- For other uses, see Tyree.
Tyree was a Neuralese man. He was a hunter, leader of the Hill People tribe and chief of the settlement of Freehold on the planet Neural in the 23rd century. He became a legendary figure and a symbol of freedom.
As a young man in 2254, Tyree was befriended by Starfleet Lieutenant James T. Kirk during the human's first planetary survey mission. Tyree was aware Kirk came from another planet and had seen how a phaser works. (TOS episode & novelization: A Private Little War)
As a symbol of their friendship, Tyree gave Kirk a stone figurine of two carved human heads. Leonard McCoy recognized it when he spotted it in Kirk's apartment in San Francisco in 2284. (TOS - Crucible novel: Provenance of Shadows)
In 2267, a Klingon agent began supplying primitive firearms to Villagers, a rival tribe. When his wife was killed by the Villagers, Tyree, though a man of peace, asked Kirk to supply his people with the same guns as his enemy had. (TOS episode & Star Trek 10 novelization: A Private Little War)
In 2268, McCoy brought up Tyree during a heated argument. Kirk had been trying to prevent him from discovering that there were two Spocks aboard the Enterprise, but he considered McCoy's comments "dirty pool". (TOS - The New Voyages short story: "Ni Var")
But by 2269, Kirk considered that his actions had been misguided and ultimately immoral. Despite his offering alternatives to Starfleet, the arm's race had been maintained, and he wondered if Tyree still lived. (TOS novel: Allegiance in Exile)
In 2269, Kirk recalled Tyree and unnatural technological leaps when he encountered Vancadia, a planet that appeared to make a one-century leap in force field technology, which similarly turned out to be a result of Klingon interference. (TOS novel: Renegade)
By 2273, Tyree had personally killed 20 people, marking each death with a tattooed line along his right arm. Tyree had expanded the Hill People encampment into the settlement of Freehold and united seven tribes, but was afraid that his people could be massacred at any time by the overwhelming forces of Governor Apella's Klingon-allied city of Victory.
In 2273, Rear Admiral Kirk returned to investigate continued Klingon activity on Neural. Tyree, Kirk and others were captured by Victory slavers and put to work in their leutrinium mine. A week later, hundreds of Freeholders came to rescue them, and fighting ensued. Kirk convinced Victory's Governor Apella to unite with Tyree and order the Klingon Empire off the planet. Tyree evacuated the mine's smelting plant, and then Kirk destroyed it with weapons from a Klingon freighter. Afterward, Tyree and Apella planned to rebuild the facility for the good of all Neuralese. (TOS novel: Serpents in the Garden)
In an alternate timeline in which John Frederick Paxton destroyed Starfleet Command and ended the talks for the Coalition of Planets in 2155, Kirk met Tyree but did not befriend him. (TOS - Myriad Universes novel: A Less Perfect Union)
- TOS episode & novelization: A Private Little War
- TOS novel: Serpents in the Garden
- TOS - Myriad Universes novel: A Less Perfect Union
- TOS novel: Shadows on the Sun
- TOS - Errand of Vengeance novel: River of Blood
- TOS novel: The Patrian Transgression
- TOS novel: Renegade
- TOS - Crucible novel: Provenance of Shadows
- TOS novel: Ex Machina
- TOS novel: Allegiance in Exile
- TOS novel: No Time Like the Past
- TOS - The New Voyages short story: "Ni Var"