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Revenant is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel released in December 2021, a story by Alex White taking place during the DS9 television series, with a focus on Jadzia Dax.


An all-new novel based on the landmark TV series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine from the acclaimed author of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe!

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Jadzia Dax has been a friend to Etom Prit, the Trill Trade Commissioner, over two lifetimes. When Etom visits Deep Space Nine with the request to rein in his wayward granddaughter Nemi, Dax can hardly say no. It seems like an easy assignment: visit a resort casino while on shore leave, and then bring her old friend Nemi home. But upon arrival, Dax finds Nemi has changed over the years in terrifying ways… and the pursuit of the truth will plunge Dax headlong into a century's worth of secrets and lies!


An old friend of the Dax symbiont, Commerce Commissioner Etom Prit, visits Deep Space 9 on a Trill trade mission. He invites Jadzia Dax to dinner and tells her of a bad situation with Jadzia's old friend Nemi Prit, Etom's granddaughter. Nemi washed out of the initiate program for joining and ran away. Dax initially declines, but reconsiders after she has a disturbing vision of Nemi and her old wayward host, Joran Dax. Julian Bashir recommends she take some time off because of problems with her isoboramine levels, which might be related to the visions. Dax takes shore leave and follows Etom's information to find Nemi in a casino on Argelius II. Nemi declines Dax's invitation to talk about why she ran away, and Dax forces the issue by playing against her at the gambling tables. Nemi retreats to her rooms, and Dax follows, climbing up to Nemi's accommodations. The two struggle and Dax, fearing she injured Nemi, scans her body and finds she is dead, but has signs of having been joined with a symbiont. Nemi strikes back with symbiont electricity, paralyzing Dax and escaping Argelius.

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Julian BashirBentis BracRae BurxDax symbiont (Audrid DaxCurzon DaxJadzia DaxJoran DaxTorias Dax) • Seval GepColin HartLowan HoqAia KeteelKira NerysLindrosBani MoxernOlomeNemi PritEtom PritRenholKeisha RushBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoSissonVess symbiont (Elta Vess, Vess revenants) • Worfunnamed Andorians (tongo player) • unnamed Grazerites (tongo players) • unnamed Argelians (Luminoxi) • unnamed Ferengi (tongo dealer) • unnamed Trill (the trade mission, Trill guard, Trill police, Path of Sky Institute guests, Prit Mansion security, Vess revenants)
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Emony DaxSameron Hoq/Sameron VessKoalKeet LynketaNoodlesAnsendella NyfehNyfeh symbiont • OdoIllia SobelQuarkYonet Ru'xolEnina TandroArdelon Tandro

Starships and vehicles

Amity (commercial cruiser) • USS Rio Grande (Danube-class runabout) • USS Sandpiper (science vessel) • Steadfast (Trill starship) • yacht
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CDS Ravinokstar freighter


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Planetary locations

Trillius Prime capital cities Leran Manev/Mak'ala
Caves of Mak'alaTrill Central ArchivesTrill Symbiosis Commission • Prit's mansion • Starfleet science outpost

Station sections

corridorholosuiteinfirmaryQuark'squarters (Jadzia's) • PromenadeReplimat

Races and cultures

AndorianArgelianBajoranBolianFerengiGrazeriteHumanKlingonTrillTrill symbiont
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States and organizations

Bajoran MilitiaBajoran Provisional GovernmentKael'tachPath of Sky instituteStarfleetTrill Shipwrights' CouncilTrill Symbiosis CommissionUnited Federation of Planets
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Klingon Defense ForceKlingon Empire

Science and classification

anatomybiomatter matrixbiomedicinecommunicationselectricityenergygeographyLCARSlifeformlightmattermedicinespacestarstar systemstatisticssubspacesubspace disruptiontechnologytimeuniversewarp dynamicsweapon




animalfungusplantsymbionthumanoidPyrithian bat

Materials and substances

alcoholbenzocyatizinebiomatterbloodcobblestonedrinkfoodglasshallucinogenisoboraminekemocitelatinumsalttissue paperwater
Food and drink
Argelian sweet bunbloodwinebutterchutneycordialdoughfruitgraingumbohoneylidalidashkliquormeatpizzasugarteaVulcan port



Technology and weapons

arcsuitbiobedbat'lethcombadgedrillfountaingrillholosuiteisolinear rodlamplanternmakra machinePADDphasersailsensorsspace stationspaceshipsunglassesswordtransportertricorderwarp drive

Ranks and titles

captainchefchief medical officerchief science officercommanding officercommerce commissionercommissionerdocentdoctordouble agentFederation Starfleet ranksFederation Starfleet ranks (2370s-2380s)field docentfirst officerinitiateliaison officerlieutenantlieutenant commandermajormedicmedical officernurseofficerscience officerstrategic operations officertrade commissioner

Other references

artbarbaseballbookbootbusinesscafécampingcandlecardscasinocasino chipschemisechief citycityclothingclutchcollegecommercecookingcorridorcreditcryptochitdancingdeathdicedinnerdiplomacyduffeleconomyemotionespionageflowerfootgamblinggamegardenghostgovernmentgownhairhomeworldhullinitiate programjournaljumpsuitKlingon martial artslawleafliteraturelunchmartial artsmemorymoneymurdermusicmysterynation-stateoutpostpierpoetryquartersraces and culturesribbonschoolsciencesecuritysheetsshore leavesmugglerstarbaseStarfleet uniformStarfleet uniform (2373-2380s)swinsuittherapytime ghosttitletongotorturetoweltradetrade missionTrill hostt'SanguniformvineWorld Serieszhian'tara


1959 World Series
A baseball World Series game of this year was recounted by Benjamin Sisko at dinner.
Jadzia's last encounter with Nemi. (Three years prior)
Jadzia Dax learns of the Dax symbiont's failed bonding with Joran. (DS9 episode: "Equilibrium")
Jadzia Dax's dinner with Etom Prit aboard his ship.


