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Summary[edit | edit source]

Station crew are rebuilding after the attack by the Shedai Wanderer as Desai tries to come to terms with Reyes being alive. She reasons that their relationship cannot resume since he is a convict who has collaborated with the enemy.

Having no one to share his joy of Reyes being alive with, Ezekiel Fisher shares this knowledge with a tree memorializing Hallie Gannon and the crew of the USS Bombay. A plaque beside the tree reads, "Our deaths are not ours, they are yours; they will mean what you make them" and lists the 224 crew manifest. Fisher's thoughts turn to the friends they've both lost over the years, and he starts to dwell on a mission while serving aboard the USS Dauntless nine years earlier.

Admiral Heihachiro Nogura sends Desai and Fisher to encourage colonists on Kadru to evacuate since Starfleet cannot defend it as well as to investigate the death of a friend and officer, Commander Aole Miller, who was sent there with the same assignment. Desai challenges that they are being sent away because of their closeness to Reyes, believing that Nogura is planning to extract him. Nogura sharply forgives the insubordination and dismisses the duo for their mission.

En route, Desai and Captain Khatami of the Endeavor get into a heated discussion over General Order 24 when Desai mentions that the colonists don’t trust Starfleet after ships (including the Endeavor) assaulted Gamma Tauri IV. Khatami is offended when Desai asks her how she would feel if Kirk had exercised General Order 24 on Deneva where Khatami’s family live. Desai is becoming uncomfortable with the moral conundrums Operation Vanguard has put her in.

When Desai and Fisher arrive at their assignment, they encounter apathy and aggression from the colonists who refuse to leave the planet because they find the Federation oppressive and don’t trust Starfleet but they are clearly hiding something. The two uncover that the colonists are being secretive and seclusive to protect a local creature whose blood has miraculous medicinal uses. They are afraid if knowledge of this creature becomes public it will be hunted to extinction. The Miller's death is discovered to have been accidental.

Desai finds herself more at odds with Nogura after helping the colonists draft legal documents allowing them to stay. Desai requests a transfer to Earth which Nogura gladly makes happen. Desai confesses to Fisher that her reason for leaving is that she loves Reyes but doesn’t want to watch his story unfold while being powerless to help him.

Aboard the Omari-Ekon, Reyes is angered when Ganz sends a servant girl with features similar to Desai’s to seduce him. He gazes through a window at the station hoping Desai is somewhere gazing back at him.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

Vanguard personnel and residents[edit | edit source]

Jon CooperRana DesaiEzekiel FisherHaniff JacksonHeihachiro Nogura
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Ahmed FarahaniIsaiah FarberTziporah GoldrosenAole Miller

USS Endeavour personnel[edit | edit source]

Atish KhatamiAnthony LeoneBersh glov MogKatherine Stano
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Mary-Anne RiceZhao Sheng

USS Dauntless personnel[edit | edit source]

Anya BrzezinskiHallie GannonJordanLloyd KendrickKunimitsu OkanoDiego ReyesTerence SadlerSheySoledad Valdez
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Rajiv Mehta

IKS Chech'Iw personnel[edit | edit source]

DravakGorkon, son of ToqMazhtog

New Anglese[edit | edit source]

Octavia DawesAnatoly DolnikovHelen SgourosYing Mei-Hua

Other characters[edit | edit source]

DuvadiKintazh, son of GorkonPhilippe LatourTelles Vindeilin
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Azetbur, daughter of GorkonGanzJetanienKarel, son of GorkonKavauKell, son of GorkonKenji KhatamiParveen KhatamiSturkaEmanuel Tagore

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

cargo sledIKS Chech'Iw (D7-class) • USS Dauntless (Pyotr Velikiy-class) • USS Endeavour (Constitution-class) • Guo Shoujing (Class F shuttlecraft) • Omari-Ekonskimmerworkbee
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USS ArtemisUSS Bombay (Miranda-class) • colony transportUSS EnterpriseUSS NolanIKS Qul qemwI'

Locations[edit | edit source]

Azha (Azha-R7a) • HD-24040Kadru (New Anglesey) • Vanguard (Watchtower-class) (Fontana MeadowManón'sQuartermaster's officeStars Landing) • Taurus Reach
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Cestus IIIDenevaGamma Tauri IV (New Boulder) • Ingraham BJanus VINew ParisOmicron Ceti IIIQo'noSStarbase 7Tarsus IVXarant

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

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States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Arkenite Resources AdministrationHouse of MakokJudge Advocate GeneralKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Federation CouncilFederation Science CouncilKlingon High CouncilStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandTholian Assembly

Science and technology[edit | edit source]

anemiaanestheticasteroidcommunicatorcopperdata carddata slatedeflector shielddefibrillatordisruptorDNAenvironmental-controlenvironmental suitfood slothyposprayironlaserlaser scalpellibrary computermedical tricorderpanaceaphoton torpedoplasmapower distribution nodestasis chamberstun pistolsubspaceTaurus meta-genometheragenthermoconcretetopalinetransportertricorderuniversal translatoruridiumwarp nacellezenithzinc

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

administratoradmiralambassadorcaptainChancellor of the High Council of the Klingon Empirechefchief engineerchief medical officercommandercouncilorcounselordeputy administratordoctorengineerensignfirst officergeneralgovernorKlingon Ambassador to the United Federation of Planetslawyerlieutenantlieutenant commandermerchant princequartermasterrear admiralscience officersecurity chiefstructural engineering specialistxenobiologistyeoman

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22072253archeryArkenzuAstronomical unitbasketballbIH vISamBlastoneuronbowling alleyBrunello RiservacaramelCaptain's log, USS Bombay (NCC-1926)clotted creamcoffeecoolantcucumberd'k tahgDarjeeling teadistress callDocking BayelephantEvacuation Protocol AlphafogGeneral Order 24Ha'DIbaHHerberticed tealemonadeManón'sMauk-to'VormedkitnagaiNeural parasiteOperation VanguardOperations centerpearracquetballsaladsalmonSaurian brandysconeSeventh Guaranteesexualitystrawberry jamtargtennis courttlhIngan Hol

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Related stories[edit | edit source]

Stories featuring Starbase Vanguard
Star Trek: Vanguard novels HarbingerSummon the ThunderReap the WhirlwindOpen SecretsPrecipiceWhat Judgments ComeStorming Heaven
Short stories and novellas Distant Early WarningThe Black FlagDeclassified (Almost TomorrowHard NewsThe Ruins of Noble MenThe Stars Look Down) • In Tempest's Wake

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