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|Dragon Quest series character|
|Dragon Quest IV|
Maya (Mara in the NES version) is a playable character in Dragon Quest IV.
 Appearance and Personality
Maya is very similar in appearance to Meena, her younger sister. Maya wears next to nothing, the better to show off her body when she dances.
Though during the game she is still grieving the death of her father, Maya is generally a very outgoing, if slightly immature, person. When she dances, she does so without inhibition, every movement filled with energy and freedom. This trait shows through in everything else she does as well. She seems to have a gambling problem, a possible result of this trait. She finds towns without casinos boring.
Chapter 4 is set with Maya and Meena performing at a town populated almost entirely by entertainers and tourists. They use their job as a cover and the town as a base to investigate the murder of their father, a prominent alchemist. Though they suspect his apprentice, Balzack, killed him in order to steal the Secret of Evolution, they have nothing to back up their claim, and keep it to themselves for the time being.
After following the trail through several towns across the entire country, they finally confront the murderer at his castle. Unfortunately, after his defeat, his master, the Marquis de Léon, soundly defeats them in battle and throws them into the dungeon. Luckily, its only other occupant points them to a secret exit, and after they escape they flee directly to Endor.
In Chapter 5, Meena is attempting to continue her fortune-telling business but Maya blows all the gold they'd earned on their journey at the Casino, leaving them fairly stranded in the city. Luckily, the Hero has been told to seek out his destined allies, and locates Meena and Maya in short order. Maya swears never to gamble again and the two sisters join the player's party for the remainder of the game.
Much further into Chapter 5, the party confronts Balzack, at Castle Zamoksva. He has used an imperfect version of the Secret of Evolution to become Baalzack, but the party is still able to kill him, avenging the death of the sisters' father.
 In Battle
As a dancer rather than a warrior, Maya is physically frail, possessing practically zero Strength, and the lowest Defence and HP in the game. The tradeoff is the highest Agility, good Wisdom, a great deal of MP, and a very strong set of spells, including support spells like Sap, strong damage-dealers like Sizzle and Frizzle, and oddities like Puff.
|Dragon Quest IV (DS)|
Maya is known as Manya in the original Japanese and Mara in the original NES version.
Along with her sister Meena, they both make a cameo in Dragon Quest VII.
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