At age five, Klag came in first place in a Young Warriors Bat'leth Tournament, just ahead of his brother. The following year, Klag placed second and Dorrek first.
As a youth, he was in a relationship with a girl named B'Ursana. The two would sneak away from home to make love and lie naked under the stars. (GKN - Tales of the Dominion War short story: "A Song Well Sung")
In 2360, Klag's father was presumed killed in a conflict with the Romulans, and Klag became head of the House of M'Raq. However, M'Raq had been taken alive by the Romulans, and was held prisoner until 2365, when he returned to Qo'noS. M'Raq refused to talk about his time in captivity, and refused to try to reclaim his lost honor. Because of this, Klag forbade Dorrek to see M'Raq. Dorrek ignored Klag's wishes, creating a rift between the two of them. (TNG episode: "A Matter of Honor"; GKN novels: A Good Day to Die, Honor Bound)
The Defense Force
By 2365, Klag was serving as first officer on the K'vort-class vessel, IKS Pagh under Captain Kargan, when he first met Starfleet officer William T. Riker during a brief officer exchange program. Riker earned Klag's respect when Klag decided to challenge Riker's authority as first officer, and Riker responded by fighting for his position on board the Pagh. (TNG episode: "A Matter of Honor"; WizKids module: Attack Wing)
Klag is later implicitly recognized for having uttered the phrase to Riker "Gagh is always best when served live," when Jean-Luc Picard remarked to K'Vada "I've been looking forward to Gagh – very fresh," referring to the culinary controversy over the precise freshness of the dish most preferred by the Klingon palate. (TNG episode: "Unification")
Klag served under Kargan on the Pagh for over ten years. Kargan, a member of the House of K'Tal with more political connections than command ability, rose to much acclaim in the Empire as a result of Klag's skills. Klag knew enough of Kargan's connections to never dare to move against him.
In late 2375, during the latter days of the Dominion War, the Pagh found itself in battle with Jem'Hadar forces above the world of Marcan V. The Pagh crashed onto the planet's surface, and Klag was the only survivor, although he did lose his right arm in the crash. With only a mek'leth, and suffering from extreme blood loss, Klag single-handedly defeated a force of seven Jem'Hadar warriors. (TNG novel: Diplomatic Implausibility)
Klag's first assignment following the Gorkon's shakedown cruise in late 2375 was to escort the new Federation Ambassador to the Klingon Empire, Ambassador Worf, to investigate a dispute on the planet taD. At first, Klag believed Worf to be like Kargan, a political appointee with no real skill. Over the course of the mission, he came to respect Worf.
It was during this mission that Klag learned of the death of his father. Compromising with the wishes of his chief medical officer, B'Oraq (who urged her captain to utilize a prosthetic arm), Klag decided that he could regain his father's lost honor by grafting his father's arm onto his own shoulder. Although the transplant procedure proved successful, many in the Empire found it to be distasteful, including Dorrek. (TNG novel: Diplomatic Implausibility)
Klag and the Gorkon were peripherally involved in the Klingon response to the attack by a rogue Jem'Hadar vessel at starbase Deep Space 9 in April, 2376. Klag, along side Captain R'taga represented the Klingon interests at a briefing held by the allied forces on Deep Space 9 following the incident. (DS9 novel: Avatar, Book Two) The following month he was also caught up in the events of the Iconian Gateways crisis. (DS9 novel: Demons of Air and Darkness)
Klag and the Federation starship, the USS Enterprise-E, teamed up to successfully defeat the menace of Malkus the Mighty when the ancient tyrant re-surfaced on the planet Narendra III. (TNG - The Brave and the Bold, Book Two novella: The Final Artifact)
Soon after, Klag was inducted into the Klingon Order of the Bat'leth by Chancellor Martok himself. Martok expressed a desire to restore the order to its original purpose -- to ensure that the honorable teachings of Kahless were upheld by the Empire's warriors.
Klag was forced to call in the Order soon after, when a superior officer ordered him to ignore an honorable agreement made with the people of the planet San-Tarah during the Gorkon's expansionary mission into the Kavrot sector. (GKN novel: A Good Day to Die)
Klag led a fleet of ships led by Order members against the fleet of General Talak, including the IKS K'mpec commanded by his brother, Dorrek. Following the battle, Klag cast Dorrek out of their house for his dishonorable actions. In the end, Klag managed to uphold Klingon honor to Martok's satisfaction, and bring the Children of San-Tarah into the Empire. (GKN novel: Honor Bound)
Some time after this battle, Klag was reunited with his brother Dorrek in the mysterious establishment known as The Captain's Table. Although no words were exchanged between them, the story that Klag provided the bar's patrons as payment for his tab could have been seen as a lament for the loss of his brother's kinship. (GKN short story: "loDnI'pu'vajpu'je")
Following this mission, in late 2376, the Gorkon was forced to return to Qo'noS for major repairs, and Klag visited his family's house for the first time since his father's death. While there, his mother, Tarilla, conspired with Dorrek to destroy Klag's honor, and remove him as head of the House. However, the plot and Dorrek's dishonorable actions were revealed before the Klingon High Council, leading to the younger brother's execution.
In 2381, he commanded the Fifth Klingon Battle Fleet, with the Gorkon as his flagship. Under his fleet was Captain Krogan and the IKS veScharg'a, which was deployed along with the IKS Sturka to defend Morska during the invasion of the Borg Collective that year. Klag hailed the veScharg'a for a status report after the battle and to rally all possible vessels for a fleet to intercept the Borg en route to Qo'noS. (ST - Destiny novel: Lost Souls)
General Klag led the Klingon Defense Force's ground invasion of Gornar in 2403 at the close of the Klingon-Gorn War. His forces ignored the outlying areas and headed straight for the capital, capturing King Slathis at the royal palace twenty-eight hours after making landfall. He then lifted martial law orders against the Gorn civilian population. His forces were noted to have treated Gorn civilians with remarkable civility. (ST website: The Path to 2409)
|IKS Pagh personnel|
|Dukath • Kargan • Klag • William T. Riker • Vekma • Zegov|
|USS Gorkon personnel
|Dramar • Ezeafulukwe • Alynna Nechayev • Esperanza Piñiero • Aidan Thorn|
|IKS Gorkon personnel
(Klingon Empire, Klingon Defense Force)
|B'Elath • B'Oraq • Davok • Gaj • G'joth • Goran • Grotek • Kal • Kallo • Kegren • Kelad • Klag • Kline • Klorga • K'Nir • Kodek • Kohn • Kornan • Koxx • Krevor • Kurak • Leskit • Lojar • Lokor • Moq • Morketh • Morr • Rodek • Tereth • Toq • Vall • Vok • Vralk • Wol|
|IKS Gorkon personnel
(Klingon-Cardassian Alliance, Klingon Defense Force)
|Klag, son of M'Raq • Drex, son of Martok • Wol|