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Lenara Kahn and Jadzia Dax kiss

Lenara Kahn and Jadzia Dax consider reassociation

Reassociation was the resumption of a romantic relationship between at least one joined Trill and a person with whom the symbiont's previous host was romantically involved. Platonic friendships without a romantic element were not subject to this rule and could be resumed, and in some cases were even encouraged. Since the point of each successive host was for the symbiont to acquire new lifetimes of experiences, Trills considered reconnecting with intimate relationships from a past life "unnatural." Joined Trills who reassociated were exiled from Trill society, which also meant that their symbionts died with that host, since they no longer had access to new hosts. This was a dire consequence, since for Trills nothing was more important than protecting the life of the symbiont. (DS9: "Rejoined")

Some things about reassociation seem to conflict with what was seen in TNG: "The Host", when the Odan symbiont appeared willing to rejoin with Beverly Crusher after its transference into a new host. It is possible that this law only applies to two joined Trills. This would make sense, considering three of Dax's hosts were friends with Benjamin Sisko. Ezri Dax's decision to remain with Jadzia's old friends appeared to be perfectly acceptable to Trill society, apart from some initial discomfort among the DS9 crew about how to relate to someone who both was and wasn't their old friend. This is also consistent with what René Echevarria said about Michael Piller's original idea for DS9: "Rejoined": "He felt they'd have a very strict taboo, in order to avoid an aristocracy of the joined. Otherwise, they'd only want to hang out with each other, their dear old friends from five hundred years ago and it would become a really screwed up society." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion). Relationships, especially platonic ones, between a joined Trill and a non-Trill (or even an unjoined Trill) would not present this risk. In the novel Triangle: Imzadi II, Worf speculated that his marriage was over, as the new Dax symbiont – even assuming that it was a female – would be automatically discouraged from a further relationship with him, due to the rule against reassociation. This could be the result of his ignorance of the fine details of Trill society, where this rule is concerned, rather than definite proof that romantic relationships between Trills and non-Trills could not continue past the life of one host.

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