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Podcast / Star Trek Tempest

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A hybrid RPG actual play/audio drama podcast set in the Star Trek universe and using the Star Trek Adventures roleplaying game system that follows the adventures of the USS Tempest, a sister ship to the Enterprise-C first seen in the TNG episode "Yesterday's Enterprise" set in the time period between The Original Series and Next Generation eras. Featuring many established elements of the Star Trek universe through the experiences and adventures of a new ship and crew, though given the RPG nature of the storytelling, events sometimes play out differently than they must've as part of the main franchise.


Star Trek Tempest contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Deviation: The first three missions contain a handful of these, since they come from Star Trek Adventures' first mission compendium book but are adapted to the different era Tempest is set in.
    • Entropy's Demise: The context of the Romulans is different, since there has been no official contact with them for about 30 years.
    • That Which Is Unknown: Dr. Ja'Brenn and the Takarans become Dr. Toran and the Angosians, changing a species only known minimally by Dr. Crusher late in TNG to a different alien of the week species from TNG.
    • Border Dispute: The Nova-class USS Nightingale becomes the Merced-Class USS Ellesmere.
  • Animal Theme Naming: The various supporting characters of the Tempest crew all have conspicuously animal sounding names. There's Douh the deer-like helm officer; Eele the engineer that specializes in electro-plasma systems (read: an electric eel); and K'at, the nurse that happens to be from an established Star Trek species that bears a strong resemblance to Earth cats.
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  • The Cameo: In "Sabotage on Station 7" both Milder's and Garcia's case officer at Starfleet Intelligence is Marta Batanides, one of Picard's Academy friends we see in the TNG episode "Tapestry" and who according to beta canon worked in Starfleet Intelligence.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In "That Which Is Unknown" the Angosians know they can't join the Federation until they end their conflict with the Tarsians, a conflict which had only recently ended when the Angosians were introduced in the TNG episode "The Hunted."
    • In the TNG episode "The Chase", set in 2369, it's been 30 years since Galen and Picard have seen each other, meaning they last saw each other in the end of Boats Against the Current. Thanks to Maddox's intervention, that 30 year gap will be averted.
    • In "Incident at Ivex" the Klingon bird of prey is named "Tong Vey" after a famous battle in Klingon history that is a plot point from the Deep Space Nine episode "Rules of Engagement."
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    • In the "Tempest Tossed" the main Cardassian ship is the "Kraxon" which is the same ship that takes Thomas Riker into custody in the Deep Space 9 episode "Defiant." And Gul Krim is the name of a Legate mentioned in dialogue in Deep Space 9's "Behind the Lines".
    • In "Primum Non Nocere" the medical mission the Tempest is diverted from is delivering antiviral medicines to the plague ravaged colony of Arvada III. In the TNG episode "Arsenal of Freedom", Dr. Crusher tells a story about how a plague broke out on the colony where she was living with her grandmother. Traditional medical supplies ran out and her grandmother used local plants and herbs as a stop gap before help could arrive. The reason such a stopgap was necessary, according to Star Trek: Tempest, is because the ship carrying the necessary relief was diverted by a different mission - the circumstances of "Primum Non Nocere."
  • Everybody Did It: Sabotage on Station 7, as an intentional send up of Agatha Christie, ends with a version of this. Turns out everyone was guilty EXCEPT the saboteur. And the sabotage was an indirect way of bringing the guilty parties to justice.
  • Literary Allusion Title
    • "The Tempest Tossed" is from Emma Lazarus' poem The New Colossus. The one that goes, "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." and which continues, "Send these the homeless, the tempest-tost to me..."
    • "Above the Highest Sky" is an adaptation of the Star Trek animated series episode title "Beyond the Farthest Star" and to a lesser extent, the Deep Space 9 episode title "Far Beyond the Stars."
    • "Boats Against the Current" is a line from The Great Gatsby which likens the futility of trying to return to an out of reach past with trying to row a boat against the water's current.
    • "The Captain in the Arena" is a play on the "It's not the critic who counts..." excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt's "Citizenship in a Republic" speech, which includes the line, "The credit belongs to the man actually in the arena." And of course, also the classic TOS episode the mission is built on, "The Arena".
    • The Wise Man Will Wage Just Wars: is a quote from St. Augustine's "City of God" — "But, say they, the wise man will wage just wars. As if he would not all the rather lament the necessity of just wars, if he remembers that he is a man; for if they were not just he would not wage them, and would therefore be delivered from all wars. For it is the wrongdoing of the opposing party which compels the wise man to wage just wars." which is the first use of the phrase "just war" in literature and what would go on to be termed "Just War Theory."
    • Covenants Without Swords is a quote from Thomas Hobbes' "Leviathan" where he states, 'Covenants, without the sword, are but words and of no strength to secure a man at all.' Meaning that an orderly and peaceful society cannot function without some sort of authority that has a monopoly on physical force.
    • Deserts Nearer Home is an allusion to Robert Frost's "Desert Places" poem whose last line is, "I have it in me so much nearer home to scare myself with my own desert places."
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Primum Non Nocere: the research outpost is named for the Dr. Frankenstein like character C.A. Rotwang from the landmark science fiction film Metropolis. Also, Budala is the word for 'fool' in several Eastern European languages.
  • Mile-Long Ship: The Zandaran Ark ship from "Above the Highest Sky" is this. Also apparently a Generation Ship since the inhabitants have lived in the ship's main volume for generations and the ship originates from somewhere on the other side of the galaxy.
  • Mythology Gag: One of the Tempest's shuttles until it's destroyed in "That Which Is Unknown" is the shuttlecraft Cristoforetti, who is an Italian astronaut who did a tour of duty on the International Space Station and, while there, took a picture of herself wearing a Star Trek costume in the station's cupola module.
  • Shout-Out: The name of the Sentry Station 7 commander is Robert Slocum, the name of the narrator from Joseph Heller's Something Happened, who is also a mediocre middle aged man with a lackluster career and a loveless marriage.
  • Whole-Plot Reference:
    • The premise of Above the Highest Sky is almost a direct lift from The Orville episode "If the Stars Should Appear".
    • Captain in the Arena is an in-universe deliberate reference to the Star Trek original series episode "The Arena" - Intentional on the part of the Gorn, who have decided to model their diplomatic contact with the Federation on the circumstances surrounding first contact...which are the events of "The Arena" episode.