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"Skirmish" is the thirteenth chapter of Star Trek: Federation Legacy, written between July and October 2015 and published on 12 October 2015. It is authored by CaptFredricks.

Two months after the events at Celes and the Briar Patch, the crew of the USS Leviathan is sent to the Donatu system to discover why the True Way has been spotted there.



Jason Fredricks sits in his ready room, nearly asleep, but Lenerea Mendel informs him that he's receiving a private message from an unknown source. This forces him to wake up fully. On the other end of the transmission is an operative in Section 31, a covert agency of the Federation, named Franklin Drake.

Drake tells him to report to the Donatu system because strange things have been happening there, such as ships having environmental issues and personnel being drained of their neural energy. A secondary concern is Cardassians working for the True Way having a presence in the area. Jason agrees to the mission, but he asks Drake to send a request to Fleet Admiral Jorel Quinn for a pardon of Elisa Flores, who assisted in a brief takeover of the USS Leviathan by a Romulan agent named Jarek Davis.

Drake agrees, but he reminds Jason to keep all of the information shared between them confidential. Jason then orders a cup of coffee and walks onto the bridge. He tells his crew the only thing he can tell them: their destination. Before they go to Donatu, however, he tells Ernie Hauser to take them to Earth so they can retrieve Elisa.

Act I: Flores[]

Act II: Front Lines[]

Act III: Triolic Waves[]



Teaser • Jason Fredricks • Lenerea Mendel • Franklin Drake • Tala Jones • Ernie Hauser • Act I • Elisa Flores • Walt Bozeman • Dylyp Azeli • Th'vol Olethla • Julia Cromwell • Lucas Wells • Hannah Freeman • Act II • Kardok (not by name)
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Teaser • Madred • Jorel Quinn • Jarek Davis • Act I • Vance L'eher • Act II • B'vat • Jeff Philips • Act III • Charlie Morgan
Unnamed Axon personnel


Teaser • USS Leviathan • Act II • Axon • IKS SuvwI'
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Act III • USS Enterprise-D


Act I • New Zealand Penal Settlement • New Zealand, Earth • Act II • Donatu system
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Teaser • Cardassia Prime • Argelius system • Act II • Starfleet Academy • Act III • Devidia II • Vulcan

Other references[]

Governments and organizations[]

Cardassian Guard • Department of Temporal Investigations • Klingon Defense Force • Klingon Empire • Section 31 • Starfleet • True Way • United Federation of Planets


Cardassian • Devidian • Klingon


commander • ensign • fleet admiral • gul • lieutenant • lieutenant commander


19th century • 2368 • Federation-Klingon border • jol yIchu' • Klingon Bird-of-Prey • Ophidian Cane • PADD • Qapla' • stardate • triolic wave


Log entries[]


Background and trivia[]

  • This chapter is an adaptation of the Star Trek Online mission "Mission: Skirmish".
  • It begins the four-part arc Spectres, which features the Devidians as the main antagonists.
  • It is the first chapter of Federation Legacy to be written in the past tense; all previous chapters were originally written in the present tense. CaptFredricks originally wanted to write in the present tense to make the reader feel like (s)he was reading as the story was unfolding, but decided he liked writing in the past tense better. All chapters since have been written in the past tense.
  • This chapter introduces Franklin Drake, a mysterious agent of Starfleet's Section 31, and features Elisa Flores as a more prominent character than before. It is also the first chapter of Federation Legacy to feature Kardok, but he is not mentioned by name.
  • A 2020 revision of this chapter saw certain scenes extended, most notably in Act I when Drake brings Elisa to the USS Leviathan and when certain Leviathan crew members receive promotions.
    • The first extended scene includes Ensign Bozeman, a security officer who did not originally appear in this chapter. It also features more dialogue between Elisa and Drake.
    • The second extended scene adds more dialogue between characters and changes the recipients of promotions. In the original version of the chapter, Tala and Dylyp were promoted. Now, Dylyp, Julia, and Vance receive promotions instead (this change is because Tala is now promoted to lieutenant junior grade after the events of "Line in the Sand", though this promotion happens off-screen).