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Species: Cardassian
Gender: male
Born: 24th century
Died: 2375
Affiliation: Cardassian-Dominion Alliance
Cardassian Rebellion
Family
Marital Status: widowed
Spouse(s): Niala Damar (deceased)
Children: Sakal Damar (deceased)
Career
Previous Assignment: Leader of the Cardassian Union
Final Assignment: Leader of the Cardassian Rebellion
Rank: Legate
Office Held: Leader of the Cardassian Union
In Office: 2374 - 2375
Preceded By: Skrain Dukat
Succeeded By: Broca

Corat Damar was a Cardassian male and a long time friend and subordinate officer of Skrain Dukat. Damar later succeeded Dukat as leader of the Cardassian Union and led the rebellion against the Dominion to free Cardassia.

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Early life

When Damar was a boy, his father brought him to the Veterans' Bridge in Cardassia City to see the statues of the Legates and other Cardassian heroes of the past. (DS9 short story: "Face Value")

Early career

In 2346, Third-Tier Gil Damar was assigned to Bajor, where the newly appointed prefect, Dukat, made the officer his assistant. At this time, Damar was engaged to a journalist for the Cardassian Information Service named Veja Ketan. Dukat felt that Damar was an intelligent soldier, although he was not always aware of the subtleties of Cardassian politics. Damar, in turn, believed he could learn all he needed to be a great officer from Dukat, although he disapproved of his superior's use of Bajoran "comfort women".

In 2348, Damar's fiance and her fellow correspondent Natima Lang were caught in a cave-in, along with a Bajoran Resistance fighter, Aro Seefa, who had mistaken them for military personnel. Damar launched a rescue attempt, killing Aro upon finding Ketan unconcious. He refused to leave her bedside until she regained consciousness, disobeying direct orders from Dukat to return to Terok Nor. Because Ketan was now barren, however, he broke the engagement. Upon Damar's return to Terok Nor, Dukat informed him he had been reassigned to the Federation border, partly because Lang's account of the rescue, including the unnecessary death of Aro, had caused embarrassment for the military. (TLE - [[Terok Nor]] novel: Night of the Wolves)

Fighting the Klingons

In 2372, he was serving with Dukat on the Groumall. He later helped Dukat, Kira Nerys and Tora Ziyal capture a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. (DS9 episode: "Return to Grace")

The following year, Damar joined Dukat on taking Benjamin Sisko, Worf, Odo and Miles O'Brien to Ty'Gokor. Damar expressed his opinion that an orbital bombardment of Klingon High Command headquarters would be better than attempting to infiltrate it. (DS9 episode: "Apocalypse Rising")

The Dominion

Damar continued to serve as Dukat's second in command when Cardassia joined the Dominion, with Dukat as its newly appointed leader. (DS9 episodes: "Call to Arms", "A Time to Stand")

Damar worked on a way to disable the minefield protecting the mouth of the Bajoran wormhole to allow Dominion reinforcements to enter the Alpha Quadrant. (DS9 episodes: "Favor the Bold", "Sacrifice of Angels")

After Dukat was driven mad by the death of his daughter Ziyal, Damar succeeded him as the leader of the Union. (DS9 episode: "Statistical Probabilities")

Later in 2374, Damar sent several ships to fight at the Romulan front and deployed several hundred orbital weapon platforms to protect the Chin'toka system. Unknown to Damar was the fact that the Federation Alliance had selected Chin'toka as the first target in their invasion of Cardassia. The Allies took heavy losses from the platforms, although they were able to deactivate them and take the system. (DS9 episode: "Tears of the Prophets")

The Rebellion

Over time, Damar became disillusioned with the Cardassian-Dominion Alliance. Damar soon began drinking heavily when he realized that he was no more than a puppet for Weyoun and the Founders. (DS9 episodes: "Penumbra", "'Til Death Do Us Part", "Strange Bedfellows")

In 2375, after the Breen allied themselves with the Dominion and dealt the Federation Alliance forces a crushing defeat, Damar came to feel that without firing a shot the Dominion had conquered the Cardassian people. He defected from the Dominion, and urged the Cardassian people to rise up against the Dominion. With several loyal Guls from the Cardassian military, Damar formed the Cardassian Liberation Front. (DS9 episodes: "The Changing Face of Evil", "When It Rains...")

