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Akellen Macet.

Akellen Macet was a male Cardassian in the 24th century. He served in the Cardassian Guard throughout the latter half of the century and eventually attained the rank of Gul, commanding the Galor-class ship Trager in the 2360s and 70s. (TNG episode: "The Wounded"; et al.)

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Family and character

Macet was the cousin of Skrain Dukat, on his mother's side of the family, and shared a striking resemblance with him that has caused many Bajorans and those familiar with Dukat to distrust him on first sight. However, this mistrust was generally put aside when such individuals got to know him and learned he was a very different man--more sincere in his speech and motivations, and markedly less arrogant. He had considered his resemblance to Dukat a liability both in and out of the Cardassian Union, ever more so as Dukat's notoriety grew. (DS9 novels: Demons of Air and Darkness, This Gray Spirit)

Macet was devoted to the Cardassian Union, but not to the extent that he followed blindly: though patriotic and loyal, he has not always agreed with the means the Union has used to accomplish its ends and over time grew to see that some of the Union's policies may have been detrimental to his people. Following the Dominion War Macet aligned himself with the democratic Alon Ghemor government and made efforts to build friendly relations between his people and the Bajorans. (DS9 novels: Demons of Air and Darkness, This Gray Spirit, Cathedral)

Macet was also an a-typical Cardassian in that he sported a beard. When the young Iliana Ghemor encountered both Macet and Dukat in 2357 she wondered if he might have worn the beard to help distinguish himself from his cousin. (DS9 novel: Fearful Symmetry)

History

By 2357 Macet was serving along the Cardassian-Federation border, and subsequently wore the distinctive uniform used by forces on that front. In that year he attended a party at the State Museum of Natural History on Cardassia. At the party his cousin, Skrain Dukat, used him to deflect a barb from Gul Trepar. (DS9 novel: Fearful Symmetry)

In 2364, he and Tekeny Ghemor were members of the Cardassian Union delegation that attended a secret meeting held by Spock and Sarek in an asteroid in the Romulan Neutral Zone to discuss the recent destruction of Romulan outposts along the Neutral Zone. (TOS - Vulcan's Soul novel: Exodus)

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The Phoenix Incident

In 2367, Federation captain Benjamin Maxwell turned rogue and began attacking Cardassian targets without the sanction of Starfleet. The Trager under command of Gul Macet was sent to the Federation border to deal with the situation, where he encountered the USS Enterprise and opened fire, assuming the Enterprise was the culprit.

Captain Picard contacted Macet and suggested that they cease hostilities and attempt to sort out the situation together, an offer that Macet accepted. As it turned out, the attacker was Captain Maxwell of the Phoenix. Despite Macet's initial distrust of Picard and his crew, he came to realize that like him, Picard was a man interested in preserving the peace between their peoples even if it meant preserving Cardassian life over that of his own people, and that based on that, the two of them need not develop an adversarial relationship. Working together, the two of them managed to stop the Phoenix and bring Maxwell into custody without destroying the treaty between their peoples. (TNG episode: "The Wounded")

Maxwell had based his attacks upon suspicions that the Cardassian Union was re-arming along the border with the Federation--a suspicion that Macet knew to be correct. Though Macet obeyed the orders of Central Command and said nothing of this to Picard, the truth was that he both knew and disapproved of the move. As a result of the Phoenix incident, Gul Macet came to believe that Central Command's behavior, like that of Maxwell, was ultimately counterproductive to the good of Cardassia by working at self-aggrandizement against the rest of the galaxy instead of growing as peaceful neighbours to other powers. (TNG episode: "The Wounded"; DS9 novel: Demons of Air and Darkness)

The Dominion War

In the later stages of the Dominion War Macet was part of Corat Damar's resistance against Cardassia's Dominion oppressors. It was Macet's ship that destroyed the Jem'Hadar cloning facility on Rondac III, an engagement in which the Trager suffered serious damage that even a year after the war could not be repaired due to lack of resources in the Cardassian Union. (DS9 novel: Demons of Air and Darkness)

Building bridges

In May of 2376, Macet and the Trager aided in the evacuation of the Europa Nova Colony. This was Macet's first encounter with Kira Nerys, one that began with Kira nearly opening fire on the Trager when she mistook Macet for his more infamous cousin. When Macet offered his aid in the evacuation, he found it difficult at first to convince Kira of the sincerity of his intentions--especially after he compared his own unfortunate relationship to Dukat to that of his half-Bajoran niece Tora Ziyal. Though this angered Kira, she conceded to his logic regarding the importance of allowing another starship to take part in the evacuation effort regardless of whose flag the ship flew under. Thanks to this, Macet and the Trager also became the first Cardassian crew to enter the Europa Nova system without being treated as hostiles.

Thanks to his ship's Dominion-upgraded sensors and transporters, Macet proved able to retrieve evacuees the Starfleet vessels would have been unable to easily reach on their own. When asked by Commander Elias Vaughn about his motivations after the immediate crisis, Macet recalled his lessons learned in the Phoenix incident and stated that he intended his actions as a way of forging the new sort of relationship between their peoples that he envisioned. (DS9 novel: Demons of Air and Darkness)

In July, at the behest of the Alon Ghemor government, Macet returned to Deep Space 9 with Ambassador Natima Lang with an overture of peace to the Bajoran people: the paintings of half-Bajoran/half Cardassian woman Tora Ziyal. Macet and Lang then hoped to engage in peace talks with the Bajorans, to settle the differences and make peace between the two races before Bajor's admittance into the Federation dictated future negotiations be with the whole Federation. Unfortunately Bajor's political leaders took a hard line in the negotiations leading to them eventually closing without a successful resolution. (DS9 novel: This Gray Spirit)

Macet ferried Ambassador Lang back to Cardassia, but returned to DS9 himself hoping to encourage the re-opening of talks as soon as possible.

