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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Rightful Heir (TV Episode 1993) Poster

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Have you lost your faith in Sto-vo-kor?

Lieutenant Worf: To lose something, one must first possess it.

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Gowron: Koroth - I see that not all fools die young.

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Gowron: Kahless has been dead for a thousand years, but the idea of Kahless is still alive. Have you ever fought an idea, Picard? It has no weapon to destroy, no body to kill. The idea of Kahless's return must be stopped here, now, or it will travel through the Empire like a wave and leave nothing but destruction behind.

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Lieutenant Worf: [on the impact of Kahless' return] It will be glorious!

Gowron: It will be war!

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Kahless: Are you contemplating yet another question for me? After three days, I'm beginning to wonder if you know how to do anything else.

Lieutenant Worf: Questions are the beginning of wisdom, the mark of a true warrior.

Kahless: Do not forget that a leader need not answer questions of those he leads. It is enough that he says to do a thing, and they will do it. If he says to run, they run. If he says to fight, they fight. If he says to die - they die.

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Kahless: You still do not believe it is me, do you, Worf?

Lieutenant Worf: I want to believe.

Kahless: That is a beginning.

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Kahless: Long ago, a storm was heading toward the city of Quin'lat. The people sought protection within the walls, all except one man who remained outside. I went to him and asked what he was doing. "I am not afraid," he said. "I will not hide my face behind stone and mortar. I will stand before the wind and make it respect me." I honored his choice and went inside. The next day, the storm came, and the man was killed. The wind does not respect a fool. Do not stand before the wind, Gowron.

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Kahless: Something still weighs heavy on the brow of the son of Mogh.

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Gowron: Where is he, Picard?

Captain Jean-Luc Picard: I assume that you're referring to Kahless.

Gowron: I am referring to the filthy pahtak who is using his name!

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Gowron: I oppose you. I say you are not Kahless, and I will not bend my knee to you as long as I can draw breath - or pick up a blade.

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[Worf has suggested that Kahless be made Emperor and spiritual leader of the Klingon world]

Koroth: The title is meaningless without the power to back it up!

Lieutenant Worf: Real power comes from within the heart.

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Lieutenant Worf: Even if he is not the real Kahless, he is the rightful heir to Kahless.

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Lieutenant Worf: I went to Boreth to find my faith. For a time, I thought I had, but my heart is empty again. I do not know what to believe.

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Kahless: Kahless left us - all of us - a powerful legacy, a way of thinking and acting that makes us Klingon. If his words hold wisdom and his philosophy is honorable, what does it matter if he returns? What is important is that we follow his teachings. Perhaps the words are more important than the man.

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Kahless: I am Kahless, and I have returned.

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Koroth: What is the story of The Promise, Worf?

Lieutenant Worf: When Kahless had united our people and gave them the laws of honor, he saw that his work was done, so one night he gathered his belongings and departed for the edge of the city to say goodbye.

Koroth: The people wept. They did not want him to go.

Lieutenant Worf: Then Kahless said: "You are Klingons. You need no one but yourselves. I will go now to Sto-vo-kor, but I promise, one day I will return." Then Kahless pointed to a star in the sky and said: "Look for me there, on that point of light."

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Koroth: So, here we are - on a world circling that distant point of light. It has been fifteen centuries since he made that promise, and still we wait. What are ten days in the life of one Klingon compared to that? Is the son of Mogh really so easily discouraged? You came to us seeking answers, but this is a place of questions. Open your heart to Kahless. Ask him your questions. Let him speak to you with your mind unclouded by doubt or hesitation. Only then can you find what you are looking for. If you cannot do that... then perhaps you should return to your starship.

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Lt. Commander Data: I once had what could be considered a crisis of the spirit.

Lieutenant Worf: You?

Lt. Commander Data: Yes. The Starfleet officers who first activated me on Omicron Theta told me I was an android - nothing more than a sophisticated machine with human form; however, I realized that if I was simply a machine, I could never be anything else. I could never grow beyond my programming. I found that difficult to accept, so I chose to believe... that I was a person, that I had the potential to be more than a collection of circuits and subprocessors. It is a belief which I still hold.

Lieutenant Worf: How did you come to your decision?

Lt. Commander Data: I made... a leap of faith.

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[repeated line]

Kahless: I have returned.

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Kahless: [telling the story of his sword] I went into the mountains, all the way to the volcano at Kri'stak. There I cut off a lock of my hair and thrust it into the river of molten rock that poured from the summit. The hair began to burn. Then I plunged it into the lake of Lusor and twisted it into this sword, and after I used it to kill Molor, I gave it a name: Bat'leth - the Sword of Honor.

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Klingons: We are Klingons!

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Lieutenant Worf: It is true - Kahless has returned!

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Kahless: You have no joy, Gowron.

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[after defeating Kahless in battle]

Gowron: Kahless - the greatest warrior of them all!

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