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Demons of Air and Darkness is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine novel written by Keith R.A. DeCandido and originally published by Pocket Books in 2001. The novel is the fourth book in the core continuity of the series of DS9 novels set after the television finale, and fourth book in the Star Trek: Gateways crossover miniseries. The story centers on the planet Europa Nova, which is suffering deadly radiation bombardment from a Malon freighter dumping waste into an Iconian gateway. Like all the novels in the Gateways series the story ends with a cliff-hanger, which is continued in a novella, "Horn and Ivory", in the seventh book in the series What Lay Beyond.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

From the back cover
Once they moved from world to world in a single step, through innumerable doors that spanned the galaxy. They were masters of space, and to those who feared them, they were demons of air and darkness. But long ago they left their empire and their miraculous technology behind. Now someone has found the key to it, and all those doors have been flung open.
GATEWAYS
DEMONS OF AIR AND DARKNESS
A world near Deep Space 9™, threatened with destruction from the distant Delta Quadrant, becomes the focus of a massive rescue effort as Colonel Kira Nerys, her crew, and some unexpected allies fight to avert disaster on a planetary scale. Meanwhile, as Lieutenant Nog and Ensign Thirishar ch'Thane search for a way to shut down the spatial portals forever, Quark becomes involved in a dangerous game that could determine, once and for all, who will control the Gateways.

SummaryEdit

Two weeks after station Deep Space 9 is brought back to operational status, the USS Defiant begins laying the foundation for a renewed exploration of the Gamma Quadrant - a communications array at the far terminus of the Bajoran wormhole. After testing the functionality, the Defiant is recalled to base for a meeting with Admiral William Ross.

A distress call from Europa Nova was received, and a full scale evacuation of the planet is required to save the population from a sudden onslaught of radioactive antimatter waste. Starfleet also confirms numerous reports of strange displacements throughout known space. Several days prior, the Federation was approached by a group of beings claiming to be the ancient Iconians, seeking to sell their gateway technology to the highest bidder. As a demonstration, they brought the entire network of gateways online. Various vessels are dispatched to map and study the network, but the USS Defiant is tasked in determining why there are no gateways within ten light years of Bajor.

Aboard the runabout Sungari, Nog and Shar take up the investigation of the gateways. With information that a doorway appeared within ten light years of the Gamma Quadrant end of the wormhole, they rule it out as the cause. However, they determine a link between the Denorios Belt and declassified reports from Commander Elias Vaughn's experience with a gateway to suspect that tachyon particles interacting with certain noble gases could cause a disruption of gateway formation. With this information, they are able to construct a method to shut down the gateway network, but the runabout is attacked.

As the Iconians seek the highest bidder, Quark is hired by the Orion Syndicate to negotiate on their behalf; the Iconians end up being represented by his cousin, Gaila. Negotiations proceed well, with Quark producing the best possible offer on behalf of the Syndicate. However, having intercepted the Sungari's communications, Gaili insists Quark is a Starfleet collaborator, working in concert with his nephew Nog. Quark's companion dabo girl turns out to be Ro Laren in disguise, who effects their escape.

Joining the evacuation efforts at Europa Nova, the Defiant is tasked to collect the VIPs, including a visiting Councilor Charivretha zh'Thane. A small gateway is located on the surface, but the other end is on Torona IV, the homeworld of the Jarada, a xenophobic species. Commander Vaughn is able to negotiate with the Jarada to allow a set number of colonists through, in exchange for classified intelligence information. The evacuation proceeds smoothly until the radiation becomes too strong to safely utilize the transporters; vessels able to make a planetary landing shuttle colonists up to the larger craft in orbit. With time running out, Kira decides to take the runabout Euphrates through the gateway to the Delta Quadrant and stop the source of the antimatter waste.

On the other side of the gateway, Kira's runabout detects the waste being offloaded from a Malon vessel, and before she can act, it attacks and disables her ship. Kira and Taran'atar are beamed off by a Hirogen hunter who has captured the Malon ship. Kira is bound and used to bait out the Jem'Hadar, which the Hirogen believes is worthy prey. Taran'atar has shrouded to conceal himself, but the trap lures him out into the open. Rescuing Kira, Taran'atar ensures she escapes back to the runabout safely then remains behind to give her the time she needs to carry out a plan to block the gateway. She installs a shield enhancer from the Malon vessel then plants the Euphrates in the doorway itself, jamming it, then beams off to a barely inhabitable planet.

