Fleet Captain Krogan

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Deranged Nasat, May 9, 2014.

  1. Deranged Nasat

    Deranged Nasat Vice Admiral Admiral

    I've been meaning to make note of this for a while, but keep forgetting and/or missing opportunities to bring it up in something resembling a sensible context.

    In A Time To Kill, the Klingon Fleet Captain leading the assault force poised to attack Tezwa is named Krogan. The krogan are the "Proud Warrior Race" of another sci-fi setting, Mass Effect. Since A Time to Kill predates that game series, this is a coincidence. Still, it's an amusing one, no?

    'Krogan' is a fine Klingon name, but now it's even finer.

    Here's to the aptly named Fleet Captain Krogan. Now there's a Klingon who surely has a quad.
  2. JD

    JD Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jul 22, 2004
    Arizona, USA
    Could it be a reference to something?
  3. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    Probably just coincidence. English-speakers often use names with "K" or "Kr" sounds in them to connote strength and toughness, and there may be a resonance with German krieg, meaning war. Plus a lot of alien names in fiction are coined based on slight variations on familiar names, and "Krogan" is reminiscent of the Gaelic name "Grogan" (which comes from a root meaning anger or fierceness, by the way, though that's probably coincidence).
  4. Jarvisimo

    Jarvisimo Captain Captain

    Jan 4, 2011
    I think the Krogan do have a few -deliberate - Klingon allusions. But they also, as Christopher, infers seem drawn from the generic melting pot of tough warrior aliens. Still headbutting, clans and Michael Dorn all seem quite thlingon in nature...

  5. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    In that case, "Krogan" sounds like it was derived from its resemblance to "Klingon," so it's not that surprising that it would coincidentally show up as an actual Klingon name. There are only so many ways to put sounds together. And there have been so many Klingon names coined by now that it's a statistical likelihood that at least one of them would be coincidentally identical to a name used in another fictional context.
  6. Deranged Nasat

    Deranged Nasat Vice Admiral Admiral

    I wonder what Klingons would think of krogan, given that for all their warrior prowess the krogan are, in their natural state, the hunted as much as the hunter, if not more so? Krogan are basically their planet's equivalent of rabbits, ecologically speaking. Which is largely why they're so aggressive.
  7. Avro Arrow

    Avro Arrow Vice Admiral Moderator

    Jan 10, 2003
    It's actually a reference to Mass Effect. David Mack can see the future... don't let him tell you otherwise! :shifty:

    Krogan: When I came of age, a bunch of warriors poked me with painsticks!
    krogan: Yeah? I had to go up against a Thresher Maw. Your move, Klingon.
    Krogan: Um, well, there were a *lot* of painsticks...
  8. Skywalker

    Skywalker Admiral Admiral

    Feb 24, 2005