Klingon Invasion of 2389
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Klingon Invasion of 2389
The Klingon Invasion of 2389 refers to the invasion of Romulan territory by the Klingons following the destruction of the Hobus star and the subsequent disarray of the overall Romulan Star Empire.
Having just returned from R&R, the USS Apollo and her crew are dispatched to escort the USS Mercury which was currently enroute to Trinity Sector Space. The Mercury, having been tasked with a diplomatic mission, had been carrying a Cardassian VIP, namely the Cardassian Minister Prianna, who was to be closely guarded. The reason for this high level of security was subject to a rumored assassination attempt to be executed by parties uknown. The Apollo, would be in charge of defense of the Mercury, but with one caveat. Along for the ride was a Cardassian counter-intelligence agent known as Tala Rovor, who seemed to have some insight on the assassination plot. At first, it was unknown just who Rovor seemed to be working for, but through tireless talks, games and negotiations, she would pull through with vital information.
In the first few days it was relayed by Rovor that a man named Baren Dreth would be involved in the plot, if not the one who executed the plan himself. Dreth was a Cardassian revolutionary, one that Rovor had followed closely for many years, that would stop at nothing to see the Cardassians rise against the Federation and its allies. It was thought at this time that Dreth would be the architect to which these plans had been built. Through some investigation of their own, the Apollo's intelligence department was able to uncover some background on the man, as well as some information to suggest that he might alter his appearance in order to make it all work. The plans had been thought out over many years, and Dreth would be waiting for the right time to strike.
Meanwhile, as tensions between the Cardassian agent and Starfleet personnel seemed to be mounting, a chemical outbreak aboard the Mercury landed them with new information that would ultimately tie the plot together, at the cost of their CMO. A chemical agent, which was identified by Rovor a few days earlier as the method of execution, was released in the Mercury's arboretum. Confiscation of said compounds was enacted and processed, leading to the discovery of the purchase of the materials at Starbase 118. Through SFI channels it was learned that a back door deal was made, and in return for amnesty, the names of the men who made the purchase were divulged. It had indeed been Baren Dreth, and a counterpart named Zolrak. With cross-references to the passenger manifests for Prianna's ship, it was found that both men has entered the ship, but only one had boarded the Mercury. Dreth had concealed his location and identity aboard the ship by posing as one of Prianna's aides, as was already Zolrak. The two men together assembled their compound and unleashed it in the arboretum as a test.
Now with the means, motive and suspects procured, an action plan was sought by intelligence departments from both ships. Having been deeply affected by the harm done the CMO, the Lt. Isaac Bale of the Mercury took it upon himself to attempt capture of the two men, having been advised upon by Lt. Viktor Lanius of the Apollo, as well as his CO. The plan was executed by Bale, which led to the death of Zolrak by means of his own poison, and the escape of Dreth. Dreth had been infected by the same poison, although he was able to synthesis an antidote to administer to himself. By this time, both ships (the Apollo and the Mercury) had reached the Trinity Sector, bringing the Prime Minster to her destination, and the two criminals to their believed demise. It wasn't until after that Dreth was able to be located by the Apollo, only to engage in a massive gunfight. Dreth, now at the wheel of a rogue Romulan War Bird and her hapless crew, would stop at nothing to destroy the Apollo and all that she stood for. It was only then that a Cardassian warship appeared and relayed to the Apollo that they had been sent by Cardassia's intelligence bureau with intent to uncover Dreth once and for all. Without warning, Dreth destroyed the warship, to be an act of violence without provocation. With Captain Jaxx in an apparent coma, then Lt.Cmdr Frost took action, destroying the threat to the alliance, but with Dreth once again escaping, never to be seen.
Now with the threat to the Apollo and Mercury vanquished, and the Cardassian Minister free to examine the damaged Romulan systems, it was on to Thracian space to aid in an invasion attempt made by the Klingons. A small rogue KDF fleet had arrived as a dagger to be plunged into the heart of Thracian space, meant to disrupt any peace talks that might be happening. The Apollo joined with the USS Achilles and the USS Victory, as well as Thracian Irregular fleet to stage a final defense of the system. Commander Krax and General Ma'Tag had mounted an assault on Thracian Space, the small force of Federation and Thracian Irregulars were the final line of defense for the entire sector. At the precipice of battle, the two forces stood end to end, waiting for one side or the other to make the first move. Tensions mounted, and time went by, until a key piece of information was uncovered by the Apollo's intelligence unit indicating a BOLO from the Klingon government. In this BOLO, it was learned that Krax and Ma'Tag had been found guilty of treason, and were being sought after by their government for execution. With this knowledge in hand, and all ships notified of the findings, there would be no back up for Krax and his small fleet. Just as action was to be taken, Krax launched the first salvo of torpedoes which flew right past Federation ships with no apparent target. It would be known later as to why this occurred, as the recalled torpedoes collided with a warp bubble, just as Krax and his fleet moved to warp. The blast severely crippled the Victory, while rendering minimal damage to the Apollo. Krax had escaped, but for now, Thracian space was free of the Klingon threat.
