Klingon

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Physiology

Lursa and B'tor with their brother Toral.

The Klingon term brak'lul refers to the redundancy in Klingon physiology in which major functions are protected by a redundant organ or system. Klingons have two livers, a heart with eight chambers rather than the normal four, and 23 ribs as opposed to the 10 found in humans. QiVon a part of Klingon anatomy.

Balt'masor Syndrome is a Klingon disease that requires regular injections.

The Nehret is a disease that only Klingons are susceptable to. It is a retrovirus that destroys cells by attacking the cytoplasmic membranes. It lies dormant, disguising itself as inert neurogenic material. It is indetectable to biofilters. Onset comes without warning. A cure was devised using stem cells from a Human-Klingon fetus.

Klingons recovering from an illness or injury burn a kind of incense that is a mental relaxant and expeller of demons.

History

First contact between the Federation and the Klingons occured in 2151, when a Klingon named Klaang crash landed in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, while being pursued by several Suliban. Klaang managed to kill the Suliban before being shot by a human farmer.

In 2151, the Suliban staged covert attacks against the Klingons, hoping to ignite a civil war. The attempt failed when Klaang brought evidence of the real perpetrators to the High Council.

A Klingon ship was attacked by the Xarantine in 2151. The Xarantine sold the Klingons Xarantine ale that was laced with a drug.

In 2152, the Enterprise NX-01 answered a distress call, and aided citizens of the Klingon protectorate Rha'darus. The Klingons considered the refugees rebels. The Klingons had annexed the colony, and stripped it of it's resources. Captain Jonathan Archer was arrested and sent to Rura Pente for his meddling. According to Archer's advocate, Klingon society had changed within his lifetime, and that all young Klingons want to take up weapons because they were told that there was honor in victory, any victory. Once, honor was earned with integrity and acts of true courage.

In the late 23rd century, a Klingon agent, posed as a human named Arne Darvin, a Federation bureaucrat and assistant to Nilz Baris who was in charge of the development of Sherman's Planet, near the Klingon border. Under the Organian Peace Treaty, control was given to whomever could develop the planet most efficiently. Darvin poisoned quadrotriticale, a grain which the Federation cultivated on Sherman's Planet, in order to sabotage their development efforts. Darvin was thwarted by Captain Kirk, and the Klingons suffered a major diplomatic embarrassment.

The Battle of Klach D’kel Brakt is a legendary victory Klingon victory over the Romulans that occured in the 2270s.

Camp Khitomer is a location near the Romulan border, and was the sit of a historic pease conference between the Federation and the Klingons in 2293.

The Betreka Nebula Incident was an 18 year conflict between the Cardassians and the Klingons, that began sometime in the 2350s.

Duras was a member of the Klingon High Council, whose father, Ja'rod, had committed treason during the Khitomer massacre in 2346. Duras fabricated evidence placing the blame on Mogh, father of Worf. Although council leader K'mpec was aware of the fabrication, the High Council went along with Duras. After K'mpec was murdered in 2367, Duras sought his position on the High Council, along with Gowron. Duras used a bomb to try as assassinate Gowron. Gowron was also suspected of K'mpec's murder. Worf's mate, K'Ehleyr was on the verge of uncovering the truth about what happened at Khitomer, so Duras killed her to prevent the cover-up from being discovered. Worf sought the right of vengeance for K'Ehleyr's death, and he killed Duras.

In 2367, following the death of their father, Lursa and B'Etor of the politically influentual Duras family unsuccessfully attempted to seat their father's illegitimate son, Toral as chancellor of the High Council, plunging the Empire into Civil War.

In 2369, the Clerics on Boreth, fearing the political infighting on the Klingon High Council indicated a loss of honor in the empire, cloned Kahless using his actual genetic material, in order to fulfill his promise. Although the attempted deception was discovered quickly, Kahless's clone was installed as a ceremonial Emperor of the Klingon people.

From 2366 to 2371, D'Ghor, the head of a wealthy Klingon family systematically attacked the financial assets of the House of Kozak, with the intention of acquiring the wealth for himself, and to make himself powerful enough to gain a seat on the Klingon High Council. After Kozak's death in 2371, D'Ghor's plans were thwarted by Kozak's widow, Grilka, and her new husband, a Ferengi named Quark. D'Ghor's actions resulted in his being shamed by the High Council.

In 2372, a Klingon civilian transport crashed on Galorda Prime, killing all 441 passengers.

Sometime before 2373, the Founders replaced Klingon General Martok in hopes the Dominion could gain control over the Klingon Empire. The Founders then led Odo to believe that Gowron, not Martok, had been replaced by a changeling. However, the truth was discovered, and the original Martok was eventually rescued.

