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Sacraments of Fire is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel by author David R. George III that was published in June 2015. The novels follows two narratives; one set in 2385 after Revelation and Dust, and one set in 2377 that follows on from both Revelation and Dust and The Soul Key. It was followed by the novel Ascendance.

Publisher's description

Days after the assassination of Federation President Nan Bacco on Deep Space 9, the unexpected appearance of a stranger on the station raises serious concerns. He seems dazed and confused, providing—in a peculiar patois of the Bajoran language—unsatisfactory answers. He offers his identity as Altek, of which there is no apparent record, and he claims not to know where he is or how he got there. A quick scan confirms the visitor is armed with a projectile weapon — a firearm more antiquated than, but similar to, the one that took President Bacco’s life.
But the Bajoran liaison to the station believes that Altek has been sent from the Prophets, out of a nearby wormhole. The last time such an event occurred, it was to reassure Benjamin Sisko of his place as the Emissary. For what purpose has Altek now been sent out of the Celestial Temple?


Still paranoid after the assassination of President Bacco, Ro has Altek Dans taken into custody for spurious reasons. A few days of investigation suggests he has come from Bajor's past, from a time period so distant that there are no accurate records of it. First Minister Asarem refuses to give Ro authorisation to hold him indefinitely. Akaar, himself acting under orders from President Ishan, orders Ro to find some pretext to keep him in custody. Instead, she gives him free rein of the station on condition he consent to a security escort.

With evidence of Tzenkethi involvement in the assassination, Sisko is ordered to take the Robinson in a show of force near their border. He finds a group of Tzenkethi ships firing on the nebula where the USS Argus is located but manages to resolve the situation peacefully.

Meanwhile, Kira has found herself six years in the past aboard the Even Odds, knowing the ship will be destroyed and Taran'atar killed during the Ascendant attack on Bajor. She is unsure if she has been sent back to prevent the events or ensure them, and eventually convinces the crew to take her back to Bajor.

With the Baras conspiracy exposed, Altek is released from custody but no-one is willing to grant him permission to travel to Bajor. A group of Ohalavaru launch a casualty-less attack on Endalla, creating a split that reveals a machine at its core. They believe that the machine was used by the wormhole aliens to create the wormhole. Cenn, who commanded the Defiant in investigating, finds his faith shaken by the incident and openly challenges Kai Pralon on the Promenade.

Odo is finally allowed to visit Newton Outpost, where the possible shape-shifter was discovered. He attempts to link with it, causing it to attack him and the researchers.

Iliana Ghemor has gained control of the Ascendants and is planning to manipulate them into attacking Bajor. She first lets them loose on the Eav'oq colony on Idran IV. Kira, knowing that the Pralon of that time period was present for the attack and survived, convinces Taran'atar to help her commandeer the Even Odds and assist. With the Ascendants encountering heavier resistance than expected, Iliana hijacks their command ship and the doomsday weapon it contains and heads through the wormhole, pursued by the Ascendants. Taran'atar follows in the Even Odds after beaming the rest of the crew off and Kira follows in the dropship.



