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Cardassian holosuite

A Cardassian-style holosuite

"A fantasy encounter with danger, romance, thrills... created for your personal entertainment by the brothers Quark."

- Quark to Tosk (DS9: "Captive Pursuit")

A holosuite uses transporter technology to create holographic images in much the same way that a holodeck does. However, holosuites are in wider use than holodecks and are not limited to starships. There is also more variation in holosuite design than holodecks.

The Ferengi entrepreneur Plegg is credited with designing the first modular holosuite and is responsible for its subsequent spread across the galaxy. (DS9: "The Alternate") Ferengi operators particularly advertised their holosuites' potential for acting out sexual fantasies. (DS9: "Meridian", "The Emperor's New Cloak")

Generally, holosuites are much smaller than holodecks. They are intended for individual or very small group usage unlike holodecks which have been known to accommodate dozens of people. (TNG: "Homeward") Aboard Template:ShipClass starships, holosuites could also be used by several people. (Star Trek: First Contact)

Quark offered the bidders at his auction free use of the holosuites to calm them down after Q told them about the doom of Deep Space 9. (DS9: "Q-Less") He also offered the Wadi use of the holosuites after he was caught cheating at the dabo game. (DS9: "Move Along Home")

In 2369 the Rakhari Croden shot the Miradorn twin Ro-Kel in holosuite one of Quark's Bar. (DS9: "Vortex")

The same year Julian Bashir proposed that the visiting Federation ambassadors Taxco, Vadosia, Lojal, and Lwaxana Troi used the holosuites at Quark's Bar. Taxco was insulted by the proposal to use these "disgusting Ferengi sex programs". (DS9: "The Forsaken")

Aboard space station Deep Space 9, Quark had several holosuites available in his bar. A Klingon crew who visited his bar damaged holosuite six and the furniture. (DS9: "Dramatis Personae")

Some wealthy individuals have their own private holosuites, although due to the costs and maintenance this is uncommon. (DS9: "Meridian")

On one occasion, more than twenty individuals were part of a baseball simulation in Quark's holosuites. It is unclear whether they were all in one suite, or whether the suites were networked, allowing a smaller number of individuals to occupy each suite. (DS9: "Take Me Out to the Holosuite")


Background information

Herman Zimmerman commented that the holosuites "are like the holodeck of Next Generation and we can program pretty much any kind of experience for any kind of location we want to. But what we are doing on Deep Space Nine that we weren't able to do on Next Generation is we see the inside of the holodeck and we see the machinery that runs it. When we did Next Generation we were in a budget constraint that made us do a set that is a wireframe look; it's a grid of squares when the holodeck is not activated and they just see a black void with yellow grids. In the Cardassian holodeck when the lights go off, so to speak, you see the machinery that creates the imagery. It's a step forward for us and it's something we've always wanted to do on Next Generation and we were never able to achieve". (The Deep Space Log Book: A Second Season Companion)

The Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual states that aboard Template:ShipClass starships, there were twenty holosuites on decks 12 and 33.


In the Deep Space Nine book trilogy Millennium it is revealed that Jadzia Dax and Worf enjoyed using Quark's holosuites to re-enact the events from TOS: "Day of the Dove". Dax would dress as an Enterprise crewmember, while Worf would take on the role of Kang.

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