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Part of the StarTrekNovelVerse, continuing the adventures of most of the original TNG characters and the ''Enterprise'' post-''Film/StarTrekNemesis''. Books presently include:

* ''Death In Winter'' (parts of which take place before the events of ''Nemesis'')
* ''Resistance'' (kicks off the "Borg War" storyline that continues through the next three novels and sets the stage for the CrisisCrossover ''StarTrekDestiny'')
* ''Q&A''
* ''The Sky's The Limit'' (short story collection)
* ''Before Dishonor''
* ''Greater Than The Sum''
* (The ''StarTrekDestiny'' trilogy slots in here)
* ''Losing The Peace''
* ''Paths of Disharmony'', the Next Generation entry in the ''Literature/StarTrekTyphonPact'' series.
** Note that Picard and crew also have a role in other ''Typhon Pact'' novels, such as ''Plagues of Night'' and ''Brinkmanship''.
* ''Indistinguishable From Magic''
* (The ''StarTrekColdEquations'' trilogy comes after this).
* The novella ''The Stuff of Dreams''.

See also, ''StarTrekATimeTo'', which is the series preceding this in the chronological adventures of the Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration crew.

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!!This series contains examples of:

* AbortedArc: The end of ''Resistance'' seemed to be setting up T'Lana as a romantic interest for Worf, then ''Before Dishonour'' happened. He ended up with Jasminder Choudhury, instead.
* AFatherToHisMen: Picard, as always. But now in particular to T'Ryssa, who [[{{Tearjerker}} acutely reminds him of one of his "children" from his experience as Kamin]].
* ArcWelding: ''Q & A'' retcons all but one appearance of Q into a decades-long GambitRoulette to prepare humanity for the SecretTestOfCharacter conducted by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Them]] except for the Sherwood Forest thing. That one was just for the hell of it. Or possibly for the FoeYay.
* ArchEnemy: The Borg Queen with Janeway, Picard, and Seven of Nine.
* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: The possible fate of Janeway after what seems to be her death; Lady Q is a bit vague about it. We know it has bottomless cups of black coffee so it can't be that bad, right? Eventually it's more or less confirmed when Janeway returns in ''The Eternal Tide'', a novel of the StarTrekVoyagerRelaunch]].
* TheAtoner: Picard, for the destruction he wrought as Locutus. While he has come to terms with it since ''First Contact'', it understandably still drives him.
** Worf, for how his actions (saving Jadzia's life instead of the Cardassian spy Lasaran's) helped drag out the Dominion War when the information Lasaran had could probably have stopped it. As a result, he feels he doesn't deserve to be in a position of such authority as second-in-command of the ''Enterprise'' when Picard offers him the post.
** Geordi in his attempts to protect Seven of Nine, due to his failure to save the female Borg Reannon (which is a ContinuityNod to the TNG novel ''Vendetta'').
* AwesomeButImpractical: It's pointed out in ''Greater Than the Sum'' that Borg Cubes are essentially this, hinting that there's more to the Collective than a simple desire for efficiency after all.
* BeingPersonalIsntProfessional: Zelik Leybenzon in ''Q&A'' is a DrillSergeantNasty to his men, and kind of a rude dick to Geordi while on-duty, but is perfectly friendly and sociable when everyone's hanging out in Ten Forward.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The race known only as ''Them'', who threaten to destroy the Universe because it's ''boring''. And they're only stopped when Picard ''laughs at the absurdity of it''.
* BreatherEpisode: ''Q&A''. And considering that it's about the end of the freaking Universe, that's really saying something about the other books, no?
* CallBack: Pretty much every Borg-related plot thread in the {{Canon}} (and a few from the non-canon, like ''Vendetta'') gets referenced, and many become key plot points.
* CallingTheOldManOut: T’Ryssa in ''Losing the Peace'', after her father finally makes contact, looking for information on her mother (specifically, if she survived the Borg invasion):
-->"Did you try to contact her after the Odyssey went boom? Did you try to find her any time during the entire Dominion War? No, this is about you. You had a near-death experience when the Borg hit Vulcan, and by some miracle, you lived. You managed to get rescued, fixed up, and flown to a hospital on the other side of the planet, where you got a lot of time to just lie there and think about how close you came to being just more sand piled on the Forge. Now you've got this big second chance, so now you want to reach out to all those you've hurt and make amends for all your wrongs".
* TheCameo: A string of them feature in ''Q&A'', as various characters in the StarTrekNovelVerse respond to the reality-warping taking place. Among them are Klag from ''StarTrekKlingonEmpire'', Shelby and Mueller from ''StarTrekNewFrontier'', Riker and his crew from ''StarTrekTitan'', and Donatra.
** Another ''New Frontier'' captain (actually ''[[TheCaptain The]]'' [[TheCaptain Captain]] of that franchise), Mac Calhoun, appears in ''Before Dishonor''.
* CloudCuckooLander: Lt. Stevens in ''Before Dishonor'', though it turns out [[spoiler: it was all an act, as he was actually Lady Q in disguise.]]
* CoolOldGuy: Montgomery Scott qualifies as of ''Indistinguishable from Magic''. He's a [[FatherToHisMen grandfather to his men]] in the Corps of Engineers, the Romulans know him simply as "The Miracle Worker", and the Klingon Empire is happy to loan him their top starship pilot because he asked nicely.
* TheDitz: [[GenkiGirl T'Ryssa]], or so it seems [[ObfuscatingStupidity at first]].
* EldritchAbomination: The entity that created the Noh Angels is the rare benevolent version.
* ElvesVsDwarves: T'Lana vs. Worf.
* EvilMatriarch: The Borg Queen, naturally. (And in ''Before Dishonor'', the Borg Queen is [[spoiler:Admiral Janeway]]!)
* FantasticRacism: T'Lana has a bit of this towards ''everybody who isn't Vulcan'', and Worf in particular.
* FictionalCurrency: The ''Ilec'' is a Karemma currency, evidently an alternative to the canonical ''Dirak''.
