Bait and Switch is a Star Trek Online fanfic by StarSword-C, and a novelization of his Foundry mission series of same title, starring his Fed tac toon.Captain Kanril Eleya is the commanding officer of the Galaxy-class starship USS Bajor and is on a survey mission when the ship is reassigned to the Beta Ursae region around Deep Space 9 for civil defense. What is expected to mostly be a routine show-the-flag mission becomes vastly more critical when the Orion Syndicate raids backwater planets all over the sector block and kills or kidnaps 16,000 people. Eleya's ship is reassigned again to a task force mounting a counteroffensive.What started as one fic featuring Eleya grew into a full-on 'verse of its own comprising a number of works featuring StarSword's toons. Sorted by toon, then by In-Universe date:
The Headhunt: Two-parter. The Bajor responds to a reported break-in at Facility 4028.
Captain Brokosh (Klingon Defense Force):
Red Fire, Red Planet: Novelization of the Cryptic mission "Second Star to the Right, Straight on 'til Morning". The IKS mupwI' leads a Klingon Defense Force raid on Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards.
Khre'Riov Morgan t'Thavrau (Romulan Republican Force):
Legacy of ch'Rihan: Novelization of the Romulan tutorial. The harvest festival in i'Haanikh is interrupted by the Tal'Shiar, and Morgan is forced to reveal a past she's tried to forget for twenty-one years.
"Aen'rhien Vailiuri": One-shot. Morgan's ship travels into the Delta Quadrant and tangles with the Kazon. Doesn't end well for the Kazon.
This page has the disambiguation "(STO)" appended to distinguish it from the trope Bait and Switch and the recap page of same name.
Adaptation Expansion: The most prominent addition is the Bajor's crew and the various scenes of their interactions.
Aliens Speaking English: Seeing as how it's canonically a major trade language in the Federation. A couple of Breen bit characters are specifically stated to be speaking "accented but intelligible Earth Standard English."
The Alternet: While listening to her security officer play his vodchakh in chapter eight, Eleya reflects on having watched professional vodchakhim on something called "the extranet".
Attack Pattern Alpha: Eleya refers to both "attack pattern Picard Lambda" and "defensive pattern Kirk Alpha" in early fights.
Battle Couple: Chapter eight reveals that JG K'lak and Ensign McMillan from the Bajor's security department are one of these. Eleya doesn't want to break up their relationship but she does mention she's going to have McMillan moved to a different superior. In the end she lets it slide after K'lak points out McMillan's job as his Target Spotter also involves being his bodyguard, and them being in a relationship makes her more determined to guard him.
Beam Spam: The full ten phaser banks of a Galaxy-class starship pack a wallop when you're not constrained by a special effects budget.
Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Downplayed and lampshaded. Eleya notes that Dul'krah's "vodchakh" is functionally very similar to a violin, although it has seven strings instead of four.
In chapter three Eleya and Gaarra dance to alba ra, Talarian electronic rock music that turned up in TNG: "Suddenly Human".
In chapter eight Dul'krah plays the Fourth Concerto by Tor Jolan on his vodchakh. Tor Jolan was a Bajoran composer mentioned in DS9: "Crossover".
Chapter nine has Eleya recalling Star Trek Online's Featured Episode "Spectres" when Grell is identified as a Section 31 operative.
Catapult Nightmare: Eleya's recurring nightmare of an Orion attack on the Bajoran Militia frigate she was a noncommissioned officer on many years ago, where she nearly died. The occurrence in chapter one ends with her losing consciousness after being stabbed in the right kidney by an Orion matron.
The Dead Have Names: Chapter eight opens with Eleya in the USS Bajor's morgue. In her narration she rattles off the names of the five members of her crew who died in the fights in chapters six and seven, and feels guilty that, with the exception of Crewman Cdebaat from Security, she didn't know any of them beyond that.
Did You Just Have Sex?: Eleya strolls onto the bridge after having a one night stand while ashore at Deep Space 9. Tess spots it immediately and gives her a look.
Drinking Contest: Happens offscreen at Deep Space 9 between a Klingon Bajor crewman and his counterpart from a KDF ship, as an alternative to the former killing the latter for calling him a traitor. According to Dul'krah, both passed out after four shots of Romulan ale and had to be dragged home.
He runs a few quick reps as a warmup, then replaces the bar, ups the weight, and starts pumping the iron with a look of intense concentration on his face. 'Course his face isn’t the only thing I’m looking at—Prophets, get your head out of the gutter, Eleya.
Nope. Despite my best efforts I can feel my nipples hardening against my sports bra so I grab my water bottle and leave the room. Maybe we'd best just try to avoid being in the gym at the same time.
