The USS Excelsior is here shown in the upper atmosphere of Stentor at sunset, near the transmitter tower

Stentor was a planet located outside Federation space, inhabited by the Stentorians.

History and specifics[edit | edit source]

In ages past, it suffered a devastating planetary war, and the survivors renounced violence. It was known for the Stentorian flute tree, a plant which produced a calming flute-like sound when the wind blew through its cones.

In 2291, the USS Excelsior, under the command of Hikaru Sulu, visited the planet to determine the source of subspace radio interference being broadcast across the region. Upon arriving, their communication systems were also overwhelmed.

A giant tower broadcasting subspace signals as a form of pirate radio was the source of the transmissions. A religious rebel was using it to criticize Stentorian society. Captain Sulu resolved the crisis by bringing about a change in his perspective, despite the Prime Directive, which proved controversial. (TOS audiobook: Cacophony)

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