Full Name: Quark
Affiliation: Ferengi Alliance
Current Assignment: Owner/Barkeep, Deep Space 9
Place of Birth: 2333, Ferenginar
A delightful blend of charm, wiliness, and entrepreneurial greed, Quark, the Ferengi bartender runs all the entertainment concessions on Deep Space 9 including the bar, restaurant, gambling house and holosuites.
Quark, one of the most influential of modern Ferengi thanks to his location at Deep Space 9 when the Bajoran wormhole was discovered, owns Quark's Bar on DS9's Promenade, but hates being called a "barkeep," preferring "host" instead as he fancies himself an empathetic dispenser of advice as well as a goodwill ambassador and legitimate entrepreneur extrordinaire.
Quark was born to Ishka and Keldar in 2333 on the planet Ferenginar, homeworld of the Ferengi Alliance. He has a younger brother, Rom, who does not follow the traditional Ferengi practices of accumulating wealth. He left home in 2351 after celebrating his Age of Ascension.
By the 2360s he was running a black market on the Cardassian station Terok Nor for the occupied Bajorans and illegally sold food to them at cost, while earning his exclusive casino franchise by catering to Gul Dukat and the occupying Cardassians with freebies. By this time his brother Rom and his young son Nog had moved to the station.
Amid the shambles of Cardassian withdrawal from newly renamed DS9 in 2369, his plans to leave were changed when Starfleet commander Sisko threatened to jail his nephew Nog for a petty theft if he left -- along with enticements such as free rent, power and maintenance. It was a fateful change, leading to contacts with Grand Nagus Zek and the Dominion.
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