Captain Keziah Nazir
Species: Joined Trill
Starfleet Service Number: KN-12198607-KDA
Command Access Authorisation Code: Nazir-8-6-Tango-Lima
Voice Authentication Code: Nazir-Omega-Two-One
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
A woman of average height for a Trill, Keziah probably weighs a little less than she should, her slight frame making her look quite fragile. She has broader shoulders but a tiny waist line. She has naturally darker lips, the red colour often making her look as if she wears lipstick. She is fit and energetic, thanks in part to the previous host named Toran. Her body is covered in many of the spots associated with her people and they have a brown colour to them, actually getting darker the further down her body they go. Making the most of her position, she often wears her hair down despite the uniform dress code that usually applies on Starfleet vessels, her brown hair flowing freely over her shoulders. That is not the only uniform code she flouts as she rarely wears the full, standard duty uniform Starfleet issues, instead opting to wear the variants usually afforded to people of her position such as waistcoats.
Keziah is a feisty, determined and focused woman intent on carving out her legacy in the fleet and advancing to the upper echelons, but only when the time is right for her. A woman that commands the utmost respect from her crew, usually thanks to stories of her service during the war and later conflicts, Captain Nazir is a woman that any officer worth their salt would want to serve alongside. Due to her outspoken nature and her ability to ruffle feathers, Nazir often finds herself at odds with the brass in the same way that legendary Captain Picard would be. She speaks her mind, offers her opinion and scolds people as she deems appropriate, refusing to suffer fools lightly.
If you ask anyone serving with her, the Captain’s brash nature is a small price to pay for the skill and experience she exhibits on the bridge of her ship, with the Trill often considered to be the deciding factor in many a situation. Officer’s have been known to request assignment to her command based on her legacy alone with service ranging from the Federation-Klingon conflict, through the Borg Invasion and to the Dominion War. Since then, her reputation has only been enhanced by the role she played in the civil war that engulfed the Starfleet presence in the Gamma Quadrant. Despite her fearsome reputation as a combat leader, Nazir is no warmonger. Her years of service and her subsequent reputation have helped her successfully navigate dozens of first contact missions whilst she has negotiated no less than five different trade pacts and diplomatic treaties.
Ambitions, Hobbies and Interests
Whether it be host or symbiont, many of Keziah Nazir’s ambitions have been realised but one remains for both; to ascend to the Admiralty and use her reputation and abilities to fix many of the issues she sees with the command of the fleet. Whilst she is not afraid to admit that her outspoken nature may hinder her achieving this ambition, she will pursue it nonetheless and she will do it her way.
Prior to joining, Keziah never really had the patience to sit and complete a novel from cover to cover, often taking months to complete such a task. Joining with Nazir has helped her find a new sense of calm and patience, no doubt thanks to the previous host known as Anya. Now, Keziah would spend many a day sat beside the beach, real or holodeck, and delve into a good novel. Although she enjoys the solitude this brings, she likes to interact with others and can often be found in the ships lounge, interacting with Starfleet and civilian alike.
Strengths and Weaknesses
A talented tactician and well versed in matters of intelligence, politics, strategy and tactics, Nazir is always a safe pair of hands to have around in a crunch situation. Despite her flaws, of which there are many that she would identify, she has a great understanding of, and respect for, every person she has ever encountered, whether they be an ally or an enemy. Being prepared for anything that might arise is one of her strongest mantras and, as such, she is never caught with her pants around her ankles. Calm and considered, she will not act until she has the advantage and the greatest chance of success but, in the rare times where she has failed, she treats the experience as a learning curve, vowing never to make the same mistake twice.
Brash, outspoken, opinionated. Just some of the words she would use to describe herself. She acknowledges she could perhaps tone down her words from time to time, but she would never do so at the detriment of her more than plentiful positive attributes. With a great understanding of many fields, in part due to the eclectic experiences of the Nazir symbiont, Nazir is a well-rounded officer, but where she really lacks any skill set is in the sciences. She is not the kind of officer you want to have in the middle of a science related issue, and she knows it. That being said, she is not afraid to accept her flaws or ask for assistance from her subordinates.
