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A Weaver of Lives by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (9
Summary: Past Featured StoryIn 2376, Cardassian ambassador and freelance journalist Natima Lang reflects in the new op-ed column of the Cardăsa Star-Sentinel on the life and influence of late dissident Tekeny Ghemor. Through the words of Ghemor's family, friends, and colleagues, she reveals the man to Cardassia as he truly was, not as the Obsidian Order would have it...
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3125    Read Count: 2168
[Report This] Published: 29 Jan 2009 Updated: 29 Jan 2009
Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 14 May 2009 Title: Chapter 1: A Weaver of Lives

Ah, this is such a wonderful read. Tekeny Ghemor really is a model of the "average Cardassian", who by skill and common sense alone has risen to a position of respect in his community, without falling to corruption or forgetting his love for his homeworld.

And I love the use of Natima Lang. One didn't exactly get the best image of her from the one episode. It was fun, but not very flattering in terms of showing off her brains. What a wonderful idea to expand on what little info we get on her in canon.

Excellent writing!

Author's Response:

Thank you so much for reading! :-)

Tekeny's just one of those characters that (in my mind) you can't help but feel a lot of warmth for.  Writing for him was a real pleasure--though on the other side it was also kinda sad because of his early death and all the anguish he experienced in his life.

As for Natima...the idea of her as a journalist and ambassador comes from the Terok Nor and DS9 relaunch novels.  While I am not going to really hold to the relaunch in a lot of ways, that was an aspect I really liked.  I thought putting her back into that journalistic role in a freer society could be interesting.  And I'm glad you liked it. :-)

The Thirteenth Order by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (66

2375: The height of the Dominion War. The Dominion has promised to shower glories upon Cardassia the likes of which it has never known--but the reality is another thing entirely. Four Cardassian guls have had enough of the Dominion's false promises, and are ready to put their complaints into action.

And on the desolate rock of AR-558, a Starfleet soldier fights for his life and is taken captive by Cardassians. But something strange is happening behind enemy lines that he never would have believed...

Chapters: 20    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine, Expanded Universes
Characters: Ensemble Cast - Sigils and Unions
Genre: Action/Adventure
Warnings: Adult Language, Violence
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions
Completed: No    Word count: 87315    Read Count: 63686
[Report This] Published: 30 Jan 2009 Updated: 31 Aug 2011
Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 28 May 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Prologue

I just love your enterpretation of Gul Macet! He's just made of awesome! And I know I've said it before, but much love for the explanation of the beard. :oD

His deliberate hacking of the vorta's name is such a cleverly disguised insult. SO Cardassian! I love it! (Oh and again, I love you have your own words for certain Cardassian things. Like the language. Cardasda. Genius!)

The Trager. *sigh* The epic love story about a man and his ship. Beautifully written!

I also love your take on what happened on the Enterprise. Makes me want to watch that episode again and again!

WOAH! What a way to be hurled into the story! You had me from the very first line! And I JUST watched the episode your location is borrowed from, so it's wonderfully fresh in my memory! Awesome timing. :oD

"...the universal translator took one listen and gave up." This made me laugh in the middle of all the deadly seriousness.

On to next chapter!

Author's Response:

Glad you enjoy it! :-)

And yes..."The Wounded" and "The Siege of AR-558" were both SUCH powerful episodes!

Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 28 May 2009 Title: Chapter 2: Chapter One

"Unless, of course, there’s been a dispatch error in the hereafter and I’ve been sent to the Black Fleet instead." Oooh. Nothing like a bit of morbid humor.

Awesome way of asking questions simply. I don't think I could have been that inventive caught on an enemy ship.

Terhan. LOVE IT! (Although my keyboard seems unable to make that thingy over the a...)

Mindesa Rhos. Wow, what a patriot! I like her a lot!

"I somehow doubt throwing themselves upon a plasma-charged waste extractor is high on their list of honorable ways to die." ROFL!! This plan is pure genius! How on earth do you come up with stuff like this??

Poisoning the white. Eeek. Horrible way to go, I'm sure.

Author's Response:

The only way I've been able to get that symbol--so far--is when I'm in Word, because I set up a hotkey to do it.  I'm considering looking for a way to do a custom format on my keyboard so I can type it when I'm on the Internet as well.  I mean, the "ç" symbol is easy (just hold down ALT and type least, on an American keyboard), but the other--NOT so easy.

