Psycho-Medical Profile, Medical File Extract: Report of Chief Medical Officer Julian Bashir, M.D. (acting
in counselor's capacity) Bajoran Central Archives File appended   Found 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.   Initially 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.   As 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 his self-reliance.   After 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 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.   The 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.   By 2367, he had been designated an officer of the Cardassian court to testify in criminal cases
— a title that was 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.   Following 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.   Most 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.   As 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.   When 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.   As 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 own body.   Not 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.   As
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.   In 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.
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