With damages being repaired, and after action reports filed, the Apollo docked with the Starbase for a debrief and tri-ship soirée to celebrate their collective efforts in repelling the rogue Klingon fleet. Many awards and commendations were handed out, including the promotion of now Fleet Captain Andrus Jaxx, amongst many others. The joint efforts of all three ships and the Thracian Irregulars certainly quelled a coup that would have changed history as they knew it.
Tasked by Starfleet HQ to monitor activity along the Federation/Klingon border, the USS Avandar took up station to try and keep an eye on KDF activity in the area during their conflict with the Romulan Empire. That patrol didn't last long, however, before they received a general distress call from the USS Drake – which was under attack inside Federation space.
Arriving on-scene at high warp, the Avandar was able to make enough of an impact to drive the attacking Klingon ship away, though both Starfleet ships were left with the problem of what to do about Gateway Station – the neutral facility the Drake was visiting as part of it's mission to get a ancient sensor network online, and now had weapons locked on both ships.
The situation deteriorated rapidly, with attempts to negotiate a peaceful reduction in tensions interrupted on a number of fronts: Klingon covert operatives on the station staging an attack, the KDF ship from earlier returning with reinforcements, and mines laid by the Klingons during their withdrawal decloaking and attacking anything in the area without a KDF transponder.
As an away team from the Drake attempted to secure the station and the artifact they were after, the Avandar, assisted by fighters from Gateway, concentrated on clearing the area of mines, leaving the Drake to concentrate on the approaching ships. The Avandar's efforts were only partly successful, though they did mean that Gateway Station was only severely damaged instead of destroyed utterly – the fact that cloaked shuttles had managed to breach the shields of both the Avandar and the Drake to deliver boarding parties, leading to internal fighting aboard, certainly didn't help.
When yet more KDF ships arrived, the situation began looking grim indeed, but they were in fact the biggest surprise of the day. Instead of joining the attack on the station and Starfleet ships, the new arrivals immediately engaged the other Klingon vessels, destroying several before anyone on either side could do anything to react to their presence.
With the artifact secured and the attacking forces thoroughly distracted – and a terse message from the newcomers that Starfleet would be better off leaving the Empire to deal with it's own internal politics, the Avandar joined the Drake in evacuating as many civilians as possible from the crippled Gateway Station and dealing with their own uninvited guests. With casualties sustained among their crews, at least one major hull breach each, and every spare cubic meter filled with injured and frightened civilians, the two ships took the opportunity to get clear...
Though the reasons for the Klingon attack remain unclear, valuable intelligence data on a potential new threat – the cloaked boarding pods – was obtained, as well as a step toward a new sensor network that would be able to provide high definition observation of the border area, and the conflict was prevented from spreading any further into Federation space.
Scant consolation, perhaps, for those that had lost their homes on Gateway Station, and lost their lives in the fighting on and around it, but the efforts of the Avandar and Drake's crews kept things from getting far, far worse.
While Federation forces struggled desperately to keep the fragile peace between the Federation and Klingon Empire alive, a small but powerful faction of the Romulan government had their own ideas. Calling themselves the Kaleh (Romulan for "dagger"), this splinter faction believed that the only way to secure Romulan survival was to eradicate both the Federation and Klingon homeworlds. While having little in the way of diplomatic or bargaining skills, the Kaleh possessed a small fleet of Warbirds, although the exact number was unknown. The faction also included a large chunk of the research and development wing of the Romulan military. With the rest of the fleet engaged in operations to blunt the Klingon assault, Starfleet Command learned of the Kaleh and their secret weapon: A subspace quantum torpedo launcher.
