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Series: Deep Space Nine, No. 23
Author(s): David R. George III and Armin Shimerman
From a Story by David R. George III & Armin Shimerman & Eric A. Stillwell
Publication information
Published: Paperback - January 1, 1999
Pages: 425
ISBN: ISBN 0671007939
Date: 2372

Quark finds himself at the centre of a dispute between the Ferengi Alliance and Bajor after Grand Nagus Zek refuses to return an Orb of the Prophets to the Bajorans.


Publisher's description

For once, business is going well for Quark, not that anyone on Deep Space 9 truly appreciates his genius for finding profit in the most unlikely of circumstances. Quark is even looking forward to making the deal of a lifetime -- when he suddenly finds himself stuck right in the middle of a major dispute between Bajor and the Ferengi Alliance. It seems that the Grand Nagus is refusing to sell one of the lost Orbs of the Prophets to the Bajoran government, which has responded by banning all Ferengi activity in Bajoran space.

With diplomatic relations between the two cultures rapidly breaking down, Quark loses his bar first, then his freedom. But even penniless, he still has his cunning and his lobes, and those alone may be all he needs to come out on top -- and prevent an interstellar war!





Julian BashirJadzia DaxKira NerysMornM'PellaMiles O'BrienOdoQuarkRomShakaar EdonBenjamin SiskoJake SiskoWinn AdamiWorf, son of MoghZek


Argan • Borit • Bractor • Broc • Carlien • Crimmon • Drayan • Enkar Sirsy • Gaila • Jessel • Karg • Kreln • Lenk • Letek • Mitra • Onial • Phlugg • Prana • Robinson • Tarken • Xillius Vas • Charlie Whatley • Wyra • Wyte • Zhrel


Bareil AntosCurzon DaxDarhe'elElim Garak • A. Bartlett Giamatti • GintHannanIshkaKalem AprenKeldarKira TabanKlytaLeetaAlynna NechayevNogOpaka Sulan • Parilka • Pralon • Jackie Robinson • Jennifer Sisko • Sorretta • Eddie Stanky • Abe Stark • Trog



BajorAshallaDeep Space 9Docking ringFerenginarGallitep labor camp • Grand Nagus' Palace • Habitat ringKlingon restaurantOperations centerPromenadeQuark'sReplimatStation commander's office
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Alastron IV • AndorArcher IVBajoran wormhole/Celestial TempleBradbury TownshipCardassia • Cardassia III • Dahkur ProvinceDelta IVEarth • Ebbets Field • Gaila's moon • Gamma Hydra IVGamma QuadrantJohnson CityKilandra ClusterLouisianaMarsNew OrleansOmarion NebulaRigel VRisaSacred MarketplaceSan FranciscoStarbase IcarusTerekol Chasm • Wormhole relay station • Wyntara Mas Province • Zhentu Province

Starships and vehicles

USS Ad AstraAlericaAran'tsahCalliopeDa VinciUSS DefiantKreechtaUSS New YorkNeemisPreekonUSS RubiconWealth
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Maurit'li'och • USS OkinawaUSS SaratogaUSS Tian An Men

Starship classes

Andorian freighterDanube-classDefiant-classD'Kora-classDY-700-class • DY-1100-class
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Referenced only 
Alastron • AndorianBorgCardassianKaremmaOrionProphetsRomulanTholian

States and Organizations

Bajoran MilitiaFerengi AllianceGreat AssemblyStarfleetStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets
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Bajoran ResistanceBolian Credit ExchangeBoston BravesBrooklyn DodgersCardassian Central CommandCardassian UnionDetapa CouncilDominion • Esquire Shoe Polish • Federation CouncilFerengi Commerce AuthorityFirst Bank of FerenginarFirst FederationKlingon Empire • Major League Baseball • Romulan Star EmpireStarfleet AcademyVedek Assembly


1949198619881989 • 1989 World Series • Archerian slug wineBajoran religionBaseball • Baseball (object) • baseball bat • baseball glove • blockade • cabrodinecloaking devicedaboDaiMondartsdeuteriumDivine TreasuryEmissary of the ProphetsFederation ConstitutionFerengi languageFerengi Rules of AcquisitionFinagle's FollyFirst Minister of the Republic of BajorGrand Nagus of the Ferengi Allianceholosuiteinfernite • isolinear rod • jebretkaikirilionaKlingon emperorlatinum • margarita • Muriniri doll • nerakOccupation of BajororbOrb of Prophecy and ChangeOrb of WisdomOrion chancellorPADDpooncheenpooncheeneePraetorPrime Directiveraktajino • Resolution 49-535 • rokeg blood pieSaurian brandytequila • transporter platform • tranyatreni catval-effWhen the Prophets Cried


  • Armin Shimerman dedicated the novel to his wife Kitty Swink.
  • The story was originally conceived as an episode of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The pitch was unsuccessful but Shimerman and George decided to turn it into a novel instead.
The alternate cover.

Related stories

  • The events of The 34th Rule are mentioned in the DS9 relaunch novel Twilight.
  • Grand Nagus Zek recieved the Orb of Wisdom and announced his plans to sell it to the Bajorans in the DS9 episode "Prophet Motive".
  • Quark recalls meeting Sisko in "Emissary" and mentions how he felt he was "blackmailed" into staying on the station.
  • Sisko also recalls his conversation with Quark in "The Jem'Hadar" in which Quark claimed Humans were uncomfortable around Ferengi because they reminded them of how their species used to be.
  • There is a reference to Sisko wanting to build a house on Bajor. Sisko would tell Admiral Ross about his plans to do so in "Favor the Bold" and would carry the project forward in the Final Chapter arc.


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