Nazir Symbiont Historical Data
Having lived for a total of 169 years in four previous hosts, the Nazir symbiont is now with its fifth host, Keziah. Nazir was first joined in 2225 to a male called Toran (20). Toran was an incredible athlete and spent a lot of time running and taking part in different athletic sports. He won many interplanetary competitions until he was beaten in his prized event, the 5000 meters by a young upstart in 2250 at the age of 45. Toran spent the next fifty-three years as a relative recluse, turning his hand to writing about the many events he had participated in. Toran died in 2303 at the age of 98, a bestselling author several times over and a father to two children.
The Nazir symbiont took the life experiences of Toran with it being transferred to its second host, Jennica, in 2303 when she was only 24. Jennica remains the youngest of the female hosts to date. Jennica was a Science Officer in Starfleet at the time of joining, one of the first few Trills to have been accepted to the Academy and graduate. She spent thirty long years travelling the stars and developing a keen understanding of astrophysics and quantum chemistry until her death in 2333 at the age of 54. Jennica died after being struck by an energy surge in the main Engineering bay of the Excelsior class USS Potemkin. The energy surges caused an isoboramine imbalance that put the Nazir symbiont at risk. The symbiont was removed and kept stable as it was returned to Trill for re-joining, but this resulted in Jennica’s death – a selfless act that Nazir has never forgotten.
By the time Nazir was joined with its third host in late 2333, the symbiont had already lived for 108 years years. The symbiont was transferred to its second female host, a short woman named Anya. Anya provided the Nazir symbiont with a strong sense of morality, but at the same time, every host since Anya has commented on how feisty and confident they have become after being joined with the symbiont. Anya and Nazir were joined for only 19 years, the shortest of all Nazir hosts. Anya was a trader, serving the trade routes near to Cardassian space when a deal with a Cardassian Gul went sour. Her ship was chased into the Badlands and once there, it was struck by an energy stream. The stream resulted in significant damage to the freighter and she limped out of the Badlands, only to run into a Federation Starship, the USS Manchester. The Freighter crew had suffered with injuries and Anya had been struck down by an exploding console. Her injuries were quite severe and the Manchester returned her to Trill. Whilst on Trill, the Cardassian Gul she had had problems with turned up and held her hostage at her home, refusing to let her leave. Anya was stabbed during an altercation and died instantly. The Nazir symbiont was close to death when it was eventually rescued and returned to the Caves of Mak’ala and the care of the Guardians.
After a few months of recuperation with the Guardians of Mak’ala, the symbiont was joined with its fourth host, Simen in 2352. The second male host for the symbiont, Simen was a quiet, tolerant man who enjoyed painting and the arts. He loved to dance and entertain people and in later life, he served as a composer of music and a choreographer. In his spare time, Simen would frequently visit the famous Hoobishan Baths and could be found hiking along the Tenaran Ice Cliffs. Simen Nazir died of heart complications in early 2376 at the age of just 48.
Pre-Starfleet Historical Data
In the year 2348, two unjoined Trill named Toran Desai and Malika Soren became the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl they named Keziah. Both parents served Starfleet, some of the first Trill to do so, with both keeping the joining process secret from their colleagues due to the incredibly secretive nature of their species, despite having been members of the Federation for a number of years. Whilst Malika stayed at home to bring up the couple’s child, the Cardassian Border War threatened the Alpha Quadrant and saw Toran travel to the front and serve in most of the major engagements throughout the conflict.
