Kruge on the surface of the Genesis Planet.
|Marital Status:||single (in a relationship with Valkris)|
|Occupation:||Officer, Klingon Defense Force|
|Previous Assignment:||Gunner, IKS Kut'luch|
|Final Assignment:||CO, IKS B'rel (IKC-9200)|
As of 2246, Kruge served as gunner aboard the IKS Kut'luch, a D6-class battle cruiser, under the command of Commander Kor. In October 2246, Kruge was serving as gunner on the bridge when Kor launched an attack against the USS Enterprise to prevent their entering the Tarsus system. Although Kruge was able to inflict damage on the Enterprise, the Federation starship was able to launch a stronger attack against the Kut'luch and disabled the vessel. When Kor ordered the Kut'luch to withdraw, Kruge began to question his captain's orders, but later stood down. However, Kor believed that Kruge would one day challenge him. (TOS - Enterprise Logs short story: "Though Hell Should Bar the Way")
In 2265, Lieutenant Kruge participated in an action involving the recapturing of the USS Enterprise from a group of renegade, genetically-enhanced Klingon warriors, who sought to overthrow the then-reigning Klingon Emperor Grannoch by using the Enterprise's weapons capabilities. Assisted by Commander Kang and the IKS Doj, in addition to Captain James T. Kirk, the effort was successful. (TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Enterprise)
He was later reassigned to the IKS Kad'nra, under the command of Captain Vheled, as second officer. After the deaths of Vheled and his first officer, Kruge took charge of the ship. (TOS novel: Faces of Fire)
By the mid-2280s, Kruge had risen to command a B'rel-class bird-of-prey, with about 12 officers and crewmen under his command. In 2285, after obtaining information about the Genesis Device from the freighter Merchantman, Kruge took his ship and crew to the Genesis Planet in a rogue operation aimed at stealing the secrets and technology of the Genesis Device (or Genesis Torpedo; as he called it). Upon entering orbit, Kruge ordered an attack on the Oberth-class science vessel, USS Grissom. Kruge intended to only disable the Grissom, but the attack destroyed the ship, killing the entire crew. Furious, Kruge pulled out his disruptor and killed the officer at the weapons station. Torg then discovered Lieutenant Saavik and Doctor David Marcus alive on the surface.
Kruge sent a landing party down to the surface to find the survivors in the hopes that they would have the secrets of Genesis-a weapon of "ultimate power." When the Klingons found them, they discovered that they had a Vulcan teenager with them, who was actually the regenerating Captain Spock. Meanwhile, the Enterprise under the command of Admiral James T. Kirk entered orbit and the Bird-of-Prey and the Enterprise fought in a brief, inconclusive battle. In order to prove his sincerity to gain the Genesis Device, Kruge ordered his guards to kill one of the prisoners on the surface. The Klingon guard decided initially to kill Saavik, but David Marcus rushed the guard and was killed.
On the surface of the Genesis planet, Kruge tried to thwart Kirk's attempts to secure the body of Spock and tried to bargain Spock's revived body for the Genesis technology. As the Genesis planet began to break up, Kirk engaged Kruge in hand-to-hand combat. The two combatants found themselves on a precipice overlooking a lake of molten lava, the ground gave way beneath Kruge, and he ended up clinging to the edge of the cliff. Kirk offered to rescue him, but Kruge was determined to take Kirk with him to a fiery death below, and attempted to pull Kirk over the edge of the cliff. Enraged and exasperated, Kirk kicked Kruge into the sea of lava. This image, however haunted Kirk in the years ahead. His nightmares took him back to that place. First, with seeing Khan Noonien Singh, then David Marcus and finally himself (along with Enterprise) crashing into the molten sea. (TOS movie: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; TOS comic: "Debt of Honor")
Though he was dead, the House of Kruge was still active by the mid-24th century. One of his descendants was K'Nera, who sought to avenge his illustrious ancestor by claiming the same power that Kruge did; namely the data on Project Genesis. At some point after 2373, he allied himself with a Maquis cell and helped raid a Starfleet facility where the information was supposedly declassified. After claiming it, he murdered the Maquis involved and attempted to use the power of Genesis to make his house dominant in the Klingon Empire. However, he was stopped and his vessel was destroyed by Maquis Ro Laren and Starfleet officer William T. Riker of the USS Enterprise-E. (TNG comic: "The Enemy of My Enemy")
|IKS B'rel/IKS Qel'poH personnel|
| Klingon Empire, Klingon Defense Force|
as IKS B'rel or IKS Qel'poH
|Kruge • Maltz • Torg • unnamed Klingons (gunners, sergeant, etc.)|
| Federation, Starfleet|
commandeered as HMS Bounty
|Pavel Chekov • James T. Kirk • Konom • Leonard McCoy • Saavik • Montgomery Scott • Spock • Hikaru Sulu • Nyota Uhura|
| Terran Empire, Starfleet|
temporarily commandeered as HMS Bounty
|Pavel Chekov • Spock • Hikaru Sulu|