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Okay, I guess we'll skip discussing Benevolence. We will move on, or rather go back to, "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" That grammatically-challenged android episode dealing with the misadventures of Roger Korby.

I was going to do a science vessel for that episode but on further thought, this one needs that spy ship I mentioned. So we will set aside Cahuya for the time being (maybe return to it later) and instead show the ship that brought Korby and company to Exo III, As I mentioned above, my backstory is that Exo III is near contested space. Korby believes there are remnants of an ancient, advanced civilization on the planet and Star Fleet wants any tech there before it can fall into the hands of potentially hostile aliens in the local area. So Korby and his team are sent out very quietly aboard the Kiaga-class patrol ship Kurtarran. As I wrote in SotSF2, Kiaga and Agilis-class PAs were assigned multi mission patrols in the years following the Four Years War. Part of Kurtarran's mission is listening and covert incursion. She carries one Ericsson-type class W warp shuttle, modeled on Jefferies' original shuttle design, and it is used to insert the Korby expedition. The rest is known except for the question of who comes back to look for them- a question I will get to next.

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A few years pass and Star Fleet sends a ship to search for the Korby expedition - the cutter USS Ibn Rustah, NCC-P1409, a patrol ship of the Pytheas-class. Cutters patrol the frontier with PAs and clippers - weaker cousins of these ships designed to stay on station for longer than any of the frontier vessels. They are also designed to "cut" through areas of space that lack high-Chi spacelanes. They carry one shuttlecraft that was used to supplement a surface and orbit search, to no avail. Six months later, Star Fleet sent Ibn Rustah's sister ship, Annôn, NCC-P1403, which was also unable to find Korby. The failure of these two clandestine missions to Exo III forced them to divert Enterprise from its frontier duty to apply its considerable resources to one last effort.

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Welcome back and Happy New Year. Today, out of sequence, is the Astral Queen from "Conscience of the King". I've adapted Mike Morissette's Almeida design for this space liner. Enjoy.

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Stardate 1512.2
November 10, 1966
This is the big troublemaker. Thanks to Tallguy, it was possible to realize depicting this behemoth with some accuracy. It is scaled somewhat larger than most people depict it. Most descriptions say it is a mile in diameter, but when Enterprise comes up to within about 5000 meters, Fesarius is quite a bit bigger than a one mile wide ship would be. At least by my calculations. Presented is my best guess of the size depicted. And yet, as Todd Guenther pointed out, the episode is all about deceptions, so it is uncertain what the real size of the cube, pilot vessel or Fesarius really are.

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Mid episode, SD 1514.1: "Something's going on, Captain" "It's a small ship"
Todd Guenther built a model of Balok's pilot vessel and placed it in a frame with Enterprise so we could see just how big it was. But as Todd pointed out, its visual appearance might not reflect its "real" appearance, as the cube is said to be 107 meters but only appears to be 10. The whole episode is about deceptions. Kirk and his "Corbomite Maneuver". Balok and his puppet. So I have built upon this idea and equipped Fesarius and this small pilot vessel (and the cube) with "spacetime distortion fields". Maybe camouflage, maybe more. The result is we can only report apparent data from visual and scanned inspection until Mr. Bailey returns from his exchange program aboard Balok's flagship.

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Finishing this episode:

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Captain's log, Stardate 1709.6. We are at the Neutral Zone. Have lost contact with the intruder. No reaction on our motion sensors but believe the Romulan vessel to be somewhere close by...

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January 19, 1967
"Arena"

Kirk:
"Any identification on the attacking vessel?"

Sulu:
"No, sir. Doesn't correspond with any configuration we're familiar with."

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"Tomorrow is Yesterday" January 26, 1967

SPOCK:
"Positive identification, Captain. Aircraft is an interceptor, equipped with missiles, possibly armed with nuclear warheads. If he hits us with one, he might damage us severely, perhaps beyond our capacity to repair under current circumstances."

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Thursday, February 2, 1967. Bolivia approves its new constitution. President Johnson holds a press conference that primarily focuses on the United States’ interaction with communist regimes, including North Vietnam and the U.S.S.R. In another press conference, in New York, California lawyer Gary Davidson announces the formation of the 10-team American Basketball Association to compete with the 10-team NBA.

And NBC puts Captain Kirk in hot water when it airs the twentieth episode of Star Trek, "Court Martial":

Captain's Log, Stardate 2947.3. We have been through a severe ion storm. One crewman is dead. Ship's damage is considerable. I have ordered a non-scheduled layover on Starbase Eleven for repairs.

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