The Red Sage gave up with so little effort. No fun at all.”— Maia Acheron
Maia Acheron is the secondary antagonist of Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. Warped by her long exposure to Dark Eco, she and her brother Gol planned to open the Dark Eco Silos with a modified Precursor Robot in order to flood the world with Dark Eco and reshape it according to their own twisted vision but were ultimately defeated.
Pre The Precursor LegacyEdit
The exact details to Maia Acheron's life prior to The Precursor Legacy remains largely unknown. Whether or not she and her brother Gol already lived at their citadel or studied Dark Eco before Young Samos and Young Jak arrived is unknown. Similarly it is unclear whether or not they were aware of the locked gate with the Rift Gate and Rift Rider stored behind it on top of their citadel.
When Samos discovered Maia was studying Dark Eco he warned Maia against these actions; neither she nor Gol listened and practically disappeared over the next ten years. In actuality, the two were driven mad by Dark Eco, though their affectionate sibling relationship remained, and they planed to recreate the world by flooding it with Dark Eco from the Precursor Silos scattered throughout the land.
Soon after this, Gol kidnaps the Blue, Red and Yellow Sages, in order to draw from their power and knowledge so that he can carry out his plans. Maia witnesses - or takes part in - the capture of the Red Sage, claiming that his lack of resistance was "no fun at all."
The Precursor LegacyEdit
In their attempt to flood the world with Dark Eco, they used Lurkers to search for Precursor artifacts to rebuild and enhance the functional remains of a Precursor robot.
They were presumed dead when Jak destroyed their robot (the remains of which sank into the Silo); however, Samos hinted that they may return. Given that they were already corrupted by Dark Eco, it can be implied that they could survive.
The fact that Maia is less warped in appearance than her brother may hint that she has not been exposed to Dark Eco as long as him; however, she is just as insane as him. Like Gol, her skin has been turned a grayish-blue color, and there are two patches of darker color on either side of her face. Maia wears a Precursor metal corset and armor, as well as a headdress that resembles the anteater-like heads of the Oracles.
While Samos does not suffer a moment of incomprehension when he addresses Maia, it is uncertain whether the changes that she has undergone are as substantial as her brother's - it may be that Samos deduced who she was by the fact that she was with Gol.
The nature of Maia's personality before her Dark Eco corruption is never truly touched upon, although a comment spoken by Samos the Sage during a confrontation with the siblings in the Red Sage's lab allows for some reasonable speculation: "And Maia, I told you the Dark Eco would affect you both!" This suggests that Samos had warned Maia specifically (as opposed to both Acherons collectively) about the consequences of becoming involved with Dark Eco. Since Maia obviously didn't heed Samos' advice, it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume that her pre-exposure self was either naive enough, arrogant enough, or stubborn enough to ignore the wisdom of a Sage presumably many years her senior.
This doesn't rule out the possibility that she merely chose to support and/or emulate Gol, her brother, instead of the admittedly gruff and heavy-handed Samos. Nor does it nix the idea that Gol forced her to research Dark Eco until she was too insane to object; however, the pair exhibited signs of a close relationship that seem to make the possibility of the latter less likely. They are never shown apart and even share a touching moment during a diatribe directed at them by Samos - Gol offered his gloved hand to Maia, who accepted it without hesitation. But regardless of who Maia used to be, her prolonged exposure to Dark Eco made her insane and delusional; like her brother, she truly believed that Dark Eco could be controlled and used to unlock the mysteries of the universe, such as creation itself. She also believed that raising a Lurker army, ravaging the land for Dark Eco and Precursor artifacts, kidnapping the other Sages, building a Precursor Robot from those same artifacts, using it to open the Dark Eco Silos and flooding the world with the dangerous substance was a perfectly acceptable method of achieving her goal.
Maia appears to be more violent and sadistic than her brother; in her very first appearance, she encourages the Lurker army under her and her brother's control to "deal harshly with anyone who strays from the [Sandover] village". She also seems to relish the idea of eventually attacking Sandover - possibly, if it is true that she and Gol felt a bitterness toward Samos for his presumably numerous warnings concerning the research of Dark Eco, they might have seen it as a way of extracting revenge on someone they thought of as an "old fool" who treated their vision with disdain.
Maia uses her mastery of Dark Eco to fly and also to teleport. Since Jak fights their robot and not the Sages themselves, it is unknown what her offensive capabilities may be. However, since they were able to capture the other Sages (and Maia mentions that the Red Sage gave up with little effort), their abilities may be substantial. There is the possibility, however, that Maia may not be very powerful on her own, as she needed her brother's help in capturing the Sages, and there may even be the possibility that Gol did most of the work.
- Maia's surname, "Acheron", is identical to the name of the river of woe that circled the Underworld in Greek mythology.
- Gol and Maia are twins, according to a trivia question on an old (now defunct) Naughty Dog Precursor Legacy website.