464. [DS9] Destiny
As the Bajoran/Cardassian peace treaty has gone through, the first joint scientific mission between the Bajorans, Cardassians and Federation is underway to establish a permanent communications relay into the wormhole. But Bajoran Vedek Erick Avari shows up proclaiming a rather vague prophecy is about to be fulfilled by the arrival of the Cardassian scientists, one which the Vedek believes foretells of the destruction of the Celestial Temple. It reads as follows:
When the river wakes, stirred once more to Janir’s side, three vipers will return to their nest in the sky. When the vipers try to peer through the temple gates, a sword of stars will appear in the heavens. The temple will burn, and its gates shall be cast open.
The Vedek believes the Cardassians to be the three vipers, but there’s only two of them coming to the station. The river waking and stirring to Janir’s side refers to a dam project that will redirect water to the Bajoran city of Janir. The sword of stars has yet to reveal itself, but the temple is fairly obvious. Still, Sisko dismisses it; after all, he’s never been comfortable being a religious figurehead, especially when he doesn’t believe in the aforementioned religion. Kira is skeptical too, until the very pleasant Cardassian scientists inform Sisko that there will be a third scientist joining them shortly. Three vipers. Kira then finds herself for the first time in conflict between her two relationships to Sisko: his first officer, and her religious icon.