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House of T'Kuvma
House Information



Klingon Empire

The House of T'Kuvma, formerly known as House of Girjah, was one of the Great houses of the Klingon Empire in the 23rd century. However, the house did not have a seat on the Imperial High Council.


In the 23rd century, this family estate was known as the House of Girjah. (DSC - The Light of Kahless comic: "Issue 1")

Centuries before, the House's flagship was a large Sarcophagus-class battleship. (DSC - The Light of Kahless comic: "Issue 2")

The estate included a manor and a settlement and farmland of common people, surrounded by a low stone wall.

Around the early 22nd century, T'Kuvma's grandfather installed a invisibility shield aboard the flagship. However, the family's fortunes declined. The head of House Girjah sold land, and a new stone wall was drawn up around the manor. House Girjah no longer provided for the common people, and their village began to fall into ruin. The family's flagship was left grounded.

In the early 23rd century, when the family father passed away, T'Kuvma's uncle became head of the house. The immediate family included the father's eldest, J'Ula, and her four younger brothers. (DSC - The Light of Kahless comic: "Issue 1")

The planet Qu'Vat was the birthworld of J'Ula's mother. (STO - J'Ula's Discovery mission: "The Centre Cannot Hold")

Young J'Ula learned her family history and felt responsible for the common people House Girjah had abandoned. She provided them with livelihood by partnering with craftsmaker Khel to rebuild the Sarcophagus.

When the youngest brother, T'Kuvma, stumbled across the wreck in the forest, J'Ula advised him of her and Khel's efforts, and of her dream to use the ship to return the Klingon Empire to the path of Kahless the Unforgettable. She hoped to take the ship to Boreth and await the return of Kahless. T'Kuvma made his home on the ship and was trained in combat with Khel.

When the uncle wanted to send T'Kuvma into an apprenticeship, T'Kuvma's mention of Boreth convinced the uncle to send him to the Boreth Monastery to study instead. (DSC - The Light of Kahless comic: "Issue 1")

J'Ula, Khel and their people continued repairing the ship and outfitting it with improved technology, like engine and sensors. Meanwhile, T'Kuvma impressed the monks of Boreth. While T'Kuvma completed his training, J'Ula became disillusioned with her dream, and Khel suspected she would betray her people to secure her own fortune.

A letter was sent to Boreth when J'Ula agreed to marry D'Lor of House Mo'Kai. By that time, the House of Girjah was considered a lowly house. D'Lor planned the marriage as a step towards taking a seat on the Klingon High Council. T'Kuvma, now feeling beyond worldly concerns beyond the dictums of honor, wanted to stay at Boreth but was returned to Qo'noS at the monks' behest. J'Ula walked him to the Sarcophagus and brought her brother up to speed on Khel's progress with restoring the ship.

At the family dinner, D'Klor killed J'Ula's uncle and her three dim brothers. Their agreement was to remove every male hair to House Girjah. The child born of J'Ula's and D'Klor's union would thus become heir to both the House of Girjah and the House of Mo'Kai.

When T'Kuvma joined the party, D'Lor commanded him to bow. (DSC - The Light of Kahless comic: "Issue 2")

T'Kuvma refused. J'Ula asked to be left alone with her brother and they fought. T'Kuvma decided to leave House Girjah in J'Ula's control in exchange for his family's sarcophagi and the Sarcophagus.

T'Kuvma lived with Khel and the other commoners aboard the ship. After years of work, it was ready to launch. Their plan was to search for the mythical Beacon of Kahless and light it to unite the Klingon houses.

After a year, J'Ula had failed to provide D'Lor with an heir. When she gave birth to a boy with the "skin of chalk" (white-skinned), she had the child disposed of and told D'Lor it had been stillborn. D'Lor changed their arrangement and took over the House of Girjah from J'Ula, ending it.

Meanwhile, the Sarcophagus fought injustice in Klingon society and liberated slaves and other oppressed Klingons. Over time, this won T'Kuvma the adulation of the Imperial populace. Khel named T'Kuvma leader of his own house. (DSC - The Light of Kahless comic: "Issue 3")

D'Lor and J'Ula eventually earned their seats in the High Council, representing House Mo'Kai. During a debate with the Klingon chancellor, T'Kuvma's growing political power was tabled. When Kol, son of Kol-Sha, accused D'Lor of being powerless, as matriarchs were in charge of House Mo'Kai, and thus, J'Ula. Kol suggested to hunt T'Kuvma down, T'Kuvma walked into the Great Hall and confronted the accusations. He explained how the encroaching Federation was a growing threat. With popular opinion on T'Kuvma's side, Kol agreed to respond to the call if the Beacon of Kahless was found and lit.

