Klingon Career Events

Following up on my last post, I’ve got more Klingon content for you today. Much of the character creation process is suitable for Klingon characters with a few tweaks (look for those in future posts) but the Career Events table needs some work. Read on for an adjusted selection!

Career Events

Roll on the following table as part of Step Six of character creation. The effects of each Event are discussed below the table.

d20 RollCareer Event
1Ship Destroyed
2Death of a Lover
3Victory Over Another Culture
4Seized Enemy Colony
5Won Command of Vessel
6Encounter with a Truly Alien Being
7Debilitating Injury
8Frontline Battle
9Training By an Experienced Warrior
10Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
11Caught in a Plague
12Fought Duel of Honor
13Fought and Killed Mentor
14New Battle Strategy
15Learned About Other Culture
16Discovered an Artifact
17Earned Mark of Honor
18Fought On While Outnumbered
19Discovery or Invention
20First Contact

1. Ship Destroyed

You fought in glorious battle aboard a ship which did not shrink from a fight. It was destroyed but you survived, too strong for the enemy to finish off. You live now with the names and deeds of your comrades in your heart, sure in the knowledge that they feast now in Sto-Vo-Kor.

  • What was the ship’s mission? Who were you fighting against and how did they beat your ship? Were you an officer, a warrior, or someone in a supporting department? How did you escape the destruction?

Increase the character’s Daring by 1 and their Security by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Emergency Procedures, Survival, or Fortitude.

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2. Death of a Lover

You took a lover as a warrior does, as Kortar the First Klingon did in the dawn of time. They were killed and you have mourned their passage even as you seek to maintain their memory.

  • Who was the lover? Was your relationship public? Were you married? Do you have children or other family remaining?
  • How did they die? Is someone responsible? Was it an accident or self-sacrifice? How did you mourn their death and how long ago was it?

Increase the character’s Insight by 1 and their Medicine by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Vengeance, a skill of expression such as Opera Singing, or a skill that was important to the deceased to honor their memory.

3. Victory Over Another Culture

You fought one of the Empire’s many enemies and you beat them. In the aftermath, you ground the foe beneath your boot to show them the superiority of the Klingon race. The species may still be under the control of the Empire or they might have temporarily escaped but you learned much fighting their weakling warriors.

  • Which species was it and when was the war? How long were you on their worlds as part of an occupying force? Why were the worlds occupied instead of raided and left to burn?
  • Does anyone in this culture know you participated? Did you make any enemies during the occupation? Do you have any regrets or did you do anything questionable?

Increase the character’s Presence by 1 and their Security by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Population Control, Searching, or Counter-Insurgency.

4. Seized Enemy Colony

During war, you landed and took control of a planet controlled by the enemy. This was not executing pirates or threatening interlopers, but combat on a grand scale lie the tales of Kahless.

  • Who were you fighting against, aliens or other Klingons? Did your force hold the colony after the invasion, or leave it behind to burn? What was the importance of the colony? Was it military, economic, or symbolic as a target?

Increase the character’s Control by 1 and their Command by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Ground Tactics, Strategy, or Security Systems.

5. Won Command of Vessel

When a Klingon coast loses the faith of his officers they can challenge him to a duel and take command themselves. You grew frustrated enough to take this step, and you won.

  • What did your commander do to lose your confidence? What, if anything, did you try before challenging them? Was the rest of the crew with you or with the commanding officer?
  • What rank did you have when you assumed command? Did you keep the conan after returning home or relinquish it to a senior officer? If you are no longer in command, what does your current commander think about your history of killing commanders?

Increase the character’s Daring by 1 and their Command by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Leadership, Inspiration, or Dueling.

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6. Encounter with a Truly Alien Being

Warriors stand firm against danger, even when victory send hopeless. In the reaches of space, however, there are beings which not even the most skilled warrior can hope to defeat. How you deal with the feelings of helplessness without feeling dishonored by fear is a matter of personal reflection.

  • What kind of creature was it? What happened to it and was it ever seen again?
  • How did this encounter shape the character’s warrior spirit? Whether they fought the creature or ran, how does a warrior go from feeling small and helpless to feeling worthy of Kahless’s teachings again?

Increase the character’s Reason by 1 and their Science by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Alien Technology, Sensor Systems, or Xenobiology.

