- For other uses, see Bortas.
The IKS Bortas (IKC-11546, also known as IKV Bortas or IKC Bortas) was a Klingon Empire starship, a Vor'cha-class attack cruiser (or battle cruiser) in Klingon Defense Force service in the late 24th century, circa the 2360s decade. The name translates from tlhIngan Hol as Revenge or Vengeance. (ST reference: The Star Trek Encyclopedia, CCG set: Premiere, Decipher RPG module: Starships)
- In tlhIngan Hol the name is spelled bortaS (no initial capital, final capital).
Service history and disposition
In the year 2366, the Federation starship USS Enterprise-D was contacted by the Bortas when Captain Jean-Luc Picard requested reinforcements prior to entering the Romulan Neutral Zone to investigate a potential Romulan military outpost on Nelvana III. (TNG episode: "The Defector")
In 2368, when approaching the planet Qo'noS, the Enterprise was met by the Bortas just prior to the installation of Gowron as Chancellor of the Klingon High Council. In a meeting that followed, Gowron informed Picard that the Duras family was still seeking to control the council.
The Bortas was later Gowron's flagship during the Klingon Civil War in 2367-68. It took heavy damage during a surprise attack by ships loyal to the House of Duras at the beginning of the war, but drove off the attackers with assistance from the IKS Hegh'ta. Kromm served as Gowron's first officer during this time. (TNG episode: "Redemption", CCG set: Tenth Anniversary Collection, Decipher RPG module: Starships)
After the murder of a close friend, Gowron was determined to track down the murderers. He agreed not to take the Bortas, but to instead take a smaller Bird-of-Prey when it was realized that the Bortas would be easily recognizable. (TNG video game: Klingon)
In 2370 the Bortas was commanded by Captain Ky'Dra. When the Romulan incursion began, the Bortas was one of the first Klingon ships to offer assistance. He was on patrol in the Balis system near a Federation relay station when they detected three warbirds approaching rapidly. They engaged them as they were heading for the Outpost 543. The Bortas disabled and boarded one warbird as the others went away, thus saving the station. The crew boarded the Warbird and took several prisoners.
In 2375, the Bortas was heavily damaged during the Battle of Cardassia at the end of the Dominion War. Instead of decomissioning the wreck, the ship was mostly restored and given to Kromm as a plum assignment to honor the "Hero of the Ning'tao", and to keep him out of the way. (PRM novel: Fire with Fire)
- No history or fate is established for this vessel in SFC3 as its name was randomly selected for a Vor'cha-class Klingon cruiser by the game software.
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While the canon materials surrounding the use of the model use the term "attack cruiser" for the ship's type, the Decipher RPG and SFC3 refers to this and other Vor'cha ships as "battle cruisers", and BotF as battleships. It is not clear if the terms were synonymous or if, at some point, some Vor'cha vessels were outfitted to fill service as a different ship type. Decipher's manual assigns the Bortas the name prefix "IKS", while BotF and the Star Trek Customizable Card Game use the IKC prefix and SFC3 uses IKV.
Appearances and references
- TNG episode: "The Defector"
- TNG episode: "Redemption"
- TNG episode: "Rightful Heir"
- TNG video game: A Final Unity
- PRM novel: Fire with Fire
- ST video game: Starfleet Command III'TNG video game: Birth of the Federation
- ST reference: The Star Trek Encyclopedia
- CCG set: Premiere
- Decipher RPG module: Starships
- CCG set: Tenth Anniversary Collection
- TNG video game: Klingon