|Full Name:||Aamin Marritza|
|Previous Assignment:||Gallitep labor camp|
|Final Assignment:||Cardassian Military Academy|
Aamin Marritza was a male Cardassian who lived in the 24th century. During the Occupation of Bajor, Marritza was a member of the Cardassian Guard and the head file clerk of the Gallitep labor camp, overseen by Gul Trekal Darhe'el.
During his time at Gallitep in the 2350s, Marritza was shocked at the treatment of the Bajoran workers and the horrific conditions in the camp. Although his filing system was praised by Gul Darhe'el, Marritza continued to be horrified by the executions, the rape and the beatings carried out by his own people. (DS9 episode: "Duet")
In 2357, Marritza welcomed Daul Mirosha, who had been sent by Skrain Dukat to begin the shutdown of Gallitep's computer system, to the camp. Daul noted that Marritza was nervous and uneasy - and also that he was trying not to hear the cries of the Bajoran workers suffering from Kalla-Nohra Syndrome. Marritza hinted to Daul that once Gallitep was shut down, Darhe'el would kill its Bajoran workers, as they would have lost their value to the Cardassians. (DS9 novel: Night of the Wolves)
Due to the liberation of Gallitep by the Shakaar resistance cell and its closure, Marritza left the facility. In 2364, he began to work for the Cardassian Military Academy on Kora II, teaching filing and other means of record keeping. Just prior to arriving on Kora II, Marritza had himself surgically altered to appear as Gul Darhe'el and continued to take dermatiraelian plastiscine to maintain his new appearance. (DS9 episode: "Duet")
In 2369, Marritza resigned from the academy and boarded a Kobheerian transport bound for Deep Space 9. Marritza was seen by Julian Bashir in the station's Infirmary, but placed in holding cell by Kira Nerys when she learned he had Kalla-Nohra Syndrome, meaning he was present at Gallitep. When an image of Marritza taken during Gallitep's operation did not resemble the man they were holding, but did resemble Gul Darhe'el, Kira confronted Marritza. Marritza would describe in detail the horrors that Gul Darhe'el oversaw at Gallitep. (DS9 episode: "Duet")
Kira and Odo grew suspicious when Marritza mentioned Kira's time with the Shakaar. While Kira confronted him with the oddity, Odo learned that Marritza had made a request several months ago from Kora II for information on Kira. More evidence soon surfaced, including that Darhe'el could not have contracted Kalla-Nohra as he was not present at the time of the mining accident that caused the disease. Using records provided by Gul Dukat, Bashir learned Marritza was taking dermatiraelian plastiscine to maintain his skin resilience following a cosmetic alteration. With the truth revealed that the man they were holding was Marritza and not Darhe'el. Marritza admitted to Kira that he was so shocked by the crimes his people commited at Gallitep needed to be revealed in a Bajoran war crimes trial to make Cardassia admit its guilt. Kira released Marritza from his holding cell and arranged for him to return to Kora II, where he would receive help. Marritza was dismayed that his trial as Darhe'el would not help bring about a new Cardassia, although Kira told him one day other Cardassians might acknowledge what they did on Bajor. (DS9 episode: "Duet")
While on the Promenade, Marritza was stabbed by Kainon and died almost instantly. Kira demanding to know why Kainon had stabbed Marritza, to which he told her that his reason for killing him was that he was Cardassian. Kira reflected it was not a reason at all. (DS9 episode: "Duet")
In 2377, after being stabbed by Taran'atar and being close to death, Kira remembered Marritza's senseless murder and being with him when he died. During an encounter she had with the Prophets, one took the visage of Marritza. (DS9 novel: Warpath)
Aamin Marritza served in the Cardassian Guard as a filing clerk and later as an instructor in the same discipline. His posting to the Gallitep labor camp on occupied Bajor would be a source of endless torment in his life. (DS9: "Duet")
While serving at Gallitep, the sufferings of the Bajoran prisoners so grieved him that it sometimes drove him to hide under his desk, covering his ears and weeping as the prisoners cried out for mercy.
After the camp's liberation in 2357, his witnessing of such atrocities continued to haunt him both in the physical legacy of Kalla-Nohra syndrome (a disorder peculiar to those present for a serious mining accident at Gallitep) as well as spiritually. He loathed himself, believing himself a coward for having taken no action to better the Bajorans' situation and continuing to serve as a part of Gul Darhe'el's staff in full knowledge of what he was, in some way, allowing Darhe'el to continue to do.
After the Cardassian withdrawal from Bajor, Marritza took up a posting at a military academy on Kora II--and while still in this position, put his affairs in order and concocted a plan to travel to Deep Space Nine posing as Gul Darhe'el and have himself put on trial as a war criminal. This, he believed, would force the Cardassian Union to own up to its crimes on Bajor.
But for the suspicions of station security chief Odo, his plan may very well have succeeded. As it turned out, not only was the true Butcher of Gallitep dead, but he had not been present at the camp on the day of the mining accident that gave Marritza Kalla-Nohra syndrome.
In light of this discovery, Marritza was released for return to Kora II, where the authorities told DS9 officials they intended to help Marritza reintegrate into life there. Before he made it off the station, however, Marritza was killed by a Bajoran--not because he was Gul Darhe'el, but because he was a Cardassian.
In an alternate reality where Cardassia was occupied rather than Bajor, Aamin Marritza lived on Cardassia Prime. The Bajoran occupiers identified Marritza's eye for detail and put him in a stoneworkers' crew whose job it was to build the mosaics the Bajorans used in their temples for Pah-Wraith worship.
Marritza carried out this work as of 2351 with no outward signs of complaint, and did what he could to aid other team members in completing their assignments without mistakes that could cost them what little remained of their well-being and their lives. What the Bajorans did not realize was that they had assigned an Oralian Guide--one of the Cardassian clergy--to this task, one who took his work as an act of spiritual sabotage against the Pah-Wraiths.
Marritza's vocation as a Guide (a rare profession for a man, in the Oralian faith) owed in part to his extreme sensitivity to the emotions of others. Prolonged eye contact or the intense scrutiny of others, be they Cardassian or Bajoran, could cause him to experience vivid echoes of their sufferings. He was also known to have visions on occasion. As a Guide, however, Marritza had a way to put his gift/curse to use and to cope with the spiritual fallout of his abilities.
Due to the Bajoran persecution of the Oralian faith, Marritza could not serve openly in his role as Guide. Services had to be conducted in secret with his face hidden from view, except around a few prominent members of the Resistance who knew his identity. One of these was Skrain Dukat, to whom Marritza would minister following the Resistance leader's capture and torture on Bajor. (Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Catacombs of Oralius--"The Guide")