IMAGE SOURCE: re-draw by Brad R. Torgersen, 2007












L-24 "Ever-Victorious" class   ●   Battleship

hough the FASA game pre-dates ST:TNG by at least 4 to 6 years, the L-24, in my opinion, is one of the only ships out of the entire book that really looks like it belongs to the ST:TNG universe. In fact, the original FASA drawing looks so similar to the ST:TNG era Vor'cha Attack Cruiser that, when I first saw the Vor'cha in action, I thought it was an L-24! Sadly, I later learned that the TV writers paid no attention whatsoever to the dead FASA booklets, and my hopes for an actual tie-in between the TV series and STSTCS were dashed.
        Nevertheless, it was fun to play the L-24 as if it belonged to TNG. Especially when pitted against a Federation Excelsior, which makes countless appearances throughout ST:TNG and ST:DS9.
        The L-24 is a well-designed craft that pushes the antiquated STSTCS design rules to their limits. In essence, the L-24 is the apex of those old Klingon design charts, just as the Excelsior is the apex of the Federation charts. And matched head-to-head, the L-24 and Excelsior are about as Even Steven as you can get; better, even, than the match-up posed by the Romulan Z-1 Battleship. I also like the fact that the writers of the book limit the numbers of the L-24 in the Empire, thus avoiding the fan designer pitfall of unrealistic or infinite production runs for large capitol ship classes.
        Amateur fan ship designers are notorious for writing ship histories in which their favorite home-made ship classes are produced by the thousands. Especially overly powerful ships! But in reality, such impressive craft are going to be terribly expensive to build and maintain. Just look at the modern sea navies of the world. There are precious few true Battleships out there. The U.S. Navy itself only has 4 battleships left, and they've been in a constant rotation of activation/de-activation ever since the end of World War 2. The same should be true of the Star Trek universe, where even advanced technology and automation have their limits. Hence, you don't see thousands of Galaxy class starships flying around the Federation, and you certainly don't read about thousands of L-24s in terms of the FASA game history.
        One final note.  The Klingon Ship Recognition Manual lists only one variant of this design, that being the A model.  The STSTCS main game manual #2003A also lists a second model, the B, which I have included here.  Like the Type 2 of the Romulan Z-1, the B model of the L-24 is superior to its predecessor in terms of weaponry and superstructure.  Also, for the sake of extending this class through the unknown period between Kirk's era and Picard's era, I have added some additional C, D, and E models, all of which make the later L-24 a formidable game piece when stacked against TNG-era Federation craft, Romulan opponents, even the fearsome Jem'hadar.

          --- Brad, STSTCSOLD&A

From the FASA Star Trek KLINGON SHIP RECOGNITION MANUAL, circa 1985
L-24 (Ever-Victorious) Class XIII-XIV Battleship
Known Sphere Of Operation: Federation Border
Data Reliability: D
Major Data Source: Klingon Sector Intelligence, Operation Dixie
       The L-24 is the largest warship in the Klingon navy. These mammoth ships were commissioned into service prior to the testing of the Federation battleship Excelsior. For a short period of time, the balance of power along the borders turned in favor of the Klingons.
       The battleship uses the most powerful warp and impulse engines in the Klingon inventory. The combination of these power plants gives these vessels a highly efficient maneuver ratio and allows them to sustain speeds of Warp 6 for long periods of time. The warp engines are mounted on pylons to keep them from the main hull of the ship, and, as with most newer designs, they can be jettisoned in case of emergency. The L-24 differs from other klingon ships regarding the shielding provided to the engineering technicians. Most other Klingon vessels have minimal engine shielding, and servitor races are trained to operate this equipment; in the L-24, Klingon citizens operate the engines.
       The L-24 mounts eight KD-8 disruptors in banks of two, and four KD-13disruptors. The KD-8ís are mounted two banks on the command pod and two banks on the main hull. The KD-13ís are mounted on the rear of the main hull. The battleship can fire as many as ten disruptors and two photon torpedoes in some areas of the forward arc, giving this ship a definite advantage in most situations. The KP-6 torpedo, which is mounted in both the fore and aft positions, can inflict as much damage as the most powerful torpedo in the Federation arsenal.
       The interior of the battleship is compartmented to reduce the dangers of decompression during battle. This makes the structural integrity of the ship much greater, as seen by the high superstructure strength rating. The deflector shielding for the L-24 is the best the Klingons can produce at this time.
       The bridge is located in the forward pod. This typical Klingon bridge design is capable of being separated from the main hull in case of emergency. The bridge of the L-24 has an auxiliary impulse engine that can be used only after separation; it gives the command pod the ability to travel short distances and allows a minimum of maneuvering. The pod mounts two of the KD-8 disruptor banks, which are capable of firing in all directions when separated from the main hull. Also mounted in the pod is a torpedo bay capable of firing torpedoes, though the torpedo storage is minimal.
       Like most Klingon warships, this vessel carries assault troops. The 480 troops and their eight light support vehicles are capable of being transported to the ground in less than seven minutes.
       As of Stardate 2/2306, only two L-24ís have been commissioned into service. Both vessels have been scanned along the Federation border and are known to be working that area. Intelligence gathered from Operation Dixie suggests that new L-24ís will be stationed along the Romulan and Triangle borders in the near future.
       Further data gained by Operation Dixie shows that these battleships will be produced at two facilities. The first models have been manufactured at the Taamar shipyard, and it is believed that the second facility is being constructed at Gnuu.
       The class is named from the Klingon "komo val", which translates to "always in victory."