And honestly...I have NO earthly idea how I came up with that plan.  I just knew I had to get the Vorta by herself--and after an experience where I got locked in an airplane bathroom, that was the first thing that came to mind!

Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 28 May 2009 Title: Chapter 3: Chapter Two

Another wonderful character of yours. Tayben! You just cannot help but like and admire him!

"ghentregă’ămsthe". I love this word, but I have to admit... it makes me giggle because it reminds me of a rather ridiculous word in my language. Hehe. Could one beg a translation? Pretty Please? Dying with curiosity here...

I love the description of the 'rebel base'. I mean, steel? Not some obscure cardassian metal or something out of this world? Just plain steel. Do you have any theories on how they come by it? Meaning, do you believe that certain raw materials are identical throughout the universe? Is there iron on Cardassia? Or on some of their union planets? I'd love to talk more about this.

Author's Response:

Well, I can't take all the credit for Tayben, I'm afraid.  He actually came from a book called Betrayal, by Lois Tilton.  I loved the character so much that I gave him that first name, extended his story for 7 years, and made him a major character of mine.  (The only thing is...the re-injury was my idea.  But this time...I felt like he had the strength and grace to cope with it.)

And that word means "illegitimate son."

And yeah, that's normal steel.  Since steel is an iron-carbon alloy, it's an easy material to come by.  I do imagine that for planets in life-bearing systems, that'll be fairly common.

Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 31 May 2009 Title: Chapter 4: Chapter Three

DAMAR! Oh, you captured his voice beautifully! Slightly pompous, but deadly serious.

The tension on the bridge as Macet announces the intention to follow Damar is thick as custard! Had me glued to the screen, that's for sure. And I say again how much I love the character of Mindesa Rhos.

Lovely too, how Macet doesn't order his men forward, but simply asks them. Now that speaks of a greatness most humanoid (or Cardasnoid, hehe) species can appreciate.

I cannot get enough of your personification of the Trager. It's just so yummy to read! Like:

"The Trager leapt hungrily into warp"
"the Trager wailed at its wounds"

The description of the shuttle going kamikaze is just awesome! I don't think I could ever recount a spacebattle as believable as that. Great job!

And I'm sure you're aware by now just how much I go into nerdgasms over Cardassian physiology...
"this crawling sensation was that of microscales locking down as tight as they could to contain whatever heat they could manage to hold." Oooohhh.

Macet only gets more and more cool as the story weaves on. Phew! Intense!


Author's Response:

Thank you so much for reading--and I'm glad you're enjoying it!

I am especially happy to know you feel I got Damar's voice right. :-)

About the personification of the Trager...I think we as readers are used to seeing alien ships as the enemy.  Simple machines to be blown out of space.  I thought it would be nice to show something a little different from that. :-)

And I'm glad you like the Cardassian physiology stuff--even though I stay out of certain departments you venture into! ;-P ;-)

Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 27 Jul 2009 Title: Chapter 5: Chapter Four

Hehe, is it just me or is Folani channeling Kira? Or is it just another hint at O'Brien's comment on "bajoran women" in the first episode? Either way, I like it!

I have to ask... what's an interrobang? Did I miss something?

I love the imagry here: "Silent, Folani ran the chain of her earring over the tops of her fingers." Beautiful writing.

The idea that you learn to hear the original language "behind" the translator after a while is really interesting! Gotta email more about this!

Not to mentiong the ethic minorities of Cardassia! Oh yeah. Great stuff!

Ooooh. Macet can be really scary when he really lets himself unravel. Woah. Hell i was only READING his words, but I was still knocked back in my seat!

And I'm liking Spirodopolous more and more for each chapter. (Even though his name breaks my brain.)



Author's Response:

I've seen some interesting comments suggesting that Bajoran society borders on the matriarchal, so while I wouldn't say all Bajoran women are like this, I do think that their culture doesn't frown on assertiveness in women the way European and American cultures STILL sometimes do.  I would say that the need to resist the Cardassians further enhanced that trait since all available hands were needed to fight and to lead.

An "interrobang" is a term I heard for the combination exclamation point and question mark, like when you write, "?!"  That's the emotion Folani's experiencing here.