By the time Keziah was nine, she had only seen her father four times. Not only did her relationship with her father suffer, but her parents’ relationship did too. The final straw came in 2358 as Malika finally had enough and left her estranged partner, taking Keziah with her to the Trill homeworld when she was accepted for a sought-after role with the Symbiosis Commission. Neither parent had ever been joined with one of the Trill symbionts, but both had always hoped that Keziah might become the first in their respective families to do so. Malika used her experience at the Commission to get information and share that with Keziah from a young age. The girl was seen to be quite happy at the idea, but deep down, she was quite apprehensive at the prospect of becoming joined. When she was old enough to fully understand the process of joining and what it meant to Trills in particular, Keziah’s apprehension grew further. There were only three hundred symbionts available most years and over five thousand people would apply to become a host – she faced an uphill battle to even be considered.
In 2361, for the first time in three years, Keziah saw her father again. A newly minted Lt Commander, Toran Desai was on the verge of completing command school. The meeting was tense, with the relationship between father and daughter having suffered greatly with the absence of her father over the previous years, so much so that when he eventually left for Starbase Four-Eleven, Keziah told her father she intended to be known as a Desai no longer and would take her mother’s name of Soren. On top of that, she announced that she wanted nothing more to do with him. It was a bittersweet moment for a such a grounded, well-educated child. Together with her mother and now using the name Keziah Soren, the young Trill plotted her future.
Shortly afterwards, Starfleet was rocked by news of an attack on a Federation colony at Setlik III. The Cardassian’s had attacked the colony under the belief that it was a staging ground for an attack on Cardassian territory, when in reality it was simply a home to civilians. The attack sparked massive protests against the Cardassian’s and calls for all-out war. During a near two-year lull in the conflict, Starfleet began beefing up defences and increasing the number of Starships at its disposal. It was during the early months of 2363 that Keziah learnt that her father had been given command of the USS Solaria, assigned very close to the Cardassian Border. At the same time, Starfleet morale was boosted by news that a new Starship Enterprise had been commissioned and would soon be among the stars. For Keziah, she made it her ambition to one day serve on the Enterprise but, at just 15 years of age, she still had some way to go. Inspired by her single mother who had managed to maintain a career and raise a child, Keziah worked diligently in her studies and the youngster began to pursue a career in Starfleet and practically putting aside the idea of applying for joining.
Starfleet Service Record
As Keziah had grown up around Starfleet officers, it was only natural that she submit her application to join Starfleet in 2364 at the age of 16. Whilst her encouraged her to reject enlisting in favour of joining the Trill science ministry, or even the Symbiosis Commission itself, Keziah was determined to pursue a career of choice and take her own path into adulthood. Her application was successful and she started her studies in the summer of ’64. Over the four years she served at the Academy, Keziah proved herself to be an able Cadet. Her studies included gaining a thorough understanding of atmospheric craft; a major in subspace field geometry and complex mathematics; a passable knowledge of space sciences; excelling in astrogation and system operations of flight consoles, and lastly, systems repairs at the level of a technician. Upon graduating in 2368, Ensign Soren joined the Nebula-class USS Sutherland whilst she was docked at Starbase 234 for repairs. Just weeks later, the young Ensign got her first taste of real action when the Sutherland was attached to a blockade group under the command of the famous Jean-Luc Picard. The ship was one of twenty-three assembled for the fleet and was one of the seventeen chosen to for a tachyon network in an effort to detect cloaked Romulan vessels suspected of supporting the Duras family in the Klingon Civil War.
During the blockade, the Sutherland was hit by a massive tachyon pulse caused by the Romulans, which disabled the tachyon detection grid in a radius of ten million kilometers around the ship. Acting Captain Data disobeyed Captain Picard’s orders to regroup at Gamma Eridon and modified the Sutherland’s sensors to detect a residual tachyon signature around the cloaked Romulan ships. He then exposed the ships using modified low-yield photon torpedoes. It was an intense learning curve for the youngster, and she was fascinated by the Android during his short tenure on the ship.
