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The Unity Saga is an epic Star Trek/Star Wars crossover by Chuck Sonnenberg telling the story of Unity, the path to peace between two galaxies. The story is told in two trilogies:

The Road To Unity

  • I: Worlds Without End
  • II: Shadows of the Night
  • III: Against All Odds

The Price Of Unity

  • IV: Paradise Lost
  • V: Blood of Heroes
  • VI: Dawn of Forever

Totaled, the saga is 250 chapters in length. Did we mention it's epic?

Read it here.

Not to be confused with the comic book event of the same name by Valiant Comics in its early years.


  • Affably Evil: Thrawn, of course.
  • Alternate History: Janeway among her various time-related abilities can see the past the way it would have been (the way the fans know it) were it not for the two galaxies interacting.
  • Anyone Can Die: At least a few major characters from both franchises bite it in each of the six parts. The original characters don't exactly make it through unscathed either.
  • Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence: Picard.
  • Author Appeal: At one point, Darth Whind says that the only one who can stop them her, Luke, and the Empire is the former Borg (with enhanced reflexes and strength) Seven-Of-Nine... and Ben Sisko. If you have ever watched SF Debris opinionated guides to Deep Space Nine, he's a massive fan of Ben Sisko and Seven of Nine is his favorite character from Voyager aside, perhaps, from the holographic Doctor.
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  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Thrawn can derive an uncanny amount about a civilization from analyzing their works of art and the Federation is so eager to exchange cultural information, they're basically an open book.
  • Badass Boast: Admiral Piett.
    Piett: We'll show the Borg whose resistance is futile.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: In chapter 30 of "Shadows of the Night", Seven of Ninenote  versus 7 of 9note .
    • And then Luke decides to get more involved, as it were.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Throughout, but it becomes most prominent in the latter half of the series.
  • Big Bad: Several, including Emperor Palpatine, but The Oracle really has to take the cake.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Several, even the Borg manage to pull this off against The Vong
  • Bittersweet Ending: Shadows of the Night ends with the destruction of the Borg collective and Luke Skywalker falling to the dark side...
  • Boxing Lessons for Superman: Luke is able to benefit from learning Vulcan mind techniques to augment his Force powers.
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  • Bus Crash: Troi is killed off screen by Data. Followed by an explanation ensuring there is no coming back.
  • Butt-Monkey: Commander Borui. While she occasionally has some good ideas, she is normally a terrible councillor.
  • The Chessmaster: The Oracle
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Wookie Vs Borg (explicity for this reason as the fight takes place in an arena).
  • Cosmic Plaything: Sebastian
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Quite a few. Klignon vs Jedi, because lightsabers slice right through Batt'leths. Early battles between the Empire and pretty much anyone they encounter in the Milky Way due to superior speed and firepower.
  • Cybernetics Will Eat Your Soul: A recurring motif brought together by the various cyborgs of both universes. In this series, its more attitude than reality. In fact, Seven's implants come in very handy when she uses them to generate lightsabre-proof armour in her fight with Darth Whind
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Quark died on DS9, the one on DS13 is a holographic spy planted by Garak.
  • Door Stopper: The digital version.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Ooooooh boy. Such a trope is likely to happen whenever you got a story involving Star Wars and the Dark Side but among the dysfunctional cast, Seven of Nine reach the top of the highest mountain while the others merely stay on hills. Beyond the horrific backstory given to her by the serie, poor girl is riddled by a tremendous amount of psychological disorders and emotional issues that go over the span of three books of her acting like a borderline suicidal lunatic to finally be resolved. Not to mention she needs an incredibly good father figure, a Battle in the Center of the Mind, two Jedi, two telepathic betazoids and regular interventions of not one but -you guessed it- freaking two Physical Gods to get something resembling a closure.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Dozens, including some planets that a fan of either series has come to know well.
    • Coruscant, Cardassia Prime, the SSI Ruuvi Homeworld, about 89 Borg Planets...
    • Not to mention all of those planets that Taar allows Tyrine to destroy off-screen when he gives him a superlaser to use at his discretion. At the very least, a Kazon planet and the Malon homeworld are destroyed.
