In April 3074 the Karttikeya was deployed as an escort vessel for Beta Galaxy alongside the Congress-class frigate CGS Bernlad and the Goliath Scorpion flagship, the McKenna-class battleship CGS Lei Kung, all operating under the overall command of saKhan Connor Rood. The task force was charged with investigating the various systems that made up the state known as Nueva Castile in the Deep Periphery, and by June had travelled as far as Waypoint 531 where a Binary from the Third Seekers had been left behind there.
What the task force found at Waypoint 531 was a battered Black Lion-class battlecruiser and no sign of the Seeker Binary; the Black Lion was identified by her ID codes as the CSJ Streaking Mist, a vessel formerly a part of the Clan Smoke Jaguar touman. The crew of the Streaking Mist were moving supplies from the cache at the waypoint onto the Streaking Mist when the Scorpion task force arrived, and after some initial hesitation Rood ordered Star Admiral Towie to engage.
As the Scorpion forces moved to intercept, the Streaking Mist evaded the attempt to box her in and struck at the Bernlad, inflicting substantial damage to the rear of the Bernlad, including her engine decks. The Streaking Mist jumped when it reached the nearby jump point, taking half of the contents of the Scorpion cache with it.
Rood adjusted his plans, moving the remaining equipment to DropShips aboard the Lei Kung before reassigning the materiel amongst his troops. Rood then led the task force into Umayyad space in July, arriving in the Cordoba system. A Trinary of forces from the First Cateran Cluster was dispatched to raid Cordoba, while the Lei Kung moved on to deploy troops again, this time in the Valencia system. By the end of the year the task force had struck at six worlds, obtaining intelligence and prisoners from both the Umayyads and Castilians.
- Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 108, "Naval Assets"
- Wars of Reaving, p. 129-130, "Scorpion Deception"
- Wars of Reaving, p. 160, "Escórpion Imperio (Periphery Nation)"