Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information by Nerys Ghemor
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Summary:

Kiba'avzayn and welcome to the Cardassian Union!

Here you will find collected bits of information about the Cardassian people as portrayed in Star Trek: Sigils and Unions, as well as the occasional tidbit about those others who have crossed their path. Culture, language, geography, and history...there's a little bit of everything to give terhăn-çăs their first real introduction to Cardassia!


Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Challenges: None
Parent Series: None
Stories: 11
Series Type: Closed

Summary:

Go beyond the Universal Translator to read--and hear--about the Cardassian language designed by Nerys Ghemor for Sigils and Unions and its subseries, Catacombs of Oralius.

Written from a largely in-universe perspective, lessons will be added as I find time to write explanations and record the accompanying audio (which is hosted here on the Ad Astra forum--please note that you must be a registered member of the forum in good standing to hear the audio!).

And your first lesson: Kiba'avzayn ta'aboun-cor means "good tidings from friends" in Federation Standard.

Publicly-available grammatical work has ENDED.  While I will continue to leave the existing material available, the fact that the language is now being adopted by others outside the Sigils and Unions universe has led me to keep all actual grammatical information to myself so that I am the only one who can generate authentic words and phrases.


Chapters: 2    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
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Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1748    Read Count: 2711
[Report This] Published: 05 Jun 2009 Updated: 02 Jul 2009
Ranks of the Cardassian Guard by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: K    Liked  Reviews (5
Summary:

Having trouble telling a gul from a gor? Wondering why you've encountered so few rank titles? And just how far does a glinn's authority really stretch?

If you've wondered about any of this as you've read Star Trek: Sigils and Unions, this guide is for you!


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
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Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1124    Read Count: 758
[Report This] Published: 19 Feb 2009 Updated: 19 Feb 2009
Summary:

It's easy to assume that the Cardassians themselves are as uniform as the armor worn by their military...but to do so is to ignore the diversity that still manages to thrive even under one of the most repressive Alpha Quadrant regimes.

Explore the regions of Cardassia Prime and learn about the people who call it home...


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2478    Read Count: 1068
[Report This] Published: 19 Feb 2009 Updated: 19 Feb 2009
Summary:

Giving Garak an insulting nametag was hardly polite; any being should know that. But what about those less obvious signs of respect or disrespect? If you're interested in putting the right foot forward in your dealings with Cardassians, what are some of the most important do's and don'ts?

(Most information here is Sigils and Unions-specific, and written from an in-universe perspective, as if for a student preparing to study the Cardăsda language. Other material may be added eventually, but for now, this can be read as a complete work.)


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
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Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1286    Read Count: 1093
[Report This] Published: 20 Feb 2009 Updated: 18 May 2009
Summary:

From strict discipline in military formations to intense, deeply emotional interactions with friends and family--interactions with and among Cardassians can sometimes seem contradictory to other species with different upbringings and instinctive drives. Here's a bit of insight for non-Cardassians that might explain some of the unusual thoughts and reactions they might observe when dealing with Cardassians...


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
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Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 2106    Read Count: 1423
[Report This] Published: 15 May 2009 Updated: 15 May 2009
Summary:

Drawing a Cardassian can look like a daunting task--well, worry no more!

Learn why Cardassians have the features they do, and take a step-by-step approach to drawing them, and you'll discover there's nothing to fear...you're really a much better artist than you thought!


Chapters: 3    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 6718    Read Count: 9642
[Report This] Published: 19 Dec 2009 Updated: 01 Jan 2010
Summary:

In the Cardassian Union, there is only one verdict: guilty, and from archon to conservator to nestor to condemned, everyone knows the role they play.  No mercy--no mistakes--or so the party line goes.

Yet there remains a faint echo of the past--and in the system another version of Skrain Dukat hoped to serve, a compelling picture of what could have been.

Read on to learn the history and divergent futures of the Cardassian justice system.


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
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Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1505    Read Count: 1325
[Report This] Published: 03 Jun 2010 Updated: 03 Jun 2010
Summary:

Hear the sounds that inspire the writing of Star Trek: Sigils and Unions and Sigils and Unions: Catacombs of Oralius!


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
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Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: No    Word count: 934    Read Count: 869
[Report This] Published: 20 Jun 2010 Updated: 20 Jun 2010
Summary:

Learn about the neurological condition that has afficted Gul Tayben Berat since the Volan III incident, and many individuals of other species in the dark days of the Dominion War.

(Written from an in-universe perspective.)


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1071    Read Count: 594
[Report This] Published: 13 Mar 2009 Updated: 13 Mar 2009
Hybrid Theory by Nerys Ghemor    Rated: K+    Liked  Reviews (4
Summary:

In the real world, it has the force of scientific law: only the most similar species within a genus can successfully mate, and even then the offspring will almost always be sterile.

Yet in Star Trek, hybrids have been with us from the very beginning.

So how is it that beings that evolved on completely different worlds, some of them with physiology fundamentally different from Earth humanity, manage to have healthy children together? And how is it their children seem to expect the same?

Here's how it's done in Sigils and Unions...

(Written from an out-of-universe perspective, but with references to Sigils and Unions/SigCat events. Please note that the PCE theory is likely unknown to the public due to the political implications seen in "The Chase"; however, its consequences on domestic life are well known.)


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 1829    Read Count: 1478
[Report This] Published: 06 Apr 2009 Updated: 06 Apr 2009
Summary:

In a galaxy of many great wonders and greater powers, faith has sometimes been dismissed as the province of children and fools. How might rational individuals like Mike Spirodopoulos and SigCat AU residents Skrain Dukat and Hirhul Mendral maintain their belief when faced with all of the various powers and principalities of the Trekiverse?<p>

This is one exploration of how it could be, as seen through the lens of the Sigils and Unions universes.</p>


Chapters: 1    Table of Contents
Categories: Meta, Essays and Everything Else
Characters: None
Genre: None
Warnings: None
Series: Star Trek: Sigils and Unions Background Information
Completed: Yes    Word count: 8310    Read Count: 860
[Report This] Published: 25 Apr 2010 Updated: 25 Apr 2010