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The following medals and awards IC in the tlhingan wo' and may be awarded the head of the navy on recommendation of a warrior's commanding officer unless otherwise indicated.

Award Awarded For
Order of Kahless Awarded by the voDleH on the basis of the recommendations of officers. For courage and valour beyond the call of duty resulting in annihilating the enemy or saving the unit.
Golden Starburst For downing three starships in one battle.
Order of the batleH For six consecutive victories.
Legion of Blood For three consecutive ground victories.
Silver Star of Merit For 10 ground victories and downing 10 starships.
Order of Conquest For leading a ground assault resulting in the taking of an enemy world.
Fleet Order of Merit For leading a fleet assault resulting in the taking of an enemy world.
Order of the batlhtaj For killing 10 of the enemy without benefit of a disruptor or phaser.
Gold Star For risking ones life resulting in saving one's unit.
Silver Star For risking one's life resulting in saving a comrade.


Weapon Description
Disruptor Rifle A phase-disruptor energy weapon used by Klingons.
Disruptor pistol A smaller, more compact version of the disruptor rifle.
Disruptor pistol (old style) Sonic disruptor pistol used by Klingons in the 23rd century.
Klingon Painsticks Long rods that inflict intense pain.
bat'etlh The traditional Klingon "sword of honor," resembling a meter long two ended scimitar. The bat'telh was carried along the inside of the arm and controlled by two handholds located on the outside edge of the weapon.
d'k tahg A traditional Klingon warrior's knife. A vicious, three pronged bladed weapon, the d'k tagh is commonly used in hand to hand combat as well as many ceremonies.


Most of the information provided in this Klingon primer has been collected from resources which are available on the net. The following places are appreciatively mentioned as very nice information resources for the tlhIngan wo':

"The Klingon Dictionary" by Marc Oakrand


Most Klingons belong to qorDu', or 'Lines'. Other Empires translate qorDu' as 'family' or 'House', which qorDu' certainly share features of, but the qorDu' is more. Less than a 'dynasty', more than a mere family, the qorDu' is the basic unit each Klingon draws their identity from. Each Klingon constantly schemes for ways to increase their personal prestige, as well as the prestige of their qorDu'. The most famous qorDu', of course, was that of the Riskadh, qorDu' of Kahless-Who-Is-Not-Forgotten, the first VoDleH of a unified Qo'nos. Regrettably, the Riskadh are no more, and the qorDu' remains empty in respect, as its qorDu'joqwI', or line-banner, still commands the highest place of respect in the Great Hall of the High Council in Kahless' memory.


  • 2100 (?) - Kahless the Unforgettable unites the Klingon empire.
  • 2218 - First contact with the Federation. This leads to more then a century of hostilities.
  • 2267 - Relations between the Federation and the Klingons deteriorate. The Klingons attempt to gain control of the underdeveloped planet of Organia, a very strategic military position for the Klingon empire against the Federation. The Organians, who turn out to be powerful, non-corporeal life forms forbid a war and establish the Organian Peace Treaty.
  • 2268 - The Romulans and the Klingons establish an alliance in which they trade ship designs and military technology. The Klingons acquire cloaking technology.
  • 2292 - The Romulan/Klingon alliance collapses. The two former allies remain enemies for at least 75 years.
  • 2293 - Klingon moon Praxis explodes, crippling the Klingon environment. Chancellor Gorkon tries to establish a peace treaty, but is assassinated. His daughter continues the talks.


Klingon Religion and Honor Kahless is a mythical Klingon historical figure, who united the Klingon Empire some 1500 years ago. The story of Kahless is a cornerstone of Klingon mythology and religion.
Mythological Places of Punishment or Reward The Klingon culture holds beliefs about punishments or rewards after death for being "good" or "evil" during life, although in the case of the Klingons honorable and dishonorable would be substituted.
Sto-Vo-Kor Sto-Vo-Kor is a mythological place of the afterlife for the honored dead. It is said that when a Klingon dies honorably they are taken to Sto-Vo-Kor where they reside with Kahless the unforgettable.
Gre'thor Gre'thor is the place in Klingon mythology where the dishonored go to die. The mythic Klingon beast, Fek'lhr is the guardian of Gre'thor. Gre'thor can be compared with the Christian devil, but Klingons have never acknowledged a similarity.


