Matoya is an old hyur woman with grey hair. Due to her advanced age, she has a relatively short stature and walks with a hunched posture.
In contrast to Louisoix's grandfatherly personality, Matoya can be best described as a crotchety old woman. Sharp tongued, and with a bit of a taskmaster mentality, Matoya can be difficult to deal with, as Alphinaud would learn and Y'shtola would remember. It is somewhat implied she refused to participate in the exodus to spite the Forum, which she often clashed with many times in the past.
Despite her harsh demeanor, a series of side-quests with her animate brooms and poroggo servants makes it clear that she cares deeply for Y'shtola and missed her greatly.
Matoya was revered as one of Sharlayan's finest researchers, specializing in aetheric currents. As the threat of the Garlean Empire made itself known, Matoya was given the task to develop a means to repel the invaders. However the aether converger she created was deemed too dangerous for use and she retaliated by sealing a tome containing all her research and placed it in the forbidden section of the Great Gubal Library.
When the Bibliothec faction convinced the Forum to evacuate the citizenry to the Sharlayan motherland, Matoya declined to participate, instead staying in her cave.
After Y'shtola is retrieved from the Lifestream and informed of current events, she suggests they visit her mentor for finding ways to bypass the force field around Azys Lla. Arriving in the cave, Matoya is reunited with her protegé, and is introduced to both the Warrior of Light and Alphinaud Leveilleur (whom she initially mistakes as Louisoix's granddaughter).
She is surprised when they hear Azys Lla name dropped, having recalled it being a subject from "musty old tomes" that both she and Louisoix discussed in the past. She explains the site was apparently where the Allagan civilization conducted research into dealing with primals, dragons, etc. She mentions the aetheric converger concept she once developed may be of use for Cid Garlond to develop an aetheric ram and pierce Azys Lla's defenses.
While the Warrior of Light retrieved her research materials from the Great Gubal Library, Matoya was quick to put Y'shtola and Alphinaud to helping her with tasks. After the tome was retrieved, she removes an encryption enchantment on the book, enabling Cid to read it. As the group left, she confronted Y'shtola about her blindness, and warned her that seeing with aether will slowly drain her life force.
Following the awakening of Alexander in the Thaliak River, Y'shtola worked with Matoya to try to find ways to control the flow of aether into the primal.
|The theme of Matoya|
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An arrangement of "Matoya's Cave" plays in the cave where Matoya lives.