|Wives:||Jennifer Sisko, Kasidy Yates Sisko|
|Played By:||Avery Brooks|
Benjamin Lafayette Sisko was a famous Starfleet officer, remembered for his seven year assignment commanding station Deep Space Nine in the Bajor Sector. He became a religious icon, known as the Emissary, to the Bajoran people after discovering the Bajoran wormhole. He fought at Wolf 359 and was a key player in the Dominion War.
- 1 Childhood
- 2 Starfleet Academy
- 3 Early Career
- 4 Deep Space Nine
- 5 The Emissary
- 6 Personal Life
- 7 Chronology
Sisko was born in 2332 in New Orleans on Earth. His mother had been taken possession of by a Prophet, a non-linear alien species which lived in the the- undiscovered Bajoran wormhole. The Prophet had used Sarah Sisko to ensure the birth of Benjamin, who would later become the Emissary of the Prophets.
A year later, the Prophet returned control of Sarah's body, and she left her son and husband. Joseph Sisko soon remarried, and his new wife posed as Benjamin's biological mother all her life. (DS9: "Image in the Sand"). She gave birth to his sister, Judith, and his two brothers. ("Homefront")
During his childhood years, Sisko and his siblings were taught to cook by their father, who believed eating replicated food was wrong. Joseph owned his own resaurant, Sisko's, where he made his children work in the summers. ("Homefront"). Joseph called his children his taste-testers, and insisted that they all eat dinner together. ("A Man Alone")
Sisko joined Starfleet Academy in 2350. During the first few weeks, he beamed back to New Orleans every night for a family dinner. Sisko studied to be an engineer. ("Homefront"). During his sophmore year, he performed his field study at Starbase 137. He later considered it to be one of the best experiences of his life. ("The Ascent").
Sisko also became the captain of his Academy wrestling team. ("Q-Less") He once challenged a Vulcan, Solok, to a match after a few drinks. He lost, was humiliated, and resented Solok for decades. ("Take Me Out to the Holosuite")
Benjamin later served on the USS Okinawa during the Tzenkethi War. ("The Adversary"). Captain Leyton noticed potential in young Sisko, and promted him to Lieutenant Commander, making him the ship's first officer. ("Homefront")
Sisko transferred to the USS Saratoga, and served as the first officer. Both Jennifer and Jake lived with him aboard the vessel. In late 2366, the ship was operating close to Earth, and was called to join a fleet at Wolf 359 to defend the Sol System from a Borg attack.
The Battle of Wolf 359 was a massacre. Thirty-nine of the forty starships assembled there were destroyed. The Borg damaged the Saratoga forcing the crew to abandon ship. Sisko found his son and wife, but his wife had been killed in the attack. He was forced to leave her as the ship suffered a warp-core breach.
Sisko was faced with the loss of his wife, and raising his son alone. He found an outlet for his pain in his new posting at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards on Mars. ("Emissary"). There Sisko worked on the prototype USS Defiant, the first in what was to be a battle-fleet to defend the Federation from the Borg. After work on the project slowed, and design flaws became apparent, the project was scrapped. ("The Search, Part I", "Defiant")
This left Sisko on the verge of resigning his commission. He intended to work on Earth, constructing orbital habitats, but struggled with the desision to leave. ("The Way of the Warrior"). As he was contemplating his next move, his former captain, Leyton, nominated Sisko for an command position. It seemed that fate had intervened, as Starfleet promoted him to commander and assigned him to Bajor, home to the Prophets who had caused Benjamin's birth. There Sisko was to command an old Bajoran station, abandoned by the Cardassians after their recent withdrawl from the system, the newly christened Deep Space Nine. It was to be Sisko's responsiblity to help prepare the Bajorans for entry into the Federation.
