Collins was born in Tycho City, Luna in the 2350s. While she was a child, Collins and her father used to put on suits every month, hike out across the Sea of Clouds, and stop on the western rim to watch the intense lunar dawn. She would describe the experience by saying, "I felt like I met God every morning."
During her time at Starfleet Academy she became a member of the elite cadet group Red Squad. In 2373, she was assigned along with it to the USS Valiant as part of a training exercise. However, this was just prior to the outbreak of the Dominion War, and the ship was caught behind enemy lines. In an ensuing battle, the officers on the ship were killed, and Collins received a field commission to acting chief petty officer by fellow Red Squad cadet Tim Watters, who had been given command of the Valiant. She spent eight months while Watters continued the officer's mission.
When the ship encountered Jake Sisko and Ensign Nog under attack in the USS Shenandoah, she transported both of them to the Valiant. The two would then accompany the ship on its mission. Collins showed them around, and, in talking with Jake, related how she missed home. Watters took this as a distraction and attempted to order Jake away from Collins.
After Watters ordered an attack of the Jem'Hadar battleship that failed, the bridge crew eventually were all killed except her. Nog convinced her to abandon ship with himself and Jake, and they were retrieved by the USS Defiant. She was the only Red Squad member to survive the destruction of the Valiant. In the end, she still believed Watters was a great man, though Nog said, despite that, he was a bad captain. (DS9: "Valiant")
|Members of Red Squad|
|Tim Watters • Karen Farris • Riley Shepard • Dorian Collins • Parton|
|USS Valiant personnel|