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Koon-ut-kal-if-fee

Kirk and Spock engaged in kal-if-fee using a Lirpa and an ahn-woon

The kal-if-fee (which literally translated as "challenge") was a Vulcan "passion fight" to the death, in which two Vulcan males fought for the right to mate with a certain female. During the Vulcan mating ritual known as koon-ut-kal-if-fee, a female could claim kal-if-fee if she did not want the male arranged for her at childhood. At which point, the male arranged for her must fight the female's selected mate. (TOS: "Amok Time")

In 2154, Enterprise NX-01 First Officer T'Pol threatened to declare the kal-if-fee when her betrothed, Koss, informed her that he intended to go through with their prearranged marriage. Koss responded by suggesting that T'Pol's "Human friend" Trip Tucker might make a suitable challenger. T'Pol consequently married Koss without calling for the kal-if-fee. (ENT: "Home")

In 2267, the Vulcan T'Pring, betrothed to Commander Spock of the USS Enterprise, claimed the kal-if-fee and chose Captain Kirk as her champion, all as part of a plot to evade her impending wedding to Spock and instead marry her preferred mate Stonn. (TOS: "Amok Time")

Females may also fight on their own behalf if they so choose. When Vorik underwent pon farr in the Delta Quadrant in 2373 and wanted to take fellow USS Voyager crewmember B'Elanna Torres as his mate, the half-Klingon female ultimately claimed the kal-if-fee and chose to champion herself. (VOY: "Blood Fever")

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