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Verad Dax

Verad Dax
Gender: Male
Species: Trill
Occupation: Former communications clerk
Status: Active (2370)
Played by: John Glover

Verad was a prospective candidate for hosting a Trill symbiont whose application was turned down by the Symbiosis Commission. Verad had spent his whole life trying to qualify for symbiosis.

Verad once worked as the communications clerk of the Federation consulate on Khefka IV. While stationed there, he visited an accommodation house where he met Mareel; the two fell in love and he took her with him to Trill when he was recalled.

Tired of his mediocre life, he decided to steal the Dax symbiont from Jadzia Dax and escape into the Gamma Quadrant. Accompanied by Mareel, he took control of the nearly-empty Deep Space 9 in 2370 during a plasma storm, having hired Klingon mercenaries T'Kar and Yeto to assist him. Although Dax reminded him that the joining could cause psychological damage to him, Verad threatened to kill the crew if Dax refused, and she agreed to go through with the procedure knowing that it would kill her. Julian Bashir implanted the Dax symbiont within him.

Verad changed greatly after the joining: he became more confident, intelligent, and according to him, felt better than ever, but he also became distant towards Mareel and eventually planned to explore the Gamma Quadrant without her. He also tried to continue Dax's old friendship with Benjamin Sisko. Sisko terminated the friendship, however, when Verad refused to return Dax to Jadzia and thereby save her life.

After Sisko and the crew of Deep Space 9 regained control of the station, the Dax symbiont was returned to Jadzia Dax. The removal left Verad mentally diminished, and with a different personality. Mareel pledged to provide care for the remainder of Verad's life. (DS9: "Invasive Procedures")

Verad was played by John Glover.
When Jadzia experienced her zhian'tara in "Facets", Verad was not among the former hosts "seen", and isn't included in the count of hosts for the Dax symbiont by Ezri Dax in the seventh season. It was not explicitly stated why this was the case.
Verad appears in The Lives of Dax story "Reflections", where he is given the second name of "Kalon" and also appears as the antagonist in Star Trek: Divided We Fall, a crossover featuring the characters of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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