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Relation to UFP: Being malevolent energy beings, it can't be good
- Energy beings... off limits
Energy-based life-forms that lived in the Bajoran wormhole. Long ago, the Pah-wraiths were banished by the Prophets to the fire caves on planet Bajor and forbidden to return. In 2373, a Pah-wraith tried to use Keiko O'Brien in an elaborate attempt to kill the Prophets with a beam of chroiton particles. Fortunately, the Pah-wraith was driven from O'Brien, and the wormhole aliens remained unharmed (The Assignment -DS9).
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native to the Bajoran womrhole, the Pah-wraiths were enemies of the Bajoran
Prophets. Kosst Amojan was a Pah-wraith who was banished from the
Celestial temple. He returned in 2374 to fight a Prophet in the prophesied
conflict called the Reckoning (The Reckoning -DS9). Later that year,
deposed Cardassian leader Gul Dukat summoned a Pah-wraith, causing all nine of
the Orbs to go dark and the Bajoran wormhole to seal. Dukat and the Pah-wraith
also caused the death of Jadzia Dax (Tears of the Prophets -DS9). Later,
when Banjamin Sisko located the Orb of the Emissary, the Pah-wraiths tried to
keep him from opening the Orb ark by subjecting him to an Orb-shadow
vision. In the vision, Sisko once again saw himself as writer Benny
Russell, but as Russell he found the courage to write his story, Sisko found the
will to open the Orb ark, restoring the Prophets and their wormhole (Shadows and
Symbols -DS9). The disappearance of the Prophets in late 2374 triggered
the emergence of a Bajoran cult worpshipping the pah-wraiths. The cult
believed that the disappearance of the Prophets heralded a new era for Bajor,
and they identified themselves by wearing red armbands. The cult of the
Pah-wraiths had existed years earlier, but was long considered a joke, but their
group became more popular after the prophets disappeared at the end of
2374. A young member of the cult tried to kill Benjamin Sisko on earth to
prevent him from finding the Orb of the Emissary (Image in the Sand -DS9).
The evil Kosst Amojan seduced Gul Dukat and Kai Winn, using them in an effort to
free the pah-wraiths from the fire-caves on Bajor (Strange Bedfellows
-DS9). Although Koss Amojan nearly succeeded, he was stopped by the
Emissary, who was able to imprison all of the Pah-wraiths in the fire-caves
(What You Leave Behind -DS9).
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