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|Maya "Echo" Visari|
|Killzone: Shadow Fall|
Maya "Echo" Visari (born 2366) is the deuteragonist of Killzone: Shadow Fall. She is a intelligence operative for the Helghast living on New Helghan during the events of game. She is also a Helghast and Vektan half-breed.
Having similar orders as main protagonist Lucas Kellan, whom she was initially hostile towards, but allies with him later on in the game, she will stop at nothing to get the job done.
Echo was born Maya Visari and is the daughter of Chancellor Hera Visari. It is currently unknown how many Helghast know this, though it's certainly likely that no one from Vekta ever knew it. Not even the VSA special forces had much lead on her, other than their intel describing her as a half-breed.
A reliable blood sample that confirms Maya's relation to the Chancellor has yet to be obtained. Her father is thought to be Vektan; his identity has also yet to be determined. Little is known of Maya's early history.
It is believed that she was housed in a boarding school outside of the city. She most likely had limited contact with her mother throughout this period. Maya returned to New Helghan at around the age of 16, having acquired considerable firearms and combat training.
She was put to work for Commander Anton Saric with the aim of infiltrating a number of anti-government groups within New Helghan. She is known to be fiercely defensive of her people. Maya is considered highly dangerous and wanted for multiple counts of murder and espionage.
She is first seen in the Helghast side of the city, where a prisoner exchange is being held, Lucas Kellan, for Echo. But during the release of the prisoners, a fire fight erupts. Kellan quickly kills his Helghast escort, but Echo punches him and seizes his weapon and trains it on him. However, Echo instead spares Kellan's life and escapes back into the hands of the Helghast.
She is seen a second time at the ISC Cassandra, as she angrily confronts Kellan at gunpoint, disgusted about how the Helghast are being exploited by Dr. Hillary Massar for experiments. She escapes with Massar after a brief fight with Kellan.
In the Helghast cruiser, as Echo tells her troops to put Massar in the holding cells, the VSA scientist remarks how different Echo is compared to other Helghast. Massar states that Echo's blood is "tainted," and she'd gladly test a sample to find what percentage of her genome is Vektan. She guesses more than half. Unsettled by Massar's comments, Echo angrily orders her troops to take her away.
Echo later meets Kellan again in his cell after the latter is captured and tortured by the Helghast during his undercover mission to find the leader of the Helghan terrorist group, the Black Hand, Vladko Tyran. She reveals that she means Kellan no harm, instead seeking to end the hostilities between Vektan and Helghast, rather then ignite another war. She demands Kellan to tell her who Tyran is working for, and Lucas tells her that he's working for none other than Jorhan Stahl, who's residing on Helghan, while also saying that since they gave Massar to him, she's building a biological weapon for him that will kill everyone, including Half Breeds.
Before she could go further, Hera Visari steps in to reprimand Echo. Echo is unhappy with the Chancellor's bargain with Stahl, stating that using a biological weapon would end very badly on both sides, wishing nothing but contempt for Massar. Lady Visari gets angry over Echo's audacity and orders her to be silent.
Echo then questions her on what Stahl promised her, with Visari responding that Stahl promises her a home alongside the survival of the Helghast, just what they wanted and deserved. However, Echo disagrees with the promise, and when bringing up her Half Breed heritage, stating that she would be killed no matter who is targeted, Visari angrily questions Echo's defiance and tells her to be quiet. At this point, Echo pleads by calling her "Mother," only to have the Chancellor fiercely slap her. Lady Visari then orders the guards to take Echo somewhere safe. Echo resists along the way out, begging her mother not to go along with Stahl's plans.
Later, Echo helps Kellan escape from his cell and New Helghan, and appears later on when Kellan and the ISA have retrieved Massar and had fought off waves of Helghast soldiers. She sneaks up to and holds the ISA agent and Massar at gunpoint. She tells Kellan that he couldn't bring Massar back to Sinclair.
As Kellan hesitates to shoot Echo under both the pressure of Sinclair angrily ordering him to shoot her and the ISA agent telling him to stand down, Echo proceeds to shoot the ISA agent and Massar dead. Echo reasons with Lucas that she couldn't live due to her creating the bioweapon. As Lucas tries to reason with Sinclair on letting Echo killing Massar, Sinclair condemns Kellan for letting her kill Massar, while also saying that if he sides with her, he can't guarantee his safety.
Afterwards, Echo questions Kellan if he knows what he's about to get himself into, with him responding that Sinclair made his choice, now it's his turn to make his. Echo tells Kellan that they must find the bioweapon, or else it will spell doom for everyone. She then tells Kellan that she saw a dropship entering Helghan's atmosphere, and plans to intercept it in order to enter Helghan undetected, adding that it may lead them to the bioweapon. As they followed the dropship, it collided with debris and proceeded to begin a crash landing to Helghan, with Echo and Lucas following the dropship into Helghan.
They proceed to the planet Helghan together, and after free falling and landing on the planet, they fought their way through the ruins of Helghan to find the crash site of the dropship, only to discover that Tyran was on board and had survived the crash. They followed Tyran, which would lead them to Stahl's base. They proceeded to infiltrate Stahl's base and in order to stop Stahl's plans from unleashing his bio-weapon.
As they entered and battled through Stahl's base, they confronted Tyran, who they defeat. Echo attempts to interrogate him on how to deactivate Massar's bio-weapon, but refuses to budge, instead exclaiming his contempt for New Helghan's compromises with the Vektan people. Echo then proceeds to execute Tyran by shooting him in the head.
