A smooth-talking, self-professed "plain and simple tailor" was DS9's lone Cardassian resident, exiled
there upon Starfleet's arrival and eventually confirmed after much circumlocution as a former Obsidian
Order spy and son of its onetime leader, Enabran Tain. Garak's own clouded history as an OO agent,
coupled with the typical Cardassian penchant for convoluted intrigue, often put him at odds with some of
his own people, including agent Corbin Entek and Gul Toran, whom he killed on the spot, and Gul Dukat,
whose father he had tortured and killed years before.   Garak was exiled after being forced even to betray
his father/mentor, and they parted bitterly. In fact, Tain refused to give his son any forgiveness when he died
alongside Garak in a Dominion prison camp in 2373. Two years earlier, Tain's planned return to power led
to a failed assassination attempt on Garak, but the tailor had his shop blown up to focus attention on the
Flaxian sent to kill him; Garak was the only one of five targets with data harmful to Tain to survive. A year
earlier, Garak had nearly died when the pain-blocking device he was implanted with broke down two years
after he'd grown addicted to the full flow of endorphins he decided to release.   On DS9, where his quarters
were Chamber 901 on Habitat Level H-3, he struck up an early friendship with the young Dr. Bashir, and
later came to respect Odo as well, especially after their witnessing of Tain's disastrous
Cardassian-Romulan debacle against the Founders Homeworld in 2371. His rage over being dismissed
by the Female Changeling led to his abortive plan to bomb their new homeworld with the U.S.S. Defiant, but
the act drew a six-month sentence from Sisko; later, he would help free twinned prisoners from his father's
Dominion prison camp despite his claustrophobia. Ironically, he became enamored of Dukat's
half-Bajoran daughter Tora Ziyal in 2372 during her stay on DS9, after he decided he could trust her with a
rare show of vulnerability, much to both Kira and Dukat's annoyance. And, despite his exile, he still has
friends on Cardassia who relay information. He had hoped to end his exile with acts of valor, but Dukat's
prominence at every turn of events has hampered that. Garak knows fluent Klingon, spent over a year as
the "gardener" of the Cardassian Embassy on Romulus during a year of many Romulans' mysterious
deaths, and dislikes hand-to-hand fighting.   Garak's participation in the Cardassian underground was
crucial to the defeat of the Dominion in 2375. He was finally able to return to his homeworld at that time, but
sadly it lay in ruins after the Dominion campaign of terror against his people.
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I got to met Sid and Andy the
first time at a convention in
Atlanta, GA.  They did a skit
in character for the crowd.  It
was wonderful.  A few years
later, both actors attended the
Slanted Fedora Durham NC
2000 and finished a 2nd part
of the skit. I was lucky to see
both.  Due to long lines we
didn't get to pose with the
actors, but I look forward to
meeting them again at a
future convention.  Thanks
Andy!