* {{Flanderization}}: ''Before Dishonor'' essentially flanderizes Worf, Seven of Nine, and Admiral Nechayev, presenting them in a surprisingly one-dimensional way, taking their various antisocial character traits (Worf's aggressive stoicism, Seven's cold precision, Nechayev's impatience and sharp tongue) and blowing them out of proportion. Or so some readers argue.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Borg Queen's threat to [[spoiler: Lady Q]] that the Borg are analyzing her during their conversation, and that with time they will eventually be able to assimilate and learn the skills of [[spoiler: the Q.]] This comes into play later in the climactic battle of ''Before Dishonor'', see AssPull and HopeSpot.
** T'Ryssa questions why a race as obsessed with efficiency as the Borg would design their ships in a perfect ''cube'' rather than a more energy efficient sphere, hinting that [[StarTrekDestiny there's something more to the Borg than the protagonists know about]].
* GenkiGirl: T'Ryssa Chen. She is fully aware of it and is doing it intentionally to be different from the Vulcans.
* HalfHumanHybrid: T'Ryssa Chen, half Vulcan.
* HappinessInSlavery: [[spoiler: Janeway]] experiences this briefly upon being assimilated, and the Borg Queen later tries to convince Seven of Nine that she will find this in the Collective. In fact, Geordi notes that Seven's willingness to meld with [[spoiler: the Doomsday Machine]] as its pilot may be as a result of her subconsciously being more comfortable as part of the collective than as an individual being.
* HappilyMarried: Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher, who [[StarTrekTitan spend much more time on speaking terms]] than the other major couple from the Next Generation.
* HeroicBSOD: Picard has one pretty much from ''Resistance'', all the way to the end of ''StarTrekDestiny''.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Sara Nave]] in ''Resistance'', narrowly avoided by Seven of Nine in ''Before Dishonor'' (but not by [[spoiler:Janeway]]).
* HiveMind: The Borg, of course...especially the ''new'' Borg that give Starfleet an intense new war after they've "evolved" into consuming rather than assimilating. And yes, [[PlutoIsExpendable Pluto]] was one of the new Borg's first snacks.
* HopeSpot: Just when [[spoiler: the Doomsday Machine]] is finally going to serve the Borg their ass on a silver platter once and for all, the Borg Queen teleports the Cube behind it (using the time/space warping skills she apparently gleaned from the Borg's analysis of [[spoiler: Lady Q]]) and begins to absorb it, too.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: Starfleet Command briefly thinks that [[spoiler: Janeway]] has somehow overcome the Borg Queen, recaptured control of her body and is attempting this with the Borg Cube when it veers off course toward the sun. They were wrong.
* JerkAss: T'Lana, Lt. Leybenzon, Lady Q (though not quite as much as her husband).
* KilledOffForReal: Most infamously [[spoiler: Kathryn Janeway]], though it's hinted that she may be able to [[BackFromTheDead return one day]] when, after [[spoiler: Lady Q]] tells her she can't go back, she mentions how [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock Spock]] [[UnexplainedRecovery got better]] after the Genesis incident. The exact situation regarding [[spoiler: Janeway's fate]] is revealed in ''The Eternal Tide'', a novel of the StarTrekVoyagerRelaunch, which also subtly retcons some of ''Before Dishonor's'' events by exploiting the fact that when Q talk about Q, it's never entirely clear whether they mean Q, Q or even Q...
** More recently, [[spoiler: Scotty]] has also been killed, or so it seems. They NeverFoundTheBody, so he might have made it...
* KlingonsLoveShakespeare: Thur chim Gliv, in ''Losing the Peace'', a Tellarite who enjoys classic human comedy.
* LampshadeHanging: In ''Indistinguishable From Magic'', a character asks what the "NCC" in starship registries stands for. The character being asked - who is a starship captain, mind you - says he has no idea. This is pretty much the author acknowledging the fact that the frequently asked question has never been officially answered.
* LivingShip: The defeated Borg cube from ''Resistance'' turns into one in ''Before Dishonor'', [[spoiler:making Janeway one of its first victims.]]
* TheMaidenNameDebate: In ''Greater Than The Sum'', we have this exchange between newlyweds Jean-Luc and Beverly:
-->'''Picard''': Good morning, Dr. Picard.\\
'''Crusher''': Good morning, Captain Crusher. Or would that be Howard?\\
'''Picard''': Either way, I'd be honored.
* MartialPacifist: Jasminder Choudhury, the security officer in the second half of the series. Also her chosen deputy, Rennan Konya (who first appeared as a member of the ''StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'').
* MathematiciansAnswer: Seven of Nine, several times in ''Before Dishonor''.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Lt. Kadohata says this almost verbatim in ''Before Dishonor'' after seizing control of the ''Enterprise'' from Picard (on Starfleet orders, however).
* NakedOnArrival: T'Ryssa. [[FetishFuel Then she asks if her old boyfriend lives nearby]]; Middle-Eastern appearance, name of Adam....
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: Scotty]] in ''Indistinguishable From Magic''. He's probably dead, but for all we know he managed to transport somewhere safe in the nick of time. The other characters are all convinced he's gone, but we'll have to wait and see if he ever shows up again...
* {{Nice Job Breaking It Hero}}: [[spoiler: Zelik Leybenzon's]] death scene during the Battle of Barolia, where he allows the Borg to assimilate Starfleet’s only major defence.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The Borg to the Starfleet armada in ''Before Dishonor''. It "made Wolf 359 look like a minor skirmish".
* {{Noodle Incident}}: In homage to the original Noodle Incident, T'Ryssa Chen has the Tubegrub Incident.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Governors of Alpha Centauri and Pacifica in ''Losing the Peace'', who at first don't grasp how desperate conditions are in the refugee camps, and spend most of their time causing further unrest and complicating the resettlement efforts.
* OurElvesAreBetter: T'Ryssa, who used to play in the forest pretending to be an elf. Less a case of this, though, and more a case of [[StrawVulcan Your Elves Suck]].
* PardonMyKlingon: The Tellarite curse word "krught" crops up again, having been established in ''StarTrekTheLostEra''.
* PlutoIsExpendable: Played devastatingly straight (although technically it's not destroyed, just absorbed; its matter is redistributed into the Borg Cube).