More than 100 Klingons, who believed the Empire had lost its way, found sacred scrolls that told them to cast off the old ways. The scrolls also told them to embark on a journey to find the Kuvah'l Magh, a savior who would lead them to a new Empire. Generations later, in 2377, the group encountered the Federation ship USS Voyager. Believing he unborn daughter of Voyager's engineer was the Kuvah'l Magh, they settled on a planet in the Delta quadrant that is similar to Qo'noS.

Society

Klingons wield painsticks during the Age of Ascension.

The Chancellor of the Klingon High Council is chosed through a Rite of Succession which is administered by the Arbiter of Succession. Past Chancellors include Gorkon, Azetbur, and Gowron.

A Klingon who receives a discommendation is treated as nonexistant in the eyes of Klingon society. The individual's family is also disgraced for seven generations as part of the G'now juk Hol pajhard, or the Klingon law of heredity, which states that a son shall share in the honors or crimes of his father. A discommendation can be reversed by the Klingon High Council's leader.

The Oversight Council approves applications of Klingon warriors who want to become officers.

Klingon homes display an image of Kahless alongside their family crest.

The Age of Ascension is a Klingon Rite of Passage, which marks a new level of spiritual attainment for a Klingon warrior. The ascendee recites, "DaHjaj Suvwl'e'jIH. tlgwlj Sa'angNIS. Iw blQtlqDaq jljaH." which means "Today I am a Warrior. I must show you my heart. I travel the river of Blood." The ascendee then walks between two lines of other Klingons, who subject him to painstiks. The ascendee is expected to express his most profound feelings while under this duress. The first Rite of Ascension must take place before the age of 13 so that a Klingon youth can declare his intention of becoming a warrior. The rite involves testing one's fighting skills with a bat'leth and other weapons. Klingons sometimes celebrate the anniversary of their Age of Ascension.

Sto-Vo-Kor is Klingon heaven. To get there you have to eat the heart of one of your enemies, die in glorious battle, or have someone win a glorious battle in your name. Klingons have a shorter mourning period than Humans, as they accept death more readily.

At midday, Klingons make a "Plea for the Dead". They believe the souls in Sto'vo'kor cannot rest unless the living honor their memory. They recite, "Kahless, We implore you to remember those warriors who have fallen in your name. Lift them out of the cavern of dispari, and reveal yourself to them, in all your glory. Remember (Name) son/daughter of (Name)."

A blood oath is a promise of vengeance that once sworn, can never be broken.

When a warrior slays the head of a Klingon house in honorable combat, he becomes the new head of the house in the brek'tal ritual. He also wins the fallen Klingon's wife and possessions.

Klingon divorces are achieved by a simple declaration of "N'Gos tlhogh cha!" (our marriage is done!). There is then a ritual striking and spitting on the individual being divorced.

In the 22nd century, Klingon defendents had to prove themselves innocent. They appear before a tribunal, which is presided over by a magistrate. The defendants are not allowed to speak, their advocates speak for them. The Judicial Charter of Kholof states that an advocate is entitled to challenge the charges at any point in a tribunal. Although this charter had not been cast aside, it was widely ignored in the 22nd century.

Klingon prisoners are not allowed visitors.

Klingons shed their blood before battle to prove they are not frightened of death.

Technology

The Klingons obtained their holo technology from the Xyrillians in 2151.

As early as 2151, Klingons had the ability to encode data into a person's DNA.

The Klingons and the Romulans had a trade alliance in the past. The Klingons obtained their cloak technology from them around 2268. Many Klingon ships are based on Romulan designs, especially the bird-of-prey.

The hulls of birds-of-prey are partially made of of duranium.

In 2292, an experimental bird-of-prey was developed, which could fire torpedoes while cloaked. Cloaking devices on old D-12 birds-of prey had defective plasma coils, which made them vulnerable. Klingon cloaking devices will not operate within emission nebulae

The B'rel-class bird of prey is a small scout ship, with a crew of about 12.

Qo'legh is a highly volatile chemical compound and able explosive, even in small quantities. It is extremely difficult to detect and is a favorite weapon of Klingon Imperial Intelligence.

Klingon Food

Klingon meals include rokeg blood pie, Brak't, Bregit lung, Heart of targ, and Pipius claw. Klingon skull stew is a dish served over a skull. Gladst is a leafy brown Klingon foodstuff, sometimes served with sauce. Zilm'kach is a segmented Klingon vegetable that is orange in color. Targ is a good source of protein. Klingon males from the Mekro'vak region traditionally bring a leg of lingta to the first courtship dinner.

