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Kira undertakes a mission to the Gamma Quadrant to retrieve the orb. (Part two)


Using a freighter obtained by Quark, Major Kira travels to the planet Ares in the Gamma Quadrant in search of the orb that Crockett turned over to the Aresians. When the freighter enters orbit of Ares, it is destroyed by Aresian ships but Kira is able to transport down to the planet.

Kira learns that the Aresians are planning to attack Bajor to obtain the other orbs. When she is discovered, Kira attempts to flee and comes into contact with a group of Aresians who seemingly oppose their warlord leaders actions. However, these Aresians are just as warlike as the others, which saddens Kira given that, like the Bajorans, the Aresians worship the Prophets. Kira tells the story of her own past, how she turned away from a path of violence once the Occupation ended and found peace based on her belief in the Prophets. Her musings do not convince the Aresians, but she is saved by Crockett. Crockett transports them to his ship, which is then brought into the Defiant's shuttlebay. Crockett warns Kira that the Aresians will make good on their threat to invade Bajor.



Julian BashirLane CrockettJadzia DaxKira NerysMiles O'BrienOdoQuarkBenjamin SiskoWinn Adamiunnamed Aresians


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  • "Acceptable Losses" is the second part of The Secret of the Lost Orb trilogy that began in "The Search" and is concluded in "Gods of War".

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