7. Debilitating Injury

An injury that threatens to cripple or maim a Klingon warrior are often worse than death. The teachings of Kahless stress that there is no shame in dying during the heat and chaos of battle, but to avoid risk and die in one’s bed infirm and useless is dishonorable. If nothing else, becoming old or incapable makes you a burden on your family and lowers your house in the eyes of others.

  • What happened and how was the character seriously injured? What was recovery like and how long did it take? Did they need any prosthesis or cybernetics?
  • How was the character’s family affected by your injury? Did they lose face and were their social repercussions for the character’s injury?

Increase the character’s Fitness by 1 and their Medicine by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their recovery period such as Adaptability, Athletics, or a particular fighting style. You might also gain a Trait to reflect lasting effects of the injury such as Prosthetic Implant, Reconstructed Spine, or Missing Eye.

8. Frontline Battle

Klingon Warriors live for battle and you served on the front lines of a glorious conflict. There is no greater moment in a warrior’s life than seeing the enemy face-to-face as you cross blades or trade disruptor fire. Being the bloody edge of the Empire’s knife is what every Klingon warrior dreams of.

  • What was the character’s most glorious battle? Who was it against and where did it occur? Was it a space battle, a planetary battle, or a mixture of both? What was the outcome of the battle?

Increase the character’s Fitness by 1 and their Security by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Military Strategy, Hand-to-Hand Combat, or Artillery.

9. Training By an Experienced Warrior

The bond between veteran and young warrior goes back to the legends of Kahless. Having the experience of a blooded warrior to learn from is more than inspirational to young Klingons, it can shape the rest of their lives. Young warriors, especially ones in lower social castes, who can learn from and count on the respect of established warriors can advance higher in the KDF and also potentially improve the social standing of their house.

  • Who was the character’s mentor? Are they still alive and, if so, does the character still have regular contact with them? What is their social standing like and how has it benefited the character?

Increase the any of the character’s Attributes by 1 and their Command by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Ritual, Training, or some other specialty appropriate to their mentor.

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10. Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

During conflicts, Klingons often charge into the midst of battle in order to seek glorious victory and the blood of their enemies. When this goes well it can mean honors and glory for the crew that valiantly flew into the teeth of death, alone and roaring their defiance. On the other hand, it can also mean that the crew is cut off from other Klingon forces and trapped behind the enemy lines.

  • What was the conflict and what happened to lead to the character being trapped? How did they handle their situation and how did it turn out?
  • Was the situation planned or was it tactics that went awry? What relationships were formed during this situation? What relationships were tested?

Increase the character’s Control by 1 and their Engineering by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Modifying Systems, Stealth, or Planning.

11. Caught in a Plague

Sickness is one of the most devastating tragedies for the Klingon Empire. It is not an enemy that they can fight and their disdain for research and academics means that their facilities are often insufficient to respond. When an outbreak occurs, those warriors caught in its path can find themselves faced with their own mortality and an uncomfortable feeling of weakness.

  • Under what circumstances did the character experience a plague? Were they infected themselves? How did they contribute to the effort to combat the sickness and what painful memories do they hold from this experience?

Increase the character’s Insight by 1 and their Medicine by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Infectious Disease, Quarantine Procedures, or Triage.

12. Fought Duel of Honor

There are any number of reasons for duels in Klingon society, and not all of them stem from feuds or escalating insults. Some result from situations out of the hands of both combatants, generational feuds that come to a head at just that particular moment, while others are almost formalities given very specific circumstances. Whatever the situation, a duel of honor is a serious thing and most often to the death.

  • What was the cause of the duel and was it instigated by the character? Who was the opponent and what loyalties did they have?
  • How did the duel end? If the character won, do any of the loser’s family (or the loser themselves if they survived) hold the victory against this character? If they lost, what scars or social impacts have remained with the character afterwards?

Increase the character’s Reason by 1 and their Conn by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Tradition, History, or Society.

13. Fought and Killed Mentor

Learning from a veteran warrior is a very noble thing, an emotional bond found throughout Klingon legend. When circumstances lead to a fight with a mentor, or if that mentor should offer a serious insult, then tradition demands a fight and the personal feelings of a warrior cannot compromise their honor.

  • Why did the character fight with their mentor? Was it a matter of family honor or were they on opposite sides of a conflict? What actually happened and how did they best a more experienced fighter?
  • What were the social ramifications of the fight? What emotional pain does the character carry from the exchange?

Increase the character’s Presence by 1 and their Command by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Dueling, Drinking, or Resist Coercion.