DS9 personnel
Aleco VelErnak gov AnsargVentor BixxJefferson BlackmerPascal BoudreauxSam BowersJohn CandlewoodCardokCenn DescaMarguerite ClarkEzri DaxVendora deGromOlivia DellasantGregory DesjardinsFran DracoStig HallströmHava RemahtBarry HerriotShanradeskel ch'LarnGrant MasnerVigo MelijnekNogMiles O'BrienGrenner P'TrossRo LarenShul ToremSandra SilvermanZivan SlaineWheeler StinsonPrynn TenmeiTorvan PimCosta TraborElias VaughnRen Kalanent VissPatrycja WalenistaZhang Suyin
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Julian BashirRhylie CrosswhiteJadzia DaxSarina DouglasValeska KnezoPhillipa MatthiasPrekkaThirishar ch'Thane
Deep Space 9 residents
ArideshOrcamQuarkUlu Lani
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Chon SibiasVic Fontaine
Newton outpost personnel
NorsaBruce PrestridgeSeltenT'PretEndos Vinik
USS Robinson personnel
Diana AlthouseGwendolyn PlanteEd RadickeyAnxo RogeiroScalin ReskBenjamin SiskoRebecca Jae SiskoSivadekiStannisUtelnKasidy Yates
Other Federation and Starfleet personnel
Leonard James Akaar
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Lenith AgrehoJonathan ArcherNanietta BaccoBeverly CrusherFrenchLos Nelatin LovatAldany MenziesJean-Luc PicardEsperanza PiñieroSharonJake SiskoJennifer SiskoKellessar zh'TarashGalif jav Velk
Altek DansAsarem WadeenDevla FolKira NerysPralon OnalaNelish StoatTiros Remna/Tiros ArdellTravil Asandunnamed Bajorans
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Akorem LaanAzeni KorenaBaras Rodirya/Ishan AnjarBeren ToggBrandis TarnCawlder LosorCawlder VinikDakahna VaasElren DastEnkar SirsyGandal TracoGrenta SorHetikKeev AnoraKira MeruKira NerysKira TabanKrim AldosLenkit CastenMora PolNovor TurskOhaluOpaka SulanRanz VectaResten AhleenRo GaleShakaar EdonVeralla SilWinn Adami
Iliana Ghemor
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Skrain DukatCorbin EntekRakena GaranIliana GhemorKaleen GhemorTekeny GhemorAtaan RhukalOnar ThrokJoer Varc
Dominion personnel
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Female ChangelingInfant ChangelingLaasMoonProgenitorRotan'talagWeyoun
Even Odds personnel
AslylgofBrad-ahk'laZin DezavrimFajginFegPifko GaberAllo GlessinItriumaJuno MelliasAtterace PreesPri'akFacity SleedowSrralNeane TeeTriv
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Other characters
NenzetTellionMayereen Viray
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Kay EatonItuMazagalanthiGaldus MonMornFellen Ni-YaleiiBenny RussellShing-kurTelalTreirWexZek


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Ab-TzenkethAlidosa's Fine ArtAljuliAlpha CentauriAndorArdanaAscendant homeworldBadlandsBajoran Space CentralBatrusBella's ConfectionsBeta QuadrantBorvalo FallsBrooklyn BridgeCafé ParisienneCanal GrandeCapricorn ArdayCardassiaDemilitarized ZoneDenorios BeltDionby IVEmpyrion VI (Empyrion star system) • Enskith VIFariusFarius PrimeFortress of the TrueFounders' homeworldGalador CorridorGalionGaron IIGlyrshar CanyonHarkoumHeavenHedrikspool ProvinceHelaspont StationHellItaliaIzarIzar's ShroudJaros IIJoradellKingman RiverKlaestron systemKotakiKressari systemLetauLodontus IIILunaLyncarMicsim IVmirror universeNew York CityNew ZealandNivochOmarion NebulaOpsOrionOverne IIIPalais de la ConcordePennington SchoolPetariaPillagraPonte di RialtoPra MenkarQuark'sRakantha ProvinceRegulus IIIReplimatRexton ColonyRindamil IIISaturnSahving ValleyShavallaSoaring Cliffs of VillisangSolSports & Recreation Reservation OfficeStarbase 189Starlight Gems & JewelryStratosTarkaleaTerok NorTitanUniversité Panthéon-AssasVanadwan MonasteryVeneziaVestel's Deep Space Night ClubVestiosVrynax IIWolf 359Worlds ApartWrigley's Pleasure Planet

