Operation Vanguard has risked countless lives and sacrificed entire worlds to unlock the secrets of the Shedai, an extinct alien civilization whose technology can shape the future of the galaxy. Now, Starfleet's efforts have roused the vengeful Shedai from their aeons of slumber. As the Taurus Reach erupts with violence, hundreds of light-years away, on "The Planet of Galactic Peace," Ambassador Jetanien and his counterparts from the Klingon and Romulan empires struggle to avert war by any means necessary. But Jetanien discovers their mission may have been designed to fail all along… Meanwhile, living in exile on an Orion ship is the one man who can help Starfleet find an ancient weapon that can stop the Shedai: Vanguard's former commanding officer, Diego Reyes.
The end of the epic saga begins.


April 2270Edit

Timothy Pennington goes to visit Diego Reyes on Caldos II where he was silently sequestered after being removed from Vanguard. Pennington wants to know about the events surrounding the end of Project Vanguard. Though he knows the story will never be allowed to be published, Reyes begins telling him what he knows.

2268, VanguardEdit

Aboard the Omari Ekon, Pennington tries to find out from Reyes what happened to him between when his prison transport was destroyed and when he resurfaced aboard the Omari Ekon; he also wants to know why/how Reyes betrayed Starfleet by giving the Klingons information about Vanguard station. Reyes replies that he never betrayed Starfleet but that his relaying information about Starbase 47 was motivated by survival and to prevent the Klingons from hurting people during their raid. When Pennington leaves the Orion ship, he meets with T'Prynn who sent him to survey Reyes' situation and seek his cooperation.

Cervantes Quinn is back to being a brawling, drunken bar fly. When Pennington tries to reconnect with his friend, Quinn is confrontational and pushes him away.

Admiral Nogura and his senior staff wish to extract Reyes but Holly Moyer, the senior JAG officer, reminds them that such an operation would be illegal. Serrosel ch'Nayla and T'Prynn tell Nogura that Reyes has indicated his willingness to cooperate with Starfleet. Nogura approves using Reyes to find out where Ganz obtained the Mirdonyae Artifact he delivered to Vanguard.

Nogura arranges to have Doctor Ezekiel Fisher conduct a medical exam of Reyes during which the doctor injects him with a microscopic transceiver that allows Reyes to receive undetectable messages from T'Prynn. Reyes agrees to retrieve the Omari Ekon's navigational logs.

The crystalline polyhedron containing the captured Shedai Wanderer has been transferred to the USS Lovell where Ming Xiong is attempting to communicate with her. The Wanderer is aware of their efforts and senses the Shedai imprisoned in the other crystal but she is busy figuring out how to escape and doesn't desire to communicate.

Reyes and T'Prynn try to access the Omari Ekon's logs through an electronic poker game on the large gaming deck. Their efforts fail but they glean information on the computer's security system. Nogura approves a second attempt. Meanwhile, Starfleet sends in two operatives from Vanguard's security personnel to extract Reyes without informing Vanguard's senior staff, including Nogura, about the attempt. Reyes cooperates with the officers as they under orders to kill him if he does not. The officers are killed in the attempt and Reyes is caught by the Orions. Ganz fumes over the incident and decides to have Reyes killed against Neera's orders. T'Prynn becomes aware of this and has Reyes extract the navigational logs before Ganz can make his move. With transport inhibitors in place, the only was off the ship is through the station gangway.

Xiong tries again to contact the Wanderer who continues to ignore him. Once again she comes in contact with the other Shedai who tells her that he is the first Shedai, named the Progenitor. He tells the Wanderer to patiently wait for an opportunity to escape.

Reyes fights his way off the Omari Ekon. A fire fight erupts between the Orions and Starfleet on the gangway. Intelligence officer ch'Nayla is killed in the exchange; Pennington loses an arm protecting Reyes and T'Prynn. Reyes kills Ganz, shooting off his head.

The Omari-Ekon soon departs from Vanguard. Reyes is placed under house arrest until he can be debriefed. Pennington has his arm amputated; later T'Prynn mind melds with him to relieve his phantom pain.

