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The Ascendants were, like their counterparts from the primary universe, an alien species from the Gamma Quadrant.
In 2386, Taran'atar advised Eris that Ascendant battle groups had been detected near the Idran star system. Eris did not want the Ascendants to locate the Bajoran wormhole, so Taran'atar suggested sending battleship 432 and its combat group on a patrol to divert attention away from Idran. (ST - Section 31 novel: Disavowed)