is sent to a Vedala asteroid on a mission. The Vedala are the oldest known space-faring race and have discovered a threat to the entire galaxy. They have sent for a team of specialists, including Kirk and Spock. The two officers beam down to the asteroid and find themselves in a clearing with four other aliens and a Vedala representative. It introduces the other aliens: Tchar, hereditary prince of the Skorr; then Sord, a large strong reptiloid Next is Em/3/Green, a coward, lockpick, and thief. Lara, a humanoid female, has a flawless direction sense. Spock has been chosen for his scientific expertise and Kirk for his leadership and adaptability. Tchar explains that his people were great warriors two centuries ago and threatened to overwhelm the galaxy. They became civilized because of Alar, their religious leader and their teacher. When he died, Alar's brain patterns were recorded in an indurite sculpture. Someone has stolen the sculpture and the Skorr are prepared to make war on every non-Skorr in the galaxy. Spock warns that within two years, the Skorr could breed an army of 200 billion warriors. The Skorr government has kept the theft secret and they must recover it before the Skorr discover it is gone and launch a holy war on the galaxy. The thief is unknown but the Vedala have found its location: a "mad" planet wracked by all matter of natural disasters. Three previous expeditions have failed and the Vedala can't survive on the planet. All six specialists agree and the Vedala teleports them to the planet...Read the full recap
Em/3/Green: I was sentenced to this mad expedition. My people are cautious, what you would call cowards.
Sord: I like this planet. It's got variety!
Lara: Vulcans. Never liked them much myself. Cold-blooded critters, all of them.
Kirk: I wouldn't say that. Mr. Spock is a... unique personality.
Lara: But not human, like you and me. Maybe you got different customers. My world there's a lot of females, not so many men. Come we find a man attractive, we say so. I'm saying so. How do you find me?
Kirk: Fascinating. But we're not here on a pleasure trip, Lara.
Lara: All the more reason to take what pleasure there might be in it.
Em/3/Green: We'll all die here.
Spock: A statistical probability.
Lara: You ever quote anything beside statistics, Vulcan?
Spock: Yes. But philosophy and poetry are not appropriate here.
Spock: Far too close, Captain. I appreciate your action on my behalf, but your first duty is to the group and the mission.
Kirk: Quite right, Spock. And that responsibility includes not losing the best science officer in Starfleet.
Sord: You two going to argue honors or are we going to get on with it?
Kirk: That's it. End of a long hard journey.
Lara: We still have to go back, James. I'd tell you true, I find you an attractive man. If we were...together, the trip'd be easier. And if anything happened, why... we'd have some green memories.
Kirk: I already have... a lot of green memories.
Vedala: We cannot reward you. For the good of the Skorr, this must be forever secret. You have only our thanks.
Sord: Got nowhere to keep a medal, anyway.