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Klyden is a Moclan civilian living aboard the USS Orville with his mate Second Officer Bortus and their son Topa. Klyden accompanied Bortus through his various postings on Planetary Union vessels for several years, already living aboard the Orville in 2419 when Ed Mercer became Captain.

Klyden is portrayed by Chad L. Coleman.

History Edit

Much of Klyden's background is unknown. He was originally born female, which his parents changed to male shortly after birth. His parents never disclosed the operation to him.[1]

Klyden and Bortus have been mates for six-and-a-half years. Their gomaska, or first date, was dinner at the Moclan Central Arcade and playing in a combat simulator. Klyden has accompanied his mate on at least two starships: the USS Clemens and the Orville.[1]

Klyden underwent a routine medical evaluation to live on the Clemens. It was the first time a non-Moclan Medical Officer examined Klyden, and he learned that he was originally born female.[1]

Dispute over Topa Edit

In October, 2419, Bortus laid an egg and, 21 days later, Klyden and Bortus welcome their new child, a female.[2]

The newborn causes a stir on the Orville. Modern Moclans are an all-male species. According to Isaac, a female is born only once every 75 years. Privately, Klyden and Bortus agree to surgically alter the sex of the child to male, and the couple refrain from naming the child until after the operation.[1]

About a Girl

Klyden carrying Topa along with his mate, Bortus

Eventually Bortus experiences a change of heart and opposes the operation. However, Klyden remains in staunch favor of sex reassignment. During an argument, Klyden discloses his female birth. Bortus is upset that he was not told sooner, but Klyden says he was worried Bortus would leave him were Bortus to learn his birth-sex.[1]

To prevent the procedure, Bortus demands Tribunal on Moclus. Klyden is horrified by the prospect of a public trial. The trial lasts a single day. The jury finds in favor of Klyden and the child undergoes the operation. The parents take the child and return to the Orville. In their quarters, Klyden and Bortus reconcile for the good of the child, whom they have named Topa.[1]

Tribunal AftermathEdit

"Bortus, will you be home for dinner?"
"I have already told you, we have an important diplomatic assignment - I must work late."
"Very well. We will just spend another night by ourselves.
" ― Bortus and Klyden[source]
Klyden and Bortus' relationship begins to deteriorate. Klyden states that he feels neglected by Bortus, who spends very long hours at his post on the bridge. Unwilling to discuss the matter, Bortus leaves for work early. Saddened by their argument, Klyden tries a bowl of rocky road ice cream and watches The Sound of Music[3] to try and uplift his mood.[4]

Months later, tensions have risen. Klyden complains to Doctor Claire Finn that Bortus continues to neglect Topa and him. Bortus confides to the Doctor that they continue to fight and have not copulated for some time.[5]

Personality Edit

Compared to his mate, Bortus, Klyden is more personable and outgoing. Typical of Moclans, Klyden speaks in direct, if terse sentences, free of underlying implications or hidden meanings. He is sensitive about Bortus' time spent away on duty, and the "neglect" he feels.[6] Klyden began living with Bortus aboard Union vessels years ago, but Klyden seems to vocalize his complaints only after Topa's birth.[n 1]

KlydenBortusBed

Klyden and Bortus share a bed

The tribunal over their child's sex created a lasting rift between Bortus and he. Roughly a month after the trial, Bortus begins to spend increasing amounts of time at work, sometimes leaving for his shift an hour early to avoid discussing his absence with Klyden.[6] Klyden becomes a compulsive eater, perhaps stemming from depression, and argues with Bortus whenever they are together.[n 2] According to Bortus, in early 2420, the two had not had sex since the tribunal. However, by the middle of the year, the couple's relationship seemed much improved. The two amicably host Captain Mercer for an evening of Oppsada drinking, Latchkum, and conversation.[7]

AppearancesEdit

Notes Edit

  1. This may simply be because Topa's birth and subsequent trial occur in early episodes, meaning we do not have the chance to observe their married life prior to Topa.
  2. A complaint made by Bortus to Claire Finn in Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Episode 1x03: About a Girl
  2. Episode 1x02: Command Performance
  3. 20th Century Fox. The Sound of Music. 20th Cent. Fox. 1965.
  4. Episode 1x04: If the Stars Should Appear
  5. Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger
  6. 6.0 6.1 Episode 1x04: If the Stars Should Appear.
  7. Episode 1x12: Mad Idolatry