This weapon was a "game changer", and could fire a series of high-yield quantum torpedoes at any target at virtually any range. Having captured one of their number, Starfleet Intel had learned of a diabolical plot to destroy both homeworlds, starting with Earth. With most of the fleet engaged with the Klingons and the Kaleh homeworld near the remote Avalon sector, Starfleet ordered the USS Discovery to cross the border. Little was known regarding the location of the weapon, but the Discovery crew quickly uncovered the planet the Kaleh were using as a base and orders returned quickly from Starfleet: Destroy the weapon at all costs. Since the exact location of the weapon on the planet was unknown and time is short, Starfleet authorized the unthinkable-an orbital bombardment that will kill over 200,000 innocent civilians.
Plagued with the terrible task, Captain Waltas carried out his orders and sent the Discovery careening into Romulan territory. They were quickly confronted by Warbirds loyal to the Kaleh and a battle ensued, with the Discovery besting two Valdore-class Warbirds and a D'Deridex. During the battle, another communication came in but was cut off when the Discovery took a lethal hit to its communications array. The Discovery limped on to the planet containing the device and, under Captain Waltas's orders, prepares to eradicate the surface of the planet.
A portion of the crew begged Waltas to take the time to repair the communications array, while others were content with the grizzly task and believed, as he did, that time was not on their side and the lives of billions were at stake. The decision set the crew at odds with each other and a near-mutiny ensued, with First Officer Blueheart eventually relieving Captain Waltas of his command. Captain Waltas, confined to quarters, broke free and with a team of loyal shipmates retook the bridge and Engineering, taking back command, but not control as Blueheart had locked out the controls. As a stalemate ensued, the clock ticked.
The defunct Science department saved the day by concocting a plan to counter the subspace torpedo and the weapon was eventually located and destroyed. The Discovery has been ordered back to Earth and Captain Waltas and Lt. Commander Blueheart are standing trial at Starfleet command due to the "Kaleh Incident".
Originally tasked with the study and repowering of an ancient Xenos sensor network, the USS Drake was on its way deep into the No Man's Land between the Klingon and Romulan Empires. These now dormant Sensor Beacons promised to be a wealth of data and intelligence on the growing hostilities between the two boarder empires, and was an opportunity that could not be passed up.
Bouncing first from a popular tourist spot on the shattered world of Ishkara, the crew of the Drake followed the bread crumbs to an aging alien space station, dubbed Gateway Station by the first Federation Explorers who found it years ago. Gateway was far from abandoned however, with hundreds of civillians calling it home as well as a well trained and equipped mercenary unit named The Black Sheep. More importantly the next Sensor Beacon was inside, and perhaps more importantly then that a Klingon Vor'Cha Cruiser lurked in the void outside and immediately took up arms against the USS Drake. With the Klingons firing the first shots in what could prove to be all out war with the Federation, the Drake moved to defend itself while and Away Team went to work on the stations Sensor Beacon.
Thanks to a timely distress call the USS Avandar arrived on scene and assited the Drake in driving off the Klingons, who cloaked and fled the scene. Not however, before setting a field of Gravimetric Mines loose to attack anything without a Klingon transponder, including the station and the refugees within. As chaos reigned in space, the away team was captured by the mercenaries on board before they forged a loose truce so long as the Federation gave them a laundry list of demanded supplies in exchange for access to the beacon. The team went to work as the Drake and Avandar worked in tandem to defend the station, and themselves, from the swarms of incoming mines. The situation was made all the worse by the return of the Klingon aggressor, with the aide of several Klingon warships including a massive Vo'quv carrier.
Both ships and station launched a counter offensive with the Black Sheep mercenaries lending their aide in the form of aging Space Superiority Fighters and soon the void was filled with shuttles, fighters, mines and debris. As casualties mounted on both sides the Away Team was successful in reactivating the Beacon, despite attacks by Klingon sleeper agents aboard the station and massive damage from gravametric mines. The Drake's 103 Search and Rescue team was dispatched to evacuate civilians and the mercenaries who doggedly protected them, and began transferring them via emergency transportation to both the Avandar and the Drake.
It was only the confusing and timely arrival of a second Klingon fleet that saved the day for the Federation. The second fleet quickly went to work attacking and destroying multiple elements of the original force, now known to be led by a rogue Colonel. With Gateway Station completely evacuated, the Sensor Beacon reactivated and broadcasting, and a steady stream of casualties both the Drake and the Avandar returned to friendlier skies.
