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Star Trek Online

The Tzenkethi Lock Box!

By Ambassador Kael
Fri 29 Sep 2017 09:00:00 AM PDT

Since the emergence of the Tzenkethi and the mystery surrounding their fervent crusade, they have continued to exhibit design and tactic ingenuity the like of which the Alliance has yet to see. It is been in the best interest of the Alliance to continue pursuing new technologies as new dangers present themselves. The Tzenkethi harness shield power and distribution effortlessly. Their battle tactics indicated an admirable reliance on one another. This collectivism has allowed their technology to have situational strengths at the cost of weaknesses that can be offset while in larger groups.

The tireless efforts of the Alliance have now come to fruition. Tzenkethi design principles have been applied to construct new starships and technology to outfit our captains with. These captains will be able to experience the shielding superiority and tactical mobility of a Tzenkethi ship. Captains can also equip themselves with Diffusive Tetryon armaments to increase their shield optimization options. And, for those ambitious enough, genetic modifications are available to address Tzenkethi physicality and munitions that couldn’t be replicated with simple fabrication.

For Star Trek Online this lockbox includes a major influx of updated capabilities in the fields of shielding and maneuverability. Every piece is uniquely Tzenkethi, focusing on situational strengths and defenses. With this lockbox we have also included some enjoyable surprises. Such as…

  • A Lukari N’kaam Scout Ship [T5], discussed in further detail below.
  • A Vanity-Only Tzenkethi Shield, capable of dropping from the Weapon pack. This marks the first time we’ve released a shield for the sole purpose of bringing the visual identity of a group to the players.
  • For the first time ever, a Lobi Store, Tzenkethi Ground Set. Inspired by Tzenkethi design in both mechanics and visuals!
  • A Tetryon Energy Torpedo in the Tzenkethi Lobi Store Space Set!

To begin, the Tzenkethi Lock Box’s Grand Prize is the Tzenkethi Shuk-din Escort [T6], and as expected with Tzenkethi design, this ship is highly maneuverable with immense shielding capabilities for its size.


Coming equipped on the Shuk-din Escort is the Console – Universal – Peripheral Refraction Array. This console represents the current pinnacle of Tzenkethi shield technology, allowing the starship to massively increase their defensive capabilities along all non-Forward shield facings. The forward array is instead tuned to offense, increasing the damage dealt by the starship's weaponry against any foe within their forward-facing 90-degree arc.

Additionally the Shuk-din Escort is fitted with the latest experimental weaponry option, the Protomatter-Laced Sheller. Based on an original Tzenkethi design, the protomatter-laced payload it delivers is split between Kinetic and Radiation damage, and the damage it deals is increased against foes the closer they are to being directly in front of your ship. This weapon is capable of being fitted into any starship with an Experimental Weapon slot.

Completing the Starship Mastery Path on the Tzenkethi Shuk-din Escort [T6] unlocks access to the following starship trait:

Symmetry

  • Using any Shield Healing Bridge Officer Ability will cause foes near the healed ally (or self) to suffer an amount of Shield Drain proportionate to the amount of shields restored.

In a welcomed show of continued support the Lukari have contributed to this endeavor as well. Captains will be able to have a chance at winning a Lukari N’kaam Scout Ship [T5]. In the process of making the more state-of-the-art Ho'kuun vessel, the Lukari also experimented with smaller, lighter spacecraft. The N'kaam represents some of those earlier engineering explorations, and although not quite as impressive as it's big sisters, is still quite capable in its own right. Players who acquire this ship will be able to use its ship costume on the Lukari Ho’kuun [T6] as well.

Scout Ships are a unique combination of Science Vessel capabilities, in a much smaller, faster and more fragile package. They come with built-in Sensor Analysis and Subsystem Targeting, as well as a Secondary Deflector slot, and are able to benefit from Raider Flanking bonuses as well. These nimble vessels are also similar to a Raider in that they boast an abundance of universal bridge officer seats, can load dual cannons, and have similar weapon slot configurations.

