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Owner Quark's Place
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Quark, one of the most influential of modern Ferengi thanks to his location at DS9 when the Bajoran wormhole
was discovered, owns Quark's Place on DS9's Promenade but hates being called a "barkeep," preferring "host"
instead as he fancies himself an empathetic dispenser of advice as well as a goodwill ambassador and legitimate
entrepreneur extrordinaire. He also caters formal affairs for the Starfleet crew and named a new souffle creation
after Kai Winn when the Bajor-Cardassian peace treaty was signed. In reality he has the reputation of getting
anything for a price - with the help of a network of sources who also help him keep a hand in most illegal or illicit
trade and deals going on around the station. He has even tried to force sex by contract from the unwitting Dabo
girls who work for him; an employee's error is made up from garnished pay. When Odo calls him "disgusting,"
he proudly boasts: "Til the day I die!" and says lying is a gift. But he does sometime show remorse out of guilt
for even his own actions, and relishes the thrill of gambling, even in business; otherwise, he has said, the trade
comes off as simple bartering.

His only sibling is younger brother Rom, whom he often teased and tortured as "lobeless": Quark even stole Rom's
naming day presents from Keldar, replacing the gifts resold at a profit with old vegetables. His father bought him his
first copy of the Rules of Acquisition, but it was his mother who helped him learn them - a repeated pattern whose
truth he ignored until much later in life, feeling his father had been hounded by his mother's rebellious independence.

In 2351, upon celebrating his Age of Ascension rites, he left home as soon as possible despite his father's advice
to stay close; doing so 10 years ahead of Rom, he missed out on Keldar's ongoing business failures prior to his
death. In his 20s, Quark apprenticed with a District Sub-Nagus until he slept with the boss's sister and lost his
fast-track standing. He later served on a Ferengi freighter for eight years, where he learned some engineering and
transporter skills while serving as its cook.

By the 2360s he was running a black market from then-Terok Nor for the occupied Bajorans and illegally sold food
to them at cost, while earning his exclusive casino franchise by catering to Gul Dukat and the occupying
Cardassians with freebies. One Cardassian contact in particular was Glinn Boheeka. By this time Rom and his
young son Nog had moved to the station, and Quark has fondly recalled reading the tyke basic Ferengi stories

Amid the shambles of Cardassian withdrawal from newly renamed DS9 in 2369, his plans to leave were changed
when Starfleet commander Sisko threatened to jail his nephew Nog for a petty theft if he left - along with
enticements such as free rent, power and maintenance. It was a fateful change, leading to contacts with Grand
Nagus Zek and the Dominion. He even served a week as the Nagus and faced death threats when Zek faked his
demise to trick his unfaithful son.

The next year, after having led a trade mission to contact the Karemma of the Dominion, he became the first
Ferengi to meet a Jem'Hadar and Vorta of the Dominion when captured with Sisko on their Gamma Quadrant
vacation eight months later. That led to Zek's request in 2371 that be aboard the Defiant's first Dominion contact
mission. Married temporarily to Klingon matriarch Grilka, he faces down her rival D'Ghor before the Klingon High
Council on Qo'noS to save her house after murdering her husband Kozak in self-defense in the bar.

Quark knows at least the worst of human history, and while he speaks out against superior Terran attitudes he
can be as racist as anyone. Quark saved his much-cherished Ferengi culture from the Bajoran Prophets idealism
later that year when he became only the third known non-Bajoran, after Sisko and Zek, to experience an orb
vision and single-handedly restored the Nagus to his previous state. Future cultural decisions were not so clear-
cut, though: he was secretly forced to allow his employees to unionize in 2372 despite Ferengi Commerce
Authority intervention. He finally made up with his mother the year after revisiting the homeworld for the first time
in 20 years when Ishka refused to renounce her feminist ways, endangering Quark's livelihood of fines and support.