* ThePollyanna: True to their pleasant, hospitality-based culture, the Risians are desperately trying to remain optimistic. Risa itself was destroyed in ''StarTrekDestiny'', a casualty of the Borg Invasion. The refugees are attempting to retain the expected "sunny Risian" outlook. Whether it will work out for them remains to be seen. One of the biggest problems is that Risa's natives pride themselves on declaring "all that is ours is yours". Now the Risians have nothing, and instead of hospitably receiving guests they are dependent on others for aid.
* PungeonMaster: One of T'Ryssa's favorite pastimes.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher in "Death in Winter", and Geordi [=LaForge=] and Leah Brahms in "Indistinguishable From Magic", though there's a bit of a ContinuitySnarl with the latter in the [[StarTrekColdEquations ''Cold Equations'']] novels. Since the events of ''Indistinguishable From Magic'' are referenced in other books leading into ''Cold Equations'', this will likely be explained/resolved in the next series featuring the ''Enterprise'' crew, ''Star Trek: The Fall''.
* ResistanceIsFutile: Well, it's [[TropeNamer The Borg]], what'd you expect?
* TheRunaway: T'Ryssa ran away from home at age 7, after learning of the Vulcan ''kahs-wan'' survival rite that usually takes place at that time. She signed onto a freighter as ship's cook (the captain didn't particularly care that she was a young child) before being retrieved.
* SapientShip: It turns out that Borg Cubes are (to a degree) sentient, and that the Borg and their new Queen have become a part of the giant one thought deactivated at the end of ''Resistance''. Basically, the cube is a part of the collective too - in a sense, the Borg ''are'' the cube, not the drones.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: In ''Q and A'', the beings known only as Them perform these on the inhabitants of ''entire universes''.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: Sela pulls this on a Kevratan rebel, in ''Death in Winter''.
* SheepInWolfsClothing: In ''Resistance'', Picard attempts to infiltrate a Borg ship by partially reassimilating into the Collective as Locutus.
* ShoutOut: The author of ''Greater Than The Sum'' mentions in the acknowledgements that the "Noh Angels" were directly inspired by the creations of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki and Chiaki Konaka (most likely No-Face from ''SpiritedAway'').
* SingleBiomePlanet: Kevratas is an ice world.
* SmugSnake: Eborion in ''Death in Winter''. He overestimated his ability to play the Romulan nobility off of each other, and was betrayed by his own aunt. So much for his ambitions to be proconsul – Tomalak gets that position instead.
* StarfishAliens: The Noh Angel cluster entity in ''Greater Than the Sum''.
* StrawVulcan: T'Lana. There's a damn good reason Picard wants her the hell off the ''Enterprise'' at the end of ''Before Dishonour''. Even ''[[TheSpock Spock]]'' completely washes his hands of her after she fails to hear reason. She does acknowledge her own faults in ''Greater Than the Sum'', and herself admits she was completely out of line, as well as unprofessional in the extreme. [[spoiler: Sadly, possibility for redemption was lost when she died in ''StarTrekDestiny'']].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Amusingly averted with the character of Thur chim Gliv, in ''Losing the Peace''. WordOfGod has pretty much confirmed that the jovial Tellarite engineer Gliv is as deliberately ''different'' from established Tellarite engineer Mor glasch Tev (of ''StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'') as possible.
* TheStoic: [[StrawVulcan T'Lana]], and then ''completely subverted'' after she departs, with T'Ryssa Chen.
* {{Think Of The Children}}: The Governor of Pacifica in ''Losing the Peace''. He was concerned about refugees' effects on the Selkie breeding islands, but might possibly have been simply annoyed by the refugees. He insisted that the delicate environmental requirements of the Selkie young risked being disrupted by the settlers, and that in the name of the children steps should be taken to remove the outsiders. Most of the refugees had nowhere else to go, and really Pacifica should have been honoring its obligations to the wider Federation by accepting them. It was a complicated situation though - the governor might well have a valid point.
* TheyDo: Picard and Crusher, ''finally''.
* TitleDrop: In ''Losing the Peace'', when a character states her current fears about the rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of ''StarTrekDestiny''. She worries that the Federation might have won the war, only to risk losing the peace to their own complacency.
* TooDumbToLive: T'Lana, [[spoiler: literally.]]
* TricksterMentor: Q, of course. He's been training Captain Picard over the course of most of their previous encounters, preparing him for an appearance before Them, the creators of the universe. Picard will represent all of creation before Them, and Q needs to ensure he makes a good show of it.
** This actually punches ''Literature/{{IQ}}'' out of Relaunch continuity, since in that novel it was ''Q'' who made a plea before the creator of the Universe.
* UnderwaterCity: The Pacifica capital city of hi'Leyi'a, first mentioned in ''StarTrekTitan'', is visited in ''Losing the Peace''.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The Doomsday Machine from the Original Series;[[spoiler: turns out it's a prototype anti-Borg superweapon.]], though admittedly, this was already theorized in ''Vendetta'' years ago, complete with an appearance by [[spoiler: the completed, and ''highly pissed off'' and essentially ''sentient'' version, which has since flown into something approaching Warp 10, intending to go right for the Borg Homeworld and devour it.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Geordi to Picard during ''StarTrekDestiny'', in response to Picard's order to construct a [[Film/StarTrekNemesis Thalaron weapon]] with which to wipe out the Borg en-masse. Geordi outright refuses to do it, whatever the consequences to his career. In fact, a fair bit of the ''Enterprise'' plot in ''StarTrekDestiny'' involves Beverly calling this on Picard, too. Ezri finally gives him what for, as well.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Them, the creators of the universe (as well as several other realities), and the keepers of the meaning of life. Given that they exist outside the universe, it's not surprising they aren't described- no human could likely comprehend them.

