A full-blooded Klingon from the House of Mogh, General Worf is the de facto leader of the Klingon Empire, although he must answer to the Klingon High Council. As the leader of the Empire's military might, the General is the most powerful Klingon in the Alpha and Beta Quadrants.
The Klingon Empire warships outnumber those of the Maquis, the band of refugees and criminals who are fighting the Empire to regain their freedom, by two to one. Things are changing, however - more worlds are breaking away from the might of the Empire - or attempting to - and more individuals are choosing to join the Maquis. One of the central fights early in the story involves several Vulcan provinces which are quickly defeated by the Empire's warships, but prove an important diversion for the Maquis in the meantime.
The General has a young male lover, Geron, the Bajoran Crown Prince, who is kidnapped by Kathryn Janeway and the crew of 'Voyager'. Janeway intends to use the Prince as leverage against the General, but is foiled when one of her crewmembers allows the Prince to escape. Geron is returned to the General via a Romulan bounty hunter, whom the General has imprisoned when he cannot reveal the identity of the Prince's kidnapper. Geron later 'reveals' it to him as a Vulcan named Tuvok, whom the General vows to capture and execute.
The General and Geron have a bumpy relationship - Geron is sexually voracious and pathologically unfaithful, even aboard the Klingon warship, which is only the size of 'Voyager'. The largest ship in the Klingon fleet, the Negh'Var, is captained by Martok, who is a bitter enemy of the General and briefly allies himself with Janeway. The General finds this out and has Martok and his mutinous crew imprisoned, thus putting him one step closer to the powerful seat as head of the Klingon High Council.
The General is an intelligent, unyielding man, except when it comes to Geron, whom he cannot rid himself of or refuse anything. Finally, in order to diffuse the tension among his crew, he returns Geron to his family on Bajor. When he returns to his ship, he is suprised (and pleased) to find that his old 'friend', Elim Garak, has been captured and returned to his rightful place by the General's side. With Elim to guide him in his war plans, he feels that he will be able to re-assert the Empire's might to the Vulcans, the Romulans, and whomever else dares to step out of line.
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