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14. New Battle Strategy

While the quintessential image of a Klingon warrior is at the front of the battle with their bat’leth in hand, the most respected members of the Empire are those generals who command their troops. Some enemies of the Klingons expect them to constantly charge headlong into the fray but they soon find the Klingon people to be cunning warriors as well as strong.

  • What battle strategy did the character create and when was it employed? Were they the commander of the fighting force or did they convince the commanding officer to follow their plan? What was the result and is this strategy well-known now?

Increase the character’s Daring by 1 and their Security by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Combat Tactics, Starship Weapons, or Issuing Commands.

15. Learned About Other Culture

When Klingons study another culture, it’s with a very specific goal in mind: to face them in battle. Skilled warriors learn the tactics of Humans, Vulcans, Romulans, Cardassians, and others so that they are prepared if war should ever break out against those species. Of course, the best way to learn a potential enemy is to get inside their heads and many Klingon warriors have developed a grudging respect for enemies they study in this way. A few even begin to sympathize.

  • What species did you study and why? Were you actively fighting against this group or just preparing for future hostilities? What’s one useful tactic you picked up to use against this species?
  • What do you think of the species now? Do you still hold a typical Klingon opinion of them or have you begun to appreciate your enemy as you come to understand them?

Increase the character’s Insight by 1 and their Science by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Tactics or Technology related to the alien species, or else a Focus possessed by the species.

16. Discovered an Artifact

In Starfleet, the discovery of a strange artifact could expand the Federation’s scientific understanding of the universe. For Klingons, however, important artifacts are usually tied to the great heroes of the past and the glorious, bloody history of the Klingon people like the Sword of Kahless found in the Delta Quadrant.

  • What artifact did you recover and who helped you in your quest? What sent you on your quest or was it a fortunate happenstance? What happened to the artifact afterwards?

Increase the character’s Reason by 1 and their Engineering by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Exotic Technology, Emergency Engineering, or Integrating Technology.

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17. Earned Mark of Honor

All Klingon warriors hope to win honor and glory for themselves and their houses. Courage in battle is the expectation of every warrior so it takes a true act of bravery to set a Klingon apart from their comrades.

  • What act of bravery earned the character a mark of true honor? What was the battle that they fought in and how did it turn out? Did their recognition come with a debt of honor?

Increase the character’s Fitness by 1 and any one Discipline by 1. Add a Focus which reflects the reason for their mark of honor such as Family Honor, Personal Sacrifice, or Dueling.

18. Fought On While Outnumbered

Any warrior can fight when they are assured of victory, but when the odds are against them true warriors will fight just as zealously. When surrounded and facing death, warriors will fight until their last breath and die singing on their way to Sto-Vo-Kor.

  • Where was the character fighting when they were surrounded and outnumbered? How did they survive the situation and who was responsible?

Increase the character’s Control by 1 and their Engineering by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Emergency Repairs, Defensive Strategies, or Shield Emitters.

19. Discovery or Invention

While engineering and science might not be highly-regarded subjects in the Klingon Empire, successes are quick to be recognized. Whether the design of a new weapon, the perfection of a better targeting scanner, or the discovery of a safe path through a dangerous nebula, Klingons are quick to give credit where it is due just like any species.

  • What discovery or invention is the character responsible for? Was this the result of long effort and research or a lucky coincidence? How did it benefit the character’s house, the Klingon Empire, or both?
  • What was the reception like? Did the character’s superiors appreciate what the discovery meant or was the character dismissed at first? Who ultimately recognized and congratulated them on their work?

Increase any one of the character’s Attributes by 1 and their Engineering by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Experimental Technology, Weapon Systems, or Jury-Rigging.

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20. First Contact

First contact situations with the Klingon Empire typically means first blood. When Klingons meet a new species they like to test their resolve and show them the strength of Klingon warriors to dissuade them from thinking the Empire is a target they can take. Those warriors involved in first contact with an alien species must show their strength without taking foolhardy action that makes the Klingon people look weak.

  • What species did the character encounter and what were the circumstances? Did the encounter turn into a fight? Why or why not?
  • What is the current relationship between the Klingon Empire and the aliens? What honor or shame did the character and their crew gain by their actions in the encounter?

Increase the character’s Presence by 1 and any one Discipline by 1. Add a Focus which reflects their experience such as Fleet Tactics, Linguistics, or Invasion Strategies.

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