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Maya Hearth-Woman, also known as Maya Dragonslayer, was the twin sister of Hellewise Hearth-Woman and daughter of Hecate Witch-Queen. She is the first made vampire, and the ancestress of both lamia and made vampires. Born in prehistoric times, she meets her end in the novel Soulmate, at the hands of Hannah Snow.
Maya Dragonslayer had been one of the beautiful twin daughters of Hecate, the leader of the prehistoric tribe of witches. It is implied by Maya's surname that, during the war between the shapeshifters and the witches, Maya has defeated and/or destroyed at least one dragon, a notable feat. However, despite her exceptional power as a witch, Maya had an obsession with immortality, and, some time after her mother's death, sought spells to prolong her own life. Eventually, she was able to find the correct spell, but a requirement of it was to sacrifice all the infant children of the tribe. Maya did so, stealing the four babies and bringing them into the forest, drinking their blood. Maya then vanished, although the bodies of the children were recovered, to the tribe's horror.
Some nights later, Maya returned, seeking Theorn (Thierry Descouedres), a member of the tribe and a friend to both her and Hellewise. Annoyed with his attention to both of them, Maya decided she would change Theorn into a vampire as well, to be hers alone. Despite his reluctance, Maya described her own vampirism and was certain he would change his mind when he became one too, and when Theorn hesitates (fascinated by Maya's ethereal beauty) she is able to grab him and drag him into the forest, biting him and exchanging blood by puncturing her own throat with wood.
When Theorn awakens, Maya follows him, trying to convince him to embrace his new power, but Theorn rejects her completely, although he is unable to engage her in physical combat due to her strength. After witnessing the massacre at the tribe of the Three Rivers (which resulted in the accidental death of Theorn's soulmate, Hana), Maya again came to Theorn and told him to forget her. However, having found his soulmate, Theorn walks away from Maya, enraging her and sparking her lifelong hatred of Hana of the Three Rivers.
Sometime after this, Maya bears a son, Red Fern, known for his blood-red hair (the identity of his father is unknown, although the family tree lists him as Grinnel Riverman) and begins forcibly turning other people into vampires too. Hellewise then declares war on Maya, partially out of sympathy for Theorn and his own plight. This conflict was one of the first Night Wars. According to legend, Hellewise eventually challenged Maya to single combat and proved victorious; Maya and Red Fern are driven from the tribe forever, although Hellewise dies of wounds sustained in battle soon after the war ends. This begins the centuries-old blood feud between Hellewise's descendants, the Harman clan, and Maya's own descendants, the Redfern Family (this feud isn't reconciled until the 16th century with the blood-tie and marriage of Hunter Redfern and Maeve Harman).
Vengeance against Hana Edit
After Hana reincarnates in Egypt as a priestess, Ha-nakht, Maya is able to locate the girl through Thierry, who reunites with Hana. Finding the girl inside a temple of Isis, Maya introduces herself to Ha-nakht and reveals her knowledge of the priestess's liaison with Thierry. Noting the girl's fears, as priestesses of Isis are forbidden to have relationships with men, Maya reassures her that she will not tell Ha-nakht's superiors. However, Maya tells the priestess that Thierry is a demonic creature who is only after Ha-nakht's life force, planting a seed of doubt in the girl's mind about her soulmate. Maya departs, but returns later to the temple, having shapeshifted into Thierry. She then attacks Ha-nakht, carefully imitating her death at Thierry's hands in her last lifetime as Hana.
Maya continues this pattern through centuries; always finding Hana's next reincarnation, convincing her Thierry is evil, and then taking on Thierry's image and killing Hana before her seventeenth birthday. Maya does this out of extreme jealousy, as she despises Hana for ruining Maya's plan to make Thierry her consort. Maya also seeks to erode Thierry's endurance in pursuing Hana, hoping he will eventually give up his soulmate and choose Maya instead.
Maya is first mentioned, though not by name, by her descendant Ash Redfern. Whilst attending Thierry's summer solstice party with Poppy North, Ash casually mentions that Thierry was "bitten by an ancestor of mine back when people still lived in caves." after Poppy asked how old Thierry was.
Maya is mentioned again - this time in more detail - by Thea Harman when she tells the story of Maya and Hellewise to Eric Ross' sister Roz. Thea and her cousin Blaise Harman are also compared several times to Hellewise and Maya, respectively, with Grandma Harman pointing out that Blaise in particular looks a great deal like Maya. Blaise also claims to attending the Samhain party as Maya when she arrives dressed in her traditional black circle robes, though Thea thinks it's partly because Blaise "knows she looks best in them".
