So I have to keep a personal “Record of Battle”, do I? I hate Klingons. Fine. Let’s take it from the beginning.
I am Dathiro of Nava, from the planet Rigel VIII, former bhar of the freighter Golden Opportunity. I say “former” because my ship had the bad luck to be impounded by the Klingon Defense Forces, who, in an act far more piratical than any I have been accused of performing, disabled our ship, and conscripted the useful members of our crew. The rest they simply spaced. I mourn the loss of the ship more than the ones cast into the void; I’d expected to be cutting them off anyway, and this way I didn’t have to pay them. But of course, now I’m in no position to profit from that.
All of this, of course, was considered perfectly legal as per the treaty signed by the “Empress” Melani D’ian (may grishnar cats dine on her liver!) with the Klingon Empire: any and all Orion trade vessels may be considered acceptable sources for resupplying the crew of the KDF. The whole point of serving on the Opportunity was to avoid getting sucked into their wars! Fortunately, I am a skilled technician, and better than most of these Klingon imbeciles operating the engine room. I imagine that I might have to make examples out of some of them; with the work I’ve seen thus far, I should have ample grounds to kill them off and take their position. I’ll probably be running the place before too long.
So here I sit, recording an idiotic record where I’m simply counting time before I wind up getting killed by a Klingon who’s better lucky than good, or better yet, blown up with the rest of the ship by one of the Empire’s many enemies. So, in case Imperial Intelligence is snooping, I’d just like to say: Thanks. That’s sarcasm, by the way.
Signing off. Good riddance.
Looks like it’s time for me to once more create a new character for Star Trek Online, and this time, I’ll be looking at things from the Klingon point of view-or more accurately, one of the aligned species with the Klingons. In STO lore, the Klingons have managed to put together a coalition of species to fight against the Federation; one of those species is the Orions, famously known for their green skin. Being a guy who likes to play against stereotype, though, I chose not to make an Orion female (which I’m sure the KDF is littered with as captains), but instead an Orion male. I went with a white/dark reddish look for his Bortasqu’ inspired uniform, with a bit of other outfit parts. My goal is for my non-Klingon characters to have a distinctly mercenary-ish look, while the Klingons keep their more traditionally Klingon look. Having plenty of uniform slots, you’d think I could work up multiple looks for this character, but as I’ve pointed out before, the vast majority of outfits on the C-Store are Starfleet-only. Annoyingly, the most likely location to find other, more unique outfits is the Lobi store…and of course, Lobi comes from opening lockboxes. Lots and lots of lockboxes. I don’t really do that in STO-the price of keys on the exchange are significantly higher than I’m willing to dish out; and there’s still enough stuff on the C-Store that I’m willing to horde Zen in anticipation of purchasing stuff there for account unlocks. Oh, and some outfits can be unlocks as armors from various Reputations, but since that really doesn’t come into play until high levels, that’s really sort of useless. (Additional note: as I was drafting this post up, STO released new uniforms from the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery show. Also Starfleet only. People wonder why KDF and Romulan players feel like second class citizens sometimes….)
Obviously, I had to make some early determinations about the character. I vowed to myself up and down to not make yet another tactical captain, and wound up making him an engineering captain. I’m not sure what route he’ll go as far as that’s concerned: I’m a big fan of the fabrication units like turrets, portable shields, and medical generators, but it’s BECAUSE I’m such a fan of that stuff that I’d like to avoid it. I haven’t made up my mind as to what specialization he’ll get when he reaches the lofty heights of level 50+, but I have lots of time for that. Likewise, I haven’t decided what starships I will have him focus on, except that I have one specific one in mind for the “final” ship he’ll be on (followers of this blog may be able to guess at this one). I do have a long term goal of having his primary bridge crew eventually having absolutely no Klingons on it, but that will depend a lot on the quality of the officers I get.
While a great deal of the storyline for the Klingons is redundant with the storyline for the Federation-particularly once one gets to the point of dealing with Cardassia-I do have a plan that will both make this less repetitive, and more interesting. More on that as I get there. But it’s safe to say that the early arcs are pretty Klingon specific, and I’ll be treating them pretty similar to the way I deal with my Agents of Yesterday run with Rick Masters: posts will come with each arc, unless the arc is huge (and I don’t think the KDF arcs qualify as huge) and needs to be split into two.
Why did I decide to run another STO-centric run instead of starting, say, a new Star Wars: The Old Republic one? Well, I’m not ruling out doing that sort of thing while this one is going on, but I’m still at work in getting my existing characters through the Eternal Throne expansion (my Sith Warrior is about to crash a party), and I’d been slacking off hard on that. Plus, I still want to wrap up my Dark vs Light characters through the arc as well. So not too much time to start up a new character there, but who knows? I may manage to get done sooner than expected. I’m sure it’d go faster if I were the type to just spacebar/bypass all the dialogue, but heck, that’s half the fun in SWTOR.
So there’s likely to be a lot of STO oriented posts incoming, including my thoughts on the new season that will be landing in a few weeks.