|Game||Koudelka andShadow Hearts|
|Voice actor(s)||Yui Horie|
|Voice actor(s)||Vivianna Bateman|
|Age||19 (K)/ 34 (SH)|
|Hair color||Dark Brown|
|“||Beckoned by voices not of this world, she visits Nemeton Abbey, on All-Hallows' Eve, 1898., and runs into a lot of unexplained things.||„|
|~ Game Manual|
|“||A mysterious woman who knows the truth behind the string of incidents. She disappeared after the Nemeton Monastery went up in flames. She has stong mystical strength.||„|
|~ Shadow Hearts|
Koudelka was born to a very poor Gypsy family in the remote Welsh village of Abergynolwyn, beside the Taliesin river. Even as a child, strange things seemed to follow in her path. She began to display strong psychic abilities, which frightened her family and neighbours.
Things came to a head when she predicted her own father's death down to the very minute, days before it happened. Her mother, fearful of her daughter's powers tried to kill her, but was unsuccessful. Shunning her, and still terrified of her powers, her family and peers began to say that she was possessed, and brought her before the Gypsy elders. She was banished, and chased her from the village.
In 1888, when Koudelka was nine years old, she was found in London by Mrs. Blavatsky, a renowned medium for the spirits. She raised Koudelka as her daughter, helping her hone her skills until she passed away in 1891. Once again, Koudelka was all alone. She set off travelling around Britain, supporting herself by finding lost articles for other people and serving as a medium for those who wished to communicate with the spirit world. It was a bleak existence, where during desperate times, she would reluctantly prostitute herself in exchange for warmth or money.
In the Autumn of 1898, Koudelka heard a desperate plea of help from a spirit asking her to travel to the Nemeton Monastery in Aberystwyth, Wales. Following the request she began to make her way there.
Healing him, the pair made their way through the desolate abbey, until they came across the caretakers; Bessy and Ogden, who poisoned their food. Too suspicious of them to eat, Koudelka declined the soup and later berated, the now-poisoned, Edward for being so naïve and too trusting of people, before, again healing him.
Together, the reluctant trio made their way through the monastery facing down vengeful ghosts, grotesque monsters, and the slightly-crazed human occupants.
In the canonical ending, Koudelka revealed her Gypsy birth-name; "Zlato" (Slavic for "treasure", "gold", or "Darling") to Edward, and they spent the remainder of the night in a tent together, before heading their seperate ways, with the promise that they may one day see each other in the future.
Koudelka fell pregnant, and later gave birth to a son, whom she named Halley, and who had also been blessed with her powers. She raised him by herself.
After the events that led to the destruction of Nemeton Monastery, she began to use her powers to help and heal others that were in need of it.
Her powers caught the attention of Albert Simon, who deduced that she was a infact "Key to Darkness" - a being born every 100 years or so, who embodied dark magic, and was possessed of tremendous magical power.
Seeing her potenial use for his own schemes, he used the Inquisition to abduct Koudelka as his prisoner. Threatening to kill Halley if she resisted, she chose to go with them.
Unwilling to submit, she was continually tortured, though she resisted. Making no progress with her, Albert turned his attention to her counterpart, the "Key to Light", a young Englishwoman called, Alice Elliot.
While locked up she became aware of the extent of his plans, and tried her best to prevent them from happening, though realised because of her imprisonment, she would require a "champion" of sorts.
By talking to Yuri within his mind, she led him across the globe in an effort to stop Albert's plans, leading Yuri to a certain train in China, on which Albert was intending to kidnap the girl.
Unable to physically act, she continued to use Yuri to intervene in Albert's plans, and gave what little help she could by using her powers to warn the pair of upcoming dangers.
Her voice was heard again at Albert Simon's mansion, when she attempted to calm her son so he wouldn't destroy the whole building with his unstable powers.
In an effort to free her from the mental hospital, Halley mounted a rescue attempt, which was thwarted by the intervention of Albert Simon. Initially catatonic, she was only roused when Albert began to attack her son. Regaining herself, she stopped his attack, and agreed to help him if he spared Halley and the others, but not before directing Yuri to Wales, to seek the true Roger Bacon.