Gagh is a Klingon dish consisting of serpent worms. Gagh is best served fresh (alive). Gagh is also served stewed. There are at least 51 different varieties of gagh. Torgud gagh wiggles. Filden gagh squirms. Meshta gagh jumps. Bithool gagh has feet. Wistan gagh is packed in targ blood.

Racht is similar to gagh, but racht is a larger form of serpent worms. It is also best when served live. Melora Pazlar noted, "There is nothing worse than half-dead racht!"

Bahgol is a beverage that is best served warm. Chech'tluth is a potent klingon alcoholic beverage. Bloodwine is a red Klingon wine, best served warm. 2309 was a very good year for bloodwine.Warnog is a Klingon ale. Raktajino is a klingon beverage similar to coffee. Raktajino can be served iced, with extra cream. It can also be served extra strong or as a double. Some Humans like it laced with chocolate and/or peppermint. Raktajino is best served at near scalding temperatures.

Klingon Music and Literature

"Qoung Vaj Ocht" is a Klingon lullaby. Translated, it's title means, "Sleep, Little Warrior."

"Ak'la bella doo" is an obscure Klingon folk song. Some lyrics:
"Ak’la bella Doo-oo,
bella Ak’la Doo-oo,
la suhm la suhm,
I’Kahtra la suhm,
Ak’la bella Doo-oo!"

"Aktuh and Melota" is a popular Klingon opera.

Barak-Kadan is a well-known Klingon opera singer. He was well regarded for his strong intonations and traditional style, but some criticized him for never varying his performance.

The Dream of the Fire is a classic work by the Klingon writer K'Ratak. The Fall of Kang is a Klingon poem by G'Trok. Quote: "So honor the valiant who die 'neath your sword/ But pity the warrior who slays all his foes."

There is a Klingon Book of 300 Love Poems.
One quote:
"You will follow your heart...
through space...
and if it be ripped from your chest,
you will follow the trail of blood..."

Klingon Weaponry

The bat'leth is the traditional Klingon 'sword of honor.' The bat'leth is carried along the inside of the arm, and controlled by hand-holds located on the outside edge of the weapon. It is a curved bilateral sword. It is believed that the first bat'leth was forged 1,500 years ago, when Kahless the Unforgettable dropped a lock of his hair in the lava from the Kri'stak Volcano and then plunged the burning lock into the lake of Lursor and twisted it into a blade. The blades of a modern bat'leth sword are made of the metal baakonite. It is typically 116 cm long, and weighs 5.3 kilograms. It can decapitate in one stroke.

The d'k tahg is a traditional warrior's knife. It is a vicious, three-bladed weapon commonly used in hand to hand combat, and has great ceremonial value.

The mek'leth is a two pronged dagger, typically used to slash the throat or to disembowel an opponent.

Klingon Space

The Klingon Empire is located in the Beta Quadrant. The Klingon Homeworld is the planet Qo'noS, or Kronos.

First City is the location of the government for the Klingon Empire, and it is located on the Qo'noS. The Great Hall is located in the First City. It is a massive fortress-like building from which warriors rule the Empire. Mekro'vak is a region on the planet Qo'noS. Lowlands of Kehta Province is a region on Qo'noS where Chancellor Matrok grew up. The Flame Cliffs of Kutabi are located on Qo'noS.

When Kahless the Unforgettable died 1500 years ago, he promised to return to the planet Boreth, a Class-M planet in Klingon space. His followers created a monastery there, and it is the most sacred place to Klingons.

Beta Lankal is a planetary system in Klingon space. Beta Thoridar is planet located in Klingon space. Gamma Eridon is a star system in Klingon space.

The Klingons have a penal colony on Rura Pente. The prisoners work in the dilithium mines there, and the life expectancy of a prisoner is 6 months to a year.

Notes

Klingons sharpen their teeth before going into battle.

A d'blok is a Klingon animal. Targs are animals that the Klingons keep as pets, and also eat. The glob fly is a Klingon insect that has no sting, but makes a distinctive loud buzzing sound. A Grishnar cat is a Klingon animal. A lingta is a Klingon game animal.

Dahar Master is a title given to only the greatest of Klingon warriors. Basai Master is a title given to great Klingon poets. Order of the Bat'leth is an elite group of Klingon warriors honored for their courage and strength. Members of the order are inducted at a ceremony in which the chancellor of the empire presented them with a medal. Before the ceremony, warrior gathered in the Hall of Warriors at Ty'Gokor and underwent an initiation rite that involved heavy drinking.