In 2370, Keziah was serving as the Assistant Flight Operations Officer on the Sutherland under Captain Shelby, when news reached her of the destruction of the USS Odyssey in the Gamma Quadrant, with a powerful new foe known as the Dominion responsible. Aboard the Odyssey was her mother, temporarily assigned to the ship to support a Trill who had undergone the joining process. Keziah was heartbroken at the loss of her mother. Alone in a vast galaxy, the tragedy helped the Ensign to see that it was time to heal old wounds and reach out to her father aboard the Solaria which was still operating near the Romulan Border. Whilst their reunion meeting was ultimately postponed, the two began to share regular correspondence and both shared the desire to make amends for the events of the past.
In 2372, Keziah transferred to the USS Pittsburgh as the ships Chief Flight Controller, with the ship assigned to the fifth fleet near Vulcan. The Pittsburgh was soon reassigned, however, upon the outbreak of the brief, yet brutal Federation-Klingon war. As the Pittsburgh was re-assigned to DS9, so too was the USS Solaria. Biting the bullet, the junior Lieutenant finally reunited with her father for the first time since the age of thirteen. Their relationship went from strength to strength in the intervening months to the point that when the Solaria was re-assigned in late 2372 following the outbreak of the Dominion War, the two said an emotional goodbye at DS9.
Several months later, the Pittsburgh received word that Captain Desai had led a Battle Group against the Dominion with the Solaria and several other vessels engaged in combat, allowing several civilian transports to flee the Minos Korva system. The remnants of the Battle Group had retreated to DS9, bringing news that contact had been lost with Captain Desai, the Solaria and the colonies on Minos Korva. With all presumed lost, Keziah, now the only surviving member of both the Soren and Desai families, found it increasingly difficult to cope. After many sessions with the ships Counsellor, the youngster decided that it was time to honour the legacy of both her parents – she finally applied to the Symbiosis Commission for joining. Weeks passed before the Trill heard anything from the Commission, so long in fact that she had prepared herself for rejection, so she was pleasantly surprised to hear that she had been accepted. The decision panel at the Commission believed Keziah to be a more than suitable host, having shown great skill and dedication to her career and having graduated with honors in three subject areas.
With the war in full swing, Starfleet couldn’t afford to grant the young Trill leave undergo the usual training at the Symbiosis Commission, so instead, she was transferred to the Akira-class USS Kensington. There, she worked under the tutelage of the ships XO, Commander Tolen Dar who had previously worked for the Commission as a Field Docent. For months, she underwent an intense series of exams and evaluations, both mental and physical, in order to determine her suitability for the joining process. It was ultimately determined that she was a calm, collected individual who had clearly thought of all the consequences of joining, despite the trauma of recent times. Tolan and Keziah spent several hours a night discussing different matters and why she wanted to be joined. Eventually, when the time was right, he was happy to give his recommendation that Keziah be joined. It was a massive relief to the youngster, but it would be a while before her dream became a reality.
The Kensington was involved in several engagements throughout late 2374 and early 2375 which kept the Trill away from the homeworld, and any hope of being joined for a while. Determined to go on the offensive following several demoralising defeats, Starfleet forces captured the Chin’toka system only to lose it again months later. But with a Cardassian rebellion going strong and threatening the Dominion stranglehold, the Federation Alliance pushed on and eventually, the Alliance succeeded in ending the war at the Battle of Cardassia. During the battle, the USS Kensington was heavily involved and destroyed over ten Cardassian and Dominion vessels before the Cardassians opted to switch sides. As the Dominion retreated into orbit of Cardassia the Kensington joined the allied fleet and engaged their enemies. After hours of fighting and with well over forty percent of the allied fleet lost, the Dominion surrendered and war was at last over.
Following the signing of the Treaty of Bajor several days later, the Kensington was one of several dozen Starships that remained in Cardassian space as an Occupation force. She searched for survivors and rendered aide and assistance on Cardassia itself. For Lieutenant Soren, the war had been costly and had left her without a family but the one thing she did have was a renewed sense of purpose. The end of the war finally presented her with the opportunity she craved; a symbiont was available and, due to her proximity to Trill, Keziah had been identified as the perfect host candidate.
