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"Captain's log, Stardate 43685.2 As part of an
exchange programme, we're taking aboard a Klingon
officer to return the recent visit of Commander Riker to
the cruiser Pagh."
"Commander Kurn is ready for transport, Captain."
(a tall Klingon arrives, disrupter pistol hanging from
Picard: "Welcome aboard the Enterprise,
Commander. I'm Captain Picard. This is Commander William
Riker. He will be yielding the first officer's position
to you during your tour."
Kurn: "You are relieved. May I take my station,
Riker: "I thought that I might show you your
Kurn: "I am ready for duty, sir. I ask that I be
allowed to take my station."
Picard: "Very well. If you will accompany us to
"I am Kurn, commander rank, Klingon Defence Force. You
will address me as Commander or sir at all times. I am
fully aware of all Starfleet regulations and they will
be strictly adhered to by all personnel while I am in
command. It is my intention to bring a sense of
discipline that you may not be accustomed to. With your
permission, of course, Captain."
Picard: "Oh, by all means, Commander."
"I have studied all of your service records. Impressive.
We shall see if you live up to your reputations. Do you
wish to speak, Acting Ensign Wesley Crusher?"
Wesley: "No, sir, Commander, sir."
Kurn: "The crew awaits your orders, Captain."
Picard: "Then take us to the outer cometary
Kurn: "Set course one one four mark two three
zero, one third
Wesley: "Aye, sir."
Wesley: "Engaged. Increasing to one third impulse
"Mind if I join you?"
Wesley: "No, sir."
Riker: "Is there something wrong, Wes? Commander
Wesley: "He just doesn't seem to like me. I can't
do anything right for him. Every time I respond to an
order he jumps down my throat. I don't know what I'm
LaForge: "Yes, sir. It's our new first officer."
Riker: "I take it he found something wrong in
LaForge: "Just the entire section. He pulled a
surprise inspection in the middle of a maintenance
cycle! I tried to explain it to him..."
Riker: "But he wouldn't listen."
LaForge: "We're all going to be doing double
shifts down there
to ready for the next inspection."
Riker: "His style of command is just different.
Klingons believe in obedience and a strict formality of
LaForge: "Yeah, but this isn't a Klingon vessel.
He's going to have to loosen up, Commander."
Wesley: "It's not just us. He's been leaning into
everybody pretty hard, except..."
LaForge: "Except the one guy who wouldn't really
"Commander. Captain's mess?"
Riker: "Resume. Your knowledge of our systems and
procedures is very impressive, Sir. I would like to make
one suggestion, sir."
Kurn: "A suggestion?"
Riker: "When I served aboard the Pagh, the
hardest part for me was recognising and adapting to the
demands of the crew. They
an iron hand. I imagine it must be very difficult for
you to work with a crew that is so different. I would be
happy to guide you in that regard, if it would be
Kurn: "No, Commander. It wouldn't."
Riker: "This is not a Klingon ship, sir."
Kurn: "No, Commander, it is not. If it were a
Klingon ship, I would have killed you for offering your
is carving a roast turkey for the buffet)
Kurn: "How long has the bird been dead? It
appears to have been lying in the sun for quite some
LaForge: "It's not dead, it's been replicated.
You do understand that we cook most of our foods."
Kurn: "Ah, yes. I was told to prepare for that. I
shall try some of your burned replicated bird meat."
rips off a leg and plonks it on his plate)
Picard: "I have attempted to select a menu that
will allow you to sample a variety of dishes,
"Try some caviar."
Kurn: "The odour is not palatable. What is it?"
Data: "The unhatched eggs of a large scaleless..."
Picard: "Later, Data. A fish, Commander. A
delicacy from the
Sea on Earth It's a favourite of mine. Our replicator's
never done it justice, but I managed to store a few
cases for special occasions."
Kurn: "I am honoured, Captain."
(They all sit round the table)
Troi: "Are you adjusting to your new environment,
(Kurn starts eating. No one else is)
"I find the constraints a bit difficult to conform to.
