- In our universe, a Cardassian sleeper agent—Iliana Ghemor—was once surgically altered to resemble and replace resistance fighter Kira Nerys, future Starfleet captain and hero of the planet Bajor's liberation. That plan never reached fruition, and the fate of the agent remained unknown...until now.
- Robbed of the past sixteen years, Iliana Ghemor is back with a vengeance. Over a decade and a half of imprisonment and abuse by her former masters has brought her to the brink of madness, sustained only by the twisted belief that she is, in fact, the real Kira Nerys. She has already made one near-successful attempt on the real Kira's life, but instead of assuming the identity of the woman she was intended to replace, Ghemor has set her sights on the most unexpected target of all: Kira's other double, the malicious Intendant, Bajor's iron-fisted ruler in the alternate reality commonly known as the "Mirror Universe." But far more is unfolding in the Mirror Universe than Ghemor realizes, and the heroes of Deep Space Nine somehow must stop the false Kira without derailing the delicate flow of history that must unfold if both universes, and countless others, are to survive.
- Parallel stories following Iliana Ghemor and the real Kira Nerys reflect and build upon each other in this Two-in-One "Flip Book," the continuation of the ongoing DS9 saga.
Sisko experiences a vision where various alternate versions of himself tell him that the Prophets opened the gateway to the mirror universe so that he could inspire his counterpart to become that universe's Emissary.
Kira investigates the claim of the mirror universe's Iliana Ghemor that her counterpart has traveled to the mirror universe and replaced the Intendant. Using the Orb of Memory, she discovers that during the occupation she was captured by the Cardassians and held for a week at Elemspur Detention Centre, where she was released by Dukat after her memories had been implanted into a surgically altered Iliana, her death faked and her memory of her capture wiped.
What she doesn't remember is that Dukat blackmailed Entek with the fact he allowed the Bajoran bombing attack on the home of Gul Pirak, causing the death of Illiana's fiancé and enticing her into the Order, without authorization. He then had Illiana, believing herself to be Kira, imprisoned on the Cardassian moon Letau for his own enjoyment, while the Order mistakenly believed the real Kira was Illiana. Illiana escaped with a group of other prisoners at the end of the Dominion War, discovering her true identity and recovering her memories but also retaining Kira's.
The Deep Space 9 crew contact Terok Nor to consult with the resistance but an attack by Alliance ships led by Illiana cuts off communications. Kira transports to the mirror Bajor and Sisko persuades Vaughn to accompany her, supposedly to find his still alive counterpart.
SIDE ONE: Kira / Present
2377: Iliana Ghemor of the mirror universe (Iliana 2) is brought to DS9 for questioning; she refuses to speak to anyone but Captain Kira, and even then only shares select intel. She reveals herself to be a former Obsidian Order operative now allied with the Terran Rebellion against the Alliance. Her assignment was to assassinate Intendant Kira, but she abandoned that mission when she learned of her mentally unstable counterpart's (our universe's Iliana 1) plot to take the Intendant's place. She failed to stop Iliana 1 in our universe and her crossover device was destroyed. The investigation of both Ilianas leads Kira to an Orb encounter that restores suppressed memories—she actually was captured and held at the Elemspur Detention Center during the Occupation. Corbin Entek planned to replace Kira with sleeper agent Iliana 1, though Dukat scrapped the mission at the last minute. Dukat ordered that Kira's memories be wiped and set her free, keeping Iliana 1 as his personal prisoner. Having been haunted over the loss of her friend, Dakahna Vaas, young Kira overcame her guilt and found the will to fight for the future.
Kira and Ro deal with their emotional turmoil regarding Taran'atar. They had both come to respect—even like—him and fear how his actions will affect his own future, despite his betrayal. Ro singularly focuses on her investigations of the Sidau massacre and Taran'atar's actions, stubbornly ignoring her own physical rehabilitation. She eventually accepts help with both the investigation and her rehab from her former-deputy-turned-nurse, Etana Kol. Major Cenn interrogates Iliana 1's lieutenants captured at Harkoum. He's nearly able to divide the criminals' loyalties before Shing-Kur, Iliana's right hand, murders the others via a remote implant. Shing-Kur delivers a message to Kira and Iliana 2: Trakor's First Prophecy—the ascension of the Emissary will bring about a new age for Bajor. Iliana 1's plan is to fulfill that prophecy in the mirror universe by becoming Emissary herself, and to kill all other versions of Kira, whom she feels stole her life, across the multiverse. Kira and Iliana 2 must trust each other in order to stop her.
