I know this comes out of nowhere but I just had to write about this, so:
I love the attention to detail, that was put in recreating medieval world in KC:D. What I find especially interesting, as a historian (a byzantinist to be specific) is the sacral architecture, paintings and monastic life, recreated in game. So about that. There’s one peculiar wall painting in game, that I couldn’t just walk past by.
Inside the church of Užice on the western wall of the nave, there’s a painting of unnamed saint woman (I assume it’s not a kickstarter backer, since it does not have any description), that very much resembles byzantine style iconography. Of course, western medieval iconography derived from the byzantine style, so that alone isn’t suprising. What is suprising is the fact, that she holds a russian orthodox cross. I’m writing about this painting:
Now that’s odd. What is an orthodox saint doing, painted in some provincional Bohemian church in 15th century? It can’t be connected to slavic-rite of Cyril and Methodius because AFAIK it didn’t use that kind of cross in their symbollic.
So I did a little research, trying to figure out who that might be. My first tought was, that this is princess Olga Rurykovich, because she is usually depicted with cross in hand (typical attribute for orthodox saints who defended or spread religion) and most importantly as a princess she wears a diadem or crown. And in game there’s indeed a small diadem on the head of this person. But this wouldn’t make any sense. Russian princess painted inside some church in Bohemia? Rather weird don’t you think? So I searched for similar aristocratic saints from earlier centuries. In the end I didn’t find anyone exactly the same, but my closest guesses would be: St. Barbara (martyr, 3rd c.) or St. Alexandra of Rome (martyr, supposedly wife of Diocletian or Dacian, 3rd-4th c.) as seen below:
She has a cross in right hand, left hand in the gesture of modesty, she wears a crown and has green garments. So maybe it’s her?
Now let’s put aside the lore of KC:D and history rambling.
I just wonder, why someone from Warhorse Studios (from art department I guess) responsible for paintings in game, chose an orthodox saint to be placed in medieval Bohemian church? Was it just a random decision? Or maybe there’s some backstory to it? Or maybe I’m just crazy and this is what happens when you research history for life and then play a game such as KC:D, noticing some completely insignificant details.
So what do you think about this?