Xiong and T'Prynn use the captured navigational logs to track down the origin of the Mirdonaye Artifact to the Eremar system which is the former seat of the T'kon Empire. Nogura plans to dispatch the USS Sagittarius to investigate the system in two weeks once it is done undergoing maintenance in the station docking bay.

The Nimbus III colony collapses amid riots and deaths, notably the Romulan senator D'Tran. Jetanian and Lugok agree to keep trying, even though it seems a lost cause.

As Xiong and the Lovell's crew attempt to contact the Wanderer again, she begins to use the energies of the communication signal to strengthen herself and weaken the crystal's energy field. She quickly breaks out and begins attacking the containment chamber. The crew evacuate the secondary hull. After the Wanderer pierces the hull, the Lovell severs its secondary hull. Moments later, the Wanderer destroys the secondary hull and immediately attacks the spherical primary hull. The Sagittarius comes to the Lovell's aid and the Wanderer flees the system, vowing to herself to return and destroy her enemies.

Quinn refuses to go on any more missions for Starfleet and T'Prynn.

Hostilities between the Klingons and Tholians in the Taurus Reach escalate as it becomes inevitable that the three powers in the sector will openly clash. Meanwhile Nogura is concerned about another Shedai attack on Vanguard.

Reyes invites Fisher to join him on Caldos II before being secreted to his forced exile.

April 2270Edit

Reyes asks Pennington what happened after he left and when Pennington left Vanguard. Pennington responds, "I was there until the end, mate. The bitter, bloody end."



Vanguard personnel and residentsEdit

AllieJon CooperEzekiel FisherJoe GianettiToby GreenfieldMary Jane HetzleinHaniff JacksonCarol MarcusHolly MoyerSerrosel ch'NaylaHeihachiro NoguraTim PenningtonCervantes QuinnT'PrynnMarshall WattsMing Xiong
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GintherNezreneTom Walker

Defiant personnelEdit

Thomas BlairJane HamiltonClarissa NynKamau MbuguaRavishankar SabapathyTerry ShullT'LehrTrethishavu th'Vlene
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Lovell personnelEdit

Mahmud al-KhaledJeffrey AndersonKurt DavisJessica DiamondMoves-With-Burning-GraceBrian O'HalloranDaniel OkagawaFolanir PzialAraev zh'RhunSasha Rodriguez
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Bernd PerpliesFrances Porter

Omari-Ekon personnelEdit

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Zett NilricTrianna

Nimbus III residentsEdit

D'tranJetanienKanjarLugok, son of BregSergio MorenoCarla SchiappacasseTara Varney
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Other charactersEdit

FestreneHazthreneJa'teshKraloqShedai ProgenitorDiego ReyesTozheneShedai Wanderer
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ApolloShedai ApostateSakud ArmnojLora BrummerOriana D'AmatoRana DesaiHallie GannonGodGarold HicksMike IlucciKeraAtish KhatamiJames T. KirkJames KomackKutalJabilo M'BengaShedai MakerBridget McLellanAdelard NassirPhindaAnna SandesjoSatanVrax


Alpha QuadrantBeta QuadrantCaldos II (Caldos colony) • Mirdonyae VNimbus III (Federation ConsulateParadise CityPublic Hall) • Taurus Reach/Gonmog SectorTraelus (Traelus II) • Vanguard (Stars LandingTom Walker'sVanguard HospitalVault)
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Argelius IIEremarErilonFontana MeadowGamma Tauri IVGre'thorHellJinoteur system (Jinoteur IV) • Klingon ConsulateLeraminMelkotian homeworldMirdonyae VQo'noSQualor IIRomulan ConsulateRomulusSector 9Sol system (Earth (Colorado RockiesFujiyamaGolden Gate BridgeNew ZealandNew Zealand Penal SettlementPacific OceanSan Francisco BayScotlandScottish HighlandsStarfleet Headquarters)) • Vintaak systemVulcan