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Part of the StarTrekNovelVerse, continuing the adventures of most of the original TNG characters and the ''Enterprise'' post-''Film/StarTrekNemesis''. Books presently include:

* ''Death In Winter'' (parts of which take place before the events of ''Nemesis'')
* ''Resistance'' (kicks off the "Borg War" storyline that continues through the next three novels and sets the stage for the CrisisCrossover ''StarTrekDestiny'')
* ''Q&A''
* ''The Sky's The Limit'' (short story collection)
* ''Before Dishonor''
* ''Greater Than The Sum''
* (The ''StarTrekDestiny'' trilogy slots in here)
* ''Losing The Peace''
* ''Paths of Disharmony'', the Next Generation entry in the ''Literature/StarTrekTyphonPact'' series.
** Note that Picard and crew also have a role in other ''Typhon Pact'' novels, such as ''Plagues of Night'' and ''Brinkmanship''.
* ''Indistinguishable From Magic''
* (The ''StarTrekColdEquations'' trilogy comes after this).
* The novella ''The Stuff of Dreams''.

See also, ''StarTrekATimeTo'', which is the series preceding this in the chronological adventures of the Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration crew.

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!!This series contains examples of:

* AbortedArc: The end of ''Resistance'' seemed to be setting up T'Lana as a romantic interest for Worf, then ''Before Dishonour'' happened. He ended up with Jasminder Choudhury, instead.
* AFatherToHisMen: Picard, as always. But now in particular to T'Ryssa, who [[{{Tearjerker}} acutely reminds him of one of his "children" from his experience as Kamin]].
* ArcWelding: ''Q & A'' retcons all but one appearance of Q into a decades-long GambitRoulette to prepare humanity for the SecretTestOfCharacter conducted by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Them]] except for the Sherwood Forest thing. That one was just for the hell of it. Or possibly for the FoeYay.
* ArchEnemy: The Borg Queen with Janeway, Picard, and Seven of Nine.
* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: The possible fate of Janeway after what seems to be her death; Lady Q is a bit vague about it. We know it has bottomless cups of black coffee so it can't be that bad, right? Eventually it's more or less confirmed when Janeway returns in ''The Eternal Tide'', a novel of the StarTrekVoyagerRelaunch]].
* TheAtoner: Picard, for the destruction he wrought as Locutus. While he has come to terms with it since ''First Contact'', it understandably still drives him.
** Worf, for how his actions (saving Jadzia's life instead of the Cardassian spy Lasaran's) helped drag out the Dominion War when the information Lasaran had could probably have stopped it. As a result, he feels he doesn't deserve to be in a position of such authority as second-in-command of the ''Enterprise'' when Picard offers him the post.
** Geordi in his attempts to protect Seven of Nine, due to his failure to save the female Borg Reannon (which is a ContinuityNod to the TNG novel ''Vendetta'').
* AwesomeButImpractical: It's pointed out in ''Greater Than the Sum'' that Borg Cubes are essentially this, hinting that there's more to the Collective than a simple desire for efficiency after all.
* BeingPersonalIsntProfessional: Zelik Leybenzon in ''Q&A'' is a DrillSergeantNasty to his men, and kind of a rude dick to Geordi while on-duty, but is perfectly friendly and sociable when everyone's hanging out in Ten Forward.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The race known only as ''Them'', who threaten to destroy the Universe because it's ''boring''. And they're only stopped when Picard ''laughs at the absurdity of it''.
* BreatherEpisode: ''Q&A''. And considering that it's about the end of the freaking Universe, that's really saying something about the other books, no?
* CallBack: Pretty much every Borg-related plot thread in the {{Canon}} (and a few from the non-canon, like ''Vendetta'') gets referenced, and many become key plot points.
* CallingTheOldManOut: T’Ryssa in ''Losing the Peace'', after her father finally makes contact, looking for information on her mother (specifically, if she survived the Borg invasion):
-->"Did you try to contact her after the Odyssey went boom? Did you try to find her any time during the entire Dominion War? No, this is about you. You had a near-death experience when the Borg hit Vulcan, and by some miracle, you lived. You managed to get rescued, fixed up, and flown to a hospital on the other side of the planet, where you got a lot of time to just lie there and think about how close you came to being just more sand piled on the Forge. Now you've got this big second chance, so now you want to reach out to all those you've hurt and make amends for all your wrongs".
* TheCameo: A string of them feature in ''Q&A'', as various characters in the StarTrekNovelVerse respond to the reality-warping taking place. Among them are Klag from ''StarTrekKlingonEmpire'', Shelby and Mueller from ''StarTrekNewFrontier'', Riker and his crew from ''StarTrekTitan'', and Donatra.
** Another ''New Frontier'' captain (actually ''[[TheCaptain The]]'' [[TheCaptain Captain]] of that franchise), Mac Calhoun, appears in ''Before Dishonor''.
* CloudCuckooLander: Lt. Stevens in ''Before Dishonor'', though it turns out [[spoiler: it was all an act, as he was actually Lady Q in disguise.]]
* CoolOldGuy: Montgomery Scott qualifies as of ''Indistinguishable from Magic''. He's a [[FatherToHisMen grandfather to his men]] in the Corps of Engineers, the Romulans know him simply as "The Miracle Worker", and the Klingon Empire is happy to loan him their top starship pilot because he asked nicely.
* TheDitz: [[GenkiGirl T'Ryssa]], or so it seems [[ObfuscatingStupidity at first]].
* EldritchAbomination: The entity that created the Noh Angels is the rare benevolent version.
* ElvesVsDwarves: T'Lana vs. Worf.
* EvilMatriarch: The Borg Queen, naturally. (And in ''Before Dishonor'', the Borg Queen is [[spoiler:Admiral Janeway]]!)
* FantasticRacism: T'Lana has a bit of this towards ''everybody who isn't Vulcan'', and Worf in particular.
* FictionalCurrency: The ''Ilec'' is a Karemma currency, evidently an alternative to the canonical ''Dirak''.
