Katerina Saburova

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Katerina Saburova
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Name
Katerina Saburova
Faction
Humbles
Location
The Rod
Family
Alexander Saburov (husband)
Clara (adopted daughter)
Grace (adopted daughter*)
Voice Actor
Irina Ponomareva (Russian)
Jill Holwerda (English)

Katerina Saburova (Катерина Сабурова) is the wife of Alexander Saburov and the Earth Mistress.

Description

By status, she’s the chief ruler and prophetess; in reality, she’s an impostor, a person in a position she shouldn’t be in. She dreams of having a child and is tormented by her barrenness. Morphine has put her at death’s door. In her intrusive visions, an alraune/nagual manifests itself to her—the Rat Prophet, who bogs her that much deeper in melancholy and lack of faith. She genuinely wants to do good for the town and take care of it in a real way, “like Nina and Victoria”.

Alexander and she are the most loving couple among our characters, earning respect and admiration for their mutual feeling not only surviving the hell they’d been through but getting stronger along the way.

From the game's design documents

Katerina is one of the three Mistresses in town, and remains the oldest one after the passing of Nina Kaina and Victoria Olgimskaya. She is married to Alexander Saburov. Though acknowledged as one of the town's Mistresses, Katerina's vision are often doubted due to their discovery that the Rat Prophet provides her the visions that she tries to grapple with. The player is unable to assist her, but does seem to banish the Rat Prophet, however temporarily.

Background

Missing background.

Plot

Haruspex Route

My path was called "The Rat Prophet." I didn't know that it was he who whispered to me in dreams. Until the very end, I believed it was the Earth.

Missing Haruspex route plot.

At the end of the Diurnal Ending, Katerina and Alexander may adopt Grace as their new daughter. Though Grace may be living with Peter Stamatin, both declare that he is unfit to be her father. If both the Saburovs are dead, Grace claims their spirits adopt her.

The Marble Nest

Katerina is still alive during the events of The Marble Nest: she is stated to have gone across the river.

Spoken Dialogue

→ See Katerina Saburova/Spoken Dialogue#Pathologic_2

Screenshots

Official Art

Animation Video

References

Katerina Saburova
KaterinaHDmodel.png
Name
Katerina Saburova
Faction
Humbles
Age
30
Location
The Rod
Family
Alexander Saburov (husband)
Clara (adopted daughter)
Miscellaneous
Color
Red
Body Part
Back
Animal
Puma

Katerina Saburova (Катерина Сабурова) is the wife of Alexander Saburov and the Earth Mistress.

Background

Her position as a Mistress was held alongside Nina Kaina and Victoria Olgimskaya, the Mistresses of Dark and Light respectively. While both were alive, she occupied an intermediate position. After the death of Nina she began to play the role of Mistress of the Dark, but after Victoria's death could not revert to the light.

Description

It's hard to bow your head to Katerina. She is neither a dreamer nor a prophetess.
Andrey Stamatin

Katerina is much weaker than the forces of the deceased Mistresses. Unlike them, she is neither dark nor light, torn between two principles. Her words are vague; they cannot be expressed clearly, since, according to her, details distort the essential meaning and devalue what is said. Many citizens doubt the truth of her prophecies, in part due to her morphine addiction.[1]

However, despite Katerina's dubious ability, some citizens trust her visions. According to Capella, the visions of Katerina are true in general, but the little things are often distorted. Katerina herself knows this and thus refuses to clearly and unequivocally formulate her prophecies.

At night, she is visited by the strange Rat Prophet, who whispers to her and influences her prophecies.

Spoiler warning: Significant plot details follow.
Throughout the Changeling route, in contrast to the commands of her husband, Katerina appeals to Clara to convince her to spare the ones that Alexander is scorning. She encourages her to prove the innocence of the people that the town requires, be it through their expertise or the role they will play in the coming days. While it does seem that she holds a maternal love for Clara, it is soon spoiled when the truth of her prophecies is revealed, that the Rat Prophet whispers secrets to her from the earth, as means to corrupt her.

When the rumour spreads that a girl resembling Changeling is a carrier of the plague, Katerina and her husband cast Clara from their home. Clara returns to them when she discovers a cure for the plague is to sacrifice the sinners of the town, and convinces her adopted mother to give her life to better the town. On Day 11, before she is to die, she tells Clara she regrets how she treated her, and that she loves her deeply.

Significant plot details end here.

Portrait Quotes

A queen turned witch. That's what you get for dabbling with the spirits of the night. After Nina died, Katerina shamelessly rushed to take the place of the Dark Mistress; the burden of caring for the town was Victoria's, so petty games were still allowed. She got carried away though... Rumor has it, she needs daily morphine injections and welcomes cold-skinned visitors in her alcove at night...
Aspity's take on her
Katerina took a hard hit and managed to pull through. Who could survive between Nina's rock and Victoria's hard place? That's how the town worked back then—upon this rock Nina was forging it, while Victoria maintained a firm stance to keep it in check; Katerina was the one to ensure the balance was in place. I also admire how much Alexander and she love each other. They could have been the grand kings of old—noble, resolute, and honest. Now is simply the wrong time for them.
Lara Ravel's take on her

Notes

  • In the original English translation of the game, her name was written as "Catherina Saburov."

Spoken Dialogue

→ See Katerina Saburova/Spoken Dialogue

Screenshots

Official Art


References

  1. Ice-Pick Lodge Wiki (translated from Russian)