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Akorem Laan was a male Bajoran poet who lived in the 22nd century. (DS9 episode: "Accession")

Among Akorem's works are The Call of the Prophets, Gaudaal's Lament, Kitara's Song and A Poet's Flight. (DS9 episode: "Accession", DS9 novel: Avatar)

Akorem disappeared in the Bajoran year 9174 (2172 on the Gregorian calendar), while aboard a lightship that left Bajor. It was damaged by an ion storm and drifted into the Denorios Belt, where it entered the Bajoran wormhole. Akorem encountered the Prophets, who healed his injuries. (DS9 episode: "Accession", Decipher RPG module: Player's Guide)

By the 24th century, a museum on Bajor and a Militia starship had been named after him. (DS9 novel: Demons of Air and Darkness; DS9 short story: "The Orb of Opportunity")

Akorem left the wormhole in 2372, although just moments had passed as he experienced them. Since he had discovered the wormhole before Benjamin Sisko, the Emissary of the Prophets, Akorem was declared the Emissary. Sisko, always uncomfortable with the Bajoran's views of him, quietly stepped aside and let Akorem take the title.

Akorem pushed for the return to the D'jarra caste system, which had been abandoned during the Occupation. This sent shockwaves through the entirety of Bajoran society and threatened Bajor's entry into the United Federation of Planets, whose Charter disbarred planets who practiced caste discrimination. Sisko later took Akorem into the wormhole to speak to the Prophets, who confirmed Sisko as their true Emissary, having little understanding of linear time. Akorem was returned to his own time, where he finished The Call of the Prophets. (DS9 episode: "Accession")

The Federation Department of Temporal Investigations investigated the effects of the Prophets sending Akorem back in time. (DTI novel: Watching the Clock)

Jake Sisko told Opaka Sulan about Akorem's return and its effect on Bajor when he met her in the Gamma Quadrant in 2376. (DS9 novel: Rising Son)

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