Arriving on DS9 in early 2369, Sisko was briefed by Jean-Luc Picard, whom he still blamed for his wife's death. This pushed Sisko even farther towards resigning. However, he continued his work, and assumed command of the station. Sisko's crew slowly arrived, and it was then that he met his future friends, Bajoran liason Kira Nerys, security chief Odo, Doctor Julian Bashir, and Chief of Operations Miles O'Brien. He was also reunited with his old friend Dax, living in a new host, Jadzia.
The situation on Bajor was hostile, as factions vied for control in the new Bajoran Provisional Government. Sisko learned that the only way to unite them all was to call on the Bajoran spiritual leader, Kai Opaka. Sisko met with her in a secluded area of Bajor, and she told him that he was to be the Emissary, destined to discover the Celestial Temple, home of the Prophets.
Sisko returned to the station and with the help of Dax, began studying everything known about the Celestial Temple. Eventually they discovered an unusual area in the Denorios Belt. Travelling there, they were surprised to discover an artificial wormhole. Sisko and Dax met with the Prophets, and Sisko explained linear existence to them.
While meeting with the Prophets, Sisko was forced to come to terms with his wife's death, and he returned to Deep Space Nine. Again meeting with Captain Picard, he forgave him for his actions as a Borg, and announced that he would stay in Starfleet. Sisko now had the strange task of commanding a station of Bajoran officers, many of whom revered him as a religious figure, thier prophesied Emissary. ("Emissary")
Deep Space Nine
Life on the Frontier
Deep Space Nine's position at the mouth of the Bajoran wormhole made it prime real-estate. Exploration and buisiness opportunities were opened to the distant Gamma Quadrant and DS9 became a wayport for ships and people from all over the quadrant. Sisko began encouraging Bajorans and merchants on the Promenade to stay on the station, in order to shape DS9 into a thriving community. ("Emissary"). He even approved the formation of a school on the station. ("A Man Alone").
Sisko had to put all his training and skills to use, as he was forced to balance command, diplomacy, his home life, and his new position as a Bajoran religious icon. Ben made first contact with the first species to come through the wormhole from the Gamma Quardant, the Tosk, in 2369. ("Captive Pursuit"). He acted as defense in the extradition trial of Dax to the Klaestron government, and proved her innocent. ("Dax"). He fought in the war between the Ennis and the Nol-Ennis on the planet where Kai Opaka was stranded. ("Battle Lines"). Constantly dealing with Jake's friendship with a Ferengi boy, Nog, proved to be a challenge. ("A Man Alone"). But his hardest jobs were preparing Bajor for life in the Federation, and dealing with his title as the Emissary.
During late 2369, tensions on the station rose between Bajoran and Starfleet personnel. Scientific teachings about the nature of the Bajoran wormhole conflicted with the religious beliefs of much of the Bajoran population. Sisko struggled to keep the peace, and in the process had his first meeting with Vedek Winn Adami. ("In the Hands of the Prophets")
Months later, internal pressures on Bajor exploded. A terrrorist group known as the Alliance for Global Unity came to power, under support from the Cardassian Union, and sought to break off relations with the Federation. Starfleet was forced to abandon the station, but Sisko stayed behind, eventually proving the Cardassians involvement with the Circle. Power quickly returned to the Bajoran Provisional Government. ("The Homecoming", "The Circle", "The Siege")
Sisko was also forced to deal with internal pressures within the Federation as well. When the Federation-Cardassian Treaty of 2370 caused several colonies in Federation space to come under Cardassian rule, many colonists felt the Federation had abandoned them. They formed the Maquis, a terrorist group operating out of the Badlands. Sisko's old friend, Calvin Hudson, became a Maquis leader. Several other Starfleet officers resigned to take up the Maquis cause. Sisko felt angered by the actions of these officers, and felt the pain of personal betrayal by Cal Hudson. ("The Maquis, Part I", "The Maquis, Part II")
