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A Good Day to Die is the first Star Trek: IKS Gorkon novel by Keith R.A. DeCandido, published by Pocket Books in 2003. It centers around the Gorkon's encounter with the Children of San-Tarah.

Publisher's description[]

From the back cover

Beginning an all-new series of Klingon adventures!
These are the voyages of the Klingon Defense Force vessel IKS Gorkon, part of the mighty new Chancellor-class. Its mission: to explore strange new worlds... to seek out new life and new civilizations...
...and to conquer them for the greater glory of the Klingon Empire!
Newly inducted into the prestigious Order of the Bat'leth, Captain Klag, son of M'Raq, leads the crew of the Gorkon into the unexplored Kavrot sector to find new planets on which to plant the Klingon flag. There, they discover the Children of San-Tarah, a species with a warrior culture that rivals—and perhaps exceeds—the Klingons' own, living on a planet that would be a great addition to the Empire. Klag could call in General Talak's fleet to bring the world under the Klingons' heel—but the San-Tarah offer Klag a challenge he cannot refuse. The Gorkon crew and the San-Tarah will engage in several martial contests. If the Klingons lose, they will go and never trouble the planet again—but if they are victorious, the San-Tarah will cede themselves to the Empire, and Klag will have singlehandedly conquered an entire world!
The first tale in a glorious adventure that will be remembered in song and story throughout the Empire!

Summary[]

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References[]

Characters[]

IKS Gorkon personnel[]

B'OraqDavokG'jothGoranGrintK'NirKalKlagKarisKornanKoxxKrevorKurakLeknerfLeskitLokorMarisMokenMorkethMorrRodekToqTrantVokWol (aka Eral, daughter of B'Etakk)
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AvokB'ElathB'YrakGajH'NaKlorgaTerethVallVralk

Klingons[]

B'EdraDorrekGrakalHevnaMartokTalakWirrkWorf
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B'EtakkCh'granCh'lanDrexDurasEralGowronK'mpecK'TonKahless, son of KahlessKahless the UnforgettableKalpokKarganKerrKinaan the FoulKorKoradanKovikhKrantorKullLarraLorghLukaraM'RaqMakrosMolarNoggra

Children of San-Tarah[]

Bo-DennEl-YarEm-RanFe-RuvGa-TrorMe-LarrTe-RunUr-Gan
Referenced only 
Yi-Rak

Other characters[]

Referenced only 
Corat DamarJames T. KirkMalkus the MightyMartokJean-Luc PicardWilliam ShakespeareSpockTokath

Starships and vehicles[]

IKS Akua (Vor'cha-class) • IKS Gorkon (Qang-class) • IKS K'mpec (Qang-class) • K'vort-classKaras-classIKS MekbelSeylIng SIp
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IKS AzrakIKS B'MothBarge of the DeadUSS Defiant (Defiant-class) • USS Defiant (II) (Defiant-class) • IKS Ki'tangIKS KravokhIKS LallekNegh'Var-classIKS Ning'taoIKS NipakIKS PaghRomulan supply shipIKS RotarranshuttleIKS Taj

Locations[]

BrenlekKavrot sectorSan-Tarah (Great SeaPrime Village) • Ty'Gokor (Great HallHall of Warriors)
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Ajilon PrimeAllicar sectorAvenal VIIBajorBajoran wormholeBeta QuadrantBorethCardassiaCarraya IVCarraya sectorChin'toka systemDelta TriangleEarth (Hudson River) • Gamma QuadrantGre'thorHuDyuQKhitomerKlach D'Kel BraktKorma PassMarcan VMempa IXNarendra IIINramiaOrganiaOriasQuinorQo'noS (Ketha LowlandsKri'stak volcanoOld Quarter, First CityQam-CheeRiver of Tolnat) • Raknal VRura PentheshipyardSto-Vo-KortaD

Races and cultures[]

Children of San-TarahKlingonPheben
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Al'HmattiBorgBreenCardassianChangelingHumanHur'qJem'HadarKreelOrganianRomulanSon'aVortaVulcan

States and organizations[]

