Rom was a male Ferengi, the second child of Keldar and Ishka, father of Nog and the brother of Quark. Rom ascended to the position of Grand Nagus of the Ferengi Alliance in 2375. (DS9 episodes: "A Man Alone", "The Dogs of War")
In the early 2350s, Rom made a business proposition with Dav, father of Prinadora, for Prinadora's hand in marriage. By 2353, Prinadora gave birth to the couple's only child, Nog. Rom's marriage contract with Prinadora ran out in the year 2358. Rom, who was in love with Prinadora, signed an extension contract with Dav without reading the fine print. Dav swindled Rom out of all of his money, took Prinadora, and left Rom to raise Nog alone. (DS9 - Worlds of Deep Space Nine novella: Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed)
With nowhere else to turn, Rom and Nog moved to the Cardassian space station known as Terok Nor in the Bajoran system, where his older brother Quark owned a bar. Quark gave his brother and nephew both jobs, but only paid them enough to survive.
In the year 2366 Rom was exposed to a variation of the Double Helix virus. This strain of the virus managed to jump between species infecting Ferengi, Cardassians and Bajorans. Rom and his family were quarantined on Terok Nor until a cure was found by a Federation medical team that was on the station. (TNG - Double Helix novel: Vectors)
Deep Space 9Edit
The Cardassians withdrew from the Bajoran sector in the year 2369 and custodianship of the space station was given by the Bajoran Provisional Government to Starfleet and the United Federation of Planets, who re-christened the station Deep Space 9. Rom allowed his son Nog to attend a school run by Keiko O'Brien. (DS9 episode: "A Man Alone")
In 2372, Rom and Quark defied an edict from the Bajoran government that all Ferengi nationals must leave the Bajoran system after war was declared between Ferenginar and Bajor. They considered Bajor to be their home, and refused to be driven away. They were subsequently imprisoned for violating the edict at the old Cardassian forced-labor camp at Gallitep, where they endured hideous treatment at the hands of the insane Colonel Mitra. Following their escape from Gallitep, Rom and Quark traveled to Ferenginar onboard the USS Defiant (NX-74205) where they assisted Starfleet Captain Benjamin Sisko in defusing the situation between the two worlds. (DS9 novel: The 34th Rule)
In the year 2373, Rom began a romantic relationship with Leeta, a Dabo girl who worked for his brother. Soon after, Rom and Bajoran deputy Etana Kol tracked down a creature in the station's waste extraction system living off female hormones that had abducted Leeta and several other women on the station. (DS9 comics: "Lwaxana Troi and the Wedding of Doom", "Four Funerals and a Wedding")
Rom remained aboard Deep Space 9 during its Dominion control, returning to work at Quark's. He later joined Kira Nerys and Jake Sisko in a resistance movement against the Dominion. (DS9 episodes: "Behind the Lines", "Favor the Bold", "Sacrifice of Angels")
Rom became a member of the Niners baseball team, although he was cut by Captain Sisko when he proved not to be a good player. When Rom was reinstated, he managed to help the team score. (DS9 episode: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite")
In 2375, Grand Nagus Zek, who was romantically linked to Rom's mother Ishka, appointed Rom his successor as Grand Nagus under the confidence that he would continue the reforms that Zek had begun. (DS9 episode: "The Dogs of War")
In the Gateways Crisis of 2376, the Nagal Residence was invaded by marauding Orions who had used a gateway to make strike on Ferenginar. Rom later contributed a Ferengi ship to the Alpha/Beta Alliance; initiated by the Federation to negotiate with the Iconians (who turned out to be the Petraw - carrying out an elaborate deception). (TNG - Gateways novel: Doors Into Chaos)
In September of the same year, Rom initiated diplomatic relations between the Ferengi Alliance and the Republic of Bajor shortly before it joined the Federation, designating Quark's Bar the Ferengi Embassy in the UFP Republic of Bajor, making it officially sovereign territory of the Ferengi Alliance and as such subject to its laws and commerce practices. Quark was made Ferengi Ambassador to the Republic of Bajor (UFP), saving his business, which was about to be absorbed into the Federation's largely moneyless economy. Later that month, Rom and Leeta visited Bajor to witness the signing ceremony for Bajor's admittance into the Federation. (DS9 novel: Unity)
Two months later, Rom was nearly forced out of office when a number of prominent businessmen opposed to Rom and Zek's continued reforms -- including Brunt, now a member of the Economic Congress of Advisors of the Ferengi Alliance -- attempted to forge a false copy of Rom's marriage contract with the Ferengi female Prinadora, Nog's mother. Scandal engulfed the Nagus as it was believed that the contract had not been a standard seven-year one, but one that lasted in perpetuity, making Rom's marriage to Leeta a violation of the monogamy clause. Fortunately, Ambassador Quark and Starfleet Lieutenant Ro Laren, working in conjunction with Nog and other Rom supporters, proved the document a forgery. That month, Rom and Leeta's daughter, Bena, was born. (DS9 - Worlds of Deep Space Nine novella: Ferenginar: Satisfaction is Not Guaranteed)
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In 2383, Rom did the Department of Temporal Investigations a great service by drawing on his personal fortune to purchase an ancient but functional vortex manipulator discovered and auctioned by the Redheri bartering it to the Federation in exchange for trade concessions, effectively making it a donation. With his own experience regarding temporal displacement leaving him sympathetic to the DTI's goals, the following year at Rom's behest the Ferengi Alliance was in the process of establishing a nascent temporal management agency. (DTI eBook: The Collectors)
In August 2385, Rom, accompanied by Leeta, attended the opening ceremony of the second Deep Space 9 along with several other attendees, including other political leaders. Unfortunately, he was one of several to witness the assassination of Federation President Nanietta Bacco. (ST - The Fall novel: Revelation and Dust)
In an alternate timeline in which the Cardassian Union did not withdraw from Bajor in 2369, Rom bought the bar on Terok Nor from Quark prior to 2373. His brother was able to achieve his long held ambition of buying a moon as he had been off by the Detapa Council to keep both the discovery of the Bajoran wormhole and the existence of the Dominion a secret. (TNG - Myriad Universes novel: A Gutted World)
- Rom was played by Max Grodénchik from 1993 to 1999.
- Rom article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.
- Rom article at Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
|Terok Nor personnel|
| Cardassian Union|
and Cardassian-allied personnel
|Basso Tromac • Boheeka • Corat Damar • Datar • Skrain Dukat • Dulath • Hadar • Mavek • Narat • Oran • Parek • Sigol Rusot • Gaten Russol • Thrax Sa'kat|
| Bajoran Provisional Government|
and Bajoran-allied personnel
|Jabara • Kellec Ton • Kira Nerys • Odo • Rom|
|Mirror universe Terok Nor personnel|
|Klingon-Cardassian Alliance||Elim Garak • Kira Nerys • Odo • Jennifer Sisko • Telok|
|Terran Rebellion||Julian Bashir • Sam Bowers • Jadzia Dax • Michael Eddington • Keiko Ishikawa • Leeta • Enrique Muñiz • Nog • Miles O'Brien • Jennifer Sisko • Luther Sloan • Lon Suder • Ezri Tigan • Tiron|
|Grand Nagi of the Ferengi Alliance|
|Gint • Yost • Drik • Oblatis • Frek • Brolok • Oblat • Smeet • Untz the Invisible • Lifax • Twim • Zind • Zek • Quark • Rom|