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Sara Nome (サラ・ノーム Sara Nomu?) is one of the main characters of the Macross Zero OVA. She is the priestess of the Mayan islanders and Mao Nome's older sister. Her position was one of great spiritual importance to the people of the secluded Mayan Island.
She has the mystical power of interacting with the island's mysterious alien ruins, a little-understood ability that she manifests through singing an ancient Mayan chant. She also gets occasional visions into the future. This power seems to run through her family's blood as her little sister, Mao Nome, also displays the same abilities to a lesser degree.
As a child, she agreed to let a visiting scientist test her blood, an act forbidden by the island's traditions, in exchange for a pretty bauble. The test confirmed her special skills and later made the island's inhabitants the focus of research and armed conflict. Due to this incident Sara grew up to become suspicious of outsiders and very protective of her people's beliefs. She resented the wind of change that the abrupt arrival of U.N. pilot Shin Kudō brought to her home, yet she realized how powerless she is against it as she has foreseen the destruction and violence that was to come.
Eventually the extraterrestrial object known as Bird Human awoke due to Sara's chant, assimilating her into its head. Shin Kudo managed to break through the Bird Human's attacks and made Sara realise that it is him instead of an evil spirit (called a "Kadun" by the Mayans). The U.N. Forces, however, saw the Bird Human as an uncontrollable liability and launched several nuclear missiles at it. Sara sacrificed herself to save Shin and the rest of the Mayan Island, which would have been destroyed by the nuclear fallout. She made the Bird Human create a force field that keept the explosions away from the island. The Bird Human became damaged from the blasts and then shoot off into space incredibly fast, in what appeared to be a space fold, with Sara Nome still inside.