After the successful restoration of the newly discovered Space Station in the orbit of Eta Corvi IV, the Mercury received orders to proceed to escort the Cardassian Councilor Prianna and her party to help with the Romulan relief effort during the conflict with the Klingons. With this action the Mercury broke orbit from the planet and headed towards Cardiassa Prime. Upon arrival, the crew received massive amounts of equipment for the Romulan relief effort and the Deptra council member Prianna and her party.
The Mercury and her crew left Cardassia Prime to rendezvous with the USS Apollo in orbit of Betazed. During the journey the crew made every effort possible to provide comfort to the Cardassians, but little known to Prianna and the crew there was a plot to murder her. Lt. Jade Matthews and her security team were assigned to protect Prianna and her party.
Upon arrival into the orbit Betazed, the Mercury met up with the Apollo where Captain Andrus Jaxx transported from the Apollo to meet with Commander Aron Kells to discuss the orders and the possible attempted murder of Prianna. As the Mercury left Betazed towards their next destination Starbase 118, Lt. Commander Velana was critically wounded during the ill fated attempt, but it was discovered that one of the Councilor’s own aide was part of the plot. Isaac Bale in a rage of vengeance took the lives of the would be murderers.
The away team consisting of Captain Aron Kells, Lt. Commander Alexander James Matthews, Major Jacen Fanel, Councilor Prianna and Ensign Kael Thomas stood on the transporter pad to beam down to the planet for the duty of the relief effort, but to their surprise found themselves transported to a prison camp run by the Klingons. They had no idea where they were or how they were beamed away from the Mercury. Meanwhile the crew under the command of Lt. Commander Arden Cain and acting first officer Eyas Wulfantine were faced with the task of finding their missing comrades, while dealing with running a blockade to the planet of Valdor III.
While the crew members were in their cells, Captain Quinn Reynolds came to the rescue. Meanwhile back on the Mercury, Lt. Commander Eyas Wulfantine formed a rescue mission as the crew reached the planet. Using shuttlecraft the rescue team made their way down to the planet surface. Captain Aron Kells and the rest of his party continued on towards the surface, but little known to them as they ventured to escape, they were being attacked mentally by a powerful telepath that placed visions in their minds. The rescue parties on the surface made their way into the underground facility and were also affected by the telepathic attacks.
Captains Kells, Reynolds and the others were able to join up with the rescue party, but during the rescue attempt the parties were attacked by the Klingons, which in fact was in the past a Cardassian experimental facility to enhance telepathic ability. A firefight ensued, the some of the crewmembers were injured. They escaped in a stolen shuttlecraft and made it back to the Mercury.
After returning to the present from the year 1943, the Tiger crew was assaulted by torpedo fire from the Klingon vessel, the IKS Na ra'den. Commanded by D'Ghor, they were on a mission to establish a colony on Bilire IV, crushing the Romulans that lived there and establishing their own presence in the Ithassa Region. The Tiger was set to pursue, but found that their engines had been damaged in the blast. After a couple of days, warp engines were back online at full capacity where the Tiger and her crew went on a mission of mercy to Bilire IV.
Upon arriving at the planet, the crew found themselves in about as much misery as the Romulans down below. The Klingons were no where to be found and there was much hostility towards the Federation. Colonies were ravaged by the "Wrath," a disease which displayed symptoms of both Tuberculosis and Staph. Needless to say, investigative parties sent to the service were met with weapons fire and disdain, resulting in expulsion from the hospital down below as well as armed combat. Finding themselves outnumbered and out gunned, the away team requested reinforcements leaving the Tiger with a skeleton crew.
Meanwhile, the Klingons lay in wait while the Federation tried unsuccessfully to assist the populations. Moving by stealth through the caverns underneath Bilire IV, they planned intricate attack formations that would have been enacted had not yet another major player appeared in the region. The night before the assault, D'Ghor was attacked by one of the non-coporeal entities, the Reapers, specifically Dodhun "Third of the Father." This would have been the end of the invasion, but Kon'Jah, the former First Officer, took command of the troops while staking his life on finding who had killed his Captain.
