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Martus Mazur is the main antagonist of the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Rivals".

He was portrayed by Chris Sarandon, who also played Adam Clarke in Cold Case and Prince Humperdinck in The Princess Bride and voiced Dracula in Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Biography

Martus Mazur was an El-Aurian con artist. Shortly after coming to Deep Space 9, he struck up a conversation with Alsia, who told him she was hoping to purchase an asteroid belt that her father had done a mineral survey on but needed to raise the money. However, their conversation was interrupted by Odo, who arrested Martus for fraud: He had invested an elderly couple's money in his own business which then went bankrupt.

Martus was placed in a cell with a down-on-his-luck alien, Cos, who was playing with a game. When Cos died, Martus took the game, unaware that it gave good or bad luck to the player defending on whether they won or last. When Martus won the game, Odo announced the couple weren't pressing charges and released him.

Martus approached Quark with the game but decided to go into business against him. He approached a widow, Roana, who had just closed down her shop and convinced her to let him use the premises to open up a gambling house, poaching Rom to help him run it. He used the game as a basis to construct a set of large scale versions of the device, not realising that it would affect the laws of probability throughout the entire station.

However, as Martus started losing at the game, his luck changed: His customers all won and Roana pulled out of their arrangement after catching him in a compromising position with a waitress. In desperation, Martus gave all his money to Alsia to invest in her purchase deal. Meanwhile, the station crew had tracked a number of odd occurrences to Club Martus. Martus finally realised exactly what he had been playing with, just before Sisko and Dax destroyed his devices. Although Sisko couldn't charge Martus with a crime, Odo could: The elderly couple had now decided they would press charges after all.

Martus' misery was completed when Alsia ended up in the cell next to him, after Quark realised her asteroid survey story was a scam. Keen to be rid of Martus, Quark offered him money to leave the station. It is unclear how their negotiations concluded.

Trivia

  • The original intention was for Martus to be the son of Star Trek: The Next Generation character Guinan. This was dropped when Whoopi Goldberg was unavailable but El Aurians were still confirmed as Guinan's race in Star Trek: Generations.
  • Martus was also considered as a recurring rival of Quark but this did not come to fruition.

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