Ibuki Maya

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Name: Ibuki Maya
Position: Computer Operations and Eva Coordination Officer, AE-07
Sex: Female
Age: 27 (Born 1991)
Nationality: Japanese
Place of Residence: Tokyo-2

Physical Details
Hair colour: Dark Brown
Eye colour: Brown
Height: 5'1"
Build: Slender

Personal Details
"Me? I used to be a technician over at Tokyo-2. Operations, you know- bridge crew. But when Senpai told me she was skipping town, I had to go with her- she'd be lost without me, right?"

Sweet-tempered Ibuki Maya serves in AE-07's Operations, where she manages Ops's MAGI system and coordinates data and readouts between Ops and the Evangelions. She performed much the same role as an employee of NERV Japan. However, Ibuki is not only an Operations officer but also was and is a member of Technical, working as a liaison between the two departments. Notably, she serves as Akagi Ritsuko's personal assistant, the more practical edge of that particular relationship.

Ibuki Maya was born on the 11th of July 1991, in Fukuoka on the island of Kyushu. Her father, Ibuki Hikaru, operated a used bookstore, and her mother, Miki, worked in the stores department of a large medical laboratory. When she wasn't attending school, doing homework or spending time with friends, Maya would be reading books taken off her father's shelves, books of all types- fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, historicals, horror, mystery novels… And if she wasn't reading, then she was mucking about with some of the thrown-out obsolete but still functioning equipment her mother brought home- computer parts and the like. Aided with technical guides, magazines and some of her mother's friends, she managed to have hours of fun quietly building things out of old parts or refurbishing discarded computers.

Maya was only 9 years old when Second Impact devastated the world. Kyushu, with its smaller landmass and its position south of mainland Japan, was particularly affected. Flash floods, earthquakes and volcanic activity tore the island asunder. Fukuoka, like many large, teeming cities reliant on imported supplies, rapidly became pure hell for its inhabitants. The vast bulk of the city's food supplies ran out quickly, and with Tokyo destroyed by nuclear attack, the central government was in no position to assist. Refugees teemed into Fukuoka from all over the devastated Kyushu countryside as well, rapidly exhausting the city's overstretched resources. She saw suffering on an unparalleled magnitude, and witnessed acts of cruelty and pain.

Luckily, Maya and her parents, despite the struggles- avoiding danger, finding enough to eat, locating shelter- managed to scrape through the chaotic months after Impact. It was around this time that the UN was starting to make its newly-realised authority felt around the world. In Japan, the UN brought firm authority, re-establishing a central government. They also brought aid, both in supplies and in logistics. Many in Fukuoka, including Maya and her parents, were loaded onto transport ships and taken away from the decayed husk of a city, to be replanted in one of the many temporary 'cities' that had sprung up around the Japanese countryside- after all, many cities were in the same situation as Fukuoka, but with UN authority, the resource stress caused by refugees could be spread out a lot more evenly. The Ibuki family was planted in a camp on the outskirts of the city of Saitama, 30km north of where Tokyo had been- Tokyo at this point not only being a nuclear ruin, but mostly underwater to the point where the coastline of Tokyo Bay was now only 8-12 km from Saitama itself.

In late 2001, the Provisional Government of Japan declared that Saitama would be transformed into the new capital. Over the next two years, intensive work went into restoring the city, demolishing and clearing debris, upgrading its infrastructure foundations and making it fit for habitation. Massive amounts of resources- materials, labour, knowledge- flowed into the city from all over Japan and all over the world, in fact. By October 2003, the Provisional Government declared their "Capital Rehabilitation Project" a success, and renamed Saitama 'Tokyo-2'. After this, it was declared fit for habitation, and began to be populated. Right of first refusal fell to the refugees living in the peripheral camps, many of which- including Maya's parents- had been active in the rebuilding. The overwhelming majority accepted, and just like that the Ibukis had been resettled, having been plucked from Kyushu all the way to the new heart of the country.

But the construction process didn't finish. Although the core of the city was complete, construction and investment continued at even greater paces, fueling an economic boom that saw the city's population swell rapidly. Ibuki's parents were never short on work options, and both of them worked very hard- and prospered. By mid-2004, schools had reopened and Maya, now 13, could start learning again.

All of this had a profound effect on Maya. She never forgot the terror and pain of Impact, but at the same time she'd seen Saitama, a chaotic mess of a city, be transformed into a gleaming metropolis and a bastion of modern technology. Equipment and techniques from all over the world, many of which Maya had never seen before, were right on her doorstep, bringing about this grand revival. To Maya, it seemed as though the human spirit, battered though it was, had flourished and restored itself, helped along the way with ever-greater levels of technology. Already deeply curious, witnessing all of this made that curiosity even stronger, and she threw all of her energy into studying and investigating as much as she could. She couldn't have picked a better place and time for it. Her interest developed into a real inventiveness, and she tried to create all sorts of strange and wonderful devices from the components she had on hand.

Maya's inquisitiveness and boundless enthusiasm for her subjects of interest put her in good stead when it came to her schoolwork, and she performed excellently. Furthermore, Maya's boundless optimism, energetic spirit and willingness to help others selflessly made her very popular amongst her fellow students.

