The Klingons are universally reported to have been quite gruff during the gathering at the bar (now known to simply be typical Klingon nature), but this meeting of worlds was a time of peace, and showed signs of camaraderie between the Klingons and Humans. Both species would share and compare different aspects of their cultures. Zefram Cochrane would, for example, compare his Classic Rock to the Klingon's Opera. Doctor Cochrane seemed to take pride in turning on the Jukebox and exposing the Klingons to Roy Orbison, Steppenwolf, and the Rolling Stones ("Ooby Dooby" reportedly confused their universal translator). The Klingons countered by singing their operatic tales of warriors and combat and honor, which one of the Bozeman villagers compared to Viking chants. The reviews were mixed. The Klingons liked precious few of the Earther songs, though they did enjoy the faster paced and harder driven songs (Unfortunately, there were a limited number of Heavy Metal songs on the jukebox). The Humans liked none of the Klingon chants. At least until the alcohol took effect.
As well as comparing music, the two races also compared alcohol. The Klingons complained that the Earther alcohol was too light, though they drank their fair share of it. They likewise found the Tequila worms to remind them of home (they also took the opportunity to introduce humans to 'gagh', believing the natives might enjoy the dish. Such was not the case). The Humans also partook of the Klingon spirits. This culminated in many becoming ill, and others passing out shortly after abiding a few swills. The one Human who managed to truly hold his liquor, both Klingon and Human, was Zefram Cochrane.
All the while, the towns people had crowded into the bar. Those that could not fit in stood in the doors, attempting to watch the alien creatures. The evening took a turn for the interesting a number of times. Some of the Klingons engaged in a game where they rolled dice, and punched whoever was playing square in the face. We are not certain whether it was the winner or loser who received a blow. And the Klingons engaged in a number of other boisterous activities, which took the humans some time (and some drinks) to fully appreciate.
At some point during the festivities, Humanity introduced the Klingons to the concept of a drinking contest. Cochrane would compete in this with Kolikhr. History records that, after an hour or more, the contest ended in a draw. The Klingons were reportedly quite impressed with Doctor Cochrane, stating that his 'livers' must be "black as the fleets of Sto-vo-kor".
The aforementioned activities would seem to belie the gravity and wonder of first contact, and the seriousness the Humans treated it with, and would more likely than not be left out of most academic volumes to properly reflect the drama of the situation*. However, every activity undertaken by the Humans was to greet their visitors and expose them to their culture and way of life and to share with them and come to understand their visitors, even if some of these activities lead to colorful stories. It should also be noted that there was much serious discussion which occurred, in which the Klingons and Humans shared between them their cultures, stories and ideas, and that the colorful events should not be taken as the whole of the story. The collective events, colorful and solemn alike, are part of the story, and are all expressions of curiosity and exploration of the unknown.
Among such serious discussion was an exchange of information about lives and families between the Humans and Klingons, as well as further discussions about their races and nations. Cochrane and the Humans explained the history, culture, and politics of their world. The Klingons themselves explained their own history, culture, and politics, making special note of the glories of the empire, personal honors and glories, and the Emperor Kahless. The Klingons were also permitted access to data-logs the community had, which encompassed an encyclopedic explanation of many things. Such information was examined, studied, and transferred to the ship's computer for further examination.
One thing became evident to the Klingons, both during the time they spent in Bozeman, and when they would further examine the Terran information when they returned to the Empire; Humanity had become weak, and was not expanding. They had fought a global war of devastating proportions for nearly three decades, destroying half of their world. It had been a decade since this war ended, and humanity was in many areas still occupying itself with rebuilding and surviving. Many nations on the globe were not proving capable of even that. To the Klingon mind, that which was not growing was dead. The war also showed to the Klingons a warrior spirit among humanity, but a lack of a code of honor, and many dishonorable actions. The historic records showed many ancient cultures which had practiced ritualism and honor becoming a Klingon, such as the Medieval Europeans and their Chivalry, the Ancient Greeks, the Japanese and their Bushido, the Ancient Chinese, and Mongols**. However, these were long in the past. That which held the Human race together was more morality than any belief in honor, much of which showed emotionalism and help to the weak and timid. However, recent Human history did show a hint of glory. Great nations built great empires, clashing for control of the world and subjugating those who were not strong enough to defeat them. Humanity had ham-strung themselves in time by later believing such things were immoral. But there existed a glimmer.
