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Steel and Flame

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official video title

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game promotion image
Steel and Flame is the title of an 80s style rock ballad from the Star Trek Online game "House United", that was published on August 3rd, 2021. The original song was composed and performed by Jason Charles Miller; This Klingon version is performed by L'Rell actress Mary Chieffo. (1) The Klingon translation was provided by Chris Lipscombe.(2)

Synopsis

From the YouTube video description:(3)
Steel and Flame is an epic Klingon anthem, describing L'Rell's return and rise to power within the Klingon empire, and her war against the Mad Emperor J'mpok. Performed by L'rell herself, Mary Chieffo, and written by Jason Charles Miller, this epic symphonic metal brings you right into the fight of House United.

Synopsis of the game; From the YouTube video description:(4)
After traveling to the sacred planet of Boreth and descending into the pits of Gre'thor, J'Ula, matriarch of House Mo'Kai, has resurrected the famed Klingon Warrior, L'Rell (voiced by Mary Chieffo, who originated the role on Star Trek: Discovery). L'Rell will be a guiding light for J'Ula on what it truly means to be Klingon, as players will have to prove themselves and build an army, before heading to Qo'noS for the final epic battle. Captains will also encounter emblematic characters such as Aakar (portrayed by Robert O'Reilly from Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), General Martok (played by J.G. Hertzler from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and Adet'Pa (voiced by Rekha Sharma from Star Trek: Discovery).

Klingon letters

The YouTube preview image uses Klingon letters. These are overlapped with the title of the song "Steel and flame" and that is exactly what the Klingon letters display, except that the final word starts with a P: steel and plame. So when transcribed back, it reads Steel anD plame.

Lyrics

The following English lyrics are taken from the video's hardsubbed subtitles. The lyrics are heard in the song, and were confirmed by Chris Lipscombe.
Lyrics Translation
1 SanDIymey tunobbogh vISIQ I bear the scars that you've given to me
2 'etlh vI'uch 'ej tlhuHmeH tlhab vIneH I hold the sword and I long to breathe free
3 jISIQ qulvo' jIpep'eghmoHtaHvIS This is my fight as I rise from the fire
4 jIboghqa' Sujach 'e' vIQoytaHvIS I am reborn to the sound of your cry
  Chorus
5 mojmeH Ho'DoS mIgh Dalo' You came to be, treacherously
6 'urbogh DevwI', ra'wI' ngeb Traitorous leader, false commander
7 yayna' vIchavchu' I will achieve full victory
8 qeytaHvIS Sotlaw'raj As I ignore your pleas
9 baS'e' qul ['e' vI-Do-lo'] [?] Wreathed in steel and flame
10 wo'vam vIDoQqa'chu' This empire I will reclaim
11 wa'SanIDlogh peHegh Die a thousand times
12 qo'vam vIche' 'e' boSov Then you'll know this world is mine
  instrumental break
13 jach 'IwlIj mInDu'wIj boleghDI' Your blood will scream when you look in my eyes
14 Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam 'e' boSov You'll know today is a good day to die
15 meQtaHbogh qachDaq jISuvQo' I will not fight in a house that's on fire
16 jIche' 'ej jIpIlmoH 'e' vIHech neH My only end is to rule and inspire
  Chorus
5 mojmeH Ho'DoS mIgh Dalo' You came to be, treacherously
6 'urbogh DevwI', ra'wI' ngeb Traitorous leader, false commander
7 yayna' vIchavchu' I will achieve full victory
8 qeytaHvIS Sotlaw'raj As I ignore your pleas
9 baS'e' qul ['e' vI-Do-lo'] [?] Wreathed in steel and flame
10 wo'vam vIDoQqa'chu' This empire I will reclaim
11 wa'SanIDlogh peHegh Die a thousand times
12 qo'vam vIche' 'e' boSov Then you'll know this world is mine
  -
17 tlhIH lIjey You will fail
18 Hoch SoS To the Mother of all
  guitar solo
  Chorus
9 baS'e' qul ['e' vI-Do-lo'] [?] Wreathed in steel and flame
10 wo'vam vIDoQqa'chu' This empire I will reclaim
11 wa'SanIDlogh bIHegh Die a thousand times
12 qo'vam vIche' 'e' boSov Then you'll know this world is mine
  Chorus
9 baS'e' qul ['e' vI-Do-lo'] [?] Wreathed in steel and flame
10 wo'vam vIDoQqa'chu' This empire I will reclaim
11 wa'SanIDlogh bIHegh Die a thousand times
12 qo'vam vIche' 'e' boSov Then you'll know this world is mine

Notes

When Chris Lipscombe had finished his first draft, he sent it to the producers. His version was slightly different from the above lyrics:(5)
  • line 3 had the verb jISuv.
  • line 4 was originally provided differently, using the verb SaQ "cry", which was replaced by jach "scream". Chris Lipscombe originally interpreted the lyrics that the people were crying.
  • line 9 was originally something entirely different.

Klingon analysis and critics

  • The Klingon translation is just perfect with no points to criticize.
  • Some viewers have criticized that the song rhymes in the original version, but not in Klingon.
  • The pronunciation of Mary Chieffo is pretty good, but still she does some minor mistakes. These are mostly speaking j as zh, S as English "s", saying Q like q, slightly swallowing gh as in English "though", and nearly always ignoring the glottal stop.

Details

Lyrics Jason Charles Miller
Music Jason Charles Miller
Singer Mary Chieffo
Translation Chris Lipscombe, KLI
Guitar solo Gary Joseph Potter Jr.
Editor / Mixer Geoff Bisente
Source: (6)

See also

References

1 : Mary Chieffo Interview on ScreenRant.com, John Orquiola, published August 03, 2021

2 : The Screen Rant interview mentions "The Klingon Language Institute" without giving a name.

3 : Star Trek Online: Steel and Flame by Mary Chieffo and Jason Charles Miller on YouTube, uploaded August 5th, 2021

4 : Star Trek Online Reveals Klingon Song on YouTube, uploaded August 03, 2021

5 : all additional notes for the original version provided in a personal conversation between Chris Lipscombe and Lieven Litaer of August 4th, 2021.

6 : Jason Charles Miller on Twitter, posted August 3rd, 2021

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