Preface: In 2374, The Dominion War is in progress but the war does not put the lives of everyone on hold. Newly Weds Worf and Jadzia Dax return to Deep Space Nine to discover The USS Enterprise-E is docked at the station, and it isn't for a congratulations. When Hell Freezes Over Deep in what once was the demilitarized where Federation space meets Cardassian space sit’s a planet like no other. A single planet, a rogue planet in fact sits ambiguously in a sector of disputed space. It was once an uninhabited planet of fire lakes, lava flows and ash skies. This however was once upon a time and not the present case as it became cooled down and the atmosphere could sustain life, a nomadic species from the Beta Quadrant found this planet to be a home. The clement was nearly perfect for them, this species is calls themselves the Wukan, their planet, Wukania. The planet which was once a hellish uninhabitable land became a land of snow and ice, nirvana for Wukans who’s physiology was built for the cold, they were tall creatures and had thick fur of a variety of neutral colors. They had very few encounters with other species but they did make a few encounters with the Klingons, Breen and Gorn. The Wukans had earned the respect of the Klingon Empire for their mastery of bladed weaponry combat as well as their fierce ability at hand to hand combat. The Wukans and Klingons were not allies by any means but they were not enemies either, they had a neutrality that had lasted ever since their first contact. The Breen Confederacy on the other hand were aggressive towards the Wukan on their first encounter and the few encounters following. As for the Gorn, they had only one encounter with a Wukan scouting vessel and the Gorn vessel destroyed the Wukan vessel, no further encounters were made. The Wukans thought they were finally living in peace, as they had been un disturbed fro the past ten years. However, the year is 2374 and Wukania was located in the heart of chaos. Wukania has been invaded by a new enemy, one that is ruthless and volatile, merciless killers who identify themselves as Cardassians. The Wukan manage to send a distress call to anyone willing to help them, little did they know that a war was going on around them of galactic proportions. The distress call is answered by more than one ship, two groups of individuals offer their aid in helping defend Wukania, one group who call them selves the Maquis and the other’s from The United Federation of Planets. Chapter 1 Star date: 51127.34018264837 (February 16th 2374) The shuttlecraft had been approved to dock at the station. Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax was at helm and her newly wedded husband, Lieutenant Commander Worf was sitting right beside her. She reached over to tap a command in, her hand brushed his as he was going to input the same command. She turned her head and her eyes met his, she smiled brightly and her cheeks were flushed with a rouge tone. Worf remained as unemotional as a Vulcan but he looked at her and grunted “Can’t you keep your hands away from my section?” Jadzia was at first stunned and surprised by his rudeness. She looked at him as if to say something about his attitude but that was quickly put aside when she saw the smirk materializing on the corner of his mouth as his eyes focused forward again. She lifted her right arm and shoved his shoulder, jolting him to the side a bit. She smiled and he returned the sentiment the best he could but it wasn’t a smile in the sense of the word. “Very funny Worf, developing a sense of humor I see. Am I rubbing off on you already?” Worf grunted “Most certainly not” he said with a huff. Jadzia went back to her station’s responsibilities and Worf went back to his. The shuttle took a swing around the station before engaging in the docking procedure. Worf looked at the docked Sovereign class starship at Deep Space Nine. Worf could not read the registry number as her passed by but he didn’t need to nor did he need to scan the vessel to know, he felt it in his heart and his heart never steered him wrong and indeed it would not fail him now. Jadzia watched as Worf’s eyes wandered astray. She notice of the same ship that had captured Worf’s attention and she raised an eyebrow and turned to him “Is that” she needed not to finish the question. She was son interrupted by Worf who finished her question by naming the starship. Dax smiled at Worf “Perhaps Captain Picard came to congratulate you in person on our marriage?” Jadzia knew this wasn’t the case as Worf had already received a subspace message from Jean-Luc congratulating them both. Worf glared at her “Perhaps not” he said sharply. She returned his attention to his station and saw that their shuttle was being hailed by the station. “Lieutenant Commander Worf here” he said answering the hail. It did not take long for Deep Space