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DEEP SPACE NINE VISITOR FILE - 1061 
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Visitor Log, Stardate 50173.1 - present  
Deceased

  

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   VEDEK BAREIL - Visual nr 1305
 
Bajoran spiritual leader who was a leading candidate to become the new Kai after the departure of Kai  
Opaka in 2369. Bareil was interned at the brutal relegeth refugee camp during the Cardassian occupation.  
Bareil started his spiritual service as a gardener at a monastary, and although he became an influential  
religious leader, he still enjoyed tending the grounds. Bareil was opposed in his bid to become Kai by 
political rival Vedek Winn, who attempted to have Bareil assassinated. Winn engineered on Deep Space 9 
sparking protests about the teaching of science in Keiko O'Brien's schoolroom, an effort to draw Bareil to 
the station, where he was the target of Winn's assassination plot. Fortunately, the plan failed and Vedek  
Bareil survived to continue his bid for Kai and continue the cooperative Bajoran/Federation relationship.   

Bareil became romantically involved with Kira Nerys in 2370. He was favored to become the new Kai in  
2370, but withdrew from the election when he became tied to the infamous Kendra Valley massacre. No 
one knew that Bareil's sudden withdrawal from the election was because he had been covering up the role 
of then-Kai Opaka in the massacre. Bareil knew that Opaka had allowed the Cardassians to kill 42 Bajorans 
(including her own son) to prevent them from killing over a thousand other Bajorans in the Kendra Valley.  
Bareil kept the secret for years and willingly sacrificed his political ambitions to protect Opaka's memory
when then-Vedek Winn re-opened the investigations 2370. Once Winn and Kira learned the truth, both app-
eared likely to preserve the secret. Bareil refused to let his defeat stop him, and in 2371 he accepted the opp-
ortunity to become a key advisor to the newly-elected Kai Winn. 

As Winn's representative, Bareil conducted five months of negotiations with Legate Turrel, laying the ground-
work for the historic peace treaty between the Bajorans and the Cardassians. Just prior to the signing of the 
treaty, Bareil was critically injured in an explosion aboard a Bajoran transport ship. At station DS 9, Bareil 
refused extraordinary life-prolonging measures so that he could advise Kai Winn during the critical final 
stages of the talks. Bareil believed it was the will of the Prophets that he had been spared death in the 
explosion so that he could ensure the success of the peace talks. Bareil died shortly after the signing of the
historic peace treaty.