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!


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Jeremy AsterBeverly CrusherDataZak KebronGeordi La ForgeMark McHenryJean-Luc PicardWilliam RikerSoletaT'LatrekWorfGiancarlo Wu

IKS GorkonEdit

B'ElathB'OraqDrexGoranKegren, son of PersKlagKrevorKurakLeskitM'RepMartokMorkethRodekToqVall


em'Rlakunge'TvronaGrulKilnKoriLarokma'Frnatsme'Grmat XIX (formerly te'Osbron) • re'TrenatTakusTiral
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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 XVIIIMelotaOdanOdoReygaKyle RikerWilliam RossAlexander RozhenkoHelena RozhenkoNikolai RozhenkoSergey RozhenkoShakaar EdonBenjamin SiskoDeanna TroiTasha Yar

Starships and vehiclesEdit

GlioneIKS AzetburIKS BarukIKS GelkIKS GorkonIKS GowronIKS Hegh'taIKS K'LanIKS K'mpecIKS K'mqarIKS LallekIKS Negh'VarIKS PaghIKS RotarranIKS SompekIKS Sword of KahlessUSS DefiantUSS EndeavourUSS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)USS ExcaliburZabag


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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Races and culturesEdit


States and organizationsEdit

House of K'TalHouse of PalkarKlingon High CouncilRector InstituteScience InstituteStarfleet AcademyUnited Federation of Planets

Other referencesEdit

B'Arq's defenseBattle of HarOsBattle of Marcanbloodwinebok-rat liverbregit lung • "The Campaign at Kol'Vat" • cha'DIchchech'tluthDominion WarElement 604gaghGeneral Koord Medal of HonorghojmoHwI'gladstglob flygrapok saucegrishnar catHero of Marcanjeghpu'wI'kevaKhitomer MassacreKilog's gambitkrada legslingtaLubbockian slime devilmatzoh ball soupMauk-to'Vormek'lethmetaphasic shieldmong'em maneuverOrder of the Bat'lethpar'Machpipius clawpirogiplastiformprune juiceR'uustairachtraktajinoramjeprokeg blood pieskull 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
Pocket Next Adventure:
Many Splendors
Previous Adventure:
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
Next Adventure:
The Quiet Place

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