During the many wars the Qua'tarian empire had, often starships were lost or destroyed over on enemy lines. One of those instances was the Ivan Rankoff on board the I.Q.S. Maquis, an imperial bird-of-prey that crash landed on an abandoned Terrain Outpost close to the Qua'tarian-Channan border. The crew survive the crash, but was forced to hijack this abandoned starship in order to escape enemy territory.
Due to some of Ivan's connections, he bribed a nearby pirate he was good friends with to help man the ship, in exchange for some money and that he could keep the ship after Ivan's crew was returned. The ship was in bad shape, however the damage was very specific, meaning after the replacement of the auxiliary batteries, and an overhaul of the main power system, as well as some light patchwork, the S.S. Persephone was back in action once again.
The Persephone is actually a Terrain Cruiser from the 23rd centry typically deployed by the Terrain Defense Force (TDF). After some kind of major battle in the Jeh'Pag (know as the Orlando system to the Terrains) system, a majority of the TDF fleet was destroyed due to the Channan Armada mistaking it for a Qua'tarian fleet. The S.S. Persephone was the only remaining intact starship that was in a badly damaged drydock in orbit of the 2nd moon of Jeh'Pag III.