Starships and vehicles

USS Argus (Vigilant-class scout) • Ascendant vesselBajoran scoutshipBajoran transport (transport) • civilian transport (transport) • Comet (Type-6 shuttlecraft) • USS Defiant (II) (Defiant-class) • USS Elestan (Danube-class runabout) • Even Odds (independent courier) • Even Odds dropship (dropship) • Frunalian science vesselUSS Glyrhond (Danube-class) • Klaestron freighter (freighter) • Oxis Dey (independent merchantman) • USS Robinson (Galaxy-class) • USS Tecyr (Danube-class) • Tyson (Type-10 shuttlecraft) • Tzenkethi harrier (harrier) • VellidonUSS Yolja (Danube-class) • unnamed Ascendant vessels
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atmospheric reentry vehicleUSS Aventine (Vesta-class) • Bajoran lightshipUSS Endurance (Sovereign-class) • USS Enterprise-D (Galaxy-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • escape podUSS Holana (Danube-class) • Jem'Hadar attack shipUSS Mjolnir (Norway-class) • USS New York (Nebula-class) • USS Nova (Nova-class) • USS PerseveranceRenel'tsah (Alastron cargo vessel) • USS Rio Grande (Danube-class) • Romulan warbirdUSS Rubicon (Danube-class) • USS Saratoga (Miranda-class) • Tzenkethi marauder (battlecruiser) • IRW Vetruvis (Mogai-class) • USS Wellington (Niagara-class) • SS Xhosa

Races and cultures

AarruriAlonisAndorianArbazanArgelianAscendantAurelianBajoran (Aleira) • BenziteBolianBoslicCaitianCapellanCardassianChangelingDeltanEav'oqEfrosianEline-dumayoFerengiFilianFrunalianGallamiteHissidolanHuman (Portuguese) • JeflinicJem'HadarKaremmanMerdosianPetarianProphetsRenticianRynoshSrral's speciesStakoronTellariteTyrellianTzenkethiVulcanWadi
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AlastronAlvontAnders-vint-NotallaAugmentBajoraBluegillBorgBreenItheniteKlingonKressariLorillianLurianMyshogOverneParadanReskottRindamilRomulanTrelianTrueunnamed races and culturesVelikiVestianVortaYridian

States and organizations

Ascendant OrderBajoran MilitiaChamber of Ministers of the Third Republic of BajorFederation Department of ScienceJudge Advocate GeneralOhalavaruStarfleetStarfleet CommandStarfleet SecurityThird Republic of BajorTyphon PactTzenkethi CoalitionUnited Federation of PlanetsVedek Assembly
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Augment AllianceBajoran Ministry of DefenseBajoran Ministry of JusticeBajoran Ministry of ScienceBajoran Ministry of StateBajoran ResistanceBank of LuriaBank of OrionCardassian Central CommandCardassian GuardCardassian UnionCentral UniversityDominionFederation CouncilFederation Department of Temporal InvestigationsFederation Trade CouncilFerengi AllianceFirst Republic of BajorFoundersGreat LinkHundredKlingon EmpireMaquisMentosh AssemblyNaziObsidian OrderParliament AndoriaProgressive CaucusSecond Republic of BajorShakaar resistance cellStarfleet AcademyStarfleet Corps of EngineersStarfleet OperationsStarfleet TacticalTreishyaTrue Way

