I'm not entirely sure what prompted this, but I'm trying once again to slog through ST:DS9 (I've never finished it, possibly because it seems so... un-trek to me). From the pilot episode Kai Opaka tells Sisko that he will become the emissary. Then only a few episodes later and already there are characters calling him "the emissary" but I don't remember him ever actually 'becoming' the emissary. Sure, he went through the wormhole and spoke with the aliens / prophets there.. but even then the title was not officially bestowed upon him. Also, I read the Memory Alpha article regarding Sisko, as well as the wiki and a few other pages, and all of them just point to this even as him becoming the Emissary.

My question, is when was this title officially bestowed? Perhaps even How was this title bestowed?
Also, note that I don't care about 'spoilers' or what not. I merely want some clarity.


Commander Benjamin Sisko is indeed the Emissary of the Prophets in the very first episode of Deep Space 9 entitled, Emissary. While the title is honorary, it did aid in the development of ties between the Federation and Bajor. The title did come with more strings than Commander Sisko knew at the time, including interactions with the enigmatic Prophets.

  • The title was bestowed upon him by a prophecy of the Bajorans. The Bajorans have devices, called Orbs, given to them by the Prophets which revealed potential futures. It was declared by Kai Opaka when she investigates his pagh and she deemed him to be the Emissary.

  • The Prophets are enigmatic aliens worshipped by the Bajorans who live within the wormhole which leads to the Gamma Quadrant. These aliens have been silent for hundreds of years, but after Sisko discovers the wormhole seeking the source of the orbs (the Celestial Temple) the aliens engage Sisko, first in conversation, then in debate, interact with him and his memories and learn from him in a way they have not done in centuries with anyone on Bajor, which in the minds of the Bajorans legitimized his title of Emissary.

  • Sisko hates the title and office of Emissary for quite some time refusing to have anything he does not have to while he is on the station. He later, begrudgingly accepts the title and begins to use it to help improve relationships between Bajor and the Federation.

  • Ultimately the relationship between the Prophets (aka the wormhole aliens), the Bajorans, the Federation and Captain Sisko will lead to a series of events which are pivotal in turning the tide of the battle during the Dominion War.

  • While discussing Bajoran politics, Kira expresses her belief that Kai Opaka, the spiritual leader of Bajor, is their only hope to unite the people and keep the Provisional Government intact.

  • When Sisko meets the kai on Bajor, she urges him to explore his pagh, or life-force, and declares Sisko to be the Emissary of the Prophets, though she doesn't tell him everything at first.

  • She leads Sisko to the Orb of Prophecy and Change, which grants him his first orb experience: he is mentally transported to Gilgo Beach, years earlier (circa 2354), at the time and place he met Jennifer, his wife. He re-lives the moment of their first encounter in vivid detail, promising to prepare his father's famous Aubergine stew for dinner, and is distraught when the vision ends. REF: Memory Alpha ->Emissary (episode) 1 of 173

Sisko is still reluctant to take over the duties of the Emissary until the Prophets essentially strongarm him using some time travel events which convince Sisko to embrace the title more fully.

  • Benjamin Sisko initially was reluctant to accept such a prominent religious position in Bajoran society, but this changed in 2372 when the Prophets sent a 22nd century Bajoran, Akorem Laan, two hundred years into his future, where he was accepted by many Bajorans as being the true emissary since he discovered the wormhole first.

  • Akorem encouraged draconian reforms on Bajor which Captain Sisko believed would affect its membership application to the Federation. After experiencing a lapsed vision, Sisko realized the significant influence the emissary had on Bajoran society, and so challenged Akorem and took him to the wormhole to ask the Prophets who was the true emissary. The Prophets said Sisko was of Bajor and returned Akorem to his own time. The Prophets' intention was to make Sisko accept his position as their emissary. (DS9: "Accession")

  • Okay, thanks for the help. I guess I missed the prophecy bit in the first episode. – Arammil Jul 13 '13 at 9:37

You have to watch certain episodes in which his Emissary persona was the lead in the episode. Also, most things concerning the emissary are tied together in Season 7. Starting with episode one until the finale.

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    Welcome to SciFi.SE! At the moment, this doesn't really answer the question - this is a link-only answer without the link. At the least, you should be more specific with which episodes the OP needs to watch to answer his specific questions - ideally, you should summarise the information from those episodes within your answer. – F1Krazy May 31 '18 at 14:53

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