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"The Mirror War, Issue 5" is a comic, the 5th issue of IDW Publishing's comic miniseries, The Mirror War.

Summary

Stardate 49725.3. It has been nearly two years since the Terran Empire conquered Faundori. And since then, a new fleet of Terran starships have taken flight. And among the first of that new fleet is the Nebula-class ISS Cronus, commanded by Data to reclaim Baggo Meer, once a Terran colony, now turned into a slave pit by the Klingons. Despite its power however, the Cronus is but one ship. If the colony is to be reclaimed, it must be done through cunning.

Data's plan is to enter a shell, normally meant for orbital bombardment, to quickly make his way to the surface. As Reginald Barclay takes command, the Cronus enters orbit, deploying the shell, making a fiery crash landing. Cutting his way through the Klingons, Data takes Gorofk, son of Maaq as his prisoner. In orbit, the Cronus holds off more Vor'cha-class vessels before six Nebula-class vessels warp in. Though Baggo Meer is once again a Terran colony, Data and Barclay can only wonder how the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance will respond.

On the IKS Negh'Var, a furious Worf is ready to retake the planet personally before his advisors manage to calm him. Conceding, Worf orders the fleet rallied.

On Faundori, Riker reports that the Klingons have not taken the bait and the massing of the Alliance fleet. Though Picard takes the news in stride, Elizabeth Shelby, a representative of Imperial High Command, is much less genial, questioning where Picard's long overdue fleet is, reminding him of his check in. On a screen, Alynna Nechayev, still speaking for the limp form of the Emperor of the Terran Empire, decides that Faundori is worth more resources than the Empire can spare. What few ships they have will be taken from Picard and given to a more capable commander. Furious, Picard rants that they just need a few more resources to conquer the final leg which gives the Inquisitor an idea. Having Gorofk brought to her, the Inquisitor reveals a misconception about Klingon psychology. Klingons do not fear dishonor. They fear appearing dishonorable to others. But, the Inquisitor, promises, no personal secrets will leave this room.

One agony booth session later and Gorofk has revealed the key shipping routes, Picard sending Riker and the ISS Enterprise-D to find them something. Prowling the space ways, the Enterprise finds the Girim, a Hideki-class carrying fruit and furniture. Unconvinced, Riker hails the ship and demands its store of dilithium. Though the Cardassians initially think themselves successful in bluffing the Terran, Riker orders a boarding party, he and Geordi La Forge finding a rich dilithium bounty.

On Faundori, Shelby attempts to convince Picard to prematurely deploy his fleet, but he refuses to launch anything but an unstoppable force. At that moment, Riker enters with a barrel of pure dilithium. He has dozens more, enough to raise up the fleet, and the knowledge of how to get even more.

All of which is observed by a curious Guinan.

References

Characters

Reginald BarclayWesley CrusherDataGorofk, son of MaaqGuinanGeordi La ForgeAlynna NechayevJean-Luc PicardReevesWilliam T. RikerElizabeth ShelbyDeanna TroiLian T'SuWorfunnamed Cardassians

Starships and vehicles

ISS Cronus (Nebula-class) • ISS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • Girim (Hideki-class) • Antares-classVor'cha-class

Races and cultures

AndroidBetazoidCardassianEl-AurianHumanKlingon
Referenced only
Faundoran

Locations

Baggo MeerFaundori
Referenced only
Terok Nor (mirror)

States and organizations

Klingon-Cardassian AllianceTerran Empire

Other references

agony boothCardassian dragonfruitdilithiumquantum torpedo

Appendices

Images

Connections

Stories featuring the mirror universe
Enterprise episode: "In a Mirror, Darkly" • prose: Age of the Empress • "Nobunaga"
Discovery episodes: "Into the Forest I Go" • "Despite Yourself" • "The Wolf Inside" • "Vaulting Ambition" • "What's Past Is Prologue" • "Terra Firma" • comics: Succession ("Issue 1" • "Issue 2" • "Issue 3" • "Issue 4")
The Original Series episode: "Mirror, Mirror" • comics: Hell's MirrorThe Mirror Universe Saga ("... Promises to Keep" • "Double Image" • "Deadly Reflection!" • "The Tantalus Trap!" • "Masquerade!" • "Behind Enemy Lines!" • "The Beginning of the End..." • "Homecoming...") • Fragile GlassMirror Images ("Issue 1" • "Issue 2" • "Issue 4" • "Issue 5") • "The Mirror, Crackedprose: SpectreDark VictoryPreserverThe Sorrows of Empire • "Ill Winds" • "The Greater Good" • video game: Shattered Universe
Kelvin timeline comics: Mirrored ("Part 1" • "Part 2") • "Parallel Lives, Part 2" • Live Evil ("Part 1" • "Part 2" • "Part 3")
The Next Generation comics: "Mirror Images, Issue 3" • Mirror Universe Collection (TNG - Mirror Broken comics: "Origin of Data", "Prelude", "Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Issue 3", "Issue 4", "Issue 5" • TNG - Through the Mirror comics: "Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Issue 3", "Issue 4", "Issue 5" TNG - Ripe for Plunder comics: "Chapter One", "Chapter Two", "Chapter Three", "Chapter Four", "Chapter Five" • TNG - Terra Incognita comics: "Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Issue 3", "Issue 4", "Issue 5", "Issue 6") • ST: The Mirror War: "Issue 0", "Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Data", "Issue 3", "Issue 4", "Geordi", "Issue 5", "Issue 6", "Issue 7" • prose: Dark MirrorThreeThe Worst of Both Worlds • "The Traitor" • "The Sacred Chalice" • "For Want of a Nail" • Rise Like Lions
Deep Space Nine episodes: "Crossover" • "Through the Looking Glass" • "Shattered Mirror" • "Resurrection" • "The Emperor's New Cloak" • comic: "Enemies & Allies" • prose: Dark PassionsWarpathSaturn's ChildrenFearful Symmetry • "A Terrible Beauty" • The Soul Key • "Freedom Angst" • Disavowed
Voyager prose: The Mirror-Scaled Serpent • "Bitter Fruit" • comic: "Mirrors & Smoke"
New Frontier comics: Turnaround ("Part I" • "Part II" • "Part III" • "Part IV" • "Part V") • prose: Cutting Ties • "Homecoming"
Klingon Empire prose: "Family Matters" Titan prose: "Empathy" Vanguard prose: "The Black Flag"
Miniseries and anthologies RPG sourcebook: Through a Glass, Darklycomics: The Mirror Universe SagaTurnaroundMirror Imagesprose: Mirror Universe TrilogyMirror Universe (Glass EmpiresObsidian AlliancesShards and Shadows)
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