a.k.a “Anathema”

Dora writhes in pain as she appears to be split into two versions of herself.Entity who shares Dora’s body, though Dora is the dominant personality. Believed by Dora to be dangerous, unstable, and angry. Named in the Briarstone Asylum records as Ray’s mother and Gulliver Vatticus’ wife.

In Chapter 16, it was revealed that Thema also lost her memories along with Dora.

During the fight with the oneirogen in the administrator’s office in Chapter 22, Thema wanted to come forward and Dora flatly refused to allow it. During a dream Dora experienced, something happened to agitate Thema, but Dora wasn’t sure what it was.

When Dora remembered her dream during Chapter 26, she discovered that Thema appeared to be immune to the Tatterman’s influence in dreams, and she had tried to make a deal with him while Dora slept.

In Chapter 27, during the encounter with the Nightgaunt in the North Courtyard, Thema deliberately released Reynard into the fog. When Dora regained control of her body, she ran after him alone to recover him, but he would not talk to her in the aftermath.

In Chapter 28, Thema was mentioned in the psychometry vision related to Gulliver Vatticus’ wedding band. In the vision, Vatticus and a very young Ray called Thema a “hateful old witch” as a secret mantra.

In the Act I Epilogue, a 9-year-old girl (that the Stranger called Dora) told the Stranger to call her “Anathema.”

In the Act II Prologue, during the scene on the Cassomir docks fifteen years previously, it was revealed that she had another child, a daughter, younger than Brayden.

In Chapter 42, Thema (along with the rest of the party) heard the name of Xhamen-Dor and was seeded.

In Chapter 43, Dora observed in a psychometry vision Thema dropping her daughter’s hands in a vat of lye, in a storage room in a damp basement when she was in her thirties, overwhelmed with grief. When she was older, she clutched those bones hard enough to make herself bleed while confronting Gulliver Vatticus outside an old mansion in Thrushmoor. She only processed one thing he said, “I just want you to know, it was Brayden. He did it. He killed her.” She knew he meant it was “us.”

In Chapter 51, Dora learned in a psychometry vision that Thema had been the previous owner of the bone-handled dagger used by Risi to murder Ray. It had been given to her by Vatticus, and then she (not long before the events of the campaign) gave it to Melisenn to give to Risi. She said that if Gulliver and Brayden “made it back” but she didn’t, Thema wanted Risi to kill them both with that blade.

In the same vision, Dora learned that Thema used to scratch at the back of her neck and had a weird, contentious relationship with Melisenn.

First Reference: Chapter 15
Other Notable References: Chapter 16, Chapter 22, Chapter 26, Chapter 27, Chapter 28, Act I Epilogue, Act II Prologue, Chapter 42, Chapter 43, Chapter 51

 

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