adventure:
Where No Man Has Gone Before