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"What You Leave Behind" is the final episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. While the Federation Alliance launches its final assault against the Dominion, Kira, Garak and Damar launch their own attack against Dominion Headquarters. Meanwhile, Winn and Dukat travel to the Fire Caves to release the Pah-wraith and the crew of Deep Space 9 prepare for great changes to their lives once the war ends.


A powerful novel in the classic tradition of "All Good Things...".
Seven years ago, Benjamin Sisko took command of an alien space station newly christened Deep Space Nine. There he met Kira Nerys, Odo, Miles O'Brien, Quark, Worf, Julian Bashir, and many others who would touch his life deeply. He also found a new and troubling destiny as the long-awaited Emissary to the mysterious wormhole entities known as the Prophets.
Now, after years of triumph and tragedy, and a cataclysmic war that rocked the entire Alpha Quadrant, Captain Sisko and his valiant crew face their final challenge. No one is safe, nothing is certain, and not even the Prophets can predict the ultimate fate of Deep Space Nine!


The DS9 crew are preparing for the final battle of the war and say goodbye to their families. Sisko says goodbye to Jake and the now pregnant Kasidy, while O'Brien says goodbye to his family. Molly chastises her father for not telling Bashir that they are leaving DS9 for Earth, where O'Brien will teach at Starfleet Academy. On the Defiant, Captain Sisko orders the ship to Cardassia with a fleet of Starfleet, Klingon and Romulan vessels.



Episode characters[]

Julian BashirBrocaCorat DamarEzri DaxSkrain DukatEkoorFemale ChangelingVic FontaineElim GarakGingerGowron, son of M'RelJonesKe HovathKira NerysLarMartok, son of UrthogMilaMornNogKeiko O'BrienKirayoshi O'BrienMiles O'BrienMolly O'BrienOdoPranQuarkRomWilliam RossBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoTholunWeyoun 8Winn AdamiWorf, son of MoghKasidy YatesSarah Prophet
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Monico AguayoEdith AlfaroBandeeRichard B. BarnettRick BittleHarry BrandShirley BrandElizabeth BraswellMargaret C. ClarkBarbara CovingtonCurt DanhauserJadzia DaxLaura DerrDorothy DuderJimmy DuranteRuss EnglishTerry ErdmannAnn FloodJohn FredricksonAlice GinsburgMitchell GreenKurt HansenTeri HansenSandy HolstPhillip JacobsonPenny JudayGrace KenneyMatata KimyaAlan M. KobayashiBeverly KurtsJay LapradePeter LawfordPaul LawrenceLeonidasKathy LeprichFaith LevesconteLester LevesconteRose LimliMindy LongDouglas MacArthurTom MahoneyMarian McAllumKathy McCammonJon MonsonDavid NemzekDonna NemzekDorit ObermanLori OberschevenLarry OhlsonNancy OhlsonWilliam B. TravisUngtaeLeslie Wong

Novelization characters[]

Julian BashirBremertonBrocaCorat DamarEzri DaxSkrain DukatEkoorFemale ChangelingVic FontaineElim GarakGingerKira NerysLarMartok, son of UrthogMilaNogKeiko O'BrienKirayoshi O'BrienMiles O'BrienMolly O'BrienOdoPranQuarkWilliam RossBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoWeyoun 8Winn AdamiWorf, son of MoghKasidy YatesSarah Prophet
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AchillesBandeeDaxCurzon DaxJadzia DaxJimmy DurantePeter LawfordLeonidasDouglas MacArthurHoratio NelsonRebecca Jae SiskoWilliam B. TravisUngtae


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AndorDevona IV (Devona system) • Eminiar VIIKendra ProvinceLakarian CityPollux IVQo'noSRigel VIIRisaRomulusStratos

Starships and vehicles[]

USS Defiant (Defiant-class escort) • D'ridthauUSS FarragutUSS Leeds (Nebula-class explorer) • USS NelsonUSS Rio Grande (Danube-class runabout)
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USS AkagiUSS ClementUSS CochraneUSS ExeterUSS RepulseUSS NobelUSS SarajevoUSS TecumsehUSS TripoliUSS VictoryUSS WyomingUSS ZapataBarakaUSS EnterpriseIKS RotarranAttack fighter 6-4Attack fighter 6-5USS Defiant

Starship classes[]