* {{Flanderization}}: ''Before Dishonor'' essentially flanderizes Worf, Seven of Nine, and Admiral Nechayev, presenting them in a surprisingly one-dimensional way, taking their various antisocial character traits (Worf's aggressive stoicism, Seven's cold precision, Nechayev's impatience and sharp tongue) and blowing them out of proportion. Or so some readers argue.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Borg Queen's threat to [[spoiler: Lady Q]] that the Borg are analyzing her during their conversation, and that with time they will eventually be able to assimilate and learn the skills of [[spoiler: the Q.]] This comes into play later in the climactic battle of ''Before Dishonor'', see AssPull and HopeSpot.
** T'Ryssa questions why a race as obsessed with efficiency as the Borg would design their ships in a perfect ''cube'' rather than a more energy efficient sphere, hinting that [[StarTrekDestiny there's something more to the Borg than the protagonists know about]].
* GenkiGirl: T'Ryssa Chen. She is fully aware of it and is doing it intentionally to be different from the Vulcans.
* HalfHumanHybrid: T'Ryssa Chen, half Vulcan.
* HappinessInSlavery: [[spoiler: Janeway]] experiences this briefly upon being assimilated, and the Borg Queen later tries to convince Seven of Nine that she will find this in the Collective. In fact, Geordi notes that Seven's willingness to meld with [[spoiler: the Doomsday Machine]] as its pilot may be as a result of her subconsciously being more comfortable as part of the collective than as an individual being.
* HappilyMarried: Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher, who [[StarTrekTitan spend much more time on speaking terms]] than the other major couple from the Next Generation.
* HeroicBSOD: Picard has one pretty much from ''Resistance'', all the way to the end of ''StarTrekDestiny''.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Sara Nave]] in ''Resistance'', narrowly avoided by Seven of Nine in ''Before Dishonor'' (but not by [[spoiler:Janeway]]).
* HiveMind: The Borg, of course...especially the ''new'' Borg that give Starfleet an intense new war after they've "evolved" into consuming rather than assimilating. And yes, [[PlutoIsExpendable Pluto]] was one of the new Borg's first snacks.
* HopeSpot: Just when [[spoiler: the Doomsday Machine]] is finally going to serve the Borg their ass on a silver platter once and for all, the Borg Queen teleports the Cube behind it (using the time/space warping skills she apparently gleaned from the Borg's analysis of [[spoiler: Lady Q]]) and begins to absorb it, too.
* HurlItIntoTheSun: Starfleet Command briefly thinks that [[spoiler: Janeway]] has somehow overcome the Borg Queen, recaptured control of her body and is attempting this with the Borg Cube when it veers off course toward the sun. They were wrong.
* JerkAss: T'Lana, Lt. Leybenzon, Lady Q (though not quite as much as her husband).
* KilledOffForReal: Most infamously [[spoiler: Kathryn Janeway]], though it's hinted that she may be able to [[BackFromTheDead return one day]] when, after [[spoiler: Lady Q]] tells her she can't go back, she mentions how [[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock Spock]] [[UnexplainedRecovery got better]] after the Genesis incident. The exact situation regarding [[spoiler: Janeway's fate]] is revealed in ''The Eternal Tide'', a novel of the StarTrekVoyagerRelaunch, which also subtly retcons some of ''Before Dishonor's'' events by exploiting the fact that when Q talk about Q, it's never entirely clear whether they mean Q, Q or even Q...
** More recently, [[spoiler: Scotty]] has also been killed, or so it seems. They NeverFoundTheBody, so he might have made it...
* KlingonsLoveShakespeare: Thur chim Gliv, in ''Losing the Peace'', a Tellarite who enjoys classic human comedy.
* LampshadeHanging: In ''Indistinguishable From Magic'', a character asks what the "NCC" in starship registries stands for. The character being asked - who is a starship captain, mind you - says he has no idea. This is pretty much the author acknowledging the fact that the frequently asked question has never been officially answered.
* LivingShip: The defeated Borg cube from ''Resistance'' turns into one in ''Before Dishonor'', [[spoiler:making Janeway one of its first victims.]]
* TheMaidenNameDebate: In ''Greater Than The Sum'', we have this exchange between newlyweds Jean-Luc and Beverly:
-->'''Picard''': Good morning, Dr. Picard.\\
'''Crusher''': Good morning, Captain Crusher. Or would that be Howard?\\
'''Picard''': Either way, I'd be honored.
* MartialPacifist: Jasminder Choudhury, the security officer in the second half of the series. Also her chosen deputy, Rennan Konya (who first appeared as a member of the ''StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'').
* MathematiciansAnswer: Seven of Nine, several times in ''Before Dishonor''.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Lt. Kadohata says this almost verbatim in ''Before Dishonor'' after seizing control of the ''Enterprise'' from Picard (on Starfleet orders, however).
* NakedOnArrival: T'Ryssa. [[FetishFuel Then she asks if her old boyfriend lives nearby]]; Middle-Eastern appearance, name of Adam....
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: Scotty]] in ''Indistinguishable From Magic''. He's probably dead, but for all we know he managed to transport somewhere safe in the nick of time. The other characters are all convinced he's gone, but we'll have to wait and see if he ever shows up again...
* {{Nice Job Breaking It Hero}}: [[spoiler: Zelik Leybenzon's]] death scene during the Battle of Barolia, where he allows the Borg to assimilate Starfleet’s only major defence.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The Borg to the Starfleet armada in ''Before Dishonor''. It "made Wolf 359 look like a minor skirmish".
* {{Noodle Incident}}: In homage to the original Noodle Incident, T'Ryssa Chen has the Tubegrub Incident.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The Governors of Alpha Centauri and Pacifica in ''Losing the Peace'', who at first don't grasp how desperate conditions are in the refugee camps, and spend most of their time causing further unrest and complicating the resettlement efforts.
* OurElvesAreBetter: T'Ryssa, who used to play in the forest pretending to be an elf. Less a case of this, though, and more a case of [[StrawVulcan Your Elves Suck]].
* PardonMyKlingon: The Tellarite curse word "krught" crops up again, having been established in ''StarTrekTheLostEra''.
* PlutoIsExpendable: Played devastatingly straight (although technically it's not destroyed, just absorbed; its matter is redistributed into the Borg Cube).
