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The Khnial-class adapted battlecruiser was a class of starships used by the Romulans by the early 25th century. They were constructed by the Tal Shiar following the collapse of the Romulan Star Empire when the twin homeworlds of Romulus and Remus were destroyed by the Hobus nova. These vessels were based on the D'deridex-class but were further enhanced with the use of adapted Borg technology which led to its somewhat distorted configuration compared to the parent design. (ST video game: Star Trek Online)


The class had its genesis in Colonel Hakeev's experimentation with his D'deridex-class warbird IRW Khnial in early 2409. With the gradual addition of Borg technology the battlecruiser was transformed into a dreadnought bearing a great resemblance to Nero's Narada. The Khnial was eventually destroyed in battle with Romulan Republic forces in the Iota Pavonis sector block, but the Tal Shiar would go on to field other such vessels during major battles. (STO missions: "Turning Point", "Mind Game")

Technical data

These vessels were upgraded with the specific purpose of crippling and disabling enemy starships or even turning them against one another. Among its weaponry included an indoctrination nanite dispersal system that used nanites to infect enemy vessels and turn them against one another. Another system was a modified Borg adapted warp core that provided hull regenerative properties and made use of a version of transwarp. These vessels were also equipped with a cloaking device but its effectiveness was reduced as the Borg technology interfered in its operations.

Known ships



Romulan starship classes
Romulan language names AlocalaAmarcanAmosarrAye MosaramBaydronCaladanComiliusD'delithamD'deridexD'dredarDelithamDelon VastamDeresusD'gerokD'KazanakDraconariusD'renetD'retexD'ridrenD'seraD'serenD'tavanD'therosD'valekD'vangaD'viretD'virinD'VorixDhelanGalan StelriGanumGolgarothGrafflerHathosHorosIvarixKelkarrumKhnialKlivai Vang'radaiLanoraLlaihrLlaiir'DhaelMandukamMeretMogai ~ NorexanMoorabbinMorlasam Cl'vangasMorlasasi StelamMularrNarvasam'alNarvasam StelasNei'hrrNelvekNir'atN'renixOcala SindariPhaerosPraexPrelarRalaaram OcalaRalekRanajmarRas LovahR'daranR'derexRe'ravsamReemeaRevastalR'tanSerexSethenShirekralStelai'delethamS'ten VastamT'varoS'ten TalasamTakaanTakara MorlattaTalas MosarumTemar VastaramTemar VastariThalanTheronTirethiT'kairinT'kassanT'korexT'LissT'rasusT'varoUstalam StelasVadakVadaso StelriVas HathamVas Hatham (scout)Vas'delethamVas'kalabamVas'maklaramVas'rosvlaiVastagor LattamVastagor VastarumVastam Cl'vangasVastari SanalamVastemeVelesVenatorVentarixVeranalVercaalVerelan VastarumVereleusVespinVidianVithrelV'gerenV'gurinV'tanaV'tirValdore Emblem of the Romulan Star Empire.
Translated names (Akif) • Battlehawk • "Bird of Paradise" • Bird of PreyBird of Prey (scout)Centurion (cruiser)Bright OneComet of DestructionDeath TalonDeath FlyerDefender of StarsDreadnaughtEnhanced FireExecutionerExplosive AvengerFalconFree FlightFire SwarmGallant CarrierGallant WingGraceful FlyerGreat DefenderGriffinGryphonHarpyHawkHeavy DefenderHunterImperial HawkImperium • (Kalath) • Kestrel • (K'hanakh) • (K't'inga) • LegionLittle NestNestarNight FlyerNightwingNovaPhoenixPraetorPraetorianProtectorRaptorScimitarSenatorShadowShrieking BirdShrikeSilver BirdSkyfireSnipeStar SeekerStargliderStarlifterStormbirdSwarmSwift WingTalon ~ ThetaTraitorous EnemyUnbound BrotherVengeanceVigilant OneWar EagleWhitewind ~ WhitewingWind CarrierWing of DoomWing of VengeanceWinged DefenderWings of Justice
Alphanumeric names B-type warbirdCS2 • (D7D7 AkifD7M) • E5F2H4H5I4I7J2J3J4J8 • (K3) • M4M8N1N2N5N8P2P3P12Q1Q4R1R4S3S4S9S11T2T5T10ThetaU4U7U9U13U15U21V1V2V4V5V6V7V8V9V11 (D7)V20V27V30 ~ V31Z1
By time period or type biogenic transport22nd century bird-of-prey2150s bird-of-preylate-2150s bird-of-prey23rd century bird-of-preylate 23rd century bird-of-prey2370s bird-of-prey25th century bird-of-preyattack raptorbattlecruiser22nd century cargo ship24th century cargo shipcolony shipconstruction shipmining freighterrepair shipscience vessel
Tal Shiar adapted starships
Romulan Star Empire, rogue adapted mining vessel: Narada Romulan Star Empire icon image.
Romulan Star Empire, Tal Shiar enforcer cruiser: lead enforcersecond enforcerKhnial-class: IRW KhnialKhlinae-subclass: IRW KhlinaeLlaihr-class: IRW LlaihrMandukar-subclass: IRW MandukarMogai-class: IRW Esemar Romulan Star Empire icon image. Tal Shiar icon image.
Romulan Republic, Navy Khnial-class: RRW KhnialKhlinae-subclass: IRW KhlinaeLlaihr-class: IRW LlaihrMandukar-subclass: IRW Mandukar Romulan Republic icon image.
Terran Empire
(Kelvin mirror timeline)
adapted mining vessel: Narada (mirror) {{{2}}} icon image. {{{2}}} icon image.

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