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A Cardassian military officer from the Occupation visits the station.

SummaryEdit

The Federation president has approved Gul Trelar's request that he be allowed to visit Bajor, where he was born during the Occupation, before he dies. As the Bajorans won't allow him on Bajor itself, Trelar will only be able to visit Deep Space 9. Both Sisko and Kira are unhappy with the situation, but Starfleet and the Federation government are keen to improve relations with Cardassia. Also unhappy that Trelar is returning are Odo and Quark. In Odo's case, he objected to Trelar executing a Bajoran terrorist subject without proof. With Quark, it was that Trelar tried to have Quark expelled from the station when Quark balked at the kickbacks Trelar demanded.

Kira was one of the terrorist suspects and when she, Shiri Rond and Darb Chalmon were brought in front of Trelar, he was attacked by Kira, but it was Darb that Trelar killed.

Trelar's ship soon arrives and docks at the station. Accompanying Trelar are his son and daughter, and his Bajoran wife: Shiri Rond. Kira is shocked to see that Shiri is married to Trelar.

With Trelar barred from Bajor, he is allowed the use of one of Quark's holosuites, allowing him to see a recreation of his childhood room on Bajor and a hologram of his mother, who tells him that his breakfast is ready.

At a reception for Trelar, he and Kira clash over the Occupation. Trelar collapses and is treated by Bashir. The next morning, Bashir visits Trelar in the holosuite program, only to find that Trelar has been murdered. Trelar was stabbed three times in the chest by his own ceremonial dagger, but computer records indicate that no one entered the holosuite after Bashir and Trelar's family left it. Jadzia checks for evidence that the computer was tampered with but finds nothing; there are also no hidden passages into the room and no transporter activity. Analysis of the murder weapon also finds nothing. Odo is irked when suspicion falls on him, fortunately he has an alibi and was with Bashir at the time of the murder. Odo vows to find the murderer.

First on Odo's list is Shiri Rond, who tries to get Kira to say that they were meeting at the time of the murder, but Kira recalls that Shiri left about a half hour before the murder. Odo also learns that Trelar's son and daughter are providing alibis for each other.

Meanwhile, a fire in the holosuite has destroyed the crime scene and the records. Odo arrests Quark, but only to protect him from whoever was responsible for the fire. Odo has now discovered that Trelar's son Orm is behind everything. He programed the hologram of his grandmother to kill Trelar, as a hologram would leave behind neither DNA or residual heat on a dagger's hilt. Odo plans to turn Trelar's son over to a Cardassian investigator and to release Quark from custody, eventually.

Shiri leaves the station and Kira gives her an earring that Trelar pulled from Kira's ear the last time she saw Shiri.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Julian BashirDarb ChalmonJadzia DaxKira NerysMornMiles O'BrienOdoQuarkShiri RondBenjamin SiskoTrelarOrm TrelarRana Trelarunnamed vice admiralEfrosian officialBenzite customerdabo girlunnamed Deep Space 9 personnel (Bajoran deputy • security NCO • security crewman)
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Ibudan

LocationsEdit

Deep Space 9 (habitat ringholosuiteoperations centerQuark'sstation commander's office)
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Bajor

Races and culturesEdit

BajoranBenziteCardassianChangelingEfrosianFerengiHumanLurianTrill

Starships and vehiclesEdit

unnamed Cardassian starships (Galor-class)

States and organizationsEdit

Bajoran MilitiaCardassian UnionStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran Provisional Government

Other referencesEdit

Cardassian mourning ritualCardassian religioncordrazinedabo girlexobiologyHippocratic oathholosuitejanga flowerOccupation of BajorPresident of the United Federation of PlanetsSaurian brandyscience officershapeshifterStarfleet dress uniformTuspuh eggwarlord

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