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The Fall of Kang

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"The Fall of Kang" was an epic poem written by the Klingon poet G'trok.

A quote from the poem read:

"So honor the valiant who die 'neath your sword...
But pity the warrior who slays all his foes."

"The Fall of Kang" was a required reading at Starfleet Academy. Noted Federation scientist Gideon Seyetik was quite fond of this poem, noting that despite being a little obvious, the underlying message was true nonetheless.

In 2370, during his self-proclaimed "crowning achievement," moments before igniting Epsilon 119 via shuttlepod-suicide, Seyetik quoted "The Fall of Kang", stating "You're looking at one warrior who refuses to be pitied." (DS9: "Second Sight")

It was the original intention of this poem to refer to the legendary Dahar Master Kang, from TOS: "Day of the Dove". However, unknown to the writers of "Second Sight," plans were in the works to bring Kang back for the episode "Blood Oath", which established a contradiction. It becomes conceivable, however, that the modern Kang was named after the epic figure - this interpretation is indirectly supported in ENT: "Judgment", as the "Koloth" cited during Archer's trial is obviously not the one who appeared alongside Kang in "Blood Oath".
While Kang was spared the fate told in the poem, DS9: "Once More Unto the Breach" showed his friend Kor seemingly doomed to this fate, before making the most of one final opportunity and going to a glorious death.

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