Place of Birth: 2370,
Kes is an Ocampa, an intelligent, telepathic species who has
a nine-year life span. The Ocompa live in an underground city on the
Ocampan homeworld, which is a world covered by one huge desert. Centuries
before, the Ocampa city was built by The Caretaker, who vowed to take care
of the Ocampans and supply them with energy and water. In 2371, the
Caretaker became ill. Knowing he was dying, he increased the energy supply
and began a search across the galaxy to find a male and female who could
take his place. This search brought the Federation starship U.S.S. Voyager
and the Maquis vessel Liberty to the Delta Quadrant.Kes was first seen in "Caretaker" (VOY).
In 2371, her
father Benaren and then her mother Martis died when she was one year old.
Being very curious, she heard about the surface and decided to explore.
When she got to the surface, she was captured by the Kazon-Ogla, who
wanted to steal the Ocampa's unlimited energy and water supply. Kes was
then rescued by Neelix and the U.S.S. Voyager crew from the Kazon-Ogla and
she left the Ocampa Homeworld and joined Voyager's crew. She soon became
the EMH Doctor's medical assistant.
In 2374, Kes' body went into a
state of cellular flux and she experienced uncontrollable psychokinetic
abilities which endanged the ship. When Ocampa's die, they move on to a
new "plane of existence." While no definite reason why Kes
resonated early is given, the EMH Doctor theorized that her interaction
with Species 8472 had caused it.