Construction Data:
     Model Numbers-
     Ship Class-
     Date Entering Service-
     Number Constructed

A
XIII
2/2204
2

B
XIII
2/2306
(classified)

C *
XIII
2315 A.D.
(classified)

D *
XIV
2326 A.D.
(classified)

E *
XIV
2350 A.D.
(classified)
Hull Data:
     Superstructure Points-
     Damage Chart-
     Size
         Length-
         Width-
         Height-
         Weight-
     Cargo
         Cargo Units-
         Cargo Capacity-
     Landing Capability-

38
C

324.1 meters
226.6 meters
118.2 meters
214,000 tons      
  
300 units
15,000 tons
None

50
C

324.1 meters
226.6 meters
118.2 meters
230,000 tons?
  
300 units
15,000 tons
None

56
C

324.1 meters
226.6 meters
118.2 meters
239,400 tons
  
300 units
15,000 tons
None

63
C

324.1 meters
226.6 meters
118.2 meters
247,250
  
300 units
15,000 tons
None

70
C

324.1 meters
226.6 meters
118.2 meters
253,820 tons
  
300 units
15,000 tons
None
Equipment Data:
     Control Computer Type-
     Transporters-
         Standard 6-person-
         Combat 22-person-
         Emergency 18-person-
         cargo-
     Cloaking Device Type-
         Power Requirement-
  
ZD-8
  
8
10
2
4
NONE
NONE
  
ZD-8
  
8
10
2
4
NONE
NONE
  
KINM-D
  
8
10
2
4
NONE
NONE
  
KINM-D
  
8
10
2
4
NONE
NONE
  
KINM-E
  
8
10
2
4
NONE
NONE
Other Data:
     Crew-
     Troops-
     Shuttlecraft-
  
1,070
480
20
  
1,090
480
20
  
925
600
20
  
870
600
20
  
845
600
20
Engines and Power Data:
     Total Power Units Available-
     Movement Point Ratio-
     Warp Core Type-
         Warp Core Output-
         Stress Charts-
         Maximum Safe Cruising Speed-
         Emergency Speed-
     Impulse Reactor(s) Type-
         Impulse Reactor(s) Output-
    
79
5/1
KWG-1
56
I/M
Warp 6
Warp 8
KIF-2
23
    
79
5/1
KWG-1
56
I/M
Warp 6
Warp 8
KIF-2
23
    
104
5/1
KNBW-2
76
M/K
Warp 7
Warp 9
KFKD-2
28
    
128
5/1
KNBW-4
90
M/K
Warp 7
Warp 9
KFKD-2
28
    
138
5/1
KNCW-2
110
F/K
Warp 7
Warp 9
KFKD-2
28
Weapons and Firing Data:
     Beam Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Maximum Power-
         Damage Modifiers
               +3
               +2
               +1
Beam Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Maximum Power-
         Damage Modifiers
               +3
               +2
               +1
Missile Weapon Type-
         Number-
         Firing Arcs-
         Firing Chart-
         Power To Arm-
         Damage-

KD-8
8
4f/p, 4f/s
U
7

(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 20)

KD-13
4
2p/a, 2s/a
X
5

(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 22)

KP-6
4
2f, 2a
R
2
20

KD-13
16 total
4f/p, 4f/s, 4p/a, 4s/a
X
5

(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 22)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

KP-6
6
2f, 2a, 1p, 1s
R
2
20

KD-13
8 total
4a/p, 4a/s
X
5

(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 22)
KAVD-17
8 total
4f/p, 4f/s
U
12
 
(1 - 6)
(7 - 14)
(15 - 18)
KP-6
8
2f, 2a, 2f/p, 2f/s
R
2
20

KD-13
8 total
4a/p, 4a/s
X
5

(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 22)
KAVD-17
8 total
4f/p, 4f/s
U
12
 
(1 - 6)
(7 - 14)
(15 - 18)
KRP-14

8
2f, 2a, 2f/p, 2f/s
V
3
24

KD-13
8 total
4a/p, 4a/s
X
5

(1 - 7)
(8 - 15)
(16 - 22)
KAVD-19
8 total
4f/p, 4f/s
V
15
 
(1 - 8)
(9 - 16)
(17 - 21)
KRP-14

8
2f, 2a, 2f/p, 2f/s
V
3
24
Shields Data:
     Deflector Shield Type-
         Shield Point Ratio-
         Maximum Shield Power-
  
KSP
1/3
15
  
KSP
1/3
15
  
KSU
1/2
20
  
KSX
1/3
29
  
KSY
1/3
33
Defense Factor-
Weapon Damage Factor-
153.3
95.2
170.5
162.0
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown
unknown

* Denotes completely hypothetical model number and stats, devised by Brad R. Torgersen.

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