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Full Name: Elim Garak
Known aliases: Agent Regnar, Ten Lubak
Species: Cardassian
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Cardassia
Born: 24th century
Affiliation: Cardassia
Family
Parents: Father: Enabran Tain
Mother: Mila
Marital Status: Single
Career
Occupation: Cardassian Ambassador to the United Federation of Planets
Previous Assignment: Intelligence Operative; Owner, Garak's Clothiers, Deep Space 9
For the mirror universe counterpart, see Elim Garak (mirror).

Cardassian Elim Garak was a member of the Cardassian Obsidian Order until his exile to the space station Terok Nor in 2368. After the fall of the Cardassian Union, he became a political figure and eventually Cardassian Ambassador to the United Federation of Planets.

Garak was the only son of Enabran Tain, head of the Obsidian Order at the time, and Tain's housekeeper and confidant, Mila.

Garak grew up believing that his father was a man named Tolan, who was in fact his maternal uncle. Tolan first introduced Garak to the teachings of the forbidden Cardassian religion, the Oralian Way. Garak learned the truth about his parentage from Tolan on the old man's deathbed.

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Early Life

Garak grew up in the home of 'Uncle' Enabran Tain where he lived with his mother and father in Tain's basement apartment. Tain would often take Elim on taxing excursions and kept tabs on his school work punishing him when he failed.

Tolan once took Elim to visit the Hebitian ruins just outside of Lakarian City, Elim's first taste of Hebitian culture and their religion the Oralian Way.

The Bamarren Institute

When Garak reached the Age of Emergence he was sponsored to go to the Bamarren Institute for State Intelligence to begin his education as a security operative and learned the skills he would use in his career with the Obsidian Order. That kind of education was normally reserved for children of the ruling elite but a few promising children from the lower classes were admitted, Garak was among them.

At the Institute Garak was assigned the designation Ten Lubak as using real names was forbidden. After his first training session in the pit Garak met a female student, Palandine.

In Garak's first wilderness exercise he was captured quickly and was put in solitary confinement as punishment. In his second wilderness exercise he caught a Desert Regnar which he named Mila and used him both as an inspiration in an ability to hide and as a guide to sense hunting parties and evade them. He was never caught in a hunt again and gained quite a reputation for doing so. As he progressed through the first level Garak became characterized for being a resourceful and serious student only equaled in Lubak group by Eight Lubak. Threatened by Garak's obvious ability One Lubak and his subgroup moved to cut off Garak from the rest of the group, though Garak was quite content to separate himself off for anyone else without there intervention using Mila's inspiration to hide himself even in plain site. However even those skills of stealth drew peoples attention, so much so that One Charaban the leader of the second level students requested Garak's help in the planning of a mock battle competition between the second and third level students. Garak worked hard in the preparations and his only respites were to spend time with Palandine who introduced him to the poetic works of Maran Bry.

Garak enlisted Eight Lubak into the efforts and the battle was a great success if a little painful for some participants, Garak ended up using a walking cane for some time after but his strategies worked perfectly. One Charabans position of power was secure and Garak was expecting to be rewarded but was betrayed by Charaban resulting in him returning to solitude for much of the rest of first level. At the end of first level he went to the lower prefect's office for review in the hope his efforts and reputation would move him up from the ten position in the group but instead found himself in the company of Enabran Tain who informed him he would not be progressing to the second level but would instead be reassigned to another school. Garak had time to say goodbye to Eight and Palandine and returned Mila to the wild before leaving the next day. (DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time)

The Obsidian Order

After leaving the institute Garak returned to his childhood home to work with his farther, in this short period Tolan gave Garak his first glimpse of the unorthodox teachings of the Oralian Way. To maintain his physical skills Garak found a training area near by and practiced regularly, often accepting and inevitably winning in challenges from ex-soldiers and martial students, he soon found himself teaching basic classes. This happy life was short lived, Garak was taken by his mother to the Obsidian Order to begin his work as a junior probationist.

Garak was again given a new designation, the code name regnar, he was no longer to live at home, but instead was given residence in the Torr Sector and was only allowed to visit his family on holidays. He was to tell others only that he worked as an research analyst in the Hall of Records. He was given a comm chip by his superior Limor Prang which provided him with his life details and orders.

