THE FIRST BLOW
Stardate: 8045.8, Klingon Neutral Zone: 4.13 EE, 7.93 S, 17:09 FST


A HEAVY HAND :  

Civilian Testimony -
Incident DX 13372944 - SD
s 8055.9

          “I’ve been on this run for almost 20 years. I’ve been attacked by pirates nearly 50 times and even had to run from the Klingons on a number of occasions. But I ain’t never seen the Klingons so intent on a nothing convoy like ours. I mean – I’d hear the rumors. Hell, rumors happen all the time. You know how it is…treasure here, pirates there. All the time; know what I mean?”

“Please sir, just stick to this event. We’ve got a lot to get to for the record.”

          “Yea, yea…ok, kid. So we’re at the back of the line. I prefer it there. You can usually tell just how hard to push your engines if you know who’s really chasing you. I saw the first escort turn – I don’t remember her name. But I knew something was up. They called us a few seconds later to tell us to run. That’s when I saw the battleship on the sensors. A BATTLESHIP! Who sends a battle ship to attack a freighter full of ore?! Anyways, I heard the call go out for help. That’s when I realized there was a lot more than one battleship.”

          “Did the escort commander send you any instructions?”

          “OH yea! Told us to forget the robot freighters and just take off. Like I said – I’ve been doing this for 20 years. That much firepower ment they didn’t want to capture us. They wanted us dead. I woke up everyone else and just piled on the speed. I red lined the engines in just a few seconds; you should have heard Singi arguing about his engines…I though he was gona blow a gasket and…”

          “Sir –“

          “Hu? Oh…well, we left those robot freighters far behind. And let me tell you something! Those boys of yours just turned and stood their ground! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Just as we got out of sensor range I heard the chatter from one of your frigates…like I said, don’t know names or nothing. OH, yea, we did detect one ship still trying to follow us. I think it was a destroyer, but don’t quote me on that. Check my sensor logs. Anyway, we managed to get about half way in system before we had to slow down for the micro meteors and stuff. I did see one robot freighter just as we entered orbit. And that was about it. By the way – how did your boys fair? Anyone get killed?”

          “They did what they were trained to do. I’m sure you’ll hear about it soon enough. Thank you for your testimony. If you need a transcript, just contact my office.”

          “Hey, kid - ya know what. I ain’t not strategist or nothing, but I think this wasn’t just some raid. You may wana bring that up with the higher-ups. “died.

 

GAME SET-UP
Lay out four 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:
          2 Aakeen Mk IV Freighters (USS Ake, USS Ventre)
          3 Nilron Mk I Rogot Freighters (NRF 312, 622, 831)
          4 Zeus Mk I Robot Freighters (ZRF 440, 733, 798, 1002)
          1 Dwarfstar B-1 Light Freighters (ORV Mikelson's Folley)
          2 Jessup Mk I Ore Freighters (IRS Ore Runner, IRS Digger)
          2 Genser Mk I Escorts (USS Donnell, USS Kitchener)
          1 Remora Mk II Escort (USS Hazard)

On turn 3 the defending force receives the following re-enforcements:
          1 Abbe Mk II Torpedo Destroyer (USS Eldin)
          1 Babcock Mk V Frigate (USS Linden)
          1 Lynch Mk II Light Destroyer (USS Hitchcock)

On turn 5 the defending force receives the following re-enforcements:
          1 Enterprise Mk I Heavy Cruiser (USS Lexington)
          1 Kodiak Mk I Battleship (USS Overby)
          1 Tikopai Mk I Cruiser (USS Darion)

Deployment
The Defending force deploys within 15 hexes of the left edge of the combat area. All re-enforcements enter from the right side of the combat area.

Attacker
The Attacking force consists of:
          1 L-24a Class XIII Battleship (IKV Grand Victory)
          1 L-15c Class X Light Dreadnought (IKV Marauder)
          1 L-42b Class X Frigatet (IKV Wings of Invincibility)
          1 D-5j Class VII Light Cruisers (IKV Stronghold)
          4 D-30c Class IX Destroyers (IKV Dreadful, Dagger, Engager, Hailfire)
          2 D-18c Class IX Heavy Destroyer (IKV Q'tok, IKV K'tak Ves)
          1 D-31b Class IX Cruisers (IKV Stormbow)

Deployment
The attacking force enter from the left edge if the map.

Victory Conditions
The attacking force wins a major victory if they can destroy 5 or more freighters. They win a minor victory if they destroy three or less. The defender wins a major victory by destroying the L-24 of more than 5 other Klingon vessels.

SPECIAL RULES:

Escape:
If the attacking force can meet its objectives, they may attempt to warp out of the combat area. Campaign warp escape rules apply.

Ending:
The scenario ends on turn 12 due to massive Federation Re-enforcements.