- Group: B (would-be)
- Subject: A16 (would-be)
- Title: The Fallout (would-be)
Mariana was born to two healthy parents before the sun flares hit...and grew up in a family of Cranks during one of the worst times in the history of the scorched Earth. The Flare ran rampant in her city, and gradually, everyone she ever knew died a horrible death...even her parents and sister Miriam, leaving her alone. Why did Mariana herself not die? She was Immune to the Flare.
When she was sixteen, she (unsuccessfully) attempted to cross the Scorch with her friend, Maya Harlan, in order to escape the infected city. Maya ultimately died after being struck by a bolt of the deadly Scorch lightning, but Mariana made it all the way across.
It was during this trek that W.I.C.K.E.D abducted her and decided what should be done about her. Mariana was almost sent into the Maze...but a split-second decision allowed her to stay behind under the condition that she worked for W.I.C.K.E.D as long as needed. Unwillingly at first, Mariana accepted; W.I.C.K.E.D then gave her the alias of Katsuko Victoria, derived from the name of Japanese geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi.