The Mayakai people lived in Polynesia before European colonization.


The Mayakai felt they had a special relationship with time, and their language abounded in words describing the shape, size, and direction of time. As a result, their culture let them see the world like tantrists, but without muscular techniques or rituals. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)

Mother Francesca of Faction Paradox believed the culture had been designed as a weapon during the War in Heaven. Furthermore, The Gazetteer noted that the breeding of the Mayakai for warfare was the only 18th century involvement of either of the main sides of the War. (COMIC: Political Animals) Philemon Smallcoate saw similarities between the legends of the Mayakai and the tangaloa of Queen Anne Island. (PROSE: T.memeticus: A Morphology)

The Mayakai believed themselves to be the chosen people of the Moak, meaning "god" or "giant" (albeit giants of spectral rather than physical nature), who "stepped out of time" with the same skill as the Doctor. Mayakai legends said the Moak suffered in a generations-long battle against Na Koporaya and that the greatest of the gods entrusted the Mayakai to guard ancient wisdom until when the Moak would "walk again in this world to reclaim what had been lost". (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)

The Moak also taught them to "read" the bones of any animal. As a result, the Mayakai viewed all animals as weapons and were obsessed with animal biology. Simply by pointing bones at enemies and performing small rituals, they could cause cardiac, nervous, and muscular system reactions in targets. The six male chiefs of the Mayakai council of war wielded ornate and fearsome bone-staves. In late 1769, one of the few Europeans to ever encounter a Mayakai war party suffered from apparently inexplicable and severe brain damage. (COMIC: Political Animals)

Mayakai tradition held that men were less able than women to perform rituals. Woman were only initiated after having sex, and they shaved off all hair from their scalp except for a small patch, which they let grow indefinitely, letting the strands fall loosely over their faces. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)


In 1773, less than a decade after the first European contact with the Mayakai, a South American survey of their native island found "a blasted and appalling land... bodies lie wasted on the shore, and no man has reason to give them decent burial." Many believed that it was European disease which had decimated the population, as with so many Polynesian peoples. While the few survivors did mention a European disease (which they inaccurately called "pox"), they had a different reason for the destruction, saying that it had to do with a generations-long war the Moak had suffered. Their opponent, the (untranslatable) Na Koporaya, had smote many of the gods, so the greatest Moak passed onto the Mayakai the duty of guarding the ancient wisdom, ready for the day when they would return to the world to reclaim what had been lost in the battle. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)


An American naturalist named Fischer captured a Mayakai warrior they called "Mayakatula" and brought her to England as a diplomatic gift for King George III in 1774. (COMIC: Political Animals) She escaped her bonds and went on a killing spree, but she didn't kill Isobel when she had the chance. Instead, she trained her in Mayakai ritual. (COMIC: Bêtes Noires & Dark Horses)

By 1776, Mayakai survivors were taking refuge in Europe and the Americas. In this year, Sabbath first met Tula Lui, then a ten-year-old girl, who was younger than seven when she escaped into the Western world. By 1780, he took her in as his apprentice.

The oldest known surviving member of the "pureblood" Mayakai line was an old woman who lived in St. James'. Her joints had become paralysed and her breathing was stifled by a growth on her lungs. She rarely spoke, and when she did it was in a croaking, snapping Polynesian language. In 1782, she attended the Eighth Doctor and Scarlette's wedding and gave Scarlette her blessing; afterwards, Scarlette saw her among the ruins of the Mayakai homeland in the Kingdom of Beasts. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)

Tuluku Venn was a descendant of the Mayakai. His ancestors came to Britain in the eighteenth century wearing bones in their ears. Tuluku married Fiora James and taught her how to read everyone's invisible spirit-guide, telling her, "We're all half-man and half-beast." He died in 1891. (AUDIO: Movers, A Labyrinth of Histories)

By the middle of the nineteenth century, the genetic survivors of the Mayakai people had interbred and assimilated to the point of being unidentifiable. (PROSE: The Adventuress of Henrietta Street)

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