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The truth behind the legend of the Klingon Empire's greatest warrior.


Kahless the Unforgettable
For the last fifteen hundred years, the Klingons have revered him as the first Klingon emperor, the legendary warrior who united their people and taught them the meaning of honor. Myths and fables have grown around the memory of Kahless, but the truth of his incredible life has remained a mystery… until now.
A clone of the original Kahless now holds the title of emperor. He thinks he knows all there is to know about his mighty ancestor, until the discovery of an ancient scroll throws the ancient stories into doubt and threatens to tear the Klingon Empire apart. Surrounded by treachery and rumors of revolt, he can trust no one—except Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Lieutenant Worf of the USS Enterprise.
The ancient scroll reveals an unimagined past where a young Klingon warrior named Kahless risks everything to defy the tyrant Molor. At first Kahless wishes only to preserve his honor and the safety of his loved ones, but times and circumstances push the reluctant rebel leader toward a destiny greater than any he could have ever imagined…
The past collides with the present as the true story of the historical Kahless sparks a battle for control of the entire Klingon Empire. Yet even if Worf and Picard can prevent a civil war, the revelations contained in the scroll ensure that the Klingon Empire—and the rest of the galaxy—will never be the same.



Adjur, son of RestaghDataEdronhGodar, son of GudagGoradhGowron, son of M'RelKahless (clone)Kahless the UnforgettableKardemKelleinKorothKurn, son of MoghLomakhMajjas, son of EraghMolorMorathMuudaOlmaiJean-Luc PicardPorusRajuc, son of InaghRannufWilliam T. RikerAlexander RozhenkoShurinStarad, son of MolorTicharDeanna TroiUnarrh, son of UnagrothVathraqWorf, son of Mogh
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Najuk, son of NojOndagh, son of BograSpockT'lanak

Starships and vehicles

USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class explorer)


An'quatB'aajBorethChu'paq SeaDonar'ruqGreat HallKerret'raaKhitomerKurn's EstateM'riiahOgat AcademyOgatQo'noSSerra'notT'charivTolar'tuUhq'ra' Mountains
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Races and cultures

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States and organizations

Clerics of BorethKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireKlingon High CouncilStarfleetStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets

Science and classification


Ranks and titles

captainEmperor of the Klingon Empire

Other references

A'bindobat'lethd'k tahgGon'rai RebellionjinaqKrad'dakkraw'zaMicayahminn'horMiravian slime devilMuar'tek Festivalpherzaplanets'tarahkscrollTor'riftran'nuctreeVorch-doh-baghk, Kahlessyolok


Related media

TNG episode
"Rightful Heir" : The clone of Kahless is revealed to the Klingon peoples.


  • The audio adaptation by the author omits the "even chapters" of the novel that reveal the "true" events of Kahless' life. This means that the audiobook is only an adaptation of the framing story about the discovery of the scroll and the conspiracy surrounding it.



published order
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TNG unnumbered novels Next novel:
Ship of the Line
Previous novel:
The Soldiers of Fear
TNG novels Next novel:
Previous novel:
The Return
Star Trek hardcovers Next novel:
Previous novel:
Novels by:
Michael Jan Friedman
Next novel:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Chapter 12, Sections 6-8
Pocket Next Adventure:
Dujonian's Hoard
The Tale
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2371.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
The Romulan Way
Chapter 8
800 AD
Even Chapters
Next Adventure:
The Romulan Way
Chapter 10

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