The "Year of Hell" refers to a story about the IQS Defiant, a modified terran cruiser, helping Ivan's friend and lover Kritt'an find her true family, of whom she was separated from early in life. She believed that one of these 2 families were who she should belong with, one was her blood, the other raised her as a child. However both of them were only accessible through 2 energy dampener portals (known as a "stargates" by the channan) barried deep within Channan territory. This was an issue since at this time (star-date 2247.4 was day 0) the Channan and Qua'tarian empires were kind-of at war with each other. THe journey took a year and cost Ivan nearly his life + the life of 125 of his crew (they start with a crew of 200) it also costs him the Defiant, as it eventually is so badly damaged it gets abandoned at the edge of Karpathian space for nearly 3 decades. While Kritt'an does find her true family she decides that she wishes to stay with Ivan and they attempt to return home. This model above represents the Defiant at day 364, the day the Defiant gets abandoned. After 11 months of torture and constantly defending against Channan raiders, the Defiant simply was wore out. The other nacelle exploded after rerouting the Main engines through the shield generator creating "warp shields" which were immortal (as long as your power grid holds up, but they are not made for that kind of power transfer). However this blew out main power and destroyed the power circuits which in turn terminally disabled the shields. Ivan ordered the crew to abandon ship on day 275 in order to spare the remaining 75 lives, and used a contact from within the Channan Empire to deliver them home. The ship was used to disable the Channan reinforcements during the opening battle in the First Galactic war by overloading the main reactor and flying the ship into the reserve fleet. Ivan and Kritt'an escaped and returned to their respective groups to ready for this big war.