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In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine season 1, episode 12 ("Battle Lines"), Kai Opaka tells Sisko:

OPAKA: My work is here now, Commander. But your pagh and mine will cross again.

Sisko did have a vision of her later in the series, but did the writers (or novels) ever actually deliver on this statement? Did they in fact truly cross paths (or pagh) again?

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    Given that Sisko became a time-traveling demigod, it's certainly possible that their paths crossed before this event took place. – Valorum Apr 4 '17 at 19:04
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    The pagh is essentially the Bajoran word for soul, right? She might have meant this in the sense that they would meet again in the afterlife (if not sooner.) In a more spiritual sense, rather than in a prophetic sense. – Steve-O Apr 5 '17 at 1:36
  • @Steve-O That's possible, but honestly, I think this was the producers leaving things open-ended in case they thought of a good use for the character again...and then they never got around to it. – Michael Scott Shappe Apr 6 '17 at 21:47
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Not on screen, and not so far in licensed stories. In Pocket's novels, Opaka did eventually return from the Gamma Quadrant (Rising Son, Lesser Evil, Unity), and Sisko has returned from the Prophets, but has chosen not to try to meet with Opaka as yet (Rough Beasts of Empire). [Source: "Opaka Sulan" on Memory Beta]. Memory Alpha's page, which often notes production details, does not give any reason why the producers never tied off this loose end.

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    +1 just for reading the username "Shappe" in conjunction w/ a DS9 question. Allamaraine! – NKCampbell Apr 4 '17 at 20:23
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    It's my actual name and everything :-) Imagine my surprise, first time I saw that episode... – Michael Scott Shappe Apr 4 '17 at 21:24
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Maybe yes, maybe no.

The Kai appears briefly in an "orb vision" in DS9: Accession.

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Sisko keeps walking. The lights of the Promenade seem DIMMER now. The background hum of the station has dropped away. The feel is ominous... strange... he hears the RUSTLING again, whips around toward the source.

No one.

Disturbed, he turns to continue walking -- and finds himself face-to-face with...

KAI OPAKA

Sisko couldn't be more surprised.

DS9: Accession - Final Draft Screenplay

According to Memory Alpha (referencing an anecdote from the DS9 Companion), an earlier version of the draft script indicated that Sisko had concerns that it wasn't simply a vision but an attempt by the real Kai to contact him telepathically.

In ultimately unused dialogue from the second draft script of "Accession", Kira suggested to Sisko that the vision of Opaka he had seen was actually an attempt by Opaka to telepathically communicate with him. Skeptical of this theory, Sisko remarked, "We don't even know if she's still alive," which Kira then acknowledged.

Memory Alpha: Opaka

  • yeah - that was the only bit of info I found. The "if she is still alive" bit is odd though - considering the state in which they left her in "Battle Lines": basically immortal and trapped – NKCampbell Apr 4 '17 at 20:59
  • @NKCampbell - I've not got my copy of the Companion to hand. I assume they've quoted near-verbatim – Valorum Apr 4 '17 at 20:59
  • I was casting aspersions on the lack of memory of the writers of the draft script, not your accuracy :) - in other words, whoever had written that bit of dialogue could have remembered that is highly likely that Opaka was still alive. Apparently, that is why it was left unused. – NKCampbell Apr 4 '17 at 21:08

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