Just a short while ago, I had to stop myself from
killing Commander Riker. I believe he was trying to
communicate the crew's sense of discomfort with my style
of command. Under different circumstances, I would
consider that a challenge to my authority."
Picard: "One of the aims of the exchange
programme, Commander, is for all of us to learn
tolerance. As for my crew, it
be healthy to shake up the status quo occasionally."
Riker: "The Commander certainly appears to have
the crew on its toes..."
LaForge: "And then some. No offence, sir."
Kurn: "None taken. I never kill anyone at the
supper table, Mister La Forge."
Crusher: "Don't you like it, Commander?"
"Our food has much more taste to it. While I'm sure this
is well prepared, it is far too bland for the stomach of
LaForge: "It seems to agree with Worf."
(Worf is at the door)
Worf: "Permission to speak freely, sir?"
Kurn: "For what purpose?"
Worf: "I have questions I wish to pose."
Kurn: "Are your quarters so
"They serve me."
Kurn: "This entire ship seems built on comfort,
relaxation, being at ease. It is not the ship of a
warrior, not the ship of a Klingon. You cannot ask these
questions within the boundaries of protocol?"
are of a personal nature, sir."
Kurn: "Permission granted. Pose your questions."
Worf: "I wish to know if I have given you
"I am not human. If you had given offence, you would not
need to ask."
Worf: "Perhaps I have not performed my duties to
Kurn: "I find you to be a capable Starfleet
officer. A credit to your ship."
Worf: "Yet you dishonour me at every opportunity.
"Have I? I did not know that being polite to a Starfleet
officer would bring dishonour on him."
Worf: "I am a Klingon."
Kurn: "Really? Perhaps your blood has thinned in
this environment. I simply don't want to hurt you."
(Worf throws a chair across the room in rage)
Kurn: "mev yap! So your blood is not so thin
"I am a Klingon! if you doubt it, a demonstration can be
Kurn: "That is the response of a Klingon. The
response I would expect from my older brother."
(collective gasps and a quick advert break)
Kurn: "I was barely a year old when you left for the
Khitomer Outpost. You, our mother and father were not
going to stay long. It
decided that I did not need to go. I was left to stay
with our father's friend, Lorgh, until you returned. You
Worf: "The Starfleet officer that rescued me was
told by the Klingon High Command that I had no living
Kurn: "They assumed that I was killed with the
family at Khitomer. Lorgh had no sons. He took me into
his family. It was not until I had reached the Age of
Ascension that I was told the truth."
"So you asked to serve aboard the Enterprise to watch
Kurn: "It was an excellent opportunity to see
what kind of Klingon you were, or if you were Klingon at
Worf: "Your deception offends me, brother."
Kurn: "It should. But it was required."
Worf: "To satisfy your curiosity."
Kurn: "No. Much more. You are the eldest son. The
Kurn: "The Klingon High Council has judged our
father a traitor to the Empire."
"What are the allegations, Worf?"
Worf: "My father is accused of aiding and
abetting the Romulan attack on the Khitomer outpost."
Picard: "The attack in which he himself was
killed? But why now, after twenty years?"
Worf: "I do not know, Captain. I will hear the
evidence when I arrive. The charge has been made by
Duras, the son of my father's
rival. Our family name will be disgraced for seven
generations. It is my responsibility to clear his name
or answer for his crimes."
Picard: "Answer for them?"
Worf: "The family of a Klingon warrior is
responsible for his actions and he is responsible for
theirs. If I fail in my challenge, I will be executed.
Will you grant my leave, Captain?"
"No. If I understand correctly, a Starfleet officer, a
respected member of my crew, could be accused of a
capital crime. Your actions in this matter will reflect
on this ship and on the Federation. Therefore, it seems
only appropriate that your captain should be at your
side while you make your challenge. I'm sure you would
do no less for me."
