The IKS Maht-H'a (IKC-11574, also known as the IKC Maht-H'a) was a Klingon Empire starship, a Vor'cha-class attack cruiser (or battle cruiser) in Klingon Defense Force service in the late 24th century. Maht-H'a was commanded by Captain Nu'Daq. (ST reference: The Star Trek Encyclopedia; CCG set: Q-Continuum; Decipher RPG module: Starships; WizKids modules: Tactics, Attack Wing)
- The ship's name is derived from the tlhIngan Hol word matHa', meaning "gunner".
Service history and disposition
In the year 2369, under the command of Nu'Daq, the Maht-H'a was collecting DNA samples to decipher a four-billion-year-old genetic program left by the ancient humanoids. The ship was responsible for the eradication of all life on Indri VIII, to prevent any other parties from collecting samples, and later met the USS Enterprise-D and two Galor-class Cardassian warships at Loren III. The Maht-H'a was slightly damaged by a Cardassian attack despite advance warning, and so was unable to follow the Enterprise to Vilmor II for the final piece of the program. (TNG episode: "The Chase")
- Although most other Vor'cha-class starships are referred to as attack cruisers in canon, the Maht-H'a and other Vor'cha-class vessels listed by the Decipher RPG as battle cruisers. It is not clear if this is because they are outfitted differently or if the two cruiser terms had become somewhat synonymous.
While canon materials surrounding the use of the model use the term "attack cruiser" for the ship's type, the Decipher RPG 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 Maht-H'a the name prefix "IKS", while BotF and the Star Trek Customizable Card Game use the IKC prefix.
Appearances and references
- TNG episode: "The Chase"
- TNG video game: Birth of the Federation
- WizKids module: Tactics
- WizKids module: Attack Wing