And I can't wait for your e-mail...I SO look forward to it! :-)

You actually have all three major races of the Cardassian species represented in the room.  Va'Kust hails from Nevot, the same continent Broca is from.  But anyone who judged Va'Kust by Broca would be making a HUGE mistake--just like anyone who judges Macet by Dukat is.

Interesting that you found Macet scary!  Was he forceful?  Ohhh yeah.  But to me, he's not truly creepy the way (canon) Dukat is.

And glad you're liking Spirodopoulos!  About his name...yeah, I know it's long and can be difficult to spell.  But I saw someone make an interesting point somewhere, about how so often in Star Trek, heroes are only given simple Anglo-Saxon or occasionally Germanic names.  But when I first drew Spirodopoulos, it became readily apparent to me that he was Greek.  And that's how a lot of Greek names can be--they may seem unwieldy to us if we're not used to them, but that's normal for his culture.  So I wanted to give him a true Greek name rather than hold back. :-)

Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 27 Jul 2009 Title: Chapter 6: Chapter Five

Frinx! Hehe, it's the new Frakk!

I love how Folani's promise to go along makes the rest of them decide to go along too. Like she speaks for all the hotheads. :oP

The uniforms! Oh, I could go on and on about this. Because in the show we often see them bend and fold. (cause they're made of rubber or somthing, I'm sure.) But somehow we tend to assume that they're metal. I did myself once in a fic of mine. Huge kudos to you for playing with the memory material idea!

Oooh, the showdown between Trughal and Folani. Loving this!

And ouch! Spirodopoulos really shows his balls towards Folani. And she really had it coming. That's gotta sting.

Author's Response:

"Frinx" is a word I remember from the DS9 novel Betrayal, which is canon material for the Sigils and Unions universe.  I enjoyed letting it make an appearance here. ;-)

I wouldn't quite say Folani speaks for all the hotheads...but I do think it sends a message to everyone when someone who has a damn good reason to be very, very opposed to anything Cardassian is going along with this.

I am SO glad you liked the part about the uniforms!  To me, Cardassian uniforms seemed more practical than ceremonial (like the Klingons), even with their neat design.  I also thought this helped explain the onscreen evidence...I've heard some people say Cardassian uniforms are "flimsy"--but I thought that giving it this sort of reason would help diminish that impression.  Now, there's one change I DID make, though...on the show, I noticed it's usually only legates who get undershirts that go partway up the neck ridges--I've decided, personally, that while legates always do wear such uniforms, that it is still an option for non-legates.  After all, given how concerned the Cardassians have to be about getting cold, I thought it would work.

And glad you agree Folani had it coming!  Really both she AND Trughal had it coming--both were wrong and both were fanning the flames.  And the fact that she was about to call Trughal a "spoonhead"--that was something that had to be stopped, and quickly.

Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 15 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 7: Chapter Six

"Burakgazi’s speech bore a distinctive form of border-colony syntax—the oddly common verb-first construction an influence most of them would rather die than acknowledge as Cardăsda in origin."

Another wonderful language tidbit!I love it!

"Dukat-the-avenging-angel-of-Cardassia…" Perfectly put!

Oh and I love the little mention of Legate Ghemor. :oP

I guess some of the inspiration for your lovable characters shine through here. I might go and read Betrayal, just to hear more of Berat. :o)



Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 15 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 8: Chapter Seven

Another lovable character introduced in this chapter: Iymender!

I can quite vividly imagine the tension around that table. Oy. What a collection of people. Phew!

Author's Response:

Indeed, they're quite a diverse collection of people!

And I'm SO glad you like Iymender!  I imagine him as being played by the same actor who plays Dr. Reed in the show Criminal Minds. :-)

Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 15 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 9: Chapter Eight

Ah, here is that wonderful description of the bioelectric fields you mentioned. Wonderful! No wonder voles are impossible to get rid of.

Your idea of the hunter array to explain those hideous helmets is brilliant! And I love that Macet was embarrassed by having to wear it in front of Picard. Hehe.

I have nothing more eloquent to say about that furst half. I was totally on the edge of my seat, hungry for more!

Ew... the Gruner guy makes my skin crawl. Excellent writing! Oh, and that hint at Dukat's swaggering flirtation is just epic!

When he shoots Sorabec I just wanna... *grrrr* Lemme at 'im...

Rushing on!