During an encounter with the Orb of Souls, Benjamin Sisko is called to a conference of Emissaries within the Celestial Temple. His counterparts in other realities all led different lives but eventually fulfilled their destiny, except for the dead Sisko of the mirror universe. The other Siskos inform Ben that, as the slowest (of the surviving Siskos) to accept his destiny, he was intended to lead his mirror self to that acceptance as well. The interdimensional barriers between our reality and the mirror universe were weakened to facilitate this, and Ben's failure to act (despite not realizing his mission) has allowed the insane Iliana Ghemor to threaten the futures of multiple realities. The Siskos determine a plan. Opaka later tells Sisko that the Sidau Orb fragment, the Paghvaram, was long considered a myth, though it may have belonged to long-ago Kai Dava Nikende, who foresaw the need to hide the Orb of Phophecy and Change decades before the Occupation. Vaughn is relieved of duty for his conduct during the Taran'atar pursuit and begins to doubt himself. Sisko presents Vaughn with a secret mission that carries a high price personally and professionally—find Sisko's counterpart (whom Ben falsely claims faked his death) and convince him to become the Emissary. Vaughn accepts while Sisko silently regrets the need to deceive his friends.
Nog builds another crossover device and a trans-dimensional communicator, allowing DS9 to contact the rebels on the mirror Terok Nor. The two crews agree to work together, but their conversation is interrupted by Iliana 1's arrival at Terok Nor, leading the Alliance fleet in the guise of the Intendant. Using the Paghvaram stolen from our side, she prepares to become the mirror universe's Emissary. She creates a scattering field to prevent interference from our reality but Kira and a reinstated Vaughn transport to the mirror Bajor at the last minute.
SIDE TWO: Iliana / Past
2357–2359: Iliana Ghemor (1) is a young woman who dreams of becoming an artist rather than following her parents into civil or military service. Raised in a privileged and sheltered home, she has little use for traditional Cardassian scheming or the politics involving Bajor, despite society's expectations. Corbin Entek sees great potential in Iliana—his covert observations enable him to understand her better than she knows herself. He affirms her concerns about Cardassian society and attempts to recruit her into the Obsidian Order, offering her a way to be part of the solution, though she refuses. Tekeny, recently elevated to the Central Command, and Kaleen, a highly placed inquisitor, allow her to attend the fine arts school at Pra Menkar. Iliana reconnects with Ataan Rhukal, a childhood friend who is now a glinn in the military, and the two begin a love affair. In contrast to Iliana's idealism, Ataan is a dutiful citizen, espousing the merits of colonial imperialism. His opinion of the Bajorans as ignorant, violent animals is only reinforced during his posting to Bajor as a member of Gul Pirak's security detail. Their engagement ends when Ataan is killed in a terrorist attack. Numb to grief, Iliana abandons her "naïve and self-indulgent" life and immediately enrolls in the Obsidian Order's training program.
2359–2361: Iliana trains under Entek for two years, progressing far more quickly than expected and setting new records for the institute. She confronts her inner demons, hones her innate skills of observation, and embraces the traditional values of self-sacrifice and service to the state, hoping to make a difference in the chaotic universe. Her final test is a personal combat in which she kills a captured Bajoran terrorist, Dakahna Vaas. Iliana accepts a long-term undercover mission to replace another terrorist, Kira Nerys, infiltrating and undermining the cell responsible for Ataan's murder. She undergoes extreme physical surgery and brain-wave recalibration, including a total memory transfer from the target herself, designed to make Iliana look like—and believe herself to be—Kira. The entire process is a success, but Dukat uses his authority to cancel the actual replacement of Kira at the last minute. The real Kira is returned to the Dakhur wilderness with no memory of her capture, as Dukat honors his promise to protect Kira Meru's family. Entek returns to Cardassia and reports that the mission went as planned, under threat of being exposed for facilitating the bombing that killed Gul Pirak and Ataan (just to spur Iliana to join the Order). Dukat takes Iliana, who now believes herself to be Kira, to a private, hidden section of Letau prison.