  • Klingon Mating Customs

The first important female ceremony is the Age of Mate which occurs at 15 years of age. At this time the female is given a necklace, jinaq, to wear and show that she is ready to take a mate. The Wedding is at the home of the Bride's father. The groom, wears a Military uniform, or a brown robe if not in the military, and the bride wears a bridal dress. There is no need for a clergy to conduct it.

  1. Selection and Commitment to a Mate

One mate says the words "jIH dok" (my blood) in which the other replies "maj dok" (our blood). At this point the marriage vows are sealed. To complete the ceremony, both the husband and wife say "Tlinghan jIH" during the ceremony. It translates as "I am a Klingon".

  • Mauk-to 'Vor

This ritual involves the killing of an individual so that his honor can be restored.

  • Klingon Death Ritual

The Klingon death ritual is a ceremony practiced by Klingons upon the death of a comrade. The eyes of the fallen warrior are pried open while the other warriors let loose a powerful howl. Klingons belief holds that the howl warns the dead that a Klingon warrior is about to arrive.

  • Hegh'bat Ceremony

The hegh'bat ceremony is a ritualized suicide. Klingon tradition held that when a Klingon was unable to stand and face his enemies, he should choose the hegh'bat. The rite called for the eldest son or a trusted friend of the celebrant to deliver a ritual knife to the warrior, who would impale himself in the chest. The son or friend would then remove the knife and wipe it on his sleeve.

  • Rite of MajQa

One of the most important ceromonies a Klingon male will ever have the honor of going through. The male is placed in the caves of No' Mat, an extremely hot place, for about 2 hours. The heat is supposed to induce visions. The vision seen is of some importance. Sometimes it is the vision of a long dead person. But there have been those that have seen the vision of Kahless himself.


A Klingon, since it is born, is bred to be a warrior. A Klingon male is first considered to be a man when he can hold a blade in his hand. Klingon warriors prefer their hair unkempt, along with their goatees and mustaches.


  • Klingon High Council

The ruling body of the Klingon empire, made up of about 2 dozen representatives, is lead by a Chancellor or Council leader. The Council meets in the great hall in Kling on Qo'nos. The council has a long history of political intrigue and power struggles. The Klingon High Council is the Governing body of the Klingon Empire. The members of the Council are charged with overseeing the welfare of the Empire and it's Citizens. Each Council Member usually heads one of the major Departments within the Empire so that the Council can meet and make informed decisions of policy based on input from the members of all said Departments.

  • Rite of Succession

Process whereby a new leader was chosen for the Klingon High Council following the death of the previous leader. The rite first required the sonchi in which the previous leader was formally certified
to be truly dead. Next the arbiter of succession was required to select the challengers for leadership of the council. The two strongest challengers would then fight for the right to lead the council.

  • The Sonchi Ceremony

The Sonchi Ceremony formally confirmed the death of a leader before his successor is chosen. The ritual involves jabbing the body with Klingon pain sticks while issuing a verbal challenge. Sonchi translates into "He is dead."

  • Klingon Defense Force

The Klingon Defense Force is the section of the Klingon government in charge of protecting the empires borders and running their space.


The Klingons are a very aggressive race by nature, and are skilled warriors. They consider politeness and kindness a sign of weakness and should be treated accordingly, or you may end up insulting them. Klingons have a few different ways of attaining personal fullfillment. One way is by social or family status. A Klingon warrior who belongs to a respected family has many obligations and must meet certain requirements. Their social structure is highly ritualized and gaurded and many Klingons feel that only other Klingons are worthy of honor. Another way for a Klingons to gain respect is through their work. A Klingon may redeem a dishonored house, or start a new, one through deeds of daring and honor.

Honor and ritual tradition play an important part in Klingon culture. Family heritage sets the pattern for generations to follow giving Klingon bloodlines' great continuity in the establishment of both private and governmental leadership structure. Rites of passage and tests of warrior skill are revered signposts of Klingon maturity often involving to-the-death combat with primitive blade and blunt weaponry. Klingons who do not have long or honorable family lines can still function effectively by pursuing their military career. Such Klingons are thought to be valuable because they are more likely to take chances that could lead to personal glory. Another way that Klingons achieve self worth, is through the reverence and study of Kahless. Klingons sometimes keep shrines of Kahless and worship him and his writing and stories almost as a demigod.

