Ma is a Merikit lodge-wyf. She is married to Da, and they have twin daughters, because in Merikit culture, the mother names her child's father as she pleases. Her and Da's wedding was famously fun.
Presumably "Ma" is not her real name, but just what her daughters call her. However, in Honor's Paradox, Prid called her "Ma" too. However, Prid is friends with her daughters, and it's possible that she's very familiar with the family, and just calls Ma "Ma" because her friends—Ma's daughters—do.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Honor's Paradox, "Chapter X: Spring Equinox" — "Ma, Da, and their twin girls greeted Jame from their threshold. Among the Merikit even two women could have such a family since the mother decided who had fathered her children."
- ↑ Honor's Paradox, "Lexicon" — "Ma—a Merikit lodge-wyf"
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Honor's Paradox, "Chapter XIX: Challenge", I — " 'People have been stopping by all morning to say what fun they had, as good as when Ma married Da, from all accounts.' "
- ↑ Bound in Blood, "Chapter XV: Winter's Eve", II