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Order of the Bat'leth

The Order of the Bat'leth

The Order of the Bat'leth is an exclusive Klingon group, a status awarded to warriors who have distinguished themselves in battle. It is considered one of the highest honors a Klingon can receive, with perhaps only the Order of Kahless outranking it in prestige. Every year, the chancellor inducts new members into the Order in a ceremony at the Hall of Warriors on Ty'Gokor. Drunken celebrations are held for a full day before the induction itself, which is part of the ceremony as an endurance test.

In 2373, the inductees included H'ta, son of Kahmar, T'vis, son of Barot, and Huss, daughter of A'trom. Benjamin Sisko was also added to the inductee list as Jodmos, son of Kobor, as part of an undercover operation to expose a changeling in the Klingon leadership. (DS9: "Apocalypse Rising")

In the Star Trek: IKS Gorkon novel series, Klag is inducted into the order in 2376. Worf also becomes a member of the Order of the Bat'leth, a plot point which is revisited in the Star Trek: A Time to... series. Within the novels, a deeper history is provided for the Order as being founded by the Lady Lukara to preserve Kahless's vision of honor for the Klingon Empire in the future by upholding agreements and preventing dishonorable actions from staining the Klingon race. The Order abandoned this practice for sometime before being reactivated by Chancellor Martok.

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