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"The Calling"
Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Author(s): Andrew J. Robinson
Publication information
Printed: Prophecy and Change
Date: 2380

With Cardassia ravaged by civil wars after the Dominion War, Garak and his associates investigate the Vinculum.



An unspecificed time in the future, after "A Stitch in Time" and "The Lotus Flower," the post-war Cardassia has continued to deteriorate. Disease ravages the population, and Castellan Alon Ghemor has been assassinated. Garak has become an important part of what little government there is.

At a public rally, Garak is supposed to give a speech intended to bring various factions together. Unfortunately he is so depressed that his speech only adds to the problem. The other members of the government decide something must be done about Garak before he makes things even worse.

An ancient artifact of the Hebitians has recently been discovered - an otherwordly realm known as the Vinculum where the Hebitians went to meditate and find solutions to their problems. The others decide Garak must be sent into the Vinculum and left there.

Under the impression he is being sent on an undercover mission to contact the Federation for help, Garak envisions himself disguised as a human and sent to Earth. Slowly, the vision breaks down as the faces of Garak's friends and loved ones return to him, giving advice and emotional support.

Finally, Garak's friend Dr. Parmak rescues him from the Vinculum, and keeps him hidden from the others.


The Vinculum

Referenced: Julian Bashir | Kira Nerys




Referenced: Africa | Borlan III | Deep Space 9 | Lakarian City | Mediterranean Basin | Tohvun III


Referenced: Klingon | Romulan

States and Groups

Referenced: Bamarren Institute for State Intelligence | Council of the United Federation of Planets | Dominion | Hebitian | Obsidian Order | United Federation of Planets



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Prophecy and Change
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Revisited, Part Two
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Pocket Next Adventure:
Orion's Hounds

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