As part of a deal with the Ferengi for their support in technological advancements, a Captain will be able to purchase the Tzenkethi Rhas’bej Battlecruiser [T6] from the Lobi Store.

The Rhas’bej Battlecruiser comes equipped with the Console – Universal – Momentum Manipulator. The inner workings of this technology are still a bit of a mystery, but it is said to replicate and redirect both kinetic and potential energy, in order to alter fundamental aspects of physics. Regardless of how it works, it has proven to be an effective weapon of choice for the Tzenkethi, allowing even their larger warships to suddenly execute maneuvers otherwise assumed impossible, while simultaneously boosting their weapons' destructive capabilities.

This console also provides a passive boost to Radiation, Kinetic and Physical Resistance Rating, and Outgoing Shield Healing.

Completing the Starship Mastery Path on the Tzenkethi Rhas’bej Battlecruiser [T6] unlocks access to the following starship trait:

Turtle

  • Every 2 sec, while below 25% throttle, you gain increased Shield Capacity, Shield Hardness and Turn Rate.

(Additional information on the above starships will be contained in a separate Developer Blog.)

Universal Console

A special console based entirely on tried and true Tzenkethi strategies can also be acquired from the Tzenkethi Lock Box: The Console - Universal - Shared Processing Integration. Derived from the salvaged technology of their Broln’ta Cruisers, this console allows the user to activate a repair device that will heal the hulls of nearby allies, including the users, while simultaneously raising damage resistance. The effectiveness of the device depends on their distance from the user. This is largely due in part because of the nature of the technology. It uses both individuals’ power to more efficiently process repair protocols.

Space Weapons and Vanity Shield

The Tzenkethi Lock Box will also feature new Space weapons within the Diffusive Tetryon Weapons Pack. This box contains Diffusive Tetryon versions of all standard space weapon types. Additionally the weapon pack will have a chance to drop an Omni-Directional Diffusive Tetryon Beam Array or Wide-Arc Diffusive Tetryon Dual Heavy Cannons. That’s not all though, lucky captains will also be able to receive a Tzenkethi Vanity Shield from this pack. This vanity shield can be equipped in a ship’s vanity shield slot to gain the visual look of a Tzenkethi starship.

All Diffusive Tetryon weapons have a chance to apply:

Shield Diffusion

  • to target: -10% Shield Resistance for 10 sec
  • to self: +10% Shield Resistance for 10 sec

(Refreshes duration when re-applied)

Personal Traits

New Personal Traits are also available within the Tzenkethi Lock Box. They are universal and available to all species.

  • Ground: Indirect Shielding
    • +All Damage Resistance Rating based on shield percent remaining.

 

  • Ground: Permeating Radiation
    • Your Outgoing Radiation Damage additionally slows the target’s run speed for a short duration.

 

  • Ground: Tumultuous
    • While Threatening Posture is active, the chance to gain stacks of Max Hitpoints is doubled, as is the rate at which they can be gained. While Threatening Posture is not active, your threat is reduced by an additional 50%.

 

  • Space: Oblique Shielding
    • +All Damage Resistance Rating based on shield percent remaining.

 

  • Space: Galvanized Munitions
    • A percentage of your outgoing Cannon damage is returned as healing to your forward shield facing.

 

  • Space: Menacing
    • While Threatening Stance is active, the chance to gain stacks of increased Max Hull is doubled, as is the rate at which they can be gained. While Threatening Stance is not active, your threat is reduced by an additional 50%.

Kit Modules

Captains may also find Tzenkethi Kit Module packs. These Kit Modules are universal, and can be used by any class.

  • Debilitating Shockwave

Creates a shockwave that deals Kinetic Damage, knocks up, and slows enemies. In addition, it leaves a debuff that reduces the target’s damage resistance rating vs melee attacks for a short duration.

  • Protomatter Munition Deployment

Launches five delayed protomatter strikes on the target. Each strike deals Kinetic Damage and leaves a hazard that deals Radiation Damage.

