DEEP SPACE NINE
CAST > Vedek Bareil
BY: Philip Anglim
FULL NAME: Bareil Antos
POSITION/OCCUPATION: Religious leader
BIRTHPLACE: Relliketh (Bajor)
FAMILY: none mentioned
LOVE INTEREST: Kira Nerys
HOBBIES/INTERESTS: Gardening; Springball
(playing and watching)
Bareil grew up in Relliketh province. As a child, he was a chronic
misbehaver, and often got his ear pinched by an old monk (presumably his
religious instructor); later, he swore to work to abolish the "archaic"
ritual of grasping the ear. Bareil began his monastic life as a
gardener, and would have been content to remain one, but his popularity
was such that he eventually became a vedek. He was a close associate of
Kai Opaka, and was her personal choice as her successor.
Bareil went on retreat at the Dakeen monastery and was incommunicado
during the week when Prylar Bek, a monk of his order, betrayed a rebel
camp in the Kendra Valley to the Cardassians. 43 Bajorans were
slaughtered there as a result, after which Bek committed suicide. Bareil
came to learn that Kai Opaka herself had directed Bek to give the
Cardassians the camp's location; he kept this information a secret.
In "In the Hands of the Prophets", Bareil was approached by Commander
Sisko for support in the controversy between Federation and Bajoran
values on DS9. Bareil at first chose not to involve himself, lest it
hurt his chances of becoming Kai, but after the DS9 schoolroom was
bombed, he had a change of heart and came to the station to call for
reconciliation. During his speech, a Bajoran engineer named Neela
attempted to assassinate him, but was foiled by Sisko. It turned out
that the situation had been manufactured by Bareil's rival, Vedek Winn.
Bareil took an interest in Major Kira Nerys (after having Orb visions
that included her), and invited her to stay at his monastery, where he
allowed her to experience the Orb as well ("The Circle"). He also later
aided Kira and Dax in getting to the capital with the evidence of
Cardassian involvement in the Circle's coup ("The Siege"). Later in that
year, Bareil visited DS9 again, and he and Kira became lovers ("Shadowplay").
In "The Collaborator", on the eve of the choosing of the new Kai,
allegations surfaced that Bareil had been the one who ordered Prylar Bek
to betray the Kendra Valley rebel camp to the Cardassians. The only way
to disprove the accusation would have been to reveal Kai Opaka's
involvement, which Bareil was unwilling to do, for the sake of
preserving her memory. He finally withdrew from the race for Kai; by the
time Kira eventually discovered the truth, the election was over. Bareil
became one of Kai Winn's closest advisors.
Bareil went to DS9 again for the 2371 Gratitude Festival, and to see
Kira. However, things went awry when Bareil inexplicably became
romantically infatuated with Jadzia Dax; he even attempted to propose
marriage by giving Dax his heirloom betrothal bracelet. It was finally
learned that this was only a latent attraction, brought out by the
influence of Lwaxana Troi's Zanthi fever. Bareil returned to normal
along with everyone else when Lwaxana was cured ("Fascination").
Not long afterwards, in "Life Support", Bareil, who had been assisting
Kai Winn in negotiating a peace treaty with Cardassia, suffered massive
injuries when the shuttle in which they were travelling to the talks
developed a plasma conduit rupture. Bareil died at first on the
operating table, but Dr. Bashir was able to revive him with a dose of
radiation. Unfortunately, the blood flow to his organs was impaired.
Bareil, wanting to stay functional so he could continue to advise Winn,
directed Bashir to treat him with an experimental drug, vasokin; but
while the drug increased the blood flow, it also damaged Bareil's organs
one by one, as fast as they could be replaced. Bashir finally had to
replace half of Bareil's brain with a positronic implant. When the other
half of the brain began to deteriorate as well, however, Bashir drew the
line. Bareil was finally allowed to die, with Kira at his side.
Bareil's given name, Antos, was not revealed until "Resurrection" (when
his mirror-universe counterpart appeared).