LCARS Computer Records
Researched and Compiled By Records Officer
Lieutenant Anthony Hughes
A unique period of Klingon/Human relations can be seen in the early to mid
twenty-third century, during which time relationships between the two powers
were extremely hostile and occasionally would result in short periods of
armed conflict. It is here that there exists a “skeleton” in the closet of
Klingon history, a chapter of which not even the Klingons will discuss, both
in their history texts or with outsiders.
Shortly after first contact between humans and Klingons, which resulted in
nearly a decade of undeclared war, a unique perception of humans developed
in Klingon ideology which had never been seen before and has not been seen
since. Due to the determination and battle tactics of the Federation
Starfleet, it was felt by many Klingons that humans were actually superior
warriors and should, in all ways, be emulated.
The result of this new found revelation was a major experiment in genetic
engineering, in which Klingon and human DNA was fused to form a new breed of
Klingon known as the Klingon-Human fusion.
The “Fusions”, as they were called for short, were Klingon soldiers who had
been genetically altered to outward appear human. The traditional facial
crests and ridges were erased from a Klingon’s features producing an
individual who had a normal human brow, yet with copper tone dark skin and,
in the Klingon warrior style, thick beards and mustaches.
Between 2240 and 2270, the Klingon-Human fusions were the only warriors who
were permitted to have contact with members of the Federation. The
“Imperial Klingons”, that is to say Klingons who had not undergone genetic
engineering, were reserved for only high diplomatic meetings and as senior
In the 2260s, the opinion of humans had undergone a sharp reversal in
Klingon politics. No longer were humans praised as great warriors, superior
to the Klingons, but were actually now seen as a weak species who would
rather negotiate peace than fight in a battle. This view of humans was all
but confirmed when, in 2266, war was declared between the two powers only to
be halted prematurely by the forcible signing of the Organian Peace Treaty.
By 2270, reserve vessels of the Klingon fleet were now being manned by
Imperial Klingons, with many of the Fusions undergoing reversal procedures
to remove human DNA from their cells and return to a true Klingon
appearance. The great military commanders Kor, Koloth, and Kang were but
three of several high ranking officers who chose to do so, thus paving the
way for mandatory DNA reversal a few years later.
In 2271, the famous Amar transmission was intercepted by Federation
scientists as a squadron of Klingon ships was attacked and destroyed by the
machine being V’Ger. The wide spread publicity of this incident, by the
Federation News Agency, offered documentary evidence that Klingons had, for
the most part, abandoned their emulation of humans and were now ending the
decades of genetic engineering which had given rise to the Klingon-Human
By 2275, there were no more Klingon-Human fusions left in the Empire, and
the Klingon High Council outlawed any more such experiments in genetic
engineering. At the dawn of the 24th century, the topic of the Fusions had
become so shameful to most Klingons (since humans were, in Klingon opinion,
NOT a more powerful warrior race) that it became law that every mention of
the Fusions in Klingon history would be erased.
By the mid 24th century, most Klingons and humans were unaware that there
had ever existed such a thing as a Klingon-Human fusion. The subject is
virtually un-researchable, as well, since the Klingons refuse to even
mention the topic in non-Klingon company. To quote one Klingon official:
“We do not discuss it with outsiders.”