Time travel is the ability to move from one point in time to another outside the regular, irreversible flow of time. The act of moving through time has the potential to alter the timeline or create whole new realities, such as the Kelvin Timeline and is thus discouraged. As a result, time travel is rare even though there are several natural and artificial means at the disposal of major powers.
In the 25th century, the Alliance powers devised more predictable means of time travel during the Iconian War. This led to their greater involvement in the Temporal Cold War. The Alliance usually prohibits any alteration of the timeline, the notable exception being during the Iconian War. Other powers, such as the members of the Temporal Liberation Front wish to improve the timeline by selective interventions in the past.
Means of Time Travel[edit | edit source]
Alliance powers have encountered numerous methods of time travel. Those seen in-game are;
- Borg technology ( “Khitomer Accord” et al)
- Devidian portals ( “Everything Old is New”)
- Federation, 29th/31st century, technology ( “Vorgon Conclusions” et al)
- The Guardian of Forever ( “City on the Edge of Never” - removed)
- Krenim technology ( “Midnight” et al)
- Na'kuhl technology ( “Stormbound” et al)
- Mycelial technology ( “Downfall”)
- Red Matter Wormhole (Path to 2409)
- Omnipotent intervention
- Natural occurance
- "Rift in spacetime" ( “Temporal Ambassador”)
- Slingshot Effect ( “Night of the Comet”)
- "Temporal Anomaly" ( “Survivor”)
Missions involved[edit | edit source]
- “Graduation Day”, “End of Watch”, “A Day in the Sun” (Delta Recruits only): The player encounters their future self from 18 months ahead. They warn the player of the approaching Iconian War and give the player a Tesseract Communications Receiver before returning to the future.
- “Downfall”: J'Ula's Mycelial weapon malfunctions and transporters her and the player to the 25th century.
- “In the Shadow of Cestus”: Includes Daniels from the future undercover in the player's crew.
- “Painful Omens”: Features Na'kuhl from the future, a temporal anomaly and Daniels explaining things from the future.
- “Return to Babel”: Player travels back in time to prevent assassins from the future.
- “Tangled Webs”: Player is sent by Daniels, from the future, to the past to prevent Na'kuhl from the future destorying Tholian ships which would start a war with the Federation. Ends with the Defiant about to travel back in time into the mirror universe to then alter events there.
- “The Battle of Caleb IV”: Includes Kor being manipulated from the future by the Envoy, then Daniels saving the player to being them into the 25th century to work as a temporal agent.
- “Everything Old is New”: The player travels to Drozana Station in the year 2265 via a Devidian Portal.
- “Night of the Comet”: The player travels to the year 2265 with a Slingshot maneuver in order to destroy Driffen's Comet.
- “Second Wave”: 2,800 Dominion ships come through the Bajoran wormhole after they disappeared in the year 2374.
- “Khitomer Accord”: The player has to stop a Borg timeline incursion on the assault on Vega Colony in 2409.
- “Cold Storage”(Delta Recruits only): 18 months after meeting their future self, the player is sent back in time to complete the cycle of events by warning their past self of the approaching Iconian War and giving their past self a Tesseract Communications Receiver. The player then returns to the present.
- “Midnight”: The player travels back 200,000 years to the day that the Iconians are forced from their homeworld, with the purpose of wiping out any survivors. Instead, the player saves 12 Iconians and returns to the present, returning the World Heart to them.
- “The Core of the Matter”: The player travels back to the 23rd century, encountering Na'kuhl from the future.
- “Vorgon Conclusions”: The player travels to the Lirss System in the future to meet Daniels from further in the future to protect Kal Dano who is about to travel earlier in the player's timeline to when they first met Kal Dano and hid the Tox Utat. When they catch up with Kal Dano it is much later in his timeline but in the 22nd century when Kal Dano is dead and being attacked by Suliban being given orders by the Envoy from the future. They then travel to the 24th century to to find where the Tox Utat ended up after that and destroy several Breen ships of the era. There they find the Vorgons from the future and the Envoy from their own era before recovering the Tox Utat.
- “Terminal Expanse”: The player travels back to the 23rd century, but to an alternate reality.