Following a trek on the Tenaran Ice Cliffs, a Trill man named Simen Nazir was taken to the Symbiosis Commission suffering from heart pains. It was a worrying time for both Simen (the host) and Nazir (the symbiont) as heart problems couldn’t be linked to either being and were rare. The doctors at the Commission did as much research as they could, but fearing the worst, they began the process of identifying a new host – identifying Keziah as the prime candidate. Keziah was immediately sent for and she requested a leave of absence from the Kensington, which was granted. The next time she would set foot aboard the ship, she would, to all intents and purposes, be a different person.
Keziah spent two anxious days at the Commission, visiting her family home whilst she waited for news of the symbiont. Sadly, just as the doctors had anticipated, Simen’s host body began to reject the Nazir symbiont. The surgeons removed Nazir and returned the symbiont to the Caves of Mak’ala whilst the Guardians ascertained if Simen’s medical problems had affected the symbiont at all. It didn’t take long for the symbiont to be given the all clear and Keziah’s bittersweet journey neared an end. The joining process was relatively simple for the two beings and upon waking up, Keziah Soren ceased to exist, and in her place, Keziah Nazir was born.
At first, Keziah struggled like most newly joined Trill. Under the watchful eye and tutelage of the Guardians, she was taught how to control the memories and experiences she had inherited and was helped to come to terms with the changes in her personality. A once quiet, kind individual, Keziah had become a feisty, confident young woman who was not afraid to stand up for herself and others. After a month of work with the Guardians, Keziah was freed to go back to her duties and explore what it meant to be a joined Trill – but not without instructions to report in every two weeks for the first six months to ensure that everything was progressing as normal. With a full set of medical notes for the Medical staff on the Kensington, Keziah returned to the ship a new woman.
The first few months back on the Kensington were somewhat difficult as the crew, and Keziah herself, had to grow accustomed to the new personality traits she exhibited. Once things had settled, she found herself to be an even more competent officers, earning plaudits for her work and being granted promotion to Lieutenant at last in mid-2377. With the rebuilding effort well underway within Cardassian space, and the 4th Fleet tasked with exploring abandoned territories, Keziah was later transferred to the USS Ushiro, a Saber-class escort assigned to patrol trade routes in Cardassian space alongside vessels of the Cardassian 7th Order. Whilst serving on the Ushiro, Lieutenant Nazir was tasked with preparing for the trials of command, assuming the role of Second Officer whilst preparing to return to the Academy to take part in the Advanced Command training program.
Returning to the Academy in mid-2379, Keziah studied for several months, taking simulation after simulation and exam after exam until she faced the final challenge – the age-old Kobayashi Maru simulation. Like countless people before her, Keziah failed in saving the lives of those in her simulation, but ultimately proved herself worthy of command. a chance meeting at Starfleet Command gave Keziah the chance to follow in the footsteps of her father at last. Learning that the newly commissioned USS Thesis was at Utopia Planitia Fleetyards without much of a crew, Keziah put herself forward for the position of Executive Officer of the Intrepid-class vessel. Captain Noah Ramsey, a former colleague of her father, agreed to a meeting with the now Lieutenant Commander out of respect for her family. At the meeting, Commander Nazir acquitted herself admirably, vowing that if she were to be given the opportunity, she would prove herself to be just as worthy of the job as she had proven herself when applying for the joining process. Impressed, Ramsey appointed the Lieutenant Commander as his new Executive Officer and began tutoring the new command officer.
Thesis was assigned to Task Force 21 of the 4th Fleet and carried out a large number of border patrol and convoy escort duties along the Chakilian Border of the Beta Quadrant. The Intrepid-class starship played a significant part in the rescue of survivors from the destruction of the USS Miranda at the hands of Chakilian forces in 2382, and Keziah herself was instrumental in the rescue of the ship’s Captain, James Ryan. For her efforts, Keziah was promoted to the rank of Commander.
