The Zakdorn Stratagem (Vigilant)
"Heart is what drives us and determines our fate."
|Zakdorn people, these were dangerous times. Even as construction of the newly-commissioned USS Vigilant neared completion in the Grelesev shipyards, discontent bubbled beneath the surface of Zakdorn society. Following in the aftermath of the Klingon invasions into Romulan space, a dissident political movement had been gathering momentum, threatening to sway public opinion into backing Zakdorn IV's secession from the United Federation of Planets in favour of an alliance with the Klingon Empire.
Zakdorn proved to be far more difficult than first anticipated. Disaster struck when, after repelling a Klingon ambush, the Vigilant's security and marine detachment was held hostage by the very technicians they had been ordered to protect. In the capital, two of Commander Handley-Page's officers, Lieutenants Harold Foster and Kaedyn Zehn were captured by Suliban who were operating under Klingon orders. The efforts at the Zakdorn Assembly went largely unrewarded. With little headway being made on the political front and now faced with a hostage situation, Captain Herrera was forced to withdraw all members of his crew to the Vigilant and reassess his options.
James Fox, the Vigilant's helmsman and Vahini Dalal, the aide to the leader of the dissident movement, Dakshi Wadke. With telepathic assistance from Dr. Ilyazi Malon, Fox was victorious and, in the aftermath of the game, Counsellor Reinard was able to detect a small device on Dalal's person using his fielding ability. As she was relieved of it, it became apparent that it had been masking Klingon lifesigns. Meanwhile, Engineering Officer Ensign Dueld taJoot was able to use a device that had been planted on the warehouse-bound Bird-of-Prey to forcibly decloak it, monitored on a viewscreen by the audience of the public address and millions more who had tuned in to the broadcast from their homes. As Dalal beamed away, she initiated an escape attempt that led to the Vigilant's launch.
Vigilant co-ordinated its defense of Zakdorn IV with the planet's six orbital defense satellites. While the Bird-of-Prey was able to escape, the attack cruiser was disabled and the Zakdorn were left with more than enough evidence to discredit the dissidents. Their defection to the Klingon Empire had been averted.