A special six-part S.C.E. event that flashes back to previous adventures of the S.C.E. crew from the 23rd century to the height of the Dominion War, with special guests from all across the Star Trek universe!
2375: After being rescued from the U.S.S. Jenolen by the crew of the Starship Enterprise™, Captain Montgomery Scott found himself seventy-five years removed from the time he knows, a twenty-third-century engineer now living in the twenty-fourth. Now he serves as the liaison between the Starfleet Corps of Engineers and the admiralty, supervising the S.C.E.'s mission assignments.
But Scott's transition into a new century is not an easy one. The horrors of the Dominion War in particular bring about a crisis of conscience that leads Scotty from the strife-torn world of Kropasar to the pleasure planet of Risa, where encounters with Admirals Alynna Nechayev and William Ross, Ensign Robin Lefler, and Lefler's mysterious mother lead Scotty to a momentous decision....
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March 31, 2006
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Excerpt from Star Trek: Future Begins by Michael Schuster
Stardate 52612.6 August 2375, Old Earth Time
Once the delegation materialized on the surface of Kropasar, inside a very nice-looking gathering hall, Scotty immediately lost sight of the others who'd transported down with him ' except for Admiral Nechayev. Before he had quite acquired his bearings in the massive room, she was pulling him face-to-face with his first Kropaslin.
The Kropaslin were not normal humanoids by any stretch of the imagination. To Scotty's eyes, they resembled tall, bipedal lizards with feathers and a high forehead. They had four short arms which they usually kept close by their bodies, almost as if to protect themselves. Their most peculiar attribute was the complete lack of any visual organs. In any case, Scotty didn't spot any, even though he did look hard. In fact, the only sensory organ he could make out was their nose, which sported huge nostrils where other beings had their eyes, and they opened and closed in quick intervals.
They possessed feathers, or at least something that looked like feathers. Most of them grew on their head, around the nostrils, although the Kropaslin's arms also sported a few. This particular one did not even come up to Scotty's shoulders, though looking around he noticed there were several taller ones about. All of them were clothed, which was a blessing.
"Captain Scott, this is Bendalion Iamor, a thane in the Kropaslin Witenagemot," said Nechayev. "Thane Iamor, this is Captain Montgomery Scott, head of the Starfleet Corps of Engineers." She looked around the room and, noticing a Kropaslin trying to catch her attention, set off. "If you'll excuse me, I see High Cyning Forecic over there."
Scotty reached out and shook one of Iamor's four hands. "Good to meet you, Thane."
"Likewise, Captain Scott," Iamor replied. The Kropaslin's speech was heavily accented and very screechy; apparently he was speaking Standard directly, without the benefit of a universal translator. His voice box seemed to be unsuited for it.
"Thane, eh Do you all think you're Ancient Scots or somethin' " asked Scotty amusedly.
"Ah," said Iamor, "you refer to our political terminology: 'Witenagemot' for the legislature, 'thane' for its members, and 'high cyning' for its head. No, these terms were selected by a Federation translation team. They were considered most indicative of the fact that we possess a thoroughly democratic government that utilizes the trappings of an ancient feudal one."
Scotty simply nodded. As the conversation trickled on to a small pause, he finally took a good look at the hall they were in. It was certainly not a room designed for such receptions, that much was clear. However, quite for what purpose it had been designed was a question he did not have a ready answer to. The ceiling was a good five meters above the tallest Kropaslin's head, and in the center of it was a transparent dome that let in the murky light from outside. It seemed to be a cloudy day here in the planetary capital whose name he didn't recall at the moment.