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Melba Alzbeta Koh was born on Luna as the only child of Alscie, Becca and Sergio Koh, all of whom are deceased. She is a licensed electrochemical technician.
She has artificial glands implanted in the roof of her mouth that, once activated by two counterclockwise rolls of the tongue, release a chemical mix that heighten her senses, strength, and speed to near superhuman levels. During this altered state, time seems to slow for her as she slowly goes into a chemically induced form of autopilot. She is able to anticipate the movement of her foes and execute deadly attacks with extreme precision, allowing her to take on multiple attackers with ease. These attacks usually leave her foes either dead or mortally wounded. Because her artificial glands release neurotransmitters that alter her normal chemical balance, she is left in a state of disorientation and weeps uncontrollably as her brain chemistry returns to baseline state. For this reason the implant that she uses has not been adopted readily by the United Nations Navy (UNN) military and has been deemed illegal.
The Ring Edit
She's a senior crew member of the Cerisier on its journey to the Ring. Melba's real identity, however, is Clarissa Melpomene Mao, the eldest daughter of the disgraced Jules-Pierre Mao. Her true mission is to locate and destroy Jim Holden, who put her father in prison and ruined the Mao 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.
Despite his help and considering him a friend, Melba executes Ren when he discovers evidence of explosives on Seung Un. She conceals his body stuffed in her locker aboard the Cerisier using sealing foam.
Contracts a blind member of Monica Stuart, Cohen, to install a backdoor aboard the Rocinante which she uses to broadcast a faked manifesto declaring the Ring as territory under control of the OPA thus framing him for the destruction of Seung Un.
She volunteered to support the Thomas Prince, the ship destined to make the journey through The Ring. She did this with motives to escape the Cerisier and what she did there. She extracts Ren's body from the locker and conceals it in the toolbox she brings aboard the Thomas Prince.
The Slow Zone Incident Edit
After the speed limit is reduced again in the Slow Zone, she is called to serve in the Environmental Controls of the Thomas Prince during the emergency. She abandons the responsibility in an effort to get aboard the Rocinante and directly eliminate the crew there and any evidence of her involvement.
Her true identity is discovered by Anna and Tilly Fagan just before she leaves the Thomas Prince. Anna pursues using the location information she acquires from the security office along with a miltary grade taser.
For a continued account of her exploits, refer to Clarissa's page