Character Name: Kate Howard
Character's Full Name: Caitriona Raghnailt Howard
Pronounciation: Katrina Raynilt
Character Age: 35
Nationality: United Kingdom
Character Rank: Major
Character Position: SG7 (2IC)
Appearance: 5ft10, slim, curvy, long, straight, red hair, freckles and green eyes. Picture
Education: Politics and International Relations
Special abilities: Can use Goa'uld weapons and devices
The Early Years: Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland as Caitriona Doherty, Kate was an only child to protestant parents. At the age of 10, her parents divorced, and she moved with her mother to Portsmouth in England. Portsmouth, like Belfast, was a huge ship town, and, as such, she developed an interest in armed organisations and ships from a young age, and joined the Cadets at her earliest possible opportunity.
University: Kate Doherty went on to study Politics and International Relations at Southampton University, before continuing on to do a masters at Royal Holloway in London. It was whilst she was studying for her postgraduate qualifications that she met Tom Howard, her future husband.
1992-2000: Kate and Tom Howard married on 5th June 1992, 4 months before she received her Masters qualification. Shortly afterwards, she joined the Royal Navy as fully fledged officer, completing her basic training in Cornwall, and specialist in her teenage home of Portsmouth. in In 1996, she gave birth to her first child, Suzie, soon after which, she gave in to her maternal instincts and took a desk based job for the Navy in London. Two more daughters followed; Laura in 1999 and Sophie in 2000.
2000-2002: Three months after the birth of youngest daughter, Sophie, Kate was abducted by the Goa'uld as a result of her strong naval position as a political expert and diplomat. She was made host to Nut, the Egyptian Sky Goddess. Although freed by the Tok'ra in 2002, she suffered serious guilt issues as a result of the atrocities she commited. At first, Kate turned down the offer of employment at the SGC, in the hope of settling back down with her husband. Tom, not understanding the confidential nature of what happened to Kate, threw her out for abandoning him and refused her access to her three daughters. Distraught, Kate took up a position at the SGC and moved to America.
2003-4: Whilst on a mission, it became apparent that a Goa'uld hiding on Earth was trying to contact Nut. Knowing that Kate Howard was Nut's host, he went to find her whereabouts from Tom. Using Asgard beaming technology, Kate was able to beam into her living room in time to see the Goa'uld murdering her husband. The Goa'uld, Geb (Nut's husband) managed to escape, and Kate was left as a single mother. In 2004, Kate's 3 children and her new lover, also an employee at the SGC, were found dead. Kate, distraught, was sent to the Alpha site for a change of scenery, in the hope that the immenant threat would help her put things back into perspective. Kate has told noone of what happened to her children, although it is known that she was at the scene.
Personality: Kate was always very maternal and cared a lot for her daughters and her fellow team members. Shortly after the realisation of her family's deaths, Kate became over focused and mechanical about her job. She became violent and distressed, blaming herself for what had happened. Although she still suffers from the occasional mood swing, she has found a happy balance between the two, always trying to be friendly and raise morale among fellow officers. She can always be found having a chat and comforting her friends. And those she doesn't know so well. She rarely refers to her rank, claiming that "you don't need a rank to prove your merit."