In 2383, Thesis was part of a joint Federation-Klingon Battle Group that was tasked with defeating a Chakilian House that had been evicted from their government. In the battle that took place, reminiscent of something out of the Dominion War, the Thesis crew acquitted themselves well, but eventually, the ship succumbed to the wounds sustained in combat and was lost. Nazir and many of the ship’s crew were rescued by Captain Ryan of the new USS Miranda, a role reversal from just several months earlier.
Following the customary inquiry regarding the loss of a starship, Captain Ramsey and Commander Nazir were both cleared to return to duty and, after a short period of shore leave, they were soon back in the command, this time aboard the USS Adriatic, a Galaxy-class explorer. The Adriatic was a significant step up in terms of the Commander’s career, but no one could predict the tragedy that would shape her career path moving forward.
In 2385, it was discovered that a Romulan sun would soon become a supernova, destroying the planets Romulus and Remus as well as other planets, and killing at least nine hundred million Romulans. After a series of tense negotiations, the Romulan Star Empire requested aid from the United Federation of Planets, and Admiral Jean-Luc Picard convinced Starfleet to mobilize a massive rescue armada — “ten thousand warp-capable ferries” — to aid in the evacuation efforts. The armada was being constructed at Utopia and in orbit of Mars when, on First Contact Day, multiple A500 synthetic androids at Utopia Planitia, suddenly went rogue. They lowered the deflector shields protecting the shipyards and the planet itself and hacked the Martian defense net. Moments thereafter, numerous synth ships began targeting the rescue armada, the Utopia Planitia Shipyards, and the Mars Orbital Facility. The satellite network surrounding Mars was turned against the surface and the synths began bombarding the surface, igniting flammable vapors in the stratosphere and causing massive damage to the planet’s infrastructure.
Starfleet dispatched a task force to Mars at high warp in response to the attack, with several ships including the Adriatic responding at high warp, but they were unable to prevent the destruction of almost the entire surface of the planet. Though initial reports of the task force estimated over three thousand had been killed, the death toll was eventually revised to 92,143 in total. It was a devastating attack at the heart of the Federation, made worse by the fact that it could not be determined how or why the synths went rogue. Despite the protestations of many scientists around the Federation, the Federation Council placed a ban on the creation of synthetic lifeforms.
With the destruction of the Romulan rescue armada, Admiral Picard submitted a plan to replace the lost ships with mothballed vessels from Beta Antares Shipyards and the 40 Eridani Starfleet Construction Yards, along with vessels such as the Adriatic. Starfleet, aware that the Romulan rescue mission was unpopular among many of the Federation’s member races, instead abandoned its promise to aid the Romulan evacuation altogether, a decision that shocked Picard, and those on the Adriatic and other vessels that had been earmarked for the mission. With the mission scrubbed, Starfleet dispatched the Adriatic to patrol the Romulan Neutral zone.
Almost two years later, Commander Nazir had assumed command of the Adriatic after Captain Ramsey’s transfer to Starfleet Command. Her first mission in the big chair was one of epic proportions. In mid ’87, the Hobus Star, located deep into Romulan Territory, did indeed go supernova, causing a massive shockwave that destroyed several key planets, effectively decimating the entire Empire. The Adriatic was involved in several early relief missions until the Romulans ordered Starfleet forces assisting them to leave Romulan space. With relations at an all-time low, Adriatic returned to patrolling the border until she was ordered to join the 4th Fleet’s Task Force 9 and their exploration operations in the Gamma Quadrant.
