Zorkal: In truth, everywhere. Even your justice system not only looks for reasons a person is innocent, but pounds in evidence as to why one is guilty. In my experience, if one even has enough evidence to bring them to trial, then they are guilty - unless, of course proven otherwise.
--Lidia and Lukin on the USS Garuda after Rahmen was transported as a prisoner.
1.83 m (6')
Cardassian, Klingon, Romulan, Standard
Tall and physically fit, with broad shoulders and chest, Lukin sports a square jaw with thin lips and rounded nose. It is his eyes that are particularly striking - clear, crystalline, almost silver grey - they miss little around them. Long fingers are dextrous and he moves with a calm assurance.
Lukin has always been a confident person, even as a child. When he struggles with something, he refuses to give in, trying over and over again until he succeeds. Failure is not an option. He can be snarky and cynical, but little known to anyone besides those who are truly close to him, he cares greatly for his people and - strangely enough - others. At least, those whom he considers at least friendly acquaintances. He is a Cardassian who, though at first was doubtful, wants to see the good relations with Starfleet continue, seeing it as ultimately beneficial for his people, and will do what he can to protect that relationship.
Born on Cardassia Prime, Lukin was an only child to Jiran and Sorka Zorkal. From early on, he was a stubborn and willful child, hesitant to let others help him, confident in his own abilities. When he was old enough, he joined the Cardassian military, and has served his people faithfully, though he harboured a resentment of Dukat and seethed at the idea of allying with the Dominion. When the tides turn, he was one of the most enthusiastic to fight against the Founders. It wasn’t until after the war that he found out his parents and all of his extended family had been wiped out - leaving him the last of his line.
After The Dominion War
After the war, Lukin continued to serve faithfully, even as a Security Officer on Deep Space 10 as a part of a joint venture with Starfleet. Through the years, he has carefully navigating between the two groups, careful to show his dedication to his people, but unwilling to let go of the idea that Starfleet is good for Cardassia. It was there he met Lidia Ivanova. Immediately taking a liking to her, Lukin might have pursued more than a mere working relationship, but nothing ever came of it, and he was eventually called back to Cardassia Prime.
Back in Cardassia, Lukin continued to serve his people in a variety of assignments, including some intelligence. Most recently, he has been awarded some time to spend for leisure and has elected to visit one of Starfleet's most well known starbases - Starbase 118 - though not before he got an in person report on the mission involving the Nimitz, which had claimed victims in Cardassian territory.
During the Gratitude Festival on Ops, Lukin found himself under the influence of drinks that had been spiked with a substance which encouraged emotions, particularly romantic or loving ones. This spurred him to declare that he was Sheila Bailey's vainúvah, and she his vainúvahim. Not long after, Lukin was appointed as Cardassian Ambassador and made visits to the three Cardassians who had been pulled from the remnants of the USS Nimitz. A short time later, all three suddenly died within moments of each other.
All of Lukin’s family was killed during the Dominion War. He is the last of his line.
Trovek Arys, Medical Officer Arys and Lukin met while Arys was at Starbase 118 Ops in transition between her graduation and waiting for her official assignment. He overheard an argument between two Bajorans and the newly minted Starfleet Officer, and the two launched into a philosophical discussion. She impressed him. He kept tabs on her, and they began to write back and forth. After Arys was transferred to Ops, they began to spend time together, and the friendship had taken an interesting turn.
Lidia Ivanova, Security Officer Lukin met Lidia after he was posted to Deep Space Ten. He quickly grew to respect - and yes, even like - the woman. He contemplated pursuing a romantic relationship with her, but before he could, he was called back to Cardassia Prime. He still thinks of her fondly.