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Introduction (blurb)Edit

200 YEARS AGO: The expanding Klingon Empire found a frozen world rich in deposits of the mineral topaline. They named the planet taD -- Klingon for "frozen" -- and they called the people jeghpu'wI' -- conquered.

FOUR YEARS AGO: The Klingon Empire invaded Cardassia, breaching the Khitomer Accords and causing a break with the Federation. On taD, depleted Klingon forces were overthrown in a small coup d'état, and the victorious rebels took advantage of the disruption to appeal for recognition from the Federation.

NOW: The Klingons have returned to taD and re-established their control. But the stubborn rebels insist on Federation recognition. A solution to the diplomatic impasse must be found, a task that falls to the Federation's new ambassador to the Klingon Empire -- Worf.

Worf thinks of himself as a fighter, not a negotiator, but the Federation disagrees. Now, for the sake of the Federation and the Empire, a Klingon warrior must weave a fragile peace out of a situation ripe for war!

SummaryEdit

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ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Jeremy AsterB'ElathB'OraqBeverly CrusherDataDrexem'Rlakunge'TvronaGoranGrulZak KebronKegren, son of PersKilnKlagKoriKrevorKurakGeordi La ForgeLarokLeskitM'Repma'FrnatsMartokMark McHenryme'Grmat XIX (formerly te'Osbron) • MorkethJean-Luc Picardre'TrenatWilliam T. RikerRodek, son of NoggraSoletaT'LatrekTakusTiralToqVallWorfGiancarlo Wu
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AktuhMarla AsterAzetbur, daughter of GorkonJulian BashirCh'TarghEzri DaxJadzia DaxRobert DeSotoDuras, son of Ja'rodDavid Glasgow FarragutGowronK'EhleyrK'mpecKahless the UnforgettableKahless IIKalaxKargan, son of TalakKorKrimLornakLukaraM'Raq, son of K'TonMarrame'Grmatme'Grmat VIme'Grmat XVIIIMelotaOdanOdoPersReygaKyle RikerWilliam RossAlexander RozhenkoHelena RozhenkoNikolai RozhenkoSergey RozhenkoShakaar EdonBenjamin SiskoDeanna TroiTasha Yar

Starships and vehiclesEdit

IKS AzetburIKS BarukUSS DefiantUSS EndeavourUSS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)USS ExcaliburIKS GelkGlioneIKS GorkonIKS GowronIKS Hegh'taIKS K'LanIKS K'mpecIKS K'mqarIKS LallekIKS Negh'VarIKS PaghIKS RotarranIKS SompekIKS Sword of KahlessZabag

LocationsEdit

Allicar sectorBak'uBetazedBronxCardassiaCarraya IVDeep Space 9DralnokGoqlath CastleGre'thorhe'Vant MountainsHuDyuQKhitomerKol'VatKoosbaneKorvad systemMarcan VNarendra IIIOrganiaQo'noSRura PentheStarbase 10Sto-Vo-KortaD (formerly al'Hmat) • Ty'GokorVacca VIWoodlawn Cemetery
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Qam-Chee

Races and culturesEdit

al'HmattiAndorianArgosianBoraalanBorgBreenBrikarCapellanChalnothFerengiJem'HadarKreelmugatoNausicaanQRomulanTamarianVortaYridian
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Koosbane native

States and organizationsEdit

Federation CouncilHouse of K'TalHouse of PalkarKlingon Defense ForceKlingon High CouncilOrder of the Bat'lethRector InstituteScience InstituteStarfleetStarfleet AcademyUnited Federation of Planets

Science and technologyEdit

Element 604icemetaphasic shieldstarshipwarp coil

Ranks and titlesEdit

ambassadorassistant chief engineerbekkbodyguardcaptainchief engineeremperorengineerensignfirst officergovernorHero of Marcanjeghpu'wI'lieutenantmilitary governornursemaidrebelsecond officer

Other referencesEdit

archaeologyB'Arq's defenseBattle of HarOsBattle of Marcanbloodwinebok-rat liverbregit lung • "The Campaign at Kol'Vat" • cha'DIchchech'tluthcoup d'etatDominion WargaghGeneral Koord Medal of HonorghojmoHwI'gladstglob flygrapok saucegrishnar catkevaKhitomer MassacreKilog's gambitkrada legslingtaLubbockian slime devilmatzoh ball soupMauk-to'Vormek'lethmong'em maneuverpar'Machpipius clawpirogiplanetplastiformprune juiceR'uustairachtraktajinoramjeprokeg blood piesalineskull stewSpican flame gemswordSword of Kahlesstargtik'lethtopalinezilm'kach

Related storiesEdit

External linkEdit

Star Trek: Klingon Empire stories
Novels A Good Day to DieHonor BoundEnemy TerritoryA Burning House
Short stories "A Song Well Sung" • "loDnI'pu' vavpu' je" • "Family Matters"
Preceding stories Diplomatic Implausibility • "The Final Artifact"
published order
Previous novel:
Tooth and Claw
TNG numbered novels Next novel:
Maximum Warp
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Left Hand of Destiny, Book Two
Epilogue
Pocket Next Adventure:
Many Splendors
Epilogue
Previous Adventure:
Bluff
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)
Next Adventure:
Dead Zone
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2376.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
Forever Dark
2376
Epilogue
Next Adventure:
The Quiet Place