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For the mirror universe counterpart, see Rugal Pa'Dar (mirror).

Rugal Pa'Dar was a male Cardassian who lived in the 24th century. He was the son of Kotan and Arys Pa'Dar and the adopted son of Proka Migdal and Proka Etra.

HistoryEdit

He was born in 2358, at the Tozhat settlement on Bajor, where he lived with his parents for the first several years of his life. (DS9 novel: The Never-Ending Sacrifice)

In 2362, the Bajoran Resistance bombed Tozhat, killing Rugal's mother. Rugal was believed killed, although Skrain Dukat had actually had a female officer remove Rugal prior to the attack and place him in a Bajoran orphanage. Dukat planned to later reveal that Rugal was alive, and discredit Pa'Dar for "abandoning" Rugal and "allowing" him to be raised by Bajorans. With family being one of the most important aspects of Cardassian society, the revelations would have destroyed Pa'Dar's career. (DS9 episode: "Cardassians")

Tora Ziyal would learn of her father's order to take Rugal from his father and place him in the orphanage years later. (DS9 short story: "Three Sides to Every Story")

Rugal was adopted by Proka Migdal and Proka Etra. In 2370, Rugal and Proka came to Deep Space 9, where Rugal attacked Elim Garak. This would set off an investigation and an intervention by Cmdr. Benjamin Sisko and an investigation into Rugal's disappearance by Garak and Dr. Julian Bashir, which revealed Dukat's involvement in Rugal's disappearance. After long and difficult deliberations, Sisko ruled that Rugal should be released to the custody of his father. (DS9 episode: "Cardassians")

On Cardassia, Rugal would fail to integrate. His father lived in Coranum Sector, as a member of the aristocracy, with Rugal's paternal grandmother, Geleth Pa'Dar. His grandmother was especially vicious and added to Rugal's sense of displacement. Encountering an environment where the State was everything and to speak out something unapproved brought swiftly the attention of the Obsidian Order, Rugal hoped to return to Bajor. He would encounter some respite in a girl, Penelya Khevet, a niece of the wealthy Khevet family, who owned farms on Ithic. Pen's parents had been murdered by the Maquis on Ithic, and the Khevet patriarch, Mikor, found in Pen an ideal future manager of his Ithic holdings. Like many things on Cardassia Rugal objected to this, and as he fell for his friend he never realised she could not say no to her uncle to the idea of going to Ithic. For Rugal, his dream was always to return to Bajor, even after his adopted parents passed away.

Rugal would reject the privileged education his father could give him, and instead trained to be a nurse in the Free hospital in Torr Sector. He would at night with others give medicine and food to the homeless in Torr also. Also Rugal would discover his father was involved in the Detapa Council's dissident movement, led by Meya Rejal, but would correctly identify that the dissidents merely wanted to replace the military and state police's hold on power with their own. He was attracted to the powerful rhetoric and trans formative ideas of Natima Lang's The Ending of "The Never-Ending Sacrifice", but Lang was forced to flee Cardassia before he could meet her. When Rejal seized power after the fall of the Obsidian Order, he was not disappointed in his prediction of how conservative her government would be. During the Klingon invasion of 2372 his father was evacuated to Deep Space 9: during this period his grandmother would pass away, and Geleth would tell Rugal that his father was in fact a bastard. Geleth had committed revenge for her family on the Pa'Dar family by marrying and cheating upon her husband. The Klingon invasion did not reach Cardassia Prime itself, and Kotan would return - together with Penelya they would spread her ashes in the dry dessert region Geleth came from. Soon after, he and Penelya met Tora Ziyal, the daughter of Skrain Dukat, whom they would befriend. However, Dukat's fall from political disgrace would rob them of further friendship too.

Rugal would stay at the Torr hospital, and live with friends in Torr. He would reject going to Ithic with Penelya, ending their relationship. However in 2373 when he was coerced into military service by Skrain Dukat, then leader of Cardassia, and subsequently spent most of the war as a glinn on Ogyas III. For his service on Ogyas, Rugal was awarded a medal. When the war ended he deserted rather than being captured by the Romulans.

Cardassia City (2385-6)

Rugal, after the war.

It would take him several months to get from Ogyas to Ithic, where his girlfriend Penelya Khevet lived before the war. There he would not find her, but instead found at the Khevet farm a traumatized human girl, Hulya Kiliç. The young child had witnessed human survivors murder her mother, and found in Rugal a person she could trust, unlike other humans. Eventually some other Cardassian survivors would wander their way, though none were Pen. He realised she was dead. More so, Rugal realized to continue protecting Hulya, he would need to obtain some rights in the face of opposition from local human survivors.

Therefore, in 2378, Rugal applied to become a Federation citizen. The official charged with ruling on Rugal's application decided that Captain Sisko's earlier decision to return Rugal to his father was not in keeping with Bajoran law, and overturned Sisko's decision—Rugal was once again the adopted son of Proka Migdal and Etra, and as Bajor was a Federation member world, he was a Federation citizen by extension. Rugal was the first Cardassian to become a Federation citizen.

Subsequently, Rugal formally adopted Hulya. He would return to Cardassia, and there encounter Penelya, who had indeed survived the genocide.(DS9 novel: The Never-Ending Sacrifice)

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