When Hana reincarnates in the 20th century as Hannah Snow, Maya again sends her spies to find the girl; it is revealed that Maya has been searching for Hana's latest incarnation for one hundred years since she last killed the girl. A werewolf working for the vampire ancestress locates Hannah, finding the tell-tale birthmark on Hannah's cheek, and is able to escape and relay this information to Maya. When Thierry visits Hannah and they rediscover their soulmate bond, she allows the vampire lord to drink her blood, but in doing so Hannah sees a vision of a more "savage"-looking Thierry, and an image of a woman (Maya) warning Hannah against being with Thierry, who will kill her again in this life. This leads Hannah to sever their connection and demand Thierry stay away from her, which he reluctantly does out of love for Hannah.
The next night, after Hannah has rejected Thierry, Maya herself appears; she is aware that Thierry had planted enchanted amulets around Hannah's home and convinces the girl to invite her inside, breaking the power of the talisman. Maya chats with Hannah, revealing herself as a vampire and the one who changed Thierry. She attempts to warn Hannah against him yet again, but this time Hannah distrusts them both, and insists that Maya leave after telling her she has already warned Thierry to leave her alone. Maya seems surprised, but departs. Hannah returns to her room, but find Thierry (the disguised Maya) awaiting her. Maya assaults Hannah and manages to bite her, taking a substantial amount of blood, but Hannah slams a pencil through Maya's hand, causing the vampire to retreat.
While Thierry is awaiting a witch ally in a hotel lobby, he is shocked to find Maya there; Maya is eager to end this centuries-old cycle and wants Thierry to give in to her. Thierry surprises her by stating that he intends never to see Hannah again, so long as Maya never harm her. Laughing, Maya is pleased at this change, although she then admits that she had sampled Hannah's blood, describing it as "sweet". Alarmed and furious, Thierry pins Maya to a wall and demands to know what happened. Maya tells him that once again she tried to kill Hannah disguised as him, but Hannah had defended herself with a pencil; Maya shows Thierry the "hole faintly ringed with blood". He promises to kill Maya if he threatens Hannah again, but Maya doubts him, saying he doesn't have it in him to kill. As a last word, she also references his promise to Hana never to kill again.
When Hannah finally recovers her memories and realizes Maya's deception, she goes to Las Vegas to seek Thierry and reconcile with him, although when she arrives he is not there. Having met Circle Daybreak, Hannah retreats to a balcony, but Maya is waiting for her; having shapeshifted into an enormous bat, Maya knocks Hannah out and captures the girl.
Maya brings Hannah to an abandoned mine shaft in the Nevada desert; she believes that Thierry and Hannah are trying to deceive her and reunite behind her back. To finally destroy her, Maya decides to change Hannah into a made vampire, and then kill her, which would end the cycle as vampires do not reincarnate.
In spite of Maya's efforts, recalling several abilities gained from her previous lives, Hannah is able to free herself and create a stake to await Maya. She is given an opportunity to kill the vampire matriarch, who returns to finish the blood exchange with Hannah, but ultimately she cannot bring herself to ambush Maya. Maya, who apparently knew Hannah was behind her, reacts with genuine surprise that she couldn't go through with the kill. Thierry then arrives to rescue Hannah. Maya holds Hannah hostage, threatening to kill her in front of Thierry. However, he reveals to Maya that he will always love Hannah, even if Maya does complete her plan to destroy Hannah permanently.
Additionally, even if she killed both of them, nobody Maya "hated" would be a witness to it. Upset by this, Maya tells Thierry that she loved him, but Thierry corrects her; in truth she only wanted him, especially because she could never have him. Defeated, Maya releases Hannah, but then finally strikes, intending to kill Thierry after having lost her purpose for living. Reacting quickly, Hannah stakes Maya to protect Thierry. Maya regards Hannah's action with a kind of respectful laughter before she dies; her body crumbles and mummifies before Hannah and Thierry.
Maya's first wish is to be immortal, and with elaborate spells, Maya attains her dream - at a price. She must drink blood daily. Maya is the first made vampire. Her son Red Fern is the first born vampire. Maya is ruthless and vindictive and excruciatingly beautiful with dark hair and a willowy figure. She also craves attention.
Maya apparently came across as a sweet, kindhearted girl when she was a witch, as Thierry and Hellewise were both deeply shocked when they learnt that Maya had murdered the tribe's babies in her quest for immortality. In truth, Maya was a psychopath and a narcissist, desperate for attention. She was obsessed with becoming immortal and perhaps had a fear of death. It's implied she had a poor relationship with her mother, as she became annoyed when Thierry tried to pray to her and referred to her as an "old harridan" and that she envied her sister and was unwilling to share leadership of the tribe with her. She was very confident in herself, to the point of arrogance and seemed to take perverse pleasure in causing pain and suffering to those she believed had wronged her. She was incredibly selfish and lacked any kind of empathy for others, seeing nothing wrong with murdering innocent children in her quest for immortality, forcibly turning Thierry into a vampire and stalking and murdering Hannah Snow in each of her incarnations. These acts also demonstrate the lengths she would go to in order to achieve her aims. Maya did not give up easily; the only time she gave up was when she and son were defeated by her sister, Hellewise, and when Thierry made her realise that even if she succeeded in killing Hannah permanently, Thierry would still never be her's.
