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The Qowat Milat were an order of Romulan warrior nuns. They were an all-female group; while a male could train in their ways, he could never truly be one of them. The Qowat Milat were the most feared enemies of the Tal Shiar. (PIC: "Absolute Candor")
Beliefs and practicesEdit
The primary teaching of the Qowat Milat was the Way of Absolute Candor, i.e. the total communication of emotion without filter between thought and word; this ran counter to everything that mainstream Romulans held dear. According to Zani, theirs was a "house of truth". Another of their sayings was "a promise is a prison."
Jean-Luc Picard described the Qowat Milat as "the most skilled single-combat fighters that I have ever seen". They wielded swords known as tan qalanq. Indeed, they were sometimes mistaken for assassins. The Qowat Milat could not be hired, though their assistance could be requested. A Qowat Milat sister could choose to bind her sword to a singular cause as a qalankhkai, or "freeblade", if she judged the cause worthy. The criterion for worthiness was that the cause be a lost one.
In the early 2380s, the Qowat Milat provided invaluable assistance to Admiral Jean-Luc Picard during the Federation effort to rescue Romulans from the impending Romulan supernova. On Vashti alone, they helped to relocate over 250,000 refugees. At this time, they took in an orphan boy, Elnor. Although this was meant to be a temporary arrangement, he would grow up among them. After the Attack on Mars in 2385 led to the withdrawal of Federation support, Qowat Milat qalankhan contributed to maintaining the peace on Vashti.
In 2399, Picard traveled to Vashti aboard La Sirena to beg the Qowat Milat's help for his quest to find and protect Soji Asha. At the urging of their leader Zani, Picard made his case to Elnor, who agreed to bind himself to the mission as a qalankhkai. (PIC: "Absolute Candor")