2361–2375: Iliana's isolation is broken only by Dukat's visits to drug, rape, and torture her. Her suicide attempts are thwarted and she eventually gives up all hope. In 2369, Dukat nearly kills her in his rage over the withdrawal from Bajor and Starfleet's discovery of the wormhole. She fights back, injuring his pride and his face, and reawakened, she vows to exact her vengeance on Dukat. His final visit, in the guise of Anjol Tennan, reaches new levels of depravity, and he remarks that they are now the perfect pair. Iliana's memory block begins to fail, and she has confusing, fractured dreams of two lives. In the final day of the Dominion War, the Jem'Hadar storm the prison, killing guards and inmates alike. A power failure allows Iliana to escape her cell for the first time since her arrival. Discovering fighting and computer skills that she didn't know she had and can't explain, she captures Warden Rokai and forces him to help her and several other inmates (who later become her lieutenants). Rokai leads them to Dukat's hidden bunker, which includes a lavish and well-stocked apartment and Iliana's cell. By interrogating Rokai and studying Dukat's files, Iliana learns the broad strokes of the last 15 (!) years—Bajor liberated itself from the Cardassians, then welcomed an alien Emissary who oversees a new Federation occupation and who started the Dominion War. The real Kira "assumed" Iliana's would-be life and is a strong supporter of Starfleet, betraying everything she fought for. At first, Iliana believes the real Kira to be a Cardassian agent sent to undermine Bajor, but she horrifically comes to realize that she herself is Iliana, and that everything she endured was for nothing. Iliana's disparate memories snap into focus; she remembers both losing and killing beloved friends Ataan Rhukal and Dakahna Vaas. She suffers a brief emotional breakdown and brutally murders Rokai. Only Shung-Kur witnesses this self-discovery and collapse, but she protects Iliana and her true identity from the other prisoners. The escapees raid Dukat's weapons, supplies, and vast intelligence files and use his stolen Dominion transporter to flee to the abandoned Grennokar prison. Having her past, her future, her dignity, her faith, everything stolen from her, Iliana clings to her identity as Kira Nerys, vowing to kill Dukat and every "usurper" Kira.
In "Second Skin," Kira spoke with Yeln Arvam, who confirmed her imprisonment at Elemspur, though she herself had no memory of it. This man disappeared soon after and is suspected as a Cardassian agent working with Entek. The real Yeln died at Elemspur the same week Kira was held there.
The mirror Tekeny Ghemor commanded the Obsidian Order. He groomed his daughter as an agent, but his ruthlessness spurred Iliana 2 to ally with the rebels. Her mother was brutally slain in front of her.
The Terran Empire outlawed the Bajoran religion, a practice that seems to have continued under the Alliance. Now, only small sects practice their faith in secret. Iliana 2's mission included making contact with an underground religious enclave. There, she had an unexpected Orb encounter that alerted her to her insane counterpart's scheme.
Iliana 1's captured lieutenants include Telal, a male Romulan; Mazagalanthi, a male Lissepian; Fellen Ni-Yaleii, a female Efrosian; and her right hand, Shing-Kur, a female Kressari. Quark helps Major Cenn realize that all four criminals were convicted of crimes by Cardassia and imprisoned at Letau, Cardassia's innermost moon. Cenn and Iliana 2 deduce that only Shing-Kur knew of Iliana 1's true identity and of their termination implants' existence.
Alternate Siskos include: Ambassador Sisko of the UFP Diplomatic Corps, who lost his wife Jennifer on Cardassia Prime during a suicide attack by Kohn-Ma terrorists while he was trying to negotiate the Cardasssian withdrawal from Bajor; Fleet Captain Sisko, military governor of Bajor under a Terran Empire that never fell, scarred and half-blind from his father's treachery; Dr. Sisko of the Daystrom Institute, whose discovery of the wormhole (years after the terrible accident that killed his sister) led to a new renaissance of art, science, philosophy, and a spreading social revolution. The free exchange of knowledge is catalyzing a gradual dismantling of familiar galactic nation-states in favor of a loose but stable interstellar sprawl; Colonel Sisko of the Celestial Union, from a universe where Bajor was the nucleus of a vast planetary alliance stretching from Cardassia to Earth, who discovered the wormhole during a war with the Tholians that killed both his parents; Admiral Sisko, widower and hero of Wolf 359, whose Federation had long ago absorbed the Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians, Tzenkethi, and Breen; Sisko of Borg, where the Collective had assimilated many Alpha Quadrant worlds; civilian Sisko, who lost his marriage, his career, and almost his will to live following the death of his son at Wolf 359.
The increased permeability between realities centered on Bajor was the Prophets' means of getting our Sisko to guide his counterpart towards accepting the role of Emissary.
