Klyden is portrayed by Chad L. Coleman.
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.
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.
Dispute over Topa Edit
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.
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.
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.
"Bortus, will you be home for dinner?"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 to try and uplift his mood.
"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]
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.
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. Klyden began living with Bortus aboard Union vessels years ago, but Klyden seems to vocalize his complaints only after Topa's birth.[n 1]
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. 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, Latchcomb, and conversation.
- Episode Two: Command Performance
- Episode Three: About a Girl
- Episode Four: If the Stars Should Appear
- Episode Nine: Cupid's Dagger
- Episode Twelve: Mad Idolatry
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ A complaint made by Bortus to Claire Finn in Episode 9: Cupid's Dagger.