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"We are about to face the most difficult challenge we have ever attempted. Today, we stare down the bow of the Ship of the Dead, the very same ship that took thousands of our own at the Battle of the Binary Stars. When I took command of this vessel, you were a crew of polite scientists. Now, I look at you. You are fierce warriors all. No other Federation vessel would have a chance of pulling this off. Just us. Because mark my words: you will look back proudly and tell the world you were there the day the USS Discovery saved Pahvo and ended the Klingon War."

The Battle at Pahvo was a conflict fought between the United Federation of Planets and the Klingon Empire in 2256, after the Pahvans initiated contact with a Federation away team. The Pahvans wanted to help both sides find harmony, and sent an invitation to the Empire, which was detected by Kol. Kol then took the Sarcophagus to the planet, initiating a standoff with the USS Discovery. (DIS: "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum")

The battle started after the crew of the Discovery found a way to penetrate the Klingon's cloaking device by generating an algorithm using data sent back by two transmitters placed on the Klingon ship by an away team. Lieutenant Paul Stamets was able to utilize the spore drive to keep the Klingons on their feet, while Discovery's computer generated the algorithm. Kol, confused by what he was seeing, ordered the Sarcophagus to cloak in order to defend from the Discovery's jumps. Unfortunately for Kol, this played right into their hands, allowing the Federation ship to complete its task. After penetrating the cloak, Discovery pulled its away team off, and fired its torpedoes at the Sarcophagus, destroying it and its crew. As Ash Tyler was being transported off, L'Rell grabbed hold of him, and escaped the ship moments before its destruction. (DIS: "Into the Forest I Go")