1st Squad2nd Squad4th Squad6th Squad7th Squad15th Squad20th Squad21st Squad60th SquadHouse of K'TalHouse of KazagHouse of LorghHouse of PalkarImperial IntelligenceKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilOrder of the Bat'lethRuling PackUnited Federation of Planets
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3rd Squad5th Squad8th Squad9th Squad10th Squad275th Squad300th SquadBreen ConfederacyDominionFoundersHouse of DurasHouse of JakviHouse of VarnakKnights TemplarRomulan Star EmpireRomulan Star EmpireScience Institute on Mempa VStarfleetStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Medical Academy

Ranks and titles[]

administratoradvocateArbiter of SuccessionbekkcaptainChancellor of the High Council of the Klingon Empirechief engineerchief medical officerchief of staffcommandercomposerDahar MasterdoctorengineerensignFederation Ambassador to the Klingon Empirefight leaderfirst officergeneralgovernorguardgunnerhunterjeghpu'wI'leaderlieutenantmessengernursepack masterphysicianpilotplaywrightprisonerpsychologistQaS DevwI'qownSlorquartermasterrunnersecond officersecurity chiefsorcerertransporter operatorwarrior

Science and technology[]

antimatter injectorapogeeatmospherebinary starbiobedbloodbraincameracloaking devicecommunicationscommunications relaycommunicatordata spikedehydrationdilithiumelectromagnetismeyefarminggangrenehand scannerholodeckimpulse driveinfectionintrashipkellinitekoltaniummemorymemory therapynavigational shieldpaddqelIqamquasarreplicatorsensorstabilizerstomachstructural integrity fieldsubspace anomalysubspace eddytelepathytentacletransporterturboliftuniversal translatoruridiumwarp fieldwarp speedwaste extractionzenith

Weapons[]

bat'lethd'k tahgdisruptorgIntaqKlingon disruptor pistolmek'lethquantum torpedoqutluchsubspace weaponswordtal-lyntik'leth

Other references[]

236923722375adanjiAge of Ascensionamphitheateranlokarmoryartifactbarrelbase campbat'lethbattle drillThe Battle of Gal-MokBattle of Klach D'Kel BrachtBattle of MarcanBattle of Mempa IXBattle of NramiaBattle of Quinorbeltbinocularsbloodwinebokrat liverbunkThe Campaign at Kol'VatCapture the Flagcassockcavechech'tluthchera-makcloaking controlcommand chaircoup d'etatdaisdefend the troughdiscommendationDominion Wardrumduelduffleduty shiftel-marEnglish languagefeastfireFirst Battle of Chin'tokagaghglob flygrapok sauceGreat Huntgrishnarhabnaghheart of targhornhuntinghuticiclejatyInK'reetka vintnerKhitomer MassacrekitchenKlingon Civil WarKlingon operalampMahk JchiMauk-to'Vormedical degreemess hallmevakmok'baramountainmugnovelpipius clawplankpoempouchpre-industrial civilizationprison campQi'yaHQu'vatlhR'uustairaktajinoramjeprebellionRiver of Bloodrockrokeg blood pie san-cherasan-goralsan-reaksan-rellikSecond Battle of Chin'tokaSo'HIpsongsplintThe Starfleet Survival GuideSword of Kahlesstaknar gizzardtechnical journaltoDsaHtreevalleywaterwater bottlewoodzilm'kach

Appendices[]

Related stories[]

Star Trek: Klingon Empire stories
Novels A Good Day to DieHonor BoundEnemy TerritoryA Burning House
Short stories "A Song Well Sung" • "loDnI'pu' vavpu' je" • "Family Matters"
Preceding stories Diplomatic Implausibility • "The Final Artifact"

Timeline[]

This novel runs from July to October of 2376 and begins six months after the final DS9 episode: "What You Leave Behind".

published order
Previous novel:
First in series
Klingon Empire novels Next novel:
Honor Bound
Previous novel:
The Art of the Impossible
Novels by:
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Next novel:
A Time for War, A Time for Peace
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Twilight
Part Two
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
Twilight
Parts Three and Four
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2376.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
Cathedral
2376
Chapters 5-13
Next Adventure:
Rising Son
Chapters 11-14


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