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Image of the Caves of No'Mat

No'Mat, or the Caves of No'Mat, was a location in the southern hemisphere of the planet Qo'noS. This icy mountainous location was known for its lava caves. These caves played a role in the Rite of MajQa wherein a young Klingon while meditating would experience a vision. This vision, or hallucination depending upon one's interpretation, might play a role in the Klingon's future. (TNG: "Birthright, Part I", "Rightful Heir"; DS9: "The Sword of Kahless"; DIS: "The War Without, The War Within")

When Worf was young, he ran away to the Caves of No'Mat and had a vision of Kahless, and was told that he'd do something no other Klingon had ever done. Years later, when "Kahless" returned on Boreth, Worf was convinced that he was the real Kahless when he narrated his appearance and words he had said to the young Worf. (TNG: "Rightful Heir")

Ensign D'Vana Tendi's favorite Klingon acid punk song was about the Caves of No'Mat. When she described it to Beckett Mariner in 2381, Mariner remarked, "acid punkers love singing about caves." (LD: "We'll Always Have Tom Paris")

Background Information[]

"The Sword of Kahless" implies that the home of Worf's family was by the mountains containing the caves.

The draft script for "Rightful Heir" had an extra line where Torin said Worf had told him of his vision of Kahless. Torin decided to imprint that memory in order to get Worf to believe. [1]

According to Star Trek: Star Charts (pp. 61, 62; "United Federation of Planets IV") and Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library ("Federation Historical Highlights, 2161-2385”), there was a star system named No'Mat (Omicron Leonis), in which this planet might possibly have been located, in the Beta Quadrant. This system was located in Klingon space, in the Beta Quadrant.

The Star Trek Encyclopedia, 4th ed., vol. 2, p. 84 also stated that No'Mat was a planet.

According to the script for "Birthright, Part I", this location's name was pronounced as "no-MAT". [2]