Maya graduated from school in 2008, and entered Tokyo-2 University the next year, studying electronic engineering and computer science. It was here that she would inadvertently begin her relationship with NERV. In 2010, NERV, under the guise of an academic competition organisation, published an open challenge in university papers all over Japan: propose methods of improving the efficiency of computer electronics, particularly in areas such as programmable logic, signal processing and potential Mind-Machine utility. The reward was a substantial cash prize- 5 million yen- and a scholarship. The challenge greatly intrigued Maya, falling right into her area of interest. Over the next few months she dedicated her time to research and, wherever possible, experimentation, managing to persuade higher students and professors to sounding-board her ideas and offer her supervised access to some of the rarer equipment and databases available. In August 2010, Maya submitted her answer to the challenge- inspired partially by a Tokyo-2 University research project based around titanium oxide crystal data storage systems- a schematic for a titanium dioxide based memristor. Although Maya was not the only person to come up with the idea, her design was one of the most reliable… Which NERV knew primarily because it had invented titanium dioxide memristors in 2004 as a sub-project of the MAGI project. It had simply not disseminated this invention to the outside world. Maya's design bore close similarity to the standard memristor used in NERV computing, which had been designed in the first place by Akagi Ritsuko.

In September 2010, Maya subsequently received a letter congratulating her on winning the competition, along with her cheque for 5 million yen. She was giddy beyond imagining, celebrating with family and friends long into the night. The next day, Dr. Akagi Ritsuko herself showed up at Maya's door to discuss the 'scholarship' with the sleepy, somewhat hungover university student. Akagi invited Maya to her own 'research laboratories', which Maya accepted.

In reality, the scholarship was a method by which NERV would locate promising young talent, incorporate them into the organisation- presenting them with access to the best technology, best minds and best education imaginable- and thus train that potential into a professional perfectly shaped for NERV's needs. This was explained to Maya in the car heading towards none other than the Tokyo-2 Minifront- the headquarters of NERV Japan.

At first, Maya was utterly bewildered. A huge paramilitary base hidden beneath Tokyo-2? That was insane- it sounded like the sort of fiction she read rather than reality. In fact, exposing her to this was something of a risk, but Akagi had access to documentation on Maya (naturally) and had a gut feeling that it'd work out. And as Maya was guided through NERV's laboratories and workshops, Akagi was proven right: Maya's bewilderment gave way to pure excitement and awe. For a girl who had started out on obsolete, abandoned machines, being led into a cornucopia of technology, most of which was so advanced that it did not legally exist, was like the wildest of dreams coming true.

Then she learned the true purpose of NERV- the Evangelions- and knew that she would never, ever work anywhere else. Two weeks later, Maya started part-time at NERV Japan as a research assistant to Akagi herself- all the better to ease her into the role.

In 2012, Maya graduated from Tokyo-2 University, and transitioned into full-time employment with NERV. The rest of her education would now take place entirely in NERV, with fellow scientists as her tutors. At the same time, she was assigned to Operations, since it required a MAGI operator on hand.

And there she remained, until the formation of the UEF in 2018. Although not all of NERV Japan defected, most of Ops and a goodly portion of Technical did, including Akagi Ritsuko- and Maya, deeply admiring of her 'senpai', loyally followed her into defection.

Maya is bright, inventive and curious, with a practical mind and well-developed problem-solving skills. She is also cheerful, optimistic and sweet-tempered, making her very popular amongst her colleagues, who cannot help but find themselves cheered up by her happy nature. She is, however, one of the greenest members of NERV when it comes to the more confronting elements of war. Although she is perfectly qualified for her role, she is very sensitive and hates witnessing or causing pain in or to other living beings. Scenes of great violence or carnage- always a risk when it comes to Evangelion combat- make her physically ill, and in the past she has retched or thrown up when confronted with recordings of Eva combat. All in all, although she's a great assistant and a highly useful asset for any Operations Director, her rather timid and sensitive nature cause her to panic and break down under high-impact stress, such as during a firefight or a particularly brutal battle.

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CHARACTERISTICS
Weapon Skill Ballistic Skill Strength Toughness Agility Intelligence Perception Willpower Fellowship
15 15 25 25 45 50 50 30 45
SKILLS
Athletics, Awareness, Charm, Literacy, Logic, Security, Tech-Use+10
SPECIALIST SKILLS
Common Lore (Science), Scholastic Lore (Computer Science+10, Electronics+10, Magi), Speak Language (English, Japanese)
TRAITS
Extra Talents (6), Touched by the Fates (1)
HORDE LEADER BONUS
Engineer (+2 AP, +4 If in cover)
PROFICIENCY TALENTS
Melee (General), Pistol (General)
SKILL TALENTS
Talented (Tech Use)
MENTAL TALENTS
Brilliance, Foresight, Total Recall
INTERPERSONAL TALENTS
Good Reputation (NERV Japan, UEF) Peer (NERV Japan, UEF)
SUPPORT TALENTS
Able Assistant, Lend a Hand, Low Profile, Wingman
TECHNICIAN TALENTS
Applied Engineering, Careful that's Dangerous, Jury-Rig, Master Engineer, Overclocking, Percussive Maintenance, Temporary Reinforcement
WOUNDS LOYALTY EQUIPMENT
6 80 Fed Light Power Armour, Combi-Tool, Railpistol

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