Today we present Sskald in a new character art portrait. Sskald is unique among the Warriors of Sto-vo-kor, besides being a cold blooded reptilian Gorn, as he is not a warrior by profession but of necessity. First and foremost Sskald is a scientist specializing in photonic projection theory and application. He creates holograms be they scenarios or personality matrices. His skill is renowned in the Klingon Defense Force and his training programs in use by the Klingon Military Academy have been lauded as “Appropriately Brutal”. He has also been known to utilize holograms in battle to distract the enemy as well as enhance his own defenses.
The Gorn, unlike Klingons, organize their society in a rigid caste system with individuals are bred and hatched into a specific caste that fulfills a specialized purpose within the Gorn Hegemony. The Political caste lead the Hegemony, and negotiate with foreign powers; the Warrior caste serves as the armed forces; and the Labor caste build, farm, and produce art. Sskald is a member of the Innovator caste, a subgroup of the Technology caste and a trail subcaste test bed that mixes DNA strains with other caste groups. Though he has no knowledge of what other groups he has been blended with he suspects that there is a little warrior caste in him.
Sskald’s nature is radically different from the Klingons in the cast and his appearance in this portrait reflects it. Scales and teeth aside his outfit more clearly reflects his profession. Where the Klingons brandish polished armor and great tufts of fur Sskald dons a lab coat and wears it proudly. We also wanted to make Sskald’s affinity for holograms apparent in this portrait.