Being born in the poor Ketha Lowlands on Qo'noS, Martok became the head of the House of Martok and worked his way up the ranks of the Klingon military, finally serving as Chancellor of the Klingon High Council from 2375 until his apparent death at the hands of J'mpok in 2393. In 2410, it is revealed that Torg intervened after J'mpok delivered what should have been the killing blow, taking Martok prisoner in the Son'a Facility 617 at the Briar Patch.
History[edit | edit source]
- 2375: After Worf kills Gowron, Martok becomes the new Chancellor of the Klingon Empire. Later this year, Martok, together with his Federation and Romulan allies, conquers Cardassia Prime, thereby ending the war against the Dominion.
- 2383: The Klingon Empire and the Federation are in disagreement over the morality concerning the former's violent takeover of Khitomer from the Romulans. Several Klingon High Council members demand that Chancellor Martok banish all Federation ambassadors from Klingon space. Martok refuses, causing Councilor Qolka to challenge him in (and subsequently lose) a duel of honor to the death.
- 2384: Chancellor Martok expels Gorn diplomats from the empire and orders ships to the Klingon/Gorn border after a brief clash between both forces.
- 2385: The Klingon Empire announces that all non-Klingons must leave Khitomer within 14 standard days as a "safety measure". Captain Jean-Luc Picard convinces Chancellor Martok to extend the deadline and leads a contingent of ships to assist in the evacuation of former residents to Federation colonies.
- 2386: The Klingon-Gorn standoff escalates into open conflict. Worf makes a personal appeal to his friend Chancellor Martok to end hostilities, but he admits that it will be a long process.
- 2387: The Hobus star goes supernova. The resulting chain reaction destroys Romulus and Remus. Billions of Romulans are killed. In his grief and rage, a Romulan called Nero attacks Klingon ships and Chancellor Martok orders a fleet to enter Romulan space. He appoints his friend Worf as one of the mission's commanders, giving him the rank of General for the mission. Although Worf survives, the fleet is destroyed.
- 2388: The Federation's appeal to the Klingon Empire to join the relief convoys to Romulan space is harshly rejected by Martok: "The Klingons will offer no treaty, no aid, and no hand that is not holding a blade." Hard-liners led by J'mpok demand that both the Romulans and the Federation be made to pay for the destruction of the fleet led into Romulan space by Worf. Some claim that Martok handing command of the fleet to his friend Worf, a Federation ambassador, rather than a general of the Klingon Defense Force, was part of a Starfleet plot. Martok rejects such insinuations and ultimately refuses calls to retaliate against the Federation. Also occupying Martok's time this year is a possible treaty with the Orions.
- 2389: Internal strife divides the Klingon noble houses leading to Chancellor Martok formally dissolving the House of Mo'kai.
- 2390: Chancellor Martok announces that the Klingons will not participate in any peace-talks with the Gorn unless Starfleet withdraws all of its ships from the Romulan-Klingon border.
- 2391: With the Federation withdrawn from the Romulan border, Chancellor Martok agrees to honor his promise to participate in Federation-mediated peace talks with the Gorn. Representatives from the Klingons, Gorn and Nausicaans converge on Deep Space K-7 for the conference, and the Federation sends some of its most celebrated diplomats to facilitate the talks.
- 2392: Three weeks into the talks, representatives for the Klingons and Gorn are still haggling over the official agenda for negotiations, and even a personal appeal to Chancellor Martok by Federation Ambassador Worf has failed to speed up the process. The Federation Council meets in emergency session to debate of possible incentives the Federation could offer the Gorn and Klingons, but all peace efforts collapse when a Gorn and Nausicaan fleet attacks the Klingon world of Ogat. The Klingons denounce the attack as dishonorable and Martok formally pulls the Empire out of all peace negotiations. Hardliners including J'mpok demand even more aggressive action against the Gorn, but Martok councils caution, preferring to keep the Gorn out of Klingon space until a new fleet of warships can be launched. J'mpok subsequently denounces him as a "weak old man, hiding in his bed instead of meeting all challengers on the field of battle." One of the major houses openly supporting J'mpok is the House of Torg, a former ally of the House of Duras.
