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.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."
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.
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.
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 isnít the only thing Iím 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.
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.
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.
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.
Hold Your Hippogriffs: 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."
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.
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:
ďIím not going to rely on clichť here: the first battle isnít the hardest, itís 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.Ē
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.
Oh My Gods!: Eleya being Bajoran, insert "Prophets" anytime a human would say "God".
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.
Pardon My Klingon: Played straight several times, 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.
Gaarra: Well, look at it this way: You think it's any easier for me? You fucked your ops officer, I fucked my commanding officer.
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.
Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: Pointedly averted multiple times. For instance, JG Park swings the Bajor clear of an oncoming Orion battleship with "only" hundreds of meters to spare.
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.
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.
The Worf Effect: The USS Defiant is described as having been thoroughly trashed and under repairs by a rogue Cardassian legate playing warlord.