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Season 2, Episode 9:

In 2387, a major cataclysm of galactic proportion was averted when Ambassador Spock of Vulcan caused the Hobus supernova to be absorbed into an artificially created black hole. As a result of the supernova, however, the planet Romulus was destroyed and Nero sought to avenge the loss of his world. Both he and Spock were thrown back in time to the 23rd century. Nero then spent the next twenty-five years planning his revenge when Spock arrived in the past. Spock was then forced to bear witness to the destruction of the planet Vulcan in the year 2258. With ten thousand of his brethren left, Spock sought to preserve what was left his people while advising his past self in an alternate timeline to remain in Starfleet.

In 2375, while on a mission to destroy station Sentok Nor in orbit of the Dominion-occupied Betazed, Limis Vircona has a brief encounter with the Orb of Souls. The orb is accidentally opened during a scuffle with Cardassian and Jem’Hadar troops. The orb box is closed before it is able can induce any surreal visions. Things seem perfectly normal from her perspective upon returning to the USS Lambda Paz until she speaks the name of the Vulcan captain of a ship in the Seventh Fleet.

In this timeline, Lieutenant Commander Selek of the USS Epimetheus was never born as a result of Vulcan’s destruction a century earlier. In this timeline, the Federation is on the verge of defeat in the Dominion War. In this timeline, Starfleet is prepared to take extraordinary actions to assure victory over the Dominion, actions that compromise the Federation's own principles.

Rated: T
Categories: Alternate Original Series, Deep Space Nine, Expanded Universes Characters: Kozar, Ronnie, Morrison, Mandel, Spock (Nimoy), Spock (Quinto), Sullivan, Rebecca, Vircona, Limis
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Challenges: None
Series: Star Trek: Lambda Paz
Chapters: 6 Completed: Yes
Word count: 12353 Read: 13813
Published: 19 Oct 2011 Updated: 20 Jan 2012
Story Notes:

Historian’s Note: The main events of this story take place concurrently with “Especially the Lies,” which takes place shortly after “The Siege of AR-558” (DS9)

The first indication that history has been altered mirrors that of “Yesteryear” (TAS) when Captain James Kirk learns that his second-in-command is not a Vulcan named Spock, but an Andorian, and that Spock died when he was a child. On the other hand, that the Vulcan central to this story has the same name as Spock’s alias while in the past during that episode (Selek) is purely coincidental.

One premise of this story mirrors the TNG episodes “The Inner Light” and “Eye of the Beholder” where the central character experiences a longer period of time than the elapsed time in the “real world”.

1. Chapter 1 by Enterprise1981 [Reviews - 1] (984 words)
The Orb of Souls was referenced in the Pocket Books novels “Warpath”, “Fearful Symmetry” and “The Soul Key”, and is considered a doorway into alternate realities.

2. Chapter 2 by Enterprise1981 [Reviews - 1] (1840 words)
James Cawley is the name of the actor who plays Captain James T. Kirk in the online fan film series Star Trek: The New Voyages.

3. Chapter 3 by Enterprise1981 [Reviews - 1] (3281 words)

The three attacks on Vulcan refer to the three Battles of Vulcanis referenced in “Dominion War Sourcebook: Fires of Armageddon”. Also the Sourcebook references Admiral Arthur Bellamy as commander of the Seventh Fleet.

4. Chapter 4 by Enterprise1981 [Reviews - 5] (3181 words)

5. Chapter 5 by Enterprise1981 [Reviews - 1] (1682 words)

6. Chapter 6 by Enterprise1981 [Reviews - 1] (1385 words)