The Klingons, temporarily delayed, gave time for the reinforcements to make some progress. Beaming down to the hospital, there was a desperate attempt to find a cure to the Wrath while the Captain and her team tried to diplomatically resolve their dilemma. Unfortunately, things went from bad to worse as an intense weather pattern assaulted the planet rupturing the dams towards the main colony and hospital. Hundreds to thousands of colonists lost their lives due to the flood and the inability to raise the shields at the hospital on time. Making matters worse, several of the Tiger crew were then kidnapped by the Reapers and brought upon their vessel, halting the development of a cure.
Trying to regroup after the flood, groups were ambushed by Kon'Jah and his team. Luckily, after one and one combat, the Captain resolved not to molest the Starfleet officers any more after losing honourably. Not all Klingons felt the same as a splinter group led by Tanas decided to wreck havoc until the Reapers destroyed their vessel, stranding them on the planet. Seeing the opportunity before them, the Tiger crew left the planet in pursuit, but not before a bungled order to bring the crew aboard also resulted in the transportation of the colonists to the ship as well.
Soon following was a break of quarantine with the Wrath resulting in a shipwide epidemic. In combination with the losing attack on the Reaper vessel, all hope looked to be lost for the crew. However, with the resourcefulness of the Engineering department and Tactical, new weaponry was developed and the crew managed to pierce shielding and gain access. While the rescue mission was being mounted, Medical made a breakthrough discovery and a cure was issued immediately. Soon after, the away team returned and the vessel was summarily destroyed. Cure in hand and the Klingons bested, the people of Bilire IV were returned to their planet.
On stardate 238908.1 news reached Fleet Captain Turner of a Klingon Ambassador en route to Duronis II intent on establishing an embassy. Sensing that all may not be as it seemed, both the Embassy and the USS Thunder were prepared for possible hostilities. An initial meeting between the major powers already represented upon the Laudean homeworld proved fruitless, other than the discovery that Tel’Peh the Klingon Ambassador was no diplomat. Long range communications were disrupted by an unknown cause shortly afterwards and while the cause was being determined, Starfleet Intelligence discovered secret meetings between the Klingons and the Scarlet Brotherhood in the Quentisi Mountain Range and a massing of troops in the desert. Further reports revealed that the enemy would soon possess a combined fleet of 30 ships including the Vengeance, a Defiant class escort. Shortly afterward an explosion destroyed the Romulan Embassy, leaving Major Hannibal Parker presumed dead.
On stardate 238908.24 a Klingon armada of 11 warships decloaked and began firing on the Thunder, killing Commander Janzen and most of the beta-shift bridge crew with the initial wave of fire. While the Cheyenne class ship tried to fend off the attackers, the commander of the Romulan forces, D’Nal Merek, and Fleet Captain Turner created a hasty alliance against the aggressors. Honoring the agreement, the Romulan detachment pitched in against the Klingon forces. With the Thunder’s shields failing and the enemy relentless, Merek began to transport the crew off the doomed vessel. As the fighting raged, a general evacuation of the Embassy was executed and the civilians were prepared to be flown out.
Unbeknown to the both the Klingons and Fleet Captain Turner, Commander Vess, who had been on leave, returned with a small Federation contingent and immediately joined in the battle. The combined forces were able to turn the tide of the Klingon attack and save the Thunder from destruction. After taking on the civilians and Ambassador, plans to attack the remaining vessels of the Brotherhood while still in the sandbar were made.
Meanwhile, on the planet's surface, the Klingon/Brotherhood invasion force led a pitched assault against Laudean militia forces and entrenched Starfleet officers who had not made it to the Thunder. As battle raged, the Federation Embassy was captured by the enemy. Assembling the few officers that were left, Fleet Captain Turner was able to draw on her career-long experience as a medic to patch up Hannibal Parker, who had in fact survived the destruction. While battle raged between the USS Rodimus Prime under the command of Alucard Vess in orbit, Turner's team assisted Laudean forces in Bondi in order to repel the invasion. Only then did they realise that they would need to cut out the infection that had set upon Duronis II at its roots.
With the Thunder on the brink of destruction and a marine-led rescue party attempting to evacuate all remaining personnel aboard, the tide of the battle seemed to be going against the Federation, Romulan and Laudean alliance, but they refused to give in. Pressing home their advantage on the planet's surface, the Scarlet Brotherhood commanders, Tallis Meral and Tallis Kern were killed in a confrontation in the mountains, while a final assault from the Romulan and Federation ships turned the Klingons away. Only after a final, tireless assault on the Duronis II grounds was the dust allowed to settle. The Federation had their victory, but with the destruction of the Thunder and the Laudeans renewing their questions about the wisdom of a Federation presence on their world, it was pyrrhic at best...