- 2393: J'mpok becomes Chancellor of the Klingon High Council by killing Martok under questionable circumstances in an honor duel.
- 2410: It is revealed that after J'mpok killed Martok and exited the Council Chambers, the House of Torg immediately took Martok to a Son'a prison facility in the Briar Patch, allowing its radiation to heal Martok's wounds and increase his strength. After he is liberated by an Alliance captain and General Kurn, he does not wish to seek Chancellorship from J’mpok. Instead, he aids in the Alliance's fight against the Tzenkethi, the Hur'q (obtaining the Sword of Kahless in the process), and is also a member of the Klingon Honor Guard.
- 2411: Martok accompanies an Alliance captain participating in the Klingon Civil War after J'Ula addresses the Klingon High Council at the Great Hall.
Missions involved[edit | edit source]
- “Brushfire”: In 2410, Alliance intelligence learns that Martok is not dead. The player accompanies General Rodek to rescue Martok from a Son'a facility in the Briar Patch, where he is being held by Torg. Aided by Kavat'kara, a Jem'Hadar prisoner, they escape the prison. During the battle in orbit, Martok is able to beam to Torg's vessel, the I.K.S. Charghwi'. Martok slays Torg in combat, and claims the Charghwi' as his own. Later, he informs Rodek of his true lineage as a Son of Mogh, vows to restore the House of Mogh, and declares that he will not seek the Chancellorship from J'mpok. Instead, he pledges to help the Alliance in their fight against the Tzenkethi.
- “Red Alert: Tzenkethi”: The Tzenkethi have found a new way to Protomatter-bomb planets using torpedoes and they must be stopped.
- “Scylla and Charybdis”: Martok joins the player in defending Bajor against the Tzenkethi and subsequently the Hur'q.
- “Storm Clouds Gather”: General Martok, being accompanied by his wife Sirella, can be consulted at the Alliance summit on the Hur'q threat aboard Deep Space 9. He stands by the player’s side on the importance of fighting the Hur’q, vents his anger on J’mpok’s unwillingness to do so, and assures the player that there are still Klingons who will join them in the fight against the Hur'q in honor of their ancestors.
- “Home”: Martok, wielding the Sword of Kahless, leads a Klingon fleet in the battle for Empersa and commands a landing party engaging Hur'q forces on the surface. After the battle, the player speaks with Martok at Quark's Bar where he expresses disbelief that the Ferengi were responsible for returning the Sword, and admiration for Worf for rallying the Empire to fully engage the Hur'q.
- “The Centre Cannot Hold”: Martok is present at the Great Hall during J'Ula's meeting with the Klingon High Council. When asked about the situation inside the Empire, he comments that J'mpok is running out of allies in the brewing conflict, and hints that he intends to settle things with the Chancellor at some point, but that for the moment, J'mpok has his support. J'Ula greets him when she enters the hall and later calls out J'mpok during her speech for stealing his position as Chancellor while Martok still lives. He aids the player in the defeat of House Mo'Kai and Klingon Rebel forces after the meeting and states that his days of neutrality is coming to an end soon.
- “Best Served Cold”: Together with Kagran who commands the A.F.S. Khitomer, Martok coordinates the efforts against House Mo'Kai forces led by Aakar as they attempt a prison break on Rura Penthe.
