Maya Herrera is an advanced human with the power of Plague Secretion and the twin sister of the now deceased Alejandro Herrera. She lived with Mohinder Suresh, hoping for a cure to take her deadly power away. After her powers were taken away at her request by Arthur Petrelli she relocated to New Jersey.
Character Overview Edit
Maya and Alejandro are on the back of a truck. The driver says he can only take them as far as San Cristobal but they actually want to go to Brooklyn, New York in America. Maya is reading Chapter Six of Chandra Suresh's book, Activating Evolution.
In the truck, Maya tells Alejandro that Activating Evolutions is a incredible book. She says that Chandra has figured it all out. Alejandro tells Maya that if he knows the cause, there has to be a cure. Maya agrees. Maya is fearful of what might happen but Alejandro assures her that nothing will happen as long as he is with her.
In San Cristobal, Maya and Alejandro are running from a police patrol truck. They lose them when they hide in a small house. Maya informs her brother that she can't runnymore. Alejandro replies by saying that they have no choice. Maya says that if they get caught people will die but Alejandro says that they will die if they don't run. Alejandro tells Maya that by Tuesday they will be in America and there they will find the answers they need. Maya and Alejandro cautiously leave the small house. Later, Alejandro gives money to a man to ride on a truck to near the American border. The man and Alejandro argue about where Maya can sit. The man wants Maya to sit in the front with him to which Maya refuses. The man says that Maya has to sit with him or she doesn't go at all. Alejandro insists he will sit with Maya in the back.
On their way to New York, the Herrera twins encounter Sylar who accompanies them on their journey. Along the way, Sylar and Alejandro get into several confrontations, ultimately leading to the latter's death in a hotel room. Maya, thinking that her brother had returned home, continued onward to New York, to meet with Mohinder Suresh. During the final episode of Season 2, Powerless, Maya and Sylar arrive in New York. They are waiting inside of Mohinder's apartment with a sleeping Molly Walker. Maya was busy making Chilaquiles when Mohinder entered the apartment. Fearful of Sylar and worried for Molly, Mohinder tried to attack Sylar. In the confrontation, Sylar upset Maya and her power activated, causing Sylar, Molly and Mohinder to exhibit the black tearful eyes that Maya's power caused. She was calmed down by Sylar, who told her that she did not want to be responsible for the death of a little girl, Molly. Sylar then explained his condition to Mohinder and asked for a cure. Mohinder then explained that he had a facility where he could examine Sylar. So, Sylar forced the scientist to take him to the facility. Sylar also forced Maya and Molly to go along.
When the group arrived at the lab, Maya asked Molly to find her brother, Alejandro via a picture that Maya had in her pocket. Mohinder examined Sylar and discovered that The Company had injected him with an advanced form of the Shanti Virus, as Molly tried her best to find the Maya's brother for her, which she could not, and then explained to Maya that he had to be dead.
Growing enraged, Maya began to yell at Sylar, causing him to shoot her in the chest. Maya slumped over, to the ground, dead. Mohinder told Sylar that the vaccine for the virus was derived from the healing blood of cheerleader, Claire Bennet, previously, so Sylar then told Mohinder to heal Maya with the serum to see how it worked.
In the volume "Villains", Mohinder is busy working on a way to remove Maya's powers when he comes up with what he believes is the formula that grants artificial powers. Maya pleads with Mohinder not to use the formula, calling it a curse but Mohinder ignores her and injects it into his system.
When the eclipse temporarily reverses Mohinders mutation, he goes to Maya's apartment to make amends. He knocks on the door but is horrified to discover his mutation is returning and flees. Maya opens the door to find Mohinder gone and is obviously upset by this.
Maya has the ability to emit a a fast-acting and potentially fatal plague that can kill anyone within her vicinity (the range varies considerably, from an entire street full of people to the area of a small building). The ability is triggered when she is stressed, but she can also activate it at will. Her power's range or speed of infection does not seem to be limited, by impediments such as walls or sealed vehicles. When activating her power, her eyes turn completely black, and she cries black tears. The effects on people in the vicinity seem to be immediate as well, with no known method of defense. Within seconds, her victims' eyes turn black and secrete a black liquid, simultaneously their blood also turns black. They become breathless (suggesting respiratory failure). Then, they begin to lose the ability to move (suggesting either heart failure or nervous system failure). Leaving little opportunity for them to try to attack her. Although if Maya were ever killed or rendered unconscious while manifesting her ability the affected would instantly recover. The effects of her power can only be counteracted by her. The people affected by her ability who hadn't yet died can recover, as if unharmed but still fully aware of what had happened to them. When Maya first gained her ability her emotions controlled it, especially if she felt emotional distress: fear, grief, anger, etc. She was unable to control it until she met Sylar, who helped her to control her ability. Even to "target" the ability against particular people. Maya like the virtually immortal cancer cell. As achieved a state of biological immortality, allowing her to remain chronologically the same age she was when her powers first manifested. Although she cannot die of old age, she can be killed through injury or disease.
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