- “Stormbound”: Kal Dano, the Tholians use the Tox Uthat on the star of the Na'kuhl System. Dano and the player subsequently retrieve the device from the Tholian flagship and travel back the 22nd Century where they hide it in a cave on Risa. After returning to 2410, Kal Dano vanishes into a time vortex during a renewed fight against the Tholians in the Na'kuhl System when his Timeship is damaged. He sends a temporal distress call before entering the vortex which prompts the U.S.S. Pastak to arrive from the 29th Century and investigate. After Captain Walker invites the player to the Pastak's bridge, they manage to retrieve Kal Dano's decayed corpse and Timeship, which had travelled back to the early 22nd Century where, a few decades later, the crew of the Enterprise (NX-01) inadvertently activated the Timeship's temporal distress beacon, causing it to automatically travel back to 2410.
- “Time and Tide”: The player's faction has been contacted by the 29th century for the player to visit the 28th century to view the signing of the Temporal Accords. The accords are interrupted by an attack by Noye so the player then travels back to confront him. Noye then travels forward to escape the player, then back again (much later in his time frame, but a few minutes in the player's) to fight the player. He then escapes in a temporal vortex which the player also enters, but fails to catch him as he shifts in time again.
- “The Temporal Front”: The post-war peace conference is interrupted by an assassination attempt by Krog from the 28th century. Walker from the 29th century brings the player forward to confront them and they find Vosk preparing to go back in time, including to the 20th century. The player prevents most of the Na'kuhl but Vosk escapes to the 20th century where he is eventually stopped by Captain Archer, who Daniels sent from the 22nd century.
- “Temporal Reckoning”: The player is called forward to the 28th century to fight Temporal Liberation Front forces at New Khitomer.
- “Ragnarok”: The player is called to the 26th century to participate in the Battle of Procyon V alongside ships from other centuries and factions.
- “Battle of Procyon V”: As above
Ambiguous cases[edit | edit source]
- “Time in a Bottle”: Kyana Prime, the last Krenim holdout, is concealed from the Vaadwaur as well as the Heralds, within a time pocket that renders the colony out of sync with normal space-time, thereby making it undetectable.
- “Butterfly”: The K.I.S. Annorax performs a temporal incursion causing the U.S.S. Yamato not to rediscover Iconia in 2365 which inadvertently results in a reality where the Borg have assimilated Romulus by 2390.
- “Survivor”: A temporal duplicate of Admiral T'nae (caused by the time travel in Temporal Ambassador) is causing temporal anomalies. These anomalies cause time to pass far quicker or slower inside them than the surrounding space.
- “The Once and Future Agent”: The player visits a temporal observatory.
References to time travel[edit | edit source]
- Many missions under Delta Recruitment up to Cold Storage/Fluidic Dynamics: Temporal probes make frequent reference to time travel
- All missions under Temporal Agent Recruitment up to Cold Storage: Temporal probes make frequent reference to time travel
- “The Doomsday Device”: It is revealed that the Na'kuhl prophesied the appearance of the Doomsday Machine to the Klingon Empire in the 22nd Century.
- “First Contact Day”: Several Crew members of the Enterprise-F mention the events of 2063 and the time travel that was involved in the First Contact between Humans and Vulcans.
- “Temporal Ambassador”: The Enterprise-C, which was sent from 2366 (following the events of "Yesterday's Enterprise") to go back to the Battle of Narendra III in 2344, accidentally ends up in 2409, resulting in a vastly altered Alpha Quadrant in which Earth is destroyed and Starfleet is a memory. The 29th Century timeship U.S.S. Pastak makes an appearance to help set things right.
- “Sunrise”: The Tholians lure Kal Dano to the present from the 31st Century by destabilizing the Lukari star, planning to steel the Tox Uthat. Kal Dano loses the Tox Uthat to the Tholians after repairing the damage to the star, telling the player that these events are tied into the Temporal Cold War.
- “Echoes of Light”: Deep Space K-13 is discovered to have been transported through time from the 23rd to the 14th century and has been abandoned ever since.
Missions formerly involved[edit | edit source]
- “State of Q”: Q sends the player to the year 2367 to relive the Battle of Wolf 359.
- “Past Imperfect”: The player encounters the U.S.S. Enterprise in the year 2270 by travelling through the Guardian of Forever.
[edit | edit source]
- Time travel at Memory Alpha, the Star Trek Wiki.
- Time travel at Memory Beta, the non-canon Star Trek Wiki.