* ThePollyanna: True to their pleasant, hospitality-based culture, the Risians are desperately trying to remain optimistic. Risa itself was destroyed in ''StarTrekDestiny'', a casualty of the Borg Invasion. The refugees are attempting to retain the expected "sunny Risian" outlook. Whether it will work out for them remains to be seen. One of the biggest problems is that Risa's natives pride themselves on declaring "all that is ours is yours". Now the Risians have nothing, and instead of hospitably receiving guests they are dependent on others for aid.
* PungeonMaster: One of T'Ryssa's favorite pastimes.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher in "Death in Winter", and Geordi [=LaForge=] and Leah Brahms in "Indistinguishable From Magic", though there's a bit of a ContinuitySnarl with the latter in the [[StarTrekColdEquations ''Cold Equations'']] novels. Since the events of ''Indistinguishable From Magic'' are referenced in other books leading into ''Cold Equations'', this will likely be explained/resolved in the next series featuring the ''Enterprise'' crew, ''Star Trek: The Fall''.
* ResistanceIsFutile: Well, it's [[TropeNamer The Borg]], what'd you expect?
* TheRunaway: T'Ryssa ran away from home at age 7, after learning of the Vulcan ''kahs-wan'' survival rite that usually takes place at that time. She signed onto a freighter as ship's cook (the captain didn't particularly care that she was a young child) before being retrieved.
* SapientShip: It turns out that Borg Cubes are (to a degree) sentient, and that the Borg and their new Queen have become a part of the giant one thought deactivated at the end of ''Resistance''. Basically, the cube is a part of the collective too - in a sense, the Borg ''are'' the cube, not the drones.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: In ''Q and A'', the beings known only as Them perform these on the inhabitants of ''entire universes''.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: Sela pulls this on a Kevratan rebel, in ''Death in Winter''.
* SheepInWolfsClothing: In ''Resistance'', Picard attempts to infiltrate a Borg ship by partially reassimilating into the Collective as Locutus.
* ShoutOut: The author of ''Greater Than The Sum'' mentions in the acknowledgements that the "Noh Angels" were directly inspired by the creations of Creator/HayaoMiyazaki and Chiaki Konaka (most likely No-Face from ''SpiritedAway'').
* SingleBiomePlanet: Kevratas is an ice world.
* SmugSnake: Eborion in ''Death in Winter''. He overestimated his ability to play the Romulan nobility off of each other, and was betrayed by his own aunt. So much for his ambitions to be proconsul – Tomalak gets that position instead.
* StarfishAliens: The Noh Angel cluster entity in ''Greater Than the Sum''.
* StrawVulcan: T'Lana. There's a damn good reason Picard wants her the hell off the ''Enterprise'' at the end of ''Before Dishonour''. Even ''[[TheSpock Spock]]'' completely washes his hands of her after she fails to hear reason. She does acknowledge her own faults in ''Greater Than the Sum'', and herself admits she was completely out of line, as well as unprofessional in the extreme. [[spoiler: Sadly, possibility for redemption was lost when she died in ''StarTrekDestiny'']].
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Amusingly averted with the character of Thur chim Gliv, in ''Losing the Peace''. WordOfGod has pretty much confirmed that the jovial Tellarite engineer Gliv is as deliberately ''different'' from established Tellarite engineer Mor glasch Tev (of ''StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'') as possible.
* TheStoic: [[StrawVulcan T'Lana]], and then ''completely subverted'' after she departs, with T'Ryssa Chen.
* {{Think Of The Children}}: The Governor of Pacifica in ''Losing the Peace''. He was concerned about refugees' effects on the Selkie breeding islands, but might possibly have been simply annoyed by the refugees. He insisted that the delicate environmental requirements of the Selkie young risked being disrupted by the settlers, and that in the name of the children steps should be taken to remove the outsiders. Most of the refugees had nowhere else to go, and really Pacifica should have been honoring its obligations to the wider Federation by accepting them. It was a complicated situation though - the governor might well have a valid point.
* TheyDo: Picard and Crusher, ''finally''.
* TitleDrop: In ''Losing the Peace'', when a character states her current fears about the rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of ''StarTrekDestiny''. She worries that the Federation might have won the war, only to risk losing the peace to their own complacency.
* TooDumbToLive: T'Lana, [[spoiler: literally.]]
* TricksterMentor: Q, of course. He's been training Captain Picard over the course of most of their previous encounters, preparing him for an appearance before Them, the creators of the universe. Picard will represent all of creation before Them, and Q needs to ensure he makes a good show of it.
** This actually punches ''Literature/{{IQ}}'' out of Relaunch continuity, since in that novel it was ''Q'' who made a plea before the creator of the Universe.
* UnderwaterCity: The Pacifica capital city of hi'Leyi'a, first mentioned in ''StarTrekTitan'', is visited in ''Losing the Peace''.
* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The Doomsday Machine from the Original Series;[[spoiler: turns out it's a prototype anti-Borg superweapon.]], though admittedly, this was already theorized in ''Vendetta'' years ago, complete with an appearance by [[spoiler: the completed, and ''highly pissed off'' and essentially ''sentient'' version, which has since flown into something approaching Warp 10, intending to go right for the Borg Homeworld and devour it.]]
* WhatTheHellHero: Geordi to Picard during ''StarTrekDestiny'', in response to Picard's order to construct a [[Film/StarTrekNemesis Thalaron weapon]] with which to wipe out the Borg en-masse. Geordi outright refuses to do it, whatever the consequences to his career. In fact, a fair bit of the ''Enterprise'' plot in ''StarTrekDestiny'' involves Beverly calling this on Picard, too. Ezri finally gives him what for, as well.
* YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm: Them, the creators of the universe (as well as several other realities), and the keepers of the meaning of life. Given that they exist outside the universe, it's not surprising they aren't described- no human could likely comprehend them.