  • Evil Plan: The Oracle's scheme.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Blood of Heroes
  • Failsafe Failure: It turns out those arches in the holodeck are a safety feature which everyone just ignores; Troi is erased from reality by standing in the middle of the room when the simulation is turned off and the cleaning program glitches.
  • Faking the Dead: 'The Blessed One' helps Picard to do this after Thrawn orders his execution as part of their plans.
  • Fantastic Racism: The Empire. The Sith in particular, even Mara Jade. They distrust alien ways of thinking.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Borg assimilation, as always. But the fear of it in this story is one of the more prominent themes.
  • Field Promotion: Picard has Seven of Nine made a Starfleet officer without going to the academy, promoting her directly to Chief Science Office.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Anyone familiar with the author's Opinionated Voyager Episode Guide won't be too surprised at the latter half of Janeway's character arc.
    • No, he made Janeway competent.
      • In the reviews, his version of that character has become a very competent evil.
  • Freudian Excuse: Done most tragically with Ben Skywalker, who was raised by a Mara Jade corrupted by the Dark Side.
  • Fridge Logic: As a plot point. Darth Vader corrupted Data by pointing to all the times Starfleet had treated him like crap.
    • Done again when Vader realizes that the Emperor never came through on his promises to save Padme so he doesn't actually owe the man anything, and now he's ordering him to kill his own children. It prompts his return to the light side.
  • Good vs. Good: The Rebel Alliance and the Federation start out on opposite sides because the Federation is initially duped by the Empire. To their credit, both sides eventually figure out who they're really dealing with and team up.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Several, most notably the Borg
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: The Rebel Alliance gets a bad first impression of the Federation by reputation because their first exposure is all the species Janeway pissed off in the Delta Quadrant.
  • Human Alien: The preponderance of these and the more subtle kinds of Rubber-Forehead Aliens in the Star Trek galaxy confuse the hell out of the Star Wars characters in the first book, not to mention that genetically identical humans apparently evolved in both galaxies somehow.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Never check a free dewback's hide.
  • I Die Free: Due to the nature of the Borg, many try, most fail.
  • "I Know You Are in There Somewhere" Fight: Luke gets one in Against All Odds.
  • In Spite of a Nail: In spite of returning to the Alpha Quadrant early, Seven of Nine manages to be abducted for the Tsunkatse tournament.
    • The triple nacelle Enterprise and Warp 13 seen in the future scenes of the last episode of the Next Generation show up here. Picard even comments on it.
    • Leia and Han get married and have the same children they had in the Expanded Universe.
  • Kill 'Em All: The list of characters who survive is shorter than the list of ones who get killed off at various points in the books.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Star Trek and the Star Wars Expanded Universe already each have Loads and Loads in their own right. Here they're all thrown into the mix, with a few original characters on top of that.
  • Love Before First Sight: Luke and Seven.
  • Ludd Was Right: This is what Senator Alixus believes which is why she supports the Vong.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Luke's journey to mastery as a Jedi is much more complicated because the final confrontation with his father never happened.
  • Mama Bear: Janeway. And thats what breaks her.
  • The Man Behind the Man: This trope is everywhere in Shadows of the Night. The Ssi-Ruuk are tricked into attacking The Republic by the Borg, who are under the leadership of Anansi (a.k.a. Grand Admiral Thrawn), who is being manipulated by Darth Whind, who is being possessed by the reborn Emperor Palpatine, all according to the grand plan of Ben Sisko.
  • The Mole: Data in Worlds Without End.
  • Mother Nature, Father Science: Inverted. Luke is the spiritual one. Seven is the scientific logical one.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Capt. Picard has one of these when he turns over the Federation's secret weapon to Thrawn to try to spare the Federation.
    • Capt. Janeway has a couple of these because she introduced the Empire to the Federation.
    • Luke Skywalker after he goes to the dark side and then comes back.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Emperor Cyber-Jedi Sebastian.
  • Noodle Incident: Whatever Han did to piss off the Hirogen. Also, whatever Chewbacca took as a trophy (it is later reveal to be a Hirogen helmet which Han unsuccessfully urged Chewie to get rid of it).
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Counselor Borui. She tends to put her duties above critical missions.
  • Oh, Crap!
    "Sir, Borg cubes coming out of warp!"