Author's Response:

The funny thing is, the bit about voles living in high-voltage areas is canon.  So when I got the idea about Cardassian sensing bioelectric fields, I had PERFECT justification! :-D

And I'm glad you liked the hunter array idea!

I am VERY glad, though, to hear that you agree what a creep Gruner is.  I actually had one reviewer back on the TrekBBS try to tell me that he thought I must be setting up some sort of love interest, even though it was VERY clear that Sorabec wanted no part of his attentions.  Kind of that "no means yes" crap that some men still buy into...very sad to see from a Star Trek fan, believe me!

Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 15 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 10: Chapter Nine

Woah... Daro's got one major set of huevos... But then again, whatever the mystery stuff he is known for is, it must have been bad. Must have required similarly sized nuts.

This is so exciting! I'm hooked!


Next chapter! Now!


Author's Response:

Well, there'll eventually be an answer to the "mystery stuff"...the question is, who considers it bad and who considers it good? ;-)

And yes, it took him a LOT of courage--especially considering Cardassians have a hierarchical instinct that makes them feel even more instinctively compelled to obey authority than what we humans feel.

Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 15 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 11: Chapter Ten

LOL, Rebek and Ocett's rivalry is very amusing in its volatility! Duras sister #3! HEHEHEH!

Ouch! Poor Iymender!

How is his name pronounced btw? I-mender or EE-mender?

*biting nails* I hope this ends well!

Author's Response:

Glad you like it!  What's even more ironic is that we've heard Ocett's feelings about Klingons, in TNG "The Chase"... ;-)

And it's the second pronunciation--EE-mender.

Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 15 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 12: Chapter Eleven

Awesome to see how Spirodopoulos' soldier instincts kick in at crunch time. I swear my pulse raced right along with his!

I also kinda expect Spero to shine here.

NOOO! Bird chick getting shot down! *wail*

Woah, Macet really knows how to threaten a true Cardassian. It's actually kinda scary.

And a cliffhanger ending! GAH! More!

Author's Response:

Macet IS really scary here, especially since this is way out of character for him.

And glad to know Spirodopoulos feels cnvincing as a soldier! :-)

Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 15 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 13: Chapter Twelve

Space battle! Wooo! I'm positively buzzing with excitement!

Brave Iymender! That ankle has GOT to hurt!

Woo! Sneaky Berat! That's one hell of a trick!

GAH! Why isn't this finished?? You're killing me. Just killing me!

Author's Response:

There should hopefully be a new chapter up soon. :-)  But this is gonna be a looooong story, it seems!

I'm actually writing stuff for Chapters 15 and 16 now, so I'm actually ahead of what I'm posting.

And yes, Berat's a really sly one if you're an enemy of his!  Anyone who counts him out because of his disability is in for the technical ass-kicking of their life!!! :-D

Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 26 Oct 2009 Title: Chapter 14: Chapter Thirteen

Another brilliant chapter!

I LOVE the nod to the Borg-episodes! Awesome!

And the space station with six pylons instead of 4! I love it! Do you have a name for this type? Like the others are 'Nor' types.

Cute little moment with Iymender and the "universal language". Hehehe.

And I'm loving the fact that Berat allows himself to think that maybe the Bajoran terrorists "knew" stuff they were SO not supposed to know, even while his brain is screaming at the impossibility of it. Hehehe.

That inverter thing sounds... downright creepy. Will we hear more of this later on? If not, then I'll have to drill you about it in emails. Cause I neeeeed to hear more of this!

This chapter made me shudder, gasp, cheer, giggle and cry in one big mess. Holy smokes! Intense!


Author's Response:

Thanks! :-)

I do not have a name for that class of station yet--not sure if I'm going to.

And glad the Iymender bit didn't come off as out of place!  I just kinda figured that at his age, and with the situation he was in, he was likely to react that way.

As for Berat...he's not an arrogant person.  Plus, he's had a prior experience before The Thirteenth Order (which you see in DS9 novel #6, Betrayal) where he saw some things that really gave him food for thought.  So, I think he's more willing to be open-minded about the Bajorans than many of his people.  I wouldn't even say that his brain was necessarily *screaming* the impossibility of it.

As for the inverter, we actually hear about it in the TNG episode "The High Ground," and this link has the Memory Alpha description:

Except THIS version really works.