Picard: "We're changing course. Set
coordinates for the First City of the Klingon
is done by shouting here)
Worf: "I am Worf, son of Mogh. I have come to
challenge the lies that have been spoken of my father."
"Worf, son of Mogh, you have challenged the judgment of
the council. Are you prepared to answer for this if you
Worf: "Yes. With my life."
do you come before us, Commander?"
Kurn: "I am Kurn, son of Lorgh. I will stand by
Worf's side. I am cha'DIch."
(He is handed a ceremonial something)
"You claim a birthright you have forsaken?"
Worf: "I have not forsaken my heritage. I am
Klingon. My heart is of this world. My blood is as
Duras: "Yet you come to us wearing a child's
uniform, and you bring outsiders to our Great Hall."
Picard: "I am here at my own request. I am
Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Enterprise."
"Your words mean nothing here."
K'mpec: "Duras, let him speak."
Picard: "Lieutenant Worf has served under my
command with distinction. He has earned my admiration
and my respect. It is my greatest wish that this
Council, in its wisdom, will clear his family name and
return him to duty."
K'mpec: "The trust of a commanding officer is
has noted it. Speak the accusation."
Duras: "For many turns, the truth about Khitomer
has lain dormant. Unknown. Now the truth has been
revealed. The traitor Mogh sent the defence access codes
to the Romulan patrol ships, allowing them to destroy
the outpost. Thousands died on Khitomer. My father died
on Khitomer. Their deaths must be avenged. Your father
was a traitor. By posing this challenge, you
(Duras tears off Worf's baldric)
Duras: "You will not wear the emblems of our
people. You are a fool and your challenge can only
result in a fool's death."
Worf: "It is a good day to die, Duras, and the
day is not yet over."
K'mpec: "The council stands in recess. We will
return for the Mek'ba, when the evidence will be
a side colonnade)
K'mpec: "Worf. I would speak with you. Alone."
(Kurn leaves them and is handed a message by a woman. He
K'mpec: "You should not have brought the
challenge. There was no risk to you. What does it
Worf: "I am Klingon."
Of that I have no question. But your life in the
Federation would not be affected by this judgement."
Worf: "My father..."
K'mpec: "Is dead. He died long ago. I knew your
father, served with him. This is not how I wanted to
remember him. We must let the past be and protect what
we have now. If you leave before the Mek'ba, no shame
will come on you. Return to your ship. Go back
your life. The challenge will be forgotten."
Worf: "Why would you ask me
to lay aside the honour of my father, my family? Are
these the words of the council?"
K'mpec: "I will not be questioned by you! Leave,
now, or you too will be condemned as a traitor."
"I should have known. Worf was right. It is a good day
Duras: "The time has not yet come. It does not
have to come for many turns. I know who you are, Kurn.
Son of Mogh."
Duras: "It was a wise choice to hide your family
name. Do not err by embracing it again, for you only
"We will see."
Duras: "Worf has made a choice and he will die
for it. You can still be safe. Let him stand alone."
Kurn: "He is my brother. I will not betray him!"
Duras: "Then you will die for him."
(Duras leaves and a pair of assassins approach, one from
each end of the tunnel. Kurn fights well, but is finally
stabbed in the stomach)
"Commander, I have discovered the basis of the charges
against Worf's father. Apparently the Klingons recently
captured a Romulan ship with logs that provided new
information on the Khitomer attack. They clearly
indicate a transmission from the outpost to the Romulan
ship moments before the shields went down."
LaForge: "From Worf's father?"
"They do correspond to Mogh's personal security code."
Riker: "How can we be sure these records haven't
LaForge: "We can cross check them against the
Intrepid's sensor logs."
Data: "I will try, but the Intrepid was at the
edge of sensor range during the attack and we cannot be
sure if the scan was complete."
"Looks like a pretty good match-up, Data..."
Data: "Both the Intrepid and Romulan logs show a
series of distress signals from Khitomer."
Riker: "What happened there.
LaForge: "Those are gaps in the Intrepid's logs.
Missing information due to the range."
