U.S.S. Archon NCC-189

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U.S.S. Archon
Registry NCC-189
Class Daedalus
Status Lost, later determined to have been Destroyed (2167)
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The Federation Starship Archon was a Daedalus class vessel,[1] and originally served in the United Earth Starfleet prior to the founding of the Federation, where it saw combat during the Romulan War.[2] Prior to the establishment of the Prime Directive, also known as Starfleet General Order 1, the Archon made contact with the inhabitants of the planet Capella. Later, General Order 6 was created and put into effect after the Archon bartered for substandard dilithium from an Orion trader; the dilithium caused the reactor aboard the ship to explode, nearly destroying the ship.[3] The Archon disappeared at planet Beta III,[4] a planet in the C-111 system,[5] in 2167.[6] The Archon, which saw combat service during the Romulan War alongside the Enterprise NX-01,[2] was pulled from orbit by a planetary computer system called Landru. The surviving crew members were absorbed into Beta III's society, becoming known as the Archons.[4]

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U.S.S. Archon
U.S.S. Archon NCC-189 (ST IDW #10)
U.S.S. Archon NCC-189 (ST IDW #10)
Registry NCC-189
Class NX
Status Destroyed (2167)
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U.S.S. Archon NCC-189 incorporated into Landru. (ST IDW #9)
U.S.S. Archon NCC-189 incorporated into Landru. (ST IDW #9)

The Federation Starship Archon was an NX class cruiser assigned to a secret mission with Section 31 in the mid-22nd century, not long after the formation of the Federation. The crew of the Archon became part of an experiment in population and mind control on the planet Beta III conducted by Dr. Cornelius Landru. When the crew learned what Landru was doing, they attempted to stop him, but his computer system was able to pull the ship from orbit, leaving the crew already on the surface as the ship's only survivors. While some managed to escape and formed a resistance that continued through their descendants over the next century, many were "absorbed" into "the body"—their minds wiped and forced to conform to the control of Landru's experimental computer—and the wreckage of the Archon was used to supplement the machine. The truth of these events was concealed, and the very existence of the planet kept secret, until it was rediscovered by the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 on Stardate 2258.241.[7][8]

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The Federation Starship Archon disappeared at planet Beta III in the early 22nd century. The Archon was pulled from orbit by a planetary computer system called Landru. The surviving crew members were absorbed into Beta III's society, becoming known as the Archons.[4]

Notes and References

  1. Okuda, Michael and Okuda, Denise. The Star Trek Encyclopedia, 2nd ed. Illustrations by Doug Drexler. Photo Editing by Margaret Clark. Research Consulting by Robert H. Justman, Greg Jein, and Bjo Trimble. Additional Research by Curt Danhauser and S.J. Casey Bernay. First Edition with Debbie Mirek. Pocket Books, December 1997.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Martin, Michael A. The Romulan War: Beneath the Raptor's Wing. Star Trek: Enterprise. Pocket Books, October 2009.
  3. Goodman, David A. Federation: The First 150 Years. Titan Books, October 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Roddenberry, Gene (Executive Producer). "The Return of the Archons." Star Trek, Episode 22. Directed by Joseph Pevney. Story by Gene Roddenberry. Teleplay by Boris Sobelman. Desilu Productions, 9 February 1967.
  5. Hite, Kenneth (Line Developer). "Core Rule Book." Star Trek Roleplaying Game, Book 45000. Designed by Christian Moore, Ross Isaacs, Kenneth Hite, and Steven S. Long. Written by James L. Cambias ("Space," "New Life," "Menagerie," and "New Civilizations"), Jackie Cassada and Nicky Rea ("To Boldly Go," and "Where No Man Has Gone Before"), Kenneth Hite (passim), Robin D. Laws ("Federation," "Starfleet," and fictional vignettes), Steven S. Long ("Character Creation," "Characteristics," "Action," "Rewards," "Starships," and "Starship Combat"), S. John Ross ("Constructing an Episode"), and John Snead ("Starship Locations," and "Technology"). Editing by Janice Sellers. Original Art by Randy Asplund (ships), Joe Corroney (creatures), Gordon Purcell (archetypes and adventure), and Walter Velez (Yorktown crew). Last Unicorn Games, Inc., 1999.
  6. Heinig, Jess (Line Developer). "Starfleet Operations Manual." Star Trek Roleplaying Game, Book 3. Written by Kenneth Hite. Original Art by C. Brent Ferguson and David Pipgras. Decipher, Inc., 2003.
  7. Johnson, Mike. "The Return of the Archons, Part 1." Star Trek, issue 9. Art by Stephen Molnar. Colors by Rauch, John. Lettering by Neil Uyetake. Based on the original teleplay by Boris Sobelman. Creative Consulting by Roberto Orci. Editing by Scott Dunbier. IDW Publishing, May 2012.
  8. Johnson, Mike. "The Return of the Archons, Part 2." Star Trek, issue 10. Art by Stephen Molnar. Colors by Rauch, John. Lettering by Neil Uyetake. Based on the original teleplay by Boris Sobelman. Creative Consulting by Roberto Orci. Editing by Scott Dunbier. IDW Publishing, June 2012.