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DEEP SPACE NINE VISITOR FILE - 2103
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Visitor Log, Stardate 50173.1 - present 
Deceased

  

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  KAI OPAKA - Visual nr 0076
 
The spiritual leader of the Bajorans through the latter days of the Cardassian occupation and the heady
first months of freedom in 2369. Opaka determined that Sisko's arrival at DS9 was in fulfillment of prophesy 
and the beginning of his own personal journey, she came to identify and aid The Emissary, Cpt. Benjamin
Sisko, in the fulfillment of his destiny to find the Celestial Temple and contact the Prophets, for which he
didn't share her enthusiasm at first.  

Only a few weeks later, Opaka was tragically lost to Bajor in a move she foresaw as prophecy when she left  
Bajor for the first time ever to tour DS9 unannounced. Journeying through the wormhole, she was believed to  
be killed in a crash with the runabout USS Yangtzee Kiang on the Ennis/Nol Ennis penal moon, but was
in fact resurrected by the moon's unique atmosphere, opting to stay behind to help heal the spirit of the 
undying combatants there as a fulfillment of her own personal prophesy.  

Explaining why it was a disbeliever like Sisko who should first see the Prophets, she once told Vedek
Winn, now Kai, that one should not look into the eyes of one's own god and, when Winn disagreed, 
recommended she spend a day in darkness. Opaka had favored Vedek Bareil as her eventual successor:
her son died with 41Bajoran freedom fighters at the Kendra Valley Massacre during the occupation, and
Bareil lost the kaiship to keep secret the fact she had sacrificed her son and his group in order to save 
hundreds of civilians from retribution.