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29th Aug '13 6:38:59 PM Quag15
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* ShoutOut: The author of ''Greater Than The Sum'' mentions in the acknowledgements that the "Noh Angels" were directly inspired by the creations of HayaoMiyazaki and Chiaki Konaka (most likely No-Face from ''SpiritedAway'').

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* ShoutOut: The author of ''Greater Than The Sum'' mentions in the acknowledgements that the "Noh Angels" were directly inspired by the creations of HayaoMiyazaki Creator/HayaoMiyazaki and Chiaki Konaka (most likely No-Face from ''SpiritedAway'').
16th Aug '13 12:20:15 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ArcWelding: ''Q & A'' retcons ''every'' appearance of Q into a decades-long XanatosRoulette to prepare humanity for the SecretTestOfCharacter being conducted by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Them]]. Except for the Sherwood Forest thing. That one was just for the hell of it. Or possibly for the FoeYay.

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* ArcWelding: ''Q & A'' retcons ''every'' all but one appearance of Q into a decades-long XanatosRoulette GambitRoulette to prepare humanity for the SecretTestOfCharacter being conducted by [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Them]]. Except Them]] except for the Sherwood Forest thing. That one was just for the hell of it. Or possibly for the FoeYay.



* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: The possible fate of Janeway after what seems to be her death; Lady Q is a bit vague about it. We do know it has bottomless cups of black coffee, though, so it can't be that bad, right? Eventually more or less confirmed when Janeway returns in ''The Eternal Tide'', a novel of the StarTrekVoyagerRelaunch]].

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* AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: The possible fate of Janeway after what seems to be her death; Lady Q is a bit vague about it. We do know it has bottomless cups of black coffee, though, coffee so it can't be that bad, right? Eventually it's more or less confirmed when Janeway returns in ''The Eternal Tide'', a novel of the StarTrekVoyagerRelaunch]].
29th Jun '13 3:43:15 PM Nasat
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** Note that Picard and crew also have a role in other ''Typhon Pact'' novels, such as ''Plagues of Night'' and ''Brinkmanship''.



* AbortedArc: The end of ''Resistance'' seemed to be setting up T'Lana as a romantic interest for Worf, then ''Before Dishonour'' happens. He ended up with Jasminder Choudhury, instead.

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* AbortedArc: The end of ''Resistance'' seemed to be setting up T'Lana as a romantic interest for Worf, then ''Before Dishonour'' happens.happened. He ended up with Jasminder Choudhury, instead.



* ElvesVsDwarves: Worf vs. T'Lana.
* EvilMatriarch: The Borg Queen, natch. (And in ''Before Dishonor'', the Borg Queen is [[spoiler:Admiral Janeway]]!)

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* ElvesVsDwarves: Worf T'Lana vs. T'Lana.
Worf.
* EvilMatriarch: The Borg Queen, natch.naturally. (And in ''Before Dishonor'', the Borg Queen is [[spoiler:Admiral Janeway]]!)


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* {{Flanderization}}: ''Before Dishonor'' essentially flanderizes Worf, Seven of Nine, and Admiral Nechayev, presenting them in a surprisingly one-dimensional way, taking their various antisocial character traits (Worf's aggressive stoicism, Seven's cold precision, Nechayev's impatience and sharp tongue) and blowing them out of proportion. Or so some readers argue.
7th May '13 2:21:25 PM StarSword
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* ''Paths of Disharmony'', the Next Generation entry in the ''StarTrekTyphonPact'' series.

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* ''Paths of Disharmony'', the Next Generation entry in the ''StarTrekTyphonPact'' ''Literature/StarTrekTyphonPact'' series.
28th Mar '13 11:12:28 AM Nasat
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Part of the StarTrekNovelVerse, continuing the adventures of most of the original TNG characters and the ''Enterprise'' post-''Film/StarTrekNemesis''. There are nine books at present:

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Part of the StarTrekNovelVerse, continuing the adventures of most of the original TNG characters and the ''Enterprise'' post-''Film/StarTrekNemesis''. There are nine books at present:
Books presently include:



* ''The Skys The Limit'' (short story collection)

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* ''The Skys Sky's The Limit'' (short story collection)




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* The novella ''The Stuff of Dreams''.
3rd Feb '13 2:48:10 PM Nasat
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* MartialPacifist: Jasminder Choudhury, the security officer in the second half of the series. Also her chosen deputy, Rennan Konya (who first appeared as a member of the StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers).

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* MartialPacifist: Jasminder Choudhury, the security officer in the second half of the series. Also her chosen deputy, Rennan Konya (who first appeared as a member of the StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers).''StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'').



* PardonMyKlingon: The Tellarite curse word "krught" crops up again, having been established in StarTrekTheLostEra.

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* PardonMyKlingon: The Tellarite curse word "krught" crops up again, having been established in StarTrekTheLostEra.''StarTrekTheLostEra''.



* ThePollyanna: True to their pleasant, hospitality-based culture, the Risians are desperately trying to remain optimistic. Risa itself was destroyed in StarTrekDestiny, a casualty of the Borg Invasion. The refugees are attempting to retain the expected "sunny Risian" outlook. Whether it will work out for them remains to be seen. One of the biggest problems is that Risa's natives pride themselves on declaring "all that is ours is yours". Now the Risians have nothing, and instead of hospitably receiving guests they are dependent on others for aid.

