Dr. McCoy, being a scientist, was unmindful of the
circumstances around him. Spock, Raintree, and Kirk suspected
things were not as they seemed on the surface. The
yellow-skinned "Kohms" treated Tracy as a god. The
"Meraks," on the other hand, though savage in manner, did
not seem the type of animal portrayed by Exeter's captain.
Could these primitive people destroy a more advanced civilization?
Or was the reverse true? Tracy insisted the Meraks
were the aggressors. Kirk pondered the conflicting "truths."
Dr. McCoy was interested only in finding the agent that
rendered all life on Omega immune to all illness. Age 400
was not unusual - perhaps everlasting life was possible!
"Who is who?" Which is which? Those were questions philosophers
might answer. The doctor's work was with fact
not fancy. He dealt with known factors. His crude lab was
far from up to date; yet he labored on - until he had isolated the
virus. "Strange -" McCoy observed. "It resembles
some of the mutated viruses developed during Earth's bacteriological
warfare experiments in the late 1990's."