- For other uses, see Honor.
Honor is the concept of upholding ones beliefs and sense of what is the right thing to do.
History and specifics
Klingons put a high value on their reputation as honorable warriors. An honorable Klingon count on the support of other Klingons in times of need, while dishonorable Klingons are frequently the targets of attack or even ostracized. A Klingon with high Honor can persuade others to join him in a quest, ally with him politically or join him under his banner.
All Klingons live by a code, promulgated by Kahless the Unforgettable, that dictates the proper behavior for a warrior. Honor controls a Klingons aggressiveness, forcing them to work together, or at the least keeps them from devolving into perpetual chaos.
The following are examples of the codes of Honor that Klingons live by:
- A warrior does not cheat
- A warrior does not take prisoners.
- A warrior does not allow himself to be taken prisoner.
- A warrior proclaims himself loudly.
- A warrior does not use poison, or kill from behind.
- A warrior does not surrender.
- A warrior dies standing up.
- A warrior always keeps his word. - A warrior is always willing to ask questions to broaden his wisdom and knowledge. - A warrior sees no honour in attacking the weak. - A warrior has no - A warrior sees no shame in falling against a superior enemy. - A warrior may ask questions of his leader, but he still has the duty to follow him to the death. If he's said to run, he runs. If he's told to fight, he fights. If he's told to die, he dies.
The Klingons have particular respect for honor, and hold their lives to it. Most Klingons consider the Romulans dishonourable, Worf in particular had no fondness for Romulans, yet following the Battle of Bassen Rift he was not above noting "The Romulans fought with honor". (TNG movie: Star Trek Nemesis)
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