The Maquis continued their private war for the next two years, and gained more support among Federation citizens. Starfleet officer Michael Eddington, and a woman Ben had become involved with, Kasidy Yates, began to aid the Maquis in their activities. Sisko discoved this, and felt betrayed by both persons. He was forced to arrest Kasidy, but Eddington escaped. Sisko felt that Eddington had betrayed his oath to Starfleet the same way Cal Hudson had, and vowed to capture him. ("For the Cause")
After almost a year of tracking Eddington unsuccessfully, Starfleet took Sisko off the mission. However, he had become obsessed with finding his former officer, and continued his work to bring Eddington to justice. After Sisko threatened to destroy every Maquis colony in the DMZ, Eddington gave himself up on Solosos III. ("For the Uniform")
Contact with the Dominion
In late 2370, Sisko made first contact with the Dominion in an encounter with the Jem'Hadar. This launched Sisko on a path that would define his career. The Dominion declared the Gamma Quadrant off limits to Alpha Quadrant species, and destroyed several Starfleet ships, along with the colony on New Bajor. Sisko returned to DS9 with the realization that he had discovered a powerful and dangerous new enemy. ("The Jem'Hadar")
Sisko returned to Earth to brief Starfleet on the Dominion situation. Realizing that Deep Space Nine was to be the first line of defense from a Dominion attack, Sisko convinced Starfleet Command to finish work on the mothballed USS Defiant. Sisko returned to Deep Space Nine with the new warship, and entered the Gamma Quadrant on a mission to find the Founders. ("The Search, Part I"). During the mission, the Defiant and crew were captured by the Jem'Hadar and placed in a simulation, testing their reaction to a Dominion incursion in the Alpha Quadrant. It was discovered that the Founders were in fact of the same species as Sisko's security cheif, Odo. Odo forced the Founders to release the Defiant crew, and they returned to the station. ("The Search, Part II"). Based on his experiences with the Dominion, Sisko's psychological evaluation became required knowledge for Vorta operatives in the Dominion. ("To the Death")
Following four years of commanding Deep Space Nine, Sisko was given a promotion, finally attaining the rank of Captain in late 2371. Soon afterwards, Sisko discovered that the Founders had begun to inflitrate Starfleet, posing as highranking officers. One Founder ordered Sisko on a mission to the Tzenkethi border, and then tried to provoke a new Tzenkethi war. Sisko and crew were successful in stopping the Founder's attempt, but it became apparent that there were now changeling infiltrators in the Alpha Quadrant. ("The Adversary")
Fears of Dominion infiltrators swept the quadrant, and when the Cardassian government was overthrown by the civilian Detapa Council in 2372, the Klingon Empire feared changeling intervention. A large Klingon task force docked at Deep Space Nine, bound for Cardassian space. Klingon Chancellor Gowron asked Sisko for Starfleet's help in invading Cardassia. Sisko was forced to reject their call for help, and the Klingons withdrew from the Khitomer Accords, ending decades of peace. Ben now had to ally himself against the Klingons and help the new Cardassian government survive the Klingon attack. He contacted his long-time adversary, Gul Dukat, and arranged to rescue him and the new Council. Faced with a war on two sides, the Klingons backed down. However, the balance of power in the Alpha Quadrant was changing, and this played right into the Dominion's hand. ("The Way of the Warrior")
It was discovered that there was in fact a changeling in a high posisition of the Klingon Empire, and in 2373, Sisko and crew were ordered to expose the double. Undergoing cosmetic alterations to appear Klingon, Sisko took three crewmemeber to the Klingon outpost Ty'Gokor to expose General Martok. The mission was a success, and it brought the two powers close to reconciliation. ("Apocalypse Rising")
During a trip to the Gamma Quadrent that same year, Sisko took posession of a Jem'Hadar attack ship, and returned the ship to Starfleet Intelligence. ("The Ship"). Soon afterwards, the Dominion formed an alliance with the Cardassain Union, gaining a foothold in the Alpha Quadrent. They attempted to destroy Deep Space Nine, Bajor, and cripple the Klingon and Federation fleets in one action, but Sisko discovered their plan and thwarted it. This new turn of events convinced the Klingon government to reinstate the Khitomer Accords, and Sisko allowed a permanant Klingon presense on the station. However, with the new Dominion presence in the Alpha Quadrent, war seemed inevitable. ("By Inferno's Light")
