Name: The Klinzai
Created By: FASA and various others, refined by Jay P
The other Klingon Race
Adversaries and rivals for the PCs
Junior Partners in the Klingon Empire
Klinzai are humanoids who follow a conventional
bio-chemistry. They are cross fertile with humans.
There are differences
in Physiology, a doctor with a scanner can easily tell
a Klinzai from an
The Klinzai descended from plains riding war makers.
These early armies
swept across Klinzai and subjugated many other
The established a military dictatorship which
borrowed elements of
The Average Klinzai is a normal person, a merchant, a
craftsman or a
laborer working to make a living and support his
In the vaguely middle-eastern style cities on
Klinzai, he may see the
wealth and power of his military rulers but these
rarely interact with
him on a daily basis.
The Key to social advancement is in the Army. The
Klinzai Military is
huge in proportion to the Klinzai population. Well
ruthless, the way to advance is to either be born rich
or to get results,
The average Klinzai soldier serves a tour or maybe a
realizes that despite promises of recruiters, glory,
honor and riches
are actually very rare and it's a rare Klinzai who
through military service.
Although conventionally organized the Klinzai
military retains vestiges
of it's past. Conquest for loot, booty and plunder
are recognized as
valid reasons for war and blood shed. Klinzai soldiers
positively midieval in the field, looting and
pillaging with abandon.
The upper classes of Klinzai society are fluid. A
noble usually has a
high military rank and must justify his existence
conquests. Since open rapacious plunder often draws
the attentions of
Imperial Klingons, it's rare for a Klinzai General or
Admiral to die of
Klingon - the Warriors tongue and official language
of the empire.
Klinzai - a more complex and less gutteral language,
often seen in Song,
poetry and popular media. Discouraged by Imperial
Approximately 2 billion over several planets
The Economy of Klinzai itself is archaic, but self
contained and self
reliant. Moves have been made with partial success to
Klinzai colony worlds seek financial independance but
are often supports
from the coffers of Klinzai and the Council on Qo'onoS
Large along the Klingon westard frontier. The Klinzai
can and often do
wind up dragging the whole rest of the empire into
wars on their borders.
Along the westwards Klingon Frontier the term
"Klingon" often means a
smooth headed force of conquistadores.
In the rest of the empire, the Klinzai are viewed as
a rowdy Client race
to be used and kept in their place - something
Klingons who border
Klinzai territories view as naively arrogant.
Large, the Klinzai build and man a huge Space fleet
of Klingon Desgned
Compared to the Federation or the Klingon Empire,
small - On their own
they'd be smaller than the Cardassian Empire.
Theyare poor for their size wother wise since their
are overly militarized.
A techno feudalistic Military Junta rules Klinzai -
when Qo'onoS allows
it. They tend to reward scheming violence, rapine and
pillage with power
In some ways the Klinzai Junta acts as a major
Klingon House, and is
often viewed as such with in the empire.
In other ways it acts as a conquered client state
that wriggles to be
free of restraint.
The Klinzai have large, tough Space Navy and ground
army. They are kept
in check by being held behnd the curve in Technology
and periodic purges
by Imperial Klingons.
Area of Operation:
The western frontier of the Klingon Empire, some
contact with the
Klinzai - Capital city Klin
Swarthy faced conquistadors. "Resistance is Futile!"
Public or Secret:
Public. Although they have many activities in secret
Publicly Stated Goal:
To increase the size, wealth and obedience to the
Qo'onoS and Imperial Klingons - Tense. Beloved
enemies. The Imperial
Klingons have to come in and smash Klinzai asperations
for greater power
Federation - Hostile. Although technically allies
because of the
Khitomer Accords, by all accounts a Klinzai's second
besides an Imperial Klingon is a Human. The Klinzai
prickly, defensive and irritable at Federation people.
wisdom is that this is because the Klinzai know
they're going to wind up
Federation members eventually and resent it.
Orions - the Orions have been the Klinzai's main ally
and cultural true
love. In Orion House Hamilcare a sizable minority of
people are of
Klinzai descent. Klinzai worlds welcome Orion ships
legitimate or not.
In return the Orions lovingly support Klinzai to the
best of their
abilities. cultivating an alliance against the day
when the two big
powers on the block let their guards down.
