Skrain G. Dukat was a Cardassian male and the son of Procal Dukat, He had seven children with his Cardassian wife. He also had an illegitimate Half-Bajoran daughter named Tora Ziyal with his mistress Tora Naprem. Several years later; Dukat then had another illegitimate Half-Bajoran daughter named Cerin Teresa after raping a Pah-wraith cultist named Cerin Mika. He was a Gul in the Cardassian Guard, holding the positions of prefect of Bajor and commander of Terok Nor in the Occupation of Bajor.
Following the Cardassia's withdrawal from the Bajor sector Dukat remained a prominent figure in the military and was eventually responsible for Cardassia's entrance into the Dominion and the subsequent Dominion War.
Much of Dukat's early history remains a mystery, but it is known his father was Procal Dukat, the chief justice of the Cardassian court system. He was raised by his father to be a strong man and Dukat admired and loved his father very much. (DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time).
Dukat began his military career when he enlisted in the Cardassian Guard, and he became a firm believer that the military's strength would determine the future for his people (as did many in that day and age). He quickly rose through the ranks and made it to the rank of glinn and served aboard the Kornaire by 2346.
One of his first assignments as glinn was a minor sterilization duty, which involved cleaning out a compartment which had recently experienced explosive decompression with three men inside it. Dukat was profoundly horrified at the sight and could not sleep for a week following the deed. (DS9 episode: "Waltz").
He eventually rose to the rank of legate, but, Dukat had grown a romanticism about the past in which Cardassia had used more brute force to solve their problems, which was quickly frowned upon by others in the Central Command as the winds of change were blowing. Dukat quickly lost favor with his superiors and was demoted to gul. A short time later, he rose in prominence again, but refused the offer of a promotion back to legate, as Dukat had preferred the rank of gul as it was more "hands on".
Dukat was married to a Cardassian woman at some point and had seven children, one was named Mekor. He treasured his family very much, and suffered greatly when he learned his beloved father Procal had been murdered in custody by Obsidian Order agent Elim Garak. Dukat went to trial to prosecute Garak, but, possibly due to Garak's illegitimate father's (Obsidian Order leader Enabran Tain) influence, the case was dropped and Garak walked free. Dukat despised Garak from then on, vowing to find a way to make Garak suffer for his father's death. (DS9 episodes: "Waltz", "Indiscretion" & "Ties of Blood and Water")
In 2346, Dukat was assigned by his superior, Legate Kell, to become the eighth, and final, Prefect of Bajor and overseer mining and slave operations all over the planet. By this time, the mining station Terok Nor, which was to process and refine uridium for Cardassia's use, had been completed and Dukat set up his headquarters there in the hope of being far out of the reach of the Bajoran Resistance. This, however, proved to be a mistake, as he suffered five assassination attempts.
Dukat came to believe a gentler approach was needed to quell the growing rebellion and make Bajor safe for future colonization by Cardassian's. To this end, he had labor camp quotas reduced by 50%, abolish child labor and improve medical care and food rations. Though this cut labor camp death rates by 20%, the Resistance still continued their terrorist activities, testing Dukat's patience to the limit. The limit was finally reached when Resistance agents destroyed an orbital drydock, killing 200 Cardassian workers. Dukat, in turn, had 200 suspected Resistance members executed. Dukat went on to perform many atrocities against the Bajoran people. This made Dukat infamous as one of the most hated individuals in Bajoran history, but Dukat believed it was the Bajoran peoples own fault for being hostile, and grew to hate the entire race for not acknowledging his "compassion" towards them. (DS9 episode: "Waltz")
While in the Bajoran sector, Dukat quickly grew an attraction to local delicacies such as Bajoran springwine and fine treasures. He also developed more carnal pleasures such as indulging in young Bajoran women who were taken from their families to serve as comfort women for the Cardassian officers aboard the station. Dukat did develop feelings for several of his mistresses, such as Kira Meru (mother of Bajoran Resistance agent Kira Nerys, whom he had always desired) and stayed with her until she died in a hospital even while her people were dying. Another case was Tora Naprem, whom he loved dearly. However, one of their nights together left Naprem pregnant with an illegitimate daughter, who when born, was named Tora Ziyal. Dukat knew he had developed enemies on Cardassia who would use his family against him and knew the Occupation was ending and couldn't protect his new family, so he arranged for them to be taken to Lissepia to live their lives out in peace. However, his family disappeared while travelling on one of his warships, the Ravinok, and he never found out what happened to them until 2372. (DS9 episodes: "Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night" & "Indiscretion").
