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Jun 25

Character Profile: Maya

Another character who ended up being cut after the Yokohama performance was Maya, 39’s sister.  Here’s the character description I wrote for our designer:

 

Maya is 39’s sister.  She was born the year he left the 39th Luddite Micronation, and thus is eight years old when he leaves Earth.  Before leaving, 39 makes a special, secret visit to say goodbye to her, even though they’ve never met before.

During the Corporate Wars (when Maya was 27), all the Luddite Micronations were destroyed, along with all her family and friends.

She survived the Wars and their aftermath, and after the AIs had rebuilt human society, she came out from underground and joined with the few survivors and converts remaining.  Together they rejected the new world as they had the old, and set up a new Luddite Micronation, called The Last Luddite Micronation.

The AIs, dedicated as they were to everyone having what they wanted, made sure that the Micronation had arable land and was undisturbed by other humans.

Of course, the AIs also secretly made sure that the colony was successful.  There were no crop failures, no livestock blights, or anything that would threaten the seeming independence of the Micronation.

The Luddites were only too ready to chalk up their successes to their skill and foresight.

When 39 returns to Earth, a message is delivered to Maya, his only living relative, and she decides to make the trek out of the Micronation to bring him back.  She is certain that once he sees the decadence of the new world, he will want to return to his roots.

She fails to persuade him: he tells her he left for a reason and that he refuses to live with his head in the sand.  However, he soon becomes overwhelmed by the new world and shows up to rejoin the Micronation.

She watches him work diligently, and chides him when he begins to slack off.  When he proves that the AIs are responsible for the great success of the Luddites, she agrees with the Elders that 39 needs to be thrown out.  The revelation changes her, but she makes the choice to live with a lie, and chooses the Micronation over her brother.

I really loved the character, and the fact that it gave 39 someone to interact with who he loved, but who wasn’t a lover of some variety.  I felt that the culmination of the scenes with Maya on the Last Luddite Micronation were also key for showing one of the key reasons that 39 can’t live in this future world: without the chance of failure, his life becomes meaningless.

 

Unfortunately, while rewriting the show for the Fringe tour, I realized that my changes were beginning to make the show too future-heavy, and I felt that there were already enough reasons for 39 to wish to leave future Earth (not the least how the supposedly enlightened future people treat Yuki), so Maya had to go.  I will bring her back someday.

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