  • Gravitational Juncture

Creates a fixed position point of volatile artificial gravity. This pulls in enemies and cripples their offensive, defensive, and mobility capabilities for a short duration.

Duty Officer Assignments

Captains who wish to delve further into the behind the scenes intelligence operations involving the Tzenkethi can do so in the Tzenkethi Intelligence Duty Officer Assignments. Each of these five assignments yields high XP and Dilithium rewards. Completing all the assignments gives additional Dilithium ore and a Title!

Lobi Store Ground Set

For the first time ever, the Lobi Store will be receiving a ground set themed around the Tzenkethi, The Vranh’ko Quintessence.

Tzenkethi Retrofit Assault Cannon

This two-handed assault weapon is a retrofit design from one of the powerful one-handed Tzenkethi gauntlet weapons. Infused with protomatter technology, this tetryon weapon is capable of dealing sustained punishing damage. The primary fire is a fast firing flurry of tetryon bolts. While the secondary is a torrent of continual shots that increase in damage the longer the toggle is active. Consequently the strength it requires to sustain this onslaught also means that the user is increasingly slowed while the toggle is active as well.

Tzenkethi Personal Shield

This Personal Shield uses Tzenkethi shield technology to bolster its capacity to new heights. It also comes equipped with the ability to heavily strengthen flank angles in dire situations.

When taking damage while shields are below 50%:

  • +50% Shield Resistance for 10 sec
  • +80 Bonus All Damage Resistance Rating to damage from behind for 10 sec

(Only applies once per 30 sec)

Tzenkethi Retrofit Armor

The Tzenkethi Retrofit Armor was made by scientists to replicate the fortitude and power of Tzenkethi personal armaments. The major hurdle was miniaturizing the Tzenkethi features to fit a more versatile selection of species. This armor also comes equipped with kinematic pneumatic actuators, which imbue the user with increased physical capabilities for a short period of time.

Tzenkethi Kinematics

Charge the enemy and apply:

  • Physical Damage
  • 60% chance: Knockback 6 feet
  • To self: +50% Melee Physical Damage for 10 sec

Vranh’ko Quintessence Set Bonuses:

                Set 2: External Circuit Integration

  • +20% Shield Resistance
  • +25 Kit Performance

                Set 3: Overwhelming Capacitors

  • +25% Tetryon Damage
  • +30% Maximum Shield Capacity

Lobi Store Space Set

The Lobi Store also has a new set of Space equipment available for purchase, The Tzenkethi Resolve.

Advanced Diffusive Tetryon Torpedo Launcher

This Torpedo launcher fires projectiles that deal heavy Tetryon damage. Advanced Diffusive Tetryon projectiles deal average damage and have a longer than normal recharge.  Unlike most torpedo launchers, the Advanced Diffusive Tetryon Torpedo Launcher's damage is enhanced by abilities and items that improve Tetryon damage, and not those that improve traditional Torpedo weapons.

Advanced Diffusive Tetryon Energy Weapon (Dual Beam Bank or Dual Heavy Cannon)

These narrow arc energy weapons deal potent Tetryon damage with a chance to trigger radiation damage as well as the standard Diffusive Tetryon proc.

Console - Universal - Biased Configuration Modulator

Tzenkethi designs might be unconventional but they have proven to be effective. This console follows the designs of biased configurations, allowing the user to increase their damage in their forward firing arc above all else.

Tzenkethi Resolve Set Bonuses:

Set 2: Motivational Measures

  • +25% Projectile Damage
  • +15% Shield Resistance

Set 3: Subatomic Aptitude

  • +25% Tetryon Damage
  • Activating a Torpedo Bridge Officer ability applies:
    • +25% Flight Turn Rate for 5 sec

There are many other prizes within the Tzenkethi Lock Box for players to acquire, such as R&D Packs, Boosts, and other assorted items.

The Tzenkethi Lock Box, as well as the additional Lobi Store entries, will be coming to PC with the Season 14 release.

Matthew “CulturedSoup” Campbell
Systems Designer
Star Trek Online

 

 

 

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