|“|| Yu laik haihefa, nou ouspika!|
Kaina bandragen dison bilaik?
You're a king not a priest!
| — Gaia to Roan after he declares|
himself Keeper of the Flame [src]
Early Life Edit
Gaia was born on Earth and is the daughter of Indra and an unnamed father who was killed during a battle. Indra trained her to be a Trikru warrior and leader, but following her father's death Gaia chose to dedicate herself to the sacred flame and become a Flamekeeper, searching the land for nightbloods.
Throughout the Series Edit
In The Four Horsemen, Roan asks Octavia to track down and kill the person who stole the Flame from him. Octavia tracks down Gaia and corners her in the temple. The two briefly fight, until Octavia gets the upper hand. Just before Octavia goes for the kill, Indra calls for Octavia to stop. When, Ilian and the looters come to the temple seeking to destroy the Flame. Octavia and Gaia come up with a place to save the flame.
In Die All, Die Merrily, she helps with the Final Conclave, giving orders on how to participate and giving the noviciates their sigil. She also announces the names of those killed.
In Praimfaya, she is seen in the bunker, when Octavia gives her speech.
Gaia is very devoted to the Grounder faith. She chooses to follow her faith instead of becoming a warrior like her mother, Indra. Later, she risks her life by stealing the Flame because she believes it is blasphemy for someone who is not an ouspika (priest) to be the Keeper of the Flame.
In Season Seven, Gaia is left unsure of her purpose after the Flame's destruction, as she must find a new path.
Physical Appearance Edit
Gaia is of average height with brown skin and brown eyes. Her braided hair is dark brown with blonde highlights.
In Season 5, after the 6 years and 7 days jump, Gaia's hair is white and shorter.
Indra is Gaia's mother. Despite this, the two have a very strained relationship, and, though they choose to be civil and tolerate each other, they find themselve at odds more often than not. Gaia isn't shy in expressing her discontent in Indra's parenting, going as far as suggesting her to be a bad mother. After Gaia's father died during a war, Indra forbit any form of mourning, including crying, in the pretext it would make Gaia strong. Instead, the perils of a warrior and the unhealthy mourning of her father lead Gaia to renounce becoming a Trikru warrior, like Indra expected her to, and instead chose a life of faith as a Fleimkepa scout. This was a source of shame to Indra, an esteemed Trikru leader. For years they both resented each other.
However, as a mother and daughter, they also love each other. Indra, specifically, has a deep care for Gaia, protecting her several times, such as willingly sacrificing herself in Blodreina's fighting pits. The two share an important moment during the Battle for Eden, as Gaia's been hit and almost dies in Indra's arms.
Gaia and Indra also fail to see eye-to-eye when it comes to leadership. Indra has always been a Trikru, and later a Wonkru, figurehead, while Gaia had her experiences as a Fleimkepa and direct advisor to both Octavia Blake and Madi Griffin, the latter with whom she shares a special bond. Therefore, while Gaia believes Madi is free to make her own choices, Indra firmly believed that Madi's influence was crutial, and perhaps more important then Madi's individual well-being, therefore creating another rift, eventually solified when Gaia directly causes Wonkru to disband, in an attempt to free Madi from responsibility.
Madi Griffin is a nighblood, and the only organic nightblood to have survived Praimfaya, and Gaia has devoted herself to scouting nightbloods and train them to be elegible for commander ascension. Therefore, when Gaia meets her, after 6 years of living in an underground bunker, under the rule of a derranged red-blooded commander, it's only natural that she immedietly takes an interest. Intially, she had Wonkru's best interests in mind, as well as her faith natural inclination to worshiping nightbloods, when she presented Madi with the option of becoming a Commander, and remove Octavia Blake from power. She trained her, amongst other kids, but Madi was her clear favourite, specifically assuring that Madi would be strong, but stealthy, as to not produce a threat to Octavia.
After she performs Madi's ascension, with her and Bellamy Blake's consent, the two grew closer and closer. Madi started to treat Gaia by Seda, as the latter gave her all her insight on the Flame. Although Madi was always reluctant to be fully invested, and would rather have a normal upbringing, Gaia always had Madi's best interest in mind, feeling protective of her, especially when the two become citizens of Sanctum, a city where nightbloods are used for the Primes mortality extension. She was so protective over Madi, that when Josephine Lightbourne, under Clarke's disguise, blatantly disregarded Madi's safety, she became more agressive in her mentorship of Madi.
This wasn't well received by Madi, and their relationship became strained, specifically because Madi had started to have visions of Sheidheda, who influenced her into being wary of Flamekeepers and Seda's, eventually leading Madi to banish Gaia. During this period, it was clear that the two no longer had the same goals, Gaia being deeply hurt by the banishment. However, she uses her love for Madi to fuel her aid in the Prime's defeat. When Madi comes back to her senses, and starts having a neural response caused by Sheidheda, Raven Reyes makes the decision of removing the Flame, but allows Gaia to make the ultimate choice, solidifying Gaia not only as a Flamekeeper, but most of all as Madi's responsible and now mother figure. Madi is no longer a Commander, but Gaia's love for her continues.
