Living on Jigrad during the Space Pirate rule, Damara (ダマラ) was enslaved by the creatures. She was not tall enough to pass through the trip-wires, and was set for execution. However, she was saved moments before Space Pirates would have killed her senselessly by Samus Aran, who disobeyed her orders and intervened, killing all the Pirates except P-1. Years later, Damara arrived in Daiban, nervous her first time in a large city, as a student of the Federation Academy. She meant to thank her benefactor, Chairman Keaton, by presenting him with flowers at a ceremony, but it turned out that she was being used unknowingly in an assassination attempt. The flowers were actually a Mimic in disguise, but it was quickly dispatched by Samus Aran, also hiding in the crowd.
At the Academy, Damara was at the top of her class in her freshman year. She was resented by one of her peers, who insulted her and her friends by calling them poor potato farmers. The bully was promptly mauled by Pyonchi, who Samus brought with her, Chairman Keaton, and Commander Malkovich when they went to the Academy research laboratory.
Later, before he leaves, Chairman Keaton finds Damara gazing at the sky, worried about Samus, who had left on her Zero Mission. The Chairman tries to comfort her and encourage her to get to class. Fortunately, Damara's worries would be assuaged.