The Obsidian Order was the Cardassian Union's intelligence agency.
The Order alongside the Central Command essentially controlled the Cardassian Union with the civilian Detapa Council which supposedly maintained the balance of power over the two organisations actually having very little power.(ST reference: The Visual Dictionary) The Obsidian Order had a distrust of the Central Command and a rivalry with the command's own military intelligence organization. The Order also hasd an intense rivalry with the Romulan Tal Shiar, to the extent that a virtual state of war existed between the two organizations. (DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time; et. al.)
Members of the Obsidian Order were taught several techniques for interrogating prisoners by entering into induced illusions. Members also carried a Promazine pill to commit suicide in the event they were captured. Their bodies would then turn to dust in a matter of hours.(DS9 - Millennium novel: Inferno; DS9 episode: "Covenant")
The order was first formed in the 19th century under the direction of the Detapa Council, though it operated without the Council's oversight.(DS9 episode: "Defiant"; ST reference: The Visual Dictionary)
The Order learnt of the Bajoran Orbs and sought to attain their immeasurable power for their own use. During the twenty first year of the Years of Deliverance, they received reports of a new Orb present within the ancient city of Bar'trila and attempted to acquire it. However, the Bajoran Resistance struck the location in order to prevent the Obsidian Order from retrieving it. During the skirmish, the Order sent a squadron of fighters to target a nearby dam so that the area would be flooded which prevented anyone from acquiring the Orb. (TOS novel: Captain's Peril)
In the year 2371, the Obsidian Order attempted to expose Legate Tekeny Ghemor as a sympathizer to the Cardassian dissident movement. To accomplish this, they abducted Major Kira Nerys and surgically altered her in order for her to appear as their lost operative Iliana Ghemor who was the daughter of the Legate. In order to protect what he perceived as his daughter, the Legate attempted to send her to shelter by sending her to the dissident movement which exposed his sympathies. But before they could charge them, their plan was thwarted when Kira's comrades at Deep Space 9 rescued her and Ghemor allowing the Legate to escape. (DS9 episode: "Second Skin")
By the same year, they also attempted to sabotage the attempt by the USS Defiant to destroy a silithium laden comet that was headed for the Bajoran wormhole in order to sabotage the peace treaty between Cardassia and Bajor. (DS9 episode: "Destiny") At some point in the year the head of the Order Enabran Tain helped in forging an alliance with the Romulan Star Empire's Tal Shiar with the intention of collaborating in a joint strike against the Founders homeworld in order to cripple the Dominion as a threat. They assembled a large fleet for their operation which was assembled in the Orias system which was unknown to the Cardassian Central Command. They eventually launched the attack in the Gamma Quadrant but their plans were discovered by a Changeling that had taken on the disguise of Romulan Colonel Lovak. The entire fleet was destroyed during the Battle of the Omarion Nebula where the Jem'Hadar crippled the Obsidian Order which effectively ceased to exist as an independent power and was stripped of it in the disastrous loss. (DS9 episode: "The Die is Cast"; ST reference: The Visual Dictionary)
With the loss of the Order, dissent on Cardassia grew into a civilian uprising which overthrew the Central Command in 2372. This action effectively returned power to the Detapa Council allowing them to handle the Cardassian Union. (DS9 episode: "The Way of the Warrior") When the Cardassian Union joined the Dominion in 2373 the responsibilities of the Order were taken over by Dominion security and the Cardassian Intelligence Bureau. (DS9 episode: "Rocks and Shoals")
Whilst the Obsidian Order ceased to exist, former members of the organizations were known to have joined several Cardassian splinter organizations. After the Dominion War, one such group in 2375 raided the Federation outpost Sierra VI where they stole top secret technology. This group was stopped by the USS Typhon's Red Squad. (DS9 video game: Invasion)
The Order is run in cells so that if one operative should be captured they might not be able to give away information to compromise the entire organisation.
- Corbin Entek
- Elim Garak
- Iliana Ghemor
- Pythas Lok
- Limor Prang
- Enabran Tain
- Mindur Timot
- Nal Dejar
Heads of the OrderEdit
- Enabran Tain
- Pythas Lok
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The The Dominion War Sourcebook: The Fires of Armageddon unpublished sourcebook states that the Obsidian Order survived the Dominion War and formed a movement known as the "Obsidian Legion" which planned to revive the Order. However, as this sourcebook was not published, it is not to be considered part of the material for Memory Beta.