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Old November 8 2010, 12:53 AM   #1
Nerys Ghemor
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Catacombs of Oralius--AU Aamin Marritza

I don't know about anyone else, but one character that I've always wondered what he would've been like in another world, one more suited to him, was Aamin Marritza.

In one of the alternate universes in "Parallels," one where Cardassian and Bajoran roles are reversed, I had the opportunity to do just that. AU Aamin Marritza is an Oralian Guide in that universe. Normally this role is filled by women, but in this AU, there are some sects that allow male Guides.

Obviously, AU Marritza's features are based on the one shot we get to see in "Duet" of the real Marritza--NOT the Marritza played by Harris Yulin, who wore Gul Darhe'el's features. When I did this...along with one of the cultural differences in my Catacombs of Oralius AU--which is that Cardassian men often have long hair--the result was a rather "feminine" appearance. This was intentional. In fact, I know that AU Marritza has occasionally passed himself off as a woman to hide his identity from Bajoran patrols.

As to the robe he's'll notice that his neck ridges are almost completely covered. At least in my own AU, this is something that Oralian Guides do all the time once they've taken holy orders, since Cardassians view the neck ridges as sexually attractive. While others aren't restricted from showing their neck ridges, in their Oralian society, male Guides as well as female ones must adhere to a stricter standard of modesty. Guides can marry, in many sects, but even in those cases, the neck ridges are only for the eyes of their husband or wife, as the case may be.

The real Marritza in the canon universe:

AU Marritza:
Are you a Cardassian fan, citizen? Prove your loyalty--check out my fanfic universe, Star Trek: Sigils and Unions. Or keep the faith on my AU Cardassia, Sigils and Unions: Catacombs of Oralius!

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