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Full Name: Tora Ziyal
Species: half-Cardassian/half-Bajoran
Gender: Female
Born: 2353
Died: 2374
Family
Parents: Gul Dukat (Father)
Tora Naprem (Mother)
Sibling(s): Dukat's seven children
Career

Tora Ziyal was the daughter of Cardassian Gul Skrain Dukat and Bajoran woman Tora Naprem. Ziyal was a painter who tried to close the rift between her two heritage through her art.

When the Dominion and Cardassia briefly occupuied station Deep Space 9 in the years 2373-2374, Ziyal befriended Jake Sisko, son of Starfleet Captain Benjamin Sisko. Jake started to write an article about Ziyal's life that eventually tuned into a biography. Jake promised Ziyal that he would keep her mother's earring, all she had to remember her by, safe. Jake kept his promise.

Ziyal developed romantic feelings for Elim Garak.

Ziyal was murdered by Gul Corat Damar in 2374, as the Cardassians were evacuating the station. Captain Sisko used his influence as Emissary of the Prophets to get Ziyal buried in Kendra Province. (DS9 novelization Call to Arms, Sacrifice of Angels, DS9 Prophecy and Change short story: "Three Sides to Every Story")

Ziyal's place as Dukat's illegitimate daughter was taken by the new-born baby girl named Cerin Teresa (by Cerin Mika) in 2375. She never knew her baby half-sister, since she died before Teresa was born. (DS9 episode: "Covenant"; novel: Mission: Gamma: "Cathedral").

In 2376, the Cardassian Institute of Art donated Ziyal's paintings to the people of Bajor as a symbol of reconciliation between the two races. The paintings were displayed on Deep Space 9's Promenade, in the space formerly occupied by Elim Garak's tailor shop.(DS9 novels: Mission Gamma: Twilight, This Gray Spirit)

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Tora Ziyal was the illegitimate daughter of the Cardassian Gul Skrain Dukat and his Bajoran slave, euphemistically referred to as a "comfort woman," Tora Naprem.

Born in 2353 during the Occupation of Bajor, Ziyal was kept out of view by her father Dukat. As withdrawal became imminent, though, Dukat sent her and Naprem away on the Ravinok, a freighter bound for Lissepia. The Ravinok never reached its destination; instead, it was shot down over Dozaria by the Breen. The fate of the Ravinok was discovered in 2372, and Dukat traveled, along with the Bajoran Major Kira Nerys to the crash site. Though Dukat had intended to kill her, as many Cardassians did with illegitimate children, at the last moment--with Kira's insistence--he found he could not bring himself to carry out the act, and he brought Ziyal home with him to Cardassia Prime. (DS9: "Indiscretion")

As a result, Dukat fell from grace and his wife left him and took the other children with her. Ziyal lived aboard the freighter Groumall with her demoted father until the outbreak of the Klingon-Cardassian War, where Dukat led a one-man crusade against the Klingons. From then on, she lived with Kira aboard Deep Space Nine. During her time aboard DS9, she found herself attracted to Elim Garak, although Garak, for his part, never knew quite what to make of her fascination. (DS9: "Return to Grace")

Ziyal also discovered a talent for art, and had hoped to use her gift to combine Cardassian and Bajoran artistic styles and show where the two species could find a common viewpoint. She entered a Bajoran university, which unfortunately did not go well due to the same sort of speciesist discrimination she had encountered on Cardassia Prime. At the same time, the Cardassian Institute of Art expressed an interest in her work.

When the Dominion-Cardassian alliance, under Dukat's command, took over Deep Space Nine, Ziyal again lived with her father--but when her father's support of the Dominion, and opposition of her other friends conflicted with her love for him, she threw in with the resistance cell organizing aboard the station. Damar found out about her role as the Cardssians and Dominion were being driven off the station--and shot her in her father's presence, just as she confessed to him and he had told her that he loved her nonetheless. (DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels")

This event led to Gul Dukat's insanity and indirectly, to his demise with the Pah-wraiths.

Alternate universes

In the Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Catacombs of Oralius universe, Ziyal's alternate is known as Ziyal Dukat, as she was conceived under entirely reversed circumstances to her birth in the canon universe--instead, Vedek Tora Naprem was the aggressor and Skrain Dukat the unwilling party in the act. That said, Dukat did not allow the circumstances to diminish his love for her, and they were just as devoted to each other--in fact, even more so--than they were in the canon universe. (Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Catacombs of Oralius)


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

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