Star Trek Expanded Universe

Written by Nerys Ghemor, Star Trek: Sigils and Unions is an alternate take on the relaunch written in "novel" format that will span several different settings ranging from Federation territory and starships to that of the Cardassian Union.

Recent history has not been kind to the Cardassian people. Following protracted wars with the Federation and now the Klingon Empire, the Cardassian Union has been absorbed into the Dominion with promises of greater glory than Cardassia has ever known.
Given this tumultuous history and tightly-controlled society, it is easy to look across the border and suppose the support of this alliance--and the attitudes that led Cardassia into this situation to be unanimous. But there is more to the Cardassian people than most outsiders have ever suspected.
And in the wary eyes of the Cardassians, there is more to the Federation than most of its own citizens have ever suspected.
Will the Cardassian Union's darkest hour eventually lead to its finest hour? Explore this question through the eyes of the Cardassians themselves, and those in the Federation with whom they cross paths.

Sigils and Unions will continue on a number of Deep Space Nine's themes, particularly regarding the nature of the United Federation of Planets. Ultimately, while there will be heavy involvement of Federation-affiliated characters, Sigils and Unions is a Cardassian story--and will even feature the development of the Cardassian language (Cardăsda).


Main Series[]

Catacombs of Oralius universe[]

This series takes place in an alternate universe seen in the TNG episode "TNG: "Parallels"," where the Bajorans are the aggressors and the Cardassians, believers in the Oralian Way, are the persecuted. The history of this universe diverged in the late 19th century with a different outcome to the social unrest following the start of the Cataclysm of Cardassia Prime.

"Point of Divergence"[]

This story is written in the format of a "Choose Your Own Adventure" short story, and illustrates the point at which the Star Trek: Sigils and Unions (canon-based) universe broke off from the Sigils and Unions: Catacombs of Oralius AU. It should also be noted this remains true of all four possible universes: Sigils-A (main timeline, of which a subset is the "Dominion Victory AU"), Sigils-B ("Cardassian Sunrise" timeline"), SigCat-A, and the thus-far hypothetical SigCat-B timeline.

Alternate Original Series[]

This category includes all Star Trek: Sigils and Unions and Sigils and Unions: Catacombs of Oralius stories that take place in universes affected by the events of Star Trek XI. Beware of movie spoilers!

Dominion victory AU[]

This story was written for a TrekBBS challenge calling for a new AU. In this history, Tora Ziyal was not killed in DS9: "Sacrifice of Angels"...but Odo was killed for his treason against the rebels. These two events, and other changes, led to a Dominion victory where a grave price was exacted from the human race...

Background Essays[]

This includes all Star Trek: Sigils and Unions and Sigils and Unions: Catacombs of Oralius background material written into essay format. Most pertain to the development of Cardassian culture, but there are a few dealing with more general subjects.

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Characters (Star Trek: Sigils and Unions)[]

(Over time it will become necessary to cross-reference the characters of this universe in a variety of ways as all of the main arcs are developed. For now, what follows is a list of characters thus far introduced in "The Thirteenth Order"; for the four main Cardassian ships, only gul- and glinn-level officers are shown for the ships with larger crew lists available. Other Cardassian crew may be found through their duty assignments.)

Crew of the CUW Trager[]

In the Sigils and Unions continuity, "glinn" is revealed to be the rank just below gul, with two glinns reporting to one gul, typically filling the traditional "first officer" role and the chief engineer roles.

Crew of the CUW Sherouk[]

Crew of the CUW Romac[]

Crew of the CUW Ghiletz[]

Lessek base personnel[]

Starfleet personnel[]

Characters (Sigils and Unions: Catacombs of Oralius)[]

Thus far, there have only been a few main characters focused on in the Sigils and Unions: Catacombs of Oralius series:


The continuity of Star Trek: Sigils and Unions fully includes the following canon works:

Continuity partially includes the following canon and non-canon works:

The Dominion War Sourcebook and other such RPG guides are NOT canon material for Star Trek: Sigils and Unions or Sigils and Unions: Catacombs of Oralius and should be disregarded in their entirety except where similarities appear due to pure coincidence. The Pocket Books novel Well of Souls is also explicitly deemed non-canon, especially as regards its possible "origin story" for the Oralian Way.

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