The Kiklar War
The Kiklar War has finally come. It's something I've been planning since the beginning of Season 3, something I've been laying down the ground work for, and something that will be unlike anything you've ever read about in a fan fiction.
What can I say about this coming war? Well, it is war. And it will be completely unlike what you saw in the Vorkalai War. Back then, I was an inexperienced writer, didn't have a clue how to write about war, didn't have a clue just how devestating it was, had no idea how to write about it. Now, no, I don't exactly have experience in war now as opposed to then. I have not personally seen war, and I don't plan on ever personally experiencing it either. What has changed is my ability to write, my outlook on war, not to mention what I have learned about war in just the last couple of years. Stories I've heard from my Father, who barely 'missed out' on going to Vietnam, but he has relayed to me stories that were told to him by Vietnam Veterans...and it wasn't pretty. Images on the news about the stupid conflict America has become involved in in Iraq has also allowed me to see first hand the effects of war on people. Advances in movies and freedom in movies, such as Saving Private Ryan, We Were Soldiers, Blackhawk Down, and even fantasy movies such as Lord of the Rings has further given me a realistic glimpse at what happens in real war, in real battles. People die in war, and not just a few, but hundreds, thousands, sometimes even millions.
Now what'll set the Kiklar War apart from the Vorkalai War is how close this war will be to not only the main characters, but the reader as well. In the Vorkalai war, half of the Dragon's crew were killed, and billions upon billions of Vorkalai, Hintaru, and Britar died. Entire worlds were destroyed. Massive fleets were destroyed. Yet even still, despite Chris every now and then mulling over those losses, my writing seemed rather detached from all of this. I made the reader aware, but didn't implicate just how devestating these losses were. They weren't just nameless people, but persons with families and friends, children and grandparents. Yet, I never showed those families and friends, never showed how hard they were taking those losses. And only once did I make a big deal out of one of the crew member's death, and that was after the war had ended, when Sarah was lost.
The Kiklar will be different. Make no mistake, as the advertisement on the front page suggests, lives will change...and lives will be lost. No one is safe this time, no one. And the war will be shown more accurately, more intimately. There will still be some detachment, else the story line would stagnate. But I will no longer hide myself and my readers from the horrors of war, and with these next two seasons, I wish to show to the public just what war is all about. People will die, often graphically. Beginning with a massive fleet vs. fleet battle, smaller, but significant battles will follow. The Federation and its allies will take heavy losses. Ships will be destroyed. Stations will be decimated. Planets will fall victim to mass assault, and sometimes invasion. The Kiklar will not leave anyone alive that even remotely resembles humans, and when they do occassionally take prisoners, for the short amount of time they let them live, they'll treat them as bad as any other prisoners or slaves, and will be disposed of in horrifying ways. I hate to say it, but many of the up-coming episodes may not be suitable for younger audiences (though, really, can it be any worse than what they're seeing on TV now?) And...this will NOT be standard Trek. When I say no one is safe, I mean no one. The senior staff is not invincible, they are humans just like all of us, and just like all of us, they can die.
To quote from the new Battlestar Galactica, "As of this moment...we are at war!" The Kiklar are a deadly and dangerous enemy. They will stop at nothing. They feel no remorse, no regret, all they care about is wiping the galaxy of a species they feel will only harm others. Even those that look like humans must be destroyed in their eyes, or at the very least, greatly inhibited so that they do not pose a threat. The following episodes, especially this first season, are really going to be dark and depressing.
Yet, on a lighter side, we'll begin to see the characters in a light we've never seen before. For is it not in war that many heroes are born? Is it not in the face of overwhelming odds that courage and valor shines through? Yes, in war, lives change, and lives are lost, but in war, alliances are also made. And in this case, as I had said earlier, no one is safe. Not human, not Vulcan, not Klingon, not Romulan, not Cardassian, nor any other species in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants. This is a threat to everyone, and as we've seen on our own planet, when a common enemy arises, through all of the death, destruction, and hatred, people come together to fight for a cause. They come together at first just to survive, but soon come to fight not only for themselves, but for those standing beside them. In war, it doesn't matter who's standing beside you, as long as he or she is fighting with you. Social barriers are destroyed, and from war, peace, kindness, and love can find its way into the hearts of not just men and women, but all people.
So, yes, this will be a dark time for Star Trek Dragon. But it will also become a time of hope. And it will mark the beginning of a new age in the Star Trek universe. Not cannon Trek, of course: this is completely breaking away from the Trek timeline. The last bit of cannon Trek you'll see in here...well, already passed, when the Enterprise-E's encounter with the Remans and Riker's promotion to Captain were mentioned. This is no longer Trek, it is just Star Trek Dragon. That gives me the freedom to do what ever I please. And believe me, many things will change in the galaxy...