Brief Understanding of the Klingon Race
Klingons are a warrior race who holds personal and family honor above all else. They are larger than Terrans with a greater percentage of their body weight being muscle.
Klingons are proficient in the use of ritual hand-to-hand weapons and unarmed combat, and will actually prefer to fight using these methods over beam weapons. They frequently train in off-hand weapons training in order to surprise opponents. All Klingons will train in at least the bat'telh and the d'k tahg, and many frequently train in some of the other ceremonial Klingon weapons. Some also train in Mok'bara - the Klingon martial art form.
The Klingon forehead is a major distinguishing feature of this race, consisting of a ridged, bony pattern. This pattern is different for every Klingon, and is as distinguishing as fingerprints. A common curse heard among them is: "Hab Sosil' Quch", which means, "Your mother has a smooth forehead." Also, a bony backbone resembling that of a dinosaur runs up and down their spine.
Klingons have enhanced senses. Two of them, acute taste and smell, and acute vision, are genetic, but the third, combat reflexes, is learned from childhood, and is therefore second nature to Klingons.
By nature, they are hunters, and still practice the ritual of the hunt. They are taught tracking and cooking from a very early age. They hunt using a spear called a Gin'tak. They prefer their food raw, so the Cooking skill actually represents the ability to properly clean their food and prepare it in a traditional manner.
Most Klingons feel it is dishonorable to lie, cheat, steal, or bluff, and dislike those who do. This helps explain their dislike of Ferengi. Klingons are now blood enemies of the Romulans, despite (or perhaps -on account of-) their former treaties with them.
Klingon warriors pride themselves on their combat abilities and feel the greatest honor that can be bestowed on warriors is to die in combat. These traits have been handed down from the Klingon spiritual leader, Kahless, over two millennia ago.
Kahless used the idea of honor to unite the people of the Klingon Homeworld at a time of its greatest struggle. Also handed down were several traditional weapons with which to engage in melee.
Lastly, almost all Klingons show a widespread hatred of the cute, cuddly Tribble. Currently, xenoculturalists are unable to account for the source of this hatred. Tribbles are banned from being transported to, or traded in, Klingon space. An old Klingon toast reflects their dislike of this animal. It goes: "QuvlIjDaq yIH tu'be'lu'jaj." Translated, this means, "May your coordinates be free of Tribbles."
Tribbles also share the dislike of Klingons. Instead of the usual purr, Tribbles will shriek if even exposed to a Klingon.
Klingons are among the earliest civilizations the Federation has contacted. Though classified as humanoids, Klingons possess several distinctive physiological characteristics that belong uniquely to their species. They have a body structure that is partly exoskeleton, meaning their resistance to physical force is far greater than mere flesh, and they have a higher muscle mass ratio than most humans. Their organs also have multiple redundancies, given the term "brak'lul", allowing the Klingon warriors enormous resiliency during battle.
The forehead is ridged, and the ridge is different for each Klingon. Very evident in pure Klingons, for half-Klingons, it is much less pronounced. The olfactory sense of a typical Klingon is very keen, and by the way they initiate the mating ritual with a lot of sniffing of the mate, it is possible that this is a possible way of identifying another Klingon.
Family Lines: Klingon lines are more than families and less then the great dynasties of old Earth. They are more like vast networks of mutual obligations and defense agreements. Lines rarely feud because this usually weakens both to the point of destruction. There comes a time when a line becomes so big that some members adopt a new name and become line-founders. Most fail because their first act, in order to become recognized by the High council, is usually something foolishly bold. Still, all potential founder's are still well respected in the Empire.
Klingon Law is mainly based on honor and the laws are fair but punishments are harsh and tough. Klingon Government is a good deal democracy with some socialism. The government is split into the Klingon High Council, the Klingon Military Council, the People's Council. The Klingon High Council is made of 9 members which are 3 of Military, 2 of Science, 1 of the People's Council Leader, 1 is the ambassador, 1 is the Vice Leader, then the last one is the Empire Enforcer which is like the police leader. The government is peaceful mainly with a very loyal society and empire. The Klingon High Council Leader is the head of the empire, but he must have the support of the empire and of the council. The leader must be a male, he must have a 4 year service in the military with at least 100 battles to his name. They can be wins or looses but requires the majority of them be victories. The Klingon Military Council is made of 3 members. The head which is also a member of the High Council and a head of the left half of the defense The other high council member is head of the right half of the defense. Then the People's Council is like a senate with 3 members from each city with a population of 100,000 or more. The senate number is about 2000 members. The senate meets once a week on the fourth day. The head of it is also a member of the High Council. Citizens are allowed to give limited comments and suggestions not referring to a person's decisions and referring to something else like a thing.
