A native of the planet Cait, M'Ress is a humanoid feline covered with thick orange fur and sporting large incisors, golden eyes with catlike vertical pupils, and a long tail. Her purring speech makes her a natural communicator, which may partly account for her posting aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise as a relief communications officer, which began at about stardate 5143.3 (2269).
Later that same year (stardate 5591.2), M'Ress would temporarily take charge of the communications station while Uhura was being held captive by the thought-duplicating computer on the amusement park planet.
Supplemental biographical info:
M'Ress graduated from Starfleet Academy in 2266, and rose to the rank of lieutenant in only two years. She is a specialist in communications and computer translator systems. Prior to joining the Enterprise crew, she served aboard a scout ship and the U.S.S. Hood NCC-1703.
M'Ress amuses herself in off-duty hours with the pursuit of Federation and galactic histories and the writing of free-form poetry. She also pursues an interest in anthropology and archaeology, subjects which relate to the histories she studies.
Among the crew personnel, M'Ress is well-liked and includes among her close friends Uhura and Nurse Christine Chapel. The distinctive "purr" in her voice is immediately arresting when she speaks, and she is a popular actress in the ship's small theatre company.
While Starfleet's duty uniform for females in the 23rd century provides no problems in regard to M'Ress' tail, long dress uniforms, duty coveralls, and other such clothing have to be tailored to accommodate the appendage.
M'Ress' three littermates also serve in Starfleet in various capacities. The long line of her ancestors in well-known on Cait, and her parents are honored citizens. M'Ress herself is quiet about her family's rank.
She brings to the Enterprise efficiency, ability and a persistently curious attitude fortunately coupled with humor and great intelligence. And while she is at ease with everyone in any circumstance, there have been moments when people have noticed in her profile, in her elegance, in her supreme composure, a definite resemblance to the ancient Egyptian cat goddess Bast-Ra. And they wonder...