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Cathedral is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel by Michael A. Martin and Andy Mangels published by Pocket Books in 2002. It is the seventh novel in the DS9 relaunch and the third of the Mission Gamma miniseries. The novel centers around Bashir, Ezri and Nog who are in different ways affected by an mysterious artifact, while the crew of Deep Space 9 prepare for the ceremony for Bajor's admission into the Federation.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

From Back Cover

SIREN SONGS

As a small child, Jules Bashir underwent illegal genetic enhancements that forever altered the natural course of his life. As an adult, ever since the day he discovered what his parents had done, Dr. Julian Bashir has wondered what he might have become if "Jules" had been allowed to live, certain he would never know the answer. But when the lure of a strange alien artifact in the Gamma Quadrant inexplicably begins to reverse Bashir's enhancements, the person he had thought long dead is given a second chance at life.

Ninety thousand light-years away, as the crew of Deep Space 9 ™ tries to comprehend a shocking tragedy, Ro Laren makes a fateful decision about her life aboard the station. And although political maneuverings and failing diplomacy have already extinguished all hope of a real, lasting peace between Bajor and Cardassia, one man's search for his true calling may lay a new foundation for the future.


SynopsisEdit

A shuttle crew of Ezri Dax, Bashir, and Nog discover a strange artifact that rotates on an interdimensional axis. As a multi-dimensional object turning through uncounted universes, different parts are visible at different times; the structure defies description. Their study of the object is interrupted when the Defiant responds to a distress call and drive aggressive Nyazen ships away from a damaged D’Naali vessel. Both species view the object as entri leyza—simultaneously defined as both cathedral/anathema and simultaneously revered and feared. It soon becomes apparent that exposure to the artifact is altering the shuttle crew. Bashir slowly loses his superior intellect and skills, reverting to the mentally challenged Jules. Ezri’s body rejects the Dax symbiont (though the separation does not cause their mutual deaths) and fears the loss of her command abilities and lifetimes of experience. Nog regrows his severed leg. With a D’Naali guide, Ryek’ekbalabiozan’voslu (called Sacagawea by the Starfleet crew), the Defiant returns to the cathedral/anathema in the hopes of restoring their crewmembers, but finds it blockaded by Nyazen forces. They learn that the D’Naali and Nyazen had evolved on the same planet, but that their attempt to develop a limitless interdimensional energy tap destroyed their world, scattering both species. The only way to restore the three officers is for them to enter the cathedral, so Nog devises a series of transporter relays to bypass the blockade. Once inside, they are forced to confront alternate paths that their lives would have taken without their missing enhancements. Julian comes to terms with the fact that the innocent and good-hearted Jules was not erased by his genetic enhancements; his compassion and emptions are still with him. Faced with a life in which she never left home and her domineering mother, Ezri accepts that she adds value to the legacy of Dax rather than merely acting as a disappointing emergency measure. Though initially relieved to be free of Ezri’s confusion, Dax admits to needing Ezri, and commits to warning the galaxy of a shadowy threat long since repressed in its memory. Nog loses his new leg but learns that both his good and bad experiences shaped the person he is today. The Defiant comes under fire from both the Nyazen, who seek to protect the artifact, and the D’Naali, who want to destroy it. With their crewmates restored and returned, the starship retreats.

Bajor prepares a host of festivities to mark its imminent entry into the Federation, though official peace talks with Cardassia remain stalled. Spurred by an ancient jevonite figurine of biracial descent, Vedek Yevir Linjarin secretly travels to Cardassian and meets with members of the Oralian Way, a prominent though fringe Cardassian religion. With the help of Akellen Macet and Elim Garak, they retrieve the missing four Bajoran Orbs (Unity, Truth, Souls, Destiny) from the ruins of Cardassia and return them to the Bajoran people. Yevir and the Oralian leadership commit to an exchange of culture and people, using a grassroots campaign to ally their religions despite the Bajoran government’s refusal to align their worlds.

