The I.R.W. Haakona is one of the many Romulan Warbirds patrolling the border of the Neutral ZOne. At the helm is Sub-Commander Taris, a military leader who, though judicious, is also quick to distrust others' seemingly divisive excuses for accidentally wandering across forbidden borders. While investigating one such suspicious Federation vessel, the U.S.S. Yamato, the Haakona downloaded some information from the ship and then witnessed its inexplicable self-destruction.