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H-K Small Unit Class Daleks

By David Ronayne



Design specs: As yet unknown.

Twelve years ago during Professor Ngugi of the New Kenyan Universities' excavations of the burnt out Movellan refinery on Charis, five Dalek casings were found. Not only was it exceedingly rare to have found evidence of Dalek technology so deep into what had once been Movellan territory, but more unusual still was the condition of the casings. Little remained other than the castors and sections of the lower bases. Extensive searching throughout the dig produced few other Dalek remains but did uncover several Movellan corpses. Again, these were unusual, having suffered what - at the time - were inexplicable injuries. Although many theories were proposed, there was no conclusive proof to support any of them.

The solution was recently found by piecing together the data dump from the Dalek cruiser Metept Ska ('Sunflare'), found adrift in the Kenlos system after the crew had been wiped out by the Movellan virus.

To beat the deadlock imposed by the war computers the Daleks turned to something the Movellans didn't have: experience. All the battleplans and tactics used against them in previous conflicts were reviewed. In the end only two systems were adopted, the 'floating mine' technique used by the Karfen, and a modified version of the 'Dalek Killer' system during the First Dalek War. This allowed convicted criminals (invariably under the death penalty) in lieu of sentence, to beam into Dalek territory and cause as much damage as possible. Although the damage caused was usually minimal, occasionally distinctive raids and the threat of attack was enough to cause major disruption.

In the adoption of this policy, specially modified Daleks were used. Only small groups were teleported into enemy territory, so to maximise damage a heavier blaster was incorporated into the weapon arm. In addition to this the sucker arm was abandoned as such a fixture would prove useless in operating Movellan instruments. Initially a blunt probe was fitted instead, to operate finger pads and keyboards, but this was abandoned in favour of a lance attachment, capable of the same function and also proved to be a lethal weapon. These advancements required the central casing to be increased to accommodate the extra weight giving the H-K (Hunter-Killer) unit a more bulky, shorter look. Many units were also fitted with explosives and would detonate upon capture or at positions likely to cause maximum disruption.

In addition to the physical changes the H-Ks underwent intense psychological reprogramming. Units were given individuality and were allowed to think for themselves. This development was deemed necessary if the units were going to be able to survive on their own for an extended period of time. This heightened sense of individuality, coupled with the other modifications, did not endear these new Daleks to the old. Only a few hundred had been deployed before the production halted with the onslaught of the Movellan virus.

The project was abandoned, although it would appear that the initial design served as a prototype for the Special Weapons Daleks which were devastatingly effective in the recent civil wars.

This item appeared in TSV 33 (April 1993).