Author’s note: This story takes place in the “Catacombs of Oralius” universe—the same one I’ve used for most of my TrekBBS entries. This world was first seen in the TNG episode “Parallels.” In my take on this universe, the Cardassians have, by and large, remained believers in the Oralian Way, and their history has taken a very different course…with significant effects on certain people.
Written with thanks to Andrew J. Robinson for his concept of the Oralian Way, as he described in A Stitch in Time. I have taken it, tweaked it, and greatly elaborated upon it throughout the Catacombs of Oralius series, but I thank him very much for the idea. Thanks also are due to Gibraltar for the challenge topic over at Ad Astra that gave me the impetus to actually start writing this. I wound up with way too much story to make the cut for the challenge, but AU Dukat is grateful. Also…acknowledgments due to everyone who suggested title ideas in the thread over there. You did a wonderful job of sparking my imagination.
In conclusion…Gibraltar, you asked a question, and I thought of this verse in response:
"For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it,
but whoever loses his life for My sake,
he is the one who will save it.
For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world,
and loses or forfeits himself?”
This, indeed, is at the root of all that I write, though I may write about very different worlds from our own. I place my faith in Christ and will not be ashamed.