The B'aht Qul Challenge is a traditional Klingon game of strength in which one contestant holds both arms forward, while the other places his or her harms between the first, with wrists touching. The first contestant attempts to push his arms together, the second attempts to push them apart.

The Emperor Mur'Eq created a non-lethal challenge fought with blunted bathleth's so warrior would kill their enemies and not each other. The winner is the first to knock their opponent to the ground three times.

Darseks is a type of currency that is used on Maranga IV, where there is a Klingon outpost.

The Fek'lhr is a mythical Klingon beast that is the guardian of Gre'thor, the place where the dishonored go to die.

K'Plok was one of the foremost bat'leth experts in the Klingon Empire. He came down with a cold on the day of a scheduled exhibition, but no Klingon would cancel an obligation simply over a minor illness. As he was demonstrating the famed overhead reverse thrust, the sneezed and accidentally cut off his own head, causing the most sustained laughter in the history of the Klingon empire. K'Plok was immortalized as the greatest comedian ever known to Klingons. In fact, his name as officially changed to K'Plop in the Klingon annals in commemoration of the sound his head made when it struck the floor. The head ricocheted into Worf's lap, and he kept the head among his most treasured effects. He later donated it to the Klingon Comedy Museum, since they had an understandably dearth of displays.

New Info

The Klingons were a military dictatorship in the mid-23rd century. War is their way of life. Klingons take planets and organize them into vast slave labor camps. The inhabitants of the planets they conquer have no freedoms. Their goods are confiscated. Hostages are taken and killed and their leaders are confined. Disobeying the smallest of the regulations of the Klingon Empire is punishable by death. The Klingons have a reputation for ruthlessness. It is deserved. When Kor occupied Organia, he said that if one Klingon soldier was killed a thousand Organians would die. Klingons are always under surveillance, even a commander like Kor was under constant surveillance. The United Federation of Planets declared war on the Klingon Empire on Stardate 3198.4. The Organians would not allow the Federation and Klingons to fight. They made every weapon too hot to handle. Both fleets, no matter where they were, were immobilized. Ayelborne said that in the future the Klingons and the Federation would become friends, and that they would work together. (TOS: Errand of Mercy)

The Klingon Empire is made up of conquered worlds. They take what they want by arms and force. (TOS: Friday's Child)

Klingon ships do not come equipped with non-essentials, such as recreational items. (TOS: The Trouble with Tribbles)

Klingons prefer their food freshly slaughtered. (ENT: Sleeping Dogs)

In 2154, the Klingons began experiments to create Augments based on Human Augments. They inadvertently created a plague. The virus spread from planet to planet. Millions were infected. The Klingons abducted Phlox to help cure the disease and stabilize the Augments. Klingons used prisoners for medical testing. For a Klingon to ask for help would make them look weak in the eyes of their enemies and perhaps even incite rebellion. A Klingon who betrays his captain would be immediately executed. (ENT: Affliction)

Klingons are less sensitive to changes in temperature than humans. (ST: TNG: Q-Squared by Peter David)

The Klingons once had gods, but they killed them because they were too much trouble. Most Klingons have a sensitive touch. It enables them to properly search out pressure points, to stop the blood flow and disable or kill an enemy. When Klingon males read poetry to females during foreplay, they (the females) throw large objects. (ST: TNG: Triangle: Imzadi II by Peter David)

Contributed by: Clare Bradley

Sources

TV: TOS: The Trouble with Tribbles
TNG: A Matter of Honor; Devil's Due; Firstborn; The Measure of a Man; The Outrageous Okona; Past Prologue; Redemption, Part I; Reunion; Sins of the Father
DS9: Apocalypse Rising; Blood Oath; Dramatis personae; Image in the Sand; Looking for par'Mach in All the Wrong Places; Once More Unto the Breach; Playing God; Prodigal Daughter; Return to Grace; Rules of Engagement; Second Sight; The House of Quark; The Way of the Warrior; Treachery, Faith and the Great River
VOY: Human Error; Nothing Human; Prophecy
ENT: Broken Bow; Marauders; Sleeping Dogs; Judgement
Movie: STIII: The Search for Spock; ST VI: The Undiscovered Country; Star Trek Generations
Book: Section 31:Cloak by S.D. Perry
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Q-Squared by Peter David
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Triangle: Imzadi II by Peter David
Star Trek: New Frontier: No Limits: Mackenzie Calhoun: Loose Ends by Dayton Ward; Elizabeth Shelby: All That Glisters by Loren L Coleman

For more information, visit the Klingon Imperial Diplomatic Corps, and The Klingon Language Institute.