Garaks first instructions were to go to a meetings of his cell, a newly formed group of nine other Obsidian Order operatives, this was the first and last time the entire cell would meet. One member of the cell was Maladek the former One Ramaklan of the defeated third level students at Barraman.

Garaks first assignment was to observe and provide credibility in an operation at the Cardassian Embassy on Tohvun III in Federation border negotiations. His cover was the identity of Alardig Ra'orn the youngest son of Krai the consul at the embassy. Maladek was to be his older brother Begom and Oonal an older more experienced agent was to be Krai.

On Tohvum he soon "befriended" a Human Hans Jordt, who invited Garak to play football, which through mathematical analysis Garak mastered after one missed goal. Garak who was disturbed by Hans subtlety probing questions and Maladek's erratic behavior consulted Limor Prang who was posing as an embassy employee, he was instructed to keep tabs on Maladek. Maladek was attempting to defect and bring down Garak in the process, but by the manipulation of higher powers in the organization Garak managed to convince Hans Jordt who was a federation operative that Maladek was unreliable, preventing the defection, maintaining the cover of the operation and disrupting the talks. Maladek subsequently committed suicide in disgrace.

Garak's career with the Order took him all over the Cardassian Union and beyond, each progressive mission taking him further away; Loval, Celtris III, Lamenda Prime, Kora II, Orias III. He eventually became Tain's most trusted and dependable operative. On a mission on Tzenketh he became trapped in a small room, a memory which would haunt him for years to come leaving him severely claustrophobic. It was only towards the end of his life that Mila felt it appropriate to contact Elim to get him to visit the dying Tolan. On his death bed Tolan told Elim the truth of his parentage and gave him his Hebitian mask and a bag of Edosian Orchid tubers. Garak searched for a place to grow his orchids and eventually found an apartment with a modest plot of land in the home of Rokan Du'Lam. He also took to visiting the Tarlak sector to take inspiration from Tolans orchids, here he first reencountered Paladine with her and Barkan Lokar's (the former One Charaban) daughter Kel. After that first encounter his wonderings lead him into an Oralian Way meeting. In his time on Cardassia he maintained various residences leaving crops of Edosian Orchids in his wake, around this time Elim also developed a passion for well tailored clothes and would spend much time deciding what to wear and pack for his mission.

Over the years Garak often visited the Tarlak sector in the hope of once more sighting Palandine, he did so several times, but realizing Kel was getting too old for playing in the park he decided to follow Palandine home. She made contact after years of being entirely aware he was watching her and the two begin an illicit affair. Palandine was a member of the Oralian Way.

Garak was dispatched to Romulus where he took on the identity Elim Vronok, the gardener at the Cardassian Embassy. His mission was to assassinate Tain's arch-nemesis proconsul Merrok, to do so the Romulan Senator Pelek requested his services to try and grow the Edosian Orchid in her arboretum, they would then pollinate the orchid with the White Star of Night to create a deadly toxic bloom. After three months cultivating the orchid, Garak and Pelek's gardener Crenal took the orchids to be planted in Merrok's garden, Merrok himself being a keen gardener. Two days later Merrok was found dead. (DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time)

In 2348 Garak first visited Bajor on an assignment to assassinate Agent Pasir, a fellow operative of the Obsidian order who had been surgically altered to take the place of Bajoran Vedek Gar Osen. (DS9 novel: Night of the Wolves)

In 2365, Garak first came to the Terok Nor station on an assignment to assassinate an Ullian telepath named Yenla Tosh. (DS9 - Marvel comic: "Requiem in Obsidian")

A Fall From Grace

Garak's specialty for the order was as an interrogator. One such interrogation cost the life of Procal Dukat, the father of Gul Skrain Dukat. Garak and Dukat remained bitter enemies until Dukat's death in 2375.

When Tain found out about Elim and Palandines relationship, he ordered Garak to end it immediately, and never see Palandine again. Garak went to see her anyway, and was captured by Lokar. The resulting confrontation ended with Lokar's death.

