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

Klyden is portrayed by Chad L. Coleman.

Life[edit | edit source]

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, but was discovered years later.[1]

Talla Keyali, Chief of Security of the Orville, stated that records showed Klyden had been educated in "the fundamentals of engineering."[2]

Klyden met Bortus around the year 2413, and the two became mates.

When Bortus was assigned to the USS Clemens, Klyden underwent a routine medical evaluation to join him. It was the first time a non-Moclan medical officer had examined Klyden, and he learned that he was originally born female.[1]

Aboard the USS Orville[edit | edit source]

Sometime later, Bortus was assigned as second officer of the USS Orville under an unnamed captain,[3] and Klyden followed him.

As a civilian aboard the Orville, Klyden was sporadically involved in ship affairs:

  • Around December 2420 or January 2421, Locar, Bortus' former kodashik, visited the Orville. Locar was heterosexual, a secret known to a few including Bortus. Bortus disclosed Locar's secret to Klyden, and Klyden confronted Locar in the Environmental Simulator, vowing to reveal his sexuality to Moclan authorities. (Heterosexuality was regarded as a perversion, punishable with life imprisonment.) Despondent, Locar faked his own death and framed Klyden as his murderer. Klyden was held in the Brig during this time, but maintained his innocence. Chief of Security Talla Keyali found Locar hiding in a shuttle. A tribunal on Moclus convicted Locar, presumably for acting on his heterosexual desires and for framing Klyden for murder, and Klyden was freed.[2]
  • While the Orville was docked at Kaylon 1 a month later, Klyden attended Isaac's farewell party with Bortus and Topa in the Mess Hall. When the Kaylon seized the Orville as part of their war on biological life, the Kaylon found Klyden with Topa in their quarters and took them captive in the ship's Shuttle Bay.[4]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Klyden and Bortus became mates in 2413. Their gomaska, or first date, was dinner at the Moclan Central Arcade and playing in a combat simulator. Klyden accompanied his mate on at least two starships: the USS Clemens and the Orville.[1]

In October 2419, Bortus laid an egg and, 21 days later, Klyden and Bortus welcomed their new child, a female.[5]

Dispute over Topa[edit | edit source]

The newborn caused a stir on the Orville. Modern Moclans were a nearly all-male species and a female birth was exceedingly are. Privately, Klyden and Bortus agreed to surgically alter the sex of the child to male, and the couple refrained from naming the child until after the operation.[1]

Klyden carrying Topa along with his mate, Bortus

Eventually Bortus experienced a change of heart and opposed the operation. However, Klyden remained in staunch favor of sex reassignment. During an argument, Klyden disclosed his female birth. Bortus was upset that he was not told sooner, but Klyden said he was worried Bortus would leave him were Bortus to learn his birth-sex.[1]

To prevent the procedure, Bortus demanded Tribunal on Moclus. Klyden was horrified by the prospect of a public trial. The trial lasted a single day. The jury found in favor of Klyden and the child underwent the operation. The parents took the child and returned to the Orville. In their quarters, Klyden and Bortus reconciled for the good of the child, whom they named Topa.[1]

Life after the tribunal[edit | edit source]

Klyden and Topa.

"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.
πŸ”ˆβ„ΉοΈŽβ€” Bortus and Klyden[6]

The tribunal over their child's sex created a lasting rift. Roughly a month after the trial, Bortus began to spend increasing amounts of time at work, sometimes leaving for his shift an hour early to avoid discussing his absence with Klyden.[7] Klyden stated that he felt neglected by Bortus, who spent very long hours at his post on the bridge; he became a compulsive eater, perhaps stemming from depression, and argued with Bortus whenever they were together.[n 1] According to Bortus in early 2420, the two had not had sex since the tribunal.[8]

By June 2420, the now eight-month-old Topa matured to the equivalent of a seven-year-old human. Complaining that he could not spend his day entertaining Topa, Klyden had Bortus enroll Topa in the Orville's school.[9]

Divorce attempt and reconciliation[edit | edit source]

By August, Klyden had grown despondent. "I feel Bortus does not wish to be with me," he later recalled. "That he does not find me attractive anymore." Klyden attempted to divorce Bortus while he slept in their quarters by plunging a dagger into his chest - a traditional Moclan divorce.[10]

The attempt was unsuccessful. Klyden was thrown into the Brig until Ed released him at Bortus' insistence, and the couple attended daily couples counseling with Doctor Claire Finn.[10]

Tensions resurface[edit | edit source]

After Klyden's unsuccessful divorce attempt, the couple return to married life. In the months that followed, Klyden and Bortus maintained a strained peace. They attended a Union Symphony concert with Topa in December 2420. At the same time, Bortus grew a mustache which embarrassed and disgusted Klyden. Bortus relented and removed it.[11]

Klyden's persistent and deep disrespect of women grated on Bortus. When Topa shoved his classmate, Olivia, for a toy, Bortus was upset to hear Topa say Klyden believed females were inferior and therefore "it doesn't matter what they think." Klyden, on the other hand, believed life aboard the Orville had changed Bortus' view of women for the worse.[12]

Soon after, The Sanctuary, a refuge for Moclan females, applied for recognition within the Planetary Union, and Moclus threatened to secede. Klyden was happy by the possibility to return to Moclus. Bortus said Klyden never felt comfortable aboard the ship and did not like living around so many women and girls on the Orville - though Klyden denied this.[12]

Alternative timelines[edit | edit source]

In the original timeline where Pria Lavesque did not rescue the Orville from a dark matter storm, Klyden was killed along with the rest of the crew.[13]

In an alternate timeline where Ed Mercer did not become captain of the Orville, Klyden lived with Bortus and Topa aboard the Orville under Captain Griffith. During the Battle of Earth, all hands evacuated the Orville, and Klyden and Topa fled to Moclus. The two died when the Kaylon destroyed Moclus several months later.[14]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Klyden and Bortus share a bed

Compared to his mate, Bortus, Klyden was more personable and outgoing. Typical of Moclans, Klyden spoke in direct, terse sentences, free of underlying implications or hidden meanings. He was sensitive about Bortus' time spent away on duty, and the "neglect" he felt.[7] Klyden began living with Bortus aboard Union vessels years ago, but Klyden seems to have vocalized his complaints only after Topa's birth.[n 2]

Klyden was far more cautious and conservative than his mate. When the Union investigated whether a large construct orbiting the planet Alibar was a weapon, Klyden sharply criticized the mission because it prevented the Krill from preemptively destroying the possible threat. To Klyden, if the construct were a weapon, then the Krill did them a favor; and if the construct were not, then the Krill attacked a reclusive society of little consequence.[15]

Relationship with the crew[edit | edit source]

Klyden maintained friendly relations with the crew during his early period aboard the Orville, but things started to sour after successfully changing Topa's sex to male in November 2419.

Chief of Security Talla Keyali bitterly hated Klyden. She had a romantic interest in Locar, and blamed Klyden for Locar's life imprisonment for heterosexuality. In her final conversation with Klyden, she ordered him never to speak to her again.[2]

Production[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When Topa first begins attending school on the Orville, Klyden is dissatisfied that Cassius does not offer combat training. Bortus states that they intend to find a tutor for their child.[16]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. ↑ A complaint made by Bortus to Claire Finn in Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger.
  2. ↑ 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.

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