- This page details L'Rell in the primary universe; for the L'Rell in the mirror universe see L'Rell (mirror).
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- "T'Kuvma knew that the most powerful empire was a united empire. Twenty-four houses working as one. He believed the quickest way to bring us together was war with the Federation. But in this fight, we have lost our way. A new leader is needed to fulfill my lord's vision. I am that leader."
- —L'Rell, 2257[src]
Serving House T'Kuvma
In 2256, L'Rell served aboard T'Kuvma's flagship, the Sarcophagus. Prior to the Battle of the Binary Stars, L'Rell detected several starship that were coming to reinforce the USS Shenzhou's position. She then watched as Voq lit the Beacon of Kahless. Following the Klingons' initial victory, L'Rell and Voq then proclaimed T'Kuvma as the "Unforgettable" to the Klingon High Council.(DSC episodes: "The Vulcan Hello", "Battle at the Binary Stars")
Following T'Kuvma's death, she told Voq of T'Kuvma's journey and how he found the Beacon. When General Kol of House Kor arrived and offered to help, L'Rell and Voq decided to use parts from the Shenzhou to repair the Sarcophagus. When they returned to the Sarcophagus, L'Rell and crew abandoned VoQ in favor of Kol and abandoned him on the Shenzhou.(DSC - The Light of Kahless comics: "Issue 1", "Issue 2", "Issue 3", "Issue 4"; DSC episode: "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry")
However, L'Rell returned and took Voq to the matriarchs of House Mo'Kai where he would find a way to win the war. There, Voq agreed to under the choH'a in order to infiltrate the Federation. Before the choH'a, L'Rell and Voq walked along the Mo'Kai's cliffs and confessed their love for each other. During Voq's transformation, L'Rell discovered she was pregnant with Voq's child. Unfortunately, she could not tell Voq due to the operation and his mission. (DSC episodes: "The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry", "Point of Light")
Chancellor of the Empire
In 2257, L'Rell had grown weary of the fractured state of the Empire and sought to unite the Klingon people under her leadership. To that end. she took control of the detonator of a high-yield explosive device - one which had been planted by Philippa Georgiou deep within a volcano on Qo'noS - and used it to force the members of the Klingon High Council to accept her as their new chancellor and end the Federation-Klingon War of 2256-2257. Chancellor L'Rell ordered the Klingon military to break off its attack on the Federation and return to Klingon space, thus bringing the war to an end. (DSC episode: "Will You Take My Hand?")
When 7 red bursts appeared, L'Rell assured Ambassador Sarek that the Empire had nothing to do with with them. As the Discovery investigated the red bursts, L'Rell cemented her position as Chancellor and urged unit among the great houses. As Chancellor, L'Rell showed the council the new D7-class star as sign of unity among the houses. However, the council disproved of her position due to her torch bearer.
Finding out that L'Rell had a child with Voq, the late General Kol's father Kol-Sha kidnapped the infant in an attempt to wrest power away from L'Rell. When L'Rell and Ash Tyler went to confront him Kol-Sha stunned them with an energy weapon, and used L'Rell's thumb print to sign an abdication document that ceded power to Kol-Sha. He was about to kill them both when former Emperor of the Terran Empire and Section 31 agent Philippa Georgiou burst in and killed Kol-Sha's people. Trapping him in an force field, Georgiou released L'Rell and Tyler from the effects of the stun field and L'Rell quickly disemboweled Kol-Sha. (DSC episode: "Point of Light")
Mother of the Klingon Empire
Georgiou took L'Rell aside and convinced her that as long as Tyler and their child remained on Qo'noS L'Rell's power would never be secure. At her behest L'Rell sent Tyler and the child away, with Tyler taking the child to Boreth to be raised by the monks at the monastery located on that world.
Using Section 31 technology, L'Rell faked the deaths of both Tyler and their child by replicating their heads. Presenting these heads to the high council, L'Rell told the council that she had conceived a child with Voq. She then stated that Tyler had betrayed and murdered her infant, and was about to kill her when Kol-Sha intervened and saved her life at the cost of his own. L'Rell further explained that she would only have one child and that the people of the Empire were now her children. She finally asked that they no longer call her chancellor, claiming a fiercer title, that of Mother. (DSC episode: "Point of Light")
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