Nine to respond. Worf was nervous as to why the USS Enterprise-E was docked at Deep Space Nine, but his questions would soon be answered. “Welcome home Commanders, I hope your honeymoon went well” came the female voice of the communication’s system. “Worf, you have some friends here waiting to see you. Speaking of which Sisko needs both you and Jadzia as soon as possible in the conference room” Kyra Nerys mentioned to Worf as she welcomed Worf and Jadzia back. Jadzia docked the shuttle with ease, the doors slid open and the corridor leading to a main corridor or the station opened. Worf and Jadzia exited the shuttle and began to walk to the main corridor, when the doors slid open a silent hiss Worf stood face to face with his past. Worf was looking at the female before him. Dressed in a Starfleet uniform with Medical or Science department color visible. The women met eyes with Worf and then at Jadzia. “You must be Jadzia Dax, pleasure to meet you. Congratulations on your marriage, my name is Counselor DeAnna Troi” Troi said as she extended her hand to Jadzia who shook it and smiled. “Worf” Deanna said wrapping her arms around him in a hug which he awkwardly returned. “Captain Picard asked me to meet you two here personally.” Worf grunted as if to ask why She and the Enterprise were here. “Captain Picard and the rest can fill you both in, the situation is somewhat beyond my understanding, I know that it deals with the Cardassians.” The three began their walk to the conference room a few decks below. The door to the room slid open and a long table was present, many Officers were aligned along it on opposing sides and at one end was Captain Sisko, while down the table at the opposing end sat Captain Picard. Captain Picard and Commander Riker looked at Worf as he took a seat that was about equal distance from Sisko and Picard. Picard was first to adress Worf as Jadzia took a seat directly next to her husband and Deanna sat directly next to William Riker. “Congratulations Commander Worf” Jean-Luc said with a polite nod “I wish I could say that my arrival here was under better circumstances but as you can tell by the meeting taking place this is not the case.” Captain Sisko jumped into the conversation addressing Worf “Worf, earlier in the week Deep Space Nine picked up on a distress call coming from within what once was considered the Demilitarized zone between Cardassian and Federation space. The inhabitants of the planet in question identify themselves as Wukans. Now, this species of course did not mean anything to us but General Martok was able to lend us a hand seeing as the Klingon Empire had made contact with these people before. We were pleased to know that the Wukan language is similar to that of ancient Klingon tones.” Worf had not heard of the Wukan in many years so his interest in the matter was heightened. “The Wukan are said to be great warriors, full of honor and pride. Experts at bladed combat Captain.” Worf looked around the room, there were a few Deep Space Nine personnel present. Captain Sisko, Chief O’Brien, Doctor Bashir, Jadzia and himself. The remaining guests at the table was Captain Picard and his Senior Staff. There were only two faces of Picard’s crew that he had not met before, a Andorian Lieutenant whom Worf deducted was the Security Chief & Chief Tactical Officer and a Benzite male with the rank of Ensign, he had to be the Senior Flight Control Officer. “We will be responding to the distress call?” Worf asked hearing about the distress call and the interest in it. It was Commander Riker who answered this time. “The Federation has ordered the Enterprise to escort the USS Defiant to the planet, where an away team of Enterprise and Deeps Space Nine personnel on board the Defiant will land on the planet. The Enterprise will remain in orbit as long as she can and defend the planet from Dominion ships, hopefully the Dominion will be caught off guard and wont have much of a presence in that sector.” Riker folded his arms at his chair “Worf, the Defiant is yours and I will be needing you for more than just the defiant. The Universal translators can understand some of their language but only someone fluent in Klingon and Ancient Klingon dialects will be able to make much leeway with these peoples, your communications skills will be needed on this one old friend.” Both Captain Sisko and Captain Picard looked as if they were both going to intrude, in fact both men began to speak at the same time and suddenly stopped. Captain Picard nodded at Sisko as to assert that Benjamin say what he was going to and he indeed did just that. Captain Benjamin Sisko looked at Commander Riker “I appreciate your eagerness Commander but your presence will be best suited on the Enterprise with Captain Picard.” Benjamin began to stand but sat back down when Riker spoke up. “And who will be leading the away