In 2363 Dukat and Hadar viewed Odo on Bajor. Dukat was extremely impressed by the Changeling and, two years, brought him to Terok Nor to investigate the death of Vaatrik. Dukat later made Odo in charge of security. (DS9 episode: "Necessary Evil")
Dukat went on with his life, continuing his duties and waging a war of attrition on the Resistance. When the security situation became critical (especially since the death of Dukat's most trusted informant, Vaatrik), Dukat created his counter-insurgency program in the event of a Resistance takeover. (DS9 episode: "Civil Defense").
In 2366, after Terok Nor had been infected with a species-crossing strain of the deadly Double Helix virus, Dukat allowed a Federation medical team lead by Dr. Katherine Pulaski to board the station to attempt to find a cure. The cure was found just before the station and all onboard were to be destroyed to prevent the virus from spreading. (TNG novel: Double Helix: Vectors)
In 2368, Dukat was overjoyed when Garak, now disgraced and exiled from Cardassia and the Order, came to Terok Nor and was placed under Dukat's command. Though Dukat wanted to kill Garak, Tain arranged it so he couldn't, so instead he assigned Garak the meagre task as station tailor in the hopes of demeaning him. Garak, however, decided to infuriate Dukat by proudly taking up his new post and performing his duties well. (DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time)
When word came that the civilian leaders, primarily from Kotan Pa'Dar's urging, were deciding to withdraw all Cardassian forces from Bajor, Dukat openly protested. This not only hurt his standing in the Central Command, but furthered Pa'Dar's statement that the Occupation of Bajor was nothing more than an excuse for Cardassia to flex its muscle instead of the benevolent reasons such as "restoring order" or "benefiting Bajoran society".
Dukat along with the rest of the Cardassian’s except for Garak left Terok Nor in 2369 as the Cardassian’s withdrew from Bajor leaving Terok Nor to become the Federation station Deep Space 9. (DS9 episode and novelization: "Emissary")
Post Terok Nor
- ("The Homecoming", "Cardassians", "The Maquis, Part I", "The Maquis, Part II", "Civil Defense", "Defiant", "Explorers)
Fighting the Klingons
Dukat later became the military advisor to the Detapa Council, which he had seen was about to overthrow Central Command. When the Klingons invaded the Cardassian Union in 2372, Dukat was warned by the crew of Deep Space 9 through Elim Garak. Dukat got the Council off Cardassia aboard the Prakesh. On their way to meet with the USS Defiant, the Prakesh was attacked by the Klingons. The Council were later brought to DS9 and Dukat teamed up with Garak to protect them. He was later hailed as a hero for doing so. (DS9 episode: "The Way of the Warrior")
After he was demoted for fathering Ziyal, Dukat was demoted and given command of the freighter Groumall. Working with Kira, his daughter and Damar, Dukat captured a Klingon Bird-of-Prey which had been attacking Cardassian targets. He named it the Naprem after his beloved mistress. (DS9 episodes: "Indiscretion", "Return to Grace")
Dukat began negotiating with the Dominion for Cardassia to join them with himself as the Union's leader. His first meeting with them was with Weyoun who he met in the Kamiat Nebula. (DS9 episode: "By Inferno's Light", DS9 novel: The Badlands, Part IV)
Dukat later brought the Naprem to Deep Space 9 just before the Dominion invaded the Alpha Quadrant. It appeared that Dukat was about to attack the Dominion fleet as it moved towards Cardassia, although he revealed his true intentions to Major Kira. (DS9 episodes: "In Purgatory's Shadow", "By Inferno's Light")
Dukat returned to DS9 several weeks later to persuade Tekeny Ghemor to return home. One of the ways he tried to do was to tell him he knew where Iliana was, the other was to try to kill him with poisoned kanar. (DS9 episode: "Ties of Blood and Water")
The Dominion War
