Lieutenant Commander Maia Sterling is the youngest daughter of the renowned Sterling family and was born in 2025 during the Pioneer Expedition. Her older sister Dana was left behind on Earth, and their separate upbringing has resulted in a somewhat awkward relationship between the two.
The youngest-ever commanding officer of the Skull Squadron, she is a prodigious warrior and an able mechanic, whose petite and youthful appearance starkly contrasts with her ferocious ability in combat. Having grown up in a military setting, she has developed excellent leadership skills, yet has difficulty interacting on a personal level. She succeeds in hiding this deficiency beneath a veil of duty and professionalism, though cracks of vulnerability do occasionally surface.