Science and technology

airlockalienalternate realityanimalanti-gravity engineantigravaquatic-environment suitartificial heartastrophysicsatmosphereautomated long-range probeautomatic sensorbaffle platebatterybeaconbilitriumbiobedbloodbombboneboson starbraincabrodinecaninecartilagecellcentimeterchemicalchronometerclonecomacombadgecommand chaircomm systemcommunicationscompanelcomputercomputer interfaceconductorconduitcontainment fieldcontrol paneldatabasedeck platedeflectordeflector arraydelta radiationdeuteriumdilithium chamberdimensiondirected-energy generatordiseasedisruptordisruptor concentratordisruptor pistolDNAdrive cowlingdrugecosystemelectric chargeelectromagnetic fieldelectronEM fieldemergency shutdown regulatoremitterenergyenergy weaponengineengineering tricorderenvironmental controlenvironmental suiteugenicsevolutionexoskeletonexplosivefalseworkfaster-than-light drivefelineFerengi lobefingerprint scanfirearmfireforce fieldgalaxygasgas giantgenetic engineeringgeneticsgeometryglowpanegravitational anomalygravitational fieldgravitygravity wellhairhardwarehatch releaseheartholodeckhologramholophotographholoprintholoprogramholosuiteholosuite bufferhourglasshourhumanoidiceidentification beaconimpulse engineindicator lightinferniteinjectorinput slotinsulatorinterfaceinternal sensorionizationion stormisolinear optical rodisolytic subspace weaponketracel whitelactationlaunch tubelifeformlight panellight-yearliquidlow-gravity envelopelungmanual releasemathematicsmatrixmedicinemedkitmetaweaponmetermicrofluctuationmineminutemissilemonitormusclenavigation beaconnavigational deflectornebulaneurotransmitternitrogennutrientoptical data network cableoptolythic data rodoptronic couplerOrbOrb of DestinyOrb of Prophecy and ChangeOrb of Wisdomorbitpaddparallel universeparasiteparsecpassive sensorphaserphaser bankphaser cannonphaser cannon emitterphaser emitterphotonphoton torpedophysicspistolplagueplantplasmaplasma cannonplasma stormpoisonportable sensor arrayprobeprojectile weaponprotective screenquantum slipstream drivequantum torpedoquantum torpedo launcherradiationrainreactorreadout tabletrefresherregulator slotremote sensing deviceremote sensorreplicatorreptilianretina scansatellitescalescannersecondselective breedingsensorsensor inhibitorsensor panelsensor sweepshapeshiftershellshieldsshowershroudsignal padsimulation testersimulatorskullsoftwaresonic showerspacecraftspacespace stationstarbasestarstar systemstarshipstomachsubliminal waveformsubspacesubspace anomalysubspace scramblersubspace wavetargeting scannertibiatimetime traveltimelinetonguetoothtorpedotouchpadtractor beamtransformative fueltranspondertransportertransporter inhibitortricorderturboliftuniversal translatoruniversevacuum chamberviewportviewscreenvolcanoWawarp drivewarp factorwarp nacellewaterwingwormholewrist beacon

Ranks and titles

admiralaidearchaeologistArchquesterartistart dealerassassinattendantauthorBajoran Minister of DefenseBajoran Minister of JusticeBajoran Minister of StatebarkeepbouncercaptainCastellan of the Cardassian Unionchefchiefchief engineerchief medical officerchief of operationschief of staffcivil servantcolonelcommandercommander in chiefCommander-in-Chief of the Federation Starfleetcommanding officercommunications officerconn officerconstablecookcounselorcouriercrewmancultural observerdabo boydabo girldalindeputydetectivedictatordiplomatdockmasterdoctorduty officerecologistEmissary of the ProphetsengineerensignenvoyfarmerFire of the ProphetsFirst Minister of the Third Republic of Bajorfirst officerfirst-tier inquisitorflight controllerfortune hunterfreedom fightergemologistGrand ArchquesterGrand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance • gulHand of the Prophetsinformation merchantintendantkaiknightlegateliaisonlieutenantlieutenant commanderlieutenant junior grademajormastermedicministerminister of justiceMinister of State of the Republic of BajornurseofficerphilosopherphysicianpilotpoetPrefect of BajorpresidentPresident of the United Federation of PlanetsPresident Pro Tempore of the United Federation of PlanetsprylarquartermasterQuesterranjenranking officerrebelresearchersalvage dealerscience officerscientistSecond Margravesecond officersecurity chiefsecurity officershamanshipmastersingerSivslavesmugglersnipersoldiersurgeontactical officertacticiantechnicianterroristthieftime travelervedekwriter