The Dominion War
As Dominion fleets began coming threw the wormhole on a weekly basis, Starfleet made the decision to mine the entrance to the wormhole. Sisko commanded the station during the resulting Battle of Deep Space Nine, the opening strike of the Dominion War. During the final moments of the battle, Sisko gave a speech to the station residents, telling them of his fondness of commanding the station, and promising to return. The Dominion took control of the station, but Sisko implemented a program, completely destroying DS9's main computer. Sisko retreated aboard the USS Defiant, leaving his prized antique baseball behind. The station's new commander, Gul Dukat found this and knew it was a sign from Sisko that he would return. ("Call to Arms")
Benjamin commanded the Defiant for the next three months, engaging in numerous battles with Jem'Hadar and Cardassian forces. Ordered to fall back to Starbase 375, Sisko was placed in command of a mission behind enemy lines, to destroy a ketracel-white storage facility. Sisko and crew traveled aboard the stollen Jem'Hadar attack ship he had acquired a year before, and completed the mission. ("A Time to Stand"). However, their ship was destroyed and they were stranded on a planet in Dominion space along with Jem'Hadar forces. Knowing he was beaten, the commanding Vorta, Keevan, gave Sisko his force's attack plans. Sisko was forced to massacre the Jem'Hadar troops, despite his personal objections towards doing so. ("Rocks and Shoals"). Sisko's crew was soon rescued by General Martok and Worf aboard the IKS Rotarran. ("Sons and Daughters")
Having completed his mission, Sisko was promoted to adjutant for Vice Admiral William Ross at Starbase 375. He was forced to give command of the Defiant to Jadzia Dax. ("Behind the Lines"). Using his new influence in Starfleet, Sisko created a plan to retake Deep Space Nine, Operation Return, and conviced Starfleet to commit its forces. After learning that the minefield around the wormhole was about to come down, Sisko ordered the operation to begin. ("Favor the Bold"). He commanded the Starfleet forces during the battle, and made his way to DS9. Faced with an armada of Dominion ships as the minefield fell, Sisko ordered the Defiant to go down with guns blazing. In a vision from the Prophets, Sisko convinced them to destroy the invading fleet, and he returned to retake the station. ("The Sacrifice of Angels")
Following his defeat during Operation Return, Gul Dukat fell into madness, and was captured. He was forced to stand trial for his crimes. Ben was to testify at his trial, but their transport, the USS Honshu was destroyed by Cardassian forces. They escaped in a shuttlecraft and crashed on a nearby planet. Thier, Dukat's madness intensified, and he attempted to kill Sisko. Vowing to kill every Bajoran, Dukat escaped as the Defiant rescued Sisko. Following the ordeal, Sisko vowed that from then on, "it's him or me." ("Waltz")
Soon afterwards, Sisko hired Elim Garak to fabricate a recording designed to bring the Romulan Star Empire into the war. Ben struggled with the ethical implications of his actions, but in the end decided it was worth it. The Romulans entered the war, and turned the odds in the Federation's favor. ("In the Pale Moonlight")
Sisko was chosen to command the first offensive into Dominion space in late-2374. The First Battle of Chin'toka was a success, but while Sisko was away, Gul Dukat managed to close the Bajoran wormhole, cutting Bajor off from the Prophets. He also killed Jadzia Dax. Sisko felt responsible, and decided to take a leave of absence to find a way to restore the wormhole. Ben and Jake returned to New Orleans, not knowing when, or if, they would return to DS9. ("Tears of the Prophets")
After three months on Earth, Sisko was given a vision of a woman's face in the sands of Tyree. He reconstructed her face on a padd, and when his father saw it, he recognized her as Sarah Sisko, Ben's birth-mother. Joseph finally told his son about his true mother, and Sisko decided to travel to Tyree to find the meaning of his vision. He departed along with his father, Jake, and Ezri Dax. ("Image in the Sand"). While on Tyree, Sisko discovered the Orb of the Emissary, which restored the Bajoran wormhole. He also communicated with the Prophet who had possessed his mother, and learned of her true identity. Following the reopening of the wormhole, the tide of the war turned back to the Federation's favor, and Sisko returned to the station. ("Shadows and Symbols")
