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For her niece, please see Kestra Troi-Riker.
"Oh, Kestra, my precious one."
– Lwaxana Troi, 2370 ("Dark Page")

Kestra Troi was a half-Betazoid, half-Human female, born in 2329 on the planet Betazed to Lwaxana and Ian Andrew Troi. Kestra was the older sister of Deanna Troi. Shortly after Deanna's birth in 2336, Kestra was picnicking by Lake El'nar with her family and their dog. When Lwaxana and Ian looked away for a second to tend to Deanna, the dog ran off and Kestra went after him. Kestra fell into the water and drowned.

Her loving parents were naturally devastated, but the memory of Kestra's accidental death was so traumatic to Lwaxana that she buried it deep inside instead of dealing with it, as she ultimately blamed herself for the ever-so-brief lapse in attention. She even destroyed everything that was a reminder of Kestra, including the personal journal entries she'd made during the years of Kestra's life, but Mr. Homn secreted away a picture of her in case Lwaxana wanted to remember her in the future.

Years later in dream sequences, the adult Deanna, now a counselor, helped Lwaxana come to terms that it had simply been a tragic accident, and she was not to blame. Lwaxana was forgiven by Kestra, and in turn herself. Only then did Lwaxana find peace from the tragedy. (TNG: "Dark Page")

When Lwaxana became pregnant in 2372, the thought of losing her child to the Tavnian culture made her depressed, stirring the pain of Kestra's death. She would later confide to Odo that the losses of her parents, sister, and husband did not compare to the loss of Kestra. (DS9: "The Muse") After marrying William Riker, Deanna would name their daughter Kestra Troi-Riker, after her. (PIC: "Nepenthe")

Kestra was played by Andreana Weiner, although in some dream sequences she was played by Kirsten Dunst, the actress who played Hedril.

In the Star Trek: Titan novel Orion's Hounds, Deanna named a star (β) after her sister.

Her mirror universe counterpart (β) appeared in the short story "The Sacred Chalice" contained in the anthology Shards and Shadows. Unlike her primary universe counterpart, she grew up with Deanna, with whom she shared a close bond, and survived into adulthood. During her late teens, she departed Betazed and joined the Terran Rebellion. In 2371, she sent her fellow rebel Jean-Luc Picard to her home planet to retrieve Deanna. Shortly thereafter, Kestra's vessel was destroyed by a Klingon Bird-of-Prey under the command of Lursa and B'Etor.

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