Maria Robotnik is Doctor Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik's late cousin.Maria and her grandfather Professor Gerald Robotnik,lived on the Space Colony ARK.Maria released Shadow The Hedgehog from his chamber,and was hunted down by the Guardian Units Of Nations (G.U.N. for short).She was friends with G.U.N. Commander.Maria suffered from an illness known as NIDS (Neuro-Immune-Deficiency-Syndrom),which was considered incurable at the time.