After escaping from the USS Honshu, Dukat came to realize the best way to seek revenge on the Bajorans was to attack their gods - the Prophets. Later that year, he travelled to Cardassia Prime and asked for Weyoun and Corat Damar's help in locating an artifact that contained a pah-wraith. Dukat released it, and was inhabited by the evil entity. Still possessed, Dukat travelled to Deep Space 9, where he planned to release the pah-wraith into the wormhole and start a war between the Prophets and the pah-wraith. Jadzia Dax was in the Bajoran temple at the time and, while reaching for her phaser was fatally injured by the possessed Dukat. After releasing the pah-wraith, Dukat told her that he never intended her any harm. (DS9 episodes: "Waltz", "Tears of the Prophets")
Dukat later became the leader of the Cult of the Pah-wraith and amassed members of the group on Empok Nor. While there, he raped and impregnated Cerin Mika with his DNA and she gave birth to a half-Bajoran daughter named Cerin Teresa. Though Dukat promised to stand by Mika and their daughter; Dukat had no intention of being part of their lives and tried to kill her by decompressing an airlock, but was foiled by Kira Nerys. After a second attempt on Mika, baby Teresa and the entire Cult by convincing them to commit mass suicide with promazine failed, Dukat was forced to flee yet again while the Cult disbanded. (DS9 episode: "Covenant")
Several months later, Dukat travelled to Cardassia to enlist the help of his old friend Corat Damar. Dukat wanted a Cardassian surgeon to surgically alter him to appear as a Bajoran. Damar later helped him arrange transport to Deep Space 9, as well as providing identity documents. Before they said goodbye, Dukat told him Cardassia needed a great leader in order to survive the war. (DS9 episodes: "Penumbra" & "'Til Death Do Us Part")
Disguised as Anjohl Tennan, Dukat travelled to Deep Space 9 where he met Winn Adami, who had been told by the Pah-wraith (although she believed they were Prophets) to await a guide who would help her bring about the [[Restoration of Bajor. Dukat convinced Winn of this fact, such as by telling her she had saved his life by bribing a Cardassian during the Occupation. The two began a relationship soon after. (DS9 episode: "'Til Death Do Us Part")
Dukat returned with Winn to her office in Ashalla, where he told her to consult the Book of the Kosst Amojan to find a way to release the Pah-wraith. Solbor later discovered Dukat's identity and the fact they were working for Pah-wraith. Winn killed him to stop him from exposing them and his blood made the pages of the book visible. Dukat told her he would remove the body. (DS9 episode: "The Changing Face of Evil")
Frustrated that Winn was not making progress and believing he could free the Pah-wraith on his own, Dukat attempted to read the Book of the Kosst Amojan himself. He was blinded by the Pah-wraith and Winn had him put out onto the streets. (DS9 episode: "When It Rains...")
The Pah-wraith later restored Dukat's vision and he returned to see Winn, who had discovered how to release the Pah-wraith from the Fire Caves. The two later travelled there and Winn read from the Book, releasing the Pah-wraith. She secretly poisoned Dukat as a sacrifice. Dukat died from the poison, although the Pah-wraith resurrected him to serve as their Emissary, restoring his Cardassian form. Sisko soon arrived in the caves and confronted Dukat, a task which proved difficult as Dukat had been given supernatural powers by the Pah-wraith. Winn, realizing her mistake, attempting to destroy the Book. Dukat killed her, although this distracted him long enough for Sisko to throw himself at his enemy into the flames. With the book destroyed, the Pah-wraith were sealed away, with Dukat along with them. (DS9 episode: "What You Leave Behind")
Exactly what transpired between Dukat, Sisko and Winn was not known throughout 2376. Ro Laren believed Dukat could still be alive and briefly considered that he could be posing as his cousin Akellen Macet. (DS9 novel: This Gray Spirit)
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2373 - 2374