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Worf undergoes his Second Rite of Ascension

The Rite of Ascension was a ritual performed when a Klingon child who had reached the Age of Inclusion symbolically became a warrior. This ritual used kor'tova candles to represent the fire burning in the heart of a warrior, and when the Klingon child lit the candle, it signified their lighting the fire in their hearts. It was required to be followed by the Second Rite of Ascension in less than ten years in order for the Klingon to fully become a warrior. The rite involved the repeated use of painstiks to test the warrior's endurance and resolve. (TNG: "Firstborn")

Worf underwent his Second Rite of Ascension in 2365. (TNG: "The Icarus Factor")

In late 2365, a holoprogram available to crewmembers of the USS Enterprise-D was "Klingon Rite of Ascension Chamber". The program, with a code list number of 02-556, was listed in the exercise menu. (TNG: "The Emissary", okudagram)

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