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Brigadier Kerla was a Klingon officer who served as Chancelor Gorkon's military adviser in 2293.

In that year, immediately after the destruction of the Klingon moon Praxis, Kerla responded to a message sent from the USS Excelsior, claiming they did not require assistance, and warning them to stay outside of the Neutral Zone.

Two months later, Kerla accompanied Gorkon and his contingent to Earth to engage in peace talks, and attended a formal dinner on board the USS Enterprise, which was escorting the chancellor's ship to Federation space. During the dinner, Kerla voiced his opinion that peace talks with the Federation would inevitably lead to the annihilation of the Klingon people.

Following the assassination of Chancellor Gorkon, Kerla continued to act as military adviser to Azetbur, Gorkon's daughter, who was elevated to the position of chancellor in the wake of her father's death. In this capacity, Kerla recommended attacking the Federation while they were still capable, but was rebuffed by Azetbur, who preferred to pursue her father's goal of peace. Kerla later accompanied Azetbur to the peace talks on Camp Khitomer, and helped to protect her during an assassination attempt on the Federation president. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

Kerla was played by actor Paul Rossilli.
His quote that it would be "better to die on our feet than live on our knees" is an oft-used remark by Emiliano Zapata, a leader of the Mexican Revolution and contemporary of Pancho Villa. The novelization of the film states that he and Azetbur are lovers.

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