- 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)
In 2268, 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 & novelization: A Private Little War)
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