Year of birth :
Place of birth:
Founders Homeworld, Gamma quadrant
Bajoran Institute For Science, as specimen 2356-63
Chief of security,Bajoran millitia, DS9 detachment
Head of security, constable
adrift and alone in the Denorious Belt in his natural gelatinous state
with no clue to his origin, this
unique shapeshifter was returned to Cardassian-occupied Bajor in 2356 and given to Dr. Mora Pol at the
Bajoran Institute for Science to research under much pressure. However, after a lifetime of wondering, it
was not until early 2371 that Odo discovered he was one of 100 changeling Founders sent out at an
unspecified earlier time as an exploratory contact mission from the Dominion, implanted genetically with
the need to return home someday.
it was only the formative Odo's duplication of his container, a Krokian
Petri beaker, that alerted
Mora to his sentience. Even after gaining intelligence, communication skills and a refined morphing ability
he'd had trouble with "social integration," Mora noted. His name stems from the Cardassian words for
"nothing" - the literal translation of "Odo'ital," which Dr. Mora's Cardassian overseer took as the meaning of
his intended specimen label "Unknown Sample" that was affixed to his container. After he was known to be
sentient, the native scientists as a joke "Bajorized" it into "Odo Ital," and later just "Odo." The irony of the
name "Nothing" was not lost on the homeless, friendless alien then, who turned the self-image around
after the coming of Kira and the Starfleet crew.
he grew and matured his humiliation in this role only mounted, thanks to
incidents such as those which
culminated with his coerced performance in 2363 of a mocking "neck trick" for visiting Cardassian Central
Command members, including Gul Dukat, and he walked out on Mora and the lab soon after. Even so, he
kept his hair style, maintained after much practice, which was copied from Pol's, and the period reinforced
two years of building a reputation as a neutral arbiter settling simple
squabbles among Bajorans, he
was coerced by Dukat into solving a murder on DS9 (then Terok Nor), where he met Quark and a
mysterious resistance-fighter Kira for the first time. The case went unsolved for five years, but he
eventually realized the murderer was indeed Kira, taking vengeance on a turncoat Bajoran collaborator.
incident and good work prompted Dukat to keep him on in a steady and satisfying
role there as long as
his own sense of justice was allowed; he was less open and decisive, an outsider without status, but had no
fear about sounding off on Cardassian injustice on Bajor. Years later, during the accidental activation of Terok
Nor's old counter-insurgency system, he realized how much Dukat and the occupying Cardassians distrusted
their security chief as an "honorable man": his forcefields were left on a separate supply than those reopened
by the program in case he sided with the workers. His old Cardassian access codes were still valid,
but the Level 6 clearance level wasn't enough to disable the program when it ran amok in 2371.
2367 he had been designated an officer of the Cardassian court to testify
in criminal cases -a title never
revoked. He knew Cardassian occupation liaison and collaborator Kubus well; he had known Prylar Bek in
passing as well and thought him a good man before his public suicide for a role in the Kendra Valley Massacre.
the Cardassian withdrawal in 2369 he proved invaluable to the new Starfleet
commander Sisko and
was invited to stay on; he guessed at the time about 500 people would want to frame him for murder.
Although he was soon cleared after a temporary resignation when accused of just that crime, Sisko often
had to defend him to a skeptical or outright suspicious Starfleet. Odo zealously guarded the independence
of his office and methods when the two butted heads, but eventually he and Sisko came to see eye-to-eye.
Even so, Odo has threatened his resignation at least three times, each when he felt his job was threatened
by Starfleet officers: Lt. George Primmin in 2369, Lt. Cmdr. Michael Eddington in 2371,
and Lt. Cmdr. Worf in 2372.
of the senior officers call him "constable" as does even Quark and occasional
visitors, but he doesn't
like it, preferring "chief of security;" He can fly a Runabout but is not a combat pilot by any means.
tensions mounted upon discovery of the Dominion and its warning to avoid
use of the wormhole, in early
2371 he finally met his own people, the changeling Founders, but out of conscience he refused their bid to
join their Great Link and leave "Solids" behind.
captured later that year by Enabran Tain and the Romulan-Cardassian strike
force attacking the
Founders homeworld, he was interrogated by Garak about his people while held by force against regenerating.
