A Voice in the Wilderness is a Star Trek Online fan fiction by StarSword, set in the Bait and Switch shared universe, written for the Star Trek Online: Unofficial Literary Challenge.

The story is told in three parts. Parts one and two use ULC 8: "Revisit to a Weird Game, One of One", while part three uses ULC 16: "A Future That Many Will Never See".

Summary[edit | edit source]

Part I[edit | edit source]

Following High Admiral D'trel's assassination of Kobali General Q'Nel and the Delta Alliance installation of Jhet'leya as Kobali Premier, Captain Kanril Eleya is dispatched by Vice Admiral Marama Reynolds to offer a peace deal to the Vaadwaur Supremacy. After making the pitch to Commander Darva of VSW Revenge, she withdraws.

Later, USS Bajor encounters a distress signal from an uninhabited Class N moon, designated Adaris VIId, and discovers an ancient Borg installation. After debating the merits of simply destroying the site from orbit, Kanril beams down to investigate.

Part II[edit | edit source]

Kanril and her away team explore the installation, discovering it to have been originally created by the Preservers. Eventually they reach a computer room, where Command Master Chief Kinlo locates a hologram of a Preserver stating that he had accidentally created the Borg while attempting to create nanoprobes for medical use. The result, One of One, the original Borg artificial intelligence, has been imprisoned in the installation for approximately 4.5 billion years.

One of One breaks loose as ships controlled by the Borg Queen arrive, and Kanril attempts to hide her ship with a nearby Class Y moon.

Part III[edit | edit source]

Having subverted the incoming Borg ships to its use, One of One attacks USS Bajor. Kanril is able to destroy two probes and a cube and One of One withdraws as additional Queen ships show up, but one of Bajor's warp nacelles is damaged beyond repair, and the nearest Alliance backup is 28 hours away. After destroying some attackers and subverting others, One of One resumes its attack, but a Vaadwaur fleet arrives in response to Bajor's distress signal and is able to tractor her to the safety of Underspace.

Back at base, Vice Admiral Reynolds states the Vaadwaur are open to peace negotiations and sends Bajor back to the Alpha Quadrant for major repairs. She notes, however, that this is not a vacation: another Dyson sphere has been discovered and the Federation is expecting a full-scale Iconian invasion of its home space within weeks.

Memorable quotes[edit | edit source]

"It's not the human thing to do."
"Guess what: she's not human, you idiot. And neither am I or Korami, in case you didn't notice. This isn't the Academy where there's always a perfect—" (is interrupted by the intercom) "WHAT?!"
Lieutenant Dzvonko Pandev and Captain Kanril Eleya
"FNN just aired a two-hour exposé on all the Kobalis' various dirty dealings. You should see the flame wars on the extranet—public support for Operation Delta Rising just went in the bog, along with Okeg's approval rating. I haven't seen poll numbers drop that fast since Councillor Steiner turned out to have Orion Syndicate ties."
"My heart bleeds. I voted straight-ticket Labor."
Vice Admiral Marama Reynolds and Kanril Eleya
"Surrender your vessel. Your technological and biological distinctiveness are immaterial. You will be assimilated into the whole and perfected. I am the Borg. Resistance is futile."
One of One

References[edit | edit source]

Characters[edit | edit source]

AnusuCreatorDarvaD'trelBynam EhrobEight of Twenty-Five, Quinary Subjunct of Unimatrix 15Arak EsplinFarlaFive of Ten, Secondary Adjunct of Unimatrix 15GarokHarnKanril EleyaKinloSibrin KoramiDul'krah, Clan KorekhCatherine LingKaitlyn McMillanOne of OnePaknisoDzvonko PandevPark Jin-SooTesjha PhohlQ'TiraReshek GaarraMarama ReynoldsBirail RiyannisTen of Seventeen, Octonary Adjunct of Unimatrix 15Peter WigginWarragul WirrpandaZasrassi
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Borg QueenEldexImyre JakirImyre PwonKahless the UnforgettableKerenskyAennik OkegQ'NelWilliam T. Rikertr'RllaillieuShad OnaKevin SteinerJiro SugiharaSylokCharivretha zh'Thane

Events[edit | edit source]

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Iconian War

Locations[edit | edit source]

Adaris system (Adaris VII, Adaris VIId) • Delta QuadrantKobali Prime
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Alpha QuadrantAndoriaHerald SphereKlaestron IVmirror universeVaadwaur Prime

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

AndorianBajoranBorg (Borg drone) • CaitianHumanKlingonKobaliPreserverRomulanSaurianVaadwaurZakdorn
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Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

acting captaincaptaincommand master chief petty officercommandercrewman recruitensignhigh admirallieutenantlieutenant junior gradelieutenant commandermaster chief petty officeroverseerpetty officervice admiral
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Federation CouncillorpremierPresident of the United Federation of PlanetsSecretary of DefenseSupreme Overseer

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

Astika-classBorg cubeBorg probeBorg sphereBorg tactical cubeBorg unimatrix command shipManasa-classUSS Bajor (Galaxy-class) • Vaadwaur assault cruiserVSW Revenge (Astika-class)
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IKS NaS'puchpa'USS Onondaga (Dakota-class) • USS SitakUSS Taino (Dakota-class)

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Delta Alliance (Delta Alliance Security Council) Klingon Defense ForceStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsVaadwaur Supremacy
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Clan InograFederation Diplomatic CorpsFederation News NetworkKlingon Seventh FleetOrion SyndicateRomulan Republic (Romulan Republic Senate) • Romulan Star Empire

Technology and weapons[edit | edit source]

artificial intelligencecutting beamdeflector shieldimpulse drivenacellenanoprobePADDphaser arrayquantum torpedotorpedo tubetransporterType 3 phaserwarp coilwarp drive
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Other references[edit | edit source]

assault teamaway teamBibleflame warjumja stickthaanTreaty of KhitomerXucphran goose

Appendices[edit | edit source]

Connections[edit | edit source]

Borg fan film episodes
New Voyages: "Come What May"
Unity: "Out of the Shadows" | "Into the Fire" | "Ancient Order" | "The Unit" | "Threads" | "Threads, Part Two" | "Final Order" | "Doomsday, Part One" | "Doomsday, Part Two" | "Double Jeopardy" | "Moebius" | "Twilight"
Minor appearances: "New Order" | "Memoirs of Unity" | "Duel of the Fates" | "Fifth Element" | "Zombies on Kressgon"
Borg fan fiction episodes
Cantabrian Expeditions: "An Innocent Time" | "Devil's Cube" | "Dream a Little Dream of Me"
Phoenix-X: "Jello Cubes" | "The Return of the Borg" | "Destiny's Revenge, Part I", II & III | Reloaded | "Invasion 101" | "Displacement Syndrome" | "Winter Wonderland Celebrations"
Prospect Chronicles: "The Burnt Child"
RIS Bouteina: "Sphere of Influence"
Bait and Switch: "From Bajor to the Black, Part II" | A Voice in the Wilderness | "Brother on Brother, Daughter on Mother"

External links[edit | edit source]

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