Later that year, Sisko commanded the Defiant in the Second Battle of Chin'toka. The ship was destroyed by the Dominion's new allies, the Breen Confederacy. ("The Changing Face of Evil"). Sisko was then given command of the USS Sao Paulo which was renamed the Defiant. ("The Dogs of War"). He then helped command the final assault into Dominion territory. The Battle of Cardassia was a success, with the help of the Cardassian Rebellion. Aftherwards, Sisko, Admiral Ross, and Chancellor Martok gathered in the ruins of Cardassia to celebrate. Faced with the destruction the Dominion had wrought in retailiation for the Cardassian's uprising, Sisko did not feal like celebrating. He returned to the station to bid farewall to his crew before their reassignment. ("What You Leave Behind")
When Sisko first met with Kai Opaka in 2369, she surprised him by proclaiming that he would be the long prophesied Emissary to the Prophets. He was at first sceptacle of her assessment, and immediately tried to dismiss her, stating that he was simply a Starfleet officer. Any religious role in another culture would directly clash with his oath to uphold the principles of Starfleet. However, when he discovered the Bajoran wormhole and made first contact with the non-linear lifeforms the Bajorans knew as the Prophets, he became slightly less skeptical. He still rejected the role, but realized that the Prophets ability to see outside of time must have allowed them to communicate certain information to the Bajoran people. Sisko taught the Prophets about linear existance, and became very important to them. They began referring to him as "The Sisko" ("Emissary") The Bajorans began celebrating the arrival of the Emissary each year during thier Ha'mara festival. ("Starship Down")
Later that year Sisko met Vedek Winn Adami for the first time during a Bajoran-Federation ideological conflict on the station. The Vedek, an ultra-conservative, was not sure that she believed Sisko was the Emissary. ("In the Hands of the Prophets)
In 2371 Sisko was confronted by Vedek Yarka, who told him that he had discovered a prophecy in which the Emissary was involved in the destruction of the Celestial Temple. After reviewing Trakor's Third Prophecy, Sisko ignored the Vedek's warnings. He continued work on a suspace communications relay threw the wormhole into the Gamma Quadrant. However, Major Kira Nerys was slowly convinced that Yarka was correct. She interpreted the prophesy as refering to three Cardassian scientists aboard the station, and a comet which was discovered near the wormhole. The comet was on a corse which would lead it into the wormhole, causing it to collapse. Sisko stopped the comet, but inadvertantly released trace amounts of silithium, which caused the wormhole to constantly remain slightly openned. In the end this chain of events actually fulfilled Trakor's prophecy, without the destruction of the wormhole as the outcome. Sisko began to take an interest in other Bajoran prophesies, but continued his skeptisism about his role as the Emissary. ("Destiny")
Following Destiny's Path
Sisko continued walking the line between acknowledging the Bajorans beliefs and rejecting their admiration for him. In 2372 an ancient Bajoran lightship emerged from the wormhole carrying famed poet Akorem Laan. Akorem had apparently discovered the wormhole centuries before, and had been inside it ever since. Finally able to relinquish his title, Sisko jumped at the chance to allow the poet to become the Emissary. However, when Akorem began guiding Bajor down a road incompatible with joining the Federation, Sisko decided to challenge his title. He began studying the ancient texts, and realized that many of the prophesies applied to him, and not to Akorem. The two men traveled back into the wormhole and met with the Prophets, who confirmed that Sisko was in fact intended to be the Emissary. They returned Akorem to his own time, altering the timeline, but somehow preserving everyone's memory of the previous events. Following this Ben slowly began to embrace his role as the Emissary. ("Accession")