Ensign Newbie: Ensign Esplin, the communications officer for most of the story, is on her first tour out of ROTC.
Exotic Extended Marriage: Inverted with the Pe'khdar: Eleya mentions in an internal monologue that they don't practice marriage or even anything resembling a permanent relationship at all. Instead, children become the responsibility of the mother's entire clan.
Explosive Instrumentation: A console on the Bajor's bridge explodes when a torpedo punches through the shields and hits the hull, injuring an ops noncom.
Face Plant: Eleya arrives in Ten Forward and everyone within scrambles to attention. A drunken Bolian crewman trips over himself and faceplants.
Failsafe Failure: Defied. The Bajor is a testbed for a warp core redesigned to be much safer to operate than the first-run Galaxy-class cores, such as on the Enterprise-D. Instead of using lots of matter and antimatter in the chamber and relying on dilithium to moderate it, it simply uses the minimum amount required to keep the reaction going, which means a core shutdown just involves turning off the fuel. As a side benefit it's also more fuel-efficient, which is useful with the Federation engaged in multiple wars.
Fantastic Naming Convention: The Pe'khdar, a race created for the fic, give their names as "[Prefix]'[Suffix], Clan [X]". The prefix acts like a given name, while the suffix is passed from their same-sex parent. So, for example, the USS Bajor's security chief is Dul'krah, Clan Korekh.
Fire-Breathing Weapon: During the away mission in chapter seven Eleya's tricorder picks up traces of fuel from a flamethrower, and she later inadvertently sets off said flamethrower's fuel tank with a grenade. Near the end of the chapter, a Bajoran Militia captain describes the Orion slave-raiders as having given up trying to break into a building that some Militiamen had barricaded themselves into. Instead, they used the flamethrower to set it on fire.
Future Food Is Artificial: Via replicators, and discussed at some length. Eleya favors cooked food over replicated, even going to the trouble of bringing back a takeout box of handmade jumja sticks from an eatery on Deep Space 9, and believes that replicated tastes artificial because it's exactly the same every time you eat it.
Gargle Blaster: The Hathon hammer, a cocktail made from one measure of Klingon bloodwine, two shots of kava juice, and one shot of Cardassian kanar. Eleya sips it slowly because like its name says, it hits like a hammer.
When Eleya arrives back on the bridge after her one night stand with Gaarra, Tess remarks that she looks "like a grayth cat that just dined on prize alicorn parakeet."
When Gaarra gets tongue-tied at the prospect of the Bajor having a Cardassian bartender in Ten Forward, said bartender says to him, "vole cat got your tongue, Commander Reshek?"
Humans Are White: Averted; not even the aliens are consistently white. Eleya and Gaarra are light-skinned, but Birail has brown skin, and LtJG. Warragul Wirrpanda, the sole human among the Bajor's command crew, is of Australian Aboriginal descent.
Hypocrisy Nod: Eleya mentions to Gaarra the morning after their second night together that she feels more than a little hypocritical about sleeping with him, since she's going to have to break up two of her Mauve Shirts for violating Starfleet fraternization policy the exact same way (having sex with your direct subordinate).
In Memoriam: The USS Valentine, an Odyssey-class docked to Deep Space 9 when the Bajor arrives, is named for Mark "h2orat" Valentine, a video artist at Cryptic Studios and STO Foundry author who died of cancer early in September 2013.
Infodump: A brief one at the start of chapter six explaining how warp factors work. Short version: up to warp nine, speed = c * warp factor ^(10/3). Above warp nine, it's a vertical asymptote to warp ten. This is straight out of the ST:TNG Technical Manual.
Introduction by Hookup: After an admin shift while the Bajor is docked at Deep Space 9, Eleya changes into civvies and goes out for dinner and a drink at Quark's, where she picks up another Bajoran named Gaarra and sleeps with him. Next morning before departure she walks into her ready room to meet her new ops officer, and you can guess the rest.
Is This Thing Still On?: In chapter seven, after Ens. Kate McMillan, acting as JG K'lak's Target Spotter, is overheard through Eleya's combadge giving him a reference for a large stump that looked like K'lak's ... something (he fired before she could say what).
K'lak:(secondhand via McMillan's combadge) Ensign, what are you doing comparing a tree stump to my— Tess: McMillan, you know your combadge is still transmitting, right? McMillan: OH GOD! Birail:(stifles laughter)
It Gets Easier: Mocked when Ens. Esplin gets post-battle jitters after the Bajor rescues the SS Shargrash from some Jem'Hadar. Eleya calls her over for a friendly chat and has this to say:
“I’m not going to rely on cliché here: the first battle isn’t the hardest, it’s just the first. And frankly, as pathetic as that one was, I guarantee the next will be harder. You do your job and work with your crewmates and you get through. The rest is up to the Prophets.”