The Watched Pot by Terilynn    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (9
Summary: Past Featured StoryData begins to understand, thanks to Molly O'Brien and a little thing called an emotion chip.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Next Generation
Characters: Data
Genre: Humor
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 494    Read Count: 1548
[Report This] Published: 04 Feb 2009 Updated: 04 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed Liked
Date: 08 Feb 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

I loved this on LJ (Or found the link there... don't remember now) and I love it here. :o)

Ranks of the Cardassian Guard by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (5

Having trouble telling a gul from a gor? Wondering why you've encountered so few rank titles? And just how far does a glinn's authority really stretch?

If you've wondered about any of this as you've read Star Trek: Sigils and Unions, this guide is for you!

Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1124    Read Count: 1494
[Report This] Published: 19 Feb 2009 Updated: 19 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed Liked
Date: 11 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Ranks of the Cardassian Guard

Oooh, very useful indeed! Thank you SO much for making guides to your universe. Saves much brainpower.

Author's Response:

Awwww!  Thanks for reading!!! :-)


It's easy to assume that the Cardassians themselves are as uniform as the armor worn by their military...but to do so is to ignore the diversity that still manages to thrive even under one of the most repressive Alpha Quadrant regimes.

Explore the regions of Cardassia Prime and learn about the people who call it home...

Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2478    Read Count: 2069
[Report This] Published: 20 Feb 2009 Updated: 20 Feb 2009
Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed Liked
Date: 11 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Regions of Cardassia: Peoples and Lands

Only thing missing here is your theories on facial hair.

But like all your other background stuff, this is wonderfully done!

Author's Response:

Whoops...I forgot!!  At some point I may add that, once I introduce some of that info into my stories and make it "Sigils canon." ;-)


Giving Garak an insulting nametag was hardly polite; any being should know that. But what about those less obvious signs of respect or disrespect? If you're interested in putting the right foot forward in your dealings with Cardassians, what are some of the most important do's and don'ts?

(Most information here is Sigils and Unions-specific, and written from an in-universe perspective, as if for a student preparing to study the Cardăsda language. Other material may be added eventually, but for now, this can be read as a complete work.)

Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1286    Read Count: 1969
[Report This] Published: 21 Feb 2009 Updated: 18 May 2009
Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed Liked
Date: 11 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Putting the Right Foot Forward--Cardassian Edition

Hehe, this is where it becomes clear that many of the Cardassians we see in the series are certainly not your personal view of the avarage Cardassian citizen. Both Garak and Dukat make use of the bows to perfection, but at the same time they both portray a remarkable disrespect for personal space. They both stand uncomfortably close to anyone they like and touch even perfect strangers with complete disregard for customs.

Personally I tend to believe that Cardassians may seem cold to outsiders but really are much more relaxed than you'd think and not bound too much by etiquette.

At least in canon, they certainly don't seem to shy away from very public displays of affection for their friends and family. Personally I interpret this as a pride of emotions and a natural willingness to display them even in front of complete strangers. I do, however, agree that first impressions are vital. Any Cardassian obviously taking pains to become familiar with someone from the first moment is no doubt extending a huge compliment.

But then again, this all might get more complicated within their own circles due to complicated rank and caste systems and might simply be slacked off when dealing when off-worlders to make things simpler.

We've got to email more about this!

Author's Response:

I definitely think of Garak and Dukat as being rude for various reasons (generally of the intentionally making people uncomfortable variety).

Within families, I think there's a lot of closeness.  Though there's a lot of respect for elders, I do think the rules about physical contact are very different.  (Now, the courting phase is different--but I think once you're married, there is a LOT of closeness.  And that does progress during the courting time as well. :-) )

They're definitely not Vulcans.  I don't think of them that way at all.  It's just...I think of them as having very defined levels of closeness.  If you're in the inner circle, you're in, whether they're in public or not.  If you're not yet, there's more distance, more rules, but even then, I think the nice ones will still let you know that you're liked even if they don't do it by violations of personal space. ;-)

BTW, one thing I'd love to hear in an e-mail is what you thought about the suggestions for dealing with the hearing issue.


Learn about the neurological condition that has afficted Gul Tayben Berat since the Volan III incident, and many individuals of other species in the dark days of the Dominion War.

(Written from an in-universe perspective.)

Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1071    Read Count: 1315
[Report This] Published: 14 Mar 2009 Updated: 14 Mar 2009
Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed Liked
Date: 11 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Phased Lightning--A Basic Primer on Stun-Shock

Very impressive article. Makes perfect sense in the canon universe too.

Author's Response:

Thanks...a lot of what I did was non-canon, but I'm glad it seems credible. :-)

Hybrid Theory by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (4

In the real world, it has the force of scientific law: only the most similar species within a genus can successfully mate, and even then the offspring will almost always be sterile.

Yet in Star Trek, hybrids have been with us from the very beginning.

So how is it that beings that evolved on completely different worlds, some of them with physiology fundamentally different from Earth humanity, manage to have healthy children together? And how is it their children seem to expect the same?

Here's how it's done in Sigils and Unions...

(Written from an out-of-universe perspective, but with references to Sigils and Unions/SigCat events. Please note that the PCE theory is likely unknown to the public due to the political implications seen in "The Chase"; however, its consequences on domestic life are well known.)

Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1829    Read Count: 2513
[Report This] Published: 07 Apr 2009 Updated: 07 Apr 2009
Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed Liked
Date: 11 Apr 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Hybrid Theory

Wow, great theories here! I've wondered a lot about hybrids myself. Especially Cardassian/Bajoran hybrids.
I have this idea (Not backed by anything scientific) that Cardassians and Bajorans are genetically more similar than Bajorans and Humans. There might be more physical differences, but on a much more detailed scale, I have the idea that Since Bajor and Cardassia are geographically closer, then maybe their genes aren't all that far apart either.

Just theories here. But awesome stuff! Very well backed theories!

Author's Response:

Ahh, interesting...that doesn't fall into the framework of my own theories, but I can see why you might use that concept in your stories. :-)

But I'm glad you liked it.  I know you said you like "science" stuff, so I'm glad this was up your alley. :-)

The Image and the Spirit by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: K+      Reviews (7

Fifteen-year-old Cardassian refugee Hirhul Mendral tries to settle into the social life of his Phoenix high school--only to discover that after a year on Earth, he's still not through with culture shock...

(Written for the April TrekBBS Writing Contest. Thanks to Mistral for expressing an interest in Mendral's high-school days!)

Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Alternate Universes
Characters: Mendral, Hirhul (SigCat)
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions--Catacombs of Oralius
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2099    Read Count: 1581
[Report This] Published: 27 Apr 2009 Updated: 27 Apr 2009
Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 13 Dec 2009 Title: Chapter 1: The Image and the Spirit

D'aaaawwww. This was just what I needed after reading about poor Tayben. A light hearted ending to brighten up my mood. :o)

But I totally see what you mean about hologram ethics and such. There is good reason why many people frown upon Quark's use of holosuites, because he would have no qualms about arranging for the characters (or even holograms of real people) to behave... shall we say, inappropriately with the players.

I totally get the feeling that this is not usually an acceptable behaviour. Of course, I have no doubt that there are holoprograms for sexual purposes (Quark again can be an excellent reference) but I'm sure that most people understand that there is a form of sanctity of the characters and limits to what you can do with them.

I'm reminded of that episode of TNG, where Barclay had these programs with his shipmates in it. I certainly don't blame them for being violently upset with him. I can hardly even imagine how freaky it must be to see someone interact with 'you' in a way you would never do. Phew!

I loved this, though. :oD Awesome!

Author's Response:

You know...I'm not actually sure how society on 24th-century Earth feels about things like that--at least, not when it comes to actors who have put their image out there (whereas Barclay's crewmates didn't, and Kira didn't either).  The way I write Federation society, I typically approach it as though the secular-progressives of Europe have won the culture wars, and I'm not really sure how many actual restraints there are in society.  Part of what was so offensive to the human children (well, most of them) wasn't just that Hirhul disagreed with what they were doing...but the fact that he dared state outright that it was wrong.  That there IS any higher reason that something could be wrong, and not just "not what I feel like doing."

But to me, it just seems it would be very disrespectful to act like that towards a simulation of a real person.  Now, not to be crude but I'm sure the Federation has porn stars who have put themselves out there for that purpose.  And while I despise that, too, at least those actors/actresses knew what they were signing on for.  These guys, on the other hand, were doing an action flick--not an "action" flick.  They consented to be watched, but not exploited.  But I think a lot of people on Earth don't see it that way.  And that's why Hirhul experiences a fundamental cultural separation from most of these humans. :-/

A Stone's Throw Away by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: T    Liked  Reviews (9

Sometimes the eidetic Cardassian memory is the most dreadful burden of all.