There are many Klingon Ceremonies, a lot for both sexes. The two mostimportant male ones are the Age of Ascension which is at 13 years of age. This is when the person is known as a man and is allowed to service in military or any other services. At that time his battles are then recorded. The one part is the birthday which is celebrated in about 3 hours with presents and a toast by the father and a honored guest. One thing about the honored guest is the higher rank of the person. Gowron is liked due to he has many times been invited to these ceremonies. The second part is that the person is put in a extremely hot place (110 F) for about 2 hours. Ten the person is suppose to have a vision. The vision is important. Sometimes it is of a memory of a vision of a long dead person. Some of the lucky ones have had visions of Kahless. Then the last part is the hunt which a party of 3. The person, the father and the honored guest go and the male hunts with the Klingon short spear. It does not matter what animal, but the time is important. The limit is 2 and a half hours. Then the second important male ceremony is the Age of Induction which is at 18 years of age which means you are allowed to enter a council or become the leader of the high council. It is celebrated by the commanding officer. Then his the family's honor is induced into him. The First important female ceremony is the Age of Mate which is at 15 years of age. The female is given a golden necklace to wear and show that she is ready to take a mate. Then the second one is the wedding which almost everywhere is more important with the female. The wedding is a little different. The wedding is at the home of the Bride's Father. There is the groom whom wears the Military Uniform or a brown robe if not in military. The bride wears a bridal dress with it in two parts. There is no need for a required clergy or captain to conduct it. Only the male needs to say in Klingon "I take you :The Bride's Name: for my mate for life I shalt honor and love you". Then if the bridge accepts then she says"I accept to be my mate for life and death I join to your honor". Then the male and female join hands and widen their arms out and press chests then yell in victory.
History of the Klingon Empire
The modern Klingon Empire was founded by Kahless the Unforgettable, the brilliant strategist who killed the tyrant Molor and unified his people some 1500 years before. His legendary story of valor and courage still stirs emotions of pride in his descendants, now warriors of the Klingon Empire. Kahless was a philosopher of sorts, and his work is still studied by Klingons centuries after his death. During his day, he came to realize his race was so consumed with victory that they resorted to treachery, to which he warned, "Watch your back. Friends may become enemies in less time than it takes to draw a dagger." But he did not heed his own advice, for he soon proved to be too popular -- too dangerous to a leader -- and was murdered by K'ashked, the Klingon Emperor, in 2125, leaving the Klingon High Council in command of the Empire.
By 2215, Klingon technology allowed them to maintain a speed of warp 4 on their interstellar vessels. The Federation made first contact with the Klingons in 2218, but with disastrous results. For the next 70 years the Federation was entrenched in open hostility with the Klingon Empire. A cat and mouse game of conquest and resistance was played out mainly by Kirk'screw and Qo'noS's finest warriors.
In the incident on Organia, Stardate 3198.4, or 2267 in standard years,Kirk stopped the Klingons from claiming the planet, risking interstellar war to preserve the existence of what looked like a primitive humanoid civilization. However, the beings were in fact powerful noncoporeal lifeforms who don't need protection in the least. The Organians turned the tables and mediated a peace treaty on both Klingons and Federation, predicting lasting eventual friendship for the two sides in the future. This treaty put a dampener on hostilities for some while and the provisions within included allowing space station docking for ships from both sides. The Organians never interfered again and have not been heard from sense.
Bilateral talks between the Klingons and the Federation continued through 2289. Even though the meetings did not result in any breakthroughs, the Klingon diplomatic team learned to respect the Federation representative Curzon Dax as a worthy man.
However, encounters with the Federation remained unpleasant at best, as shown by the run-in on Stardate 4523.3, when the Klingons launched a covert operation to poison emergency quadrotriticale supplies crucial to the Sherman Planet. The K-7 plant that was storing the hybrid wheat sent a distress call answered by the Enterprise. With the help of numerous Tribbles, the Klingon sabotage was revealed and terminated. Klingon hatred for the furry and enormously prolific creatures was immediate after their first contact. Some time in the future, the Klingon Empire reportedly eliminated the Tribble homeworld, undoubtedly one of the most glorious victories for the Empire.
Soon after the incident, the Empire signed an alliance with the Romulan Star Empire. In exchange for the cloaking device, Klingons provided design specifications for their warships. This was more of a friendship of convenience, and when both side got what they wanted, the alliance was dissolved in 2292. The terms on which the two sides parted remains unclear, but they would become bitter foes for the next 75 years.
The turning point in relations between the Federation and the Empire camewith a catastrophic explosion on the Klingon moon Praxis on Stardate 9521.6. Serious environmental repercussions from this incident wiped out key energy resources and sparked an economic crisis. Mired in chaos and destruction, Klingon Chancellor Gorkon, leader of the Klingon High Council, had little choice but to launch a peace initiative with the Federation when it became apparent the Empire could not maintain its military any longer.
A true end to hostility and even future collaboration with the Federation were placed on the agenda, and talks soon opened when Chancellor Gorkon agreed to travel to Earth. However, the Chancellor was murdered en route to Earth by factions within the Federation, Klingon Empire, and Romulan Star Empire worried about altering the status quo of relations. Federation officers Kirk and McCoy were set up with the blame and arrested by Klingons under interstellar law.
