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The Martok Changeling in 2372

The Martok Changeling in 2372
Gender: None (Martok in appearance)
Species: Changeling
Affiliation: Dominion
Status: Deceased
Died: 2373
Played by: J.G. Hertzler
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Martok reveals his true form

Martok reveals his true form

In mid-2371, General Martok was replaced by a Changeling while hunting saber bear along Kang's Summit on Qo'noS. Following his capture, the real Martok was sent to Internment Camp 371. (DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow")

In early 2372, the Changeling Martok tried to weaken the Alpha Quadrant by pushing Chancellor Gowron into believing that the coup on Cardassia Prime was influenced by the Dominion. After leading a fleet to Deep Space 9, the Klingons invaded Cardassian space. The Martok Changeling, even at this stage, was also hoping for a conflict between the Federation and the Klingon Empire; to this end, he had one of his commanders (Kaybok) executed for refusing to fire on the USS Defiant.

Martok and Gowron later led the Klingons into battle against Deep Space 9, that eventually led to a year-and-a-half conflict between the Klingon Empire and the Federation in a conflict lasting from 2372 to 2373. (DS9: "The Way of the Warrior")

In early 2373, Martok was discovered to be a Founder by the disguised Odo, and was killed by a hail of disruptor fire at Ty'Gokor when discovered. (DS9: "Apocalypse Rising")

Worf and Martok meet

Worf and "Martok" meet.

The real Martok was informed of the Martok Changeling's actions by Julian Bashir, Worf and Elim Garak in Internment Camp 371 later that year, remarking it was "a grave dishonor". (DS9: "In Purgatory's Shadow")

The changeling impersonating Martok once took a blood test, cutting himself with a d'k tahg and allowing blood to drip out of his hand in DS9: "The Way of the Warrior". It was never stated in canon how the changeling managed this, but Joseph Sisko once suggested that a way a changeling could beat the blood test was to kill a random civilian on the street, absorb the man's blood into itself and release it whenever it took part in a test. It is possible the Martok changeling did this. It could also provide an explanation as to why the Dominion kept the real people that changelings impersonated alive in Internment Camp 371.

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