    "What? How many? I said how many,"
    "One hundred twelve, sir."
  • Organic Technology: the Vong
  • Passed-Over Promotion: Picard pulls favors to get Seven of Nine commissioned as a starfleet officer and promoted directly to chief science officer of the Enterprise without having to put in time at the academy or climb ranks. Seven displaces Data which becomes a sore spot for the latter later in the story.
  • The Peter Principle: Though Chuck doesn't care for Janeway as a captain, he portrays her as being quite competent in certain other endeavors owing to her background as a science officer. For example, she figures out how to run transporter beams through hyperspace.
  • Pet the Dog: For the author. Though he beats up on the Voyager crew a lot in his reviews of that show, he generally shows most of them at their best here and even allows them to grow, and/or, have heroic deaths. The mere fact that he chooses to leave Capt Okona out of the story rather than including him to give him a savage humiliating death shows restraint.
    • He also simply has Neelix Put on a Bus early on and never return. Now that's willpower.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Unsurprisingly for Star Wars, which lives by this trope, this is the resolution of Ben Skywalker's character arc.
    • Data sacrifices himself to destroy the Death Star after killing Troi and betraying Seven.
  • Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: The first trilogy plays the concept completely straight. The second one features the Borg becoming a corporation and characters from other fictional universes wandering into the plot.
  • Science Cannot Comprehend Phlebotinum: Specifically the Force defies analysis.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Q can make sound in space, because he has no respect for the physics of vacuum.
  • Sex Is Liberation: Seven of Nine in Shadows of the Night.
  • Shout-Out: Many other crossovers, including Conquest and Star Crossed.
    • Picard questions his right to commit genocide against the Borg in a very similar manner to the Doctor in "Genesis of the Daleks."
      • Much more likely this is a call back to the other times Picard has pondered this subject, regarding both the Borg and the Crystalline Entity.
  • Shut Up, Kirk!: Janeway protests the slaughter of thirty million people aboard the Death Star and gets this reaction from Han.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Luke's first act after giving in to the dark side is to destroy a bunch of Borg cubes.
  • Temporal Paradox: The Oracle
  • Techno Babble: Exploited towards the end of Worlds Without End when Data needs to fool the defectors into launching an attack on the Death Star, so he makes up a plan to attack a false weakness with lots of technobabble to make them think it would work.
  • Tempting Fate: Troi really should have known after Descent to tread more carefully when encouraging Data to explore powerful negative emotions.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Seven tends to talk like this, though she is rediscovering her emotions throughout much of this story.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Wedge gives one to Corran for defying orders to rescue stragglers. He says Corran wants to be Luke, but isn't willing to accept responsibility for the influence a hero like Luke has in a combat situation.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Luke basically talks himself into falling to the dark side, and the emotion that does it is fear... of falling to the dark side. He's so convinced that emotion-powered force use is inherently evil and everyone will hate him for it that after destroying a Borg fleet to rescue Seven he falls into despair and switches sides. The disconnect means that the real Luke never fell, and the Sith Lord version is just an emotional shell he built around himself that does evil for evil's sake but doesn't enjoy it.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The Empire sends in a fleet to destroy enough Borg ships to show that attacking them would be a waste of resources. This goes about as well as you'd expect.
    • It also goes the other way; the Empire never sends more than a tiny fraction of it's forces into the Milky Way at a time because most of their fleet is used to hold down their own galaxy, meaning the other factions keep drastically underestimating their real power. When they actually invade in force in book 3 it's a complete walkover.
  • The Unintelligible: Chewbacca as always. It seems that even the Federation's universal translators can't handle Wookie.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: A rare heroic example by most of the main characters, but especially Sisko and Empress Leia.
  • Worthy Opponent: Delric Taar, who despite being an Imperial TIE pilot who gets a good number of kills including Tom Paris is a very likable and engaging character, and one of the most developed throughout the whole story.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: A major theme.


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