Life Span: 150 years
Warp capable: Yes, 930 AD
Environmental requirements: M class
Telepathic abilities: None
Federation Status: Allied
Affiliation: Klingon Empire
First Encountered: Encountered by the USS Enterprise (TOS: Errand of Mercy). First encounter on Earth in Broken Bow, Oklahoma (ENT: Broken Bow)
Blood Coloration: red or pink
Distinctive Features: Forehead ridges
Known members: Worf, B’Elanna Torres (half), Kor, Gorkon, Gowron, Duras sisters, Alexander Rozhenko…many to mention all here.
One of the major powers of the galaxy, the Klingons were a proud, tradition-bound people who valued honor and combat. The aggressive Klingon culture had made them an interstellar military power to be respected and feared.
Once at war with the Federation Klingons are now close allies. A few Klingons like Worf and Belanna Torres serve on board federation ships.
Klingon culture was shaped by centuries of tradition. Most of the basics of their society were laid out by Kahless the Unforgettable during the forging of the First Empire.
The Code of Kahless consisted of basic rules to limit combat to a contest between equals. It ensured Klingons remained true to their word, that they would not intentionally target non-combatants, or declared neutral parties, and that they would attack openly, and not hide behind poisons or assassins.
Klingon society functioned through a system of family reputation and honor. Tradition was an integral part of their lives and breaking from observances was considered a grievous insult to society, an insult not forgotten easily. An offense usually brought shame to the offender’s name for several generations. The highest shame was discommendation, an action by the High Council to officially strip a Klingon of his personal or family honor.
When a Klingon died, the spirit was considered to have exited the body, leaving behind a worthless shell to be disposed of. In the Klingon death ritual, it was traditional for those on hand to howl into the sky, as a warning to the afterlife that a Klingon warrior was about to arrive. Those who died honorably supposedly went to Sto-vo-kor, where Kahless was said to await them.
The dishonored, however, were banished forever to the fire and icy wastes of Gre’thor, a barren wasteland guarded by the great Fek’lhr beast, the Klingon devil. Once a Klingon arrived in the underworld, they would board the Barge of the Dead, where Kortar, the first Klingon, would set sail for Gre’thor.
Klingon society was based on a feudal system organized around traditional Great Houses of noble lineage, to which various parts of the population owed fealty. The Great Houses are traditionally represented in the Klingon High Council, which is led by a Chancellor.
Known Klingon Great Houses: House of Antaak, House of D’Ghor, House of Duras, House of Grilka, House of Konjah, House of Kor, House of Martok, House of Mo’Kai, House of Mogh, House of Noggra