concept by DRock
by JAFisher44 - a modification of Brad
R. Torgersen redraws.
By far one of the
most unusual design histories in know space, the I-1 is believed to be
the first production vessel to be built independently by the IKS. And
yet the Mattarra class is not actually an IKS design – but a modification
of a custom built Orion raider.
The I-1 was first conceived
after IKS Captain Krelesk encountered an oddly unique design, the Orion
raider Mongrel while conducting trade operations with local Orion pirates.
It was clear that the Mongrel was a Frankenstein’s hodgepodge of
captured Klingon components and what appeared to be the main body of a
Romulan V-7. Krelesk was impressed by what he saw and convinced the Orion
captain, Drock the Dangerous, for a base schematic of the ship. Fearing
that Krelesk would back out of the lucrative trade deal he had brokered,
Drock turned over a first draft set of plans for the Mongrel. While it
final configuration was quite different from the plans Krelesk took back
with him, the simple layout of the vessel would prove easy for the IKS
to produce with it limited shipyard capability.
While the shipyards at Mattarra
were only 25% complete when the I-1 was first proposed as a production
vessel, it was clear to IKS engineers and leadership that, once refined,
the ship would be easier to produce that the standard Klingon designs
known to the IKS. But at the time, there were not enough skilled engineers
to refine the design. To keep production secret from the Empire, the Federation
and the Romulans, the IKS secretly contracted for JA Fisher Shiplines
to complete the engineering and design schematics. Since Klingon and Romulan
designs were commonly copied throughout the Triangle, JA Fisher easily
finished the designs with the specs requested. By early 2270, the IKS
had the plans back in their hands, and production of the first three hulls
Even as the IKS continued to
grow, gaining more members from the Klingon Empire and purchasing various
vessels from other governments, the I-1 production was often put on hold
in favor of repair to more traditional Klingon vessels. Base components
were now being produced, albeit at a limited rate. Yet parts were often
used to repair vessels damaged by overzealous ship commanders who raid,
while successful, often did not net sufficient resources to counter the
damage to their ships. In early 2272, the IKS halted all raiding, and
turned their energies to finishing the shipyards at Mattarra and completing
the I-1 design.
By late 2273, all three I-1
hulls were finished, and the IKS commissioned all three simultaneously.
Immediately released for raiding duty, the I-1’s quickly became
a favorite among IKS commanders. The basic A model used the well established
KWF-1 drive system which proved easier to produce than the more powerful
and larger drives produced within the Empire. The KWF-1 also used the
less refined Dilithium that was readily available to the IKS. While fuel
consumption was greater, contracts with local Orions meant a fairly steady
supply of anti-deuterium. The KIE-2 impulse drive was also deliberately
underpowered, allowing for quick and easy mass production. Only the main
weapons, the sturdy KD-6’s proved difficult to manufacture. Components
were often scavenged from the growing number of non-functioning Klingon
ships that the IKS continued to amass. None the less, production continued
at a steady pace of three per year until 2277. Even as the IKS began looking
to take Gamon or Meadow as their next conquest, IKS officers began to
hear rumors of a new Imperial battlecruiser that was quickly becoming
the standard in the home Empire. Worried that the IKS may have attracted
undue attention, Admiral Kepel ordered an upgrade to the I-1.
The I-1B incorporated KD-8
taken from damaged Klingon vessels to upgun the basic model. The B model
also saw incorporation of the KD-7 as a secondary beam weapon system.
But the most significant system upgrade was the use of the KSL shielding
system. A successful raid by the IKS two year earlier had yielded both
generator components and coolant that the IKS needed desperately. In the
end, only five fully functioning system could be completed, but the design
specs were quickly added to the IKS inventory and the I-1B was soon under
construction. While the ‘B’ model, like it predecessor, was
extremely powerful, the vessel was crew intensive to build and equally
crew intensive to maintain. The IKS had over 100 combat vessels in it’s
arsenal, but could only field 40 or so vessels in combat condition. At
first the problem was academic, as crews from damaged vessels were used
to shore ship personnel. But as time went on, more personnel were needed
in the repair yards, as well as the farms and production facilities. The
huge crew requirements of the A and B models ensured the I-1 was able
to withstand significant combat operations, but pulled vital personnel
from the IKS infrastructure. While 40 A models and 20 B models were initially
planned for, production halted after 15 A’s and only 3 B’s
were completed. Repairs to older vessels again took precedence.
In 2281, after the loss of
an I-1a and two of his vital D-18’s, Kepel and members of the IKS
High Council ordered construction halted on the IKS drydock at Mattarra
and detailed engineers to improve the home squadron of I-1’s. The
result was the I-1c. The C model used the KWF-2 warp drive, which was
in fact a modified KWF-1. The KWF-2 was more powerful, stable and less
fuel intensive. While production time for the warp coils for the KWF-2
was longer, this was offset by the increased power and lower fuel requirements.
Also added to the I-1 was the more powerful KD-17 disruptor. Only one
set of plans was obtained for the KD-17 initially, but the schematics
proved sufficient to allow production within the IKS. In mid-2283, the
KD-17’s were tested successfully, and engineers began fitting several
systems to three existing I-1a hulls.
Only two of the proposed three
I-1c’s would enter service. Drock the Dangerous, who’s own
vessel was the inspiration for the I-1, had quickly worn out his welcome
among elements of the Orion Syndicate. Proving his cunning, Drock managed
to fool nearly everyone into believing he was operating out of the Triangle,
near the IKS. While the I-1’s were known raiders within the Triangle,
few new their origin, and fewer still that they were actually IKS vessels.
Syndicate spies eventually located one of the drydocks where the last
I-1c was being produced. Fearing that Drock’s family and the IKS
had somehow joined forces, Syndicate leaders launched a suicide attack
on the partially finished vessel. While seven raiders were destroyed by
IKS forces before reaching the unfinished ship, an eighth did manage to
ram the dry dock and destroy the I-1c. Kepel and the IKS never learned
the reason why the Orions attacked this shipyard, but extracted a hefty
toll from local Orion pirates after the disaster. The Syndicate eventually
discovered the ruse and was forced to placate Kepel with ships and slave
to stabilize local trade and piracy. The remaining I-1c’s were launched
in early 2284 and have become very popular among IKS naval officers.
The IKS is nearing completion
of six more drydocks at Mattarra and have recently commissioned two drydocks
at K’Linsann. Production of the I-1 and other IKS vessels is expected
to increase significantly in the near future. Of the 20 produced, 13 A’s,
3 B’s and 2 C’s are on active duty. One A has been destroyed
and one has been sold to the OFMA.