Data: "That is where Mogh's alleged transmission
"Right in the middle of the gap?"
LaForge: "Wait a second, Data. Back up. Just
before the Intrepid's gap begins, the timebase of both
files are in perfect sync. But look. Look at what
happens to the signal after the shields are dropped."
Data: "They are no longer synchronous."
LaForge: "Commander, somebody's been rewriting
"K'mpec urged me to drop my challenge, abandon my family
honour. It was impossible to believe I was hearing a
Picard: "Obviously, they did not expect and never
wanted this challenge. You're getting close to
something, Lieutenant. Something they care a great deal
Worf: "If it is true, it is not just Duras but
the High Council itself
is my enemy. Captain, I must choose another cha'DIch. I
would like your permission to ask one of the crew."
Picard: "Well of course, Lieutenant. Choose
whomever you wish."
Worf: "Then I would ask you to stand with me. You
may refuse with no dishonour."
Picard: "Thank you, Lieutenant. I appreciate the
gesture, but I know that there are stronger and younger
men from whom to
Worf: "I can think of no one I would rather have
at my side."
Picard: "jIlajneS. ghIj qet jaghmeyjaj. I
"My challenge will proceed. No threats, no treachery
will stop it. Not even a trap set for my cha'DIch by a
Duras: "I will not hear lies from the son of a
(Picard steps between Worf and Duras)
Duras: "Keep your place, Picard!"
Picard: "This is my place."
"He is now my cha'DIch."
Duras: "This is not your world, human. You do not
Picard: "I'm not here to command."
Duras: "Then you must be ready to fight.
Something that Starfleet doesn't teach you."
Picard: "You may test that assumption at your
"I've got something. Worf was not the only survivor of
the Khitomer massacre."
Riker: "Another child?"
Crusher: "No. A Klingon woman was found with Worf."
(She calls up the record on a monitor)
Riker: "Kahlest. Who was she?"
don't know, but the report said
was severely injured, was
transferred to Starbase twenty four for treatment. That
was when she was separated from Worf. And after her
recovery, she returned home."
Riker: "We've got to find her, if she's still
alive. Data, scan the Klingon central net. See if
there's any record of her."
(On the Klingon homeworld)
Duras: "The Romulans lowered the outpost shields
were given the defense access code! The record clearly
show the Romulan patrol ship receiving a personal
transmission from Mogh seconds before the shields fell."
Riker (Over Comm): "Riker to Captain Picard."
Picard: "Stand by."
Duras: "The Khitomer commander noted in his log
that Mogh had been acting suspiciously."
moves away to take his call privately)
Picard: "Go ahead, Number One."
Riker: "We've located another survivor of the
Khitomer massacre, Captain a woman who was found with
Worf. Her name is Kahlest. She resides in the Old
Quarter of the First City."
Picard: "Well done. Picard out."
Duras: "Another witness has testified that Mogh
often spoke of his
for the Romulans. Their culture. Their women. Mogh
betrayed us, and four thousand Klingons died on
Khitomer. Only the son of Mogh survived."
Picard: "K'mpec. May we have a short recess?"
(K'mpec gets up and walks out)
Picard: "Have you heard of a woman named
"She was my ghojmoK, my nurse."
Picard: "It is possible she was an eyewitness to
your father's activities on Khitomer."
Worf: "But she died in the attack."
Picard: "No, she survived. She's living in the
Old Quarter. I'm going to find her."
Worf: "It is too dangerous. You must not go
Picard: "Hey, I'm your cha'DIch."
wears a long robe and hood to disguise his race and
"What do you want?"
Picard: "Your help."
Picard: "You don't even know what I want."
"You are cha'Dich. I know."
Picard: "Then you also know that Worf's life is
Kahlest: "I cannot help. I am dead. A long time
Picard: "Were you with Worf's father just before
the attack on Khitomer?"
Kahlest: "No. My life ended on Khitomer. I served
a proud family, a strong house. All that is gone."
"Worf is not gone. The family you served needs you
Kahlest: "I cannot help."
