Taya Tycheek

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

Taya Tycheek
Taya.png
Name
Taya Tycheek
Nickname
Mother Superior
Faction
Termites
Age
5
Location
Termitary
Shekhen
Family
Father Tycheek (deceased)
Voice Actor
Vassilisa Savkina (Russian)
Daniel Wood (English)

Taya Tycheek (Тая Тычик) is the daughter of the Termitary's former Father Superior and is its current leader.

Description

A steppe girl, daughter to the Termitary janitor. An energetic and restive child.

At the Termitary, the Abattoir workers felt as if they were a composite being with many heads—or, more precisely, many hands, as hands were valued a lot more than heads in that little world. The butchers adore Taya, treating her like a talisman and a keeper of the Kin, a holy child. For now, this is only a part she’s acting—but the confidence with which she does it makes it clear that one day, she’ll move easily from this play-acting to actual power.

From the game's design documents

Living in the Termitary with her father and the Kin, Taya is one of the youngest Bound. She is one of the children on Isidor Burakh's List, which causes the Haruspex to seek her out.

Background

As the daughter of "Father Superior", Taya Tycheek gained the title "Mother Superior". The title is used by both the Kin who adore her and the Town's children who call the title "cool as heck". According to one of the Town's children, the idea was one presented to them by Capella. Taya used to reside in the Polyhedron among the other children, but has since left.

Plot

Haruspex Route

My path was called… something or another. I forget. Had something… something to do with bulls.

Though mentioned early on as part of Isidor's List, Taya cannot be reached by the Haruspex right away as the Termitary has been locked under the Olgimskys' orders. She can be first seen during the Door Dream in the early days, and first spoken to during the Termitary Dream, in which she expresses her wish to leave the Termitary and directs the Haruspex to the abandoned village if he has advanced enough in his search for a cure for the Plague.

He is able to meet her in person after the Inquisition arrives, where he learns that in the wake of her father's death, she is the new leader of the Termitary Kin. Though he can offer to take her away to safety, she refuses to be separated from the others and says she will only leave when they all can.

This is only possible if the Haruspex can mend the schism in the Kin. Once that is done, Taya and the Kin will move to Shekhen, where they can be found for the rest of the story's duration.

On Day 10, she will be infected by the Plague along with all the other children of the List.

In the Diurnal Ending, she can be found near the Termitary along with Notkin, Aspity, and Oyun. Unlike the latter two, she seems at ease with the Haruspex's decision, and if spoken to is found to be contemplating new laws to guide the Kin with.

In the Nocturnal ending, she is found sitting on the Polyhedron next to Grace and the Changeling, and reveals that she is to be Mistress of Bulls.

Spoken Dialogue

→ See Mother Superior/Spoken Dialogue#Pathologic_2

Screenshots

Official Art

Taya Tycheek
Taya model.png
Name
Taya Tycheek
Nickname
Mother Superior
Faction
Termites
Age
5
Location
Termitary
Miscellaneous
Color
Mahogany
Body Part
Hair
Animal
Jerboa

Taya Tycheek (Тая Тычик) is the daughter of the Termitary's former Father Superior and is now its current leader.

Description

Since early childhood, Taya grew up surrounded by people with a vague idea of individualism. The Steppe people that raised her would always speak in impersonal terms when describing actions, creating an atmosphere where no singular person was emphasized. There is a strong sense of unity inside of the building, with the Termitary itself described as being akin to a "multi-headed organism". Because of this, while Taya is the "queen insect" at the head of the Order, she still thinks of the residents as one big family.[1]

While very young, she displays natural charisma and leadership. Other children, Worms, and Butchers all flock around her to complete her every whim.

Background

When her father was alive, she lived in the Polyhedron with many other children. Taya enjoyed great prestige among them, because she could explain things about the Termitary and the Abattoir that other children were not allowed to know. She held much power even at a young age. For example, she was able to oust Notkin from the tower after the two had a disagreement. However, after her father's death, the five-year-old Taya voluntarily left the Polyhedron to become Mother Superior.[2]

Her old house is located in the Knots Quarter, above the park. Taya left in a hurry and accidentally left her beloved stuffed bull doll behind in the house, which the Bachelor may later retrieve.

Future

My path was called 'Mother of the Bulls'. If Kin's been left alive, I’d rule it in my dad’s place.
Day 12

Following the "Termite Ending", Capella states that Taya will become one of the rulers of the town. She remains Mother Superior, continuing to control the Order's day-to-day life, with the Haruspex as the Elder.

Her associated color will become "malachite-black".

Portrait Quotes

She's very young, almost a baby... her game in the Polyhedron was generally the same; she also assumed the role of a divine child that was worshiped and looked after not out of duty, but simply because taking care of someone that lovely brings you satisfaction and joy.
The children happily picked her game up because Mother had a lot of information about the Kin—the world that's always been poles apart from the Polyhedron...
Capella's takes on her

Notes

  • In the original English translation, her name was written as "Tya Tychik" and her title translated to "Mother Keeper".
  • The surname Tycheek or Tychik comes from the name of the companion of Saint Paul the apostle, Saint Tychicus.
  • Her title of Mother Superior (Мать-Настоятельница) is the term for a nun or abbess in charge of a religious community.

Spoken Dialogue

→ See Mother Superior/Spoken Dialogue

Screenshots

Official Art

References