Ro organizes security measures for the Federation ceremonies, continuing to work closely with Hiziki Gard, which makes Quark jealous. The pair have their second date at Vic’s Lounge. As they consider their futures away from a Federation-ized Bajor, Vic suggests that they make that future together. Shar’s bondmates hold vigil over Thriss’s body, refusing everything else until Shar can join them in a final memorial service. Kira is approached by General Lenaris Holem on behalf of the Ohaluvaru, hoping to support Kira as a prominent ally. Despite her refusal to join them and her grief at fracturing Bajor’s faith, they stage planet-wide protests of her treatment by the Vedek Assembly. At the signing ceremony for Bajor’s entry into the Federation, Gard disappears in a transporter beam after assassinating Shakaar Edon.

On Earth, a distraught and ill Joseph Sisko collapses.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Leonard James AkaarAsarem WadeenJulian BashirBellis NemaniBelwan LiginSam BowersBroikJohn CandlewoodCaprilCassiniCerinCerin MikaJeannette ChaoShathrissia zh'CheenCostelloThavanichent th'DaniDaxEzri DaxMekor DukatEkoshaEnkar SirsyEran DalEtana KolFrelan SylaVic FontaineFroolGan MorrSeljin GandresElim GarakHiziki GardHarana FlinHava RemahtHegel YtrinHetikKurt HunterCharles JimenezEdgardo JuarezKira NerysKyli ShonLankfordMikaela LeishmanLenaris HolemAkellen MacetPhillipa MatthiasAaron McCallumElaine MelloKaitlin MerimarkMornNogNoritBryanne PermenterQuarkTariq RahimKrissten RichterRo LarenVindizhei sh'RraazhRyek'ekbalabiozan'voslu ("Sacagawea") • Scio MarsesJason SenkowskiShakaar EdonShul ToremSinchante JinJoseph SiskoSolis TendrenTaran'atarSimon TarsesPrynn TenmeiCharivretha zh'ThaneThirishar ch'ThaneT'rbTreirVaraniElias VaughnGabrielle VicenteYevir Linjarin
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Amsha BashirRichard BashirHarry BlackstoneThadial BokarCelesteCerin BenyanWilliam ClarkLeonardo da VinciDanaAudrid DaxCurzon DaxEmony DaxJadzia DaxJoran DaxLela DaxTobin DaxTorias DaxMatthew DeckerSarina DouglasSkrain DukatM. C. EscherBrinner FinokFrenchotteGardVerjyl GardAlon GhemorBarry GoldwaterGrenchenGrim ReaperHatram NabirJackJalikVerad KalonKellinJohn F. KennedyKitana'klanKyleNatima LangNadia LarkinLaurenElizabeth LenseMeriwether LewisLi NalasMalicDean MartinM'NokMorpheusIsaac NewtonOdoOraliusPatrickMelora PazlarJean-Luc PicardCole PorterPrinadoraRo GaleRomSacagaweaCarl SaganFrank SinatraBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoJudith SiskoTeetowJanel TiganNorvo TiganYanas TiganTopekTor JolanTora ZiyalVanBuskirkVargasWorf, son of MoghKasidy YatesLewis Zimmermanunnamed Kostolain (Kostolain representative)

LocationsEdit

AshallaBajorCardassiaCardassia CityDeep Space 9EarthFrench QuarterGamma Quadranthabitat ringKrendaleeLakarian CityMunda'ar SectorNew OrleansPromenadeQuark'sSisko's Creole KitchenSouth ForbellaSystem GQ-12475Vic's lounge
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Adigeon PrimeAdigeon systemAndorAR-558B'halaCapella IVCaves of Mak'alaChamber of MinistersChin'toka systemCoalsack NebulaColumbia RiverDahkur ProvinceEgyptEmpok NorEuropa NovaFerenginarFire CavesGaron IIGettysburgHagia SophiaInvernia IIIstanbulJaros IIJo'kalaKostolainKrendaleeLas VegasMirror UniverseMusilla ProvinceNew SydneyNorthwest peninsulaQo'noSRashidRomeSacred MarketplaceSands HotelSappora systemSisko's houseStarfleet HeadquartersTalos IVTenaran ice cliffsThermopylaeTimor IITower of CommerceTrillVulcan

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Defiant (Defiant-class) • D'Naali starshipLi Nalas (Bajoran flagship) • Nyazen starshipSagan (Type-10 shuttlecraft) • Trager (Galor-class)
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USS da VinciUSS DestinyUSS EnterpriseGalaxy-classUSS Gryphon (Akira-class) • KamalUSS Wellington

