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Clarissa "Claire" Melpomene Mao is the daughter of Jules-Pierre Mao, and the younger sister of Julie Mao.

She wishes to find, humiliate and eventually kill Jim Holden for what he has done to her father and her family name. But she doesn't want to kill him outright. She believes this will lead to his martyrdom. She wants to destroy his legacy, reputation, and name. This is in regards to Holden's revelation to the Sol system of Jules-Pierre Mao's involvement with Protogen, which led to his arrest.

She has illegal implants that allow her almost a second sight, when in combat, and allows her to step up her combat skills to take over groups of attackers. It feels like time slows for her and she can see and anticipate attacks. During her battle state, her movements aren't conscious and happen with instinct. Though it can leave her attackers dead or in bad shape, at the end of the come down period, she is left disoriented, and confused state. This is why the type of implant she had wasn't adopted readily by the UNN military, or for that matter, legal.

HistoryEdit

False IdentityEdit

Clarissa buys the false identity of "Melba Alzbeta Koh" along with a cover occupation of electrochemical technician supervisor aboard Cerisier from Travin, an identity broker in a gambling house of Baltimore. Then, because he attempts to blackmail her for more money, she uses her implant to kill him and his crew before escaping the scene.

The Ring Edit

Using her false identity, she was responsible for a terrorist attack on Seung Un, a UNN vessel, while trying to incriminate James Holden as part of a larger plan to disgrace Holden and the rest of Rocinante's crew and then to recover the former glory of the Mao family.

Her framing of Holden forces him to flee through the Ring to escape the fleets of Earth, Mars, and the OPA. Consequently, the ships of all fleets follow Holden through the gate into the slow zone.

The Slow Zone Incident Edit

The ships of the flotilla are severely damaged and crews took heavy fatalities when the Ring responded to MCRN Marines explosive weapons aboard the Ring station. A more restrictive speed limit quickly decelerated all these ships.

She is identified and stopped by Annushka Volodolov who had been befriended by Tilly Fagan, the wife of the wealthy sponsor of the Thomas Prince cruise and friend to the Mao family. Tilly refers to Clarissa as "Claire".

Anna pursues Clarissa from the Prince to the Rocinante and stops her first attack on Naomi as Anna uses a taser taken from the security office of the Prince. With Amos Burton and Alex Kamal recovering from injuries sustained during the Slow Zone's sudden speed limit reduction, with Naomi passing out from Clarissa's first attack, Clarissa uses her implant to mount a second attack this time against Anna; however, she fails to find and break into the locker before the effects of that implant wear out. Anna is able to bind Clarissa with tape then called for emergency pickup by the crew of Behemoth.

After her failed attempt to eliminate the Rocinante's crew, she is taken into custody and locked up aboard the Behemoth. It was through the central influence of the connections between Tilly and Anna that leniency for Clarissa was sought from Bull, Jim Holden and the Rocinante crew.[1]

She is recruited by Captain Ashford aboard the Behemoth while they're in detention together and as his loyalists free him. As Clarissa goes to join them, she sees Anna and turns to give her a smile. In his service, she circumvents tactics to disable environment of the command center while Bull's loyalists controlled engineering.

While watching Monica Stuart's Radio Free Slow Zone broadcasts and witnessing Captain Ashford's tactics, Clarissa feels growing remorse and repentance for her crimes that led everyone into the Ring, especially her betrayal of Ren while she preserved the identity of Melba Koh. Hector Cortez recognizes her uncertainty but as he too begins to question Captain Ashford, he does not expose her.[2]

She ultimately helps Holden gain access to the Behemoth's command center and uses her implant to terminate Captain Ashford.[3]

Incarceration Edit

Anna exchanges favors so Rocinante transports Clarissa to Luna in exchange for Tilly paying the MCRN for the ship and clearing their claims on it as the "Tachi" then, granting the ship to the crew.[4] After the Slow Zone Incident, Clarissa was arrested and shipped back to Earth on the Rocinante. Amos befriended her on the trip back, giving her the nickname "Peaches".

Because of her illegal implants and augmentations, which can't be removed from her body safely, she was held as prisoner 42-82-4131 in the Pit, a high-security UN facility in North Carolina. Following the asteroid attack on Earth, she and Amos Burton successfully flee the planet aboard Zhang Guo, a luxury ship they commandeered on Earth.[5] At Amos's insistence, she joins the Rocinante crew, and Chrisjen Avasarala agrees to leave her in Holden's custody.[6]Helps fight of the Azure Dragon After the decades, the implants are killing Clarissa. Amos tends to Clarissa. Clarissa is instrumental in the interception of encrypted transmissions and later the sabotage of the sensor arrays that allows escape. She uses her implants one last time when their are betrayed by the turncoat from the Voltaire Collective

References Edit

  1. "The Expanse: Abaddon's Gate", Chapter 32, 35, & 36
  2. "The Expanse: Abaddon's Gate", Chapter 46
  3. "The Expanse: Abaddon's Gate", Chapter 51
  4. "The Expanse: Abaddon's Gate", Chapter 53
  5. "The Expanse: Nemesis Games", Chapter 45
  6. "The Expanse: Nemesis Games", Chapter 50

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