Tain saw Garak's disobedience as a betrayal, and did nothing to help him with his resulting legal troubles. Garak was exiled from Cardassia, never to return on the pain of death.

Lokar had served under Skrain Dukat, and Dukat had Garak 'assigned' to his command on the space station, Terok Nor in the Bajor sector. Dukat saw to Garak's humiliation by assigning him the tasks of a humble tailor. Garak was at first resistant and spent a great deal of time "preparing" the shop until Dukat threatened to have him working alongside the Bajoran slaves in the mining operations. Garak arranged for Quark to supply him with the necessary equipment and decided to take his punishment as a challenge, determined to become a vital element of Terok Nor. The business developed quickly and Garak was soon charging high prices for his repair work and began to design clothing for sale.

When the Cardassians abandoned the Bajoran sector in 2369 they left only Garak behind, to act as the eyes and ears to a world where he was no longer welcome. (DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time)

Deep Space 9

After the Cardassian withdrawal, the Bajoran Provisional Government requested relief and humanitarian aid from the United Federation of Planets and gave occupancy of the station to Starfleet. Starfleet renamed the station Deep Space 9.

In 2373, Garak began a romantic relationship with Tora Ziyal, ironically, the daughter of Skrain Dukat.

Garak lived on the station for several years providing information to the Cardassian Central Command, but when Dukat allied Cardassia with the Dominion, Garak chose to aid Starfleet in ridding his homeworld of the Dominion presence.

Hollow Men

When Starfleet was forced to abandon Bajor at the beginning of the Dominion War in late 2373, Garak shipped off with the crew of the USS Defiant, and he promised Ziyal that he would return to her.

In the end, Ziyal was murdered by Gul Corat Damar as the Dominion's forces were evacuation the station. (DS9 episode & novelizations: Call to Arms, Sacrifice of Angels)

In 2374, Garak assisted Captain Benjamin Sisko in his attempt to get the Romulans to join the war effort against the Dominion. Soon after, Garak accompanied Sisko to Earth, where an attempt on Garak's life was made by a man named Thomas Roeder..(DS9 novel: Hollow Men)

Following the failed invasion of Cardassia Garak assisted Odo and Starfleet in cracking Cardassian codes. (DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time)

Return to Cardassia

Garak was forced to work with Damar in the year 2375, when he, Commander Kira Nerys of Starfleet, and Constable Odo assisted Damar with his resistance movement against the Dominion. The group eventually made its way to Cardassia itself for the final days of the war. The group hid in the basement of the late Enabrin Tain and were assisted by Mila. (DS9 Prophecy and Change short story: "Face Value")

Damar was killed storming the Dominion's headquarters after the Vorta Weyoun ordered Lakarian City destroyed. Garak and Kira made it to the Dominion's command center just before the Dominion's surrender. (DS9 novelization: What You Leave Behind)

Following the end of the war, Garak began attending gatherings of the Oralian Way led by Palandine's daughter, Kel. He has also been helping to build the fledgling democratic government established by Alon Ghemor. (DS9 novel: A Stitch in Time)

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When Captain Jean-Luc Picard contacted Cardassia in May of 2376 in hopes of getting Cardassian assistance in the Gateways Crisis, Garak had to politely refuse, as the post-war Cardassia didn't have the resources to spare. (TNG - Gateways novel: Doors Into Chaos)

Soon after the Gateways crisis, Garak traveled to Earth in hopes of returning to Cardassia with more Federation relief efforts. Garak debated with Lwaxana Troi on the floor of the Federation Council over the matter with both Cardassia and Betazed having been devastated by the Dominion war. (ST - The Brave and the Bold novel: The Final Artifact) By 2380, the debate with Ambassador Troi was considered to be one of the most legendary debates the council had seen in recent times. (ST novel: Articles of the Federation)

Garak assisted Bajoran Vedek Yevir Linjarin in finding the last of the missing Bajoran Orbs, which were being held in an abandoned Obsidian Order lab. (DS9 - Mission Gamma novel: Cathedral)

Garak returned to DS9 in September of 2376, to witness the exhibition of Ziyal's paintings, which were being displayed in his old tailor's shop. (DS9 novel: Unity)

