- For other uses, see Theta class.
History and specificationsEdit
A vessel of this class was 220 meters long, armed with disruptors and protected by deflector shields. A raider could attain a speed of warp factor 8.7 by 2369. (ST reference: The Official Starships Collection issue 147: "Baran's Raider")
Ma-Karn-class ships were well armed attack vessels, with dual torpedo launchers and dual plasma charge emitters located at the front of the vessel. Ma-Karn-class vessels were unusually large for a vessel of their capabilities, to accommodate Miradorn twins among their crews. These raiders were unscannable largely due to their design. (CCG set: Second Edition; DS9 episode: "Vortex"; CCG set: Deep Space Nine)
In 2369, a Ma-Karn-class raider commanded by Ah-Kel traveled to Deep Space 9. During the visit, Ah-Kel's twin, Ro-Kel, was killed by a man named Croden. When a Starfleet runabout left the station to return Croden to his homeworld in the Gamma Quadrant, Ah-Kel pursued them. The raider was later disabled by the ignition of toh-maire gas in the Chamra Vortex. (DS9 episode: "Vortex")
From 2369 to early 2370, the privateer Arctus Baran and his crew used the Fortune, identified as a Virayllan-class raider, to search for the Stone of Gol artifacts. (CCG set: Tenth Anniversary Collection, card: "Fortune", CCG set: Energize, card: "Fortune", TNG episode: "Gambit")
In 2409, the Alpha Quadrant Alliance studied and adapted privateer vessels from non-members like the extinct Husnock, the non-aligned Miradorn, and the entrepreneur Amarie. Through a privateer lock box offered by the Lobi Crystal Consortium, the Theta-class vessel thus became available to Alliance commanding officers as a tier 6 heavy raider. Vessels of the class, like the Theta, came equipped with Krieger wave-based disruptor weaponry.
In the heavy raider configuration, a ship of this class featured five forward-facing weapon slots, one rear-facing weapon slot, and an experimental weapon port with a 360-degree firing arc. The slot-design allowed captain's to replace weaponry as needed. By default, the forward facing weapons consisted of a Krieger wave dual disruptor beam bank, Krieger wave disruptor dual cannons, Krieger wave disruptor dual heavy cannons, and a photon torpedo launcher. The sole aft weapon was a Krieger wave disruptor turret. A experimental dual warhead launcher featured in the experimental weapon slot common to escort-type ships. Like the ship's weapons, the shield array, deflector, impulse engine and matter-antimatter warp core were all rated common Mark X. The additional defense system, a universal console for the Miradorn sensor baffler, was not rated by default but equivalent to Mk. XII in strength. All systems could be swapped out or improved upon. (STO - "Season 13: Escalation" mission: "Spin the Wheel", STO website: Privateer Lock Box Stats!)
In the 25th century, the hull design of the Theta-class heavy raider allowed its commanding officer to choose from only one livery material. This could be modified at shipyards. This hull material was known simply as Miradorn. (STO - "Season 13: Escalation" mission: "Spin the Wheel")
In addition, the installation of deflector shields from specific factions modified the hull appearance, including shields from the Reman Resistance, the Breen Confederacy and the Dominion. (STO missions: "Coliseum", "Cold Storage", "Boldly They Rode")