- For other uses, see Cult.
The Cult of the Pah-wraiths were a fringe group that existed within Bajoran culture and consisted of those of their number that worshipped the Pah-wraiths instead of the Prophets. The cult was formed after the Cardassian occupation of Bajor by those Bajorans who believed that the Prophets had forsaken them and allowed their world to be ravaged by the invaders. Such people turned their devotion instead to the trapped Pah-wraiths and believed the entities would bring about the Restoration of Bajor and, thus, a new age for their people.
The members of the cult identified themselves with their use of red earrings and arm bands. For the most part the cult wasn't taken very seriously for some years. However, after the closing of the Bajoran wormhole in December 2374, the cult gained a lot of support from Bajorans who felt forsaken by the Prophets. While they seemed to disperse again after Benjamin Sisko managed to restore the wormhole at least one group took over Empok Nor where they came under the control of Skrain Dukat. (DS9 episodes: "Tears of the Prophets", "Image in the Sand", "Shadows and Symbols", "Covenant")
Late in 2375 Kai Winn Adami converted the belief in the Pah-wraiths, though she kept this secret and was never an official member of the cult. (DS9 episodes: "'Til Death Do Us Part", "Strange Bedfellows", "The Changing Face of Evil", "When It Rains...", "What You Leave Behind")
In 2380, the Cult discovered an orb of the Pah-wraith, the Orb of Vengeance, in the Gamma Quadrant. The orb was later brought to a planet in the Badlands for a ceremony in which Dukat was freed from the Fire Caves. (DS9 short story: "The Dreamer and the Dream")
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In 2409, Cerin Teresa, daughter of Dukat and Cerin Mika, led a band of True Way Cardassians to the Fire Caves on Bajor. The cultists revered the Pah-wraiths in an attempt to release them and the trapped Dukat, and Cerin was briefly the vessel for the Pah-wraiths. However, an Allies away team defeated Cerin and prevented the Pah-wraiths' release. (STO - Cardassian Struggle mission: "Cage of Fire")
In the same year, the return of the Orb of Possibilities to the mirror universe by the Allies led Leeta to discover the Kosst Amojan. (STO - Cardassian Struggle missions: "Spoils of War", "Message from Another Universe I") This allowed Leeta to become a vessel of the Pah-wraith and gain extraordinary strength and physical resilience. She was defeated in this form by AQA troops boarding Terok Nor when the Terran Empire attempted to invade the primary universe. (STO mission: "Assault on Terok Nor")