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A hotshot young officer goes on an unauthorized mission after being promoted to command by the death of his captain.

Background information Edit

  • This issue has a similar plot to DS9: "Valiant".

Creators Edit

Characters Edit

Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in DC TOS volume 1 characters.

Regular and recurring characters Edit

Constitution class refit bridge 2

Senior staff of the Enterprise-A.

James T. Kirk 
USS Enterprise-A commanding officer, a Starfleet captain.
Spock 
Vulcan Half-Vulcan Starfleet captain serving as Enterprise-A exec and science officer.
Pavel Chekov 
Enterprise-A security chief, a Starfleet commander. Chekov appears in a few panels in this issue but does not have any dialogue.
Uhura 
Enterprise-A communications officer, a Starfleet commander.
Hikaru Sulu 
Enterprise-A helmsman, a Starfleet commander.
Arex

Arex.

Arex : Enterprise-A navigator. Kirk orders Arex and Sulu to take the vessel to sector 9.
Ronald R. Penn 
Starfleet cadet-commander who receives Captain Fields's order to take command of Cluster and the vessel's trainee crew. Even though the rank insignia drawn on Penn's uniform looks roughly like that of an ensign, he is addressed as both "cadet" and "commander" in dialogue, and apparently was in a position of authority over other lieutenants and lieutenant commanders on the bridge.
Romulan commander 
Romulan starship commander who assaults the Cluster landing party, and then the vessel itself, after Penn's counter-attack. The same commander encountered during "The Doomsday Bug" storyline.

Mentioned Edit

Tongo Rad 
Kirk mentions that he just ditched a Federation "watchdog" assigned to Enterprise-A at their last stop.

Other characters Edit

Fields 
Captain of the USS Cluster. Fields led an ill-fated landing party that was massacred in a Romulan ambush.
Ventura 
Starfleet cadet-lieutenant, a communications trainee assigned to USS Cluster. In some panels, Ventura's rank insignia is roughly drawn as a lieutenant junior grade, but in other clearers shots it is a full lieutenant's bar.
Bigelow 
Starfleet lieutenant commander assigned to USS Cluster. Bigelow wore the yellow uniform patches of a pilot, and answered to orders Penn addressed to the helm, but Penn also addressed another female ensign as the "helmsman".
Marciari 
Starfleet crewmember lost on the ill-fated USS Cluster landing party. It wasn't clear if the female on page one was named Testa, Marciari or McVey, but she must be one of those three.
McVey 
Starfleet crewmember lost on the ill-fated USS Cluster landing party. It wasn't clear if the female on page one was named Testa, Marciari or McVey, but she must be one of those three.
Testa 
Starfleet crewmember lost on the ill-fated USS Cluster landing party. It wasn't clear if the female on page one was named Testa, Marciari or McVey, but she must be one of those three.
Keller 
Starfleet crewmember lost on the ill-fated USS Cluster landing party.
"Spitz" Spithogiannis 
Starfleet crewmember lost on the ill-fated USS Cluster landing party.
Sajak 
Romulan subordinate officer.
Cluster helmsman 
Blonde female ensign, with gray uniform patches, assigned to the helm on USS Cluster. Since she wore gray insignia, it would seem she specialized as a navigator, despite being referred to as "helmsman" -- or she could have been filling both roles. Mr. Bigelow also responded to orders.
Andorian ensign 
Andorian Starfleet ensign, with yellow uniform patches, assigned to USS Cluster. His uniform indicates he was probably an engineer, since he was not holding a pilot position -- yellow uniform insignia denote pilots or engineers.

References Edit

USS Cluster 
Miranda-class Federation starship.
Christofi IX 
Planet, located of a Federation starbase facility. Kirk orders the surviving crew of USS Cluster to report to this base.
USS Enterprise-A quarter

USS Enterprise-A.

USS Enterprise-A : Federation starship.
Romulan starship 
Romulan space vessel. This ship design was taken from the Romulan Ship Recognition Manual from FASA's Star Trek Roleplaying Game
Sector 9 
Location of the battle between the Romulans and the USS Cluster.


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