Much of Cardassia's ancient art and culture have been lost, seized and sold off by the military to pay for the current age of armed imperialism, or destroyed for their subversive content.
Ataan Rhukal is assigned to Gul Morad Pirak's security detail. Pirak's plan is to teach his men Bajoran custom, history, and language in order to facilitate cooperation between the two species. Pirak's slightly radical views may have contributed to Entek's facilitation of the terrorist bombing that killed him and Ataan. ("The Darkness and the Light")
Cardassian Dr. Mindur Timot discovered a number of recurring morphologies common to many cardassoid species that has revolutionized deep-cover operations. The Order maintains a database of alien individuals possessing close morphologies with those of living Cardassians. Iliana Ghemor and Kira Nerys are one pairing. Gul Danar has matches with humans, Klingons, Romulans, others (based on the fact that Vaughn Armstrong portrayed all those characters).
Iliana's full-body cosmetic alterations include the removal of her ova to prevent impregnation, subtle manipulation of the genes controlling hair and skin growth, procedures that would maintain Bajoran norms in body temperature, respiration, heart rate, and blood and eye color. Prodigious quantities of DNA-masking compound in the form of slow-decay crystals were implanted throughout her lymphatic system, maintaining the effects for up to five years.
Dukat was the administrator of Letau prison for nine years before becoming prefect of Bajor. He created a secret bunker, including the apartment and Iliana's cell, as his personal refuge to celebrate his victories and to regroup following his defeats. His deputy, Rokai, succeeded him as warden, maintained the bunker, and fed Iliana.
During Dukat's time as leader of Cardassia, he undertook a number of secret projects that involved quietly acquiring samples of "misplaced" Dominion technology, in preparation to lead a stronger Cardassia against the Dominion.
- Julian Bashir • Sam Bowers • Calas • Cenn Desca • Trekal Darhe'el • Ezri Dax • Skrain Dukat / Anjohl Tennan • Corbin Entek • Etana Kol • Elim Garak • Iliana Ghemor • Kaleen Ghemor • Tekeny Ghemor • Danig Kell • Kira Nerys • Akellen Macet • Mazagalanthi • Morn • Fellen Ni-Yaleii • Lisa Neeley • Nog • Opaka Sulan • Morad Pirak • Quark • Ataan Rhukal • Ro Laren • Rokai • Selzner • Shing-kur • Benjamin Sisko • Tarrik • Simon Tarses • Telal • Prynn Tenmei • Mindur Timot • Treir • Trepar • Dakahna Vaas • Elias Vaughn • Yandu Jezahl • Kasidy Yates • Zhag
- Mirror universe characters
- Iliana Ghemor • Keiko Ishikawa • Miles O'Brien • Ezri Tigan • Michael Eddington • Luther Sloan
- Orb experiences
- Alu • Bakka • Bre'yel • Skrain Dukat • Furel • Gantt • Kira Taban • Klin • Latha Mabrin • Lupaza • Mobara • Ornak • Roku • Shakaar Edon • Ambassador Benjamin Sisko of the UFP Diplomatic Corps • Fleet Captain Benjamin Sisko of the Terran Empire • Doctor Benjamin Sisko of the Daystrom Institute • Colonel Benjamin Sisko of the Celestial Union • Admiral Benjamin Sisko of the Federation • Sisko of Borg • Benjamin Sisko (alternate) of the Federation • Yeln Arvam
- Referenced only
- Tret Akleen • Alenis Grem • Danar • Dava Nikende • Curzon Dax • Jadzia Dax • Michael Eddington • Gint • Kira Meru • Lankford • Mikaela Leishman • Lenaris Holem • Nemra • Odo • Oluvas Del • Drune Omek • Omet'iklan • Silaran Prin • Remata'klan • Ghel Rhukal • Krissten Richter • Sigol Rusot • Jake Sisko • Joseph Sisko • Luther Sloan • Rebecca Jae Sisko • Enabran Tain • Taran'atar • Trakor • Vaatrik Drasa • Strell Vekeer • Weyoun
- Mirror universe references
- Bareil Antos • Julian Bashir • Tekeny Ghemor • Kaleen Ghemor • Nog • Quark • Ataan Rhukal • Rom • Benjamin Sisko
- Ashalla • Bajor • Bajoran wormhole • Cardassia • Cardassia City • Dahkur Hills • Dahkur Province • Deep Space 9 • Elemspur • Habitat ring • Hedrikspool Province • Imperial Plaza • Infirmary • Kendra Valley • Letau • Letau prison facility • mirror universe • Operations center • Pra Menkar • Promenade • Quark's • Security office • State Museum of Natural History • Terok Nor • Wardroom