This was T'Kuvma's final visit to Qo'noS. During this time, T'Kuvma accepted L'Rell of the House of Mo'Kai and the albino Voq into his house.

Unable to find the mythical beacon, Khel build one himself. After years of work, he presented the finished beacon to T'Kuvma. Early in 2256, the Sarcophagus returned to the Federation-Klingon border. (DSC - The Light of Kahless comic: "Issue 4")

They sabotaged a Federation communications relay at the binary stars. (DSC episode: "The Vulcan Hello")

When a Federation ship arrived to investigate, T'Kuvma ordered to light the beacon. (DSC - The Light of Kahless comic: "Issue 4")

The call was answered and each 24 of the Great Houses sent one ship. Starfleet dispatched reinforcements. T'Kuvma declared himself Kahless Reborn and that the Empire would be united under him. During the ensuing Battle of the Binary Stars on 11 May, 2256, the Klingons dealt a defeat to Starfleet, but T'Kuvma was killed and the Sarcophagus crippled. (DSC episode: "Battle at the Binary Stars")

Commander Kol assumed control of the fleet. (DSC episode: "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry")

Voq, who had been named Torchbearer by T'Kuvma before the battle, was left in command of the Sarcophagus. L'Rell began explaining the history of T'Kuvma and his house to help Voq become a better leader. (DSC - The Light of Kahless comic: "Issue 1")

In the first weeks after the battle, the last surviving member of House Girjah, J'Ula, stopped carrying any Girjah titles. She was now but a matriarch of House Mo'Kai, and commanded the Qugh-class dreadnought IKS Lukara. (STO - Age of Discovery mission: "Routine Maneuvers")

Around six months after the battle, supplies on the Sarcophagus were running low. In a daring move, L'Rell and Voq boarded the derelict USS Shenzhou to scavenge components from its warp core. By then, the separated neck section of the Sarcophagus had been repaired. With power restored, Commander Kol returned, claimed the Sarcophagus as his own. L'Rell tricked him into trusting her to ensure Voq's survival. As a member of House Mo'Kai, she decided to use her family's skills of subterfuge to spirit Voq away and into a new identity. (DSC episode: "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry")

When J'Ula and a House Mo'Kai fleet were temporally displaced from 2257 to 2409, she vowed to rebuild the disbanded House of Mo'Kai. Her origins in the House of Girjah remained in the past. (STO - Age of Discovery mission: "Downfall")

During the Klingon Civil War that commenced in the year 2411, at some point after stardate 84999.22[1], J'Ula allied with Tenavik of the Boreth Monastery. They cloned the body of L'Rell, former Klingon chancellor. (STO - Klingon Civil War mission: "Knowledge is Power")

Matriarch J'Ula and Martok, son of Urthog of the House of Martok ventured into Gre'thor and struck a deal with Fek'lhr, Lord of Gre'thor, to recover L'Rell's soul. L'Rell returned to the living, and Tenavik returned the IKS K't'inga, her flagship during her chancellery in 2257. While Boreth was under assault from the Fek'Ihri, L'Rell called from the K't'inga to other Klingons as a member of the House of T'Kuvma to join her and her allies in battle and defend Boreth. Klingon ships, some belonging to the Klingon Defense Force, arrived and helped the K't'inga, Martok's IKS Rotarran and Captain Adet'pa's IKS Kor repel the Fek'Ihri and destroy the Fe'rang-class dreadnought. Following the battle, L'Rell stepped down as commanding officer of the K't'inga and placed the ship under the command of J'Ula while she herself caught up on military lore of the intervening 15o years. L'Rell supported J'Ula's bid to depose Klingon Emperor J'mpok. (STO - Klingon Civil War mission: "Leap of Faith")

House members[]

  • unnamed grandfather
    • unnamed father and mother
    • uncle




Klingon Great Houses
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External link[]

House of T'Kuvma article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.

  1. STO - J'Ula's Discovery mission: "The Measure of Morality (Part 1)"