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.


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.



Leonard James AkaarPava Ek'Noor sh'AqabaaAshurAtiaJulian BashirChessmanMordecai CrandallZurin DakalDarrah HaynEzri DaxDennisarSarina DouglasGa'trkDero GohdonHeybisIshan AnjarYal IxxenBasoos KaderK'chak'!'opRanul KeruKhobJan KincadeKoirAili LavenaMartokSeth MaslanKaren McCreedyN'keytarNogRamasanar ch'NuillanSavaaroa sh'NuillanOne-OneMelora PazlarJean-Luc PicardBowan RadowskiSariel RagerXin Ra-HavreiiNatasha Miana Riker-TroiThomas RikerWilliam T. RikerRssuuSahdeSecondGen White-BlueHolor SetheSholunSistersonSsuraAlex ThompsonOnar ThrokTogrenTorvig Bu-Kar-NguvDeanna TroiTuvokChristine ValeVektGalif jav VelkY'Lira ModanZero-Zerounnamed Klingons
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AinsworthNanietta BaccoBriggsLance CartwrightBeverly CrusherEnkar SirsyElim GarakRakena GaranGorkonKathryn JanewayKlagLeetaLemdockElizabeth LenseRobert LeytonMecatusMiles O'BrienAlyssa OgawaTom ParisNerathyla sh'PashErik PressmanKatherine PulaskiQuarkRa-ghoratreiiRo LarenRomMontgomery ScottShaniqBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoHikaru SuluKellesar zh'TarashSimon TarsesTovakT'PelLwaxana TroiUndercity Maintenance Module 116VenossEnevek VoratWorf

Starships and vehiclesEdit

air-cabair tramal-RashidDuulet-class (cargo shuttle) • Kree-thaiUSS Lionheart (Nova-class) • Marsalis (Type-11 shuttlecraft) • ADS Mat-Rus (Atlira-class) • sh'RothressSS SnipeUSS Titan (Luna-class) • T'MaranWanderer-classunnamed Klingon starships (2x B'rel-class • 2x Qang-class)
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USS Aventine (Vesta-class) • USS BlakeUSS ChallengerUSS Defiant (Defiant-class) • RIS DevorasUSS Enterprise-DUSS Enterprise-EUSS FalchionUSS GanymedeMann-classSS ParhamPtolemy-classUSS Rio GranderunaboutQardokIGW Shantherin th'Claneshuttle busSpartacusUSS Warspite


Alpha QuadrantArchanis IVCaliforniaCetacean InstituteEarthGrimsdottir RinkHolland ParkHouses of ParliamentHyde ParkIota NadirIN-748Jaros IILa SorrentoLondonMcKinley StationNob HillNorwayNydak IIPalais de la ConcordeRiver ThamesSan FranciscoSan Francisco BaySausalitoSector 001SolStarbase 1Starfleet HeadquartersTromsøTromsøysunder StraitWestminster Bridge
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AlaskaAlgolAndorAndor systemArctic CathedralBajorBajor systemBeta QuadrantBetazedBetreka NebulaCanis MajorCardassia PrimeCestus IIICimarronDeep Space 9Deep Space 9 (II)DropletEast AngliaEfrosEpsilon IndiFarius PrimeFerenginarGum NebulaIzarJaros IIIKir CityKyotoLazon IILytasiaMarsMediterraneanMexicoNorth TorrOrionPacificaParisRisaSigma Draconis sectorStarbase 24Starbase 47Sto-Vo-KorTa'ithTellar PrimeTerra NovaTheta SigmaTower of LondonTrillius PrimeVela PulsarVulcanWrigley's PlanetZeon

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianArcadianBajoranBenziteBetazoidBolianBynarCaitianCapellanCardassianChoblikCygnianDeltanDenobulanDolphinEfrosianElaysianElloranFerengiGrazeriteHumanKlingonLahitMagna RomanOrionPak'shreeSelkieSentrySulibanTellariteTrillVok'shaVulcanXelatianZeon
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States and organizationsEdit

Active TwoActive FourAndor Ministry of CitizensAndorian Imperial GuardBreen Intelligence DirectorateCardassian UnionCivilian AssemblyEarth Space CentralFederation CouncilFederation Diplomatic CorpsFederation Security AgencyFerengi AllianceImperial IntelligenceJudge Advocate GeneralKhitomer AccordsKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilPibroch City Police DepartmentProtection DetailSentry CoalitionSpetzkarStarfleetStarfleet CommandStarfleet IntelligenceStarfleet Security Operations CommandTal ShiarTrue WayTyphon PactTzenkethi CoalitionUnited Federation of PlanetsUnited Press Interstellar
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Ferengi Commerce Authority

Science and technologyEdit

antigravity generatorartificial intelligencebiobedBrahma-Shivacombadgedata-monocledeflector shielddisruptor pistolDNAforce field generatorholodeckimpulse driveinverterisolinear chiplight-yearmeta-genomemind-sifterorbitpaddphaserphotonic probeplasma chargequantum torpedorunning lightsentinel remoteshimmerknifethermocretethrusterTR-116tricorderviewscreenwarp nacellewarp speed

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralaide-de-campcaptainCastellan of the Cardassian UnionChancellor of the High Council of the Klingon Empirechiefchief engineerchief petty officerchief of staffcommandercouncillorcounselordoctorempressensignfleet admiralgenerallieutenantlieutenant colonellieutenant commanderlieutenant, junior gradeLustrate of the Cardassian UnionmidshipmanPresident of the United Federation of PlanetsPresident Pro-Tempore of the United Federation of PlanetsPresider of the Parliament Andoriaqueenrear admiralscience officersecond officersecurity chiefsubalternwarden

Other referencesEdit

23rd century2360sAldebaran fernbat'lethBig BenBlack sitesBlessed ExchequerBorg Invasion of 2381brigcela teacometThe Count of Monte Cristodilithiumd'k tahgDominion WarFederation StandardfelinoidFerengi Rules of AcquisitionHaze Plaguehumpback whalekellalatinummek'lethOccupation of Bajorolive branchOubliettepokerpresidential unit citationraktajinoready roomRetnaxshore leaveThe Shot Heard Round the GalaxyStarfleet Journal of EngineeringStarfleet uniform (2370s-2380s)theragenthun-za-ketongotransporter roomtreni catushaan-torWinter Olympics

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Production historyEdit

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:



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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