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  • This novel was announced in late 2020, along with TNG novel: Shadows Have Offended. An excerpt was published on on 21 October 2021.
  • This is the first novel to be set during the DS9 television series era since Hollow Men in 2005.
  • The Historian's Note of Revenant places the story in 2372, during DS9 season 4 between DS9 episode & novelization: The Way of the Warrior and DS9 episode: "Indiscretion".
  • Comments from the author:
    • "It was funny because I'd often told my agent like, 'I don't think I could write for Star Trek, there's just so much to know and so much canon.' When he called and was like, 'Yeah, they want you to write for Star Trek,' I was like, 'I don't know about this because I really only know about Dax in Deep Space Nine and I don't think they're still making those books.' And he said, "Good news, they're totally making those books and that's exactly what they want you to write." [1]
    • "From there, it was like, if I'm going to do a Dax book, first of all, we wanted to go watch a list of all the greatest hits of Dax. I really loved seeing her evolve, Jadzia was my first Dax. When you have a character who's Trill, you can't resist doing a multi-life storyline and I think that's something that I would've enjoyed seeing a lot more exploration done on in the series. Unfortunately, I think they killed off a character that a lot of us really appreciated, but I love that kind of stuff. I love Dax going on trial for murder from a previous life and things like that. I always thought those were really cool questions to ask. One of the things I like about her is that she's a really positive character, but she's not a pushover in any way. She's so smart that you have to work harder as a writer to be as smart as she is, which is great because I have unlimited time to come up with one-liners, right? I can sit there and stare for a long time, but it's difficult because a lot of characters rely on cynicism or betrayal or sort of these darker, more negative emotions to generate their interests. Jadzia is an interesting character because she's so unequivocally good and friendly and cool and helpful, but she's still not perfect. Trying to balance that is tough because she's really not like other characters. She's the kind of person I think a lot of us would really like to know". [2]
    • "One of the things that I like about Kira is that she is a resistance fighter. When I was just getting out of high school, I worked at this place where there was a woman who had fought in a revolution. I didn't know that at the time, but she was this very cool, awesome, professional woman that I really looked up to and then one day it came up that she'd been in a revolution. And I completely recontextualized her. I feel like there's a lot of that same energy with Kira for me where everybody thinks of her as, 'Oh, you're station operations, you keep the trains running, and all this other stuff.' And it's like, yeah, there's a lot though that's going on. She's been through some things, man. So it's funny because her attitude, I think, towards the world is a lot more… the rules are more malleable for her than for other characters. I really appreciate having her around for when those rules need to be broken a little bit". [3]
    • "Absolutely, I would love to write more Trill stories because they're so interesting and the implications in them are so interesting, but I've always enjoyed all the different cultural perspectives in Star Trek. And I think that you can really just point to any of the myriad colorful worlds that have been created and say “what happens there” and you can find a novel pretty quickly. So, my two cents is it would be pretty easy to write some more Star Trek books." [4]
    • "That's one of the greatest stories, the Jadzia-Worf love story. I set the novel at the beginning of that, right before that, because I love that tension… And it was also really great to make references to the budding relationship between her and Worf [5]



Star Trek: Deep Space Nine prose publications
Numbered novels EmissaryThe SiegeBloodletterThe Big GameFallen HeroesBetrayalWarchildAntimatterProud HeliosValhallaDevil in the SkyThe Laertian GambleStation RageThe Long NightObjective: BajorTime's EnemyThe Heart of the WarriorSaratogaThe TempestWrath of the ProphetsTrial by ErrorVengeanceThe 34th RuleThe ConqueredThe CourageousThe LiberatedA Stitch in Time
Unnumbered novels stand-alone WarpedLegends of the FerengiArmageddon SkyThe MistAvatar, Book OneAvatar, Book TwoAbyssDemons of Air and DarknessRising SonThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book OneThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book TwoUnityHollow MenWarpathFearful SymmetryThe Soul KeyThe Never-Ending Sacrifice • • The MissingSacraments of FireAscendanceForce and MotionThe Long MirageRevenant
miniseries Millennium (The Fall of Terok NorThe War of the ProphetsInferno) • Mission Gamma (TwilightThis Gray SpiritCathedralLesser Evil)
Young adult novels The Star GhostStowawaysPrisoners of PeaceThe PetArcadeField TripGypsy WorldHighest ScoreCardassian ImpsSpace CampHonor BoundTrapped in Time
Novelizations EmissaryThe SearchThe Way of the WarriorKlingonTrials and Tribble-ationsCall to Arms......Sacrifice of AngelsFar Beyond the StarsWhat You Leave Behind
Anthologies The Lives of DaxProphecy and ChangeWorlds of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Volume OneVolume TwoVolume Three)
Omnibuses MillenniumTwist of FaithThese Haunted Seas
eBooks Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found)Rules of AccusationI, The Constable


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