Maya was very power-hungry, attempting to kill her own sister in order to take over her tribe and going to great lengths and committing terrible crimes to obtain immortality. Maya could be very jealous and possessive; she turned Thierry into a vampire partly because she was irritated by his affections for her sister Hellewise and then claimed that she "owned" him. She also repeatedly murders Hannah Snow, Thierry's soulmate, out of jealousy. Maya could also be quite delusional; she seemed to genuinely believe that if she killed Hannah permanently, then Thierry would want to be with her. She also claimed that she loved Thierry, but Thierry corrects her, saying that she merely wanted him for herself, because she knew "she couldn't have him." Maya appears to despise and scorn those she views as being weak, and gains some kind of respect for Hannah when she kills Maya to protect Thierry, stating "You had guts - after all."
Physical Appearance Edit
Maya is described as being a "stunningly" or "hauntingly" beautiful, willowy woman, with very long, black hair and "large, almond-shaped, heavy-lashed" eyes that continually change color (like her descendant, Ash Redfern). She has full lips, and "skin like silk" and "exquisite" facial features. She is described as being tall in stature. She is said to have a "pleasant" and slightly "husky" voice. Hannah describes her as looking slightly older than herself (Hannah being nearly seventeen at the time).
Before she initiated the spell to change into a vampire, Thierry Descouedres described her as "pretty", and that her physical beauty (like all vampires) increased upon her transformation. Thierry later describes her beauty as being "like the rainbow on oil scum", due to his intense hatred of her. It is noted that one of Hellewise's descendants, Blaise Harman, bears a notable resemblance to Maya in both appearance and certain personality aspects.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Despite her transformation, in addition to the typical vampire abilities, Maya has retained all of her skills as a witch, and is capable of using powerful spells, especially ones that can alter her appearance (taking on Thierry's image to trick Hannah in all of her past lives). These qualities make her the most highly formidable vampire to fight against. She also mentioned that, as a vampire, she must feed on blood every day. She additionally, due to her great age and strength, has the power to shapeshift into a gigantic bat, something only a highly advanced vampire can achieve.
- In Buddhism, Maya means "illusion", which is fitting due to the vampiric Maya's penchant for using illusions to trick and kill Hannah. It is also the name of Buddha's mother, and an alternate name for the Hindu warrior-goddess Durga, who had one incarnation that drank blood.
- Judging by Maya's last name Dragonslayer, she may have helped her mother Hecate Witch-Queen in the war that led to the Dragons' downfall.
- In the novel Witchlight, Galen Drache states that Maya's last name is "Hearth-Woman", which would make her a member of the Harman Family. This contradicts the fact that her surname is stated to be "Dragonslayer" by L. J. Smith. It is unknown which of the information is correct, as it could be a mistake by the author or the character. However there are several theories on which of Maya's last names are correct:
- During prehistoric times, people were named after a particular skill or accomplishment they achieved. "Dragonslayer" could be a reference to Maya defeating or slaying a dragon(s) during the war between the witches and the dragons.
- On the other hand, Maya's original surname may have truly been "Hearth-Woman". After her transformation into a vampire and subsequent banishment from the tribe by Hellewise, Maya may have adopted "Dragonslayer" as a surname instead.
- The dragon Azhdeha states that he was awoken by a "witch who isn't a witch". Maya could be the possible candidate, seeing as she still has her witch powers but is a vampire.
- Out of all the made vampires, Maya is the only one who was able to have a child. This is likely due to the fact that unlike other made vampires, she did not undergo the physical dying stage all other ones have to endure.
- Maya willingly tells Hannah she is a vampire when they first meet. Judging from the cardinal laws of the Night World, Maya may have done this deliberately to give herself added justification for killing Hannah.
- According to a family tree posted by L.J. Smith, Maya's mate and the father of Red Fern was named Grinnel Riverman. It is not known if Grinnel was a human or a witch (he could not have been a vampire, as Maya could only convert others into made vampires before having her son).
- Maya is the only vampire shown in the series strong enough to know shapeshifting.
- There is a possibility that Maya may return in Strange Fate. 
- Given that Hannah believed Maya to be about a year older than herself based on her appearance, it can be assumed Maya initiated the spell to become a vampire when she was in her late teens.
- Secret Vampire (in-directly mentioned)