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A Bactrican Third is a genderless member of the Bactrican species. Thirds are necessary in order for male and female Bactricans to react to one another and complete the act of procreation. Thirds are housed and trained in special "nunneries," kept separate from the general population. When a Third joins in a Triad with two others, a lifetime bond is created. As such, when the other members of the Triad die, the Third is expected also to take its life. The "dance" of a Third is called shatharma. (DS9 - The Lives of Dax short story: "The Music Between the Notes")