In August, at the request of Vedek Yevir Linjarin Macet returned to Cardassia with the Vedek to make contact with the Oralian Way, which the Vedek hoped would offer an alternate venue for talks between the Cardassians and Bajorans, forging new relations between the race's spiritual bodies. While on Cardassian Elim Garak helped the group recover the final four missing Bajoran Orbs from an abandoned Obsidian Order laboratory which Macet, Yevir and Oralian Cleric Ekosha then returned to the Bajoran people. (DS9 novel: Cathedral)

Macet remained on the DS9 to represent Cardassia at Bajor's signing ceremony for admittance into the Federation, but instead witnessed the assassination of the First Minister Shakaar Edon - who it turned out was under control of a Bluegill parasite. A short while later another parasite attempted to take control of Macet. (DS9 novels: Cathedral, Lesser Evil)

Fortunately the parasite proved unable to infect Macet, and with the Cardassians apparently resistant to the parasites Macet, at the request of Starfleet, led up a force of Cardassian ships to lock down the Bajoran sector in the hope of containing them. (DS9 novel: Unity)

In December, Macet was on Cardassia and was involved in a hostage negotiation. (DS9 novel: Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)

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Background

Gul Macet was portrayed on screen by Marc Alaimo, who later portrayed Dukat, thus the resemblance between the two.

Gul Macet is the only Cardassian seen to possess a beard. In Demons of Air and Darkness Kira makes an observation that he is the only member of the Cardassian military she had seen with facial hair. While in Fearful Symmetry Iliana Ghemor's inner thoughts describe the beard as atypical. Both seem to enforce the impression that Cardassians with facial hair is unusual.

Macet is one of very few Cardassians shown wearing old-style Cardassian uniform. In the real world this is simply because the Cardassian uniforms were redesigned after their first two appearances to the more highly crafted and familiar uniform seen subsequently (and in flashbacks to periods chronologically earlier) and which Macet is shown wearing on the cover of This Gray Spirit. Fearful Symmetry offers in in-universe explanation in that the earlier uniforms were worn exclusively by Cardassian personnel serving along the Federation-Cardassian border.

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For the Star Trek: Sigils and Unions character, see Akellen Macet (Sigils and Unions).
Gul Macet (2376)

Akellen Macet was a Cardassian Gul in the Central Command, and commanding officer of the Galor-class warship Trager. (TNG: "The Wounded")

Macet was the cousin of Skrain Dukat and shared a striking resemblance with him that caused many Bajorans and those familiar with Dukat to distrust Macet, however that mistrust was generally put aside when such individuals got to know him and learned he was a very different man. (DS9 novels: Demons of Air and Darkness, Unity, Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)

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Career

2360s

In 2364, Macet and Tekeny Ghemor were members of the Cardassian Union delegation that attended a secret meeting held by Ambassadors Spock and Sarek in an asteroid in the Romulan Neutral Zone to discuss the recent destruction of Romulan outposts along the Neutral Zone. (Star Trek novel: Vulcan's Soul: Exodus)

Three years later, Macet attacked the USS Enterprise-D in retaliation for attacks against Cardassia by Captain Ben Maxwell of the USS Phoenix. He cooperation with Captain Picard in resolving the situation, and even punished one of his men who was caught attempting to acquire classified data from the Enterprise. Before returning to Cardassian space, Macet was warned by Picard that the Federation would be watching Cardassia's military buildup. (TNG: "The Wounded")

2370s

In the later stages of the Dominion War, Macet was part of Corat Damar's resistance against Cardassia's Dominion oppressors. (DS9 novel: Demons of Air and Darkness)

In 2376, Macet met Colonel Kira Nerys when he and the Trager aided in the evacuation of the Europa Nova Colony. A while later, Macet returned to Deep Space 9 with Ambassador Natima Lang and an overture of peace to the Bajoran people: the paintings of Tora Ziyal. In August of that year, Macet took Vedek Yevir Linjarin to Cardassia to make contact with the Oralian Way and to recover four missing Bajoran orbs from an abandoned Obsidian Order laboratory. Later that month, a neural parasite attempted and failed to take control of Macet during the crisis on Deep Space 9. With the Cardassians apparently resistant to the parasites, Macet, at the request of Starfleet, led a force of Cardassian ships to lockdown the Bajor sector in hopes of containing the threat. By the end of the year, Macet was on Cardassia Prime, helping Alon Ghemor and the new, democratic Cardassian government. (DS9 novels: Demons of Air and Darkness, Mission Gamma, Unity, Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)

Pendragon timeline

Akellen Macet in 2379.

When the Klingon Empire invaded Cardassia in 2372, Macet was on the front lines of battle for weeks. But the overwhelming numbers of the Klingon forces soon overwhelmed the Cardassian military, and Macet found himself fighting a war there was no way he could win.

After the Klingon armada decimated Cardassia Prime with mass drivers, Macet was among a small group of Guls that led survivors into hiding in the Demilitarized Zone. Over the next six years, he and his group survived by simply staying out of the Klingons' way. They set up a refugee camp in the Volan system, and received unexpected help from Michael Eddington. (Star Trek: Pendragon: "The Distant Fire", "Wounded Soldiers")

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This article uses material from the "Akellen Macet" article on the ST Expanded wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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