Camp Khitomer: The peace conference was then moved to Camp Khitomer, a planet near the border of Romulan space. Azetbur represented her late father Gorkon and opened the conference which lead to the landmark Khitomer Accords. The Khitomer Conference of 2293 would later be seen as the single most important peace treaty in Federation history, ending the period of open hostility between the two major powers of the Alpha Quadrant and beginning an era of cooperation and joint ventures. However, it was only after Spock forced the truth out of his traitorous protege Valeris, that the Enterprise and the Excelsior (under command of Capt. Sulu) prevented another assassination attempt -- this time on the Federation President -- from succeeding. After exposing the villains within each party, the talks continued and an era of peace resulted.
Peace didn't come about overnight, but through the years a betterunderstanding of the Federation and what they stood for changed the perspectives of many Klingons. The courageous efforts of the Enterprise-C, under the command Captain Rachel Garrett, in defending the Narendra III Klingon outpost in 2344 from Romulan forces solidified the pact further. To the Klingons, a Federation starship defending Klingons from destruction was proof that they were truly an honorable ally.
In later years, the Klingons remained on friendly terms with the Federation. In 2364, Lieutenant Worf, son of Mogh, made history by becoming the first Klingon Starfleet officer. His first post was aboard the Galaxy-Class starship Enterprise-D, as a lieutenant in security, when it was launched out of space dock.
Stardate 44000.4: The Federation starship USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain William T. Riker, failed to recover Captain Picard and destroy the Borg cube. Instead, the cube assimilated Earth, turning Sector 001 into another Borg colony world.
After the assimilation of Vulcan, it was clear that each of the Federation member worlds could easily be their next target. It was then that K'mpec came forward with the might of the Klingon Empire and took the reins of the remaining mobile forces, including Starfleet (what was left of it). The surviving members of the makeshift Federation Council voted unanimously to accept the Empire's leadership, by forming a new body of government: the Galaxy Alliance.
With the seat of the Federation now in ruin, the rest of the Federation members moved quickly, calling out to every neighboring race, asking for assistance. The next target on the Borg's agenda was Vulcan, and while Starfleet did it's best to fend off the incoming cube, it was the Klingon High Council which acted to save the lives of over a billion Vulcan citizens, by evacuating them from their homes.
Stardate 44505: With the Galaxy Alliance stretching its sphere of influence, the Borg continued to assimilate planets, under the direction of Locutus (former Starfleet Captain Jean-Luc Picard). The Borg 'hot' zone grew day by day. After the assimilation of Andor and Alpha V, neighboring races and governments felt their security was highly threatened by this incursion into the Alpha quadrant.
High-ranking members of the Rihannsu Stelam Empire, the Cardassian Union, the Ferengi Commerce Authority, and the Bajoran government approached the Galaxy Alliance at its new homeworld of Qo'nos with a proposal: Ally to survive. With these new Alliance members, the Grand Council found it necessary to reinstate the Starfleet charter, the combined talents of all the races were found to provide a unique group from which to draw resources, both physical and mental.
Within six months, new vessels were being produced at shipyards across the Alliance. The first of these was named for the first starship to fall at the battle of Wolf 359: the starship USS Kyuushu (Kyuushu class). This new class benefitted from Federation propulsion, Cardassian shielding, a Rihannsu cloaking device, and a Klingon hull compound.
Stardate 46001: Over twenty-five Kyuushu class vessels met the Borg cube at Cirrius Prime, where one of the largest Terran colonies was in danger of being assimilated. The combined might of this new Starfleet plus the remaining vessels of the old governments were enough to do damage to the cube, destroying it completely.
The Galaxy Alliance Grand Council declared a weeklong celebration, and across the quadrant, parties and parades ensued. Unfortunately, while granting this respite to the fighting, the Council knew that this war was far from over. On Stardate 46002, in the face of this new year, the Galaxy Alliance is the last line between life and assimilation. Differences have been long forgotten, a common goal lighting the way toward what could be a grand future that would've given meaning to all the deaths and assimilations in the Federation... "... but that future can only come with victory, and nothing less than victory. We /must/ win!" (Galaxy Alliance Chancellor Gowron, on Stardate 46001.29, immediately after declaring victory in Cirrius Prime)
Known Klingon Words used daily
HIghoS -- Come here!
naDevvo' yIghoS -- Go away
lojmIt yIpoSmoH! -- Open the Door!
tlhIngan maH! -- We are Klingons!
HIja' or HISlaH -- Yes (answer to a yes/no question)
ghobe' -- No (answer to a yes/no question)
lu' or luq -- Yes, I'll do it
jIyaj -- Undstand
nepwI' -- Liar
jIyajbe' -- I don't understand
maj -- Good
majQa' -- Well Done!
Klingon Insults - Use these, be prepared to defend yourself
petaQ -- Basically, you are calling someone a piece of shit
Hab SoSlI' Quch -- Your mother has a smooth forehead
Dujvam 'orlaHbe'chu' HoDmaj - The Captain clearly is incapable of flying this ship
yIH ngaghwI' -- One who mates with Tribbles