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The Never-Ending Sacrifice


A boy looks up. He sees a Cardassian's hand on his shoulder and knows that this is usually a prelude to a beating or, if he is fortunate enough, arrest. The boy knows how many disappeared during the Occupation of Bajor. So he does the one thing he can think of: he bites the Cardassian. Then the nightmare begins. He is ripped from the family that took him in as an orphan, clothed him, fed him, always loved him unconditionally. And no matter how earnest, how caring the commander of Deep Space 9 is, the boy knows this is all a horrible mistake. How can someone from Starfleet judge him by what he looks like, not by what he is? He prays to the Prophets; he is Bajoran. They all keep telling him that the test proves the large Cardassian man is his father, that the other Cardassian – that oily gul – took him away from his father. But the boy keeps telling them that he is Bajoran, he only wants to go home with his father. So they send Rugal home - to Cardassia. On the homeworld of the Cardassian Union where sacrifice and devotion to the state are surpassed only by the government's need to keep its people in check, one very lonely boy discovers that if he doesn't resist, his life – like those of so many others – will be added to the tally of the never-ending sacrifice.

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Rugal is an orphaned Cardassian who has been raised by the people his race once conquered, the Bajorans. Reluctantly repatriated to Cardassia as a teenager, Rugal becomes the living witness to the downfall of the proud people to whom he was born, first by the invading Klingons, then during the Cardassians' unholy pact with the Dominion – a partnership that culminated in a near-genocide. Through it all, Rugal's singular perspective illuminates the choices that brought the Cardassians to their ruin... even as he learns that the Cardassian soul is not as easy to understand as he imagined.

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Pocket Books

Original Release:

25 August 2009

Book Length:

384 pages

Book Canon Year:

2370s, 2378

Featured Characters:

Alaren, Maria Alvarez, Arani, Ithas Bamarek, Darrah Bajin, Skrain Dukat, Elat, Envek, Erani, Ferek, Elim Garak, Marcus Gerrard, Teretis Geyl, Alon Ghemor, Tekeny Ghemor, Gheta, Jen, Joseph, Kelat, Colat Khevet, Elinas Khevet, Mikor Khevet, Penelya Khevet, Tret Khevet, Hulya Kiliç, Leirt, Martis Lok, Maleta, Arric Maret, Serna Maret, Tela Maret, Metelek, Metrek, Keiko O'Brien, Miles O'Brien, Molly O'Brien, Geleth Pa'Dar, Kotan Pa'Dar, Rugal Pa'Dar, Proka Etra, Proka Migdal, Gerat Rejal, Meya Rejal, Rantok, Erek Rhemet, Roche, Selik, Benjamin Sisko, Jake Sisko, Ellen Smith, Tekis, Tevrek, Tora Ziyal, Verisel

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Deep Space Nine

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