The primary demon in Klingon mythology is the Klingon demon Fek'lhr, guardian of the dark underworld Gre'thor, where the dishonored go after they die. There they spend eternity in pointless, painful, labor, waiting to be consumed by Fek'lhr. It is important to note the lack of any kind of Klingon heaven. The closest they come is a whispered reference to some place similar to Valhalla, where they will live and fight forever, alongside the heroes of their past.

When a Klingon warrior dies it is customary for other Klingons to perform the ritual of the Death Yell. This involves holding the dieing warriors eyes open and looking into them as he dies. At the moment of death the other Klingons will yell, as a warning to the after life that a Klingon Warrior is coming. After death the body of a dead Klingon is treated as an empty shell without value.

Physically the imperial Klingon race is as imposing as it is aggressive. Both males and females have a greater muscle mass ratio than do most humanoid forms. They also generally grow taller and reach full, adult height at an earlier age than humans. Perhaps the single most striking feature of Klingon anatomy is the ridged forehead crown evident in genetically pure individuals, a characteristic missing in the few Klingon/human genetic fusions still serving in some parts of the Empire. Each cranial structure much like the human fingerprint is unique. However, in family lines there are similar patterns. One of the little known rituals among the Klingons involves the casting of an impression of their foreheads. These impressions are then kept by the family as a proof of linage. During the time of the Klingon/Romulan alliance it is believed that the Klingons also traded some of there genetic engineering technology to the Romulans. Modern day Romulans also have a more pronounced forehead structure than do their Vulcan


There are several different ranks in the various departments of the tlhIngan wo'. These ranks are (usually) separate from positions.

Military Ranks - Enlisted Personnel
Navy Ranks <DIvI' Hol>
beqHom Recruit
beq Crewman
beq'a Senior Crewman
beq'quv Sr. Crew Chief
ne' Yeoman

The marine ranks are likely able to be changed via appending <-Hom> for "minor", and <-'a'> for "First or Master". A private would thus be something like <ghuv'a'> or <DaHom>.

Military Ranks - Officer Personnel
Navy Equiv
lagh Ensign
SoghHom SubLieutenant
Sogh Lieutenant
la'Hom Lt. Commander
la' Commander
HoD Captain
HoD'a' Fleet Captain
totlh Commodore
'ajHom Rear Admiral
'aj Admiral
aj'buS Thought Admiral
la'quv Fleet Admiral

I don't have more info about the ground ranks. It is likely that the navy ranks are used from Sogh to la'Hom for the lieutenants, and the ones from la' to HoD'a' for the major/colonel types. Any more info on that would be appreciated.

Military Ranks - Miscellaneous Ranks
Intelligence/Security Ratings Diplomatic Ranks
Officers Navy from lagh to HoD) jojlu' Consul
'avwI' ra'wI' Cmdr of the Guard Duy Emissary
Miscellanous Duy'a' Ambassador
boQwI' Assistant Duy'a'pIn Head Ambassador
bIghHa''pIn' Head Warden Civilian Ranks & Titles
boQwI' Assistant rewbe' Citizen
tejbuS Thought Master (Master Professor) DevqorDu' Line Leader
chamwI' Specialist loHwI' Administrator
Academy yejwI' Council Member
la''a' Commandant vengpInHom Vice Mayor
la''a'Hom Vice-Commandant vengpIn Mayor
ghojmoHwI''a' Senior Professor qumwI'Hom Vice-Governor
ghojmoHwI' Professor qumwI' Governor
ghojmoHwI'Hom Junior Professor Qang Chancellor
voDleH Emperor


This section gives a rather complete summary of Klingon ships and ship classes known in the Trek universe.

There are two acronyms for Klingon ships:

  • IKC - Imperial Klingon Cruiser
  • IKS - Imperial Klingon Ship

Only the ships which occurred up to canon date or slightly later are mentioned here.


