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With approval for a personal request, Captain Barret Stillwater and the crew of the USS Standing Bear proceed to the remote Beta Magellan system in the deep reaches of the Beta Quadrant. The system is home to Bynaus, homeworld of the genderless interconnected humanoids known as Bynars which work in determined pairs.
It is with great hope and confidence in the Bynars’ technical expertise that they will be able to resurrect the deleted files of the Standing Bear’s former emergency medical hologram. En route to the remote system, the USS Standing Bear discovers a derelict vessel on an asteroid.
With two of his crew members in a potentially dangerous situation on Ekos, Captain Stillwater has wrangled Admirals for support. The Federation’s need for new mining opportunities has led the USS Standing Bear to be ordered to rendezvous with the USS Monarch, taking on a special envoy tasked with negotiating mining rights to a moon on behalf of the Federation. The primary issue is the moon in question is disputed between two warring peoples: The Ekosi and the Zeon. A Federation scientist’s violation of the prime directive lead to Ekos becoming a Nazi society in the 23rd century, and the last Federation starship to visit the system abandoned their mission to Ekos in 2357 nearly forty years ago. Stillwater, however, is using the official mission to mask his ulterior motive to get his crew back safely.
As if the phantoms of the past have been conjured, a re-militarization has been taken place on Andoria underneath the Federation’s nose. The Andorians are out for blood; green blood and they have their phasersbanks at full power as they no longer care if that blood is Romulan or Vulcan. With very little notice, the Federation dispatches several starships to the Vulcan system, but when the Andorians do not show up, it becomes apparent the target was not Vulcan; the starships sent to defend Vulcan now must scramble and act as humanitarian first responders following an unprovoked Andorian attack on P’Jem which had been home to a rebuilt Vulcan monastery and a settlement of Romulan refugees who have settled in hopes of restarting the reunification of Vulcans and Romulans.
Commander Soral’s impassioned speech to persuade the Vulcans to vote against remaining with the Federation and carve a new path forward did not fall on deaf ears nor had it gone unnoticed on other Federation worlds like Earth. From the Alpha quadrant to the Beta quadrant, the Vulcan’s crucial vote was a pendulum that the Federation did not want swinging. Though Commander Soral has vocally expressed wanting to live to see Vulcans embrace their Romulan brethren, his speech has planted seeds of doubt between the United Federation of Planets and one of its founding members, the Vulcans.
With the Andorians having already withdrawn from the Federation, the prospect of losing yet another founding member has the Federation Council and Starfleet Command scrambling. From the very moment his speech was delivered, Captain Barret Stillwater felt as though he were listening to a pale mirror reflection of the man, he had served alongside aboard the USS Standing Bear. Betrayed by his First Officer, the former Commanding Officer of the starship Standing Bear sets out on a one-man unsanctioned mission with one goal in mind: Stop Soral by any means necessary.
Is murder being on the meu when it comes to the preservation of the Federation? What lengths will one man go to when peace and prosperity are at stake? When lines are drawn in the sand, do allies turn into enemies?
Meanwhile, the USS Standing Bear receives its new Commanding Officer, Captain Pippa Whitley, a half-Efrosian who is gravely concerned with the state of the Federation. Captain Whitley must get the starship Standing Bear ready as it receives orders, but Whitley’s First Officer is still on Vulcan and Starfleet Command has ‘frozen’ Soral’s commission, uncertain if he even has a future with Starfleet given his most recent actions on Vulcan. Lieutenant Kingsley assumes the duties of her husband in an awkward situation that challenges her and places her in a position between her duties as a Starfleet Officer and the bond of her marriage to Soral.
With orders to proceed to Vulcan immediately, Captain Whitley and the crew of the USS Standing Bear find themselves on a diplomatic mission, but one well within the Federation’s. It is a simple and straightforward mission, meet with the Vulcan representatives and put out the flames of rebellion sparked by Commander Soral. En route to Vulcan, however, the USS Standing Bear detects abnormal readings from within the former Romulan Neutral Zone. What they soon discover will change everything. On the abandoned L class planet of Thieurrull, a single Vulcanoid life sign is detected after the starship intercepts a very weak automated distress signal, a homing beacon.
It becomes a tale of two Sorals as Captain Stillwater finds himself in a daring duel to the death with his former First Officer while the USS Standing Bear battles to save the life of a second dying Soral. When answers begin to surface, it becomes clearer that the Soral on Vulcan is not (Primary Universe) Commander Soral, but the version from Mirror Universe on a covert temporal mission to bring about the end of the United Federation of Planets and acquire technology to defeat a new menace in the Mirror Universe, the Borg.
After delivering a rousing speech on Mount Seleya, calling for the Vulcans to reject further thoughts of secession from the United Federation of Planets, and rather embrace the infinite diversity in infinite combinations, continuing on the path of Surak, Captain Pippa Whitley returns to the USS Standing Bear to discover that their suspicions were spot on Commander Soral was not Commander Soral, but rather a Mirror Universe imposter who has abducted Lieutenant Kingsley and has taken her through a spatial rift into the mirror universe itself.
On the other side, a war wages across the galaxy - The Galactic Commonwealth, a mirror perversion of the United Federation of Planets is deadlocked in a losing war, pushed to the brink of extinction by the mirror universe’s Borg Collective, ruthless hive-minded cybernetic beings that do not merely assimilate those they deem a worthy addition their own but to assimilate and conquer all they view as inferior. They act as one though they are many, one mind controlled by the Borg King and it’s ‘ambassador to humanity,’ Locutus of Borg.
Two decades ago, the Cardassian Occupation figure, Skrain Dukat took a vice grip hold of the Cardassian people and led them into war with the Federation, joining the Dominion in a galactic war that stretched three quadrants. After a period of reconstruction, Cardassia has been rebuilt, its culture returning to a society populated by artisans. The children of soldiers grew up to be great diplomats under the leadership of the democratically elected Castellan and the Cardassian Assembly.
Follow attacks on outlying Cardassian colonies, a spike of domestic violence has struck terror in the homes of thousands. An attack at the Castellan's private residence has caused the Castellan to flee Cardassia, unintentionally leaving it open for their hidden enemy to step out from the shadows: The Obsidian Guard - a militant group of mercenaries, former Obsidian Order and Cardassian Union soldiers answering to a young charismatic leader looking to restore the fear in the Cardassian people with their namesake alone. The newly rechristened USS Standing Bear (replacing the former Merian class starship) is dispatched to Cardassian space to tackle the Obsidian Guard and the illegitimate Legate head on.