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The True Way were a Cardassian terrorist group that believed the Federation was the biggest threat to the Cardassian Union. They also considered Bajor to be an enemy as well. (DS9 episodes: "Our Man Bashir", "Crossfire")


In the late 2350s, during his time in the Obsidian Order, Elim Garak infiltrated the True Way, learning that Korven, a former Legate was the nominal leader of the True Way. Garak did not have Korven arrested, feeling he would need to call in favors from Korven in the future. Having been tortured by Garak and warned he had narrowly escaped execution, Korven was not likely to do anything to draw attention to himself or the True Way. (DS9 novel: Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)

In 2372, they planted an explosive device aboard the USS Orinoco, which detonated and destroyed the runabout near Deep Space 9. The True Way announced it was responsible soon after. (DS9 episode: "Our Man Bashir")

Several months later, the True Way assassinated two Bajoran officials. They later attempted to assassinate Shakaar Edon using their operative aboard Deep Space 9. (DS9 episode: "Crossfire")

Following the Cardassian Union's entry into the Dominion, the True Way's members were arrested and presumably executed. Korven survived the purge. (DS9 novel: Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)

In 2376, the True Way used Nyra Maleren, a young Cardassian girl in an attempt to destabilize the Andak Project. Equipped with an explosive device she issued demands on behalf of the True Way. She was talked out of detonating the bomb by Yevir Linjarin. (DS9 novel: Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)

At the same time, Garak visited Korven, who explained to him that the True Way had been reforming since Alon Ghemor became Castellan. The True Way opposed the new democracy on Cardassia and believed it was holding back the rebuilding of the planet following the war. Korven was also forced to reveal that Merak Entor, a member of the Directorate, once served under him. Garak believed there was little evidence to connect Entor to the True Way, but would be embarrasing enough to get the Directorate to stop opposing the Andak Project. It was later discovered that Mev Jartek, advisor to Castellan Ghemor, had secretly leaked information to the True Way, hoping they would make a move so they could be discredited. (DS9 novel: Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)



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The True Way was a Cardassian terrorist organization that believed the Federation to be the greatest threat to Cardassian stability.

At some point prior to 2369, Elim Garak spied on the group for the Obsidian Order. (DS9 novel: Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)

In 2369 True Way had gained a short-lived ascendancy in the Cardassian Union during the so-called "Fist of Revenge" coup d'etat not long after the withdrawal from Bajor. During their brief time in power, they carried out a purge that cost the lives of nearly the entire Berat family and numerous others blamed for the so-called "wormhole sellout scandal," as well ad disrupting a Bajoran trade conference on DS9 and nearly destroying the station. Following this abortive attempt at outright conquest, the True Way returned to more clandestine tactics; the True Way itself was never recognized by the Federation for who and what it was, given their use of political puppets who formed the visible Fist of Revenge cabal. (Star Trek: Sigils and Unions, Betrayal--retconned for SAU continuity)

In 2372, the True Way committed their first recognized act of terrorism against the Federation when they placed a bomb on the USS Orinoco, destroying the vessel. (DS9: "Our Man Bashir")

Later that year, they also attempted to assassinate First Minister Shakaar of Bajor. (DS9: "Crossfire")

The True Way reemerged in 2376, where they tried to destabilize the new Cardassian government. (DS9 novel: Cardassia: The Lotus Flower)

In late 2376, the True Way attempted to halt the contruction of Krotek Nor within the Cardassian system, by sabotaging construction materials and blackmailing and threatening construction engineers. They viewed the construction of the base as an outpost for the Federation Alliance and a signal that the Cardassians were truly defeated. (Star Trek: Daedalus: "Krotek Nor")

A few months later, the True Way's leader, the notorious war criminal Drevan, revealed the contents of the Scrolls of Lisoran to the Cardassian people. Drevan claimed that the Scrolls were a series of prophecies recorded by the ancient Hebitian civilization thousands of years earlier. The scrolls prophecized about the Cardassians forming an unholy alliance with "shapechangers" and waging a war which led to ultimate defeat and sacrifice for the Cardassian people. They also prophecized the "occupiers" who must be cast out for Cardassia to be strong once again.

Many Cardassians believed the Scrolls to be a True Way hoax to convert them to support their views, however many, including military leaders such as Legate Matan supported their viewpoint. (Star Trek: Daedalus: "Hopes and Fears")

Alternate timelines

In the Pendragon timeline, the True Way's assassination attempt on First Minister Shakaar Edon was successful, fracturing the Bajoran Provisional Government for the next five years. The True Way were also suspects in the attempt to disrupt Project Restoration and destabilize the peace process on Bajor in 2379. (Star Trek: Pendragon: "Restoration")

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True Way
Organizational information
Title of leader
Governing body

Priest caste

Other positions

Jeedai heresy


Shimrra's Citadel, Yuuzhan'tar

Official language(s)

Yuuzhan Vong, Deception Sect dialect

Affiliated organizations/governments

Yuuzhan Vong Empire

Holy text(s)

Great Doctrine






Festival of the Twin Gods

Historical information
Planet of founding


Date of collapse(s)

29 ABY

Other information
Notable members

List of Yuuzhan Vong


New Jedi Order era

"The Force is nothing more than an idea, and the best way to extinguish an idea is to replace it with a better one, such as we bring."
Nas Choka

The True Way or True Path was the religion of the Yuuzhan Vong. It was the only documented set of religious beliefs to originate outside the galaxy. It was also one of the most violent, intolerant, and doctrinally uncompromising religions ever recorded. After the defeat of the Yuuzhan Vong the true way was outlawed by the Galactic Federation of Free Alliances.


Yuuzhan Vong religion was centered on the worship of all life, though certain actions have led many to question this. The Yuuzhan Vong worshiped life to such a degree that all mechanical devices were considered blasphemy. The Yuuzhan Vong used living technology, which they claim was given to them by their gods. It was the intense devotion to the Gods that led to some of the worst horrors the Galaxy ever witnessed. The Yuuzhan Vong believed that the Gods had given them the galaxy in exchange for cleansing it of all "infidels."

Pain and sacrifice were also very important aspects of Yuuzhan Vong religion and society. According to Yuuzhan Vong myth, Yun-Yuuzhan, the Creator God, sacrificed parts of his body in an intensely painful manner to create the universe, the other gods, and the Yuuzhan Vong. It was argued that the Yuuzhan Vong worshipped pain, but to them, that was not the case. To the Yuuzhan Vong, life was pain itself in separation from Yun-Yuuzhan. Death was simply rejoining Yun-Yuuzhan.

The other deities contributed to forming their society. Yun-Yammka, the God of War (and in truth a concoction of the Priest caste), demanded that the Yuuzhan Vong should make blood sacrifices and sacrifice body parts to honor Yun-Yuuzhan. Yun-Harla, the Goddess of Deception, taught the Yuuzhan Vong the value of physical alteration from other creatures brought them closer to Yun-Yuuzhan. Yun-Ne'Shel, the Goddess of Life, represented the creation of new things and the Yuuzhan Vong followed her example.


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