In December of 2376, he assisted in defusing a hostage situation that was designed to discredit the fledgling Ghemor government. (DS9 - Worlds of Deep Space Nine novel: Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)

In early 2377, Kira and Bashir contacted Garak to see if he could shed light on the plot to replace Kira with Iliana Ghemor. (DS9 novel: Fearful Symmetry)

In 2378, he became the Cardassian Ambassador to the United Federation of Planets. (DS9 novel: The Never-Ending Sacrifice)

In 2381, he was summoned to an emergency summit on Earth by Federation President Nanietta Bacco, who was hoping to gather an allied fleet to defend from the Borg invasion. Garak initially refused to join the alliance, considering the Union too poor in land and food to allow them to commit to this costly action. However, President Bacco offered to have several Federation farming worlds in the Argaya, Lyshan, and Solarion systems transferred to Cardassian control in return for the support of the Cardassian Union in the Federation's war against the Borg Collective. (ST - Destiny novel: Mere Mortals.)

In 2389, journalist Jake Sisko visited Garak on Cardassia Prime for an interview. Garak tried to distract the reporter by hinting at the possibility of tailoring the suit for Jake's upcoming wedding. (ST website: The Path to 2409)

Alternate versions

In an alternate universe accessed by an interdimensional Androssi device, Gul Garak was one of the highest Cardassian authorities in the Bajor system, known for his ruthlessness against his enemies. He was responsible for the execution of both Gul Dukat and Starfleet Captain Jean-Luc Picard. (SCE eBook: Lost Time)

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Up to date as of February 07, 2010

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Elim Garak (2374)

Elim Garak was a Cardassian male living in the 24th century, secretly the son of Enabran Tain. As a member of the Obsidian Order, Garak was one of Cardassia's top intelligence operatives, interrogators and assassins. By 2369, he had been exiled to Terok Nor. After the station was transferred to Bajoran ownership and converted to Deep Space 9, he continued to live there as a tailor. One of his greatest personal enemies was Gul Dukat, though Garak eventually fell in love with Dukat's daughter, Tora Ziyal. While living on DS9, Garak became a close friend of Julian Bashir, and had a unique relationship with Odo.

During the Dominion War, Garak was instrumental in the allied war effort as an intelligence analyst. Along with Kira Nerys, he helped lead the Cardassian resistance during the final days of the war, and remained on Cardassia Prime after the Battle of Cardassia. (DS9: "The Wire", "Civil Progress", "Improbable Cause", "The Die Is Cast", "In Purgatory's Shadow", "By Inferno's Light", "Afterimage", "What You Leave Behind", et. al)

Fanon data

During his years as an intelligence operative, and even after his exile, Garak had several encounters with Starfleet Intelligence officer Timothy Sinclair. By the time of Sinclair's return to Starfleet, they had a unique respect for each other, and a friendship of a sort. (Star Trek: Pendragon, "Restoration", "Exile")

Captain Patrick Ingrum of the USS Baldwin also recruited Garak to make dance outfits and to join with the crew on a excursion to 20th century Earth. (USS Baldwin: "Time's Eagle")

Following the Dominion War, Garak served as chief of staff to Cardassian Provisional Government leader Alon Ghemor, a position that included acting as Ghemor's liaison to the military and the Central Intelligence Bureau. Garak found this position frustrating as many in those agencies welcomed the possible assassination of Ghemor. He helped prevent an elaborate assassination plot against Ghemor orchestrated by the True Way.

After a human believed to be Aiman al-Rashid was found to be an agent of Section 31, Deep Space 9 senior officers concluded that a Cardassian with ties to Section 31 had to be feeding this agent periodic instructions if he was a Starfleet-True Way triple agent. Bashir speculated that Garak was this Cardassian agent. (Star Trek: War Aftermath: " The True Way")

In his liaison capacity, Garak also served as Castellan Ghemor's representative in other endeavors, including an archaeological expedition to investigate ancient Hebitian ruins. During this investigation, Garak fell through a dimensional gate where he encountered an alternate version of Skrain Dukat and his daughter, Ziyal Dukat. (Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Catacombs of Oralius--"Those Who Live in the Shadow of the Night")

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