Akira-classBreen battlecruiserBreen fighterDanube-classD'deridex-classDefiant-classExcelsior-classFederation fighterGalaxy-classGalor-classHideki-classJem'Hadar fighterJem'Hadar battle cruiserJem'Hadar battleshipKlingon cruiserKlingon fighterK't'inga-classKlingon Bird-of-PreyMiranda-classNebula-classRomulan Bird-of-PreySaber-classSteamrunner-classVor'cha-class
LCARS graphics only: D7-classIntrepid-classNegh'Var-classOlympic-classSovereign-class

Races and cultures[]


States and organizations[]

Bajoran MilitiaBajoran Military GuardBreen ConfederacyCardassian GuardCardassian Liberation FrontCardassian UnionDominionFederation AllianceGreat LinkKlingon EmpireRomulan Star EmpireStarfleetStarfleet CommandPromenade Merchants' AssociationUnited Federation of Planets
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NinersObsidian OrderSection 31SpartanStarfleet AcademyUnited Earth StarfleetUnited States ArmyWTYX

Science and technology[]

clonecloningconcussion grenadedocking clampdoppler compensatorenergy scannerflux capacitorhologramholosuiteimpulse manifoldimpulse response filterinduction coilinertial damperlightstickorbital weapon platformPADDpalm beaconphaserphaser bankphaser emitterphaser rifleplasma flow regulatorquantum torpedorefrigeration suitself-sealing stemboltstochastic field emittersurveillance satellitetargeting computertorque bufferviewscreenwarp matrix

Ranks and titles[]

admiralcaptainChancellor of the Klingon EmpireChief of OperationscolonelcommandercommodoreconstableEmissary of the ProphetsEmissary of the Pah-wraithensignFederation Ambassador to the Klingon EmpireFirstgeneralgulhigh Centurionkailegatelieutenant CommanderprofessorProfessor of Optronic Systems Engineeringthotvedekyeoman

Other references[]

1960s2309angelautomobileassault fleetBajoran languageBajoran prophecyBajoran religionBarbiebaseballbaseball (object)bat'lethBattle of CardassiaBattle of NormandyBattle of ThermopylaeBattle of TrafalgarbeachBeatnikbetting poolbiosignatureblindnessblockadebloodwinebongoBook of the Kosst AmojanBreen languagecanastaCardassian intelligence networkCardassian teacasualty reportchesscombat support tendercommunication blackoutconcussiondartsdemondocking pylonDominion WarDominion War AccordsEnglish languageequatorevasive maneuversexileFederation-Cardassian borderfighterfiring sequencefront linegin rummygo-go bootsflagshipgenocidegutfishheavy cruiserhologramholosuiteionospherejazzKlapri drippingKlingoneseKosst Amojanlanding partylatinumlichenmedical packetmedikitmoonmorning sicknessmorphogenic matrixmorphogenic virusnannyneutroniumOccupation of BajorOdo's bucketOperation Final Assaultoptronicspicket shippregnancypriority onepyrrhic victoryqa'plaracquetballrationredratRestoration of BajorRestoration of the Pah-wraithrodentRomulan war wingsacramentshakedown cruisesickbaySisko's baseballSisko's houseslot machinesolidspace sicknesssupply freightertargteatongotallusTarkalean teaTreaty of BajortriagetribbletuxedoVikingwar crimewineWorld War II


Related media[]


What You Leave Behind alternate cover

The early cover.

  • The early cover (pictured) of the novelization of this episode had the name of the episode as simply "Final Episode", likely due to the fact the name was not known at the time. The image of Worf would be changed for the final cover and Ira Steven Behr and Hans Beimler's names would be added.
  • Ira Steven Behr and David Weddle are among the production staff who play holograms in the scene set at Vic's.
  • The old DS9 uniform from it's early episodes and throughout Star Trek: Voyager as well as Star Trek: Generations appears in one of the flashback scenes.
  • After this episode, Star Trek: Voyager became the sole carrier of the Star Trek franchise, beginning with "Equinox (part II)" until it's end on May 23, 2001.

Notable cast and crew[]


Episode images[]

Publicity photos[]

Adaptation images[]


published order
Previous novelization:
Far Beyond the Stars
DS9 novelizations Next novelization:
final novel in series
Previous episode:
The Dogs of War
DS9 episode produced Next episode:
last episode, continued in Avatar, Book One
Previous episode:
The Dogs of War
DS9 episode aired Next episode:
last episode, continued in Avatar, Book One
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Pocket Next Adventure:
Final Entry
eighteenth entry
Previous Adventure:
Face Value
Deep Space Nine Adventures Next Adventure:
The Left Hand of Destiny, Book One
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2375.
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Previous Adventure:
November 2375
Chapters 11-15
Next Adventure:
Double or Nothing

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