- "I guess we're both outcasts now. Maybe in all this, that's not such a bad thing to have in common."
- —Echo to Lucas
Afterwards, after Kellan fails to convince Sinclair and the rest of the ISA to stand down due to the inevitable futility of attempting to stop the bioweapon from firing and that Stahl is just leading him to a trap, Echo and Kellan board a ship to Stahl's base, with Echo remarking on how they're now both outcasts, but that it wasn't a bad thing to have in common. However, she is separated from Kellan when Stahl fires Massar's bio-weapon, and by the time he finds Stahl, she learns later that he was killed and executed in a related confrontation by Thomas Sinclair, who also had killed Stahl prior to killing Kellan.
Echo returns to Vekta and travels to Vekta City, assuming Kellan's identity. After deactivating all of the surveillance systems around the area while in stealth, she acquires a sniper rifle and goes to a park overlooking a Vektan political ceremony presided over by Sinclair. From a vantage point in the park, she lines up her shot and quietly says "For Kellan..." as she avenges Kellan's death by assassinating Sinclair, preventing him from causing another war between Vektans and the Helghast with his speech.
Echo is a half-Vektan, half-Helghast woman in her mid to late 20s. Her uniform consists of plated gray armor, black straps, navy blue limb guards and sheaths on her arms to hold her knives. Her head and neck are covered by a red cloth reminiscent of the design of Helghast sniper hoods. The Helghast side of her seems to be dominant; she exhibits typical Helghast traits like pale skin and dark lips. Echo's Visari lineage is very apparent in her bright green eyes. Her difficult background as a Helghast agent is evident by the scars on her face and scratches on her armor. The StA-61 rifle is her weapon of choice; when she isn't using it, she keeps it latched onto her back. Though not seen in-game, the box art implies that she has dark brown or black hair.
The daughter of Hera Visari and granddaughter of Scolar Visari, Echo comes from a long line of Helghast aristocrats and politicians. It's currently unknown who her Vektan father is, yet Echo states that she is not ashamed of her hybrid heritage. As the Chancellor's daughter and an elite soldier of the Helghast Intelligence Agency, Echo holds some degree of command.
She led the Helghast troops through the abandoned ISA cruiser, and later ordered them to take Massar to the holding cells. It's implied that Echo is quite tenacious and passionate, to the point of seeming disobedient and rebellious. This is seen as she argues with her mother, and Lucas remarking that she seems to have a habit of disobeying orders.
This could also explain why she's a soldier despite being born into a rich and powerful Helghast family. What drives Echo is her intention to end hostilities on both sides. Her desire for peace is so great that she's willing to trust Lucas Kellan, despite the fact that their initial encounters were hostile.
On top of that, she takes huge risks to kill fellow soldiers so he could safely escape New Helghan and deliver her message to Sinclair that Vekta needs to stand down. She cares very much for her people and their well-being; she's glad that a Vektan like Lucas gets a glimpse of their lives for a change. She comes to value Kellan's trust and companionship over time; after he dies at the hands of Thomas Sinclair, she takes it upon herself to exact justice for his murder. She does so by assassinating Sinclair during a speech in Vetka.
Echo is an excellent marksman and a proficient hacker. She is also skilled in hand-to-hand combat and wielding knives. Her intimate knowledge of the areas and routes in New Helghan were crucial when helping Lucas escape. She is capable of both marking and sniping with ease. Echo is adept at infiltration using her cloak. It's currently not known if she has the oratory skills and political charisma her mother and grandfather possess.
- Echo is voiced and portrayed by Jamie Gray Hyder of True Blood.
- She is one of very few named women in the Killzone universe, the 6th so far.
- She is the first named half-breed Helghast woman to be shown in the game series so far.
- Her real name is Maya Visari, which was revealed in one of the dossiers in Chapter 6.
- If Echo is the only child, and the Visari family exercises the same amount of power as they had before the Terracide, then Echo can be considered an heir to the Helghast leadership.
- Echo gets severely reprimanded for calling Hera Visari "Mother," which indicates a tense relationship between the two. However, Hera shows that she does care for her daughter by briefly touching her shoulder in comfort after hitting her. Hera also gets the guards to escort Echo away out of concern for her daughter's safety. Earlier in the game, Sinclair says that the Chancellor expressed great interest in having Echo returned to New Helghan.
- Echo contrasts with her grandfather, Scolar Visari, on many points:
- She wants peace and harmony between the Helghast and Vektans, while Visari made a name for himself by establishing the values, independence and power of the Helghan Empire. Echo wants to bring people together peacefully, while Visari wanted to isolate the Helghast and promote war.
- Echo is generally considered a good person despite the fact she is not above killing. Strangely enough, while Visari was a politician and was never seen killing anyone in combat, he's known to be a barbaric dictator.
- Echo doesn't mind cooperating with a Vektan (as she's part Vektan herself), while Visari resented humanity as a whole.
- What Echo and Visari do have in common is that they gave opening voiceovers at the beginning of a game, Shadow Fall and Killzone 1-3, respectively.
- She is the first antagonist to turn traitor while becoming an Ally.
- Echo is the female portrayed on the game cover, her one blue eye and one red eye shows her allegiance and her origins as a half-breed of both the Vektans and Helghast.
- Echo is the second playable female character in the series, with the first being Shadow Marshal Luger.
- Echo is the second deuteragonist to have killed a main antagonist in the Killzone series instead of the protagonist, the first being Rico Velasquez killing Scolar Visari in Killzone 2.