Aside from his crushes on Dax and Kira, Quark had a surprising one-month fling in 2363 with Cardassian journalist
Natima Lang, the love of his life. She didn't turn him in for aiding Bajorans, but felt betrayed and broke off the affair
when he used her secret access codes to be paid for bogus goods - a much-regretted act seven years later, when
she turns up as a Cardassian dissident. Of odder course was his falling for Pel, a feminist like his mother whom he
could not commit to after her revelation as a female cost Quark a cut of all the Grand Nagus' future Gamma
Quadrant profits. Despite his tough stance, though, he has always been a sucker for a pretty face of any species.
When ho once chided O'Brien over his marriage troubles for not following the submissive-female way of the Ferengi,
he was evasive when asked why he's still single.

He engages Odo in a running battle of wits, but while it gets vicious at times there is mutual respect and even
affection present. Despite his pride at escaping detection, he has been caught red-handed in crime more than once
but served only petty penalties. He still retains old Cardassian security clearances through Level 7 - one higher than
Odo - and knows enough about engineering to install a small cloaking device in ships not normally made for them.
Lock-picking of all kinds is another skill.

In a battle of wits, a rival casino opened by Martus Mazur across the Promenade almost sunk his bar in 2370 until
Quark planned a Bashir-O'Brien racquetball rematch to get his customers back. If he didn't know the sport by then,
he learned it quickly enough to call the remote play-by-play. He also enjoys the Ferengi game of Tongo, of course;
Dax says he scratches his left ear just before Acquiring, a dead giveaway.

Security File: Report of Odo, Security Chief
SD 49000

Quark, the Ferengi barkeeper, is a self-important con artist who's nowhere near as clever as he thinks he is. His
bar is a center for scams and illegal dealings.

Quark was a co-indicted in 2362 by the Romulans as the middleman with alien thief Fallit Kot for hijacking a
Romulan ale shipment, but testified against Kot and got off - barely escaping with his life eight years later here at
DS9 when Kot was released.

He allowed thieves of the Dax symbiont aboard DS9 and became an inadvertent supplier of arms to the Maquis' first
attack. Even my first encounter with Quark, in 2365 on then-Terok Nor,saw him backing up Kira's alibi in the Vaatrik
murder for a price. That is all.

Civilian commendation by Capt. B. Sisko, CO DS9
SD 50100

I have to hand it to Quark. The Federation's thanks go out to him once again for acting as a trade rep to the
Dominion-fringe Karemma, and even more so -- if I am to believe these reports -- for keeping my ship intact when
he single-handedly diffused an unexploded Jem'Hadar torpedo.

I just wish he would cut out that stunt with the station-wide advertisements in the comm systems and replicators.

Security File: Report of Odo, Security Chief
SD 50080

This is to note the recent cooperation of the Ferengi barkeeper in a successful sting operation against the
Markalian smuggling ring. That is all.

Security File: Personal Note:
SD ---

Never again will I take someone into custody without announced charges. I have done so with Quark, of all people,
and it nearly cost he and I both our lives. At least I have learned Quark is not well-connected and wealthy enough to
join the Orion Syndicate.

Psycho-Medical File, Dr. Julian Bashir
SD 50500 Update

Quark has seen the true heights and depths of life in the past few months. He has stared down the cherished pre-
cepts of his culture and come away less conservative after choosing between life and breaking a Ferengi contract
with none other than his old adversary, FCA Liquidator Brunt. An overpaid Ferengi doctor's misdiagnosis of fatal
Dorek syndrome was bad enough, but to have Brunt demand that Quark follow through on their signed contract to
sell his own desiccated remains, per Ferengi custom, was even worse. Despite his onetime decision to hire Garak
to kill him a fact I have received through confidential source and the subsequent loss of his Ferengi business
license, Quark has survived -- a bit stunned at the support the station has given him in spite of the many stunts he's
pulled. We must face it: Quark provides a valuable service and resource on the station -- even if he still takes 30%
of his workers' tips and manages their vacation fund himself.

One the other hand, it's a good thing our resident Ferengi barkeep is a tough little guy as well. Along with his varied
injuries and near-fatal mishaps in just the past four years -- including, I suspect, his actions which saved he and
Odo on a Class-L ice planet -- are the bruises he picked up upon Grilka's return to DS9 this year. Actually she
came back looking for some romance, and I still can't believe Worf tutored him to do it and survive, especially with
some virtual reality combat device. I also can't believe his first trip to Risa came with our group earlier this year --
though I can believe he owns a first-edition copy of Vulcan Love Slave.