Spirited away by Albert, she waited with him in the subterranean temple, deep beneath the ruins of Nemeton Monastary, while he prepared his ritual to raise the Neamto Float, and summon a god to cleanse the world.
As he began the ritual, using her powers to fuel the raising of the float, she blocked him from siphoning her power, and was prepared to use her magic to kill the both of them, to save Halley. It would have succeeded, if not for Albert's soul pact with the God of Wrath, Amon.
Weakened, but not killed, Albert invoked his pact, and used his powers to raise the float, along with the energies given off by his battle with Yuri.
Unconscious, but still alive, she was taken to recover in London, where Halley and friends had made their hide-out.
Having been seperated from each other for three years, the mother and son had a heart-to-heart and discussed future plans, while Koudelka reflected how much Halley had come to resemble his father. She promised that they would travel to America to reunite with Edward, and bid the party good luck in their fight against Albert.
Koudelka never appears in another Shadow Hearts game, but Alice mentions in her post-game narration, that she and Halley went to America to try and find Edward.
- Main article: Koudelka Iasant/Manga
"Healing/ Dowsing/ Channelling" ~ Koudelka Manual Koudelka's abilities.
As well as being able to contact and speak with the dead, Koudelka also possesses a form of precognition, allowing her to see some events before they happen. As shown in the cutscenes of Koudelka, she is also able to allow herself to channel the spirits of the dead, and allow them to possess her body.
She has a range of other magical abilities, such as telepathy, which allows her to talk to Yuri and other receptive minds, telekinesis, which allowed her to break from her straight-jacket, and various other magics such as pyrokinesis, hydromancy, geomancy and aeromancy.
She also has forms of protective magic, such as the ability to heal wounds, to the point of bringing back Edward from near death, and a reflective barrier.
So great is her power, she is the "Key of Darkness", a being born every century, who acts as a conduit/embodiment of sorts to dark magic, a complimentary counterpart to a similarly born, "Key of Light". Despite the title, they are not necessarily antagonistic to each other.
Koudelka is still young, but she is very streetwise after having spent most of her life on her own. She acts in a very mature manner, but she is sometimes snide and contemptuous. She usually has a displeased look on her face, and she has a very bleak attitude. Sometimes, however, a bit of softness does escape from her hard shell. She has a tendency to stick up for people who are discriminated against or for those who are not loved by anyone. She has come to the monastery because she felt the call of a strong spirit, summoning her there. Since she is a pagan, she doesn't believe in the Judeo/Christian God.
As Koudelka has grown older and raises a child by herself she starts to lose her streetwise personality, snide, and contemptuous nature. She has turned into a caring, kind and very wise woman. She even begins to care for those who are badly ill and are taken control by ghosts. She becomes close to her son Halley and comforts him when he is blessed with Koudelka's same power. She also seems to believe in God, something she didn't in in the past game. It could be after the events of the Nemeton Monastery when James gave his life to save Elaine and save Edward's and Koudelka's as well.
- Although Albert says that Koudelka is the "Key of Darkness" as Alice is the "Key of Light", Koudelka's element is not darkness but fire instead.
- Koudelka's name is derived from renowned Czech photographer, Josef Koudelka, perhaps most famous for his photographs of Romani gypsies.
|Koudelka Iasant - Edward Plunkett - Father James O' Flaherty|
|Patrick Heyworth - Elaine Heyworth - Ogden - Bessy - Charlotte - Roger Bacon - Alias - The Creature|
|Nemeton Monastery Grounds|
|Stables - Caretaker's Quarters - Herb Garden - Prison - Dungeon - Priest's Quarters - Underground Shrine - Storage Room - Archives - Library Church Nave - Patrick's Quarters - Underground Passage - Altar of Darkness - Nemeton Graveyard - Charlotte's Cell - Vestry - Church|
Holy Water Font - Inner Grounds - Portrait Room - Chapel - Bell Tower Spire
|Émigré Manuscript - Saint Daniel - The Formors - Guard's Diary - Old Letter - Sophia's Letters - Patrick's Memo - Research Notes|
|Requiem - Ubi Caritas Et Amor - Koudelka OST|
|Valuables - Items - Magic - Bosses - Enemies - Weapons - Accessories - Armour|