Not long after the ships re-assignment, the Gamma Quadrant was rocked by what was a Starfleet civil war. At a predetermined time, three words were transmitted on all Starfleet frequencies, “Pity is treason.” In an instant, communications were cut off and a violent, well-organised underground movement known as the Consortium sprang to action. Unsuspecting crewmen and officers on ships across Starfleet controlled territory turned on their colleagues in an effort to usurp power and seize control of some of the fleet’s key Gamma Quadrant facilities and starships. Adriatic was not immune to the Consortium’s efforts despite her late arrival in the area. Several officers, led by the ships Tactical Officer, turned on their Captain and First Officer. For a short time, it looked like they may succeed in gaining control of the Galaxy-class starship and add it to the Consortium’s growing arsenal, but their efforts were thwarted by the Adriatic’s new Marine contingent who rescued Captain Nazir and began to retake the ship. In a brutal showdown with her former Tactical Officer, Keziah was left with no choice but to kill her former friend turned foe and gunned him down in an exchange of phaser fire. With Adriatic once again under loyalist control, word soon spread that Starfleet’s resistance was underway.
As Consortium agents rallied forces by falsely portraying the true loyal officers as those committing treason and sedition, the Consortium quickly took control of Deep Space 14. This day was not without consequences. The USS Princeton, orbiting Deep Space 14, saw an internal uprising just like every other ship in the Task Force. While that uprising failed, the Consortium-controlled USS Antares engaged and destroyed the Princeton to prevent it from turning the tide. Several other vessels were soon commandeered, and the Starfleet loyalists were facing an uphill battle to maintain their foothold in the Gamma Quadrant.
The Task Force as a whole was fragmented across the entire southern regions of the quadrant. Roughly half of the force’s roster fell to the Consortium; however, that half contained most of the quadrant’s most powerful ships. Loyalist forces began to consolidate at Starbase Union for both a thorough Consortium purge and preparation to strike back. Among them, the Adriatic was tasked with hunting down several vessels that had succumbed to Consortium control. Over a six-month period, Adriatic tracked down several vessels and either destroyed them in battle or managed to launch counter-insurgency missions and retake control of the ships. For her part, Keziah earned a fierce reputation among Consortium agents as ‘the Hunter’ and was the focus of a new Consortium plot to destroy the Adriatic and end the Hunter’s purge.
Meanwhile, the Consortium wasted little time in locking down the Gamma Quadrant. Communications to the Alpha Quadrant were immediately suspended, though a false message was sent to appease Starfleet. They began consolidating their forces in three locations, Deep Space 14, the Bajoran Wormhole, and in orbit of Gavara IV. Several elements, including several of their heaviest hitters, began to hunt down isolated Starfleet assets where their planned Consortium uprisings had failed. A couple of these hunts proved to be fruitful, as those ships were drafted into Consortium service, while others continued on wild goose chases, always outsmarted by the ingenious Starfleet captains. With the tide turning over a four-week period, the Adriatic was soon on the run again, avoiding Consortium battle groups until there was a final showdown in the Yadera system. In the midst of battle on the border of the Maran Republic, the starship Sentinel arrived and, together with the Adriatic, they managed to defeat three Consortium vessels. With victory assured thanks to the timely arrival of the Sovereign-class vessel, Captain Nazir returned the Adriatic to Starbase Union for orders. There, the Trill became part of the Starfleet strategic operations unit. Both sides knew that the status quo would not last forever. As the Consortium continued to consolidate their forces on Gavara IV, Starbase Union prepared for the inevitable battle, while trying to use its limited assets and starships to keep the Consortium from wreaking havoc on civilizations such as the Wadi colony on Yolvanda II, or tracking isolated ships such as the Nelson and the Renown. Meanwhile, the Consortium knew that the longer they gave Starfleet, the harder and costlier it would be when they tried to eliminate Starfleet once and for all. Something had to give.
In August 2388, the Consortium embarked on their most ambitious mission since revealing themselves. Twelve starships departed Gavara IV bound for Starbase Union, making quick work of overwhelming several hastily constructed defenses including minefields and thwarting diversions along the way. Unbeknownst to the Consortium, Admiral Saatyi Noru (ret) had entered into negotiations with the Dominion, promising access to high-level Starfleet meetings in the Gamma Quadrant in exchange for eliminating this new, mutual threat. Dominion reinforcements arrived at Starbase Union in time to disable and destroy the Consortium Task Force, but not before the Consortium had caused massive damage.