After the removal of the Flame, Madi moves in with her two mother figures, Gaia and Clarke, into a farmhouse in Sanctum, and even though Gaia feels lost without a Flame or a Commander, she still takes responsibility over Madi, being the main person against Madi having to pretend to be a Commander, not because of faith, but because she fears how Madi will be affected. All of her care is amplified when Madi is also having unfamiliar responses to having the Flame removed, which both worries and intrigues Gaia. Ultimitely, she ends up going against her mother's word and, in an attempt to free Madi from responsibility over Wonkru during such a traumatic time, she announces she's destroyed the Flame, causing a rift in Wonkru.
Clarke and Gaia were anything but close prior to the deaths of the Primes in Sanctum.
Before Gaia had met Clarke, she'd heard of her, since words of Wanheda had reached her during her scouting missions. She also resents not being present the night that Wanheda bowed down to Lexa, respecting Clarke as a figurehead of grounder culture.
Gaia was impressed that Clarke, from Skaikru, was a nightblood, but was willing to ascend her into Commander, until she found out Clarke had artificially turned herself into one, refusing to blasphemize her faith, alongside the rest of the devouts. This directly causes the conclave for The Second Dawn bunker.
Their relationship is fragmented when Gaia is directly involved in Madi's ascension to Commander, against Clarke's will. However, Clarke targets her resentment to Bellamy, as the closest of the conspiracies, and since the two hadn't had much of a relationship prior to the event, much was left unchanged. However, as Madi's mentor, Gaia and Clarke became closer, taking shared responsibility over Madi.
When Josephine Lightbourne takes over Clarke's body, Gaia is one of the first ones to notice her strange behaviour: being more careless with Madi and of Gaia's advice. She mourns her when she believe's she's dead, and is relieved when she know's shes alive, conspiring alongside her against the Primes, willingly using herself as a bargain chip to lure Indra.
After the Flame is removed from Madi's head, this is when the two have the largest bonding period, becoming confidants and really close friends. The two move in together and fully embrace co-parenting Madi, eventually bonding over their shared love for her. Additionally, Clarke's mourning of her mother resonates with Gaia's mourning of the Spirit of the Commander, and Clarke helps her rationalize through her newfound lack of purpose. The two become each other's closest friend and ally during the aftermath of Sanctum's revolution.
Octavia and Gaia have a very complex and strained relationship. The two share a mother figure, and therefore have a sisterly bond of sorts, however, the two are anything bit close. Between feelings of jealousy, due to Octavia fitting Indra's description of a perfect daughter, which she had tried to emmulate in Gaia, and a disdain for Octavia's methods against religion and in support of the blashphemous Roan, she cultivates these feelings even when she eventually becomes part of Octavia's close council during her leadership inside the Second Dawn Bunker. Because Octavia, suprisingly, had won the Conclave, she then started to respect her as a leader, dawning that responsibilty upon her.
However, she also witnesses first hand Octavia's derailment into Bloodreina, and eventually, when the bunker re-opens, she conspires against her as soon as she has a chance, in Madi, helping Bellamy ascend the child into a Commander to take over power from Octavia, who naturally deems Gaia as a conspiror and subjects her to punishment via the fighting arena, against Bellamy and her own mother. During this fight, Gaia attempts to assasinate Octavia, but fails.
However, this betrayal, as well as seeing Gaia hurt during the Battle for Eden is what fully makes Octavia rationalize her wrong-doings.
Due to Octavia's banishment, the two don't see each other much during their presence in Sanctum.
|Heavy Lies the Crown||Absent|
|The Four Horsemen||Appears|
|A Lie Guarded||Mentioned|
|The Tinder Box||Absent|
|We Will Rise||Absent|
|Die All, Die Merrily||Appears|
|The Other Side||Mentioned|
|How We Get to Peace||Absent|
|Sic Semper Tyrannis||Appears|
|The Warriors Will||Appears|
|The Dark Year||Absent|
|Damocles (Part 1)||Appears|
|Damocles (Part 2)||Appears|
|Red Sun Rising||Appears|
|The Children of Gabriel||Appears|
|The Face Behind the Glass||Mentioned|
|The Gospel of Josephine||Appears|
|The Old Man and the Anomaly||Mentioned|
|What You Take With You||Absent|
|Ashes to Ashes||Appears|
|The Blood of Sanctum||Appears|
|From the Ashes||Appears|
|Welcome to Bardo||Absent|
|The Queen's Gambit||Mentioned|
|A Little Sacrifice||TBD|
- Indra: "My faith is not as pure as yours, but you are as responsible for what Octavia became as I am. Blodreina was a leader we needed then. We need a true Commander now. Will you do it or not?"
- Gaia: "The decision isn't mine to make. The child must choose for herself."
- -- Sic Semper Tyrannis
- "The question is, who is the flamekeeper without a flame"
- - From the Ashes
Killed Victims Edit
So far, Gaia hasn't directly or indirectly killed anyone.
Notes and Trivia Edit
- In "Die All, Die Merrily", Gaia hugs her mother, Indra, when she announces that the Trikru champion, Fio, had been slain by Roan.
- She was originally meant to have a bigger role in "Echoes", but her biggest scene was cut. In the scene, she was riding a horse when she came across Ilian in a forest (who had already killed his brother in the original episode's opening). They conversed about A.L.I.E.'s chip, his family being dead, and wrapping them in cloth.
- Gaia and Madi are the only two characters that were introduced in Season Four who are known to be alive.
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