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Herb Brides

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Name
Herb Bride (Травяные / Твириновые невесты)
Location
The Town
The Steppe
The Abattoir


Herb Brides are part of the Kin. They communicate with the Earth and dance to bring herbs to the surface. Their dances are part of the obligatory Rite, to treat the Earth and encourage herbs to grow. Herb Brides know the Lines, so when dancing, Brides can bend and extend them — it's considered a sacred art in the Kin culture. Their clothes split open as they dance, due to the passion and intensity.

While their main role in the community is to chase the herbs from below the ground and onto the surface, Herb Brides also act as midwives.

Willow Mellow (Pathologic) and Nara (Pathologic 2) are the only Herb Brides with unique storylines and direct plot significance.

Pathologic

Gatherers gather herbs. I merely live. I caress the Earth, I kiss the Earth, I nourish it with my warmth. Every night I run through the herbs naked and sing lullabies to them. Every night demands a different lullaby. Every herb demands a different lullaby. I know them all. I know how to make herbs lush.



While not as powerful as Mistresses, Herb Brides still possess supernatural abilities. They claim that the Sand Plague doesn't affect them the same way as it does others. If a Herb Bride gets infected with the Plague, she will recover quickly unless the infection is too severe. In that case, the Bride will die. However, a sick Herb Bride cannot infect anyone else.[1]

Traditionally, herb brides are only allowed to couple with odonghs, and can be bought and traded between them. Their odonghs profit from them, since the Brides are the only ones who are able to nurture the herbs and provide a good harvest.

Pathologic 2


Come now, you haven't given us any time to change the set!

This entry contains potential spoilers for Pathologic 2. Read at your own risk.


Many Herb Brides perish at the beginning of Pathologic 2 as they are often confused for the Shabnak-adyr, a creature of Steppe legend that many believe was the killer of Isidor Burakh. One of the Herb Brides is even burned at the stake as part of the hunt for the Shabnak.

In Pathologic 2 the relationship between the Kin and the Plague is emphasized. Being a child of the Earth, the Plague is connected to the Albino, odonghs, and Herb Brides. One cannot exist without the other and if the Plague dies so does the Earth and, by extension, those who rely upon her to exist at all. As the Sand Plague is a manifestation of the Earth it ignores those who are closely connected to the Earth. As such most Herb Brides are immune to contracting the Sand Plague.

It is implied that Aspity is the one who sets Brides up as dancers or couriers, as well as brokers work for them and odonghs.

Pathologic: The Marble Nest

Birdies, birdies... gather ye here, round the marble nest...

This entry contains potential spoilers for Pathologic 2: The Marble Nest. Read at your own risk.


During the events of Pathologic: The Marble Nest a group of the Kin have set up a camp just below the Bridge Square. They tell the Bachelor that there is to be a wedding soon. The wedding cannot proceed if the injured Worm dies and as such the Bachelor offers to help. After patching up the Worm the Bachelor turns to see that the wedding has occurred without him. The wedding involved the sacrifice of a Herb Bride in order to wed her to the Earth, returning her blood to the soil. The group then offer the Bachelor her heart for his help.

Gallery

Official Art

Animation Video

Herb Bride Dances

Notes

  • It's forbidden for Herb Brides to have footwear; it's believed they speak with Earth through their rhythmic footsteps.
  • Some Herb Brides can be found in Andrey Stamatin's pub as dancers.

References

  1. "...If there's not too much Sand Dirt in our bodies, it leaves them quickly. And we can't infect anyone at all, that much is certain. If the Dirt is abundant, however, then it devours us just like any other person, and there's nothing to be done about that."