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There's a bar called "The Captain's Table" where those who have commanded mighty vessels of every shape and era can meet, relax, and share a friendly drink or two with others of their calling. Sometimes a brawl may break out but it's all in the family, more or less. Just remember, the first round of drinks is always paid for with a story… even beyond the final frontier.
Captain James T. Kirk must join forces with Captain Hikaru Sulu, new commander of the USS Excelsior, to resolve a simmering political situation in a distant star system. For more than twenty years, the ancient enmity between Nykkus and Anjiri has resisted the best efforts of Federation diplomats. Now Kirk and Sulu have one last chance to end the bloodshed—before it erupts into a full-scale interstellar war!


Kirk takes Sulu to the Captain's Table, a bar for captains which they enter near Utopia Planitia. They each tell the story of an incident that occurred near the beginning of their respective tenures as captains. Shortly after Sulu was made bridge helmsman on the Enterprise following the death of Gary Mitchell, the ship came to the aid of a stricken craft and evacuated its crew, two related reptillian species called the Anjiri and the Nykkus, the former being the planners and the latter functioning as soldiers. They requested passage to an Orion outpost where they stole a yacht. The Enterprise followed them to their home in an asteroid field where Kirk and Uhura met the Anjiri matriarch, learning they scavenged ships in order to turn them into dwellings. The Anjiri promised to avoid Federation space in future.

Twenty years later, Sulu was taking command of the Excelsior at Deep Space 3 when it was attacked by Nykkus pirates attempting to steal stealth craft, FL-70 Falcons. They also took Chekov, Sulu's first officer, and other crewmembers hostage. Learning the Nykkus' main aim was to create an army of clones, Chekov offered to guide them to a Klingon research facility in return for the others being released, hoping the Klingons would destroy them. Instead, the Nykkus managed to set a trap, crippling the Excelsior and stealing the Falcons, as well as massacring the occupants of a Klingon colony ship.

The Enterprise arrived on the scene and set course for the Klingon research facility on Kreth while Sulu and Uhura headed for the Anjiri homeworld in a shuttle. En route, the Enterprise managed to retrieve Chekov, wracked with guilt after the incident brought to mind the disastrous end to his time as first officer of the Reliant. The Enterprise could do little to help the Klingons, but after an experimental weapon left all ships crippled, Kirk and Chekov managed to rescue a handful of survivors and help them defeat a Nykkus boarding party.

Sulu and Uhura learned that an accident in egg cultivation had produced intelligent male Nykkus, who had virtually wiped out the Anjiri trying to create more like them. The Federation and the Klingons agreed to return the Nykkus pirates to help repopulate their people, after the ringleaders were killed in combat with the females. Kirk returned Chekov to his old position on the Enterprise until he was ready to be first officer. Now he is and, after leaving the bar, Sulu meets with Chekov before they head back to the Excelsior together.

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Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • USS Enterprise-A (Constitution-class) • USS Excelsior (Excelsior-class) • FL-70 Falcon (Raptor-class) • GalileoJocelyn BellNevekkeRochester-classVreth-class
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USS FarragutKlingon bird-of-preyECS Kobayashi MaruM-class courierUSS ReliantSuga-classUSS Venture


Alpha GaudianusDeep Space 3KrethMarsPleck StationThe Captain's TableUtopia Planitia
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Races and cultures

AnjiriCaxtonianElasianGornHumanKlingonNykkus (RaaskVorsk) • OrionVulcan
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States and organizations

Corps of Astronomical EngineersMartian Parks ServiceStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet HeadquartersUnited Federation of Planets
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Johns Hopkins UniversityKlingon EmpireRoman EmpireStarfleet Medical AcademyVulcan Science Academy

Ranks and titles

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Other references

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Media featuring the USS Excelsior (NCC-2000) under Captain Hikaru Sulu
episodes/movies The Undiscovered CountryFlashback
novels The Undiscovered CountryThe Fearful SummonsThe Captain's DaughterThe Ashes of EdenStarfleet AcademyThe Captain's Table: War DragonsThe Lost Era: The SunderedExcelsior: Forged in FireFlashbackThe Lost Era: One Constant StarBurning Dreams
comics Tests of Courage (The Tabukan Syndrome)A Wolf in Cheap Clothing (1234) • Captain's Log: SuluThe Undiscovered CountryThe Veteran
Captain Sulu Adventures
games Shattered Universe
characters Hikaru SuluPavel ChekovJanice RandDevon GablerDmitri ValtaneLeonard James AkaarLojurTuvokAltos Viger
Star Trek: The Captain's Table stories
Novels War DragonsDujonian's HoardThe MistFire ShipOnce BurnedWhere Sea Meets Sky
Tales from the Captain's Table short stories "Improvisations on the Opal Sea: A Tale of Dubious Credibility" • "Darkness" • "Pain Management" • "LoDnI'pu' vavpu' je" • "The Officers' Club" • "Have Beagle, Will Travel: The Legend of Porthos" • "Iron and Sacrifice" • "Seduced" • "An Easy Fast"


Published Order
Previous novel:
Dark Victory
TOS novels Next novel:
Vulcan's Heart
Previous novel:
first in series
The Captain's Table
Next novel:
Dujonian's Hoard
Previous story:
Armageddon Sky
Stories by:
L.A. Graf
Next story:
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
The Fearful Summons
Pocket Books Timeline Next adventure:
Previous adventure:
The Fearful Summons
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
Previous story:
My Brother's Keeper: Enterprise
Voyages of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) (2264 to 2270)
Chapters 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 & 15
Next story:
Dark Traveler
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2293.
The Pocket Books Timeline and Memory Beta Chronology place events from this story in 2 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
My Brother's Keeper: Enterprise
Chapters 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13 & 15
Next adventure:
Summon the Thunder
Previous Pocket adventure:
Treaty's Law
(framing story)

Previous MB adventure:
Chapters 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 & 16
Next Pocket adventure:
Strange New Worlds III

Next MB adventure:
Klingon Academy

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