With the evacuation of Europa Nova complete, Vaughn gives the order to seal the gateways. The tachyon beam is successful in closing the doorways until the Iconians are able to reset the system and reopen the gateways. However, their efforts were watched by the Orion craft, who reveal them as the Petraw. At Europa Nova, the runabout Rio Grande is left behind to await news of the fate of Kira or Taran'atar. Following his extensive battle with the Hirogen, Taran'atar is severely wounded but able to escape in an escape pod and pass through the gateway. However, no sign of Kira can be found - on the planet's surface, she has stepped through another gateway and disappeared.

ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Julian BashirSam BowersMackenzie CalhounThirishar ch'ThaneJeannette ChaoEzri DaxMartino DeLaCruzDeruWalter EmickEran DalTony FuscoGailaGan MorrElim GarakGordimerGrilHigJalikKamKira NerysKronLenaris HolemCathy LingLogaJu'les L'ullhoAkellen MacetYchell MafonMalicMarssiElaine MelloMonaghanNogPalJean-Luc PicardQuarkRenholRiilampeRo LarenGerda RonessWilliam RossMontgomery ScottElizabeth ShelbyGrazia SilverioSnikwahSolokAnn SpillaneTaran'atarSimon TarsesPrynn TenmeiTreirElias VaughnWerdVincamKasidy YatesCharivretha zh'Thane
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Bareil AntosCassandraCorat DamarCurzon DaxJadzia DaxLela DaxTobin DaxTorias DaxSkrain DukatEllaFurelTekeny GhemorGirani SemnaHagathHo'nigIshkaIstani ReylaEdward JellicoKeevanKira ReonLorit AkremLupazaBenjamin MaxwellAlynna NechayevNassucKeiko O'BrienMiles O'BrienPirakPrinadoraRegent of PalamarRomShakaar EdonBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoStvoranT'NareTora ZiyalTuDonald VarleyThomas A. WatsonWinn AdamiWorfYevir LinjarinZekZil

LocationsEdit

Alpha QuadrantBajoran wormholeCardassiaChietiClarus systemCosta RocosaDeep Space 9Delta QuadrantDenorios BeltEuropa NovaFarius PrimeGamma QuadrantWormhole relay station
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Alexandra's PlanetAndorArmus IXAR-558BajorCafé RomaChietiChin'toka IXClarus IXDozariaFerenginarFinneas XIIGaila's moonGallitep labor campIconiaKar-telos systemL'AquilaMalon PrimeMarsMemory AlphaMirror UniverseOsborne's WorldPadillaPalamarPullock VRisaRomulan Neutral ZoneRondac IIIShiKahrSindorinSinghaSisko's houseSpilimbergoStarbase 96Starfleet HeadquartersTorona IVTorona AlphaTozhat resettlement centerVandros IVVoid

Starships and vehiclesEdit

Apsac (Malon supertanker) • Chaffee (Type-10 shuttlecraft) • USS Defiant (Defiant-class) • USS Euphrates (Danube-class) • FlitterUSS Gryphon (Akira-class) • Hirogen warshipUSS Intrepid (Intrepid-class) • Orion starshipUSS Rio Grande (Danube-class) • Sagan (Type-10 shuttlecraft) • USS Sungari (Danube-class) • Trager (Galor-class)
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BarakaUSS DefiantEast WindsUSS EnterpriseUSS Enterprise-DUSS Enterprise-EUSS ExcaliburGoldblatt's FollyHalloranUSS HoodUSS JenolenIRW MakluanNgQuark's TreasureUSS T'KumbraIKS Tcha'vothUSS TridentUSS VoyagerXhosaUSS YamatoZelbinion

Races and culturesEdit

AndorianBajoranCardassianFerengiHirogenHuman (Europani) • Jem'HadarKlingonKobheerianMalonOrionPetrawTrillVulcanXenexian
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BreenCarreonDeltanIconianJaradaKlingonOvirianProphetsRomulanSheliakTellariteThepnossenVorta

States and organizationsEdit

Bajoran MilitiaCardassian GuardCardassian UnionDominionOrion SyndicateStarfleetStarfleet Corps of EngineersUnited Federation of Planets
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Cardassian Liberation FrontFederation CouncilFerengi Commerce AuthorityImperial IntelligenceKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireLamnakMaquisObsidian OrderOrnathiaPathfinder ProjectRomulan Star EmpireSection 31Starfleet AcademyTal Shiar

Other referencesEdit

Akorem Laan MuseumAldebaran serpentAndoriianthrazineantimatter minearithrazineAttainderBajoran languageBajoran religionbaseballBussard collectorChurnikcloaking devicedabo girldicyclic warp engineDominion WarduraniumespressoFerengi Rules of Acquisitionfirst contactflux capacitorgrelthholographic communicatorholosuiteHonored ElderhyronalinIconian Gatewayisolinear rodJovian runjumja stickkanarKar'takinladrionmonotaniumOccupation of Bajorraktajinoreplicatorroginiumself-replicating mineshield modulatorshroudsilithiumSlug-o-Colastructural integrity fieldtachyontachyon bursttachyon eddytaspar eggtheta radiationTholian silkThoritube grubverteronZateri emerald

TimelineEdit

ChronologyEdit

This novel is set in 2376, a fortnight after the preceding DS9 novel Abyss. The timeline published in Unity places the events of the novel in April and May of the year.

Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
Doors Into Chaos
Pocket Books Timeline Next adventure:
No Man's Land
Previous adventure:
Doors Into Chaos
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
No Man's Land

Production historyEdit

Published Order
Previous novel:
Abyss
DS9 stories
(set after "What You Leave Behind")
Next novel:
Horn and Ivory
Previous novel:
Doors Into Chaos
Gateways novels Next novel:
No Man's Land
Previous story:
Invincible, Part Two
Stories by:
Keith R.A. DeCandido
Next story:
Horn and Ivory

AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

Demons of air and Darkness German cover

German-language edition cover art

Related storiesEdit

Star Trek: Gateways
One Small StepChainmailDoors Into ChaosDemons of Air and DarknessNo Man's LandCold WarsWhat Lay Beyond ("One Giant Leap" • "Exodus" • "Horn and Ivory" • "In the Queue" • "Death After Life" • "The Other Side") • Here There Be Monsters
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine relaunch publications and stories
Novels A Stitch in TimeAvatar, Book One & TwoAbyssDemons of Air and DarknessTwilightThis Gray SpiritCathedralLesser EvilRising SonThe Left Hand of Destiny, Book One & 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 SacrificeZero Sum GameRough Beasts of EmpirePlagues of NightRaise the DawnRevelation and DustA Ceremony of Losses
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"
Comics N-Vector • "Crossfire" • "No Quarter" • "All Fall Down" • "United We Stand"
Omnibuses Twist of FaithThese Haunted Seas

QuotesEdit

"Attention all hands, this is Commander Vaughn. Starfleet's primary mission has always been one of exploration. Over seven years ago, Benjamin Sisko and Jadzia Dax discovered a stable wormhole in the Denorios Belt, one which opened the door to an entire quadrant of new worlds for us to seek out. Five years ago, Starfleet, Bajoran, and Cardassian personnel worked together to install a subspace array on the Gamma Quadrant side of the wormhole to provide communication between the quadrants. Unfortunately, that array did not survive the hostilities of the Dominion War - a war that, sadly, also closed the door that Benjamin Sisko opened.
"But the war's over now. And thanks to efforts by the cew of the Defiant and Deep Space 9, a new communications array has been successfully deployed and is now online. As of this moment... we're back in the Gamma Quadrant."

-Commander Vaughn


"You believe caring for your home brings you closer to your gods?"
"I suppose that's one way of looking at it," she said neutrally.
"Yet your gods cast you out."
On reflex, Kira's hand went to her right ear, which had gone unadorned since she'd been Attained. "Not my gods," she said, quietly but firmly. "Only a few men and women who claim to represent them"

-Taran'atar and Kira


"I was assigned by Central Command to work with a Starfleet ship to track Maxwell down when he went rogue. That ship was the Enterprise." Macet took a deep breath. "I did as I was told, and we were eventually able to stop Maxwell before he murdered any more citizens of Cardassia. But the strange thing was - Maxwell was right. Those ships were carrying weapons. I did not agree with the actions of Central Command in that case, but I was a good soldier, and said nothing, even when Captain Picard told me he knew the truth.
"I learned an important lesson that day, Commander, and that lesson is why I am here today. You see, both Maxwell and Picard knew that we were violating the treaty. But where Maxwell's reaction was to madly destroy our ships, Picard's was to work to preserve the peace."
Macet took another deep breath and folded his arms. "My people have been too much like Maxwell of late. We have worked against the galaxy. At a time when the entire Alpha Quadrant united against a common threat, we alone stood with the threat - well," he added with a smile, "we and the Breen. We did not realize our mistake until it was too late. Now many of us - including myself - believe that we are better off trying to become part of the quadrant once more. We were a nation to be reckoned with once, Commander. If we are to be so again, we must work with our neighbors to preserve peace, not against them in conflict. You may consider this," he said, holding his hands outward, as if to encompass the entire convoy, "the first step on this road."

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