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")
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.
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- Legacy of Romulus Dev Blog #22: New Tal Shiar Lock Box and Lobi Ships
- Tal Shiar Adapted Battle Cruiser article at The Star Trek Online Wiki.