Aided by Kira Nerys and Elim Garak, Damar began attacking several Dominion strongholds and bases. This had a heavy personal price for Damar, as his wife and children were killed by the Dominion in retaliation. (DS9 episode: "Tacking Into the Wind")

Eventually, the entire Cardassian military turned on the Dominion, and the Founders were forced to accept surrender. This however came at a terrible price, with the Jem'Hadar killing over 800 million Cardassians before being order to stand down. Damar was shot and killed while leading the Cardassian revolt against the Dominion Headquarters. His last orders were to keep going, no matter the cost. (DS9 episodes: "The Dogs of War", "What You Leave Behind")

Legacy

In 2376, a memorial service was held for Damar in Cardassia City's Tarlak sector. Garak attended at the service, which saw the dedication of a marker to his memory. (DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time)


Preceded by:
Skrain Dukat
Leader of the Cardassian Union
(Under Dominion Annexation)

2374 - 2375
Succeeded by:
Broca
Rulers of the Cardassian Union
Post-2371 coup Meya Rejal Emblem of the Cardassian Union.
Under Dominion Annexation Skrain DukatCorat DamarBroca
Democratic Governance Alon GhemorUnestablished Cardassian Female

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Legate Damar (2375)

Corat Damar was an officer of the Cardassian Guard who served under Gul Dukat. His fortunes rose and fell with Dukat's, and following Dukat's mental breakdown after the Federation's Operation Return offensive, Damar assumed his place as leader of the Cardassian Union. Eventually he rebelled, leading Cardassian forces against their Dominion "allies," and was killed just as he was about to achieve his objectives.

The first name "Corat"--transliterated Corăt in the Sigils and Unions Ilojan transliteration system--is seen in the licensed Pocket Book novels, as well as a number of fan continuities, but was never established in canon.

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Military service

First officer of the Groumall

In 2372, Glinn Damar was serving on the Groumall, the Cardassian freighter Dukat commanded after being demoted in disgrace for rescuing (and acknowledging) his illegitimate half-Bajoran daughter, Tora Ziyal. When the refused to return colonies seized during the Klingon-Cardassian War, and neither the Federation nor the Union's government were willing to press the issue, Dukat and Damar used the Groumall for their own raids against the Klingons, eventually seizing a Klingon Bird-of-Prey. (DS9: "Return to Grace")

First officer of Terok Nor

Unable to dislodge the Klingons on their own, Dukat unilaterally negotiated Cardassia's entry into the Dominion and appointed Damar his adjutant and second-in-command. In this capacity, Damar served as first officer of Terok Nor (Deep Space Nine). Early on, Damar harbored seeds of distrust for the Dominion, even submitting a memorandum to Dukat suggesting that should the Jem'Hadar begin to run out of ketracel white, that the remaining supplies be poisoned. This secret memo was "lost" (discovered by the Terok Nor resistance) and left where the Jem'Hadar could find it, causing a fight at Quark's. (DS9: "A Call to Arms", DS9: "Behind the Lines")

Though this caused temporary disfavor with Dukat, Damar soon hit on a way to bring down the self-replicating minefield preventing Jem'Hadar reinforcements from coming through the wormhole. Dukat rewarded him with a promotion to gul. What Dukat wasn't aware of was that in a kanar-fogged moment of poor judgement, Damar leaked the plan to Quark, who from there tipped off the resistance movement and Starfleet as a result. (DS9: "Favor the Bold")

When allied forces stormed the station in Operation Return, Damar discovered that Dukat's daughter, Ziyal, had aided the Terok Nor resistance movement and killed her for what he saw as her treason. This devastated Dukat and plunged him into madness. When his former commander could not be dislodged from his late daughter's side, Damar evacuated the remaining Cardassian forces, leaving Dukat behind. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels")

Leader of Cardassia

Damar broods in his regrets (2375)

Until he was forced into leadership by the loss of Dukat, Damar had appeared content to serve under the man he regarded as a mentor. When leadership was suddenly thrust upon him--albeit under the Vorta Weyoun, Damar reacted quite poorly to the pressure and attempted to drown his discontent with kanar and women. This further diminished Damar's ability to stand up to Weyoun, and the Dominion representative began to blame the Cardassians for the lack of progress in the war.

