Tenmei and Matthias join Shar when he returns home to Andor.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

From The Back Cover:

ANDOR: On the eve of a great celebration of their ancient past, the unusual and mysterious Andorians, a species with four sexes, must decide how much they are willing to sacrifice in order to ensure their survival. Biological necessity clashes with personal ethics; cultural obligation vies with love -- and Ensign Thirishar ch'Thane returns home to the planet he forswore, to face not only the consequences of his choices, but a clandestine plan to alter the very nature of his kind.


Shar receives a message from his mother Charivretha asking him to return to Andor: her party, the Progressives, have been accused by their rivals the Visionists, of which Thriss' mother Thantis is a leading member, of secretly planning to re-engineer Andorians into a dual sex species. With Lieutenant Commander Matthias planning to visit the planet for Thriss' funeral, Shar and Prynn Tenmei choose to travel with her.

A riot in the capital upsets their travel plans and forces Shar and Prynn to travel with Matthias to Thantis' home. They are joined by Charivretha, who asks Shar to return to the capital with her. Instead, Shar and Prynn briefly abscond in a stolen shuttle. In their absence, Charivretha is kidnapped after being drugged with a quantity of the semi-illegal saf being transported by Matthias.

Thia, a woman present at the keep, admits her bondmates are responsible and guides Shar, Prynn, and Matthias to the reserve where Charivretha is being held, tending to an injured Matthias while Shar and Prynn affect a rescue. Shar discovers the materials he previously brought back to Andor have resulted in research allowing increased Andorian fertility and multiple births but that the rumours of genetic re-engineering are also true. Charivretha resigns from the Federation Council.

With some of the wounds healed, Shar is allowed to lead the mourners at Thriss' funeral but Thia is disowned by her bondmates, despite no charges being laid. Shar chooses to stay behind on Andor and form a new bond group with her, Anichent and Dizhei but not before presenting Prynn with an Andorian betrothel token.



Sessethantis zh'CheenThavanichent th'DaniThezalden ch'LethaPhillipa Matthiaszh'NasthaVindizhei sh'RraazhVanazhad ch'Shalch'Shelosth'SivasPrynn Tenmeith'TethisCharivretha zh'ThaneThirishar ch'ThaneArenthialeh zh'Vazdish'Veilethsh'YetheZhendeunnamed Andorians
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AriosJulian BashirCharaleasShathrissia zh'CheenChon SibiasJack DiAngeloEarth GuardianFire GuardianVic FontaineKira NerysLeiloMikaela LeishmanJosef MengeleMirehCrell MosetTujiro NakamuraNogQuarkReshusRistath'SaarashJason SenkowskiShanchenBenjamin SiskoNoonien SoongStar GuardianSimon TarsesRuriko TenmeiThalisar the LastThirisharThirizazT'LatrekUthiriUzavehElias Vaughnth'VrashWater GuardianZheusalHravishran th'Zoarhi


AndorArchipelagoBajorB'hava'elCentral CanalCheen-Thitar KeepCheshras IslandCoral CanyonDeep Space 9 (docking pylondocking ringReplimat) • Frost RiverGrand ChamberGrand StaircaseGreat Rift RangeGreat WashHarbortownHeroes AntechamberHill CountryKhyzhon SeaMoss RiverNitra BridgeOrbital Control StationPlaza of FreedomReserveShessTemple ButteTemple PathThelasa-veiThelasa-vei ProvinceTherin ParkTower HillVezhdar PlainZhevra
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AshallaBadlandsBetazedDenorios BeltDodge CityDramiaEarthEuropa NovaGamma QuadrantMarsMediterranean SeaNew GuineaQuark'sRomeRomulan Neutral ZoneSan FranciscoStarbase 219TitanTrillVic'sVulcan

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Defiant (Defiant-class) • Sagan (Type-10 shuttlecraft) • saucer car (aircar) • Violaunnamed civilian shuttles
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Races and culturesEdit

Andorian (Reiji) • HumanKtarianVulcan
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States and organizationsEdit

Andorian Imperial GuardAndorian Science InstituteEnclaveHomeworld SecurityParliament AndoriaProgressive PartySat 2 newsnetStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsVisionist Party
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Art Institute of BetazedByzantine EmpireDominionFederation CouncilFederation News ServiceOrion SyndicatePromenade Merchants' AssociationSat 6Satellite Station 3Starfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet MedicalTal ShiarZhevra University

Science and technologyEdit

ablative armorAndorian gendersbloodbombchronometerCipherDNAEM pulsefossilholoMarbagonian plaguemedical tricorderpaddphaserplasteelrebreatherrecyclerreplicatorsensorstarbasetoothcleanertransparent aluminumtransportertransporter scramblertricordervolcano


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Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralbotanistcaptaincommandercouncillordoctorensignFederation CouncillorFirst Princesslieutenant commandermagistratepiratePresident of the United Federation of PlanetsPresider of the Parliament Andoriarepresentativesentinel

Other referencesEdit

Andoriiarboretumbat'lethBattle of BetazedcearacoppercreditcrystalDeepeningDominion WardrumEmpty ThroneFederation StandardfruitgargoylegraniteGre'thorharikathekakatrakhethleatherThe Liturgy of the Temple of Uzavehmask of griefmess hallmonstermoonobsidianoceanorbital skydivingquartzraktajinoration barRigelian cream cakeRite of MemorysafThe Scarlet LetterSendingshaplashelthrethshreyasilkSpring Water FestivalstatuesuicidesunglassessurfboardsurfingThe Tale of the BreakingtapestrytattootezhaTime of Knowingvithi bulbwaterWholeWhole Vessel LawwinewoodWorld War IIzhiassa


Background informationEdit

  • This novel is written by Heather Jarman.
  • This is the second of two stories in Worlds of Deep Space Nine, Volume One. The first story contained in this book is Cardassia: The Lotus Flower.
  • Andor, rather than Andoria, is given as the favored Andorian name for their homeworld.
  • The end of the book contains a glossary of terms in Andorii.

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Short stories and novellas "Horn and Ivory" • "The Officers' Club" • Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found)Rules of AccusationI, The Constable
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Omnibuses Twist of FaithThese Haunted Seas



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