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"I am Maia... The workings of the Pleiades shining in the heavens shall be yours, bearer of the full moon..."
—Maia, Persona 2: Innocent Sin

Maia is a Persona in the series.

History

In Greek mythology, Maia is the daughter of Atlas and Pleione and the patron goddess of Nursing mothers. She is the eldest, shyest and most beautiful of the Pleiades, the seven sisters. Her beauty attracted Zeus who bred with her and so she gave birth to Hermes.

Appearances

Profile

Persona 2: Innocent Sin

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"From Greek mythology, the oldest of the Pleiades, the seven sisters who support the heavens. Incidentally, she is not a goddess, but a nymph. She had an affair with the chief god Zeus and gave birth to the god Hermes.
Maia's name holds the meaning of "Grandmother of Magic" and is said to be the Western equivalent to Buddha's mother Maya, who is said to have created the universe."
—Persona World

Maia is the initial Persona of Maya Amano. As a child, Maya was able to conjure her Persona, whom she believed to be a guardian angel. Years later when she and the other main characters are attacked by a group of monsters, she summons her Persona again to protect themselves and learns the ability to invoke her Persona at will ever since. Maia's appearance is overall pink, red and black. Her clothes seems to be a combination of Japanese traditional clothing and the Gothic style. During the arson attack 10 years ago, Maia was able to break her host out of the shrine before the flames consumed her.

If the player let Maya rescue Akari Hoshi in the Sky Museum when it was on fire, after the Mt. Iwato scenario Philemon will grant her Maia Prime for overcoming her pyrophobia.

Despite being Maya's signature Personas, Maia and Maia Prime can be equipped by Yukino, albeit with lower Affinity.

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

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Maia returns as Maya Amano's initial Persona. Following the events of Innocent Sin, Maya has completely forgotten her memories, but she is able to summon her Persona once more when she is attacked by JOKER. Maia's appearance is somewhat changed. Her stats and battle skills remain almost the same, but now excels at the water element instead of the ice element. In Eternal Punishment's universe, Maya was never caught in the arson attack, and so never summoned her Persona until the JOKER attacked her.

Other Quotes

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

  • "I am thou... Thou art I... I cometh from the sea of thy heart... I am the brilliant mother, Maia..." (Upon awakening)

Stats

Persona 2: Innocent Sin

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I am Maia... The workings of the Pleiades shining in the heavens shall be yours,
bearer of the full moon...
Arcana Type Level SP cost Bonus Returns °
Moon None 3 6 Ag +1 Vi Incense
Exclusive to Maya, Yukki Traits Gloomy
Oldest of the seven Pleiades sisters in Greek lore and mother of Hermes.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 3
Vitality 4
Dexterity 5
Agility 5
Luck 4
12 14 12 14
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
Summon Information
Story Acquired automatically when Maya Amano joins.
Mutates Into Maia can mutate into Maia Prime after the events of Mt. Iwato (PSP only).
List of Skills
Rank Skill Effect
1 Hama Deal instant Light kill to one enemy. (48% chance)
2 Dia Recover low HP for one ally.
3 Feral Claw Deal low Havoc damage to one enemy.
4 Bufu Deal low Ice damage to one enemy. May freeze. (30% chance)
6 Media Recover low HP for all allies.
8 Omni Dimension Instantly kill one enemy. (20% chance) [Non-elemental]
Mutation Diarama Recover high HP for one ally.

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I am Maia... Awakened messenger of the Pleiades: Flowers to the past;
fertility to your heart. The sixteenth night's moon now shines...
Arcana Type Level SP cost Bonus Returns °
Moon None 31 34 Ag +1 Vi Card
Exclusive to Maya, Yukki Traits Gloomy
Oldest of the seven Pleiades sisters in Greek lore and mother of Hermes.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 26
Vitality 21
Dexterity 34
Agility 24
Luck 30
114 104 92 95
Sw Rn Sk Th Hv Fi Wt Wi Er Ic El Nc Li Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
Summon Information
Story Let Maya rescue Akari Hoshi from the fire in the Aerospace Museum.
Mutation Can be mutated from Maia after the Mt. Iwato scene. (PSP only)
List of Skills
Rank Skill Effect
1 Hama Deal instant Light kill to one enemy. (48% chance)
2 Hypnotic Waves Deal Nerve sleep ailment to all enemies. (48% chance)
3 Feral Claw Deal low Havoc damage to one enemy.
5 Malaques Deal medium Water damage to an enemy group.
6 Mediarama Recover high HP for all allies.
8 Omni Dimension Instantly kill one enemy. (20% chance) [Non-elemental]
Mutation Recarm Revive and recover low HP for one ally. (25% max HP)