- Referenced only
- Akorem's Rock • Ananke Alpha • Bestri Woods • B'hala • Gallitep • Grennokar • Harkoum • Hathon • Ivassi township • Jinara township • Kendra Valley • Kiessa Monastery • Musilla Province • Pullock V • Rakantha Province • Sidau • Tempasa • Terok Nor • Tiluvus Gallery • Vekobet • Vekobet • Wolf 359
Starships and vehicles
- Referenced only
- Aldara • USS Defiant • USS Enterprise • Kamal • IKS Negh'Var • USS Rio Grande • USS Saratoga • USS Yolja
Races and cultures
- Bajoran • Borg • Cardassian • Cardassian • Efrosian • Ferengi • Human • Human • Jem'Hadar • Kressari • Lissepian • Orion • Romulan • Trill
- Referenced only
- Breen • Hebitian • Prophets • Talarian • Tzenkethi • Vorta • Vulcan
Ranks and titles
- Bajoran liaison officer • captain • colonel • dal • dalin • Emissary of the Prophets • fleet captain • glinn • gul • inquisitor • intendant • kai • legate • major • Regent of the Klingon Empire • sleeper agent • vedek • warlord
States and organizations
- Bajoran Militia • Bajoran Resistance • Borg Collective • Cardassian 4th Order • Cardassian Information Service • Cardassian Union • Celestial Union • Central Archives • Daystrom Institute • Dominion • Federation Diplomatic Corps • Klingon-Cardassian Alliance • Obsidian Order • Pra Menkar University • Shakaar Resistance Cell • Starfleet • Terran Rebellion • United Federation of Planets
- Referenced only
- Bajoran Intelligence • Bamarren Institute for State Intelligence • Central University • Circle • Cult of the Pah-wraiths • Dekaris Institute • Detapa Council • Ferengi Alliance • Kohn-Ma • Maquis • Memory Alpha • Obsidian Order • Romulan Star Empire • Starfleet Command • Surjada • Terran Empire • Vedek Assembly
Science and technology
- artificial heart • holoframe • isotolinium • kellipate • ketracel-white • linnipate • multidimensional transporter • orb • Orb of Memory • Orb of Souls • Orb of Time • plasma grenade • quantum resonance signature • retinal scanner • shatterframe • transport inhibitor • wheelchair • Yarim Fel Syndrome
- 2357 • 2361 • 2375 • acoustic guitar • ad astra • Age of Emergence • allied protectorate • Ascension • Bajoran prophecy • Bajoran religion • Bajoran religion (mirror) • batos • Battle of Cardassia • bone carving • Cardassian Institutes of Higher Education • Cardassoid • cardiac replacement • copal • dabo • desegranine • Dominion War • Federation-Cardassian War • Ferengi Rules of Acquisition • fish juice • foraiga • fusionstone • Galor Banner • Great River • guitar • hara cat • hunter-prey • jumja • kanar • karma • Kendra Valley massacre • khest'n • kosst • moba • The Never-Ending Sacrifice • oceanleaf tea • onyx beetle • Operations situation table • orb experience • Paghvaram • phekk • piano • ratamba stew • riding hound • rodinium • Saurian brandy • sensor tower • shri-tal • skimmer • synthale • taspar • tuna salad • tuwaly pie • uridium • vole
- The book is formatted as a "flip book," containing two parallel tales.
- This book was originally announced to be written by a new Star Trek author Leanna Morrow, scheduled for release in April 2007. The release was then pushed back to August and later taken off the schedule. In July 2007 it was announced the novel's authorship had been transferred to Olivia Woods with a new release date of July 2008.
- Early cover releases also indicated the book would be released under the Star Trek: Mirror Universe banner. The final publication did not reflect this.
- The quotes from Dukat at the start of both sides are from "Ties of Blood and Water" and "Waltz".
- A comment made by Corbin Entek in this book states that Gul Danar has similar morphologies as some Humans, Klingons, and Romulans (i.e. he looks like people of those species). This is in reference to the fact that Vaughn Armstrong (who played Gul Danar) has played characters of those species through Star Trek history.
- References to "Second Skin" and "Ties of Blood and Water".
- The first story picks up a week after Warpath.
- The second story begins in the middle of Night of the Wolves.
- Bashir references Worf's experiences in "Parallels".
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