KIS Ras Nik’hra

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KIS Ras Nik’hra
Type Fralthi-class cruiser
Primary User Kilrathi Empire
Additional Users Terran Confederation
Captains Ralgha nar Hhallas

The KIS Ras Nik'hra is a Fralthi-class cruiser commanded by Ralgha nar Hhallas during numerous engagements in the Vega Sector during the Terran-Kilrathi War prior to his defection to the Terran Confederation. During one such engagement, the Ras Nik'hra was responsible for destroying the TCS Leningrad, a Waterloo-class cruiser..

The Ras Nik'hra was also the first Fralthi acquired by the Confederation. The KIS Ras Nik'hra was scheduled to leave for the N’Tanya System on 2655.266 to join a Kilrathi strike force that was departing for the Confederation frontier. However, the KIS Ras Nik'hra set course for the Firekka System instead.

Upon reaching Firekka, Ralgha transmitted a message to the TCS Tiger’s Claw:

"To the lord captain of of the Tiger's Claw. I am Ralgha nar Hhallas, lord of the Kilrathi Empire, and captain of the Fralthi cruiser Ras Nik'hra. In the names of the rebel lords of Ghorah Khar, I bid you welcome in all honor. At their request, I bring you messages suing for alliance with your Confederation against the Imperial Kilrathi, and my own Imperial ship as a gift. The Ras Nik'hra will continue toward the planet Firekka from this jump point, so that you may rendezvous with us at any time."

The crew of the Ras Nik'hra had no idea that Ralgha had intended to defect, though some had never trusted him.

Pilots from the TCS Tiger's Claw proceeded to defend the Ras Nik'hra from loyal Kilrathi forces while Terran marines commandeered the Ras Nik'hra. Another Fralthi, the KIS Kraj’nishk, was sent to capture or destroy the Ras Nik'hra during the defection. This attempt failed as famed Terran pilot Ian St. John destroyed the Kraj'nishk, buying the Ras Nik'hra the time required to escape to Confederation territory.

Ralgha later joined the Confederation war effort as a combat pilot and formally transferred control of the Ras Nik'hra over to the Confederation. Another crew member, Kirha, became a close ally of the Terrans.

Notable Crew Members

  • Ralgha nar Hhallas: Captain
  • Kirha hrai Hunter nar Aussie: Ralgha's loyal retainer.
  • Drakj'khai nar Ghorah Khar: New Pilot Officer; killed by Kirha for attempting to kill Ralgha.
  • Rakti: Former Pilot Officer; wounded in action in the Vega Sector and replaced by Drakj'khai.

Behind the Screens

Ras Nik'hra first appears in The Secret Missions 2: Crusade. Additional appearances are in Wing Commander: Freedom Flight and the Wing Commander Academy television series.