Life and work
Cate is a tugboat captain who helps operate and pilot the Mucky Mammoth six nights a week. She knows a great deal about mushrooms and their medicinal properties, having become interested after coming across a book on homeopathic medicine in a used bookstore; eventually, she joined the Lexington Mycological Society Lexington and began to study the medicinal uses of fungi. She grows many natural plants on board the tugboat, and also has an affinity for tea.
Inspiration & development
Per the V&A's Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt exhibition, Cate was originally based on the Greek goddess Hecate, a figure associated with nature, fertility, and liminal space of crossroads. She was also originally planned to be a relative of Carrington's and based on the mythological psychopomp who would, free of judgement, guide deceased souls to the afterlife.