DEEP SPACE NINE
CAST > Kai Opaka
BY: Camille Saviola
SPECIES: Bajoran female
FIRST SEEN: "Emissary"
The revered spiritual leader of the Bajoran people, who in "Emissary"
was the first person to greet Sisko as the Emissary when he arrived, and
loaned him an Orb to guide him to the Celestial Temple.
Later that year, in "Battle Lines", Opaka went on an impromptu tour of
the Gamma Quadrant with Sisko, Bashir, and Kira. Their runabout crashed
on a moon that turned out to be a penal colony. Opaka died in the crash
but was resurrected by artificial microbes; however, due to their
environment-specific nature, she was unable to leave. She accepted this,
believing she had been brought there to heal the warring Ennis and Nol-Ennis.
In "The Collaborator", Kira learned that Kai Opaka had ordered Prylar
Bek to reveal the location of a rebel camp in the Kendra Valley to the
Cardassians. 43 Bajorans were killed as a result; one of them was
Opaka's own son. Opaka made this sacrifice because otherwise the
Cardassians would have massacred the inhabitants of the entire valley.
Opaka appeared in orb visions to Bareil in "The Collaborator", and in
orb shadows to Sisko in "Accession".
Other facts (more of a speculation really):
Opaka seemed to have some type of precognitive ability.