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Introduction

Before she began her historic sojourn in the Delta Quadrant, Captain Kathryn Janeway led the U.S.S. Voyager into the Badlands in pursuit of a renegade Maquis vessel. There she encountered the same threatening and inexplicable phenomena that had previously endangered both Kirk and Picard. Now, detoured from her mission by an urgent Cardassian distress call, Janeway finally uncovers the origin of the hidden menace!

Synopsis

2371, stardate 48305.8 (immediately prior to "Caretaker")—

From their hidden base within the Terikof Belt, the Maquis plan a strike against the Montee Pass shipyards in the Oliv system. However, their fleet of eight ships is hit by a shockwave while leaving the Badlands, and only Chakotay's Selka remains fully operational. As the fleet returns home, Chakotay decides to detour and attack the Opek Nor station alone. Thanks to recently obtained intel, his crew is able to destabilize the station's integrity and it falls into the atmosphere of its orbited planet.

Seska periodically reports to Gul Evek, providing him with details of the planned raid. Evek allows the attack to proceed, setting a trap for the Maquis and ordering Seska to frame Starfleet spy Tuvok for the mission's failure. The trap redeploys the Cardassian fleet to Oliv, leaving Opek Nor vulnerable and ultimately spells disaster for both Seska's and Evek's careers. Seska tries to surreptitiously disable the Selka's engines during the attack, but fails, and the Maquis escape. The Selka is attacked by the Vetar, but flees and then is pulled into the Delta Quadrant.

With his career, status, crew loyalty, and marriage all torn away, Evek launches a single-minded campaign to bring the Maquis to justice. The Vetar is damaged in the plasma storms, then hit by tetryon radiation, but USS Voyager responds to her distress call, treating the irradiated crew and helping to repair the ship's systems. His disgrace complete, Evek commits suicide.

The crew, including ex-convict Tom Paris and young Harry Kim, begin to adapt to their new lives and crewmates aboard ship. Captain Janeway studies various reports of the anomalies and deduces a pattern that suggests the Romulan bird-of-prey's destruction in 2268 released its artificial quantum singularity (AQS) power core and that it has been orbiting the Badlands, causing the hazards and radiation. She sends her theory to Starfleet Command and delivers her passengers to a Cardassian ship before Voyager is lost and presumed destroyed.

References

Characters

BelakBistAaron CavitChakotayThe DoctorDukatAman EvekKathryn JanewayHarry KimTom ParisRollinsSeskaVeronica StadiB'Elanna TorresT'RalTuvok
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DataMichael EddingtonJames T. KirkMiles O'BrienJean-Luc PicardQuarkThomas RikerBenjamin SiskoJohn TorresMiral TorresKasidy YatesLewis Zimmerman

Starships and vehicles

Prakesh (Galor-class) • SelvaVetar (Galor-class) • USS Voyager (Intrepid-class)
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USS Defiant

Locations

BadlandsDeep Space 9Demilitarized ZoneKamiat NebulaOpek NorTerikof Belt
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Bajoran wormholeCaldik PrimeCardassiaDorvan VEarthGamma QuadrantJupiter StationKronosMontee PassMoriyaOlivStarbase 41

Races and cultures

BajoranBetazoidCardassianHumanVulcan
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Ferengi

States and organizations

Cardassian GuardCardassian UnionMaquisObsidian OrderStarfleetStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets
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Dominion

Science and technology

artificial quantum singularityEmergency Medical Hologramferroplasmaisolinear rodneutrinophoton torpedoplasma stormsensor shadowtetryon

Ranks and titles

captaindoctorlieutenant

Other references

distress callKohlanese stewLobi crystalmarriageshipyard

Related stories

Connections

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Pathways
Chapter 6, Section 13
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Caretaker
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