- “The Khitomer Discord”: J'mpok sends General Martok to accompany the player in hunting for J'Ula and her House Mo'Kai forces in the Khitomer System. Martok first aids in the defense of the A.F.S. Khitomer commanded by Captain Kagran before beaming down. After speaking to the faction representatives and Chairman Ksenneta, they travel toward the lower levels via signal tracing where they capture J'Ula's forces. They then confron J'Ula and Aakar, whereupon Aakar retreats while J'Ula is captured. With the help of Adet'pa, they managed to get back upstairs where they defeat Klingon forces led by Ja'rod, who were sent by J'mpok. Martok swears that J'mpok will no longer have allies when everyone learns what he has done. After J'mpok launches a mycelial weapon on Khitomer, Martok aids the player in rescuing survivors while they head to the transporter room, protecting Adet'pa in the process as she gets the transporter running. In orbit, Captains Kagran, Va'Kel Shon and Koren warp in where J'mpok silences the player before they could explain themselves, dishonorably accuses them of betraying the Alliance and joining House Mo'Kai. Refusing to stand down with the player, Martok orders to disable the flagships and their forces instead of destroying them. Koren or Shon, depending on the player's faction, informs the player that J'mpok will soon declare everyone, including Martok, an enemy of the Empire and advises them to leave Khitomer and wait for their signal once it is safe to return.
- “Partisans”: Martok joins the player to look for Adet'pa, who discovered a way to clear their accusations of the Khitomer attack, in Shangdu on Nimbus III. He aids in battling the ambush of J'mpok's and Madran's forces at the bar and in the arena respectively. He later follows the player to the Gorath System on board the Rotarran, where J'Ula has engaged more of J'mpok's forces, and beams down with them. On the surface, mocking the arena which previously belonged to the House of Torg, he assists the player in the defense of Wilkins against J'mpok's forces while she hacks the various computer codes. They are then confronted by Aakar and his forces, where Aakar flees while his forces are defeated. Finally, he aids the player in defending the I.K.S. Lukara against J'mpok's flagship, the I.K.S. Kri’stak, and his forces while Wilkins works on broadcasting the evidence. However, despite clearing their names and everyone in the system learning the truth about J'mpok's attack on Khitomer, the mission ends with the various Klingon Houses losing trust of the Empire and thus returned to their own homes.
- “Knowledge is Power”: The player meets with Martok, J'Ula and Adet'pa in the Boreth System where they first engage KDF forces. While the player keeps watch in orbit, the latter three beam down and meet Tenavik where he guides J'Ula throughout the trials she undertakes. One of the visions J'Ula sees depicts Martok, wielding the Sword of Kahless, lying dead among a sea of other dead Klingons on Qo'noS. Martok then aids in battling Aakar, the Sons of None and other KDF forces throughout the chambers, seeking information from Tenavik throughout the mission. Finally, he and the others join the player back in orbit to defeat Aakar's flagship and his reinforcements.
- “Leap of Faith”: Martok, J'Ula and Adet'pa return to Boreth, this time with the player joining them to seek out the soul of L'Rell in Gre'thor to unite the Great Houses once more. While Adet'pa remains with Tenavik, the others lit an incense which took them into Koth, the void between Sto-vo-kor and Gre'thor. Here, Martok reunites with Gowron who leads the team to the Barge of the Dead, catching up with each other in the process. During the journey and in Gre'thor itself, the player, Martok and J'Ula ask the Barge crew, Kortar and the various souls about L'Rell. After defeating the souls of the Sons of None, they meet L'Rell herself and journey into Fek'lhr's lair, where they defeat Fek'lhr in exchange for L'Rell's soul. Gowron enters the lair offering his soul before J'Ula could finish offering hers, where Fek'lhr tangles him in chains and Martok tries to help him up. Fek'lhr eventually accepts J'Ula's offer of Aakar's and J'mpok's souls, and the team escapes Gre'thor defeating more souls coming after them. They awake back on Boreth and witness the rebirth of L'Rell. The player, Martok and Adet'pa beam up to defend the system from the Fek'Ihri, destroying the portals and holding them off until L'Rell finally launches a new flagship. Reinforcements warp in and they all defeat the Fek'lhri dreadnought and save Boreth, celebrating their victory in the end.
