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DS9 Station residence file - 0276. 
Residence Log, Stardate 50173.1 - present


  ELIM GARAK - Visual nr 3504
A smooth-talking, self-professed 'plain and simple tailor' is DS9's lone Cardassian resident, exiled there  
upon Starfleet's arrival and eventually confirmed after much circumlocution as a former Obsidian Order  
spy, the son of its onetime leader Enabran Tain and one with a gift for interrogation. Garak's own clouded  
history as an OO agent, coupled with the typical Cardassian penchant for convoluted intrigue, often put  
him at odds with some of his own people including agent Corbin Entek and Gul Toran, whom he killed on  
the spot, and Gul Dukat, whose father he had tortured and killed years before. Garak was exiled after  
being forced even to betray his father/mentor and they parted bitterly, Tain refusing to give his son any  
forgiveness when he died alongside Garak in a Dominion prison camp in 2373. Tain's planned return to  
power in 2371 led to a failed assassination attempt on Garak, but the tailor had his shop blown up to focus 
attention on the Flaxian sent to kill him; he was the only one of five targets with data harmful to Tain to  

A year earlier, Garak had nearly died when the pain-blocking device he was implanted with broke down two 
years after he'd grown addicted to the full flow of endorphins he decided to release. On DS9, where his  
quarters are Chamber 901 on Habitat Level H-3, he struck up an early friendship with the young Dr. Bashir 
and later came to respect Odo as well especially after their witnessing of Tain's disastrous Cardassian- 
Romulan debacle against the Founders Homeworld. His rage over being later being dismissed by the 
Female Changeling led to his abortive plan to bomb their new homeworld with the USS Defiant, but the 
act drew a six-month sentence from Sisko; later, he would help free twinned prisoners from his father's  
Dominion prison camp despite his claustrophobia. Ironically, he became enamored of Dukat's half-Bajoran  
daughter Tora Ziyal in 2372 during her stay on DS9, after he decided he could trust her with a rare show of  
vulnerability much to both Kira and Dukat's annoyance. And, despite his exile, he still has friends on  
Cardassia who relay information. 

He had hoped to end his exile with acts of valor, but Dukat's prominence at every turn of events has hampered
that. He knows fluent Klingon, spent over a year as the 'gardener' of the Cardassian Embassy on Romulus  
during a year of many Romulans' mysterious deaths, and dislikes hand-to-hand fighting.