Jonah Maiava American/New Zealand born, cook and general ships dogsbody of the Endurance.
He was one of the four crew members who survived the treacherous storms and savageness of Yamatai.
Jonah was born in New Zealand, but raised in Hawaii by his maternal grandmother. Based on one of his journal entries acquired in the game, a practice that is normal in Polynesian families to pass on knowledge and traditions.
His father was abusive, when he was young, which would lead him and his brother to hide from him.
As a young man, he traveled back to his home country to serve in the New Zealand Army. His strength and almost supernatural ability to detect danger made him a popular member of his unit; his ability to prepare and cook almost anything didn’t hurt either.
After sustaining injuries in the line of duty, Jonah was honorably discharged and went to work as a chef in his sister’s café in Ngāpuhi, New Zealand, Conrad Roth encountered Jonah dockside carrying four crates of seafood at once. Impressed by his strength (and later his cooking), Roth offered him a place on the Endurance.
At some unknown point he became friends with Alex Weiss.
Journey to YamataiEdit
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After Roth was commissioned for the third season of Whitman's World, he told Jonah to follow him, as he knew that Whitman was up to something. Jonah saved Whitman from being beaten up by the bodyguard of Whitman's buyer, Mr Hong, who promptly shot at him. Jonah returned fire, and caused him to drop the relics Whitman was selling, destroying them.
After funding was secured, and the Voyage was underway, Jonah continued with his regular duties on the ship, as well as appearing in a section of the documentary, where he teaches Whitman how to prepare a fish for cooking.
At some point of the voyage he caught Lara sneaking into the kitchen to try and find Jaffa Cakes, he surprised her by buying a supply just for her.
When Lara brought her theories about Yamatai being in the Dragon's Triangle, Jonah said that he didn't like the idea, since he sensed that there was evil within the Triangle. He was ultimately right, as the ship was hit by a storm, which Jonah sense was supernatural.
He managed to get to shore, with several other crewmembers, several of whom died on shore, leaving him with a group consisting of himself, Alex, Reyes, Grim and Whitman. They received a transmission from Roth, who told them to regroup at his location. They began the long trek, to where he was.
En route, they received another transmission, this time from Sam, who told them she was injured, and her position was marked with a fire, They made a detour to pick her up. However reaching Sam's position, they found Lara, stuck in a bear trap, which Jonah pried off. Lara told them that she had been with Sam, but she had gone missing along with a man known called Mathias. Jonah's group went to find Sam while Lara and Whitman regrouped with Roth.
After tracking Sam to the Palace, Jonah was captured along with the rest of his group. Grim managed to escape. They were placed in a cage within the caverns, below the palace, where they were harrassed by the Solarii. Lara rescued them from the cage, but set off a chain reaction of explosions which caused the caverns to begin to collapse.
They managed to retrieve their gear, and fought their way outside. They found Sam, who had been freed by Lara. They fight off a large group of Solarii, while Sam tries to wave down the rescue helicopter, which they witness crash.
The group make their way to the crashsite, where they find a vacant Lara, and a dead Roth. Jonah suggests they send Roth on as a warrior, and they build a funeral pyre. After Reyes suggests, that they fix a boat and leave, Lara protests, due to something not letting them leave the island. Jonah agrees with Lara's belief that the island is cursed, and that logic cannot be used to understand it. He accompanies Alex, Reyes and Sam to the beach, leaving Lara to grieve alone.
Arriving at the beach, Reyes begins working on the boat. Jonah stands guard over the camp. Alex goes to retrieve tools from the wreckage of the Endurance. Lara arrives some time later, both he and Sam greet Lara with a hug. Lara and Jonah then try to hoist the engine for Reyes, to no avail. Jonah says it might be easier with a pulley, which Lara suggest she may be able to get by checking one of the old wrecks for some block and tackle, she heads out.
Lara returns giving the block and tackle to Jonah, she notices he seems worried and Lara asks what's wrong. He says that Alex should have been back by now. Suddenly the sound of screaming draws their attention, Whitman arrives claiming the Solarii are chasing him. Lara accuses him of leading the Solarii to them on purpose like he did back at the palace, Reyes becomes agitated by the confrontation, though Jonah ceases the hostilities before they can escalate any further. Lara heads off to find Alex, before she goes, Jonah gives her a high-tech compound bow he found.
When Lara returns from the Endurance, he is relieved that Lara is okay, having heard the explosion from the ship, suddenly noticing Alex is not with her. When Reyes accuses Lara of causing those around her to have short life spans, Lara warns her to keep her distance, again, Jonah plays peacekeeper stopping the fighting going any further. Lara heads off again, saying she wants to investigate the ruins of the bunker built into the cliff.
