|Excelsior: Forged in Fire|
Cover by Tom Hallman
|Series:||The Original Series|
|Author(s):||Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels|
|Published:||paperback - 26 December 2007|
ISBN 1416554726 (eBook)
|Date:||2173, 2218, 2248, 2269, 2289-2290, 2293, 2295, 2363|
Captain Sulu become involved in the treachery of a Klingon criminal.
Hikaru Sulu, recently installed as first officer of the Excelsior, encounters a dying woman while on shore leave on Galdonterre, who tells him that someone is trying to disrupt peace talks between the Federation and the Klingons at Korvat colony, the same someone that infected her with a lethal biovirus. Feeling that his captain, Lawrence H. Styles, is not taking the matter seriously, Sulu contacts Sarek and pulls a few strings, getting the Excelsior assigned to escort the Federation delegation.
Despite their precautions, the conference is bombed, killing Styles and several others and injuring both Sarek and the Klingon ambassador Kamarag. Kor, Kang and Koloth, the three Klingon captains present at the conference, decide to pursue the culprit deeper into Klingon space. Sulu is refused to permission to join them by both Starfleet Command and the High Council so Curzon Dax, Sarek's deputy, accompanies them instead.
The culprit turns out to be Qagh, an albino Klingon and distant cousin of Kor's, who was abandoned to die at birth because of a number of defects. He was found and raised by two Orions, only to kill them and take control of their criminal organisation. He has been raiding scientific outposts in both Federation and Klingon space, both for the gene therapies he needs to stay alive and for bioweapons, and fears an alliance between his two enemies.
Qagh briefly captures Kor, Kang, Koloth and Curzon and destroys Koloth's ship, the Gal'tagh, before taking refuge in the dangerous Qul Tuq system. Sulu disobeys orders and takes the Excelsior to assist, helping capture Qagh's ship. Sulu, Kor and Koloth pursue Qagh to the surface where Sulu defeats Qagh in a duel but he escapes thanks to the intervention of his followers. Starfleet attempt to court martial Sulu for his actions but when Kamarag makes it clear such an action would end the peace talks he is instead made captain of the Excelsior.
Some years later, a retrovirus implanted in the three Klingons when they were held prisoner causes their newborns sons to die. A similar attempt is made on the life of Sulu's daughter Demora but she survives thanks to an inherited immunity to the Omega IV virus that is a key component of the retrovirus. The three Klingons and Curzon swear a blood oath to avenge the murders.
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|Voyages of the USS Excelsior (NCC-2000) under Captain Hikaru Sulu|
|Captain Sulu Adventures
|Cacophony | Envoy | Transformations|
|Novels||The Fearful Summons | The Captain's Daughter | The Ashes of Eden | Starfleet Academy | The Captain's Table: War Dragons | The Lost Era: The Sundered | Excelsior: Forged in Fire|
|Comics||Tests of Courage|
|Episode/Movies||Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country | Flashback|
|Characters||Hikaru Sulu | Pavel Chekov | Janice Rand | Devon Gabler | Dmitri Valtane | Leonard James Akaar | Lojur | Tuvok | Altos Viger|