The following is a list of episodes in the third series of stories for the "Star Trek: Athena" site. The stories in Series 3 follow the events of "Confluence," and contain Episodes 71 to Episode 101. All the episodes in Series 3 are now available.
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The Athena is on its way back to Earth after the confrontation at Cretaceia, and with the crew of the Alexandria on board, conditions are crowded. Meanwhile, the Ksassans are staging a bold attack on the Borg with unexpected consequences for subspace, leaving the Athena, and all other starships, dead in space. How would the crew react to the ship suddenly becoming a multigeneration sublight ship? To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name deadinspace.zip, file size 71.4 K]
The Athena arrives at Earth, where Captain Thorpe and his science officer and lover Damiko Matsubara informs her parents that she is pregnant. At the same time, first officer Julia Bayanhong is united with Dusty, her comsfosaurand then a Borg cube shows up at Earth and every other major planet in the Federation. However, these Borg are acting very differently from the previous Borg who came to Earth. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name oncecyborgs.zip, file size 71.0 K]
Although the Babylon Project is being dismantled, it is still unclear whether the situation at Rigel has been faked or not, so the Athena heads back to that star system to further investigate the matter. They find that the situation is still confused, and not only are the changes to subspace having an effect on the Rigel stars, but on all stars. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name endoftheworld.zip, file size 61.2 K]
Subspace might have been restored, but not in the same way as it was, as Starfleet begins to realize. Understanding that the Ksassans are somehow involved, the Athena, with Admiral Quinn on board, heads to Cas for meetings with the Ksassans. Captain Thorpe has his own sort of rendezvous with a Ksassan woman, while Quinn thinks he might have to negotiate away the Federation. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name soulselling.zip, file size 64.0 K]
The Athena, using its engines in the chronometric displacement mode, travels vastly farther than it has ever gone before, tens of thousands of light years deep into an ancient section of the galaxy where apparently ancient machinery controlling and maintaining the transwarp conduit network is located. It is here that the crew hopes to "reset" subspace properly. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name oncemorefire.zip, file size 70.9 K]
In a time-shifting episode, the consequences of a violent attack by Orion thugs on Captain Thorpe and Commander Matsubara in New Darwin are shown, for the couple and for the Federation at large. Thorpe, seemingly unable to remember more than a day or so, is healed using an illegal procedure, and then works on a plan to send them back in time to avoid that attack and undo what they feel is an error in the timelinewith consequences they could not imagine. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name revisited.zip, file size 70.9 K]
With Commander Matsubara's pregnancy coming close to term, the couple spend a little leave time on Risa, before Matsubara leaves the Athena to give birth to their son. While on Risa, Thorpe runs into a mysterious man who seems to have informaton on the fate of Thorpe's father, Jerome Thorpe. Once more, the couple are off on a seemingly wild goose chase.
Captain Thorpe and Commander Matsubara sneak into the Gamma Quadrant, having located the planet where the Babylon Project had its base. In fact, the planet has a base located there, but they do not arrive at the planet alone. While Matsubara remains on the Styx II, alone except for a holographic doctor as the birth of her son nears, Thorpe attempts to finally get the answer to the question on his father. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name winnipegkyoto.zip, file size 70.9 K] Both parts of the story are in this download file.
