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A series of books in the Star Trek Novel Verse. Set in the Original Series era, the series follows on from the events of Star Trek: Vanguard, returning two of that series' recurring starships to the Taurus Reach on a mission of exploration. Unlike Vanguard, the series is more stand-alone episodic in its approach.

  • Second Nature
  • Point of Divergence
  • Long Shot
  • All That's Left


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  • A God Am I: It seems that a Changed Tomol will inevitably come to believe this. As Nimur insists: "This universe is but a machine for the creation of gods" (by which she means those like herself).
  • Abusive Precursors: The Shedai are shown to have been even more ethically bankrupt than they appeared in Vanguard.
  • Ace Pilot: Nizsk, living up to the standard set by her/its predecessor, the late Celerasayna zh'Firro.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Most of the crew of the Sagittarius makes asides and wisecracks while under fire.
  • Coming in Hot: The Sagittarius makes yet another crash landing after being shot out of space by a Klingon warship.
  • Continuity Nod: The Tomol wordstone is compared to the Preserver obelisk.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Dastin. He wrecked two shuttles and a hoverbike on leave, and once behind the wheel of the rover acts like a kid with a new toy.
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  • Don't Ask, Just Run: After the Sagittarius team activate the Tomol wordstone, Lieutenant Dastin grabs Commander Theriault by the shoulder.
    Dastin: With all respect to the chain of command, RUN!
  • Face Death with Dignity: Nimur's fellows, including her mate Kerlo and the Priestess Ysan, try to convince her to do this, and accept the ritual death upon reaching adulthood.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Kerlo, once Nimur triggers his Change.
  • Genki Girl: Nurse Holly Amos. Doctor Leone wonders where she gets her boundless energy and enthusiasm.
  • Growing Up Sucks: The Tomol, in a sense. All Tomol, in their eighteenth year, undergo a transformation into monstrous beings of destruction. To avoid this, they instead ritually kill themselves when they start showing signs of the Change. If for some reason they should do the unthinkable and refuse to be Cleansed in this fashion, their fellows will do it for them.
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  • Heroic Sacrifice: The duty of every Tomol nearing the Change.
  • Klingon Scientists Get No Respect: In keeping with the trope namer, we're reminded that Klingon culture has little regard for its scientists, or indeed for any non-warriors. The Klingon in question, Tormog, bitterly reflects on this, and on his peoples' refusal to acknowledge that far more of them don't act as warriors than do.
  • Literal-Minded: Hesh.
  • Ludicrous Precision: Again, Hesh, who always seems to interject with a literal interpretation whenever someone else makes a sarcastic or off-hand remark.
  • Mama Bear: Nimul's Change accelerates when the Klingon party threatens to kill her baby. She rends them limb from limb with just a thought.
    • The effect of the Change though, ironically renders her disinterested in the baby from that point on.
  • Million-to-One Chance: The quantum fluctuation generator causes this as a byproduct - creating effects such as every gaming machine in a casino hitting a jackpot, causing a boiling pot of water to instantly freeze, and saving someone from leaping to their death by generating enough wind to allow them to land safely.
  • Monster Roommate: Razka and Nizsk. Razka has a thing about spiders, and Nizsk is from an arachnoid species. The fact that she sleeps in a cocoon that then ruptures and spills a noxious fluid all over the deck when she wakes up doesn't help.
  • Neck Snap: Several Klingons get their heads spun 180 degrees by Nimur's telekinesis. Compared to what she does when she's really furious, it's a much less painful way to die.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Master Chief Illiuci admits that his rewiring of the Sagittarius' impulse engines to keep the ship from burning up during its crash landing probably breaks about a dozen Starfeet safety regulations. Ask him if he cares, though.
  • No-Sell: At the beginning of the Change, Nimur is weakened by phasers on heavy stun. By the time she's fully changed, even a full power shot has no effect. By Point of Divergence, even being blasted by the Endeavour's phaser banks only slows her down.
  • Old Soldier: Chief Petty Officer Wimmer, who gave up a long and illustrious career in security to work as a physical therapist and rec deck crewman on the Endeavour.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: The Lrondi in All That's Left.
  • Secret Underground Passage: Where the Tomol wordstone, the record of their history and law, is located.
  • The Spock: Sorak, who is indeed a Vulcan, in his scenes advising Captain Terrell.
  • Stealth in Space: Ensigns Nizsk and Taryl come up with an ingenious way to hide the Sagittarius on the surface of an asteroid from the Klingons. And then figure out an even more ingenious way to use their asteroid hiding place as natural cover to contact the survey team on the planet
  • Terrified of Germs: Dr. Babitz. When she comes up to the bridge, Terrell mentions that she is giving the bridge the same look she gets whenever she wants to sanitize something.
  • There Are No Adults: Nereus II; the Tomol kill themselves at 18.
  • Time to Step Up, Commander: Seta, the disciple to Priestess Ysan, who inherits the role sooner than expected thanks to Ysan's violent death.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: A Changed Tomol. Though it turns out that this was not the original intent of the Change.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Master Chief Ilucci gets frustrated with the Austarans referring to their device as a "quantum fluctuation generator" when it doesn't actually do anything involving quantum particles.
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