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The Poisoned Chalice is a 2013 novel from author James Swallow. It is the fourth of five novels making up Star Trek: The Fall miniseries which centers around the Federation and the Typhon Pact.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

The fourth novel in an electrifying The Next Generation/Deep Space Nine crossover event!
One simple act, and the troubles of the United Federation of Planets have grown darker overnight. The mystery behind the heinous terrorist attack that has rocked the Federation to its core grows ever deeper, and William Riker finds himself beset by rumors and half-truths as the U.S.S. Titan is ordered back to Earth on emergency orders from the admiralty. Soon, Riker finds himself drawn into a game of political intrigue, bearing witness to members of Starfleet being detained—including people he considered friends—pending an investigation at the highest levels. And while Riker tries to navigate the corridors of power, Titan’s tactical officer, Tuvok, is given a series of clandestine orders that lead him into a gray world of secrets, lies, and deniable operations. Who can be trusted when the law falls silent and justice becomes a quest for revenge? For the crew of the U.S.S. Titan, the search for answers will become a battle for every ideal the Federation stands for.

SummaryEdit

The Titan is recalled to Earth, where Akaar has Riker promoted to admiral. Eventually, he informs him that evidence that the True Way were behind the assassination of President Bacco is being deliberately ignored by Pro Tem President Ishan, who is instead stirring up ill feelings against the Typhon Pact and the Andorians. Riker has Vale temporarily placed in command of the USS Lionheart to investigate further.

Meanwhile, Tuvok is recruited as part of Active Four, a secret special ops team, which also includes Nog and Thomas Riker, led by Starfleet Intelligence operative Jan Kincade and acting under orders from Ishan's chief of staff Velk. They are supposed to be tracking down the Tzenkethi responsible for the assassination but quickly realise their targets are Cardassians. They manage to capture four True Way operatives but instead of taking them back to Earth they are ordered to take them to an Imperial Intelligence base staffed by Klingon mercenaries.

Vale is contacted by Sarina Douglas, who gives her the location where Bashir is being held. Troi enlists the help of the Andorians, who grant Bashir citizenship and make him an honorary member of the Andorian envoy's family, forcing his guards to release him into their custody. Despite an attempt to murder him en route by one of the Lionheart's crew, Seth Maslan, he is delivered safely to Andoria.

When it becomes clear that Kincade is torturing the prisoners to death, Tuvok, Nog and Tom attempt to get them off the planet and back to Federation space. The Cardassians are killed in a firefight with Kincade's mercenaries, shortly before a raid on the facility by the Titan and two Klingon birds of prey. In the confusion, Nog kills Kincade and the Titan manages to rescue Tuvok, Nog, Tom and the other Starfleet member of Active Four, Ixxen, but the Klingons destroy the facility and kill everyone else present to cover up their people's involvement.

The Titan returns to Earth where Riker learns Velk has been arrested after taking full responsibility for Active Four's operations, with Ishan evading being connected with it. Determined to prevent him gaining power, Riker and Troi decide to contact Picard and the Enterprise for help.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

USS Titan personnel
Pava Ek'Noor sh'AqabaaMordecai CrandallZurin DakalDennisarK'chak'!'opRanul KeruAili LavenaKaren McCreedyY'Lira ModanN'keytarMelora PazlarXin Ra-HavreiiBowan RadowskiSariel RagerShenti Yisec Ers ReeNatasha Miana Riker-TroiWilliam T. RikerSecondGen White-BlueHolor SetheTorvig Bu-Kar-NguvDeanna TroiTuvokChristine Vale
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MecatusAlyssa OgawaT'PelVenoss
USS Lionheart personnel
AtiaDarrah HaynBasoos KaderSeth MaslanRssuuAlex ThompsonChristine Vale
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AinsworthBriggs
Starfleet personnel
Leonard James AkaarJulian BashirChessmanEzri Dax (Dax) • Sarina DouglasJean-Luc PicardSistersonSsura
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Sam BowersLance CartwrightBeverly CrusherKathryn JanewayElizabeth LenseRobert LeytonMiles O'BrienTom ParisNerathyla sh'PashErik PressmanKatherine PulaskiRo LarenMontgomery ScottBenjamin SiskoHikaru SuluSimon TarsesIan Andrew TroiWorf
Active Four
AshurYal IxxenKhobJan KincadeOne-OneNogThomas RikerSahdeTuvokZero-Zero
True Way
Dero GohdonHeybisOnar ThrokVekt
Other characters
Ga'trkIshan AnjarKoirMartokRamasanar ch'NuillanSavaaroa sh'NuillanSholunTogrenunnamed KlingonsGalif jav Velk
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Nanietta BaccoBlessed ExchequerRichard DaystromAlexandre DumasEnkar SirsySolloven zh'FellethElim GarakRakena GaranGorkonEmerson HarrisKlagLeetaLemdockOdoQuarkRa-ghoratreiiRomSelaSelokShaniqJake SiskoNoonien SoongKellesar zh'TarashThirishar ch'ThaneTovakLwaxana TroiMark TwainUndercity Maintenance Module 116UzavehEnevek Vorat