The Athena is at Earth, and Captain Thorpe is lobbying Starfleet Command for the assignment for the follow-up mission to the Omerra Open Cluster, replacing the Americo. Meanwhile, first officer Commander Bayanhong meets up with an old friend and lover, and finds that he is not the man that she remembers. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name david.zip, file size 94.3 K]
Captain Thorpe finds himself involved in the world of continuously-running holodeck characters, as he sees the need to shut them down in order to free up computer memory and processor time, and one of those characters is Eperingham Shore. Can he really shut him down? Is he a lifeform in his own right? To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name btoh.zip, file size 80.1 K]
Security Chief Sal Hakamura goes undercover to infiltrate Federation merchants who are illegally selling advanced weapons to a rebel organization on a prewarp, Prime Directive-protected planet, with the purpose to identify those individuals behind the plan and what their aims are. There, he learns why the rebel movement exists and what its aims are. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name theunderside.zip, file size 79.1 K]
The Athena encounters a disabled alien starship that bears the young of a previously-unencountered race, but their attempts to bring that ship and its cargo back to the home planet does not go as expected, as Captain Thorpe and his crew find the attitude of the A-Po towards their young a little peculiar. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name scrameggs.zip, file size 59.4 K]
The Athena encounters the wreckage of the starship Vanguard, and quickly determine that it came from the future. There are survivors, but they soon die, with the last leaving the cryptic message to complete the mission. While exploring the wreckage, the crew finds the body of Kathy Brigson, the sister to science officer Grace Brigson. What mission did that ship want to complete, and for which Brigson's sister died? To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name hook.zip, file size 65.3 K]
The Athena receives a distress signal on a subspace frequency from the planet Zekred, known to be a prewarp civilization, and the distress message implies that the planet is under "alien attack," but when the starship arrives, the "aliens" are found to be of the same xenotype as the Zekredi;and the attackers are using advanced weapons on the Zekredi. Captain Thorpe and his crew has to figure out how to resolve this. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name homeground.zip, file size 64.0 K]
Type Two Inverse Thrust subspace waves, the same kind felt in the galaxy after the "Lazarus incident" over a century earlier, are felt again, and the Athena, being the closest ship, is sent to investigate. At the same time, Admiral Nechayev is embroiling Captain Thorpe in another of her investigatons. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name rememhim.zip, file size 78.8 K]
The Athena, en route to Deep Space Thirteen, makes a stop at Philentrophia, the home planet of Commander Hakamura, allowing the security chief to visit his parents and introduce them to Marlina Tsonga. At the same time, chief engineer Rodall Dewuchun has arranged a meeting with his wife on the planet. Just as the Athena is leaving, a Borg cube is spotted heading to Philentrophia.
The Athena returns to Philentrophia under cloak to assess the situation and rescue the stranded Starfleet officers that it can, while those on the planet, including Hakamura's parents and Chief Engineer Dewuchun's wife Inizi begins to experience what the Ksassans have in mind. To read the story off-line, download the story. Both parts of "Beating the Drums of War" are in this file [file name drumswar.zip, file size 128.3 K]
While the crew is preoccupied with the situation on Philentrophia and feels that the Athena could be more useful elsewhere, Captain Della Grey at Deep Space Thirteen has another mission for the ship, a simple one to retrieve a diplomatic team from a planet named Hrova. Of course, the situation is never as simple as that. At the same time, Dr. Psakolaps makes contact with a local woman. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name lostalone.zip, file size 64.2 K]
While the Athena begins an exploration mission in an unexplored sector, they come across a starship crewed by a race known as the Sosans, who were previously unencountered. While implying that their ship is disabled, they convince the crew to help with repairs, which are done much faster than expected. The Sosan ship soon disappearswith Lieutenant Commander Vorwoorts on board. While the Athena tracks down the Sosan ship to recover their missing crewmember, Vorwoorts tries to figure out what the Sosans want with her. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name howfar.zip, file size 70.2 K]
Starfleet has lost contact with the Devon, the ship sent to the Omerra Open Cluster in place of the Athena. Now, Captain Della Grey of Deep Space 13 has assigned the Athena to investigate the loss of contact and essentially take over from the Devon. In the Cluster, the crew get an idea of the dangers of the sectorand their advantage. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name treadcare.zip, file size 65.4 K]
The Athena has located a missing \Devon\ runabout at the planet of Cork, so the runabout Irrawaddy, under the command of Henrietta Vorwoorts, is sent there to search for the missing Devon crewmembers. They find a hot, dry world and an alien structure that they seek shelter in when mysterious forces drain their power. The only problem is that there are more mysterious and unwanted forces inside the alien structure. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name feastdust.zip, file size 65,7 K]
