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Caught in the Void of Storms.

The Void of Storms was turbulent radiation field located on the outskirts of the Zentarian system in the galaxy's Alpha or Beta Quadrants.


The energy field formed maelstroms analogous to terrestrial whirlpools and hurricanes. The storms were generated by a field of pulse rays from the system's star, and though they appeared to be a natural phenomena, they were artificially produced.


In the 2250s or 2260s, the energy field was developed by technicians on the planet Zentar who intended to quarantine the asteroid Zettin, where an army of dangerous robots fled after a failed coup d'état. For additional protection, the guardship Zentar Watchdog Five was assigned to permanently patrol the outskirts of the region.

In 2267, the USS Enterprise became trapped in a maelstrom within the Void of Storms, but the guardship provided telemetry allowing the starship to navigate out of it before it sustained more than minimal damage. The Zentarian president deactivated the energy field so that the Enterprise would be able to leave the star system safely, but exiled criminal Zar stowed away and escaped after the starship traveled beyond the region of storms. Kirk volunteered to go after Zar, but the president warned that it may become necessary to reactive the energy field, which would destroy the Enterprise and maroon Kirk's strike force on Zettin. (TOS comic: "The Void of Storms")



planets and regions of the Zentarian system
Zentarian system primary star: Void of StormsZentarZettin Locator logo showing the galaxy's Alpha and Beta Quadrant.