In mid-2373 Sisko experienced a series of pagh'tem'fars, Bajoran sacred visions, in which the location of the lost city of B'hala was revealed to him. He also was shown the destruction of Bajor after being admitted to the Federation. Following his visions, he recommended that Bajor not join the Federation at that time, which angered Starfleet Command. Sisko was forced to undergo surgury to stop the visions when they became life threatening. ("Rapture")
When Sisko entered the wormhole facing a Dominion fleet following Operation Return, the Prophets communicated with him once again. They refused to allow Sisko to die, and granted the destruction of the Dominion fleet. Referring to his life as "the game", they ennacted a penance, and told him that though he was "of Bajor", he would find no rest there. ("The Sacrifice of Angels")
Sisko's morale slowly fell, and by a few months later, he was thinking of resiging his post. Knowing he had much work left on Bajor, the Prophets sent him another series of pagh'tem'fars, in which he was shown the life of Benny Russell a black writer on Earth in the 20th century. The trials endured by Russell allowed Sisko to reevaluate his problems, and he decided to stay on the station. ("Far Beyond the Stars"
Later that year, Sisko inadverdantly instigated the prophecied Reckoning, the battle between the Prophets and the Pah-wraiths. His son was possessed by a Kosst Amojan and Major Kira Nerys was taken over by a Prophet. The outcome of the battle was indefinate due to inteferance by Kai Winn. ("The Reckoning")
Following the release of a Pah-wraith by Dukat into the Orb of Contemplation in 2374, Sisko was confronted with visions of his birth-mother. He travelled to Tyree and discovered the Orb of the Emissary, which reopened the wormhole and the Orbs. ("Image in the Sand", "Shadows and Symbols")
Sisko was led to the Bajoran Fire Caves following the victory at the Battle of Cardassia, where he engaged in a final showdown with the Pagh-wraiths, in the form of Dukat. Sisko destroyed the evil Book of the Kosst Amojan and killed Dukat. He was taken to the Celestial Temple, where his work had only begun. ("What You Leave Behind")
Sisko enjoyed cooking, thanks to his father, and was a reknowned chef. His specialty was Cajun cousine. ("A Man Alone"). He played the piano and had an excellent singing voice. ("Image in the Sand", "Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang"). He played Jokarian chess and poker, but wasn't a good bluffer.
Sisko's most ambitious pasttime was the construction of a ancient Bajoran lightship replica. Sisko built the ship from scratch, using materials the ancient Bajoran's had available. The ship proved spaceworthy, and even helped prove that Bajoran's had spaceflight centuries before the Cardassians. ("Explorers")
Another of Sisko's interests was history. He collected models of old Starfleet starships, and ancient African art. ("The Search, Part I"). He was very knowledgeable about 21st century history, which came in handy when he was once accidently stranded in San Francisco of 2024. ("Past Tense, Part I"). One of his heroes was Captain James T. Kirk, whom Sisko got to meet during another accidental trip to 2267. ("Trials and Tribble-ations")
Soon after graduating the Academy in 2354, Ben met his future wife Jennifer on Gilgo Beach on Earth. Sisko was carrying lemonades through the hot sand and stopped on Jennifer's towel to cool his feet. When Jennifer learned that Sisko was a young ensign she was reluctant to go out with him, because her mother had told her to watch out for young ensigns. However, she relented, and her mother turned out to love Sisko. The two were married and their son, Jake, was born a year later.
A woman named Fenna was Sisko's first attraction after his wife's death. In 2370, Sisko met the woman on the Promenade and was instantly taken with her. Unfortunately he later discovered that Fenna was only a mental projection of a telepathic woman named Nidell. Nidell was married to Professor Gideon Seyetik. ("Second Sight")
In two trips to the mirror universe, Benjamin met the alternate versions of his wife, Jennifer. He also had a breif romantic encounter with the alternate version of Jadzia Dax. ("Through the Looking Glass", "Shattered Mirror")
Sisko was introduced to Kasidy Yates in 2371 by his son. The two began dating after they discovered a shared interest in baseball. ("Family Business"). Kasidy later began smuggling supplies to the Maquis, and Sisko was forced to arrest her in 2372. ("For the Cause"). Kasidy served her sentence, and returned to Deep Space Nine a year later, and the two resumed their relationship. ("Rapture").
