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DEEP SPACE NINE VISITOR FILE - 0503
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Visitor Log, Stardate 50173.1 - present      

  

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  ISHKA (MOOGIE) - Visual nr 08642
 
Perhaps the most pivotal female in Ferengi history -- not because she is Quark and Rom's widowed mother,
but because of her impact on feminist reforms on Ferenginar via Grand Nagus Zek, her lover since 2373. 
Whether earning profit or wearing clothes, her push for gender equality came out in the open with a charge 
of illegal profit-making by the FCA in 2371, later waived with confession (and a secret stash still earning
income). Her son Quark had been cited for improper supervision, since she'd built a fortune in investments 
from his monthly three-bar stipend of gold-pressed latinum

She and Zek first met when she helped him recover his game at the Global Tongo Championships, and it 
set the tone for her secret support of his lagging financial acumen that helped ignite the modern Ferengi
financial boom. She was briefly kidnapped by the Dominion in 2374 while returning from a lobelift on Vulcan 
and then freed in a prisoner exchange engineered by her sons. Later that year she received an artificial 
replacement heart from Dr. Bashir on DS9, following her coronary collapse during Zek's brief removal as 
nagus by the FCA over the feminist reforms she had finally seen enacted. 

The daughter of Adred, Ishka was always closer to her younger son Rom, who called her "Moogie." She
was estranged from Quark for years after the death of her husband and their father, Keldar, due to Quark's 
perception that her behavior put him in the grave too soon and held him back. But she loved Keldar despite 
outclassing him in business, and the FCA encounter allowed her and Quark to reach an understanding.