Age of Ascension

A Klingon rite of passage, marking a new level of spiritual attainment for a Klingon warrior. The ritual involves a recitation by the ascendee, proclaiming "DaHjaj SuvwI'e'jIH. tlgwIj Sa'angNIS. Iw bIQtIqDaq jIjaH." {"Today I am a Warrior. I must show you my heart. I travel the river of blood."} The warrior then strides between two lines of other Klingons, who subject him or her to painstiks while the warrior is expected to express his or her most profound feelings while under this extreme duress.

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