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Honor Bound is the second Star Trek: IKS Gorkon novel by Keith R.A. DeCandido, published by Pocket Books in 2003.


Beginning an all-new series of Klingon adventures!
The Order of the Bat'leth: founded after Kahless's ascension to Sto-Vo-Kor, the Order was tasked with rooting out dishonorable behavior and spreading the word of Kahless to the Klingon people. In the subsequent millennium, the Order has become more ceremonial, but now Chancellor Martok has called the Order back to its original function—to preserve the cause of honor.
Captain Klag of the IKS Gorkon—the newest inductee into the Order—has given his word to the Children of San-Tarah that the Klingon Empire will leave them in peace. But Klag's old rival General Talak has ordered him to go back on his word and aid Talak in conquering the San-Tarah's world. Now Klag must stand against his fellow Klingons—but will even his fellow members of the Order of the Bat'leth, not to mention his own crew, follow him into disobedience? Or will they betray him to Talak?
The crew of the Gorkon faces its greatest trial in a glorious adventure that will be remembered in song and story throughout the Empire!



IKS Gorkon personnel

AvokB'OraqB'YrakCh'drakG'jothGajGoranGrintKalloKlag, son of M'RaqKlarisKornanKurakLeskitLokorMarisMorrRodek, son of NoggraToqTrantVokWol (Eral, daughter of B'Etakk)
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IKS Kreltek personnel

HevnaTriak, son of H'RenVekma

IKS Vidd personnel


IKS K'mpec personnel

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Other Klingon characters

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B'AkkoDitaghDurasGanokGevnarGowronH'RenHelekaK'RatakK'TalKahless (clone)KahlessKahmarKarganKoradanKorothKravokhKylorLukaraM'RaqMakrosMolojMolorMorjodNakobNakriToralWorvagYovakYorchogh


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Other characters

Giancarlo Wu
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Jadzia DaxDevilK'EhleyrMalkus the MightyMartok (changeling)Jean-Luc PicardQWilliam T. RikerAlexander RozhenkoHelena RozhenkoSergey RozhenkoBenjamin Sisko

Starships and vehicles

IKS Akua (Vor'cha-class) • IKS Ch'marq (Birok-class) • IKS Gogam (Karas-class) • IKS Gorkon (Qang-class) • IKS Gro'kan (K'Vort-class) • IKS Jor (B'rel-class) • IKS K'mpec (Qang-class) • IKS Kalpak (Karas-class) • IKS Khich (B'rel-class) • IKS Kreltek (K'Vort-class) • IKS Nukmay (B'rel-class) • IKS Qovin (B'rel-class) • IKS Slivin (B'rel-class) • IKS Sword of Kahless (Negh'Var-class) • IKS Tagak (K'Vort-class) • IKS Taj (K'Vort-class) • IKS Vidd (Vakk-class) • IKS Vornar (Karas-class)
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USS AldrinBarge of the DeadUSS DefiantUSS Enterprise-DUSS Enterprise-EIKS Hegh'ta (Vakk-class) • USS Intrepid (Excelsior-class) • IKC Kri'stak (Vor'cha-class) • IKS Negh'VarIKS PaghIKS Ro'KronosIKS RotarranUSS T'Kumbra


BrenlekGaltranKavrot loSmaH SochKavrot sectorQo'noS (Federation Embassy on Qo'noS) • San-Tarah (Val-GoralVal-Terin)
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Avenal VIIBorethCambra IIICambra systemCardassiaDeep Space 9Chin'toka IXEarth (Ural Mountains) • GaultKhitomerMarcan VMempa VNarendra III • Qo'noS (Great Hall; Old Quarter, First City), Rura PentheSto-Vo-KortaDTy'Gokor

Races and cultures

Children of San-TarahKlingon
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States and organizations

15th Squad16th Squad17th Squad18th Squad19th Squad20th SquadHouse of K'TalHouse of M'RaqHouse of MartokHouse of PalkarHouse of RozajHouse of VarrinImperial IntelligenceKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireOrder of the Bat'lethRuling PackUnited Federation of Planets
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1st Squad3rd Squad7th Squad12th Squad21st Squad30th SquadDominionHouse of DurasHouse of VarnakNinersOfficer Exchange ProgramScience Institute on Mempa VStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Medical AcademyTholian Assembly

Ranks and titles

agentbekkbodyguardbridge officercaptainChancellor of the High Council of the Klingon Empirechiefchief aidechief of staffclericcommandercomposercouncilordiplomatdoctorEmperor of the Klingon EmpireengineerensignfarmerFederation Ambassador to the Klingon Empirefight leaderfirst officerfleet captaingeneralgIntaqgovernorgunnerjeghpu'wI'leaderlieutenantlieutenant commanderlieutenant junior gradenovelistnurseoperations officerpilotpoliticianQaS DevwI'quartermasterresearcherscientistsecond officersecurity chiefstrategic operations officerwarrior

Science and classification

airantimatterantimatter injectoralcoholarteryautopilotautopsyautosuturebiobedbloodbonecloaking deviceclonecommunicatorcomputerdata spikedeflector shielddisruptordisruptor arraydisruptor cannongravitic shiftgrenadefire controlfire extinguisherforcefieldhand scannerimpulse driveintermix chamberkellinitekoltaniummattermineminefieldpaddphoton torpedophysical lawplasma junctionprobeqelI'qamquantum torpedosalveshield generatorspacestructural integrity fieldsubspace carrier wavesubspace eddytactical gridtoothtransmittertransportertransporter blockerthrusteruridiumvacuumvIHbe'warp corewarp core breachwarp drivewaste extraction

Other references

236823732375Age of Ascensionarmoravalanchebaldricbaseballbat'lethbat'leth competitionbathroomBattle of CardassiaBattle of KamrossBattle of MarcanBattle of San-Tarahbloodwinebok-ratbolmaqbottlebunk • "Burning Hearts of Qo'noS" • cassockclothconferencecoup d'etatd'k tahgdiscommendationDominion WarDon't Speak • "The Dream of Fire" • drydockduty shiftexilefertilizerfirefirst contactflagflagshipGateways CrisisgauntletgIntaqglassglob flygrassGreat Housesgrishnar cathelmHoSpI'talhuntinghutjatyInKalmat's ManeuverKhitomer MassacrekitchenklongatknifeKlingon flaglogMauk-to'Vormedalmedallionmedikitmek'lethmok'baramol'tav qaghteylmountainmugngISofficer trainingpaperpaperworkpetaQpoliticsprison campQi'yaHQoSbowQu'vatlhqutluchrachtraktajinoramjepreportrocksan-reaksandshipyardswordtaknartal-lyntargtaverntik'lethtoDsaHtreetrigakursinevagh • "The Vision of Judgment" • volewajwamwardroomwarnog • "Warrior’s Anthem" • "Warriors of the Deep Winter" • yIntagh



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"


This novel is set in October of 2376 and begins eight and a half months after the final DS9 episode: "What You Leave Behind".
published order
Previous novel:
A Good Day to Die
Gorkon novels Next novel:
Enemy Territory
Previous story:
A Good Day to Die
Stories by:
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Next story:
The Ceremony of Innocence is Drowned
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Rising Son
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