BEGINNING OF THE END
Stardate: 8052.9, Taal Tan System: 3.2 E, 7.86 S, 23:20 FST


JUST TAKING A BREAK:  


          Kurand looked up from the planning table to see K'tek staring through the battleship’s portal at the stars beyond. He was a realist, as much as his commander. The numbers didn’t lie. The lines on the map hadn’t moved. And in all truth, Kurand knew that they wouldn’t.

          “There’s no way to secure ANY of these worlds! Not with our remaining forces. We’d have to transfer nearly 150 ships from the Romulan boarder…or twice that many from the Kinshaya frontier.” Kurand shook his head in frustration, anger starting to build. Yet K’tek simply laughed mildly.

          “No, old friend. We haven’t had that opportunity for some time now,” commented K’tek, never turning from the stars outside. “Reinforcements were already sent. This campaign was lost over a month ago.” Finally, K’tek turned from the window with a sly smile across his face.

          Kurand stared at his friend in puzzlement and wonder. “Why? All glory aside, what’s the point? Only a fool fights in a burning house…wait…you’re thinking of a second campaign!” Now it was Kurand’s turn to smile.

          “Even if we lose the remainder of our ships, we can rebuild and re-man the boarder in less than a year. It will take the Federation three times that long to replace their losses.” K’tek began to nod as Kurand’s eyes grew wide with understanding. “Yes…even if you and I die in glorious battle today, we’ve still won a victory for the Empire! The perfect campaign.”

          “So every enemy ship we destroy…brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! Remind me never to try and kill you. I don’t think I’d live long enough to enjoy your seat.” Kurand’s smile became as friendly as a Klingon smile gets.

          “No, old friend…you wouldn’t!” K’tek and Kurand roared with laughter. The bridge interrupted their friendly moment.

"Admiral! The resupply operation. They report they are under attack!"

"Look like we may lose some of those ships sooner than I anticipated," mused K'tek.

 

GAME SET-UP
Lay out one Star Trek Combat Simulator map-sheet in the configuration shown. This represents the area of space where the conflict takes place. Use the Graduate Starship Tactics Course rules in this scenario.

Defender
The Defending force consists of:
          1 L-9f Frigate (IKV Darkness)
          1 L-9e Frigate (IKV Wings of Infinity)
          1 L-50a Frigate (IKV Inharmonious)
          2 K-13e Escort (IKV Omen, IKV Nightmare)
          1 K-23f Escort (IKV Burning Heart)
          1 G-3b Freighter (IKV Giver of Provision)
          1 G-5a Freighter (IKV Warriors Scabbard)
          1 S-5a Tender (IKV Blade Sharpener)
          6 Klingon Containers

Deployment
The Defending force deploys in the center of the map all within 3 hexes of each other.

Attacker
The Attacking force consists of:
          1 Frankfort Mk I Destroyer (USS Karlshalen)
          1 Swiften Mk I Fast Destroyer (USS Huston)
          1 Charger Mk I Light Destroyer (USS Firefox)

Deployment
The attacking force enter from any map edge.

Victory Conditions
The attacking force wins a major victory if they destroy one or more Klingon capital ships (L-9's or the L-50) The attacking force wins a victory if they destroy any of the cargo containers, freighters or the repair tender. The attacking wins a minor victory if they destroy any escorts. The attacking force suffers a major defeat if they loose any of their force..

SPECIAL RULES:

Unmanned Ships :
The crews of the Klingon capital ships (L-9's and the L-50) are currently aboard the cargo containers while repairs are being conducted. The L-9e Wings of Infinity may take no action during turn 1 and 2. The L-9f Darkness may take no action during Turn 1. The L-50a Inharmonous may only raise shields during Turn 1. Damage to these vessels will not effect the re-boarding process. Ignore transporter hits. Once fully crewed, the Klingon capital ships may engage in combat.

Escape:
Attackers and defenders may escape by warping from the field of battle. Campaign warp escape rules apply. The G-5 may attempt to escape with the cargo containers. It will take 1 turn per cargo container to attach each container before warp.

Ending:
The scenario ends on turn 12 due to massive Klingon re-enforcements.