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* ThePollyanna: True to their pleasant, hospitality-based culture, the Risians are desperately trying to remain optimistic. Risa itself was destroyed in StarTrekDestiny, ''StarTrekDestiny'', a casualty of the Borg Invasion. The refugees are attempting to retain the expected "sunny Risian" outlook. Whether it will work out for them remains to be seen. One of the biggest problems is that Risa's natives pride themselves on declaring "all that is ours is yours". Now the Risians have nothing, and instead of hospitably receiving guests they are dependent on others for aid.
3rd Feb '13 2:43:53 PM Nasat
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* StrawVulcan: T'Lana. There's a damn good reason Picard wants her the hell off the ''Enterprise'' at the end of ''Before Dishonour''. Even ''[[TheSpock Spock]]'' completely washes his hands of her after she fails to hear reason. She does acknowledge her own faults in ''Greater Than the Sum'', and herself admits she was completely out of line, as well as unprofessional in the extreme. [[spoiler: Sadly, possibility for redemption was lost when she died in StarTrekDestiny]].

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* StrawVulcan: T'Lana. There's a damn good reason Picard wants her the hell off the ''Enterprise'' at the end of ''Before Dishonour''. Even ''[[TheSpock Spock]]'' completely washes his hands of her after she fails to hear reason. She does acknowledge her own faults in ''Greater Than the Sum'', and herself admits she was completely out of line, as well as unprofessional in the extreme. [[spoiler: Sadly, possibility for redemption was lost when she died in StarTrekDestiny]].''StarTrekDestiny'']].



* UnderwaterCity: The Pacifica capital city of hi'Leyi'a, first mentioned in StarTrekTitan, is visited in ''Losing the Peace''.

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* UnderwaterCity: The Pacifica capital city of hi'Leyi'a, first mentioned in StarTrekTitan, ''StarTrekTitan'', is visited in ''Losing the Peace''.
3rd Feb '13 2:41:44 PM Nasat
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* (The StarTrekDestiny trilogy slots in here)

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* (The StarTrekDestiny ''StarTrekDestiny'' trilogy slots in here)



* ''Paths of Disharmony'', the Next Generation entry in the StarTrekTyphonPact series.

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* ''Paths of Disharmony'', the Next Generation entry in the StarTrekTyphonPact ''StarTrekTyphonPact'' series.



* (The StarTrekColdEquations trilogy comes after this).

See also, StarTrekATimeTo, which is the series preceding this in the chronological adventures of the Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration crew.

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* (The StarTrekColdEquations ''StarTrekColdEquations'' trilogy comes after this).

See also, StarTrekATimeTo, ''StarTrekATimeTo'', which is the series preceding this in the chronological adventures of the Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration crew.



* TheCameo: A string of them feature in ''Q&A'', as various characters in the StarTrekNovelVerse respond to the reality-warping taking place. Among them are Klag from StarTrekKlingonEmpire, Shelby and Mueller from StarTrekNewFrontier, Riker and his crew from StarTrekTitan, and Donatra.

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* TheCameo: A string of them feature in ''Q&A'', as various characters in the StarTrekNovelVerse respond to the reality-warping taking place. Among them are Klag from StarTrekKlingonEmpire, ''StarTrekKlingonEmpire'', Shelby and Mueller from StarTrekNewFrontier, ''StarTrekNewFrontier'', Riker and his crew from StarTrekTitan, ''StarTrekTitan'', and Donatra.



* RelationshipUpgrade: Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher in "Death in Winter", and Geordi [=LaForge=] and Leah Brahms in "Indistinguishable From Magic".

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* RelationshipUpgrade: Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher in "Death in Winter", and Geordi [=LaForge=] and Leah Brahms in "Indistinguishable From Magic".Magic", though there's a bit of a ContinuitySnarl with the latter in the [[StarTrekColdEquations ''Cold Equations'']] novels. Since the events of ''Indistinguishable From Magic'' are referenced in other books leading into ''Cold Equations'', this will likely be explained/resolved in the next series featuring the ''Enterprise'' crew, ''Star Trek: The Fall''.



* SecretTestOfCharacter: In ''Q and A'', the beings known only as Them (quite possibly later known as the D'myurj from the ''StarTrekNewFrontier'' novel ''Treason'') perform these on the inhabitants of ''entire universes''.

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* SecretTestOfCharacter: In ''Q and A'', the beings known only as Them (quite possibly later known as the D'myurj from the ''StarTrekNewFrontier'' novel ''Treason'') perform these on the inhabitants of ''entire universes''.



* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Amusingly averted with the character of Thur chim Gliv, in ''Losing the Peace''. WordOfGod has pretty much confirmed that the jovial Tellarite engineer Gliv is as deliberately ''different'' from established Tellarite engineer Mor glasch Tev (of StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers) as possible.

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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Amusingly averted with the character of Thur chim Gliv, in ''Losing the Peace''. WordOfGod has pretty much confirmed that the jovial Tellarite engineer Gliv is as deliberately ''different'' from established Tellarite engineer Mor glasch Tev (of StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers) ''StarfleetCorpsOfEngineers'') as possible.



* TitleDrop: In ''Losing the Peace'', when a character states her current fears about the rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of StarTrekDestiny. She worries that the Federation might have won the war, only to risk losing the peace to their own complacency.

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* TitleDrop: In ''Losing the Peace'', when a character states her current fears about the rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of StarTrekDestiny.''StarTrekDestiny''. She worries that the Federation might have won the war, only to risk losing the peace to their own complacency.
25th Jan '13 4:38:42 PM Nasat
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* TheCameo: A string of them feature in ''Q&A'', as various characters in the StarTrekExpandedUniverse respond to the reality-warping taking place. Among them are Klag from StarTrekKlingonEmpire, Shelby and Mueller from StarTrekNewFrontier, Riker and his crew from StarTrekTitan, and Donatra.

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* TheCameo: A string of them feature in ''Q&A'', as various characters in the StarTrekExpandedUniverse StarTrekNovelVerse respond to the reality-warping taking place. Among them are Klag from StarTrekKlingonEmpire, Shelby and Mueller from StarTrekNewFrontier, Riker and his crew from StarTrekTitan, and Donatra.
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