Starships and vehiclesEdit

air-cabair tramal-Rashidcargo-lifterDuulet-class (cargo shuttle) • Kree-thaiUSS Lionheart (Nova-class) • Marsalis (Type-11 shuttlecraft) • ADS Mat-Rus (Atlira-class) • Patrol Six-Onesh'Rothressshuttle busSS Snipe (Type-8 freighter) • T'MaranUSS Titan (Luna-class) • transportunnamed Klingon starships (2x K-22 B'rel-class • 2x Qang-class) • Wanderer-class (blockade runner)
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arroyoUSS Aventine (Vesta-class) • USS Blakecargo bargeCetacean ProbeUSS ChallengercourierUSS Defiant (Defiant-class) • RIS DevorasUSS Enterprise-DUSS Enterprise-Eescape podUSS FalchionFerengi marauderUSS Ganymedegunrunner shipgunshipIGW Ilmarrivenmaglev tramMann-classSS ParhamPtolemy-classQardokUSS Rio Grande (runabout) • IGW Shantherin th'Claneshuttle busSpartacusIGW TuonetarUSS Warspite

LocationsEdit

Alpha CentauriAlpha QuadrantAndor systemAndoriaArchanis Sectorasteroid beltBeta QuadrantEarth (Alamo Square; Cetacean Institute; Golden Gate; La Sorrento, Nob Hill; San Francisco Bay; Starfleet Headquarters, San Francisco; Sausalito, CaliforniaAtlantic OceanBig Ben; Holland Park; House of Parliament; Hyde Park; Westminster Bridge, LondonEuropeGrimsdottir Rink, Tromsø, NorwayNew Zealand Penal SettlementNorth AmericaPacific OceanPalais de la Concorde, ParisRiver ThamesTromsøysunder Strait) • Epsilon IndiHromi ClusterIN-748Iota NadirJaros II (Jaros II Detention Barracks Complex) • Jarod systemLuna (New Berlin Memorial Park, New Berlin) • McKinley StationNydak IISector 001SolStarbase 1Zokod Barrens
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AlgolAndoria (Lor'Vela) Archanis IVAxanarBajorBajor systemBeta RigelBetazedBetreka NebulaBolarusCanis MajorCapellaCardassia Prime (North Torr) • Cestus IIICimarronDeep Space 9/Terok Nor (Promenade) • Deep Space 9 (II)Delta LeonisDenobulaDroplet • Earth (AlaskaArctic Cathedral, Norway • Broadway, New York CityEast AngliaKyotoMediterraneanMexicoTower of London, London) • EfrosElloraFarius PrimeFerenginarGamma QuadrantGum NebulaHelenaIzarJaros IIILahit homeworldLazon IILytasiaMagna RomaMarsNervala IVOrionPacificaQo'noSRisaRomulan Neutral ZoneSigma Draconis sectorStarbase 24Starbase 47Sto-Vo-KorTa'ithTellar PrimeTerra NovaTheta SigmaThe TriangleTrillius PrimeVela PulsarVulcan (Kir CityShir'Kar) • Wrigley's PlanetZakdornZeon

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianArcadianBajoranBenziteBetazoidBolianBynarCaitianCapellanCardassianChoblikCygnianDeltanDenobulanEdoanEfrosianElaysianElloranFerengiGrazeriteHuman (AmericanEnglishTerran) • KlingonLahitMagna RomanOrionPahkwa-thanhPak'shreeSeleneanSelkieSentrySulibanTellariteTerra NovanTrill (Trill symbiont) • Vok'shaVulcanXelatianZeon
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BorgBreenChalnothChangelingGornHorta • Human (AsianItalian) • Jem'HadarMiradornNausicaanProphetsRomulanShedaiTholianTzenkethi

