Stardate not given: On a routine day at the station, Kai Opaka, the Bajoran spiritual leader who helped lead Sisko to discover the wormhole when he first arrived at DS9, pays a surprise visit. Sisko, Kira and Bashir take Opaka on her first trip through the wormhole. Before they can return to the station, a signal is detected from a series of satellites orbiting a moon in the Gamma Quadrant. When Sisko’s Runabout investigates, it is fired on by one of the satellites, forcing the ship to crash-land on the moon. Opaka dies on impact, but before Kira has long to grieve, warriors appear and take the crash survivors back to their camp. It is discovered that two groups of combatants have been stranded there for centuries, fighting a war in which no one ever dies – not even newcomers who find themselves in the line of fire.
teleplay by Richard Danus and Evan Carlos Somers
story by Hilary J. Bader
directed by Paul Lynch
music by Dennis McCarthy
Guest Cast: Camille Saviola (Kai Opaka), Paul Collins (Zlangco), Jonathan Banks (Shel-la), Majel Barrett (Computer Voice)
LogBook entry by Earl Green