Character Portrayal: Lindsay WagnerAffiliation:
NPC - Church of HumanityAge:
Biologist, specializing in genetics and bio-technologyPowers:
For the most part, the early life of Maria Devlin was basically normal – family, friends; she entered college with high expectations, knowing full well that she’d be in school for over a decade. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in science and human biology from Stanford University, magna cum laude, meaning with high honors. She went on to work for a Ph.D in biotechnology, graduating at the age of 32 with her chosen doctorate.
She got a job at a research center for biological engineering and biotechnology research, concentrating on genetics. For the most part, she was all work and no play, concentrating on excelling at her job, often to the detriment of a social life. The work she did on genetic biotech was impressive, to say the least, and she was published more than once. While she was fascinated with the mutant phenomenon, Maria preferred not to consider what it meant about humankind.
However, the attack of Apocalypse and his horsemen changed her mind. The attack was devastating and sudden, and the scientists tried to flee New York. Maria worked desperately, trying to save her research, trying to hide it away, before the laboratory was destroyed. She escaped the building just in time to see it get destroyed, burying years of her work beneath piles of concrete, only the records in her bag saved.
She was furious. All that knowledge, lost because a mutational strain of DNA gave a few righteous minded individuals such power. It was unfair, cruel, and once Apocalypse was defeated, Maria tried to pick up the pieces.
While she was trying hard to rebuild everything she’d lost, Maria was approached by someone who had noticed her fury towards the mutants. The man spoke to her in depth about the appearance of mutants, about the horrors that had unfolded…And hearing her indignation for them, he introduced her into the fold. It was called the Church of Humanity, and despite her not being very religious, she believed. Continuing her research, she began studying the mutant gene more closely, until she caught someone’s attention.