As a direct result of the USS Victory's involvement in the establishment of the Thracian Alliance, a Klingon former Governor was ejected from the High Council and dishonored. When the Governor was killed, his son was convinced that he would not go to Sto'Vo'Kor and vowed to reclaim his father's honor by taking revenge on the Commander and crew of the USS Victory. He quickly joined forces with another dishonored Klingon, General Ma'Tag, who still commanded a small fleet loyal to him and his name. Together, the two used the cover of the Nequencia and Khitomer invasions to mount their own invasion into Thracian space and stage an assault on Starfleet and the Thracians responsible for their disgrace while gaining and claiming the area in the name of the Klingon Empire and regaining their place among the rulers of their Empire.
After the deaths of thousands of evacuating civilians, who were fleeing the main KDF and the destruction caused as that fleet moved through unrecognized Thracian space, the USS Victory was deployed to the Thracia system to find the President of the Alliance. He'd gone into hiding not realizing that the small fleet terrorizing the system was not part of the main Klingon force. Once on station, the Victory was able to locate him and beamed him aboard to finalize a protectorate agreement that had been started by Ambassador Lily Ventu months before when the Alliance had first formed. While the diplomats were getting the paperwork in order, Captain Kalianna Nicholotti, along with the Victory's escorts, the USS Achilles and the USS Apollo, worked to prevent war between the Klingons and the Federation.
Finally, word arrived through backchannel Intel networks that the fleet the three ships were facing was not part of the main KDF, but a ragtag group of dishonored Klingons out for revenge. Without politics and the future of Klingon/Federation relations on the line, the three captains prepared to force the small fleet out of the system by any means necessary. They were unable to, however, before the leader of the small fleet tried something unheard of and created a pocket of a warp bubble and recalled multiple torpedoes to its location. The resulting blast was enough to heavily damage the Victory and mildly damage the Apollo. The ships were unable to pursue, but the USS Achilles, which already had a tractor beam on the lead Klingon ship, was pulled into warp with them and gave chase.
Ultimately, Krax, the head of the Klingon fleet, escaped, but not until he and his counterpart, General Ma'Tag, were forced from the system. News of a group of KDF sanctioned ships, on their way to give chase to the dishonored fleet, reached them all, and news of the new Federation protectorate was spread throughout the sector. Though the Klingons were not happy with the new protectorate, and still refused to recognize the Neutral Zone alliance, they avoided further attacks in the area in order to maintain whatever strained relations they had with the Federation.
With their efforts to destroy the crippled Romulan Star Empire once and for all not going quite to plan, the Klingons focused their attention towards other potential assets. Precariously balanced on the very tip of Federation space, the Zakdorn homeworld was too tempting to ignore. For decades, their reputation as the finest tactical minds in the galaxy prevented any other species from mounting an invasion. It had long been Klingon opinion that all reputations should be tested but an element of Klingon Intelligence developed a plan that would provide the Empire with a chance to do just that... on their own terms: the Zakdorn had to be persuaded to defect to the Empire.
After the emergence of a pro-Klingon dissident movement, the Zakdorn Stratigo contacted Starfleet for assistance, suspecting undercover Klingon involvement. Tasked with discrediting the dissident movement and investigating these suspicions of espionage and subversion, the crew of the USS Vigilant, which lay under construction in the Zakdorn's Grelesev shipyards, attacked the issue on three fronts. A team was assembled to curb the rapid upswing in pro-dissident sympathies, both in the Zakdorn Assembly and the global public. A combined team of science, engineering and intelligence officers scoured the Zakdorn capital of Prak Zel for potential evidence of an infiltrator, and a security and marine force fortified the shipyards to ensure the Vigilant's timely completion.
After becoming woven in the dissidents' tactical web during the opening stages of the investigation, the crew began to make steady progress. Speeches that presented significant evidence of the benefits of remaining with the Federation were presented in the Assembly and via the global news network. A high-profile game of Strategema was organised, where the Vigilant's new helmsman was set up to defeat a member of the Zakdorn cabinet, with a surprise twist. While sickbay began to admit members of the crew who were falling ill to a biological agent that had been released by the Klingons, the discovery of a cloaked Bird-of-Prey in Prak Zel gave the publicity team all the evidence they needed to reveal an outside influence, shortly before it was discovered that an aide to a high-ranking Zakdorn minister was, in fact, a surgically altered operative. Through a oombination of Counsellor Greir Reinard's fielding and Dr. Ilyazi Malon's telepathy, a device that was masking her life signs was detected and confiscated, although the operative was able to beam away before she could be apprehended.