States and organizationsEdit

Active TwoActive FourAndor FiveAndorian EmpireAndorian Imperial GuardEarth Space CentralFederation News ServiceFederation Security AgencyHouse ZhoImperial IntelligenceKhitomer AccordsKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilProtection Detailqa'StarfleetStarfleet CommandTrue WayUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited Press Interstellar
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Andor Ministry of CitizensBorg CollectiveBreen ConfederacyBreen Intelligence DirectorateCardassian AssemblyCardassian UnionDominionFederation CabinetFederation CouncilFederation Diplomatic CorpsFerengi AllianceFerengi Commerce AuthorityGreat HousesGorn HegemonyHoly Order of the KinshayaJudge Advocate GeneralKlingon Defense ForceMaquisParliament AndoriaPibroch City Police DepartmentRoman EmpireRomulan Star EmpireSection 31Sentry CoalitionSpetzkarStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet IntelligenceStarfleet SecurityStarfleet Security Operations CommandTal ShiarTholian AssemblyTyphon PactTzenkethi Coalition

Ranks and titlesEdit

adjutantadmiralAdmiral of the Fleetaideaide-de-campambassadorassassinassistantAttorney General of the United Federation of Planetsavant-garde sculptorbounty huntercaptainCastellan of the Cardassian UnionChancellor of the High Council of the Klingon Empirechiefchief engineerchief medical officerchief of staffchief petty officerclericcommanderCommander-in-Chief of the Federation Starfleetcommanding officercommunications officercorrespondentcouncillorcounselorcrewmancryptolinguistcyberneticistdeserterdiplomatdiplomatic officerdiverdock controllerdock workerdoctoremissaryempressengineerensignenvoyfigure skaterfile clerkfirst officerfleet admiralflight operations officergeneralhatchet manhelmsmanindependent contractorinquisitorinvestigatorjunior officerjunk hunterlawyerlieutenantlieutenant colonellieutenant commanderlieutenant (junior grade)Lustrate of the Cardassian Unionmaître d'master-at-armsmedicmercenarymidshipmanmilitary contractornoncomnumber oneofficeroperations specialistoperativeops specialistpeace officerpeacemakerpilotpirateplebepoliticianPresident of the United Federation of PlanetsPresident Pro-Tempore of the United Federation of PlanetsPresider of the Parliament Andoriapress secretaryprivateerqueenrear admiralreporterscience officerscientistsecond officersecurity chiefsecurity troopersenior diplomatic officersenior duty officersentrysite commandersmugglersociopathsoldiersoldier of fortunespecialistspystudentsubalternsubcommandersurgeontactical specialisttactical officerterroristwaitresswar hawkwardenwarrior

