|Birthplace||The Falklands, Earth|
Lieutenant Junior Grade Doz Finch is an ebullient, upbeat, and action-oriented Human, currently posted as an Engineer to the USS Gorkon, the flagship of the Tyrellian Defence and Exploration Taskforce. Although a lot older than many of her other Human counterparts, Finch's restleness and inability to stay still for too long has enabled her to enjoy a long and fruitful career within Starfleet, first as an Enlisted Officer with a Mechanical Engineering Attestation and later as a Commissioned Officer with a full degree. Often seen as the tea-guzzling life of the party, few would realise how deeply she grieves the loss of a loved one and the challenges she now faces in the aftermath of that.
Appearance & Manner
- Likes: English tea, dancing, scallops, buying gifts, Risian Parties
- Dislikes: Having nothing to do, sickbays, big meals, callousness
- Hobbies: Power walking, tinkering
- Demeanour: Lively, quick, loud, kind, restless
- Will always take the upbeat route, even if something terrible has happened to her.
- Isn't great at keeping still. Always needs to be doing something.
- Has difficulty "opening up", and has an irrational fear of negativity.
- Strong believer in friendships and the importance of having them. Very loyal.
- Is naturally a gifted engineer but can sometimes be distracted by the grief she hasn't dealt with.
Born the scrawniest (and the last) of four, out on the windy Falkland Islands of Earth, Doz Finch spent much of her youngest years living a strange and contrasted life of nature meets mechanics. Her surroundings, mostly hills, rocks, grasslands and coastal lines, provided the respite she needed from her home that was, although splendifirous to live in, a grotto of engineering contraptions thanks largely to her technical brothers who all shared in their fathers passion for the subject.
Although she too dabbled and tinkered with machines and robots —— being particularly skilled with shuttlecraft and anything that moves —— she was more family oriented than her brothers and preferred to make the most out of her youth, enjoying adventures with friends and helping to care for her family and their house in whatever fashion that took. She was skilled at engineering just as they all were, particularly good at fixing things rather than inventing them like Wallace, but her interest in the subject fell to the wayside sometime around the death of her father whose passing sent their mother, Iris, into a deep and dark depression for many years to come.
In the aftermath of his death, rather than moving to Mars as was originally planned, the family instead relocated to Birmingham to be closer to other family members. As the years went on, it was there in the city that she met Murve Norström, otherwise called Murphy, the funny scandinavian who was first a friend of her brother Wallace, and a person who she struck an instant bond with. As a trio, the three often enjoyed hangouts in the local parks, sunrise-watching and camp fires.
Eventually each brother left to become Starfleet Engineers, and in doing so abandoned their responsibility to care for their rapidly deteriorating mother who had delved into agoraphobia. This signalled the beginning of a distance between the siblings, and a notable divide between Doz and Wallace, one that would see them grow apart as the years went on. But the one true source of support who remained behind was Murphy who did all he could to ensure that Doz not only had a friend but also a person she could rely on. Piling together their own talents in engineering, they continued to maintain and fix all of the contraptions stood around the family home, and even went as far as to lending their skills to those in the neighborhood, to stay as busy as they could.
At roughly twenty years old, Finch took it upon herself to apply for the Martian Starfleet Technical Services Academy, greatly encouraged by her best friend Murve Norström, lovingly nicknamed Murphy, who believed that she had more talent in engineering than "all three of her brothers put together". Having waited for her to do so, the pair of them set off for the academy, later taking part in its intensive programme that covered a variety of subjects from checking, repairing and servicing starships to the more fiddly arts of reprogramming and reconfiguring computers and their many parts. The abridged programme also involved a myriad of electrical, mechanical, chemical, radiological and nuclear damage scenarios, and the difficulty of it was not lost on Finch who had for so many years done "her own sort of engineering". Upon graduation, she pursued roles in maintenance whereas Murphy preferred electrical ones.
They both shared their first tour of duty aboard the USS Bonestell, serving under a cantankerous Chief Engineer who often separated the two, and liked to punish Finch by having her do maintenance work on the outer hull of the ship. Despite this however, his repeated punishments actually instilled within her an appreciation for spacewalking, which has remained one of her favourite things to do ever since. Her career as an enlisted officer spanned seven ships over forty years —— the last of which was spent on the notorious Intrepid Class starship USS Marigold.
Having reunited with Murphy during this posting, she was quite satisfied with her life until an unexpected disaster resulted in his death. As if history had repeated itself, she was flung into panic, terrified of the way she felt and her reaction to his death, and the all too real possibility of her becoming "like her mother", who had died decades prior. Desperate to distract herself, she asked Captain Koth of the Marigold if she could change her mind about an offer of academy sponsorship that she had declined many times before.
After graduating the Officer Candidate School, she was reassigned to the USS Gorkon, ironically not far from the Marigolds theatre of operation.
