Her father was heartsick for his family while aboard the USS Republic. He asked Kirk to replace him a few minutes early at the end of a shift so that he could call Jamie via subspace on her third birthday. His distraction led him to not notice an open vent circuit to the ship’s fusion reactor. (TOS novel: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk)
With only her father and people in space for role models, growing up was fast and difficult for her. As a teen, she once blamed Kirk for the death of Lieutenant Commander Finney. When a court of law proved it was a hoax out of revenge to discredit his captain, she dropped her resentment of him and cooperated in the search and capture of her dad. (TOS episode & novelization: Court Martial)
In 2270 Ben Finney aided a plot to discredit Kirk, writing a complex computer virus to infect the USS Enterprise's computers. When he realized he was being manipulated to start a war, he fled and eventually found himself about to be killed. Ben hallucinated that he saw Jamie, and it brought home how his hatred of Kirk had driven him to endanger innocent people. (TOS novel: Renegade)
Debt of Honor
To clean up the perceived disgrace to her family, Jamie eventually followed in her father's footsteps and joined Starfleet, rising to the rank of lieutenant and specializing in Klingon anthropology. She volunteered to participate in a covert operation by the USS Enterprise-A to confront the Critters, along with Romulan subcommander T'Cel’s ChR Phoenix and Kor's IKS Revenge. She was challenged by Khadri, a member of Kor’s crew, and responded according to Klingon tradition by knocking the female Klingon unconscious.
The legendary Klingon Dahar master Kor was impressed and invited her to take Khadri’s place aboard Revenge. After the discommendation and disgrace of his QuchHa' race from the Klingon Empire this would not be a cause for scandal. Kor saw this as the first step towards the fulfillment of the Organian prophecy that one day the Federation and the Klingon Empire would be friends and allies. Although admitting that the prospect scared her stiff, she accepted the rare opportunity to learn about, and embrace, Klingon culture, and even donned a Klingon uniform. Kor fought alongside Finney during the battle with the "Critters". The battle was won, but Revenge was lost. (TOS comic: "Debt of Honor")
Autobigraphy of James T. Kirk
Jamie had married or remarried by the year 2293. With her father due to be released from his imprisonment at the New Zealand Penal Settlement, Jamie and her wife planned to have her father live with them at Benecia while he reintegrated into Federation society. (TOS novel: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk)
Finney later served with Kor for twenty years, attaining the rank of first officer aboard the IKS Revenge (II), until the cowardly destruction of their ship and Kor’s supposed death at the hands of the Duras clan. Kor was shot by a sniper and left for dead, while Finney was imprisoned and tortured on Qo'noS for two years. She was rescued by Sal McMurphy, T'Kir, and T'Cel. Despite lingering physical trauma from the ordeal, she later rose to the rank of fleet captain in Starfleet.
In 2370, Jamie boarded the USS Enterprise-D under a false identity, forming a friendship with Lieutenant Worf and Alexander Rozhenko and showing signs of a mutual attraction with Commander William T. Riker. However, her true identity was eventually revealed by T'Kir. She admitted that she had embarked on a quest to avenge Kor and his crew by challenging the Chancellor of the Empire, Gowron. Captain Jean-Luc Picard tried to forbid her, but T'Kir persuaded him to allow it. As Jamie admitted to Riker, she was also suffering from the effects of the torture, which were slowly killing her, and therefore she had nothing to lose. Gowron accepted her challenge, and was impressed by her viciousness, remarking that she fought like a true Klingon. With her dying breath, she told everyone that, while being both a Starfleet officer and a member of Kor's crew, she was human. Saluting her as a warrior and moved by her sacrifice, Gowron acknowledged Kor and the QuchHa' as true Klingons, restoring their honor.
- Kor's apparent death was contradicted in canon by his later appearance in several episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the QuchHa' genetic stigma was later shown as being removed through genetic engineering in the 2290s. (VOY episode: "Flashback"; ST novel: Excelsior: Forged in Fire)
- TOS novel: Crisis on Centaurus
- TOS novel: Renegade
- TOS novel: Wagon Train to the Stars
- TOS novel: The Case of the Colonist's Corpse
- TOS - Errand of Fury novel: Seeds of Rage
- TOS - Crucible novel: The Fire and the Rose
- ST novel: The Captain's Table (Biography, James T. Kirk)
- TOS - My Brother's Keeper novel: Enterprise
- TOS novel: The Autobiography of James T. Kirk
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