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Gul Madred was a Cardassian male in the Cardassian Military Intelligence.


Madred was an aristocratic, cultured and serious man, who favoured the military within Cardassian society. As befitting of his background, Madred lived in the Coranum Sector. As a member of the Cardassian Guard, Madred would work in military intelligence and insisted that they did not want any involvement by the Obsidian Order in military operations. His dislike of the Order reflected the acrimony between the military and state intelligence organisations, which contributed to a breakdown in communications between each. (DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time)


Military CareerEdit

In 2347, he encountered Elias Vaughn, Ruriko Tenmei and T'Prynn on Kora II while he was a Glinn. (DS9 - Mission Gamma novel: Lesser Evil)

Sometime prior to 2368, the Obsidian Order planned to turn over the captured Bajoran terrorist Orta to Madred, but he was rescued by his resistance cell before the transfer could take place. (DS9 novellas: The Brave and the Bold, Book One, The Second Artifact)

The incident with Captain Jean-Luc Picard would marr his distinguished service record. Madred fell out of favour with central command circa 2368, the same time as Elim Garak was exiled. (TNG episode: "Chain of Command", DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time)

Fittingly, in 2372, Madred's militaristic family would be one of the key supporters of Skrain Dukat's coup d'etat against Meya Rejal's failing civilian government and Dukat's alliance with the Dominion. (DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time)

After the Dominion WarEdit

In the aftermath of the Dominion War, in 2375, Madred would emerge as one of the key initial agents of politics in the ruins of Cardassia Prime, involved in the Directorate. He, alongside several surviving military and intelligence figures, favoured a return to the controlled state of old Cardassia, and was aghast at the spread of "Federation methods for determining our new leadership structure". Madred saw the future of the state at threat, noting that in a democracy everyone would have an equal say, and that the emergent politicians disgusted him:

"Who are these people? Alon Ghemor? A family of traitors. Korbath Mondrig, a rabble-rouser from the service class. I wouldn't have these people clean my shoes, let alone make decisions that determine our future!"

Madred would approach Elim Garak to support his movement, both as a powerful voice and a "skillful operative". Garak had been one of the key leaders of the Damar resistance at the war's end, and a man, who as a key aide to Enabrain Tain, Madred thought would surely wish a return to the ordered society of pre-war Cardassia. He also hoped to appeal to the old exile by suggesting his "cause" might be improved. Garak had also formed a working relationship with key figure's in the nascent democratic movement on Cardassia, especially Kelas Parmak. In reference to Garak's necropolis, Madred would see in the former spy a similar desire for order and correct societal management. At first curious about Madred's vision and troubled by the extent of democratic change, Garak would agree to meet with the other leaders of the Directorate. Upon meeting them at the remains of Madred's house in Coranum, Garak would see both familiar faces and divided agendas:

  • Legate Parn, who had administered the Cardassian colonies in the Demilitarized Zone after the treaty with the Federation, a treaty he and Evek had believed was the beginning of the end when Cardassia signed it. He believed himself the leader of the Directorate when meeting with Garak.
  • Gul Hadar, who had been one of Skrain Dukat's aides on Terok Nor
  • Gul Evek, who had administered the DMZ and fought the Maquis.
  • Gul Malyn Ocett, the only resistance leader who had survived when the cells were betrayed by Gul Revok.
  • The Obsidian Order's former head, Pythas Lok, and his aide Nal Dejar.
  • Korbath Mondrig, who was, in the words of Garak, "Parn's propagandist and puppet".

Madred's meeting would fail to turn Garak to the Directorate's cause. Indeed, Garak would convince Lok to support Ghemor's, Parmak's, and now Garak's, Reunion Project. Emerging from the meeting, Garak would reflect of Madred:

"Madred had the same [privileged]] forebears, but his mask was sharper than Hadar's because he still had the passion of his beliefs: he desired to maintain the old ways at all costs because anything else was inconceivable. He would even associate himself with Mondrig, a man he'd said he wouldn't let "clean his shoes," if it meant the old order could be restored. There was fear in his mask: the fear of change."

After the meeting, and in anticipation of the elections, the Directorate would form the "Restoration Cadre" was established in each sector, serving to intimidate supporters of change. However, in the Paldar Sector, failing to incite violence with Ghemor's Reunion Project, Madred and the other Directorate leaders would ask to meet with Ghemor and discuss the future. When the first election was over, the Directorate had won two of six sectors. (DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time)

Personal LifeEdit

Madred had a daughter, named Jil Orra. She once confronted him about his torture room in which she saw Jean-Luc Picard in 2369. (TNG novel: Ship of the Line)

Online TimelineEdit

Madred became the leader of the organization called the True Way. Elim Garak believes Madred favored a return to the "days of military government," an idea he told Jake Sisko in an 2389 interview. (ST website: The Path to 2409)

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