"Footsteps sounded from within, and the door swung open on the smiling pink face of the Professora. Her gray hair was wound up on her head in her usual style. She wore a dark rose dress with a light rose bolero, embroidered with green vines in the manner of her home District. This somewhat formal Vor mode, which suggested she was just on her way either in or out, was belied by the soft buskins on her feet."
―Miles goes to the Vorthys home in search of Ekaterin[src]

Dr. Helen Vorthys, wife to Imperial Auditor Georg Vorthys, was a professora of history at Vorbarr Sultana University on Barrayar. Shortly after the events surrounding the Komarran Soletta disaster, she and her husband had their niece Ekaterin Vorsoisson and her son Nikki live with them in their home while Ekaterin returned to her schooling.

She was one of Barrayar's foremost experts on the Time of Isolation, and several of her students went on to become ImpSec analysts.

She tended to express her opinions rather frankly; she had rather strong words for the Komarran conspirators who took her and Ekaterin captive:

"Ah. I see. So the difference between a criminal and a hero is the order in which their vile crimes are committed," said the Professora, in a voice dripping false cordiality. "And justice comes with a sell-by date. In that case, you'd better hurry. You wouldn't want your heroism to spoil."
―In response to a statement that the deaths of five million Barrayarans was 'longer ago'[src]

She appears to have come from a Vor family which had livery colors of rose and green.


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