"That ship belongs in a museum."

The Cleponji was a Promellian battle cruiser that was in service in the 14th century. It was commanded by Captain Galek Sar.

Following the destruction of the planet Orelious IX, the Cleponji fell victim to a booby trap of several thousand Aceton assimilators planted by their enemy, the Menthars, concealed in the rubble surrounding the ship.

While in this booby trap, the Cleponji was stripped of all propulsion and weapons systems from the energy drain caused by the assimilators. This left the Promellians unable to move or fight. The ship continued to be lashed with lethal radiation from the assimilators, eventually causing the deaths of its crew, which succumbed to radiation poisoning. The ship remained in the planet's debris field, preserved in near perfect condition, for the next millennium.

The Cleponji being destroyed by the Enterprise

In 2366, the Cleponji was discovered by the USS Enterprise-D while the latter was exploring the remains of Orelious IX. The Enterprise crew explored the derelict ship, and later arranged to have it towed to the museum at the Astral V Annex. It was later discovered that the Enterprise-D was also trapped in the same booby trap that the Cleponji had fallen victim to. Following the Enterprise-D's narrow escape from the assimilators, the Cleponji and surrounding asteroids were destroyed to prevent any further entrapment. (TNG: "Booby Trap")

The interior sets were designed and built by art director Richard James and set designer Gary Speckman on Paramount Stage 16.
According to the script for this episode, [1] the pronunciation for Cleponji was "Klep-ON-gee".
According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 146), the "...Promellian battle cruiser was designed by Steve Burg and built by Ron Thornton for The Night of the Creeps." In the first edition of the Star Trek Encyclopedia (p. 51), the authors erroneously wrote that Tony Meininger designed and built the Promellian battle cruiser. See "Promellian battle cruiser (model)" for further particulars on the studio model.


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