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When a landing party beams down to the
planet Gamma Trianguli VI, they find what appears to be an idyllic paradise.
They quickly discover, however, that the planet is deadly, sporting
plants that shoot thorns, rocks that explode, and incredibly accurate
With a much reduced party, they encounter the planet's inhabitants.
They are a peaceful, child-like people who call themselves the "Feeders
of Vaal." They dress in flowers and bright paint, never reproducing
because they don't age or die. Each day they "feed" Vaal offerings
of food. Vaal seems to be a large serpent's head carved of rock, but
is actually the terminal for an advanced, underground computer. Seeing
Kirk and his party as a threat, Vaal takes them prisoner and tries to
pull the U.S.S. Enterprise from orbit.
Kirk realizes that by depriving Vaal of the natives' daily offerings
of food, the computer won't be able to convert the offerings into reaction
mass. Thus weakened, Kirk uses the U.S.S. Enterprise's phasers
to destroy Vaal. This leaves the natives on their own to discover birth,
death, and the everyday ways of life.