From The Back Cover:

THE DOMINION: Since its defeat in the war for the Alpha Quadrant, the Great Link -- the living totality of the shape-shifting Founders -- has struggled with questions. At its moment of greatest doubt, its fate, and that of the Dominion itself, is tied to Odo's investigation of his kind's true motives for sending a hundred infant changelings out into the galaxy. As Odo searches for answers and takes a hard look at his past choices, Taran'atar reaches a turning point in his own quest for clarity... one from which there may be no going back.



AlsaraManuele AtoaAlecoSam BowersFemale ChangelingKalena HokuInduraneJenekKira NerysLaasJacqueline MathesonMisjaOdoRekan'ganarRo LarenRotan'talagTaran'atarTeelentT'KrenVannisWeyoun
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Leonard James AkaarArissaJulian BashirJadzia DaxElim GarakGaviIloja of PrimJoshuaEthan LockenLynnAkellen MacetMora PolNogMiles O'BrienOpaka SulanRaiqWilliam RossBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoElias Vaughn


Ananke AlphaDeep Space 9Ennis moonFounders' homeworldGreat LinkOmarion NebulaRindamil III
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BajorBajoran wormholeDelta QuadrantEeInnerol VKaremmaKendra ProvinceMerakord IIOverne IIIRintannaSidauSindorinYolja River

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Jem'Hadar Attack Vessel 971USS Rio Grande (Danube-class) • USS Mjolnir (Norway-class) • Type-10 shuttlecraftUSS Yolja (Danube-class)
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USS DefiantJem'Hadar fighterUSS Sutherland

Races and culturesEdit

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States and organizationsEdit

Bajoran MilitiaDominionHundredStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
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EnnisSection 31Sen Ennis

Other referencesEdit

Dominion Warisolytic subspace weaponkar'takinketracel-whitemorphogenic viruspaladinraktajinoshroudtranscorder implantvirtual display devicewaveguide


Related mediaEdit





Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch publications and stories
Novels A Stitch in TimeAvatar, Book One‎Avatar, Book TwoAbyssDemons of Air and DarknessTwilightThis Gray SpiritCathedralLesser EvilRising SonThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book OneThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book TwoUnity • "Cardassia: The Lotus Flower" • "Andor: Paradigm" • "Trill: Unjoined" • "Bajor: Fragments and Omens" • "Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed" • "The Dominion: Olympus Descending" • WarpathFearful SymmetryThe Soul KeyThe Never-Ending SacrificeThe MissingSacraments of FireAscendanceForce and MotionThe Long MirageEnigma TalesOriginal Sin
Miniseries and anthologies The Lives of DaxDivided We FallMission GammaWorlds of Deep Space Nine (Volume One, Two & Three)
Short stories and novellas "Horn and Ivory" • "The Officers' Club" • Lust's Latinum Lost (and Found)Rules of AccusationI, The Constable
Comics N-Vector • "Crossfire" • "No Quarter" • "All Fall Down" • "United We Stand"
Omnibuses Twist of FaithThese Haunted Seas


published order
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Out of the Cocoon
Pocket Next Adventure:
The Haunting of Deck Twelve
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2376.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in two other timeframes:
Previous Adventure:
Paradise Interrupted
Next Adventure:
Andor: Paradigm
Previous Adventure:
You Are Cordially Invited
Chapters 2, 4, 6
Next Adventure:
Year of Hell, Part II
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