Races and culturesEdit

AdigeonAndorianBajoranBolianBynarCapellanCardassianDenobulanD'NaaliFerengiGallamiteHumanJem'HadarKlingonLurianNausicaanNyazenOrionSkorrTerrellianTrillTrill symbiontValerianVulcan
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BetazoidElaysianEuropaniHebitianInamuriPah-wraithProphetsRigelianRomulanSinnravianSkrreeaTellariteVahni VahltupaliVorta

States and organizationsEdit

Bajoran MilitiaCardassian GuardCardassian UnionOhalavaruOralian WayStarfleetUnited Federation of PlanetsVedek Assembly
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BajoraBajoran ResistanceChamber of MinistersCorps of DiscoveryDominionEndtreeFederation CouncilFounderLamnakLerritMaquisMilitia High CommandOmega SquadOrion SyndicatePerikianPersian EmpireRoman EmpireStarfleet AcademyStarfleet CommandStarfleet MedicalStarfleet Medical SchoolTrill Symbiosis Commission

Science and technologyEdit

ablative armorantennaApollo programarithrazineautismbethanaminebiobedbiosynthetic limbboraminecathedral artifactcloaking devicecompression disruptorconcussion grenadedelta-wave inducerdermal regeneratorduraniumEMHendomethalamineEnti Leyzaenvironmental suitEPS conduitexoscalpelfourth dimensiongenetic resequencinggravity platinghologramholosuiteholovidhyperspannerhyposprayinertial damperisoboraminejevoniteketracel-whitelethozinelight-yearmetraprovolinemetrazenenavigational deflectorneurocortical separatororbOrb of DestinyOrb of MemoryOrb of SoulsOrb of TruthOrb of Unityoort cloudPerikian skin blightpergiumphaserphaser cannonPinker-Sato phonology modulepolyduraniumpostganglionic nervepreganglionic fiberprionprotoplaserquantum resonance signatureself-replicating mineself-replicating transporter relaysoil reclamatorsonic showerspacesickstasis chamberstellar cartographysubspacesubspace beacontargeting sensortelepathytheta radiationthorocrinetooth sharpenertricorderturboliftuniversal translator

Ranks and titlesEdit

astronautcadetcaptaincolonelcommandercosmonautdabo boydabo girlEmissary of the ProphetsFederation councillorfleet admiralkailieutenantvaledictorianvedek

Other referencesEdit

196220th centuryAlice in Wonderlandalvaalva nut teaAndoriiattainderattainment ceremonyBajoran prophecyBajoran religionBaroquebat'lethBattle of ThermopylaeBibleBoldaricBook of GenesisBook of Ohalucayenne pepper • "Clyde" • daboDarjeeling teaDivine Treasuryd'k tahgDom PérignonDominion WardradDrathan puppy ligEasterFederation DayFerengi languageFerengi Rules of AcquisitionFly Me to the MoonhelepHigh SocietyhoverballHupyrian beetlejack-in-the-boxjazzkar'takinkligatKobayashi Maru scenarioKorankotrakudzuKukalakaLatinLet's Get Away from It Allmemory cathedralMordian butterflynerakOccupation of BajorOhalu Propheciesoo-moxorb experiencepaghplanetPrime DirectivePyrellian ginger tearaktajinoreqilofRococoroot beerRosetta StoneRussiansehlatscottrilSh'dama AgeshuttlebayskutfishslibutSlug-o-Colasplitter musicspringwinesuicidesyn laraTalarian hook spidertargThanksgivingTime of Cleansingtongotrandaghtube grubtuxedoUlyssesutoxaVayan horn flyVulcan Love SlaveWho Wants to Be a Millionaire?

AppendicesEdit

Background informationEdit

Related stories Edit

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

TimelineEdit

This novel is set in July of 2376, six months after the final Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode, "What You Leave Behind".

published order
Previous novel:
Mission Gamma
This Gray Spirit
DS9 novels
(Post-Finale)
Next novel:
Mission Gamma
Lesser Evil
Previous story:
Rogue
Stories by:
Michael A. Martin & Andy Mangels
Next story:
Ishtar Rising, Part 1
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Gods Above
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
A Good Day to Die
Chapters 5-13


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