|The Baba Yaga|
|Voice Actor||Irina Folie (The Monster Factory)|
The Baba Yaga is a supernatural being that originates in Slavic folklore.
In Slavic folklore, The Baba Yaga is often described as a hag-like old woman, or a trio of sisters. She is said to live in a hut with stilt-like chicken legs, which runs through the forest while spinning.
She is said to travel using a giant mortar and pestle, while using a broom to remove all traces of her presence. In other stories, she rides a sentient oven standing on chicken legs. Attached to said oven is a heavy chain, that she will throw at unfortunate victims wandering into her swamp and then proceed to drag them into the muddy soil, riding the oven like a horse.
Her character is an ambiguous multi-faceted one, as there are just as many stories describing her as a motherly and helpful creature as there are describing her as a child-eating monster.
- Unique idle animation.
- Unique Lullaby voice-over when in a Trial.
- Unique Modern Tales Collection Theme Music when selected in Lobby.
- Special visual effects.
- The Baba Yaga is the second Killer skin to have unique voice lines.
- The Baba Yaga is the first Killer skin to have a unique Lullaby.
- "Baba" is generally attested to have been a so-called babble word from Old Russian (babble words refer to the act of 'babbling' that babies do in the process of acquiring language), meaning it does not have a clear semantic meaning.
However, it is often associated with "sorceress" or "fortune-teller", whereas in Modern Russian and other Slavic languages, it experienced a semantic shift towards referring to old women in general, but with a pejorative connotation.
The Russian word "Babushka", meaning "Grandmother", is likely derived from it.
- "Yaga" has no clear origin, though many linguistic theories relate it to words with generally negative meanings, such as "evil", "witch", "worry", "pain", "anger".