Glinn Tayben Berat knows he wants to survive. But how?

Written for the July 2009 TrekBBS Writing Challenge.

(This story takes place in 2369, just a week after the events of Lois Tilton's novel Betrayal, and almost six years before "Let He Who Has Eyes See," so be aware there are extensive spoilers for her book.)

Winner: Haunted Challenge
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine, Expanded Universes
Characters: Berat, Tayben
Genre: None
Warnings: Violence
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions
Completed: Yes    Word count: 3059    Read Count: 1543
[Report This] Published: 10 Jul 2009 Updated: 10 Jul 2009
Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 13 Dec 2009 Title: Chapter 1: A Stone's Throw Away

Holy crap, this is too sad. It totally rips my heart to shreds. I can barely even imagine what kind of strength one must have to survive something like this with even a shred of sanity left! Gosh!

Now I just wanna hug poor Tayben. :o(

Author's Response:

That's the thing about Tayben Berat, even in the novel I first picked him out of.  That guy hit ROCK bottom there and somehow managed to claw his way back up.  If there's one word that comes to mind when I think about him, it's resilience.  With Rebek I know where she gets it--in a lot of ways it's her faith.  With Berat...honestly, it's a wonder and a mystery.

If you liked this piece, you should try and get hold of a copy of Betrayal, so you can see what inspired this and where it came from.  I think you'd like it.

Those Who Remain by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: M    Liked  Reviews (6

2375--The Septimus Massacre.

They were the enemy. It was deserved.

Or was it?

Hear the voice of Massacre survivor, Gul Zejil Rebek, and remember and reflect--for "this, but for the hand of grace, could have been you."

Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Deep Space Nine, Expanded Universes
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: Violence
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2187    Read Count: 1923
[Report This] Published: 18 Sep 2009 Updated: 18 Sep 2009
Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 13 Dec 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Those Who Remain

Oh wow, this is heartbreaking in an elated sort of way. One can almost become high on the waves of patriotism and love of Rebek's last thoughts.

However gruesome the descriptions of the battle were, I was still inside her head, feeling that almost painful dedication to her family and her kind in general.

Wow. Just... wow.

Author's Response:

I'm very glad you liked it. :-)

It was a tough piece to write, because to my mind...well, the Klingons are nothing noble and honorable at all.  Cardassians, at least, have flaws, but they're being forced to confront them and they have the chance to become something different.  But what the Klingons did here..."massive overkill" is an understatement.

And you're right, Rebek is VERY dedicated.  She also happens to be a religious dissident, so there's even more she's devoted to than *just* Cardassian-kind.

Summary: Elim Garak visits an alternate Cardassia, only to discover his people aren't the only Cardassians in need, but Oralius binds them all.
Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Crossovers, Deep Space Nine, Alternate Universes, Expanded Universes
Characters: Dukat, Skrain (SigCat), Ensemble Cast - Multiple, Garak, Elim
Genre: Alternate Universe, Drama, Family, Friendship
Warnings: None
Series: None
Completed: Yes    Word count: 7056    Read Count: 1505
[Report This] Published: 17 Oct 2009 Updated: 17 Oct 2009
Reviewer: Lady Drace Signed
Date: 13 Dec 2009 Title: Chapter 1: Chapter 1

This feels like a different Garak from the one we see in the series. I get the feel that this is more the Garak from A Stitch in Time, tempered by the war and changed perhaps for the better. Saddened, but home, at least.

The alternate Dukat and Ziyal are lovely. They show beautifully the potential fulfilled, of the two people who missed their chance in another universe. Had Dukat not been so ambitious, and had Ziyal not been so tormented... it's certainly a believable development for them in another world.

Beautiful writing. :o)

Author's Response: This Garak was very heavily influenced by A Stitch in Time and the account of how the war and its aftermath made him sadder but wiser, so to speak. Mostly, it was a very rewarding experience to have the chance to collaborate with a skilled writer and play in her sandbox for a while. The AU Dukats are a joy. Thank you for the review. :-)