Captain Thorpe has been provided some new crewmembers by Starfleet Command, and he assigns most of them to the Devon, and first officer Julia Bayanhong is given a field promotion to captain and assigned the Devon. One of those new crewmembers, the Betazoid science officer Enxya Djurkurn, has information on where the Overseer Preserver monument may be located, and with this information, the Overseer language may be translated. The Devon heads to Waterford, and there Djurkurn has an unexpected encounter with some Overseer technology. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name toexplore.zip, file size 77.1 K]
An attempt to reactivate Overseer technology on the Overseers' Planet results in a signal being transmitted throughout the Omerra Open Cluster, and the return signals indicate the locations of functioning Overseer installations. One of those is at Sligo, and the Athena lander is sent there to investigate. On board is Djurkurn, who is still learning to useand appreciate the limits ofher new abilities. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name therelic.zip, file size 72.8 K]
An explosion at the Oversser station at Galway, which the Starfleet Corps of Engineers is converting into what will become Deep Space Nineteen, has injured Captain Thorpe and Lieutenant Djurkurn. They apparently wake up years later, when the station is fully operational, the Omerra Open Cluster is under Federation control and the Bendari are becoming beligerent that they did not get a share of the wealth. However, Thorpe sees subtle signs that all is not what it seems to be. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name ghostofds19.zip, file size 60.6 K]
The information that the Athena crew is getting from the Overseer database implies that there is an additional planet in the cluster that is not on their charts, a world that they called Eire. The runabout Thames under Commander Sanjay Indesakar is sent to investigate, but they see nothing thereyet Kelsey Hann can sense a presence. The Overseer ship Dublin is then sent there, and it can detect a presence. An away team manages to board an installation on Eire, and find many different species in statisincluding one special individual. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name mentor.zip, file size 76.7 K]
Based on information that Captain Thorpe received in his coma state after the incident at Deep Space Nineteen, he suspects that diberyllium can be found at Clare. The Devon is sent there to investigate, and they find a single Overseer installation there that may or may not lead to the valuable material. Meanwhile, a Ksassan warcruiser under the command of Denonrupetu, with whom Thorpe has a history, enters the cluster and determines that Clare is the destination they want to go to. There, it encounters the Denonrupetu Deveon, and an important lesson is learned. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name huntedhunter.zip, file size 78.1 K]
Sal Hakamura and Rodall Dewuchun's wife Inizi are living under the Ksassan occupation on Philentrophia, and are part of the resistance movement, a movement that the Ksassans are effectively compromising and containing. However, there is one last mission, to free an Odonan who is a subaqe, one of a telepathic couple, and hence someone that they could use to communicate with the rest of the universe. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name foreigngun.zip, file size 69.6 K]
A second Ksassan warcruiser, looking for the missing first one, enters the Omerra Open Cluster and heads to the Overseers Planet. Captain Thorpe and his crew are still searching for the diberyllium they need, although they have quietly convinced an Odonan ship under the command of Chiang Tron to loan him a similar material. Then the Ksassans capture the "base camp" on the Odonan planet. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name wagesofwar.zip, file size 77.7 K]
The Athena is informed that their mission in the Cluster has come to an end, and they are to return to Deep Space 13. The Dublin is to accompany them, but then is diverted to Earth. Shortly thereafter, the Overseer ship reports that they have suffered a malfunction and are dead in space. The Athena is sent to investigate, but when they arrive where the Dublin was located, what they see was not what they expected. To read the story off-line, download the story. [file name asone.zip, file size 74.6 K]
Starfleet, through assorted intelligence sources, are increasingly concerned that a second wave of invasions, including that of Trill, are to come, so under Admiral Quinn, Starfleet is determined to stop this by going on the offensive and test their new weapon. Plans are made, both on Philentrophiaand the other occupied worldsand with the various task forces being formed. Captain Thorpe is assigned command of the task force that will attempt to liberate Philentrophia.
The liberation of Philentrophia begins with the attack on the Borg cube ship stationed there, and during this invasion, all that Captain Thorpe and Lieutenant Hakamura and the others have learned and considered and prepared for will be put to the test, as well as their ability to improvise on the fly. Will it be enough? To read the story off-line, download the story. Both parts are in the same zip file [file name firstlightdawn.zip, file size 165.2 K]
This concludes Series 3 of "Star Trek: Athena," and I hope that you have enjoyed reading these stories as much as I have writing and posting them. Feedback is always welcome. At some point in the future, there will be Series 4.
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