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Vera Cortez
Vera
Biographical information

Homeworld:

Earth (Central American sector)

Date of death:

2508

Physical information

Gender:

Female

Hair:

Black

Eyes:

Green

Chronological and political information

Affiliation:

CEC, Church of Unitology, P-Sec

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Vera Maria Alejandra Cortez was a P-Sec officer and Unitologist. She was paired with fellow P-Sec officer Sergeant Abraham Neumann.

Biography Edit

Early Life Edit

Vera Cortez was born on Earth to a poor family in the Central American sector. She was the youngest of five sisters. When she was twelve, her father was killed by street muggers and her mother turned to Unitology for comfort. Soon, the whole family was devout and Vera was a believer ever since.

Vera joined the local police as soon as she was old enough, but experienced so much sexual harassment and gender discrimination on the job that she quit and moved to the United States, finding work as a private security guard. Bored with the unsociable work, she applied to the CEC for work in P-Sec and was taken on as a standard security officer.

Her diligence and perseverance paid off and within a few years, Vera was made a detective. She is intensely proud that she got there through hard work and merit and brooks no disrespect from the multitude of veteran ex-cops that worked for P-Sec.

In private, Vera credited her success to her Unitologist beliefs, but while she did not deny her faith, she also did not shout about it. Most of her colleagues had no idea that she is devout.

The Second Aegis VII Incident Edit

She first began to exhibit insomnia in Episode Two of the comic which forced Neumann to cover her shifts for her. After being confronted about her being late to work by Neumann and a small argument thereafter, she kicked him out of her apartment. Later on in the episode, she joined in on a small prayer group near the Red Marker led by Deakin Abbott. Around the same time, Neumann and Dr. Tom Sciarello went to investigate the Red Marker. Neumann is outraged when he saw her in the prayer group and attempted to take her in and book her for a Psyche Evaluation. However, Abbot and Natalia's security group discouraged him and told him to leave.

Death Edit

"Don't worry Bram. See you...soon."
—Cortez's last wordsBy Episode Three of the comic, it is clear that Cortez was completely swept up by Abbot's sermons. This is the last time that we saw her alive in the series as she and 51 other people including Abbot committed mass suicide due to interpreting the screech when the Marker was removed as the voice of God. Her corpse along with the other suicide victims is then moved to the Colony "morgue". Presumably after the planet crack at the end of Episode Four, the Necromorph biomass made it's way into the morgue, promptly infecting and reanimating the corpses. The majority travelled to the main communications needle and formed an organic "blanket" over it.
Cortez corruption

Cortez being consumed by the Corruption.

When Neumann and Marla Janssen entered the main communications center, they discovered a massive wall of merged Necromorphs. To Neumann's horror and disbelief, he noticed that part of the wall still had some of the faces of it's victims which belonged to Cortez.