Rom (Star Trek)
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Rom was a Ferengi resident of both the Cardassian-occupied space station, Terok Nor, and the Bajoran-Federation Deep Space Nine.
Initially he was just an employee at the bar owned by his brother, Quark. He had taken refuge with his brother after the dissolution of the marriage which had produced his son, Rom. As he became integrated into life aboard the newly-christened Deep Space Nine, he became aware that his talent for repair work could be put to better use than as the keeper of his brother's holosuites.
Inspired by his son's decision to become the first Ferengi officer in Starfleet, he joined the Bajoran militia as a maintenance worker. As such, he came under the direct command of Chief O'Brien for several years. Significantly, he was responsible for creating the self-replicating, invisible minefield that was placed at the entrance to the Wormhole near DS9 — perhaps the most significant single piece of Alpha Quadrant Allied engineering in the whole of the Dominion War.
Despite his singular achievement in this field, however, he was generally deemed a failure by his brother and Ferengi society as a whole. Like his father, he didn't have the "lobes" for business. Secretly, he hoped his brother would find greater success off DS9, just so that Quark would come to view the bar as a useless part of a larger empire that he could sell to him.
At the conclusion of DS9, this seemed to be happening. Quark had gotten a garbled communication from the Grand Nagus — the leader of Ferengi society — suggesting that Quark was to be named his successor. However, the Nagus had actually named Rom as the next Nagus. The outgoing Nagus, it seems, had begun a scandalous affair with Quark and Rom's mother, and she had used her influence with the old Nagus to get her younger son named Nagus. Rom's more socially progressive ideas, it turned out, reminded her her deceased, lobeless first husband. Specifically, Rom had come to believe that women had a useful role to play in Ferengi commerce. Naming Rom as the new Nagus would therefore naturally consolidate the victories she had won for female Ferengi under the old Nagus.
Thus, Rom's journey in the narrative of televised DS9 is a long one, from beleaguered little brother to leader of Ferenginar. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1996)
Rom's position in a given Deep Space Nine comic book serves as a useful indicator of when the story is set. If he's the Nagus, it takes place after the events of the television series. If he's a maintenance worker, it's after the 4th season episode, "Bar Association". If he's working behind Quark's bar, it's probably from the first three seasons. If he's working behind the bar, and Worf appears in the comic, it's set somewhere in the first 15 episodes of season 4.
First Appearance: None listed.
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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993)
#3 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Hearts and Minds (1994)
- 'The Cancer Within, Part 1'#5
- 'The Shadow Group'#10
- 'Lwaxna Troi and the Wedding of Doom'#11
- 'Four Funerals and a Wedding'#13
- 'Telepathy War, Part 3: Day of Honor'
#1 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Celebrity Series: Rules of Diplomacy (1995)
- 'For the Glory of the Empire'#2
- 'On the Edge of Armageddon'#3
- 'Into the Abyss'#4
- 'Masters of War'
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Maquis (1995)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Fool's Gold (2009)
Star Trek: The Next Generation/Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1994)
- 'Prophets and Losses'#2
- 'The Enemy Unseen'
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