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The Hegh'bat is a Klingon ceremony where the warrior commits ritual suicide. This is done with the help of the eldest son or the closest friend of the warrior. The secondary participant must bring a special knife, which the warrior uses to stab himself in the heart. The helper then removes the blade from the body and wipes its blood on himself, for the ritual to be completed. (TNG episode: "Ethics")

In one future timeline, Worf, son of Mogh assisted his son Alexander Rozhenko in performing the Hegh'bat. This was done because Toral had demanded Alexander's suicide, otherwise Toral would unleash a devastating wave of radiation which would kill Toral's hostages on Cygnus III. Alexander, assisted by Worf, committed the Hegh'bat as ordered; due to Alexander's sacrifice, Toral was subsequently found and captured. (TNG short story: "Staying the Course")

EtymologyEdit

Hegh'bat means "time to die". (ST reference: Celebrations)

The word is spelled Heghbat in romanized tlhIngan Hol. It may be etymologically related to the words Hegh ("death", or "to die") and batlh ("honor", or "honorably"). (Klingon cultural reference: The Klingon Way)

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