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The Dark Veil is the second original novel for the television series Picard, written by James Swallow, published in January 2021.


"As I utter the words now, we will conduct this tribunal in Federation Standard, in deference to Captain Riker's presence," continued Kastis, "and in the interests of openness with the United Federation of Planets".
The judicator said the word as if it was sour to her, ashen and alien on her tongue. She indicated the three shadowy forms around her. "Tribune Delos will observe for Major Helek. Tribune Nadei will observe for Commander Medaka and the Romulan Senate. And our… visiting advocate will observe for the Human captain".
Riker shielded his eyes, trying to peer past the light from the glow-globes to get a good look at the person assigned to him, but it was impossible to pick out anything. The shadow gave him nothing, no face, no hint of gender, only uncertainty.
He knew little of Romulan legal practices. Was Riker's silent watcher his lawyer, his judge? Executioner, even? He banished that last notion with a grimace.
Will Riker stood foursquare behind his every decision, even after everything that had happened over the last few days. What that would mean here and now in this place, he couldn't know. But there would be no obfuscation from him, no wordplay and clouding of the truth.
And once again, something came back to Riker, something Picard had said to him, years earlier on their very first mission together. If we're going to be damned, let's be damned for what we really are.



Titan personnel and residents

CantuaJonathan EastMacha HernandezRanul KeruKono (Kelpien)LivnahKaren McCreedyPhosiaHanee PhosiaRa'agWilliam T. RikerTalovT'PirDeanna TroiThaddeus Troi-RikerChristine ValeHal WesterguardZade
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Other characters

BenemDasixDelos (Tribune)DessehFelleFriendGarnHade-TahSansar HelekHosaHutorKastisKeretKort (Romulan)LarisLebreMaianJoron MedakaMoritzNadeiJean-Luc PicardQaylanRedeiSabemShaeShelsaSpockTarsinUmbranVadrelVeyenYasilZhaban
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AnijVictor BordsonBeverly CrusherDataAlidar JarokJames T. KirkGeordi La ForgeLoreMiles O'BrienShinzonKestra Troi-RikerWorf

Starships and vehicles

ArmstrongColtraneEllingtonHolidayUSS Titan (Luna-class reconnaissance science vessel) • IRW Othrys (Mogai-class) • D'deridex-classJazari generation ship
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USS EnterpriseUSS Enterprise-EUSS LionheartUSS PattonUSS Robinson


the galaxy's Beta Quadrant
Jazari star systemOchre DomeReclaim Zero Four
USS Titan
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Andromeda GalaxyAvenue of RightBeta StromgrenDenevaDevolinGalorndon CoreKi BaratanLembatta ClusterMarsPraxisRemusRomulan Neutral ZoneRomulusUtopia Planitia Fleet YardsVegaVulcan

Races and cultures

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AenarAndorianBajoranBa'kuBolianBorgCairnCardassianFounderJem'HadarKlingonLurianMakers (Andromedans)NausicaanNorkanianPakledTalarianTellariteTezwanVulcan

States and organizations

Borg CollectiveCardassian UnionDominionFederationJazari Governing SeptKlingon EmpireRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet AcademyTal ShiarTaurhai UnityZhat Vash

Science and classification

energylifeformmatterneural sequencingomega moleculeplasma stormred matterspacetechnologytimeuniverseweapon



Materials and substances


Technology and weapons

Andromedan synthetic.

androidcombadgecommand chairEPS relayplasma boltstarshipsynth

Ranks and titles

captaincenturionchief engineercommandercommanding officercrewmandecurionensignFederation Starfleet ranks (2380s)judicatorlieutenantlieutenant commandermajorpraetorsublieutenanttribuneuhlan

Other references

AdmonitionclothingCondition DaggerCondition ScytheEarth-Romulan WargovernmentimzadiinsigniaKeluLe Petit Princenation-stateraces and culturesrankrank insigniaryetalynscienceStarfleet uniform (2380s)Starfleet uniformtitletunicuniform


Related media




Star Trek: Picard (PIC) Series title image.
Series cover image.
episodes season 1 "Remembrance" • "Maps and Legends" • "The End is the Beginning" • "Absolute Candor" • "Stardust City Rag" • "The Impossible Box" • "Nepenthe" • "Broken Pieces" • "Et in Arcadia Ego"
season 2 "The Star Gazer" • "Penance" • "Assimilation" • "Watcher" • "Fly Me to the Moon" • "Two of One" • "Monsters" • "Mercy" • "Hide and Seek" • "Farewell"
(novels and stories)
The Last Best HopeThe Dark VeilRogue ElementsSecond Self
comics Picard: Countdown ("Issue 1" • "Issue 2" • "Issue 3") • Picard: Stargazer ("Issue 1" • "Issue 2")
audio originals No Man's Land


published order
Previous novel:
The Last Best Hope
Picard unnumbered novels Next novel:
Rogue Elements
Previous novel:
Fear Itself
Novels by:
James Swallow
Next novel:
The Ashes of Tomorrow
chronological order

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