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Column Babyjosus – The Archetype of the Seductive Female Spy

While being the Content Manager for Team Bandit Gang most of the time, Babyjosus also regularly writes articles. This time, he offers his thoughts on the Gwent card art of Matta Hu’uri, illustrated by Sandra Chlewinska.

As seen on the card art, an exotic dancer and courtesan, performing a dance for an audience that you can assume have been entranced by the rhythmic and undulating movements. This exotic dancers and courtesan’s name is Matta Hu’uri, who became a sensation in the world of The Witcher because she personified all the poetry of Ofir, its mysticism, its voluptuousness, its languor and its hypnotizing charm.

The olive-skinned beauty spent several years traveling from city to city, telling the story of how she was born in a temple from an exotic land and was taught ancient dances by a priestess who gave her the name Matta Hu’uri, meaning “eye of the day”. In reality, Matta Hu’uri was born in a small town and her real name was in fact not Matta Hu’uri. But she did acquire her superficial knowledge of Ofiri dances when she lived for several years in Ofir where she got her fame and lived with her former husband, who was a high ranked soldier for Ofir. Throughout the years that she lived there, she also took an interest in Ofir clothes and jewelry, both of which are illustrated on the card art. Regardless of her authenticity, she packed dance halls and opera houses from Redania to Toussaint, mostly because her show consisted of her slowly stripping nude.

In time, she became a famous courtesan, and with the outbreak of the war between Redania and Nilfgaard, her catalog of lovers grew to include high-ranking military officers of various realms, all of whom showered her with gifts and crowns. The gifts that she received mostly consisted of jewels and expensive clothing. You could say that she made a living out of being the most desirable woman in the world of the Witcher.

With her dalliances with military officers and wealthy aristocrats becoming a matter of financial survival for her, they also became her downfall. As depicted in the card art, Matta Hu’uri pulls a piece of paper, most likely with intel, from underneath her bracelet. Here, it is made clear by the illustrator that she was in fact a spy and was later found guilty and executed by the Royal Redanian Army outside of Novigrad. Rumors go that the Redanian authorities had hardly any evidence, but the country’s wartime losses had been so devastating that, for the sake of national morale, somebody had to take the blame. Rumors also say that there was no evidence against her and that the death penalty was not justified. We can conclude that her craving for fame and attention, which resulted in an extraordinarily adventurous life, was sadly the reason for her story to end. Luckily we can still look at the mesmerizing card art that continuously tell her story to the generations that will follow.

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