Caves of Makala

The Caves of Mak'ala

Symbionts communicating

Two symbionts communicate in the pool

The Caves of Mak'ala were a series of interconnecting underground caves on Trill. Deep within these caves were kilometers of interconnecting pools of a milk-like substance which was the natural environment of the Trill symbionts.

The symbionts would die unless they were in the milk pools or were joined after a certain amount of time. When living in the pools, they could communicate with one another via electrical pulses sent through the liquid. They bred and were born in the pools.

The Guardians were a group of unjoined Trill who had devoted their lives to making sure the pools were perfect for the symbionts, having the perfect temperature and protein content.

In 2371, Commander Sisko, Doctor Bashir, and Jadzia Dax went to Trill and visited the pools looking for answers to a problem Jadzia was experiencing with the Dax symbiont. (DS9: "Equilibrium")

In 2375, Sisko suggested to Ezri Dax that she could live in the Caves taking care of the symbionts when she considered leaving Starfleet. (DS9: "Afterimage")

"Mak'ala" is also the name suggested by the Star Trek: Star Charts for the planetary capital of Trill.

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