Following a tense battle in orbit of the planet between the newly-completed Vigilant, backed by the Zakdorn defense satellites, and two Klingon vessels, the plans to force the Zakdorn to defect were foiled. However, even as one of the vessels, a Vor'Cha class attack cruiser, was crippled by the Vigilant and orbital defense systems, the Bird-of-Prey was able to escape back to Klingon space.
Outcome of the Conflict
Word arrives slow, but alludes to substantial growth of Romulan military power. While some Senators still exist, and have been working through diplomatic channels to bring together the remnants of the Star Empire's government, military leaders have largely ignored their efforts and have moved on to create their own leadership hierarchy. While name unknown, the highest ranking members have succeeded in bringing together a group of representatives who have successfully conversed with the invading force. While news is still unconfirmed at higher levels, some say that peace talks of some kind are underway near the Trinity sector.
Beyond the Khitomer system, and areas surrounding Tranome Sar, the KDF has been confirmed as halting their advance, but Federation diplomats have been kept out of any political talks involving the two empires as of now.
Veterans of the Conflict
Starfleet officers who served during the Klingon Invasion were subsequently awarded the Klingon Invasion Ribbon.
Note: This incomplete listing includes both primary characters and non-player characters (both PNPCs and NPCs). Names are listed in alphabetical order, and primary characters are listed in bold.
Cayden Adyr • Oxford Brown • Liam Frost • Andrus Jaxx • Viktor Lanius • Jalana Laxyn • Richard Matthews • Sidney Pierce • Ra-Uleyra • Segolene LeMarnix • Will S Stead • T'Mar • Tal Tel-ar • Alan Williams •
Nearian Ben'thal • Sky Blake • Delvia Corsetto Marcus Dickens • Eerie • My'lita Erin • Rune Jolara • Talya Robins • Sabor • Alleran Tan • S'Lone i-Ra'thleifl tr'Khellian • T'Lea • Chase Valaine • Della Vetri
Karynn Ehlanii Brice • Dantin-Vex • Danzia • Peter Dixon • Eitan Kadosh • John Largent • Pandora • Wildflower Peace-Lily (KIA) • Sakorra Reed • William Rogers • Viktoriya Sokolova • Didrik Stennes • Oliver Weston • David Whale
S'Peek Avandar • Isaac Bale • Arden Cain • Askade D'ciq • Niccolò del Vedova • Jacen Fanel • Gypsy Hawker • Aron Kells • Juno Khayne • Alexander Matthews • Jade Elizabeth Matthews • Chris O'Hanlon • Roshanara Rahman • Rick Rawden • Scott Reed • Quinn Reynolds • Alexander Richards • Angela Roberts • Kael Thomas • Trel'lis • Velana • Tobias Walker • Ian West • Eyas Wulfantine •
Sidney Riley • Darius Clack • Tracey Townson • Danny Wilde • Brayden Jorey • Alex Blair • Tobias Malik • Nemitor Atimen • Chloe Mannin • A'ern Zerxes • T'Mihn Ah'mygahn • Bowrapiquis Jetseen • Lance Firestarter • Aribelle Tagren • Zinna
Thomas Benton • Kevin Breeman • Brek • B'Sara Cavann • David Scott Cody • Kital Creena • Colt Daniels • Joseph Dubeau • Benjamin Livingston • Ash MacKenna • Gavin MacLaren • Johanna Diedre MacLaren • Anya Nicholotti • Kali Nicholotti • Katy Orman • Rhomqlye • Michael Shepard • Vitor Silveira • Vreeya • Benjamin J. Walker • Kaedyn Zehn •
Solara Androsia • Rekkr Baldersson • Graham Block • Oxford Brown• Scania Calderan • Chen • Grigoriy Davis • Charlotte deBarres • Eerie • Harold Foster • James Fox • Brooks Gwinnett • Leo Handley-Page • Diego Herrera • Pherix Khass • Ilyazi Malon • Richard Matthews • Naran Ola • Nicholas Reed • Greir Reinard • Dueld taJoot • Kael Thomas • T'Rella • Kaedyn Zehn •