The two were engaged in 2375. ("Penumbra"). However, after the Prophets warned Sisko that the two were not destined to walk the same path, he called the wedding off. He soon changed his mind and the couple were married in a small ceremony by Admiral William Ross. ("Til Death Do Us Part"). Shortly there after, Kasidy became pregnant. ("The Dogs of War"). After being taken by the Prophets to the Celestial Temple, Sisko appeared to Kasidy in a vision, telling her that he would return someday, and that he loved her. ("What You Leave Behind")
Sisko's son Jake was born in 2355 to his first wife Jennifer. Sisko remembered taking care of Jake as a baby, and looked back on the time fondly. ("The Abandoned"). By the time Jake became a teenager, Benjamin had already imparted his love of baseball to his son. The two would watch holo-recreations of famous games, and play the game themselves. ("Emissary")
Jake's friendship with Nog on DS9 always bothered Sisko. Nog seemed to get Jake in troulbe more often than not, and Sisko tried to get Jake to stay away from the Ferengi boy. However, when Jake began to teach Nog to read, Sisko began to see their friendship was beneifical, and allowed them to see each other. ("The Nagus") In 2370, Jake told his father that he didn't wish to follow in his footsteps by joining Starfleet. Sisko took it well and told Jake that it didn't matter, as long as he found something he loved and do it as well as he could. ("Shadowplay").
Sisko became very concerned in 2370 when Jake's first girlfriend turned out to be a Dabo-girl named Mardah. ("Playing God"). When Sisko finally met the girl, however, his fears were eased, as she turned out to be very nice, and began to reveal sides of Jake that Sisko had never known. ("The Abandoned").
As Jake began to concentrate on his future career in writing, Sisko felt his son slipping away. He occasionally forced Jake to come with him on various outings: on a trip to the Gamma Quadrant, the test flight of Sisko's Bajoran lightship, and to see the Bajoran wormhole undergo a subspace inversion. ("The Jem'Hadar", "Explorers", "The Visitor"). But Sisko finally had to allow his son to become an adult, and in 2373, Jake moved out, becoming roommates with Nog, who had become a cadet. ("The Ascent").
In 2372, during an accident on the Defiant, Sisko was caught in subspace for more than thirty years. During this time, Jake became obsessed with finding a way to bring his father back, and eventually sacrificed his own life to return Sisko back to the moment of the accident. ("The Visitor"). Later that year, when Jake was slowly being killed by Onaya, Sisko discovered her true nature, and saved his son. ("The Muse").
When Jake decided to remain behind when the Dominion took over the station in 2374, Sisko was forced to leave him behind. He knew that Jake was a grown man, capable of making his own dicisions, however dangerous. ("Call to Arms"). Sisko did, however, have to explain leaving Jake behind to his very angered father. ("A Time to Stand")
Sisko's closest friend during his early career was Calvin Hudson. Sisko and Hudson had gone to the Academy together, and stayed friends afterward. The Siskos and Hudsons often took family vacations together. They once attended the Mazurka Festival on the New Berlin colony. They also went camping on Itarnish III, which they considered to be their best vacation. ("The Maquis, Part I"). When Hudson abandoned Starfleet and joined the Maquis, Sisko felt Cal was personally betraying him. He allowed Hudson to escape Starfleet custody, but ended their twenty year freindship. ("The Maquis, Part II")
Benjamin's mentor during his younger days was Trill ambassador Curzon Dax. After meeting Dax on Pelios Station in the 2350s, Dax and Sisko were close for almost twenty years. Dax attended Sisko's bachelor party in 2354, and the two often visited Risa together. ("Invasive Procedures") When Dax died in 2367 his symbiont was passed on to a woman named Jadzia. Dispite her new appearance, Sisko insisted on calling her "old man." ("Emissary"). Though it was initially difficult for him to adjust to Dax's new appearance, Jadzia and Sisko became friends again quickly. ("A Man Alone"
Sisko soon considered Jadzia one of his closest friends. On two seperate occasions, when faced with the posiblity of her death, Sisko did whatever it took to save her. ("Invasive Procedures", "Equilibrium"). When Jadzia called off her wedding to Worf in 2374, it was Sisko who convinced her that she was being unreasonable, and she finally decided to do whatever it took to marry Worf. ("You Are Cordially Invited...")