Other references

238524th centuryaccelerantaccess codeaccess panelaeonAft Engineering Controlalpha shiftAlphieAndorian reproductive crisisandrogynyapearchipelagoargendi sandwicharmorartasphyxiaassassinationasteroidasteroid beltasylumatheismaway teamBajoran languageballbarnBASE jumpingbaseballBashir 62Battle of Wolf 359beanbeardbellbeltbenchbeta shiftbirdbirthdayBitter Childrenbladeblockadeblood fleablood screeningblouseblueprintboarding logbookbootBorg Invasion of 2381brainwashbreadbridgebrigbrothbucketbulkheadcamouflagecandlecanvascapital citycargo baycargo containercargo holdcarryallcasinocavecenturychemisechoruscitycivil warcloakclothclothingcockpitcocktail dresscollarcolonycombat knifeconstellationcontinentcorporealcorridorcourt martialcratercrystaldabodabo wheeldamdanceDaronan spring waterdashikidaydecadeDecemberdecon chamberdedication ceremonydelta shiftdesertiondetention celldiagnostic palletdinerdiplomadistress callD'jarradocking baydogDominion Wardominoesdom-jotdoor chimeDrensaar relicsduraniumduty rostereelwasserelectionemotionempathyEnd TimeengineeringequatorEven Odds disasterextinctionEye of FirefabricfaceplatefarmingFederation-Cardassian Treaty of 2370Federation StandardFerengi Ledger of Galactic SpaceFerengi Rules of Acquisitionfielder's gloveFinal AscensionFinal Conflagrationfirst contactfleaflowerFlower of Knowledgefoodfruitgamma shiftgemghostglassglyphgobletgodgovernmentgrassGreat Civil Wargrubhailing frequencyhailhangarhawkhayhazard suitheadpiecehelmethelmhiking boothistoryhistory bookholding cellhomeworkhomeworldhospitalhullhypnotizeinfirmaryinkinsectinsigniaislandItalian languagejacketjammingjewelryjumperKaladrys Valley crystalkanarKhitomer Accordskissknifelaboratoryladderlakelanguagelatinumliqueurlogiclokar beanLong and Lonely Sojournmaintenance logmantramapa breadmarriagemaskmeditationMendicum Stonemenumess hallmetalmilitarymillenniamind-controlmineralminingmirror filemolluskmoneymonthmoonmountainmusicmythnapkinnationnovelobeliskOccupation of BajoroceanOdo's bucketorb arkoreoutpostpaddlepantspaperparachutePath to the Final AscensionThe Pearls of Descanpenal colonypenPetalunepetalunepetphotographpillowplanetoidplanetplaquepoetrypokerpooncheenpooncheeneeportpost-traumatic stressprayerprejudiceprisonproximity alertpyramidquadrantquartersthe Questraftingrankratamba stewready roomred alertreligionrens'takinrepatriationrestaurantrestraintsRevelation and Dustreverse psychologyruneSahving Valley portschoolsciencesculpturesecessionsectorsecurity codesenior staffSeptembershepherd moonshirtshoesickbaysilkSirenskydivingslaverysmugglingsocksofasoilsolidsongspaceportspearspoonspringballspringwineStarfleet CharterStarfleet regulationsStarfleet uniform (2373-2386)status logstorage lockersubdecksuicidesurfingsweatertactical stationTarkalean hawktechnologyTemporal Prime DirectiveterrorismtheaterthermocretetiletokkatoolkittooltorturetourniquettowelTrakor's First Prophecytransporter roomtravel duffeltreatytreetritaniumtube grubtunicTzenkethi languageTzenkethi WaruniformuniversityUnnameablevacationvolcanic glassVulcan Love Slavewardroomwarwaxweaponweapons lockerweekwheelWhen the Prophets CriedwinewineglasswoodwormwyscotyearYear of the PetaluneYears of Deliverance


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