Sto-Vo-Kor

Sto-Vo-Kor or Sto-vo-kor is one of several concepts of the Klingon afterlife, mentioned often on the Star Trek television show.

Meaning

The glossary in the back of Keith R.A. DeCandido's novel "Diplomatic Implausibility" goes on to define Sto-Vo-Kor as "the afterlife for the honored dead, where all true warriors go after they die to fight an eternal battle. The closest Klingon equivalent to heaven." (1) Klingons in Sto-Vo-Kor serve in the yo' qIj "Black Fleet".

Klingon Spelling

The Klingon spelling for this is Suto'vo'qor (2). Marc Okrand provided a few words for the novel where this spelling is to be found.

Unfortunately, this is a term that Paramount writers came up with. Okrand had nothing to do with it. This means that the writers didn't ask Okrand what Klingon words sound like, so they made up something that a Klingon couldn't really pronounce: The pair of letters at the beginning of Sto-Vo-Kor form a consonant cluster that never happens in the Klingon language. Maybe there's a vowel in there that the English transliteration omits.

It's also possible that some dialects of Klingon include such sounds, and that "Sto-Vo-Kor" is a name that derives from one of them.

English spelling

There are different spellings – with lower case and upper case letters – which are both correct.

It's spelled "Sto-Vo-Kor" in TKW p. 144, the script to the TNG episode "Rightful Heir", and "The Next Generation Companion" by Larry Nemecek. However, it's spelled "Sto'Vo'Kor" and "Sto-vo-kor" in the scripts of some later episodes.

So generally, it probably should be spelled "Sto-Vo-Kor" to be consistent with the earlier scripts and TKW, but "Sto-vo-kor" is not incorrect, and seems to be a spelling that later materials converged on.

While editing the second edition of the paq'batlh, both Marc Okrand and David Yonge-Mallo didn't press too hard on capitalisation changes in the English text, so they decided to keep it spelled lower case as "Sto-vo-kor". (3)

References

1 : See ➞ Sto-vo-kor article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.

2 : Diplomatic Implausibility, novel by Keith R.A. DeCandido

3 : private message from DYM to Lieven L. Litaer of July 2, 2022



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