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The Scimitar class was a type of Romulan Warbird developed in the late 24th century. The only vessel of the class so far was destroyed in 2379. The Cloaking Device onboard the Scimitar is one only found aboard Tal'Shiar vessels.
Technical Data Edit
- Affiliation: Romulan Star Empire
- Comissioned: 2377-
- Crew: unknown
- Mass: unknown
- Role: Dreadnaught
- Length: 890m
- Width: 1350m
- Height: 245m
- 52 Disruptor Banks
- 27 Photon Torpedo Tubes
- Thalaron Generator
- Primary and Secondary Regenerative Shields
- 9cm High Density Armor
- Cloaking Device
- Normal Cruise: 8
- Maximum Cruise: 9.7
- Maximum Rated: 9.985
The Scimitar was the culmination of a Romulan development program to create a powerful new class to utilize against the Dominion. The design included a revolutionary Thalaron Radiation core, developed by the Tal'Shiar, making it a deadly adversary. Shinzon discovered this thalaron device in an operation during the Dominion War and used it to gain power and build the Scimitar in a secret base on Remus. The Scimitar was the only ship of the class to be completed as the necessity for such a super-weapon disappeared following the end of the Dominion War. Shinzon used the Scimitar to destroy the remaining unfinished Scimitar class vessels to make sure no one could oppose him.
With the road clear of other Scimitar class opposition and the backing of the Imperial Fleet, Shinzon used the Thalaron technology to wipe out the Imperial Senate and make himself Praetor. Then with an overture of peace he lured the Enterprise E into Romulan space with the hope of capturing Jean-Luc Picard (which was necessary to cure Shinzon of a life threatening illness). The plot failed and Picard escaped with the knowledge of the Scimitars' existence and Shinzon’s plans to attack Earth. The Enterprise fled Romulan space to meet with a Battle Group Omega in preparation for a strike against the Scimitar, but Shinzon was close behind and engaged the Enterprise in the Bassen Rift where communications disruptions would prevent the Federation starship calling for aid.
Aid still came however in the form of a pair of Norexan Class Warbirds. Whilst they were quickly neutralized by the Scimitar, their presence and subsequent destruction gave the Enterprise some time. However despite all their efforts, the Enterprise was hugely outgunned and on the verge of being crippled. In the hope of stopping the Scimitar, Picard resorted to ramming the vessel; the tactic delivered a powerful blow and took out the Scimitar's disruptors. In an act of desperation Shinzon ordered the Thalaron weapon be fired on the Enterprise thereby killing everyone on board.
Not willing to let his crew be killed, Captain Picard beamed to the Scimitar in the hope of stopping Shinzon. Equally unwilling to let his captain be sacrificed Data traversed the vacuum of space in a rescue attempt. On the Scimitar Picard reached the bridge quickly neutralizing the Reman crew but was forced into hand-to-hand combat with Shinzon, finally killing him. Data arrived on the bridge to find his Captain somewhat dazed and quickly beamed Picard back to the Enterprise before sacrificing himself to destroy the Scimitar and save his crewmates.
It is unknown if the Romulans have the schematics for the Scimitar Class or even if they secretly have any vessels somewhere that they didn't mention. If either is true, then Starfleet has quite a bit of thinking to do on how to counter this new class and its abilities.