In the DS9 episode "The Jem'Hadar," Eris the Vorta has telekinetic powers. Later, throughout the Dominion War, no other Vorta have telekinetic powers. Do they just never use them, or was Eris the only one who had them, or what?

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    Unfortunately I don't know of any canon material that can prove of disprove it, my impression was that Eris somehow faked her psychokinesis as part of the plan to gain Sisko's trust. – Nu'Daq Jul 31 '15 at 14:41

I think the official explanation is that this was not a trait shared by all Vorta. The first Vorta that they encounter is unusual in having that capability. A more thorough (including out of universe details) description is given at memory alpha:

Only one Vorta was demonstrated using telekinesis: Eris. As the DS9 writing staff put more thought into the Vorta following their initial appearance in "The Jem'Hadar", telekinesis was discarded and deemed a misstep that the writing team hoped viewers would forget. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 155) Ronald D. Moore stated, "Our internal rationale has been that Eris was given this ability for a specific purpose by the Founders (and maybe several other Vorta along with her) and that it is not a normal part of the Vorta 'recipe' in the Dominion." (AOL chat, 1998)

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    The in universe answers make sense. The founders are famous for their genetic engineering and custom tailoring their minions as needed. In the same way that they created "alpha" jem'hadar tailored to fighting in the alpha quadrant, it is reasonable to assume that Weyoun and the other Vorta we see after that episode have be tailored specially for the alpha quadrant, lacking the power that Eris had, who was probably originally tailored to work with another species. – Xantec Jul 31 '15 at 16:19
  • Agreed. I think of Eris as a prototype that didn't work out. – Omegacron Jul 31 '15 at 16:40

Its obvious the writers simply decided to drop this ability cause it made them to powerful negating the jem hadars purpouse

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