"The Barrier of Essai" was a module for FASA's Star Trek: The Role-Playing Game. It was the sixth of eleven licensed adventures published in FASA magazines, this one in Stardate Magazine vol.2 #9, and was written by Michael A. DeLuca II, who also wrote the short story "Planetfall". In this module, the survivors of a wrecked Klingon battlecruiser were stranded 37 light years from home without warp power.

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In this adventure, players control Klingon characters through a series of encounters with a strange world and its inhabitants... Essai is an interesting place. Because of the barrier which protects it, the system's star is not visible from the worlds of the Klingons, Romulans or the Federation. It is also situated so near the site of a supernova that no one would ever suspect that it could support life.

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During a mission to patrol the Triangle sector in the Federation-Klingon Neutral Zone, the IKS K'vinta is ambushed by three Vas Hatham-class Romulan bird-of-prey cruisers near the Beta-Origi nebula. Captain Kordon sutai-Donatil ejects the command boom from the secondary hull, but before he can rig the engineering section to self destruct, Romulans vaporize it with disruptors. The cruisers depart, leaving 29 survivors aboard the primary hull. One impulse engine works, but the bridge is damaged and subspace communication is beyond repair. Ship's supplies will only last for a few months.

Shortly after the ship begins limping back to the Klingon border, sensors locate a huge mass nearby. Within two standard days, they've cleared an edge of this massive wall, which turns out to be a rudimentary Dyson sphere surrounding a star and one class K planet. With no other options, they head toward the planet.

An Essaian spacecraft escorts the wreck while the Klingons study Essai and listen in on local broadcasts. Essai is less advanced technologically and ruled by a king who contends with rebel uprisings. The Klingon ship passes several ancient shipyards, with most spacecraft having been moored there in a poor condition for 600 years. One of the mothballed ships is 60 meters long and appears to have warp nacelles, though sensors show it would need weeks of repair to get it operational.

Once in orbit, the Essaians request that Klingons land a shuttle at the capital city's spaceport, but as the command boom is without auxiliary craft, the captain beams down with a landing party to the royal palace, startling the inhabitants. The Klingons' weapons are taken, and eventually they are brought before King Sai-ume, who hopes to obtain their advanced technology to put down rebellions. Kordon sees an opportunity to barter for the Essaian warp cruiser and help from some engineers to get it working. Sai-ume agrees to the trade, so long as the Klingons also bring him the rebel leader.

Subsequent events depend on gameplay. No matter what else happens, eventually the Klingons need to get the warp cruiser repaired if they want to get home, and may need to retrieve dilithium from the Dyson sphere.

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Characters[edit | edit source]

H'RavheKenau tai-RrilacKinga vestai-SonothKordon sutai-DonatilMida tai-OcapilSai-ume
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Krador zantai-Rrilac

Starships and vehicles[edit | edit source]

Essaian spacecraftEssaian warp cruiserIKS K'vinta (D7-class light cruiser) • unnamed Romulan starships (Vas Hatham-class Romulan bird-of-prey cruisers)

Locations[edit | edit source]

Beta-Origi nebulaEssaian system (Barrier of EssaiEssaiRo-Sai) • the Triangle
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Battle Station 129GDTBeta QuadrantDelta Pavonis IIIKlinzhaiKonnos Re-education CenterKorgocht V

Races and cultures[edit | edit source]

EssaianKlingon (Human Klingon fusion) • Romulan

States and organizations[edit | edit source]

Imperial High CommandKlingon EmpireRomulan Star Empire

Science and classification[edit | edit source]

detonatorschemistryclass K planetcommunicationscommunicatorcomputercoordinatesdaggerdilithium converterdisruptorDyson sphereecologyenvironmental suitF class starhoming beaconimpulse enginelaserlaser cannonlife supportmachine gunmissileprojectile weaponpsychologyradiorifleself-destructsensorshieldsstar chartsub-space transmittersubcutaneous transponderswordtechnologytractor beamtranslatortransporterwarp driveweapon

Ranks and titles[edit | edit source]

archeologistcaptaincommandercommanding officercommandocommunications officerengineering officerguardkinglieutenantlieutenant commanderlieutenant junior gradeofficerpiraterebelscience officersecurity guardspysutaitaithought admiralvestaizantai

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armyasteroidatmospherebeambedroomboarding partybridgecapital citycenturycity-statecolonycoup d'etatcrewcrystalculturedaydesertdetention centerdilithiumdiplomacyengineeringexecutionfoodfoodgiant stargovernmenthistoryhomeworldhonorhostagehourhumankilometerkitchenlanguagelight yearmetalmetermilitaryminingmonthmoonmountainnewscastoiloutpostpalaceparkparking orbitpeaceplanetrockshipyardshuttleshuttle bayspaceportwaryellow giant

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Published Order
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Operation Shadowfall
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Previous story:
Planetfall
Stories by:
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Magazine short stories and roleplay modules
Stardate Magazine TOS stories "Force of Law" • "The Killax Vendetta" • "Planetfall" • "Coronation Presumptuous"
TOS modules "The Serpent Factor" • "Deneva Deception" • "Safari in Violet" • "Continuing the Line" • "Operation Shadowfall" • "The Barrier of Essai" • "Orion Rising" • "The Hottest Blood of All" • "Operation Kingmaker" • "Operation Starling"
Stardrive Magazine TOS modules "Another Piece of the Action"
Star Trek Magazine STO stories "Unexpected Honor" • "Shakedown" • "The Gale, Part I" • "The Gale, Part II" • "Mirror Image, Part I" • "Mirror Image, Part II" • "Chief, Part I" • "Chief, Part II" • "Of Chaos and Kal-toh, Part I" • "Of Chaos and Kal-toh, Part II" • "Dove" • "There's No Place Like..." • "Locks Without Keys, Part I" • "Locks Without Keys, Part II" • "Hope Remains" • "After the Storm" • "Recruitment Drive" • "Time of the Scotsman" • "An Honorable Frontier"
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