Lady Katarina's character has changed radically since she was first mentioned.
We always wanted to create a constant follower in The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing - and for various reasons we wanted her to be a female... and a ghost. Since the humorous bickering between our protagonists is a very important feature in the game, Lady Katarina needed to have a complicated personality and her very own background. She is the ghost of a noble lady and she is a very useful supporter of Van Helsing. She will grant passive bonuses in combat and she has a simple inventory.
That was the plan, anyway. However, after several discussions and long meetings we also decided to give her active skills, proper equipment and active role in combats. It has changed the core concept, the vision of an etheral, transparent character. On the other hand we still insisted on the ghost-like Lady Katarina.
Transformation seemed to be the best solution. Now the Lady has two different forms besides her basic shape.
That is to say, she looks and behaves differently in melee and in ranged combat.
During the improvement of Lady Katarina she got plenty of new features. You can equip her with a sword, two pistols, two rings, an armour and an amulet. You can send her to go shopping and selling the content of her inventory. She can pick up the loot on the battlefield depending on your settings (she will gather only the determined kind of loot). You can give a value limit, so she will ignore any items cheaper than this determined value. There are several tactics you can set in her options menu and you can customize her skills when she levels up. She also gets ability points on every level in a similar way than Van Helsing.
Get ready for looting, fighting and exploring not only with the young Van Helsing but also with his pretty follower, the noble Lady Katarina!