Girl Genius
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Girl Genius

Teodora Heterodyne (née Vodenicharova) was the wife of Saturnus Heterodyne, mother of William and Barry Heterodyne, and thus grandmother of Agatha. To date she has only been discussed in any kind of detail in The Secret Blueprints (where she is not even named), and in a footnote in the novel Agatha H. and the Voice of the Castle, and so all information presented here should be considered tentative.

The two currently available sources of information agree that she was a brave and noble woman who was forced into marrying Saturnus on threat of harm to her family, and that it was she who was responsible for raising her two sons to be the heroes that they were. In the end, when Saturnus realized that his sons had forever rejected the traditional Heterodyne path, he announced his intention to kill them and start over in the whole heir-production department. Teodora in return fatally poisoned him, resulting in her own death.

The novel offers a few additional facts along with her name: Saturnus genuinely loved her, even in the face of her dogged insistence to live and raise the boys away from Castle Heterodyne. Thanks to this attitude, and the death of Saturnus, it was the Castle who killed her. Her selfless actions led to her being canonized after her death as Saint Teodora of Transylvania, and declared patron saint to Those Who Fall Afoul Of Sparks.

She is first mentioned in the comic proper when Seffie offers up a small but heartfelt prayer to St. Teodora after she manages to keep her brother Tweedle alive following his own unintentional self-inflicted poisoning.

Possibly relevant outside information[]

There is in the Romanian Orthodox Church[1] a St. Teodora of the Carpathians. According to a Google translation of the Romanian version of her OrthodoxWiki page, on June 20, 1992, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church solemnly recognized and proclaimed the holiness of the Pious Theodora of Sihla, becoming the first Romanian to pass among the saints. In prayer, she was known to levitate and shine with light . In another story, she was attacked by Turks in her cave. "Lifting up her hands, she cried out, “O Lord, deliver me from the hands of these murderers.” The wall of the cave opened up , and she was able to escape into the woods."

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  1. Which is to say, not necessarily in other churches, especially the one led by the pope in Rome
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