B'rel Class (ST Encyclopedia)

  • <Unnamed> / HMS Bounty
    • Scout Class
      • Captain Kruge
      • Admiral James T. Kirk
        • Crash-landed in San Fransisco Bay, Earth
          • ST III:TSFS
  • <Unnamed>
    • Captain Klaa
      • ST V:TFF
  • <Unnamed>
    • Advance Scout
      • TNG "Yesterday's Enterprise"

D7 Class (ST Encyclopedia)

  • I.K.S. Groth
    • Battle cruiser
      • Captain Koloth
        • TOS "The Trouble With Tribbles"
          • Ship name identified VOY "Trials and Tribble-ations".
  • <Unnamed>
    • Captain Kang
      • TOS "The Day of the Dove"
  • <Unnamed>
    • TOS "Elaan of Troyius"
  • <Unnamed>
    • Commander Kor
      • TOS "Errand of Mercy"

D12 Class

D12 class looks like B'rel class

  • <Unnamed>
    • Commanded by Lursa and B'Etor
      • Destroyed by USS Enterprise, NCC-1701-D, over Veridian III
        • ST:G

K'T'inga Class (ST Encyclopedia)

  • IKC Amar
    • Destroyed by V'ger
      • ST:TMP
  • IKC T'Acog
    • Cruiser
      • Destroyed by renegade Klingons
        • ST Encyclopedia, TNG "Heart of Glory"
  • IKC T'Ong
    • Captain K'Temoc
      • Found after extended dormancy
        • TNG "The Emissary"
  • Qo'nos One
    • Battle Cruiser
      • Chancellor Gorkon
        • ST Encyclopedia, ST VI:TUC
  • <Unnamed> [ 2 ]
    • Destroyed by V'ger
      • ST:TMP
  • <Unnamed> [ 3 ]
    • Simulation
      • ST II:TWOK

K'Vort Class

  • IKC Pagh
    • Cruiser
      • Captain Kargan
      • Commander William Riker (temporary)
        • ST Encyclopedia, TNG "A Matter of Honor"
  • <Unnamed>
    • Destroyed in battle with USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D
      • TNG "Yesterday's Enterprise"
  • <Unnamed> [ 2 ]
    • TNG "Yesterday's Enterprise"

Toron Class - Shuttlecraft

  • (OMNIPEDIA) <Unnamed>
    • Captain Koral
      • TNG "Gambit, Part II"

Vor'cha Class

  • IKC Bortas
    • TNG "The Defector"
      • Captain Gowron
        • TNG "Redemption"
  • IKS Drovana
    • Massive hull breach from cloaked mine
      • DS9 "Sons of Mogh"
  • IKC Maht-H'a
    • ST Encyclopedia, TNG "The Chase"
  • Qu'vat
    • Commander Morag
      • ST Encyclopedia, TNG "Aquiel"
  • <Unnamed>
    • Captain K'mpec
      • TNG "Reunion"
  • <Unnamed>
    • TNG "The Mind's Eye"
  • <Unnamed>
    • Governer Torak
      • TNG "Aquiel"

BOP - Bird of Prey type Ships

  • IKC Buruk
    • Captain Gowron
      • TNG "Reunion"
  • Hegh'ta
    • Captain Kurn
      • TNG "Redemption"
  • IKC Vorn
    • Captain Duras
      • TNG "Reunion"
  • <Unnamed> [ 2 ]
    • Warship
      • TNG "The Defector"
  • <Unnamed> [ 2 ]
    • TNG "The Mind's Eye"
  • <Unnamed>
    • Destroyed by IKC Bortas
      • TNG "Redemption"
  • <Unnamed>
    • TNG "Redemption"
  • <Unnamed> [ 2 ]
    • Destroyed in battle with the Hegh'ta
      • TNG "Redemption II"
  • <Unnamed>
    • Prototype vessel
      • General Chang
        • Destroyed by USS Enterprise and USS Excelsior
          • ST VI:TUC

Other - None of the above

  • Negh'Var
    • Flagship
      • (same design as seen in TNG "All Good Things…")
        • General Martok with Chancellor Gowron
          • OMNIPEDIA, DS9 "The Way of the Warrior"
  • IKC Prang
    • Crusier
      • TNG "The Emissary"
  • <Unnamed>
    • Cruiser
      • TNG "The Royale"<Unnamed> [ 2 ]
  • <Unnamed> [ 2 ]
    • (25 yrs after Stardate 47988)
      • Negh'Var design
        • One destroyed by USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D [ Refit ]
          • TNG "All Good Things…"


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