Sveta is a Case 53 that was committed to the Parahuman Asylum. Eventually, Sveta joined The Irregulars.


Sveta is very shy and kind, her inability to control her power distressed her greatly. She values the friends that she can make.

She is driven by the large amount of guilt she has for those she inadvertently killed.[2]


Greg Veder Edit

Sveta tried to become friends with him online.[1] Their relationship had a falling out when Greg got spooked out by her unfortunate nickname and her unwillingness to send him pictures.


Sveta is little more than a very pale face with thin tendrils streaming around it like hair. Small organs dangle from the largest of the tendrils that extends from the back of her face while a small "C" is tattooed on her cheekbone.[3][4] She speaks with a soft Russian accent.[5]

Abilities and PowersEdit

Sveta is incapable of controlling the strength of her tendrils which leads her to instinctively crush any stressor with them. The tendrils possess enough strength to bend steel bars.[6]

She also has notable durability[7], stated to be one of the reasons she was captured instead of killed when she was first found.

Her power is reactive to any threat against her no matter the source.[8]

This makes computer use hard but not impossible with the right equipment.[9] Also has talent for drawing.[10]



Sveta was a fisherman's daughter living in a small village with her family, probably on an alternate Earth.[10] She was taken in the middle of a storm while delirious by several other 'monstrous' capes, and given a Cauldron formula[7]. Following her release in an area that was not America,[11] from Cauldron's custody, she accidentally killed well over 100 people before being subdued and taken to a asylum.

Post-Slaughterhouse NineEdit

Dr. Yamada visited her on the same day she was acclimating Glory Girl to her new environment.

Sveta was waiting above the doorway to her room when Jessica Yamada arrived for their session. Her tendrils wrapped around Dr. Yamada's suit and then constricted before Sveta apologized. Dr. Yamada told her to focus on her relaxation exercises, but Sveta said that it was just making it worse. An airbag gave way and Sveta apologized again before saying that they should've talked through the mirrors and that she didn't want Dr. Yamada to die. Dr. Yamada told her that the point of the sessions was to socialize her before hushing her and telling her to focus on her relaxation exercises.

Eventually, Sveta was able to uncoil from Dr. Yamada's suit and move herself over to her 'bed' while settling her organs on a shelf on the post. She apologized again, but Dr. Yamada said she understood. Sveta asked about the patient that Dr. Yamada had seen, only for Dr. Yamada to remind her that she couldn't talk to others about her patients. Sveta said she understood before asking if the patient was a bad guy like she had been - saying that she had killed people before. Dr. Yamada told her that it was her power that had killed them and that they would talk about it in their session before telling her that a doctor might be able to tell her about the new patient through the intercom.

Dr. Yamada asked if she had been keeping her journal and Sveta grabbed it. The doctor asked if she could look at it and Sveta allowed her to. Dr. Yamada then asked her what had her so agitated before Sveta asked her why she wasn't scared of her. Dr. Yamada told her that she had no reason to be.[3]


Distraught over her idol leaving the Protectorate, Sveta rapidly lost progress in her treatment. She was paid a visit and accepted an invitation to the Irregulars.[12]

Golden MorningEdit

Sveta was with the Irregulars when they were deployed to the oil rig.

She later took part in the mission to Cauldron's headquarters. During the mission, the container the Irregulars stored her in cracked, forcing Sveta to choose a target to attack. Sveta attempted to focus her tentacles on Scion, but was unable to maintain focus solely on him and inadvertently killed Doctor Mother.[13]

Helped halt Scion from destroying Taylor's group and buying them time to escape.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Sandman:Odd, because once I saw the tags I thought GstringGirl was Sveta (aka Garotte).
    Given that “wrapped around a pole” is basically the equivalent of a chair for her and that her “body” is more-or-less made up of fleshy wires, her username is sort of a joke about her condition.
    And it also explains why she’s not wiling to send any photographs.
    wildbow:Dingdingding. - Comment by Wildbow in Interlude 19.y
  2. Sveta was sorry even as she killed 100+ people. Yamada didn’t instill that. - Comment by Wildbow in Teneral e.1
  3. 3.0 3.1 Interlude 18 (Donation Bonus 3)
  4. He began undoing the little clasps of metal that bound Garotte against his body. She unfurled, reached out to railings, to edges of metal.

    Where the tendrils surrounded the railing, a barrier that might have stopped a speeding car, the metal bent, crushed tight.

    The tendrils continued to find their way to things to grip. There were more of them than I’d thought.

    One tendril seized my claw, faster than I could react. Just as fast, it pulled back, found something else to hold.

    She and Weld both stopped.

    I watched as she closed her eyes, drew in a deep breath, and then exhaled.

    Weld released her organs, hidden in a space in his broad back, and she was free of him. She collected herself around the railing, her eyes closed, drawing in deep breaths and then exhaling slowly. Slowly, the tendrils released, and she stretched out to her full length.

    She looked like a fish underwater, a lionfish or jellyfish with dramatic, crazy fins or fronds. Where they weren’t bound to her surroundings, the fronds fell in line with one another, moved with their own rhythm, a mind of their own, that searched the surroundings. - Excerpt from Extinction 27.5
  5. The tendril-girl spoke, her voice harboring a soft Russian accent. -Extinction 27.5
  6. The latter. It’s like her entire fight or flight system was overhauled so the response to any stressor is ‘strangle it’. - Comment by Wildbow in Interlude 19.y
  7. 7.0 7.1 Venom 29.7
  8. She can’t kill herself, or she would have, it’s obvious enough. Her body would react and destroy external threats, even ones she’s trying to leverage against herself. - Comment by WildBow on Venom 29.7
  9. Very rugged design, kind of like Weld has his super reinforced chair. Of course, she's not the only patient who needs a rugged computer, ergo her 'sister' needing to use it.

    Drawback being that if you have a computer built for someone with a degree of super strength they can't wholly control, and worked so that the keys can be both pushed & pulled (with screws in each key for the tentacle girl to grip), sensitivity becomes a secondary consideration. - Post by Wildbow on
  10. 10.0 10.1 “I remember, you know,” Sveta said. “I dream of home. I was a fisherman’s daughter. There were these beautiful little huts with flat roofs, orange clay brick against gray mountains, with green-blue grass and ocean. It was cramped, and I had to share space with my family, my siblings… but I was okay with it. There weren’t any boys my age to marry, and I didn’t want to move to another town to look for a husband, so I just stayed by myself. I’d draw, and there was a peace in it. I still like to draw, I find it helps me relax… but it’s hard because my tendrils break the brushes and pencils. And then I don’t feel relaxed anymore.” - Excerpt from Venom 29.7
  11. She wasn’t based in America at the outset, so the PRT had no involvement for some time. - Comment by WildBow on Venom 29.7
  12. “Sveta idolizes me. She sees me as a hero, a spokesperson for our kind. Her therapist asked me to come visit, because she heard about what happened in the Echidna attack, what Cauldron was doing. All of her progress, gone. So her therapist wanted her hero to show up. Give her guidance, support. It worked.”

    “That’s a good thing, isn’t it?” I asked. I saw Eidolon open fire, not a dramatic attack, but a subtle one, a series of darts that left dark streaks in the air. My entire body tensed, as if I could jump into the fight. - Excerpt from Extinction 27.5
  13. Venom 29.7

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