Much as the Humans had subjugated and conquered their weaker fellows for millenia, so now would the Klingons conquer the whole of Humanity. It seems, perhaps, poetic that mankind conquered neighboring tribes, then towns, then cities, then nations, then empires, and would now itself be conquered by a galactic empire. The Klingon Empire would make Earth apart of its nation, and Kolikhr would make it an important asset for himself.
Unbeknownst to the Earthers, Kolikhr and his crew were not alone. They were but one ship of many which were orbiting Earth and monitoring the Sol System. And Kolikhr and his crew were not the only Klingons on Earth either. At that moment, many Klingon expeditions had landed on Earth to survey the planet's regions and investigate natives. They were not to engage them, as Kolikhr was engaging the people of Bozeman, but were simply to keep their distance and watch. In orbit, Klingon vessels were scanning the planet, noting atmosphere and surface makeup, as well as the materials and resources of this world.
*Indeed, one popular fictional account states that the Klingons, rather than greeting the humans, immediately declared Earth a servant world of the Empire, rounded up the settlers, tortured information of their species and world out of them, and subsequently traveled to each capital ordering the governments to surrender or be destroyed. Those events, in truth, came later, though many people falsely believe the fictional account to be that which is accurate.
**The similarity of the Mongols to the Klingons lead to the theory that a Klingon expedition must have made contact with Earth or settled there many centuries before First Contact.
Standing of House of Ki'hik in 2063
Wall Mural in the Great Hall of the House of Ki'hik, showing (from left to right) Delleren V, Kui II, and Kolothos IX. These were the major planetary holdings of the House at the time.
Head of House:
Lord Ki'hik, son of Lurr, mate of Lady Khidra
Planetary Governorships of:
- Kui II (House Seat)
- Delleren V
- Kolothos IX
Territorial Governorships on:
Territorial ownership of land on Kronos. Mayorship of a number of cities on Kronos, and across the Empire. Mining rights to DuraQ.
- Several thousand slaves/servants (or "Kuve" in Klingonese), including thousands of laborers and workers, and several thousand house slaves (among them war slaves, descendents of those captured in the Romulan war, and slaves culled from the servant worlds).
- A House fleet of several hundred ships.
- Several hundred of her members in the Klingon Defense Force.
- Slaver post on Slirdar.
The House of Ki'hik was a Minor House in the Klingon Empire. Its glory in the modern period began when it was still the House of Lurr. The House of Lurr sent many of its commanders and soldiers into the Romulan War, both with its House fleet and in the overall Klingon Imperial Fleet, and brought the Empire many victories against the Romulans. The sacrifices and honor of her members lead the Emperor to grant the House new governorships, both planetary and territorial, and expanded estates on the Homeworld. With these new worlds came wealth, as well as increased influence. Such was not enough to bring her a seat on the High Council, but it was enough to increase her strength as a Minor House.
Lurr had two living sons, Gar'thr and Ki'hik (the rest dying in the combat), and an adopted son named J'trag. It was Ki'hik who was chosen as successor as Head of the House. The brothers also had sons and daughters. Gar'thr begat Kolikhr (who begat K'tahr) and B'Etara. Ki'hik begat Katrog and Krun. J'trag begat R'Gush, who died in the conquest of Alkaar in 2060.
The political dynamic was tense under the House of Ki'hik. Gret'hr respected his father, yet felt it was he who should have succeeded him to leadership of the House, as he did not feel Ki'hik wise enough nor strong enough to lead to the House to prosperity. Kolikhr would view his uncle with respect, but would also question his leadership of the House. Ki'hik likewise held respect for his nephew, but did not look favorably on the criticisms of his leadership of the House. It was J'trag who kept order, as the neutral, calming voice between the two parts of the family.