"Sienov Mnhei'sahein" (Rihan: "Sword of the Ruling Passion") is a Star Trek Online fanfic by StarSword, part of the Bait and Switch 'verse. It was written for Unofficial Literary Challenge #28: "Death and Taxes" on the Arc Forums.

When a local nobleman attempts to derail negotiations between the Romulan Republic and the Watraii Hegemony, Morgaiah t'Thavrau must defend the honor of her ship, her crew, and herself with cold steel.


Morgan is flying escort to Senator Hannam t'Hei on a diplomatic mission to kh'Watraii, capital of the Romulan offshoot species the Watraii. During public comment on the negotiations, Representative Arslan of the Watraii Parliament raises objections to her background as a soldier for the Romulan Star Empire. Garaf, the son of a duke, continues this line, accusing them of trying to conquer the Watraii, and then issues a duel challenge to Morgan's operations officer, Lieutenant Commander Jaleh Khoroushi.

The Watraii Hegemon, Harda, clears the hall while the group tries to find a way to thwart Garaf's effort to ruin diplomatic relations with both the Republic and the Federation. After being informed that Khoroushi has no training with swords, Morgan substitutes herself as Jaleh's second.

Morgan fights Garaf with her honor blade and is wounded twice in the shoulder, but finally breaks Garaf's sword and nearly severs his hand. Garaf is forced to concede and Morgan orders Doctor Emira t'Vraehn to provide medical attention.

Aboard RRW Bloodwing, Garaf is recovering from surgery when the Hegemon arrives aboard to apologize, and to inform them that the Parliament has agreed 35 to 34 with one abstention to continue negotiations. Morgan discovers her sword was damaged in the duel, and Harda offers to have it repaired for her.



ArslanGarafHardaGiellun tr'HeiHannam t'HeiTovan tr'KhevJaleh KhoroushiSarsachen tr'SauringarMorgaiah t'ThavrauEmira t'Vraehn
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Salthos t'Thavrau


kh'Watraii (Hall of Parliament, Balatak) • Kalantha
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Races and culturesEdit

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Ranks and titlesEdit

commandercommander generaldoctordukelieutenant commanderrepresentativesecondsenatorWatraii Hegemon

Starships and vehiclesEdit

RRW Bloodwing (D'deridex-class)

States and organizationsEdit

Romulan RepublicRomulan Republic FleetStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsWatraii Hegemony
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Romulan Star EmpireTal Shiar

Technology and weaponsEdit

arming sworddisruptor pistolhonor bladeswordType-2 phaser
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Other referencesEdit

duelElementskalafilStarfleet Code of Military Justice
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External linksEdit

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