ROMULAN SPACE — Upon his return to Columbia, Captain Ben Livingston was confined to sickbay with radiation illness while the crew assisted Romulans to clear Avronis of pollution.
While Captain Livingston was confined in sickbay with a serious case of radiation sickness, Lt. Cmdr. Brek, Lt. JG Tatash, and Ensign Flynn prepared to go to Avronis. They used the Bhujerba shuttle, on which a Romulan cloaking device had been installed. After stealing a power generator from one of the recycling stations on Avronis, they flew to the site of the Iconian gateway, and unseen, they destroyed it.
On their return to Columbia, Brek waited until all the supplies requested by the Romulans had been shipped to them, and then he asked Flynn to take them back to StarBase 118. The Ferengi also went to speak with Major Nelkar, a Tal Shiar agent who had fled Avronis with Captain Livingston. After a long discussion, the major decided to cooperate with Starfleet Intelligence, so that the scientists working with him could be set free.
The cloaking device was removed from the shuttle by Whittaker and Didrik Stennes. Also, following orders by Tatash, they made sure that the Romulan device could never be used again.
“The amazing and the illegal quite often overlap” said Didrik Stennes, a civilian observer on board Columbia.
As soon as they reached StarBase 118, Flynn created a Risian holodeck setting for the crew’s traditional “end of the mission” party. Meanwhile, Lt. Johanna MacLaren and Ensign Mirra Ezo shared their distress at discovering that Captain Livingston’s health wasn’t improving.
At the same time, Brek received the latest addition to the Columbia crew: Captain Nugra, their chief intelligence officer; Lt. Cmdr. Chythar Skyfire, a medical officer; and Lt. Talia Kaji, their new counsellor.
Later, Brek joined the crew at the holodeck party to announce the change of command and to deliver the traditional award ceremony. There, he got the surprise to be promoted to the rank of commander by Captain Nugra.
While several crewmembers went cliff diving in the Risian landscape, Brek received Columbia’s new first officer, Lt. Cmdr. Rendal Rennyn.