Elyssa as the Rusalka

Elyssa (aka Ilyssa Pavlovna) is a Rusalka, a watery spirit appearing in Mordavia Lake.


Elyssa was once a beautiful young woman engaged to Janos, until he drowned her in the lake while they were skinny dipping because she refused to have sex with him. Though her body was never found, a gravestone was carved for her. It read:

"No effort could Elyssa save; She passed into a wat'ry grave. Her body was lost; Only her memory remains."

Her spirit was bound to the lake by her violent demise and she became a Rusalka. She had no recollection of her life, and drowned any man who entered the lake. Devon Aidendale was able to befriend her, however, by speaking to her without entering the lake, and bringing her flowers.

Personality and traits Edit

She is beautiful and deadly, appearing as she once was in life. She had been betrayed by a false lover before in her life, and all she really wanted was a man with a true heart to show her some real love and affection. Only then could she truly pass away.[1]

Titles Edit

Behind the scenesEdit

Only male visitors can see her. She appears during the day, and traveling to her screen cancels the action of being pursued by a monster.

Elyssa's last name "Pavlona" is not mentioned in the game, and only appears in a single article printed in Sierra's InterAction magazine. She was called Ilyssa Pavlona there.

The Rusalka questEdit

As a Paladin, Piotyr asked the Hero to free her soul. After finding out how from the gypsy Magda, Devon went about freeing the Rusalka's spirit. First he reminded her of her life by learning her name, then he beat the grave of Janos with a hand broom that Elyssa's hair was woven into. He defeated the wraith of Janos, and then finally gave Elyssa what she wanted — to be kissed by a Hero. At that time Elyssa appeared in her real form, decomposing from time, and has since remained in peace on the Lake's floor.


The name "rusalka" (Russian: русалка, meaning "fair-haired [girl]") is of Slavic origin and was used to describe a spirit of a beautiful girl who would call out to any man from the water, luring him in. But as soon as he would step into the water, she would hug him and drown him to his doom. Today it is connoting with the term "mermaid", however originally rusalkas had feet and could come out of the water in full moon, to dance naked in the field around a fire (which was considered to be a good omen for the harvest), and would only drown those men who have mistreated their company in the past.


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