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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.

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"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.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

BenemCantuaDasixDelos (Tribune)Jonathan EastFelleFriendGarnHade-TahSansar HelekMacha HernandezHosaKastisKeretRanul KeruKono (Kelpien)Kort (Romulan)LarisLivnahMaianKaren McCreedyJoron MedakaMoritzNadeiPhosiaHanee PhosiaJean-Luc PicardQaylanRa'agRedeiWilliam T. RikerSabemShaeShelsaSpockTalovTarsinT'PirDeanna TroiThaddeus Troi-RikerVadrelChristine ValeVeyenHal WesterguardYasilZadeZhaban
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AnijVictor BordsonBroteBeverly CrusherDataAlidar JarokJames T. KirkGeordi La ForgeLoreMazoneMiles O'BrienScovilleShinzonKestra Troi-RikerWorf

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

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

Locations[edit | edit source]

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

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

AndroidAnticanBetazoidDeltanDenobulanEl-AurianGaridianHumanJaylah's speciesJazariKelpienRemanRomulanTaurhaiTrillVulcan
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AenarAndorianBajoranBa'kuBolianBorgCairnCardassianFounderJem'HadarKlingonLurianNausicaanNorkanianPakledTalarianTellariteTezwanVulcan

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

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

Science and classification[edit | edit source]

energylifeformmatterneural sequencingomega moleculeplasma stormred matterspacetechnologytimeuniverseweapon

Lifeforms[edit | edit source]

humanoid
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warrigul

Materials and substances[edit | edit source]

atmospherebloodgasmetal

Technology and weapons[edit | edit source]

combadgecommand chairEPS relayplasma boltstarship

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

captaincenturioncommandercommanding officercrewmandecurionensignFederation Starfleet ranks (2380s)judicatorlieutenantlieutenant commandermajorpraetorsublieutenanttribune

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

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Timeline[edit | edit source]

published order
Previous novel:
The Last Best Hope
Picard unnumbered novels Next novel:
to be announced
Previous novel:
Fear Itself
Novels by:
James Swallow
Next novel:
to be announced
chronological order


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