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"I sometimes hold my hands behind my back the same way you do..."
Jadzia Dax, 2371[src]

Lela Dax was a joined Trill in the 21st century. Born Lela Yurani, she was the first host of the Dax symbiont. (DS9 episodes: "Facets", "Rejoined")


Lela Dax was a member of the Trill ruling council, only the fourth woman ever to be part of that governmental body. She campaigned for her position pledging to be an advocate for "the disenfranchised unjoined," which earned her the disdain of some older, more conservative councilors, such as Darzen Odan.

Lela Dax was the first councilor made aware of the arrival of a L'Dira vessel in Trill orbit, which refused to honor Trill's wishes to avoid outside contact. Dax, disregarding the council's resolutions on how to deal with the aliens, attempted to communicate with the L'Dira. For this, she was charged with treason, but acquitted by the council as they realized hers was the correct course of action. (DS9 short story: "First Steps")

Lela once spent a year teaching on Andevian II. During her time there, a virus struck the planet which infected hundreds of thousands, including her daughter Milayn who died from the illness. A new regime took over the planet and blamed her for the outbreak. They ordered Lela to leave the planet and she and her family returned to Trill with her daughter's family. (DS9 novel: Wrath of the Prophets)

When Lela's son Ahjess was young, she would put him to bed only for him to climb into bed with her. Lela did not sleep for several weeks while he did that. (DS9 episode: "To the Death")

Lela died peacefully, saying goodbye to her children who had gathered at her bedside. (DS9 short story: "The Devil You Know")

After Lela's death, Dax briefly returned to the pools in the Caves of Mak'ala. (DS9 novel: Cathedral)

Lela's consciousness was embodied by Kira Nerys during Jadzia's zhian'tara. Lela had a habit of walking with her hands clasped behind her back, a habit which Jadzia later inherited. (DS9 episode: "Facets")

In 2376, Ezri Dax drew on Lela's memories as a Councilor when she commanded DS9 during the Gateways Crisis. (DS9 novel: Demons of Air and Darkness)

In February, 2378, Ezri Dax reflected on the experiences of past hosts, including those of Lela, to decide whether or not to remain on Deep Space 9. (DS9 novel: Ascendance)




hosts of the Dax symbiont
primary universe Lela YuraniEnjana* • Penzak* • Tobin FendusEmony OdarenDax (Ensign)* • AudridToriasJoran BelarCurzon AntraniJadzia IdarisVerad Kalon* • Ezri TiganDax (Enterprise-J captain) Trill icon image. Symbiosis Commission icon image.
First Splinter timeline Jadzia IdarisEzri Tigan
other alternate timelines Jadzia IdarisEzri TiganTornellenYedrin
mirror universe Curzon AntraniJadzia IdarisEzri Tigan
Preceded by:
First host
Dax' Hosts
Succeeded by:

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