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Lakarian City, also known by its native Cardăsda name as Lakariy'ane, was a city on Cardassia Prime that was once one of the greatest cultural and religious centers on the planet. Before the Cataclysm, it was one of the great centers of the Oralian Way, the most prominent Cardassian religion. The Oralians' holy text, the Hebitian Records, were composed using the local language spoken in this region at the time: Lhai'khar. (Terok Nor trilogy, Sigils and Unions: Catacombs of Oralius--The Desolate Vigil)
In modern times, however, it is known as the starting point of the Dominion attempt to utterly annihilate the Cardassian people. The city was summarily destroyed by the Dominion in retaliation for Cardassian rebellion by orbital bombardment in 2375, and nearly all of its two million inhabitants killed. This atrocity, far from breaking the Cardassian spirit, became a rallying cry that sparked the Cardassian people to rebel at large and eventually overthrow the Dominion--though this freedom came at a ghastly price. (DS9: "What You Leave Behind"; Terok Nor trilogy)
In the Sigils and Unions: Catacombs of Oralius universe, Lakarian City was home to the Catacombs of the Shaping, a place of worship that doubled as a museum to the evolution of the Cardassian race. Representatives of prehistoric ancestors of the Cardassians have been interred here with the same respect given to modern Cardassians, and detailed holograms are available for visitors to view. The Catacombs were tended to by Oralian clerics. To believers in the Oralian Way, this is both an opportunity for learning and worship, as modern Oralians see no opposition between science and faith. It is unknown whether the Catacombs of the Shaping ever existed in the canon universe. (Sigils and Unions: Catacombs of Oralius--"The Desolate Vigil")==External links==