mission Captain Sisko if I may ask?” Riker said with his question that was not meant to be as blunt as it sounded but Will was displeased by being told that he would not be leading this away mission. Riker waited for Sisko to say something, he could tell the Captain was at a loss for words. Sisko looked at Riker “I recommend that Major Kira Nerys lead the away mission on the planet. She was part of the Bajoran resistance, he combat skills and surface combat abilities clearly make her more suited for leading the away mission Commander Riker.” There was a tension growing in the room and it would be Captain Picard that would trump it. Captain Picard had been listening to the exchanges between the Station’s Commanding Officer and Jean-Luc’s First Officer. Picard stood up and looked at Riker and then at Sisko “Gentlemen, what we have hear on this planet is a major situation that only diplomacy will solve. We need to be able to establish a communication with these Wukans which only Commander Worf and possibly Commander Data will be able to do. Once we finally establish a method of solid communication we can coordinate with these Wukans. Being that this is a diplomatic situation, I myself will be leading the away mission. Commander Worf will carry myself and a few of my crew to the planet where we shall land and begin this dire mission. Commander Riker will have command of the Enterprise.” Commander Riker’s blue eyes connected with Picard’s eyes. “Captain” Will said letting the words that Captain Picard said sink in even further. “Captain, that planet will have a strong Cardassian presence, I can not let you down there under these conditions, we are in a War.” Will could tell that his words were not having any effect of his Commanding Officer. “As your First Officer I” Will began but stopped mid sentence when Picard lifted his hand as to silence Riker and begin to reassure him. “Will, I will have a proper Security detail and many outstanding Starfleet Officers around me. I need to work with these Wukans if there is any chance to protect these people, the planet itself is a strategic key point in this war. I have the full trust in Lieutenant McAdam’s and her Security Officers to see to it that no harm comes to myself” Picard said glancing at the Andorian who nodded her head. Picard then glared in the direction of Captain Sisko “With that said Captain, when do we depart?” All eyes in the room darted in one direction. Right down to the head of the table, at Captain Benjamin Sisko. Cpatain Sisko looked around the room and then out the observation viewing area at the Defiant “Time is something we can not spare much of in this war. The Defiant will depart at 0600, as will the Enterprise-E as escort per orders of Admiral Ross.” Sisko stood up and dismissed everyone at the conclusion of the conference meeting, all exited in an orderly fashion with the exception of Captain Picard who remained standing but waited for the room to clear until it was just him and Sisko. Benjamin looked at Picard “Something you wish to discuss in private Captain?” Jean-Luc remained behind standing. Sisko addressed him once the room was clear with the exception of the two stern Captain’s. “I understand that the events of Wolf 359 will always be between us Captain Sisko, but I do not want our relations jeopardizing this mission, the Federation’s victory of this war may be decided on this planet. I wish to discuss who you plan on sending on this mission.” Picard walked over to where Benjamin stood and took a seat close by. Sisko took his seat and looked at Picard. “Very well Captain” Sisko said with a neutral tone. “Worf of course will be needed on this mission to establish effective communications with the Wukans, as well as command the Defiant. As for the rest of the Station’s personnel, my Chief Science Officer, Jadzia Dax. I also will be sending my Chief of Operations and my Chief Medical Officer.” Sisko looked at Picard “And yourself Captain?” Jean-Luc leaned back and his chair “Lieutenant McAdams, my Security Chief and Chief Tactical Officer, a Security officer or two, Counselor Deanna Troi, my Chief Engineer, Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge and my Chief Medical Officer Doctor Beverly Crusher.” Captain Picard thought further “My Chief Operations Officer, Lieutenant Commander Data would also be useful in this matter.” Benjamin nodded “The Android” he said as he was familiar with the name, most Starfleet officers were. “Very well Captain, you depart at 0600. Have your crew ready before than and board the Defiant. Federation probes of the planet, the few that were not destroyed by the Dominion show that the average temperature of the planet this time of the year is around six below Celsius, so dress warm Captain.” Sisko stood up and left the conference room leaving Jean-Luc sitting alone staring out at the stars.