Science and technologyEdit

actinic lightningactivator padaerogelairlockalarmandroidanesthetic sound waveantennaanti-gravanti-tampering subroutineantigravity generatorantigravity motorantigravity trolleyartificial intelligenceartificial intelligence matrixasteroidatmosphereatmosphere processor packatmospheric distortionaudio scannerBashir's Miraclebatterybinary systembioluminescent lampbiometric sweepBrahma-Shivabreather maskcamouflagecentigradecharged plasma surgechemistrychronographchronometerClass Mcloaking deviceclockcombadgecometcommunication routercommunications routing softwarecommunicatorcomputercomputer corecortexcovariant field modulator podcybernetic implantdata consoledata coredata matrixdata-monocledatabasedatumdeflector shielddispersal fielddispersal field generatordisplacement effectDNAdronedroneframeearpieceecosystemelectro-shock pulseelectromagnetic scanelectroplasma tapemotion-deadening subroutineempathyenergy baffleenergy feedEPS conduitEPS tapentertainment modulefire extinguisherflare starfolded-spacefolded-space transport modulefood dispenserfood poisoningforcefieldforcefield emitterforcefield generatorfrequencyfrequency-monitoring devicefuselagegas giantgenetic engineeringgigaquadgravimetric sheargravitational anomalygravitygravity suitHaze Plagueheads-up displayhearthigh-density memory coreholocommholodeckholofieldhologramholographic cloakholographic emitterholographic emitter arrayholographic field generatorholographic interface generatorholographic lensholographic monocleholographic pixelholographic projectorholographic recordingholographic relayholographic shadowholoimageholomatrixholomessageholomoduleholoprogramholoscreenholotemplatehull bracehyposprayimpulse driveimpulse gridimpulse manifoldinertial compensatorinertial damperinfraredinhibitor fieldintercomintercoolerinterphase sicknessinverterion trailionic stormionic wakeisolated networkisolation suitisolinear chipisolinear rodjugular veinlight-yearmagnetic lockmanipulator waldomasking subroutinemathematicsmatter-antimatter streammicro-dimensional pocket domainmicroduotronic circuitmicrometeoritemind-siftermineral pollutantminingmonitornexus coreomni-directional eyeorbitore crusheroptical-aural comm deviceoversuitoxidizationozonepaddpara-dimensional zoneparsecperiscopephaser coolantpheromonephoton torpedo launcherphotonic probeplagueplasma chargeplasma streamplasma surgepollutionportable computer consolepower conduitpower generatorprecognitionprostheticprotoplasterpsionicpsychologypulsarquantum frequencyreader platereceiverrefining pitrestrictor subroutineretina scanrib cagerootrunning lightscattering fieldscopesecurity cameraself-deletionsensor podsensor wandsensor-glassessensory clustersentinel remoteserver hubshield emittershroudsimmslightsolar chargingsolar heatspatial anomalyspatial effectspeaker hornsubsonic registersubspacesubspace communications relaysubspace domain patternsubspace interferencesubspace message packetsubspace radio conduitsubspace sensorsubspace sensor rigtachyon pulsetelepathyterminatorterraformingthermal regulatorthrustertransport inhibitortransportertricorderviewscreenvocodervoice tracewarp bubblewarp corewarp drivewarp factorwarp lightwarp nacellewarp spacewarp speedweather-shieldwireless energy inductionwormhole
Materials and substances
adrenalinealcoholatombiomimetic substrate gelbloodcosmic background radiationdilithiumdrugduraniumgamma radiationgranitehyperpolymerhyronalinironleoporazinemarrowneutrinonillimitenitriumoxygenplatinumradiationRetnaxsandShedai meta-genomestokalinetachyontheragenthermoconcretethermocretetitaniumtobaccotransparent aluminumtritanium
Plants and animals
Aldebaran fernarthropodbanyanbipedbirdCarbon-based lifeformdesert beetledolphinfelineoidfishflowergoosehumanoidhumpback whalelawnleafmammalmarkahoakprimatesaurianoidseagullursinevineVulcanian
Weapons
ballistic gunbat'lethbeam spherebombcompression phaser rifled'k tahgdaggerdisruptordisruptor cannondisruptor pistoldisruptor rifleenergy pistolKlingon disruptormek'lethMinepalm phaserphaserphaser riflephaser turretphoton grenade launcherphoton torpedoportable automated disruptor turretportable photon cannonquantum torpedoshimmerknifeshock-rodsniper rifleswordthermal chargeTR-116ushaan-tor

Other referencesEdit

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Published Order
Previous novel:
A Ceremony of Losses
Star Trek: The Fall Next novel:
Peaceable Kingdoms
Previous story:
The Stuff of Dreams
Stories by:
James Swallow
Next story:
The Latter Fire

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Related storiesEdit

Star Trek: The Fall
Revelation and DustThe Crimson ShadowA Ceremony of LossesThe Poisoned ChalicePeaceable Kingdoms
Star Trek: Titan publications and stories
Novels Taking WingThe Red KingOrion's HoundsSword of DamoclesDestiny (Gods of NightMere MortalsLost Souls) • Over a Torrent SeaSynthesisSeize the FireFallen GodsThe Poisoned ChaliceAbsent EnemiesSight UnseenFortune of War
Short stories "Improvisations on the Opal Sea: A Tale of Dubious Credibility" • "Empathy"
Other Works "Star Trek: The Tour" (Short film)
Star Trek: Typhon Pact
Zero Sum GameSeize the FireRough Beasts of EmpirePaths of DisharmonyThe Struggle Within‎Plagues of NightRaise the DawnBrinkmanship
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