Those opposed to them:
Freedom loving people, people who believe in civil
rights, people who
believe in honest diplomacy and People who believe
that a Deal is a deal.
Those who favor them:
Orions and Klinzai
Special - the Sword worlds
The sword worlds are independant worlds whose people
are a mix of
Humans, Klinzai and Orions - they work hard to stay
has it that Klinzai uses these worlds as sources of
denable contact and
interaction with less savory forces in the galaxy.
The Klinzai Government has fought wars to conquer the
without success so far.
The Klinzai are organized and brutally efficient.
They follow a very
They have a well earned reputation of being
They can call on the rest of the Klingon Empire for
back up - but are
subject to such calls themselves
As a Klingon Client state Klinzai is subject to
occasional purges and
reconquests by the Empire - Klinzai hasn't
successfully resisted one of
From the 2240s through the 2260s the Klinzai were the
between the Federation and the Klingn Empire.
A culture of nomadic, fast moving, hard hitting
warriors, the Klinzai
conquered thier world and set up competing nations and
ethnic Klinzai were the ruling class.
After many centuries of warfare and intrigue -
Klinzai entered it's
atomic and space faring age. A limited Nulcear
exchange set the Klinzai
back generations and convinced them that such weapons
were not a good
In the 2150s the Klingon Empire met the Klinzai
resulting battles and campaigns are recounted in
Klingon History as
The Klinzai lost and were occupied by Klingons.
The Klingons favor a style of rulership over
conquered people that
varies from benign neglect to outright domination and
Klinzai were used by General Komak as leverage for his
Klinzai built ships, Klinzai crews and Klinzai troops
helped Komak defeat
his rivals and attain huge power in the Empire.
The pay-off for the Klinzai was semi-autonomy and
After Klinzai started the 4 years war with the
Federation and proceeded
to loose it despite heavy Klingon reinforcements,
Komak was ruined. The
Ruling order of Klinzai was violently purged and new
compliant to the wishes of Qo'onoS were installed.
In the 2270s a horrible plague struck the Klinzai.
Their pupulation was
cut to a third of it's former size - the death toll
was in the billions.
The Klingon Empire spent itself nearly to ruin
containing and trying to
treat the plague as well as keep it secret from other
The Klinzai fell to the status of minor subject race
and were not seen
for a long time
Kor, Kang and Koloth, Talented Klinzai Generals who
vied for territory
and loot with the Federation and other rivals.
This marks a change for me. In regards to the
"Smooth Head/Bumpy Head"
This comes from the fact that he Klingonds in TOS
looked like swarthy
humans but from TMP onwards, they had bumpy foreheads.
The reason for this in the real world is that TOS has
a small budget.
The Klingons were created by Gene Coon as replacements
for the Romulans -
the pointed Romulan ears and make up was too expensive
to have the
Romulans occur very often.
The TOS Klingons were created to be cheaper and more
blatant bad guys -
but their first appearance (Errand of Mercy)
cheerfully played hob with
assumptions about good guys and bad guys and victims -
something Trek is
The appearance of the Bumpy Foreheaded Klingons
sparked a discussion In
Trek fandom that goes on til this very day. Why do we
kinds of Klingons?
The first to address this that I am aware of was John
M Ford in his write
up of the Klingons for FASA and for a Pockets Books
Trek Novel "The Final
He postulated that the Bumpy headed Klingons were the
core race - the
and that the smooth headed Klingons of TOS were
created by the empire to give Klingons a handle on how
They also postulated a Klingon/Romulan Fusion race.
There was a quiet assumption in the Trek Production
offices that this
issue was to be ignored
"They always looked that way" became a sub rosa
default. Until recently
this is the tack I took for Jay Trek.
But when DS9 did a crossover episode with TOS - they
ran smack into the
issue - and hand waved it broadly.
Enterprise addressed the issue by making the smooth
victims of a genetic disease created by attempting to
As I thought about it - I realize that we see hints of
a culture in the
TOS Klingons. A sort of Militarized mongol thing.
Klinzai was an old name for the Klingon Homeworld.
What if, I thought
there was a planet named Klinzai, who's people were
militaristic humanoids who were subjects and allies of
the Klingons of
As I considered the idea It caught my imagination more
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