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The Original Linguist

by Paddy Tye, First Edition Creative Manager

1st October 2020

Earlier this year, I asked for suggestions about names for the new universal Klingons in A Private Little War. Despite the many amusing suggestions the community came up with, one serious suggestion won out.

Marc Okrand is an American linguist and expert in Native American languages. In 1982, he was coordinating closed captioning work for that year's Academy Awards when he met the producer for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He was subsequently employed by Paramount Pictures to help with dubbing in Vulcan language dialogue for Spock and Saavik in that film (the actors had already been filmed talking in English).

Mok'Rand

Following this, he was also hired by Paramount to develop the Klingon language and coach the actors using it in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and the later movies which followed. He based the Klingon language on the few lines of dialogue spoken at the start of Star Trek: The Motion Picture and in 1985 he published The Klingon Dictionary, a comprehensive guide to the Klingon language and syntax!

Marc Okrand has made such a huge contribution to the depth of knowledge about Klingon culture, that it seemed only appropriate to name a personnel after him. As such, Mok'Rand was born!

Besides being a "talented linguist", Mok'Rand adds SECURITY, Exobiology and some rare Klingon Intelligence! If you're using him in a strict TOS only deck, he also adds Diplomacy and Biology! And he can be downloaded using Preserver Obelisk, and has one of the skills needed to solve Agricultural Assessment (if you're only using TOS personnel).

On a separate note, there is another hidden theme spread across 4 cards on this set, related to a particular sports team.... can you identify all 4 cards and explain why 2020 has been a significant year for that team?


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