Captai Renee Aya is the former captain of the Varia. She was, according to Taylor, the first person to greet Taylor at Mission Control and has been described as being very skilled in leadership skills and camaraderie.
Captain Aya can be encountered if Taylor is advised to Check the flight deck. before checking on the crew. Her injury is described as a "huge piece of metal through her side" from the crash; the player can advise Taylor to either save Captain Aya or allow her to die. Officialy, she survived the events of the first game and reappears in Silent Night.