Persona 2: Eternal Punishment

Maia EP.png
I am thou... Thou art I... I cometh from the sea of thy heart... I am the brilliant mother, Maia...
Arcana Type Level SP cost Bonus Returns °
Moon None 3 5 AGI +1 VIT Incense
Exclusive to Maya Traits Gloomy
From Greek myth, one of Atlas' daughters. Mother of Hermes.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 3
Vitality 4
Technique 5
Agility 5
Luck 4
12 15 12 14
Sw Sh Sk Th Ak Fi Wt Wi Er Ic Ln Nc Ho Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
Summon Information
Story Maya Amano's Initial Persona.
Mutates Into Maia can mutate into Maia Custom after the events of GOLD
if the player portrays Maya as a compassionate person.
List of Skills
Rank Skill Effect
1 Hama Renders an enemy Unconscious. (36% chance) [Holy-element]
2 Dia Restores a character's HP.
3 Aqua Inflicts small Water damage to an enemy.
6 Media Partially restores all characters' HP.
8 Multi-Dimension Renders an enemy Unconscious. (20% chance) [Non-elemental]
Mutation Diarama Greatly restores a character's HP.
Unknown Power
Assist Type Bestows Tarukaja + Makakaja (or Rakukaja + Samakaja in addition)

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My name is Maia... One awakened to true powers... Flowers for the past...
Fertility to you... Let the lunar moon again be...
Arcana Type Level SP cost Bonus Returns °
Moon None 31 22 AGI +1 VIT Card
Exclusive to Maya Traits Gloomy
From Greek myth, one of Atlas' daughters. Mother of Hermes.
Atk Def Matk Mdef
Strength 26
Vitality 21
Technique 34
Agility 24
Luck 30
109 94 92 95
Sw Sh Sk Th Ak Fi Wt Wi Er Ic Ln Nc Ho Dk Al Nr Mn
- - - - - - - - - - - - Nu Nu - Nu Nu
Summon Information
Story Player plays Maya as a compassionate person during the Fitness Club GOLD scenario.
Mutation Mutate from Maia with above condition fulfilled.
List of Skills
Rank Skill Effect
1 Hama Renders an enemy Unconscious. (36% chance) [Holy-element]
2 Invitation to Sleep Puts a group of enemies to Sleep. (52% chance) [Nerve-element]
3 Scratch Inflicts small Strike damage to an enemy.
5 Maha Aques Inflicts medium Water damage to a group of enemies.
7 Medirama Greatly restores all characters' HP.
8 Multi-Dimension Renders an enemy Unconscious. (20% chance) [Non-elemental]
Mutation Recarm Recovers an Unconscious character, restoring some HP. (25%)
Unknown Power
Assist Type Bestows Tarukaja + Makakaja (or Rakukaja + Samakaja in addition)

Gallery

Trivia

  • In Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Reverse Maia shares the same base sprite sheet as Maia Prime with a different palette instead of the initial Maia.
  • Aside from the fact that Maia is used by Maya, her oriental design references the interpretation that the Atlas' seven daughters, the Pleiades, derive from the Chinese Jade Emperor's seven daughters. Both are related to constellations (though the stars they represent differ) and have their youngest daughters, namely Merope and Zhinü, romantically involved with mortal males.
  • Maia's mythological connection to Hermes parallels the relationship between Maya and Jun Kurosu. Where Maya and Jun were mother and son figuratively in childhood, Maia and Hermes were literally mother and son in lore.
  • Maia and Maia Prime are the only Initial and Prime Personas who are not exclusive to one character, as Yukino can use them.