Other involvement[edit | edit source]
- Loresinger B'Alea gives background to the Martok and his duel with J'mpok.
- "Cold Dishes": Klingon Commander Korok meets with Torg to ask about a prisoner they have been holding for the past seventeen years, whom they are preparing to transfer to new owners.
- "Tale of the Witch": General Rodek and his wife, B'irja, travel to Nimbus III in search of Adet'pa, a Klingon woman known locally as a "witch." They discover the cave she lives in, and she invites them inside for a meal. Adet'pa correctly deduces that they have sought her out to learn the truth behind J'mpok's duel with Martok in 2393. She reveals that Torg intervened after J'mpok delivered what should have been the killing blow, taking Martok prisoner and maintaining him in a near-death state. Torg did this in order to install J'mpok as Chancellor; later, he would undermine J'mpok and assume the role himself, with the ultimate goal of establishing himself as a new Emperor. Adet'pa had been discredited and exiled to prevent her from sharing her knowledge of these events. She tells Rodek and B'irja that she will tell them where Martok is being kept, if they agree to bring her back to Klingon space and arrange for asylum within the House of Martok.
- "New Featured Episode: Brushfire": Sirella visits General Rodek, who is preparing the I.K.S. Kor to depart on a mission to rescue Martok from the Son'a, having helped him plan the operation before it was presented to J'mpok and the High Council. She urges Rodek to, if it comes to it, send his ship to the edge of the Briar Patch to make Torg pay for the death of M'ven.
- "A Warrior Reborn": At Starfleet Medical, Doctor Oskar Mazur is able to restore General Rodek's original memories as Kurn, with input from the original surgeon who had removed them, Julian Bashir. Following cosmetic surgery to restore his original appearance, Kurn meets with his wife, B'irja, and his brother, Worf. Kurn tells Worf that if Martok restores the House of Mogh, he will not contest Worf's right to lead it. Kurn states that he will honor his debt to the House of Noggra, who took him in as Rodek, and treated him well. Kurn says he intends to move to the Alpha Quadrant after he recovers from his surgery, intending to continue the fight against the Tzenkethi. He suggests that he and his family may settle aboard Deep Space 9. Worf warns Kurn that enemies within the Klingon Empire will be moving against them in retaliation for the rescue of Martok.
- "qa'wI' 'oy'Hey": Martok confronts Chancellor J'mpok on his refusal to commit the Empire to combating the threat of the newly-emerged Hur'q. J'mpok reminds Martok of the heavy price the Empire has paid for joining the Alliance against other major threats to the galaxy such as the Undine and Iconians. Martok however believes he is acting dishonorably and seems ready to challenge him for his cowardice, but is placated when J'mpok authorizes Martok to organize and lead a volunteer force to engage the Hur'q.
- "Best Served Cold": Kagran and Martok discuss Aakar's attack on Rura Penthe.
- "Hoch 'ebmey tljon": During the events of “The Khitomer Discord”, Chancellor J'mpok faces a difficult choice when he meets a potential new ally, who gifts him with J'Ula's mycelial weapon, giving him the opportunity to take out Martok, J'Ula and other enemies of the Empire who are still on the surface of Khitomer.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Martok can be seen at DS9's replimat for players who have completed “Brushfire”.
- Beginning from “Home”, Martok wields the Sword of Kahless as a secondary weapon throughout his subsequent appearances.
- J.G. Hertzler, who portrays Martok throughout all his on-screen appearences, also speaks the level-up-notifications and the Omega Leonis Sector Block narration accolade for KDF characters from Season Twenty: House Divided as part of the Year of Klingon updates in 2020. The level-up-notifications were formerly spoken by Michael Dorn, while Federation characters will still have the Omega Leonis Sector Block accolade narrated by Leonard Nimoy.
[edit | edit source]
- Martok at Memory Beta, the non-canon Star Trek Wiki.
- Official Blog - J. G. Hertzler Joins the Cast of Star Trek Online (June 28, 2017)
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