Rules of Engagement

Kirk squares off against the Klingons—in a battle he cannot win!

TOS #048 Cover

  • Stardate 2213.5
  • Released February 1990

A sudden revolution on the planet Dekkanar brings Captain Kirk and the Enterprise running to evacuate Federation personnel trapped there. But their orders from Starfleet are quite clear: the Enterprise is to assist in the evacuation, no more. No weapons are to be displayed, no shields raised, no shots fired.

Meanwhile, halfway across the galaxy, an experimental Klingon warship sets forth on a mission of its own, a warship with hidden—and heretofore undreamed of—capabilities, commanded by a warrior who will stop at nothing to bring glory to his Empire—and restore his own lost honor.

The Klingon ship’s destination? The planet Dekkanar…

Written by: Peter Morwood


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“Sulu, evasive,” snapped Kirk.

He watched the Klingon ship Hakkarl heel wildly across the screen as the Enterprise hit a savage combination break of yaw, roll and pitch all at the same time. It worked. Hakkarl‘s incoming fire seared under and through where they had been less than a second before.

But any satisfaction generated by that evasion was squashed by the way the Klingon snapped around in pursuit.

Whatever impossible maneuver Sulu attempted, Hakkarl matched and exceeded.

Spock looked up from a monitor with a grave expression on his face. “Captain,” he said. “There has been a critical overload in the shields, total failure will occur in fifty-seven seconds, unless we are given respite from this constant battering.”

In other words, Kirk thought, do something. Or we’re all dead.

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