A Ceremony of Losses is a novel from author David Mack. It is the third of five novels making up the Star Trek: The Fall miniseries, which centers around the Federation and the Typhon Pact. The novel focuses on the Andorian reproductive crisis and features Julian Bashir in a major role.


The third original novel in the electrifying The Next Generation/Deep Space Nine crossover event!
Despite heroic efforts by Thirishar ch'Thane, the Andorian species is headed for extinction. Its slow march toward oblivion has reached a tipping point, one from which there will be no hope of return.
With countless lives at stake, the leaders of Andor, the Federation, and the Typhon Pact all scheme to twist the crisis to their political gain—at any price.
Unwilling to be a mere bystander to tragedy, Doctor Julian Bashir risks everything to find a cure for the Andorians. But his courage will come at a terrible cost: his career, his freedom... and maybe his life.


Thirishar ch'Thane has resigned his Starfleet commission to remain on Andor and assist Professor zh'Thiin with her research into the Meta-Genome. However, the Treishya who lead the coalition government are determined that no cure is found for the Andorian reproductive problem until they can take credit for it and have withheld much of the information the Tholians provided them with. Ultimately, they send the research team into hiding by stirring up a mob to attack their laboratory. Shar smuggles a message to Bashir asking for his help with the research.

Federation pro tem president Ishan Anjar is taking a hardline over the Andorians, to the extent of placing an embargo on Federation trade with them and setting up a Starfleet blockade to prevent Federation ships and supplies entering their space. Bashir assembles a group of genetics experts on Bajor to research the Meta-Genome, which Sarina Douglas has persuaded Section 31 to provide him with. A rogue Starfleet Intelligence operative alerts Ishan, who sends Ro to shut down the project. Having already found and injected himself with the cure, Bashir tells his associates to deny knowing they were working with the Meta-Genome then flees the system with help from Douglas and Tenmei.

The Aventine is instructed to intercept Bashir, who is travelling in a civilian freighter, and does so in orbit of Andor. Bashir requests political asylum but Treishya leader and Andorian presider Ledanyi ch'Foruta, desperate to stop Bashir and Shar being the ones to save his people, orders the Andorian ships to hand him over to Starfleet without a hearing. The Aventine is damaged by fire from a rogue Andorian ship and, despite taking Bashir into custody, is stuck in orbit.

Shar makes ch'Foruta's actions public, turning feeling against the coalition government and allowing a new coalition led by Kellessar zh'Tarash of the Progressive Caucus to take power. Shar beams aboard the Aventine where Tarses and his girlfriend, Andorian security officer sh'Pash help him and Bashir escape to Andor. The starships Warspite and Falchion are sent as reinforcements by Ishan but the Aventine stops them destroying the pair's ship.

Ishan orders a Starfleet Special Ops team to capture Bashir and stop the cure being developed. However, Ezri leads an away team to the surface which protects the research team from Starfleet until they have broadcast details of the cure to multiple sites where mass production can begin without the Treishya and the Typhon Pact claiming credit. Ezri and Bashir then surrender to Starfleet.

The Andorians apply to rejoin the Federation, with their application being fast-tracked by the Council and with zh'Tarash intending to stand against Ishan in the presidential election. Meanwhile, Akaar is unhappy about Ishan using Starfleet as a political tool and resolves to oppose him.



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AndorB'hava'elBajorBement CenterBestri WoodsDeep Space 9 (II)EarthFerengi Embassy to BajorHall of DetentionHubKathela (Kathela General Hospital) • Lor'VelaPalais de la ConcordeParisPlazaQuark's (II)Rakantha ProvinceSector GeneralShakina CommonsSopveQpu' GishkaTlanek Ice CapWell
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AcamarAR-558Beta QuadrantBetazedDeep Space 9FerenginarGamma HydraGhidi PrimeIzarJaros IIKadri SeaKingman RapidsKingman RiverLaikanLouisianaLunaMarsMempaMurami SectorPhlox InstituteRolor sectorSalavatStarfleet AcademyStarfleet MedicalStarfleet Medical AcademyUtopia Planitia Fleet YardsVela Cluster

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Aventine (Vesta-class) • USS Defiant (Defiant-class) • USS Enterprise-E (Sovereign-class) • USS Falchion (Saber-class) • SS IbizaIGW IlmarrivenOkemahSS Parham (Caretta-class) • USS Rio Grande (Danube-class) • USS SarrakeshStarfleet OneTanj'k TholisUSS Tiber (Danube-class) • IGW TuonetarUSS Warspite (Sovereign-class)
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Fortune's FoolUSS GlyrhondIKS ghung'HoHLuna-classMogonusUSS Sagittarius (Archer-class) • USS Tamberlaine

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianArgelianBajoranBaldukBenziteBetazoidBolianBreenCaitianCapellanChalnothDeltanDenobulanEfrosianFerengiHuman (Creole) • IotianKaferianNaloriNausicaanOrionRigellianRomulanSaurianSilwaanTakaranTalarianTellariteThallonianTholianTrillZakdorn
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States and organizationsEdit

Alliance PartyAndor ControlAndor News ServiceAndorian Imperial CommandBajoran MilitiaBajoran Planetary Operations CenterBreen ConfederacyBreen Intelligence DirectorateFederation Security AgencyFoundation for Interstellar MedicineNew Restoration PartyParliament AndoriaProgressive CaucusRomulan Star EmpireSection 31StarfleetStarfleet IntelligenceStarfleet Medical SchoolTal ShiarTholian AssemblyTreishyaTrue Heirs of AndorTyphon PactUnited Federation of PlanetsUnity CaucusVisionist Party
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Department of External AuditsJack PackStarfleet Judge Advocate GeneralMaquisSeboz HoldingsStarfleet 9th FleetVedek Assembly

Science and technologyEdit

dermal regeneratorGenesis Deviceholosuiteisolinear chipmeta-genomephaserquantum slipstreamreplicatorstellar cartographytricorder

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchairwomanchiefchief medical officercommandercouncillorChief of Starfleet IntelligencedoctorFacet for External SecurityFirst Minister of BajorGrand NagusImperial SentinelLeader of the Loyal OppositionlieutenantnursePresident of the United Federation of PlanetsPresident Pro-Tempore of the United Federation of PlanetsPresider of the Parliament AndoriaprofessorThot of the Breen Confederacy

Other referencesEdit

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Production historyEdit

Published Order
Previous novel:
The Crimson Shadow
The Fall novels Next novel:
The Poisoned Chalice
Previous story:
The Body Electric
Stories by:
David Mack
Next story:
Second Nature


Related storiesEdit

Star Trek: The Fall
Revelation and DustThe Crimson ShadowA Ceremony of LossesThe Poisoned ChalicePeaceable Kingdoms
Media featuring the USS Aventine
Novels Star Trek: Destiny Gods of NightMere MortalsLost SoulsA Singular Destiny
others Zero Sum GameBrinkmanshipA Ceremony of LossesTakedown
Novellas Absent Enemies
Characters Ezri DaxSam BowersGruhn HelkaraMikaela LeishmanSimon TarsesOliana MirrenLonnoc Kedair
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

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