Picard: "Was his father a traitor?"
Kahlest: "No. Mogh was loyal to the Emperor. Mogh
suspected someone of plotting with the Romulans and
followed them to Khitomer."
"Who? Who was the traitor?"
Kahlest: "I do not know."
Picard: "Then we have no way to prove Mogh's
innocence, and Worf will die as the son of a traitor."
Kahlest: "You must leave now, cha'DIch. I am
"The evidence is clear. I would ask that the judgment
stand. That Worf be condemned as the son of a traitor to
K'mpec: "Worf, son of Mogh, the judgement of..."
(Picard enters with Kahlest)
Picard: "The Mek'ba is not complete. I bring an
eyewitness to the
massacre, one who has new evidence, K'mpec."
Kahlest: "Mogh was innocent."
Duras: "What is it you think you know, old
Picard: "Do not answer. It is the rule of the
Mek'ba that evidence be presented in open council."
Duras: "She will die before she gives evidence."
"Be silent, Duras. Would you kill an old women to cover
Picard: "Yes. It is your dishonour we are
protecting here, isn't it, Duras?"
Duras: "I have no reluctance to kill you, human."
Picard: "Are you prepared to hear her evidence in
"Obviously, we would not. Kahlest, you can go now. It is
to see you again."
Kahlest: "You are still fat, K'mpec."
K'mpec: "I asked you to leave, to let this
challenge go unanswered, but you did not hear my words.
And now it's come to this."
Worf: "Why did you judge my father guilty when
you knew he was
K'mpec: "Someone had to be
blamed. The warriors who captured the Romulan ship had
learned of the treachery, but only the Council knew
whose security code had been transmitted. Ja'rod, father
Worf: "This ha'DIbaH should have been fed to the
K'mpec: "His family is powerful. If the truth
were known, it would
the Council, most certainly plunge us into civil war.
You were in Starfleet. We did not expect you to
challenge the judgment, nor did we know there was
another son of Mogh."
Picard: "Worf's challenge is successful. The
honour of his family must be restored."
do not understand. His challenge was defeated before he
ever made it. You will not be allowed to present this
The judgment stands. You will be condemned. So will your
brother. There is no other way now."
Picard: "You admit the truth and yet expect him
to accept punishment? What does this say of an Empire
who holds honour so dear?"
K'mpec: "The Empire will not be destroyed for one
Duras: "You have no say in this, cha'DIch!"
Picard: "I speak now as the Captain of the USS
Enterprise and Lieutenant Worf's commanding officer. You
will not execute a member of my crew, nor will I turn
his brother over to you."
K'mpec: "This is not the Federation, Picard. If
you defy an order of the High Council, the alliance with
the Federation could fall to
Picard: "The alliance with the Federation is not
based on lies, K'mpec! Protect your secrets if you must,
but you will not sacrifice these men."
Worf: "I will die for the Empire."
Worf: "The cha'DIch will be silent. Allow my
brother to return to his
Only you need know his true bloodline."
Duras: "Not acceptable. His honour would demand
Worf: "If you allow him to live, I will give you
something that will serve your purpose far more than my
death. I will accept discommendation."
Duras: "You would do this in open council?"
K'mpec: "It would be the same as admitting your
Worf: "So be it."
K'mpec: "Your heart is Klingon. It will be done.
What has been said here will never be spoken of again."
Worf: "You are the son of a traitor."
(Worf slaps Duras' face)
Worf: "Now I am ready."
"Why is he doing this? I was prepared to die."
Picard: "Worf wants you to live. The name of your
father must someday be cleared. He needs you alive with
your honour intact."
Kurn: "But to do this..."
Picard: There will be another day, Commander. Do
not forget what he does here today. Do not let your
Worf: "tlhIH ghIj jIHyoj."
(one by one, the Klingons cross their arms and turn
their backs on Worf)
Worf: "You must also, brother."
(Kurn turns his back, and Worf and Picard walk out of