"After a moment [Admiral Marconi] swears, crumples the report and angrily throws it over the railing where it bounces off the helmeted head of a Breen crewman standing at a kiosk across the way."
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Eleya beats an Orion matron to death in chapter seven, evidently flashing on the boarding action aboard the Kira Nerys where she was nearly killed. Actually, she beats the matron way past death and has to be tackled off the corpse by Tess.
Eleya being Bajoran, insert "Prophets" anytime a human would say "God".
Tess once takes the name of "Phelha" in vain. The author's notes for that chapter explain Phelha as an Andorian war goddess, and that Tess herself is actually agnostic.
The Only One: Double Subverted. Instead of being literally the only ship responding to Dreon VII, the Bajor is just the closest and fastest of the three ships responding and gets there fifteen minutes earlier, long enough for Eleya et al. to solve the problem on their own.
Pardon My Klingon: Played straight several times, with among other things Eleya dropping Bajoran curses such as "phekk" and "sher hahr kosst", but also inverted once: Eleya learned the word "schmuck" from an Academy classmate.
Point Defenseless: Averted. The Bajor is able to pick off multiple incoming torpedoes with its phasers, and fighters are easy pickings.
Ramming Always Works: Defied. Referencing the destruction of the USS Odyssey in DS9: "The Jem'Hadar", a Jem attack ship tries to ram the Bajor. Difference is, Eleya throws all power onto the navigational deflector, which is built for fending off kinetic impacts. The Jems only succeed in crippling their own ship, and a phaser shot to the torpedo bay is enough to finish them off.
Rank Up: Gaarra joins the Bajor's command crew because Eleya's previous ops officer, T'Var, was promoted off the ship and given her first command.
Four unseen Bajor crewmen who were killed by a torpedo hit to deck 10 in chapter six.
Zigzagged in chapter seven, which features four bit characters from the Bajor's security department (traditional redshirts) beaming down with Eleya, Tess, and Birail for an away mission. They end up with varying levels of characterization, two peel off early and act as a sniper and spotter, one gets shot in the second firefight but survives, and the last gets his neck broken by an Orion matron.
During The Nightmare, one-shot character Crewman Davos drops the line "Bloody pirates."
The above explanation of why replicator food tastes artificial is lifted from the Star Trek science book Life Signs: The Biology of Star Trek.
At the start of chapter two Eleya's playing a holodeck adaptation of Star Carrier: Earth Strike.
In chapter six, Tess's and JG Park's "Conn, you gotta give me an Ivan." "Always wanted to try one!" exchange is borrowed from the pilot of Firefly.
In chapter seven, Eleya takes a page out of Jack O'Neill (from the Stargate SG-1 episode "The First Commandment"), demanding of an admin petty officer who's being an Obstructive Bureaucrat if it says "Captain" anywhere on her uniform.
One of the ships making up the Marduk Carrier Battle Group is the USS Ivanova, although In-Universe it's named for a captain who fought in the Earth-Romulan War.
Sniping the Cockpit: During the battle over Dreon VII in chapter six, Tess hits the crew compartment of an Orion interceptor with one of the Bajor's aft phasers. A few minutes later she hits the bridge of an Orion corvette with a salvo of quantum torpedoes.
Target Spotter: Ens. Kate McMillan to JG K'lak during an away mission in chapter seven. Played for laughs during the second firefight of the chapter, where McMillan's overheard giving the following instruction to K'lak:
"Reference, large stump that looks like your—" (K'lak shoots)
Translation Convention: Gaarra's and Eleya's conversation in the first half of chapter four is mostly in the Kendran dialect of Bajoran, dubbed as English.
Translator Microbes: The universal translator has trouble dealing with the Gorn language for a couple seconds.
Uneven Hybrid: A minor character named Corpsman Watkins working in the Bajor's sickbay is mentioned to have some Betazoid blood.
"There’s a muffled thrum from somewhere above me as the spinal phaser cannon finally fires, then she’s upon me, having pulled two more knives from I’m-not-sure-I-want-to-know-where."
Wave Motion Gun: There's a mention that the Kira Nerys had a spinal phaser cannon that took a while for the bridge crew to bring to bear, during which the Orions managed to beam a few boarding parties aboard. But once they did get the target into the firing arc, they one-shotted it.
The Worf Effect: The USS Defiant is described as having been thoroughly trashed and under repairs by a rogue Cardassian legate playing warlord.
Eleya: Will the repairs hold if we get into another firefight? Bynam: We replaced and sealed all of the damaged pressure hull plates to better than shipyard spec, ma’am. Triple-checked it myself. Eleya: I’ll take that as a maybe. Bynam: Ha! Little miss negative.