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianChelonGallamiteHuman (DutchGreekScot) • KlingonOrionRigellianRomulanShedai (Serrataal) • TellariteTholianVulcan
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DeltanGornMelkotianNaloriShedai SentinelTkonZakdorn

Starships and vehiclesEdit

boatClass F shuttlecraftD7 classUSS Defiant (Constitution-class) • escape podUSS Lovell (Daedalus-class) • Omari-EkonUSS Sagittarius (Archer-class scout) • Sporak
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USS AkhielUSS BombayUSS Buenos AiresUSS EndeavourUSS EnterpriseUSS KongoUSS MalaccaUSS MasaoUSS NowlanTreana (Orion freighter) • Rocinante (Mancharan starhopper) • USS TheseusUSS ZanderIKS Zin'za

States and organizationsEdit

Federation Diplomatic CorpsFederation News ServiceImperial Senate of the Romulan Star EmpireJudge Advocate GeneralKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireKlingon HousesOrion SyndicateRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet IntelligenceTholian AssemblyUnited Federation of Planets
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Broht and ForesterByzantineFederation CouncilKlingon High CouncilStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet MedicalTai'ShanTkon Empire

Science and technologyEdit

access boomadrenalineairlockagricultureantigrav cartantimatterArcturian blood diseaseArcturan limb-specific necrosisarithmeticastrogatoratmosphereautomated survey probeautopsybaryonic arraybatterybiobedbiosynthesisbiosynthetic limbbombbulkheadburst transmitterchroniton gaugechronometercommunications arraycommunicationscommunicatorcomputercomputer terminalcortical stimulatordampening fielddatabasedata carddata slatedeflector arraydeflector shielddermal regeneratordilithiumdisruptordisruptor pistolDNAdrugduraniumenergyengineenvironmental suitfood slotforce fieldgaming consolegasgravitational anomalyharmonics resonance processorhyposprayimpulse generatorimpulse ventisolation chamberintercomjamming fieldJinoteur Patternlight bulbmagnetic keymattermedical scannermelatoninmenu cardminingMirdonyae Artifactmonitormuscle regeneratorneural neutralizerpacification fieldparticle beam generatorparticle beam weaponpergiumphaserphoton torpedoplanetpotassiumpower generatorprobeprojectile weaponpulsarrecord taperecorderrefrigeration unitrifleRigelian feverrodiniumryetalynscannerself-destructsensorsensor-scattering technologyspacestarstar chartstatus indicatorstellar cartographystun batonsubcutaneous transceiversubnetsubspacesubspace relaysupernovatachyon scannerTaurus Meta-Genometelepathyterraformingtransceivertranslator moduletranspondertransportertransporter inhibitortransporter platformtricorderturbolifttype-1 phaseruniversal translatorvaccinevideoviewscreenvitaminwarp corewarp drivewarp enginewarp nacelleweb generatorweather modification network

Ranks and titlesEdit

accountantadministratoradmiralambassadorarchaeology & anthropology officerassistantassistant chief medical officerattachébartenderbouncerbusiness managercadetcaptainchefchief engineerchief medical officerchief of securitychief petty officercommandercommanding officercommodorecommunications officerconstablecounselorcrewmandiplomatdockmasterdoctorengineerensignexecutive officerfarmerfirst officerflag officerfood vendorfreight haulerhelmsmanhorticultural specialistinstructorintelligence officerjournalistlawyerlieutenantlieutenant commanderlieutenant junior grademechanicmerchant princemusiciannavigatorofficerphysicianpilotpiratepoliticianPraetor of the Romulan Star Empirequartermasterrear admiralreporterscience officerscientistsecurity guardsecurity officersenatorserverskippersoldierspytechniciantraderwaitresswarrioryeoman

Other referencesEdit

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Related storiesEdit

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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Vanguard novels Next novel:
Storming Heaven
Previous story:
Ward: Almost Tomorrow, Dilmore: Hard News, together: Ill Winds
Stories by:
Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore
Next story:
Ward: That Which Divides, Dilmore/together: Point of Divergence

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