Murve Norström (Murphy) † was an incredibly important piece of the jigsaw that made up Doz Finch's life; a life-long best friend and confidant from her early Birmingham days, they attended the Mars Tech Academy together, and took their first Tour of Duty together on the USS Bonestell. Reuniting for a marvelous decade on the USS Marigold, a shocking engineering incident led to his death and to Doz's subsequent departure from the enlisted ranks.
Wallace Finch is the youngest of her three brothers and is an inventor who spent much of his career working at a Tellarite robotics institute, until, that is, Doz discovered him tinkering in a farm scrapyard on Bajor. 
Arthur Finch is the middle brother of her three siblings; always the most reserved and private of her brothers, he kept his cards close to his heart and rarely made his feelings known. His own engineering career did not last long at all, as he instead met a woman and chose to raise a family. Of all the brothers, he is the one she has had the least amount of contact with over the years.
Before Starbase 118
|Captain Koth Th’shrysrir|
Captain of the USS Marigold and Finch's Officer Candidate Sponsor
Crotchety, irritable, and a bit of a loner, Captain Koth was the Andorian Commanding Officer of the Marigold, and Finch's official Officer Candidate School sponsor. Known for his back-seat approach and general avoidance of the affairs of his crew, he became rather unpopular after promoting Lieutenant Gepe Grasa, the mean-spirited Chief Tactical Officer, into the temporary position of Acting First Officer, allowing her the unmitigated freedom to do whatever she wanted. Despite this however, he enjoyed a personal rapport with both Finch and her best friend Murphy, and on occassion invited them to dine with him.
|Gepe Grasa (gepp-EE-GRAH-seh)|
Acting First Officer USS Marigold
Ruthless, egotistical, and a staunch disciplinarian, Gepe Grasa was the Bajoran Chief Tactical Officer and later Acting First Officer of the Marigold who often liked to bully the crew. She was once a member of the Bajoran Militia until her transfer to Starfleet. Despite her usual horribleness, she was vaguely interested in Finch's "usefulness" and so mostly left her alone.
|Lieutenant Zeeza (zee-ZEH)|
Chief Engineer of the USS Marigold
Airy, analytical, smart, and yet charming, Zeeza was the Denobulan Chief Engineer of the Marigold, whose friendly but self-contained personality made her a highly trusted engineer, and an even greater friend. During one of many incidents on the notorious Marigold, she was able to combine her expertise in energetics and shields harmonics with Finch's prevailing knowledge of the ship's inner configuration, reducing the impact of a massive solar flare, and pulling repairs down from a few weeks to just a few days.
|Gnaxac||Engineer & Colleague||One of the first Engineers that Doz encountered on the Gorkon.|
|Alieth||Chief Science Officer||They met during a terrifying escape from the "Rogue Planet", and through a mishap of communications, Doz wound up with the temporary nickname "Boz Binch".|
|Megan Bendyn||Operations Officer||Distracted by the thoughts of her late friend Murphy, Doz found herself in a conundrum in which she was unable to make basic repairs to a box of burnt circuits. Having met Meg in the Brew Continuum, a conversation flowed, as well as her help, and through it Doz was able to focus and get the work done.|
|T'Lar||Counsellor||A chance encounter in the Brew Continuum left Doz feeling rather amused and amazed by the Vulcan's almost Human sense of humour.|
|Tahna Meru||Science Officer||Theirs was a meeting that was more complicated than is usual for Starfleet Officers; hurled into the shared "Skarbek" dream by an unusual nebula, Doz and Tahna knew each other as "Gramma" and "Lark", and through a psychologically challenging mission in which they often had to rely on one another, despite an initial lack of trust, they ultimately survived.|
|Vylaa zh'Tisav||Engineer & Colleague||After the "Skarbek" nebula fiasco ended, Doz, Vylaa and a handful of other engineers became more acquainted over a game of cards in the Lower Shuttlebay Maintenance and Support room.|
|Samira Neathler||First Officer||On a power-walk that led to a marketplace venture that led to a casino jaunt, Doz and Samira bonded in the balmy air of Bajor, and a drink or three.|
|Tali Namura||Doctor||They first met during Doz's initial check up, and later during a casino jaunt on Bajor with Samira Neathler. Doz thinks she's secretly "off her head", but likes her because she hasn't condemned her tea-intake like previous doctors did.|
|Erin Reynolds||Chief Engineer||Another "chance encounter" situation in which Doz and Erin enjoyed tea in the company of the Chief's many well-watered plants. Although polar opposites, their unusual dynamic works.|
Mission History & Participation
|Shadows in the Temple
|Fight the Power
|Click Expand to View Doz Finch's Service Record Prior to Starbase 118|
|Starfleet Service Record
Awards & Service Ribbons
|Awards and Service Ribbons|
|NPC Listing · USS Gorkon Crew Manifest · Crew History