qoSagh... but I can see Klingons who are a very primal lot, using it on ships and space stations to add some of the scents of home to an otherwise odorless metal box.
Or perhaps, as Kirk’s surgeon specialist remarked, to cloak the stench of a metal box. Metals + oxygen + nitrogen + respiration waste gasses react to form different gasses with their own distinct odors. Add to that the smells generated during battle by the burning of metals and plastics and excited Klingons and I can imagine it getting pretty thick in that metal box, especially in small confined areas such as bridges and engineering rooms.
(Unfortunately, chemistry is a personal failing point for me, and I cannot explain the processed involved. If there is anyone out there who can elaborate, please do so!)
To what extent this would put a strain under the environmental controls and air circulation and filtration systems I do not know. I do remember from TFR a mention of increased humidity on board as a reward/celebration for a victorious outcome. Adding any extra strain to a ship’s environmental control systems would best be done during idle times; during pursuit or combat, all available resources would be directed towards the task at hand, leaving nothing left over for relative luxuries such as pumping extra chemicals throughout the vessel.
Bringing the scents of home with you in a metal box is a luxury, though an economical one. But with the likelyhood of Klingons from far-flung and very different worlds serving together in small spaces, who gets to choose the comfort scent? Such things are as much a matter of personal taste as one’s place of origin. I think that burning incense aboard a military ship would be limited by practical considerations to those whose rank entitles them to live one or two to a room, as opposed to the grunts in the barracks who are condemned to live with the smells of each other.
Whether stationed on board an Imperial ship or living on the family farm, Klingons rely much more heavily on their sense of smell than Humans. In societies where justifiable paranoia is the norm, would adding discretionary (optional) scents such as perfume and incense be an extra security measure, in that the user is mucking up the olfactory mix so that it is harder for others to “sniff them out” (both literally and figuratively)?
TFR mentions incense in the brief sexual encounter between Vrenn and the Gunner. Perhaps there are herbal extracts or other materials that, when burned and inhaled, effect the sensory experiences in some way. I also remember a brief mention that the monks of Boreth always had something burning. I believe this was done to induce “visions,” though I don’t remember whether or not this was explicitly stated.
I suspect that burning herbs to alter perceptions has been with all sentient species from the moment they discover or are introduced to fire. (“I don’t remember that tree smelling that good before. And did I just hear the sounds of tidal creatures come out of the baby’s mouth?”) What is incense but an herb-based mixture, finely ground and compressed tight enough to burn?
All that and I don’t think I’ve quite answered Kvoth’s question. Who else wants to speculate? I must get back to PMs, favicons, the use of the apostrophe in account names, and my notes on Imperial macroeconomics. If only I could find an incense blend that would sharpen my powers of concentration.... }}8 S