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After Yamatai Edit
Six weeks after they escape from Yamatai Jonah calls Lara and tells her that he needs help, he's moved to the middle of Devil's Pass near the Grand Canyon, convinced that he will die because of water, and intent on staying away from it. When Lara arrives he says that he believes he is the Jonah, from The Book of Jonah, who was swallowed by the whale. He tells Lara that it's punishment for them stealing relics from Yamatai, which Lara doesn't remember, Jonah plans to kill Lara and himself, however he is unable to hurt Lara and turns the gun on himself. After a sudden flood engulfs them, Jonah forces Lara out of the flooding trailer. Lara refuses to let him die and drags him to the surface and gets him to safety, though he is unconscious. he regains consciousness just in time to stop the guide, Ray, who brought Lara to his trailer, from shooting her, before Lara forces him off a cliff. Jonah goes to the hospital
Lara later calls him about Sam being kidnapped and taken back to Yamatai, and he signs out of the hospital to help them get Sam back. However their boat is attacked by the Solarii Worshipers, and Jonah escapes the boat in a raft with Reyes, and they manage to return to Yamatai. Jonah captures one of guards and interrogates him to find Sam. Jonah and Reyes interrupt the ceremony, before they can kill Lara. Lara causes an explosion, Jonah escapes with Sam and Reyes.
Jonah moves to London to be closer to Lara and Sam. He manages to get the chance to put on a theater production of Pride and Prejudice, which he asks Lara to partake in, in the role of Kitty, which she begrudgingly agrees. However Lara's inability to remember her lines annoys the other actors, particularly Andrea, who is the lead, Elizabeth. Andrea quits the production and Jonah asks Lara to try and smooth things out, which she tries to do, but ends up scaring her away. Jonah insists that Lara take her place as Elizabeth, saying that she owes him. Lara begrudgingly agrees, through she ends up missing the final rehearsal, and ruins the dress Jonah manages to get a new dress before the show opens the next night, and the show goes ahead
Jonah takes a job at a local restaurant, despite working with something he loves, he is miserable as the head chef is nasty towards him, and forces him to restart processes he hadn't began in the first place, while taking out the trash, Jonah is followed by a member of Las Serpentes Que Caminan, how delivers a package, containing Grim's bloody hat, which he brings to Lara and Sam, who had received a ransom tape, which featured Grim. Jonah didn't hesitate to accompany the group to Mexico to search for Grim, en route he tried to comfort Lara when a storm rolled in. Jonah was captured by Las Serpentes Que Caminan, but was quickly freed by Lara, and they returned to London. After returning, Jonah tried to comfort Lara, who was distressed over all the recent events beginning to overwhelm her.
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Jonah visits Lara after her return from Syria, where he berates Lara for her intent to go to Siberia and snaps at her, angrily storming off, though he comes back a moment later to apologise, finding Lara being choked by an agent of Trinity, she grabs a a lamp as Lara manages to force him off. The assailant escape with what he came for. Seeing that what Lara is after is clearly important if whoever is after it is willing to kill for it, Jonah agrees to accompany Lara to Siberia.
Together they climb up the mountain range in order to find the lost city of Kitezh. They get separated by an avalanche. Despite multiple attempts of communicating they both don't know what happened to the other.
Lara tells him to return to the base camp, but instead he starts a search for her. He gets rescued from the wilderness by the Remnant and he and Lara are reunited in the Geothermal Valley.
When the Trinity mercenaries steal the Atlas they take Jonah, too, and set up a trap for Lara. Jonah gets interrogated and tortured by Konstantin. When he tires to free himself, he gets mortally wounded in the process, as he is unable to kill Konstantin when he has him at his mercy. Instead Konstantin stabs him and leaves him dying. Only Jacob's powers are able to save Jonah's life. Jonah stayed at the Observatory to recover while Lara went after Trinity and the Divine Source.
He later makes a full recovery as he and Lara are seen leaving Croft Manor to catch a flight.
Search for the spore. Edit
Jonah is the archetypal gentle giant. His interest include fishing, making new recipes and theater.
Jonah also seems to be very spiritual, as he sensed that there was something unnatural about the island long before the other survivors; he sensed that the storm that caused the Endurance to become shipwrecked was sent by an inhuman force.
His spirituality also plays into his general attitude regarding the island; in one of his journal entries he states that if he was left as the sole survivor of the Endurance that he would swim out into the ocean allow Pania of the Reef to take him and join his brother in death.
- In the first issue of the comics, Jonah's belief that he would be eaten by a whale had a humorous nod by his trailer being from a rental company called "Moby Dick"
- Jonah is the only character besides Lara to appear physically in every comic book arc.
- Sam also appears, although in the fourth arc she only appears in Lara's mind.