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Camus II
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Camus II from orbit

Type: Planet
Native Species: Camus II natives (extinct)
Location: Camus system
The Explored Galaxy

The location of Camus II in "The Explored Galaxy" star chart

Camus II was the uninhabited second planet of the Camus system. This ringed world was the homeworld of the extinct Camus II natives. At that time, visitors had to avoid exposure to celebium, that was deadly to humanoid life, by using celebium shielding. Archaeological excavations by humans of the ruins began in the mid-23rd century.

At warp 2, the planet was located approximately 48 hours away from Benecia and 72 hours away from Starbase 2 in the opposite direction. (TOS: "Turnabout Intruder")

In 2267, Doctor Janice Lester was sent to Camus II with a team of archaeologists to investigate the planet. When Dr. Lester found a life-energy transfer machine built by the now extinct Camus II natives, she devised a plan to take over the body of James T. Kirk and assume command of the starship USS Enterprise. Two years later, together with Dr. Arthur Coleman, Dr. Lester, secretly murdered the entire expedition staff by radiation exposure to lure the USS Enterprise to the planet to investigate the "mysterious" deaths. (TOS: "Turnabout Intruder")

In 2293, the location of Camus II in the Milky Way Galaxy was labeled in a star chart that was in Captain James T. Kirk's quarters aboard the USS Enterprise-A. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, okudagram)

In 2328, this was the point of embarcation for passengers traveling to Deneb II City via commercial transport. Rene Echevarria traveled on the SS Manoa, Molly Amos traveled on the SS Kogin, and Wendy Knoller and Eric Alba traveled on the SS Wisconsin. (TNG-R: "Inheritance", okudagram)

In 2367, the USS Enterprise-D was due at this planet for an archaeological survey, but diverted to Turkana IV responding to a distress call from the Arcos. (TNG: "Legacy")


Background information Edit

"CAM-us" was the pronunciation for this planet's name from the script pronunciation guide for "Legacy". [1] The writing system of the extinct Camus II natives had symbols identical to Scalosian.

According to Star Trek Encyclopedia, Camus II was referred to in "Legacy", the 80th episode of TNG, as a homage to "Turnabout Intruder", the 79th and last episode of TOS. The "in-joke" was devised by Rick Berman, Jonathan Frakes and Eric Stillwell.

According to Star Trek: Star Charts ("United Federation of Planets III"), the Camus system was located in or near Federation space. The system was a single star system. The Camus star was an M class star with a magnitude of +5, the same brightness of Sol.

Apocrypha Edit

According the novelization of DS9: "The Search, Part I" and DS9: "The Search, Part II", if Deep Space 9 was ever attacked by the Jem'Hadar, civilians and non-essential personnel of the station would be evacuated to Camus II. The novelization also mentions that Camus II was known for a particular type of coffee.

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