Major Arcana
Fool Sarutobi Sasuke - Tenjiku Tokubei - Tobi Katou - Fuuma Kotarou
Magician Tengu - Agrippa - Abe no Seimei - Manannan - Isis
Priestess Tensen Nyannyan - Sif - Parvati - Izanami - Hathor - Lakshmi
Empress Vesta - Arianrhod - Nemesis - Seioubo - Durga - Kali - Gaia
Emperor Airgetlam - Marduk - Baal - Huracan - Indra - Odin - Vishnu
Hierophant Xuanzang - Umayadono-Ouji - Sakya - Yama - Mithra - Varuna - Brahma
Lovers Eros - Pixie - Robin Goodfellow - Jack Frost - Pyro Jack - Eros Prime - Vivian - Venus
Chariot Minotaur - Taranis - Seiten Taisei - Susano-O - Ares - Mahakala - Shiva
Strength Longma - Otohime - Culebre - Taksaka - Vritra
Hermit Nekomata - Marshal Tianpeng - Gullinbursti - Byakko - Genbu - Kinich Ahau
Fortune Hermes - Cerberus - Chronos - Urd - Verdandi - Skuld - Fenrir
Justice Mars - Nezha - Kundali Vidyaraja - Skanda - Bishamonten - Pallas Athena
Hanged Man Shax - Kabandha - Barbatos - Adramelech
Death Rhadamanthus - Hel - Rhadamanthus Prime - Ankou - Charon - Hades - Mot
Temperance Harpy - Fjalar - Stymphalides - Phoenix - Suzaku
Devil Poltergeist - Surt - Beelzebub - Lucifer
Tower Kanaloa - Loki - Aeshma - Seker - Seth
Star Kinnara - Iris - Gandharva - Juanlian Dajiang - Hoenir - Valkyrie - Hanuman
Moon Maia - Pairika - Maia Prime - Succubus - Artemis - Tsukuyomi - Nanna
Sun Vulcanus - Surya - Kinich Kakmo - Vulcanus Prime - Heimdall - Ildanach - Apollo - Virochana
Judgement Phaleg - Angel - Principality - Melchizedek - Armaiti - Throne - Ameretat - Michael - Satan
World Demeter - Njord - Hunab Ku - Mucalinda - Seiryu - Ouroboros
Minor Arcana
Coin Fukurokuju - Ebisu - Sarasvati
Cups Galahad - Bacchus - Dagda
Sword Cu Chulainn - Arthur - Futsuno Mitama
Wand Budai - Shou Shen - Quetzalcoatl
Major Arcana
Fool Sarutobi Sasuke - Tenjiku Tokubei - Tobi Katou - Junnosuke Kuroda - Fuuma Kotarou
Magician Tengu - Agrippa - Abe no Seimei - Manannan - Isis - Rangda
Priestess Tensen Nyannyan - Sif - Parvati - Izanami - Hathor - Scathach - Lakshmi
Empress Arianrhod - Nemesis - Seioubo - Rinok - Kali - Gaia
Emperor Airget Lam - Marduk - Baal - Hurakan - Indra - Odin - Lugh - Vishnu
Hierophant Genjo - Aizen Myouou - Umayado no Ouji - Shaka - Yama - Mithra - Varuna - Alfred - Brahma
Lovers Pixie - Robin Goodfellow - Jack Frost - Jack O' Lantern - Vivian - Alice
Chariot Minotaur - Taranis - Seiten Taisei - Susano-O - Ares - Mahakala - Siva
Justice Helios - Mars - Nata - Gundari Myouou - Skanda - Bishamonten - Hyperion - Pallas Athena
Hermit Nekomata - Tenhou Gensui - Grinbulsti - Byakko - Genbu - Kinich Ahau - Tishtoriya
Fortune Cerberus - Urd - Verdandi - Skuld - Fenrir - Gyokukou Joutei
Strength Ryume - Otohime - Kerepres - Takshaka - Vritra - Wong Long
Hanged Man Odysseus - Shax - Kabandha - Barbatos - Adramelech - Prometheus - Azazel
Death Hel - Ankou - Charon - Mot
Temperance Harpie - Fearal - Stuparideth - Phoenix - Suzaku
Devil Poltergeist - Surt - Beelzebub - Lucifer
Tower Kanaloa - Loki - Aeshma - Seker - Hastur - Seth
Star Callisto - Kimnara - Iris - Gandharva - Kenren Taishou - Heinir - Valkyrie - Astria - Hanuman - Fariedone
Moon Maia - Pariker - Maia Custom - Succubus - Tsukuyomi - Maihime Amano - Artemis - Nanna
Sun Surya - Kinich Kakmo - Heimdal - Il-Dana - Tatsunoshin Suou - Apollo - Virochana
Judgement Phaleg - Nike - Melchisedec - Armati - Amurtart - Gabriel - Michael - Satan
World Demeter - Njord - Hunab Ku - Mucalinda - Seiryu - Uroboros - Shokuin
Minor Arcana
Rod Hotei - Nankyoku Roujin - Nodens - Quetzalcoatl
Cups Matsuo-sama - Galahad - Bacchus - Dagda
Sword Kanshou - Chu Chulainn - Arthur - Futsuno Mitama
Pentacle Fukurokuju - Yebisu - Peri - Sarasvati
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