With no information to divulge he never cracked, only admitting he wanted to go home eventually - an idea
he later refuted. Weeks later, Dax's former host Curzon talked him into remaining joined permanently during
Jadzia's zhian'tara, but he apologized later after she persuaded Curzon to give it up.
mere shapeshifting wore thin for him, he disagreed with his onetime female
mentor Changeling that what
he's lived his life for is not justice but "order." Through several more attempts to woo him over, he later
became the first changeling to ever harm another when scuffling with an infiltrator aboard the U.S.S. Defiant.
Previously, even as a security officer he had never taken a life or used any kind of weapon other than his
surprisingly, he hates parties and socializing, although after the attitude
change that came with his
newfound identity and independence in 2371 he began to practice morphing a draining drink glass merely to
do just that - with Kira at their former weekly security reports review, and for breakfasts with Garak. Seeing
no good in humanoids' need for material gain, he has never learned the rules to dabo - though he once
played Kalevian Montar with Gul Dukat. He's taken to reading Terran police mysteries, including some
borrowed from O'Brien; the chief had also talked him into joining him twice for holosuite kayaking by
late 2371, ca. SD 48521.
a changeling who chooses to retain solid form most of the time, he must
return to his gelatinous natural
state every 16 hours of the 26-hour Bajoran day to regenerate, and appears to need no more than an hour's
rest; the cycle rarely varies, and he feels no need to stay gelatinous any longer than needed. He originally
poured himself into a bucket kept in the back of his office to regenerate until discovering his true roots,
and so now uses formal quarters filled with a wide array of forms and textures to explore his shapeshifter
nature, opting to mimic anything or regenerate in a puddle anywhere he chooses with his newfound privacy.
The bucket became a pot for Kira's housewarming gift , a house plant. Except for Dr. Pol, he says no one
until Lwaxana Troi, circa SD 46925, had seen him in his transitional form, but others followed as DS missions
mounted. Verad's gang forced him into gelatinous-state confinement in a small stasis box secured with
a Delgorian lock.
their mutual mistrust he and Quark have a running duel of wits, and he
has even been forced to turn to him
in a pinch, but they actually respect each other and have betrayed some affection for the other at times. He
stops by Quark's three or four times a day usually, but keeps a full-time watch during the Gratitude Festival.
Odo has an unexpressed and unrequited love for Kira - after years of proclaiming
as among the qualities he can't fathom, and feigned shock at Bolian Lysia Arlin's onetime crush on him,
and even Lwaxana Troi's ongoing infatuation which they ended with an affectionate understanding. Kira
often turns to him for counsel, is a staunch defender and affectionate friend, but she has never guessed
his true feelings toward her. He took off work for the first time ever to see her during the Gratitude Festival
of 2371, as his Bajoran deputies do, and left it with Starfleet security - but he has quietly stepped aside,
first for Vedek Bareil and now First Minister Shakaar. I suppose that's the reason for the end of their weekly
review of Security Activity Reports.
update, cmo J.Holzken
a sad note, the constable had a hard time admitting his sense of loss in
mourning for the baby Founder,
but on the other hand the event helped seal a rift like no other between he and Dr. Mora as Odo experienced
what it was like to check out an infant, lifeless Changeling baby. Ironically, Odo had mentioned only weeks
before that child-rearing would require too much work and thus he wouldn't be any good at it.
it was his conversion to a Solid that led to Odo's Great Link image of
Gowron as a changeling,
and the subsequent and extremely dangerous covert action to check this theory: an operation that ended
with Odo fingering Martok as the Changeling and Gowron the latest to gain a healthy respect for his abilities.
Despite Starfleet's many reservation over the years, it is with a good deal of irony that I witnessed Michael
Eddington, Odo's onetime replacement, hunted and captured as a Maquis.
then there is the strange case of appending Ambassador Lwaxana Troi to
this file. An old embarrassment
to Odo, he agreed to marry her late last year so she would not have to give up her unborn son to its father,
as per Tavnian custom and law. This to me is surprising, as I observe how he continues to dismiss many
female admirers such as Bajoran restaurateur Chalan Aroyo.
may be only exceeded by what Quark swears to me is Odo's dallying with
romance novels of the
20th century -- which he dismisses as criminal profile research.