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Prisoners of a powerful secret – FOR LIFE! — "The Final Truth" was a Star Trek: The Original Series comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1975. It was the 31st issue of their TOS series of comics, the 28th story illustrated by Alberto Giolitti and fourth of five written by John Warner.

Publisher's description[]

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The universelaboratory of life! Countless mysteries, keys to creation itself, lie suspended in solution against a backdrop of stars. And the races that inhabit these stars, human or alien, will always seek the answers to those mysteries... although some answers may only come at great cost!


Ship's log: stardate 20:1:7, First Officer Spock in command! Myself and a small contingent have beamed down on Quodar, preparing for ceremonies admitting the planet into the Federation! Besides forming a strong cornerstone against the Klingons, Quodar is rich in dilithium crystals and triolium-L, a dilithium preservative! Both are essential to the warp-drive systems of our starships! T'Oell, Quodarian Secretary of Affairs, will meet us! Always in the spotlight, he sharply contrasts the Queen, Arama, who chooses to be reclusive!

Meanwhile, Pavel Chekov piloted the Galileo, which was en route to Quodar from a Federation starbase with Admiral Tailen Kahn, Captain James T. Kirk, Nurse Christine Chapel and Security Officer Manning.

Captain's log: supplemental! Spock has been sent ahead with the Enterprise to Quodar! The Vulcans long ago established diplomatic exchange with Quodar and Spock already is familiar with their customs! We will arrive at Quodar ourselves within the stellar hour…."

The sudden appearance of a cosmic storm disrupted the shuttle's instruments and guidance system, and it was drawn into the magnetic field of a nearby planet. It crashed onto the surface, but softly — the planet was covered in a thick layer of spongy moss. The group set out towards a concentration of nearby lifeforms.

Ship's log: stardate 20:1:8. Captain Kirk and the shuttle have not appeared… worried, I have been in touch with Starfleet…!

Data showed that the shuttle crashed on Quodar's neighboring planet Tristas. T'Oell explained that while they once had a scientific exchange with the advanced culture on Tristas, one day contact was inexplicably severed with a warning that intruders would be imprisoned.

Ship's log: supplemental. Secretary T'Oell has proved reluctant to take pleas for a thru-channels rescue to his queen, but with much insistence has at last agreed.

T'Oell changed his mind, prompting Spock to sneak into the queen's quarters for a private audience. Arama turned out to be half-Vulcan: her father had been Vulcan's ambassador to Quodar. Although she could not officially send Spock to Tristas — potentially an act of war — she did not object when Spock stole a starscout, as it allowed him to act independently.

Captain's log: supplemental! As a result of a cosmic storm, our shuttlecraft has been stranded on Tristas! We have been made virtual slaves, enforced by punisher collars!

On Tristas, the Tristian Science Ministry captured the Starfleet officers, fitted them with shock collars and compelled them to pick moss. Nistra explained that they were serving "the life within", but would not elucidate, and when Kirk's group kept asking questions, robot guards segregated them. Although the Tristians seemed reverent, Kirk felt that whatever the Tristians were doing was not based on a theology. The next day, a frustrated Admiral Kahn quickly disposed of two robot sentries. They removed their collars, then Kahn searched for their shuttle, followed by Chekov and Manning, while Kirk and Chapel broke into the Ministry building and confronted Minister Tonar.

Tonor explained that Tristas' core was discovered to be hollow, like an egg, filled with a vast field of life energy. Contact with the energy field merged six scientists into a powerful group consciousness called The Presence. A portal called The Eye was built, which let The Presence project their minds outward through the galaxy, but also allowed Tristians access to the interior. The Science Ministry chose to isolate Tristas to keep their discoveries from being controlled or destroyed. Kirk offered Federation protection in exchange for sharing their knowledge with the rest of the galaxy.

While searching for the shuttle, Kahn felt compelled to open a metal door. It was the entrance to The Eye, and as he appeared to fall into it, it expanded his thought processes. The Presence hoped the brief exposure would not permanently harm him. Kahn was visibly shaken by the experience.

Spock arrived on Tristas, found Manning and Chekov looking for Kahn, and rejoined Kirk. Together, they all returned to Quodor for the ceremonies. Kahn mentioned to Kirk that he was considering a transfer to work with the Tristians.

Captain's log: Personal. Admiral Kahn admits his mind pushed into his subconscious most of what he saw when he stumbled into The Eye, but I observe he is indeed a changed person! Other than that, the universe seems frustratingly unchanged in view of making what could be humanity's greatest discovery! I don't know what Kahn saw in that "Eye" — but I envy him for having seen it!



AramaChristine ChapelPavel ChekovTailen KahnJames T. KirkManningLeonard McCoyNistraSpockThe PresenceT'OellTonarNyota Uhura

Starships and vehicles[]

Galileo (class F shuttlecraft) • spacecraftstarscout
Referenced only 
USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


QuodarTristas (Chantil)

Races and cultures[]

HumanQuodarianTailen Kahn's speciesTristianVulcan
Referenced only 

States and organizations[]

FederationStarfleetStarfleet CommandTristian Science Ministry

Science and technology[]

communicationscomputerdistress beaconguidance systemlaboratorymachinephaserpistolpower transformerrobotsensorstarshipThe Eyetransportertricorderwarp driveweapon

Ranks and titles[]

admiralambassadorcaptaindoctorFederation Starfleet ranks (2260s)first officerguardlieutenantministerqueenrankscholarscience lordscientistsecretary of affairsStarfleet ranks

Other references[]

assignment patchbeambeehivebirdbraincapitalcaptain's logcitycosmic stormcourt martialdaydilithiumdiplomacyegggalaxyglasshelmethumanoidinsectlanding partylifelife energylogicmagnetic fieldmetalmilemossparasiteparsectpersonal log, James T. Kirkplanetquartersrankship's logslaverystarbaseStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2265-2270)starshipstellar hoursuicidetheologytreetriolium-Ltrumpetuniversewarworship




Related Stories[]




Published Order
Previous comic:
#30: Death of a Star
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
#32: The Animal People
Previous story:
Ice Journey
Stories by:
John Warner
Next story:
The Empire Man
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Spore of the Devil
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Invasion of the City Builders

Production history[]

July 1975 
First published by Gold Key Comics
August 1976 
Printed in the omnibus The Enterprise Logs, Volume 4 (Golden Press)
June 2004 
Printed in the omnibus The Key Collection, Volume 4 (Checker Book Publishing Group)
September 2008 
Included on The Complete Comic Book Collection DVD (Graphic Imaging Technologies)
August 2014 
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Gold Key Archives, Volume 5 (IDW)
10 May 2018 
Remastered in hardcover in the omnibus Graphic Novel Collection #36 (Eaglemoss)


September 1976 
Portuguese: As "O segredo de Tristas" in Jornada Nas Estrelas #5 (2nd Series) (Abril)
German: As "Die Sklaven von Tristas" in Zack 1976 #18 (Koralle)
  • Dutch: As "De Uiteindelijke Waarheid" in Ruimteschip Enterprise Strip-album #1 (De Vrijbuiter)
  • German: Abridged as "Die letzte Wahrheit" in Raumschiff Enterprise Comic Album #1(Condor)
Italian: As "La Verità Finale" in the omnibus The Gold Key Collection, Volume 8 (Free Books)

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