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> THE EMPATH
The U.S.S. Enterprise goes to pick up research personnel on the
second planet of the star Minara. While Kirk, Spock and McCoy are on the
surface, a radiation storm endangers the starship and Scotty takes the
Enterprise out of orbit, sure that the planet's atmosphere will
protect the landing party from radiation.
The three officers find themselves in an underground chamber shared with
a mute humanoid which McCoy names "Gem." Two other humanoids, different
from Gem, appear to them. They tell the men they are Vians, and take
Kirk as a test subject to torture. He is assured, however, that it isn't
he who is being tested. Gem, who turns out to be a fully functional
empath, heals Kirk's wounds. The Vians tell the captain he must choose
one of his men to be the next text subject. Each man volunteers, but
McCoy wins, managing to anesthetize both Spock and Kirk, and is taken
away by the Vians.
When he is returned to them, McCoy is near death. Gem attempts to cure
him, but is frightened by the severity of his injuries. The Vians
explain to them that they are testing Gem to see if her people are
worthy as a species to be saved from their doomed sun. They are testing
Gem's capacity for compassion and self-sacrifice. Overcoming her fears,
Gem heals McCoy and the Vians decide that her species is to be saved.
The officers are returned unharmed to the U.S.S. Enterprise.