1st Battle of Schedar 2144
|Kronprinz Wilhelm class Light Cruiser Kronprinz Wilhelm|
|Kronprinz Wilhelm class Light Cruiser Kronprinzessin Erzherzogin Stephanie|
|Stroschen class Corvette Faust|
The Kronprinz Wilhelm is serving as flagship.
Admiral von Vettinghoff and his Captains are all Average Officers.
Huntleader Da'Tah of the 2nd Host of the Kra'Fas'Kon has been patrolling to Core-Spinward of the Kra'Fas lairworld of Zha'Lau. Encountering a hostile scout in the outer Schedar system, he has set his own Lu'Dak class Scout Da'Dak upon it. Much to his satisfaction, Da'Dak is successful in its mission. Then, scan data begins to come in of ship movements deeper in the system. Huntleader Da'Tah orders an immediate attack.
2nd Host consists of:
|Ko'San class Heavy Carrier Kia'Dan|
|Di'Tok class Heavy Destroyer Doa'Tat|
|Di'Tok class Heavy Destroyer Ru'Na|
|Lu'Dak class Scout Da'Dak|
The Kia'Dan is serving as flagship'
The Captain of the Da'Dak is a Poor Officer, a lesser member of a high status Clan foisted upon Huntleader Da'Tah and assigned a berth where he can do little damage. The Destroyer commanders are Average Officers and Da'Tah and Ra'Tau, Captain of the Kia'Dan, are Good Officers.
NSL Admiral Vettinghoff will determine the location of the battle. Huntleader Da'Tah's objective is to destroy the hostile ships while preserving his own.
|Kra’Vak:||1387 Points||385 Mass|
|Neu Swabian League:||369 Points||110 Mass|
All Neu Swabian League ships in this engagement were Fleet Book 1 standard.
All Kra’Vak ships in this engagement were Fleet Book 2 standard.
Vettinghoff decided to engage in Free Space. His plan was to attempt to pass the hostile fleet, concentrating fire on one of its units, and then FTL clear of the system.
As the Kra'Vak bore down on his ships, he ordered a turn to starboard. This drew the Kra'Vak to port as they closed range. Initiative was the key, and luck was running in Vettinghoff's favour, as, abruptly, the Kra'Vak came in range of the Wilhelm's and Stephanie's Class 2 Beams. Because of the angle of approach, only two batteries per ship could bear, but both found targets on the Ru'Na.
With its FTL drive down and its Fire Control knocked out, the Ru'Na began to edge to starboard. Return fire from the other Kra'Vak vessels pounded the Wilhem and Stephanie, damaging the Wilhelm's Main Drives, and smashing one of the Class 2 Batteries. Vettinghoff ordered the Faust to break and run as the range dropped, meantime hammering the Ru'Na and putting shots into the Kia'Dan and Doa'Tat. Da'Tah tore at the dying Wilhelm and thrashed the Stephanie. Stephanie's bridge took a hit, and her Life Support began to fail. Meanwhile, heroic efforts by the Wilhelm's Damage Control parties stabilised a runaway Power Core.
Faust had given up on her breakaway move, and was now driving after her fleet mates, but to no avail. Then, suddenly, the crippled Ru'Na tore herself apart as her Power Core went critical. Apoplectic with rage, Da'Tah went in for the kill. A single volley from Doa'Tat finished off the Faust while Kia'Dan and Da'Dak destroyed first the Wilhelm and then the Stephanie.
Huntleader Da'Tah was not a happy Kra'Vak. He had destroyed the enemy, but it had cost a Destroyer, and the second had major hull damage. In attempting to preserve his precious fighters, he had also incurred a small amount of damage on his carrier. The next Clan Council could prove most difficult for him.