Lieutenant Maggie Knight
Maggie is very cheerful; almost nothing can get her down. She usually has a smile on her face. She is a bit of a mother hen, especially with those working directly under her. She is very good with children and has no trouble getting them to talk to her. She has a way of putting people at their ease that most doctors seem to lack. She can be stubborn when she believes she is right, but most of the time is open to suggestions. There is a sadness about her since the passing of her husband that nothing can quite cure, but it does not seem to inhibit her infectious cheerfulness at all.
Thirty-seven years ago, an escape pod crashed on Ixdark. The pregnant woman it carried gave birth to a baby girl and died of wounds sustained in the crash shortly after insisting that the baby be named Margaret Anne. No family could be found for the woman or the baby, so it was assumed they came from one of the fringe worlds. Eventually, the baby was adopted by Frances Knight- the doctor who tended to the mother- and James, her husband.
Maggie grew up like all other children on Ixdark- in the dark and the cold. She spent a great deal of her time playing Zero-G Super-ice Handball and tagging after her father who was a botanist. She has always known that she was adopted and that her mother was dead but that her father was unknown. It never bothered her like it did some people, though. The way she saw it, James Madison Knight was her father and Frances Mae Knight was her mother.
In her final year of secondary school, she opted to apply to Starfleet Academy and become a doctor like her mother. She was accepted, of course, and after graduation, bid farewell to her homeworld and headed to Earth.
She nearly gave up in her first month. San Fransisco was unbearably hot to someone used to temperatures that never exceeded 14C (58F) and extremely bright. She had to wear dark glasses in order to see properly and an extremely light weight uniform to keep from dying of heat stroke. She rarely went outside and spent most of her free time in her room with the lights off. This annoyed her roommate at first, but eventually, the two managed to work out a schedule for the lighting situation and with that argument settled, they became friends.
Eventually, Maggie got used to the warmer climate- though she still didn’t like it- and brighter lights. She used progressively lighter glasses but has yet to be able to do away with them fully to this day.
Maggie graduated near the top of her class and was assigned to the USS Tomahawk to complete her internship, then to the USS Titan for her residency. Upon completion of her residency, she was assigned to the USS Sentinel as the ACMO, but was promoted only a few months later when the CMO retired.
It was while on the Sentinel that she met Joshua Hurley, an RN with whom she worked closely. They became fast friends. Hurley, feeling drawn to Maggie in a completely platonic way that he could not understand, convinced one of his friends, Lieutenant Roger Greenblatt, to invite Maggie on a date. Hurley’s matchmaking skills were proven when the two hit it off and were married two years later.
But, their happiness was short-lived. During a battle with an alien ship who’s origin has remained a mystery to this day, Roger saved Maggie’s life at the expense of his own. Maggie was thrown into a deep depression that no amount of consoling could quench, so it was advised that she take some time off.
She went back to Ixdark to spend some time with her family and attended regular counseling sessions. After a year, she and her counselor felt she was ready to return to duty, so she packed up her light uniforms and headed to the USS Altai, where she would be taking the position of Chief Medical Officer.
NOTES ON IX: Ix is a planet in Federation territory that revolves only one time each of its years, leaving one side always facing the sun and one side always away. Both sides are inhabitable as there is land mass and a very thick atmosphere that keeps it from getting too hot or too cold. The people who live there refer to the sides as Ixlight and Ixdark. There are native animals and plants on both sides of the planet. The twilight areas on either side of the planet have no land mass.
On Ixdark, buildings are heated to a maximum of 15C and the lights are kept at about 15% of what the rest of the galaxy uses. This is so that their eyes stay adapted to the lower light and temperatures of the planet. Both vegetation and animal life is sparse, small, and docile.
Ixlight is completely the opposite. The cooling systems are kept at no lower than 30C and they use no lights except in rooms in the center of a building. They have far more windows than anywhere else in the galaxy. The vegetation is almost impossible to control and the animals are large, but not overly voracious- most are herbivores. Still, it’s not smart to go outside alone and without a stunner.
Lieutenant Junior Grade
|Internship/Medical Officer||USS Tomohawk|
|Resident/Medical Officer||USS Titan|