I've been mulling over what I want to do with a Star Trek campaign and I'm tempted to do my own take on the war between the Federation and the Klingons which is supposed to take place between the events of Enterprise and TOS. My idea is to look at the run up to the conflict and will have the party involved in these escalations. My first though was to have a solid, believable reason as to why each side would be looking for a fight.
For the Klingons the outcome of the Earth-Romulan War has shown them that Starfleet are capable of fighting an extended conflict against a capable enemy. On top of this Earth has also been responsible for the creation of the Federation which is seen by many in the Klingon High Council as a direct challenge to Klingon military supremacy in the Alpha quadrant. These fears would appear well founded as the Federation is going through a phase of rapid expansion which is bringing it's borders closer to those of the Klingon Empire.
With the Federation the reasons for war are a bit more difficult to come up with. The viewpoint of Admiral Marcus from Star Trek: Into Darkness is a good starting point. There are people in Starfleet Command who think that war with the Klingons is inevitable; it's just a case of where and when. This attitude has been past down to member of the command staff on Federation starships leading to more aggressive confrontations with Klingon vessels. This could be combined with a general bullish attitude from Starfleet. They've seen off the Romulans, they've got the combined technological might of half a dozen space faring races behind them, the next generation of Star Fleet ships are rolling off the production line, how tough can these Klingons be?
I'm thinking of a slow build up over the course of a few adventures to set the tone and try to show the attitudes of both sides; slowly moving from exploration to confrontation. I'm not sure if I want to go too much into the war but I think it would be interesting to have this building conflict in the background. If I was to look at the actual war I'm very much inspired by Prelude to Axanar and Babylon 5: In the Beginning. In the Beginning does an excellent job of depicting the arrogance and assurance of Earth Force that they can handle anything the Mimbari can throw at them. I'd really like a scene that echoes that with a Vulcan diplomat warning Star Fleet not to underestimate the Klingons. Moving into the war to introduce the idea that the Federation finds itself technologically behind the Klingons when it comes to warships and depict the struggle that Starfleet has trying to hold the line against the Klingon D5 Battlecruisers until the Federation can complete the Constitution class starship (this being lifted from Prelude).
Basically I'm looking for suggestions and ideas to build on. I'm thinking of using an Einstein class star ship, by the name as USS Lexington, as the party's vessel as it fits in with the timeline. I'm open to thoughts on reoccurring NPC characters that I can use as well. I'm considering an Starfleet Admiral Marcus analogue. An aggressive Starfleet captain who is going to demand the support of the party in opposing the Klingons. I'm also thinking about a Vulcan diplomat who's assigned to the ship in a bid to reduce tensions between the two sides.
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