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GAMESTERS OF TRISKELION
During a routine transport to a planet, Captain Kirk,
Lieutenant Uhura and Ensign Chekov are intercepted and
abducted by a powerful and distant transporter beam. Arriving,
literally, flat on their backs on a planet called Triskelion
in the M-24 Alpha star system, the are immediately attacked by
beings from several different species, each of them wearing a
collar around their necks.
Kirk and his crew mates have been brought to this planet to
fight as gladiators in combat games in order to entertain and
provide exciting gambling for the disembodied entities called
the "Providers." Each assigned a "drill thrall" of their own,
Kirk and his companions are collared as well, which asphyxiate
those who are disobedient to the Providers.
On board the U.S.S. Enterprise, Spock, aware that the
crew members are missing, attempts to locate them, and
eventually finds the origin of the beam. Upon its arrival, the
crew of the starship is also taken captive by the Providers.
With the ship and his entire crew at stake, Kirk makes a final
wager to the Providers which they cannot resist: himself
against three drill thralls on the condition that if he wins,
all the drill thralls go free and are taught how to live for
themselves again. If Kirk fails, he promises himself and the
entire crew as the most entertaining fighters they've ever
Kirk beats the three drill thralls and wins the wager, and the
Providers set all the thralls free and permit the U.S.S.
Enterprise and her crew to leave also.