Jadzia was killed by Gul Dukat later that year, and Sisko was forced to say goodbye to her. Taking a moment before her funeral, Sisko told her that he needed her most now, and painfully regretted that she was gone. ("Tears of the Prophets")
However the Dax symbiont lived on, being joined with Ezri Tigan. The new Ezri Dax tracked down Sisko on Earth and helped him discover the Orb of the Emissary. ("Shadows and Symbols"). Dax eventually decided to return to Deep Space Nine, and continued her friendship with Sisko for a third lifetime. ("Afterimage")
The Crew of Deep Space Nine
Sisko grew very close to his command crew on Deep Space Nine. Besides Dax, he formed close relationships with Kira Nerys, Miles O'Brien, Worf, Odo, and Julian Bashir. He would occassionally invite his staff to a homemade dinner. ("Equilibrium"). However he often had to draw the line between friend and commanding officer. On more than one occasion each of his senior staff bent the rules, and Sisko was forced to come down on them without regard for their off-duty relationship.
Though intially unsupportive of Jake's friendship with Nog, Sisko eventually grew to like the young Ferengi. When Nog asked Ben to help him apply to Starfleet Academy, Sisko was initially warry of the idea, but when he saw Nog's desire to become a cadet, he approved. ("Heart of Stone"). When Nog returned to Deep Space Nine for field study, Sisko actually encouraged his friendship with Jake, hoping that Nog's new Starfleet discipline would rub off on his son. ("The Ascent"). Nog later served under Sisko on the USS Defiant, and Sisko began to rely on Nog's presense among his crew. ("Call to Arms")
Sisko assembled his senior staff in 2375 for a baseball game on the holosuite against a team of Vulcans. Sisko's team, the Niners, lost against the Vulcan Logicians, but the game brought the crew together, and they enjoyed the experience. ("Take Me Out to the Holosuite"). Later that year Sisko also took part in a Jack-in-the-Box program involving Vic Fontaine with his crew. Sisko helped regain Vic's lounge after it had been taken over by the mob. ("Badda-Bing, Badda-Bang"). Sisko assembled his crew together one last time, at Vic's, following the end of the Dominion War. ("What You Leave Behind")
- 2332: Born in New Orleans on Earth.
- 2333: Mother, Sarah Sisko leaves.
- 2350: Joins Starfleet Academy.
- 2351: Spends sophmore year on Starbase 137.
- 2354: Graduates Starfleet Academy. Marries Jennifer Sisko.
- 2355: Son Jake Sisko born.
- Late 2350s: Serves aboard USS Livingston. Promoted to Lieutenant.
- Early 2360s: Serves aboard USS Okinawa. Promoted to Lieutenant Commander.
- Mid 2360s: Serves aboard USS Saratoga.
- 2366: Battle of Wolf 359. Wife dies. Transfers to Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards. Works on Defiant class design project.
- 2369: Promoted to Commander. Commands station Deep Space Nine. Discovers the Bajoran wormhole becoming the Emissary.
- 2371: Meets Kasidy Yates. Promoted to Captain.
- 2373: Start of the Dominion War.
- 2375: Discovers truth about mother, Prophets. Marries Kasidy Yates. Dominion War ends. Joins the Prophets in the Celestial Temple.
- 2376: Second child born (presumably).