With the aid of the Dominion, Starfleet quickly regrouped and embarked on two missions of its own. A small Task Group led by the USS Sentinel, of which the Adriatic was a key asset, was sent on a costly mission to send a ship through the Bajoran Wormhole to call upon the Fourth Fleet for reinforcements while another Task Group, led by the USS O’Carroll, the USS Black Hawk and others, were joined by Dominion elements to retake Deep Space 14.
The Sentinel Battle Group fought all the way from Starbase Union to the Wormhole, valiantly surging forth in the hopes of reaching the Alpha Quadrant and bringing through the much-needed reinforcements to finally crush the Consortium. At the height of battle, the starships Scorpio and Adriatic flanked the Sentinel on a final surge to the wormhole, with all three vessels taking massive damage in the process. At the last minute, the Adriatic evaded collision with the Consortium-controlled USS Excalibur to make it into the wormhole and flee to the Alpha Quadrant. Behind them, the Sentinel and the Scorpio fought long enough to give their colleagues time to reach the other side and to eventually force the Consortium forces to withdraw, but their victory came at a cost. The Scorpio was lost, along with several other vessels and now the Adriatic, one of the most powerful weapons in the Task Force arsenal, was over seventy thousand lightyears away. Those forces that survived the wormhole attack remained in the vicinity of Idran, hoping for word from the Adriatic before a counterattack came from the Consortium.
Following the surprise Consortium defeat at Starbase Union and the Adriatic’s successful flight to the Alpha Quadrant, Starfleet’s loyalist forces were left with two choices: wait for the Consortium to regroup and launch a counter-attack, or immediately launch a renewed offensive on New Bajor and Deep Space 14. If Starfleet were to strike immediately, then the Consortium had a slim chance they could rally enough reinforcements to continue their offensive, but that meant that Starfleet wouldn’t be able to wait for reinforcements from the Alpha Quadrant. Starfleet’s decision was quick and decisive – they would launch their attack at the earliest opportunity and seek to catch the Consortium elements off balance.
Six days later, the attack began as the Starfleet/Dominion alliance squared off against the remnants of the Consortium (aside from those blockading the wormhole). The alliance was able to overpower and defeat the Consortium, but at a large cost, including the severe amount of damage inflicted by the Consortium on New Bajor. As the battle reached its climax, word reached Starfleet forces of a heavily armed task group, led by the Sovereign-class USS Nogura, that had emerged from the wormhole and decimated the Consortium elements blockading it. In command of the Nogura? The ‘Hunter’ herself. Faced with overwhelming numbers and the infamous Captain Nazir in command of the Nogura Battlegroup from the Alpha quadrant, the Consortium leaders surrendered. The Consortium crisis was declared over, leaving a massive amount of clean up for Starfleet and leaving many to count the cost of yet more conflict.
With the Adriatic undergoing significant repairs in the Alpha quadrant, Captain Nazir would remain in command of the Nogura with her senior staff joining her from the Adriatic, taking over from her Trill counterpart (and recently promoted) Rear Admiral Nilani Azulas. For the Nogura’s new Captain, there was a sense of great pride at all they had accomplished in recent months and she was confident she had finally lived up to her family name. For others, Nazir had developed a fearsome reputation as an effective combat leader and stories of the Adriatic’s (and later, the Nogura’s) exploits in battle against Consortium renegades almost became a thing of legend.
In early 2389, the Sovereign-class starship began a five-year mission to explore regions to the west of Starfleet controlled territory, beyond the reaches of the Cardassian Union and Tholian territory. When she was recalled in late 2393, Captain Nazir was re-assigned to assume command of a new Polaris-class starship.