Cardassian status declined even further with the incorporation of the Breen into the Dominion. This--and the slaughter of the Eleventh Order in the Septimus Massacre--finally pushed Damar beyond what he could tolerate. Damar assumed personal responsibility for his debauchery and the consequences his increasing apathy had had in his people, which he soon admitted to in a secret missive to Gul Akellen Macet and other commanders. He, along with Gul Rusot, actively rebelled. (DS9: "Strange Bedfellows", DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil", Star Trek: Sigils and Unions--The Thirteenth Order)

Rebel leader

Damar and Rusot's initial strategy was a straightforward military assault against the Rondac III cloning facilities--an attack that, while successful, destroyed half of the forces sent against it. Realizing he had little idea how to lead a guerilla force, Damar turned to the Federation for assistance. They sent Kira Nerys, Odo, and Elim Garak. Though there was much friction between Damar's men and the Federation representatives--especially Kira, Damar held firm, even to the point of killing his friend Rusot when he threatened the Bajoran colonel's life. (DS9: "Tacking into the Wind")

One of Kira's first recommendations was that the resistance cells split up and minimize contact with each other. This even led to a few groups such as the Thirteenth Order operating with total autonomy, never apprising the leadership of their actions. Unfortunately, some ties, however small, remained between most other cells; therefore their secrecy did not save the majority of the rebel forces from being destroyed when Gul Revok betrayed the movement to the Dominion. (DS9: "The Dogs of War", The Thirteenth Order)

Damar escaped the destruction along with Kira, Odo, and Garak. Severely dispirited by the blow, Damar considered giving up until Kira made him realize he'd become something of a living legend to the Cardassian people: his reappearance could spark a massive popular uprising. Sure enough, when Damar emerged from hiding, the Cardassian populace struck back against the Dominion. This came at a grave price, however--the Dominion retaliated by blasting Lakarian City to ashes, leaving no survivors. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")

This latest horror only further galvanized the Cardassian people. The rebel movement led one final assault against Dominion Headquarters. In this attack, Damar was killed. Still his comrades fought on and succeeded in the cause for which he died: the freedom of Cardassia. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind")

Character and relationships

Damar was never a man for subtlety, and his tendency to say exactly what he thought, both in writing and speech, sometimes landed him in trouble. In particular, he never minced words when it came to his dislike for Bajorans and Jem'Hadar. As rebel leader, however, he came to terms with his lack of subtlety as a weakness, and swallowed his pride to seek the help of a former Bajoran resistance member.

Damar's wife and son were executed by the Dominion shortly after he began his rebellion. Though he had engaged in numerous affairs during his time as leader of Cardassia, this loss shook Damar terribly and ultimately strengthened his resolve to continue fighting the Dominion. (DS9: "Tacking into the Wind")

Memorable quotes

"I became a mere shadow of myself and I tried to drown my personal failures in empty pleasures...and worst, I let our entire race suffer for it. I may never be able to make up for what I have done, in the eyes of the Cardassian people, or even yours. Nonetheless I must try to make amends."
— Excerpt from Damar's written communique to Gul Macet, who would soon attack Rondac III. (The Thirteenth Order)
"I call upon Cardassians everywhere. Resist. Resist today. Resist tomorrow. Resist till the last Dominion soldier has been driven from our soil!"
— Damar exhorts Cardassia to rebellion (DS9: "The Changing Face of Evil")
"FOR CARDASSIA!"
— Numerous times as an anti-Dominion rebel

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







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