Katherine Marlowe in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
|Born||December 3, 1947|
|Appearances||Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception|
|Voice actor||Rosalind Ayres|
Katherine Marlowe is the primary antagonist in the 2011 video game Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.
In the game, Marlowe is searching for the lost city Iram of the Pillars, competing against American treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake, who is said to be a descendant of legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake. Marlowe believes Drake's ring to rightfully belong to her, and resolves to reveal a secret Drake has kept for 400 years regarding his expedition to find Iram.
Katherine Marlowe is a British woman who is the head of a secret order that dates back 400 years to the court of Queen Elizabeth I. The order has links to the British Occult Secret Service, The School of Night, the Hellfire Club and the Order of the Golden Dawn as part of a Hermetic secret society, and among its adherents are Marlowe's agents, a private army amassed by Marlowe that carry out her bidding without question.
Marlowe first meets treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake in Cartagena, Colombia when Nate is a teenager. Marlowe is in Cartagena with antique-dealer Victor "Sully" Sullivan, whom she has hired to steal legendary explorer Sir Francis Drake's ring from a Cartagena museum. Sully has a key forged that will allow him to gain access to the display case holding the ring, although while Marlowe and Sully have a drink at a roadside cafe, Nate steals the key from Sully.
Later, Marlowe, her agents and Sully come across Nate moments after he has stolen Drake's ring and the accompanying astrolabe from the museum. Marlowe snatches the astrolabe from Nate, but when Nate refuses to give her the ring she slaps him. However, before Marlowe can slap Nate a second time Sully intervenes, giving Nate a chance to escape. Marlowe orders her agents to pursue Nate, although Sully aids Nate in his escape and takes him as his protégé, ending the relationship between Marlowe and Sully.
 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception
In London, Marlowe and her right-hand man Talbot approach Nate and Sully in an alleyway behind a public house, shortly after they have been subdued by Charlie Cutter and a gang of hired thugs. Marlowe belittles Nate and Sully for a short time, before taking Francis Drake's ring from around Nate's neck. Nate stands up to retrieve the ring, but he and Sully are shot by Cutter, and Marlowe angrily leaves with Talbot after this wanton shooting. [[London Underground (Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception chapter)|Back at Marlowe's hideout, she chastises Talbot for hiring Cutter, before attempting to insert the ring into the astrolabe. However, the ring doesn't fit, and after Marlowe realises they have been tricked, she sets out with Talbot and several agents to search the hideout.
The next time Marlowe encounters Nate and his allies is in a Syrian fortress, where she corners Cutter on a rooftop along with Talbot and her agents. Marlowe says she had high hopes for Cutter, before setting fire to the rooftop and making her exit, leaving Cutter to choose between burning to death on the rooftop, or jumping from the roof; Cutter opts for the latter, breaking his leg but surviving the fall.
In a Yemeni city, Marlowe greets Nate at a roadside cafe after Nate passes out after being drugged by Talbot. Marlowe reveals how much she knows about Nate, but the conversation is cut short when Talbot informs her that her agents have located Sully, who is currently the only person who knows the location of the lost city Iram of the Pillars. Marlowe says that Nate is unneeded and pirate captain Rameses places his hands on Nate's shoulders, although Nate jumps off from the table and gives chase to Talbot through the Yemeni streets. Nate eventually catches up to Talbot and engages him in a fistfight, although he is then knocked unconscious by Rameses, whom Marlowe then orders to kill Nate.
However, Rameses instead abducts Nate and interrogates him for the location of Iram. Nate is able to escape from Rameses and his Indian Ocean pirates, before saving the kidnapped Sully from Marlowe's caravan as it crosses the Rub' al Khali desert. Despite Sully being saved and the majority of the caravan being destroyed by Salim and the Bedouin riders, Marlowe and Talbot still make their way into Iram with a number of Marlowe's agents.
In Iram, Marlowe uses to a crane to raise a brass vessel containing the "Djinn" - demons born of smokeless fire - from a pool in the depths of the city. However, Nate and Sully soon arrive and end the operation, as Nate uses a flare gun to destroy the gun. However, Nate also fires several shots that damage Iram's infrastructure and cause the city to begin crumbling into a giant sinkhole. Marlowe begins to exit the city with Talbot, although they later come across Nate and Sully escaping. Talbot draws his gun on the unarmed Nate and Sully, but the building they are on then collapses, knocking the gun from Talbot's hand and knocking Marlowe into the sinkhole. Talbot attempts to save Marlowe but is unable to reach and says that Nate should save her, before Marlowe pulls out Drake's ring and says that Nate should earn it and prove himself by saving her; after much deliberation Nate attempts to save her, but he is unsuccessful and Marlowe dies as she is sucked into the sinkhole.
 Behind the scenes
Katherine Marlowe first appears in the 2011 video game Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and is voiced by English actress Rosalind Ayres. Ayres is perhaps best-known for her appearance in the 1997 drama film Titanic, but she also has a history in video game voice-acting, having provided the voice of Queen Elizabeth in Age of Empires III. The Naughty Dog development team were very pleased to have been able to garner Ayres' services for the game, saying that she "brought a tremendous amount" to the character and that she was "fantastic in helping us in developing Marlowe's character." Furthermore, the character of Marlowe has been discussed by the development team as being a "more cerebral" and "more insidious" villain that has previously been seen in the Uncharted series.
 See also
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Hennig, Amy (dir.), Naughty Dog (2011). Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. Sony Computer Entertainment.
- ↑ "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception" on Naughty Dog
- ↑ "Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Tech Info" on GameSpot
- ↑ "Rosalind Ayres" at the Internet Movie Database
- ↑ "Meet the villain of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception" on USA Today
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