Klingon

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  • Appearance: Mammalian; dark skin, forehead crest, prominent spinal ridges, sharp incisors; on average taller, larger than humans
    • QuchHa' minority resulting from modified Qu'vat virus look near-identical to humans
      • QuchHa' population reached several million by 2165, but was treated and reverted to HemQuch majority by end of 23rd century (ENT Novel: Live by the Code; TOS Novel: Forged in Fire)
  • Lifespan: over 150 years (DS9: "Blood Oath")
  • Homeworld: Qo'noS
  • Low tolerance for cold (DS9: "Change of Heart"; VOY: "Displaced")
  • Biological notes
    • Magenta blood (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country; DIS)
    • Multiply redundant biological systems (TNG: "Ethics")
      • Two livers, three lungs, eight-chambered heart, redundant neural functions (TNG: "Ethics")
    • No tear ducts (VAN Novel: Reap the Whirlwind; Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
      • Still capable of producing something akin to tears (TNG: "Birthright, Part II"; DS9: "Sons of Mogh")
      • Eye lubrication possibly relies on something akin to the Harderian gland given that evolutionary ancestor of Klingons seems reptilian, although this is also not unheard of in mammals (e.g., elephants)
    • Children mature quickly (cf. Alexander)
  • Technological notes
    • Most Klingon designers tend to work from established, proven designs and expand or improve rather than produce entirely new fundamental foundations (VAN Novel: Summon the Thunder)
      • Part of reasoning for basic Klingon ship design being essentially unchanged from 23rd to 24th century
  • Cultural notes
    • Klingon calendar
    • Klingon faith
    • Klingon language
    • Klingon books
    • Klingon food
    • Originally generally caste-based (ENT: "Judgment")
      • c.2100, domination of warrior caste of government, society led to general dissolution of the caste system (ENT: "Judgment")
        • Focus on warrior precepts permeated general society, leading to warrior lifestyle seen as ultimate goal
        • In core territories, other castes largely viewed in terms of ability to contribute to military goals
        • Outside core territories, caste system held less strength previously, little changed (KE Novel: A Burning House)
    • Combat traditions
      • Martial arts
        • Mok'bara (Various)
          • Per legends, dates back to the days of Kahless (TOS Novel: Errand of Vengeance: The Edge of the Sword)
      • Weapons
        • Bat'leth (Various)
          • Curved, two-pointed, pointed blade
        • d'k tahg (Various)
          • One-handed weapon with retractable blade covered by folding hand guards

History

  • 2016: First contact with Vulcans, leading to decades of war (ENT Novel: A Choice of Futures; DIS: "The Vulcan Hello"; TNG: "First Contact")
  • April 2151: First contact with Humans; Broken Bow, Earth incident (ENT: "Broken Bow")
  • November 2154: Qu'vat virus leads to creation of QuchHa' minority class in contrast to HemQuch majority (ENT: "Affliction")
  • Early 2290s: Cure discovered for Qu'vat virus; QuchHa' cease to exist. Their former existence is largely denied or kept quiet with outsiders from this point forward. (TOS Novel: Forged in Fire; DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations")