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This entry contains potential spoilers for Pathologic 2. Read at your own risk.

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Name
Var (Вар)
Nickname
Var the Scar-Faced (Одноглазый Вар)
Var the Usurer (Ростовщик Вар)
Status
Alive
Deceased (Marble Nest)
Location
The Bridge Square

Var is a man who lives in the Town. He buys organs and blood from the player character in exchange for money and medical supplies.

Description

Var is a no-nonsense, crass, and vulgar man who buys and trades organs in his store in the The Bridge Square. It is unclear what Var uses what the organs for, only that he is willing to pay handsomely for healthy kidneys, livers, hearts and brains. Many people fear Var's place, referring to it as the "Slicer House" where people are cut up and sold.[1]

Though Var insists that he is not a steppe man, he is familiar with the practices of Menkhu and the Lines.

Plot

Pathologic 2

Var's Place - Var the Scar-Faced buys and sells human organs.
The Haruspex's map hover



Var is first met by the Haruspex after he extracts a Lockpick from one of Bad Grief's thugs. When Haruspex leaves the warehouse, Var stops him to tell him he used to work with his father regarding organ trading. He lets Haruspex know that he is open to doing business with him, but he must prove his worth by growing into his name as a menkhu. After the Haruspex inherits his father's legacy, Var will begin trading with him.

On Day 5, Sticky tells the Haruspex that he was approached by a man in the Bridge Square about smuggling and hiding bodies. This man is the same one that operates the store front Var lives in - should the Haruspex report the man to Victor Kain, the store will be emptied and closed permanently, though Var is still in the back room. He will berate the Haruspex for snitching, but otherwise seems disinterested in his former acquaintance.

If the Haruspex has not found and tested the Panacea by the time the Inquisition arrives, he will be led to Var's place to ask about the provenance of the blood Rubin used to make it. Var will profess ignorance, but suggest he investigate Shekhen.

The Marble Nest

Birdies, birdies... gather ye here, round the marble nest...

This entry contains potential spoilers for Pathologic 2: The Marble Nest. Read at your own risk.


Var was taken to a talk with Captain Longin soon after the Army arrived.



When hovering over his shop on the map page, the Bachelor notes that Var hasn't been seen since the Army arrived. His shop location is the location where Cookaroo will offer to help the Bachelor smuggle medicine and items out of the shop from a second floor window, without the stationary guard noticing. In Var's shop, the Bachelor will find Haruspex's Panacea, but attempting to smuggle the panacea out will result in its bottle being destroyed.

Trade

Item Description Details
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Bandage
Improves health. Stop bleeding, and you stop death—or delay it, at least. Folks here believe that any affliction can be smothered in bandages, and any decently soft cloth can serve as one. Makes one wonder how people with such advanced medical knowledge even get sick at all.
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Immunity Boosters
Assorted pills of unknown origin. Boosts immunity. Smells suspicious. Scientifically speaking, it is dubious whether immunity can be boosted at all. However, these pills work infalliably. According to the box, they were manufactured more than fifty years ago.
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Morphine
A person is only alive for as long as they feel pain. Morphine makes you numb to it, seemingly increasing health. Unsuccessfully banned within the limits of the town by governor Saburov, who was trying to alleviate his wife's addiction, morphine relieves a person of pain, worries, and worldly desires, leaving them in a drowsy and numb state.
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Scalpel
Either a weapon that can take someone's life, or an essential tool for a surgeon. A tool for a surgeon. A tool for a menkhu. A tool for a bandit. a tool for a ripper. A tool for me.
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Tourniquet
Used to repair health. Rubber tourniquets are regarded as poor-quality by the townsfolk, who prefer the locally-made leather ones. Alexander Saburov once tried to outlaw tourniquets in the Town, in a desperate attempt to protect his wife Katerina from her morphine addiction. What a silly idea. One can't just outlaw rubber or leather bands.
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Twyrine
A herbal infusion. Drink to reveal places and events hidden from the naked eye. The Town calls to me. But it's hard to hear over my own thoughts. If I quiet them down, I can sense the pulse of life all over the Town.

Var only takes healthy organs. Infected organs are worthless to him.

Item Description Details Price
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Brain
A section of brain tissue. "Blood is only a stream of red and white blood cells. Sure, they contain information, but how can anything compare to the magnificence of the brain?" Dankovsky once demanded.
Yet a brain is only dull meat.
900
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Heart
A hot, almost-beating heart. In the steppe lore, the center of mind and knowledge is the liver, while the center of feeling and emotion is the lower guts. They view the heart as a less crucial and rather mechanical organ that simply pumps life around, oddly arriving at a consensus with science-based medicine. 600
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Liver
A human liver. A body is not to be cut open. It's only allowed for menkhu—wise men who know where a body wants to give—and butchers, who accept sin. The word for butcher, "yargachin," also means "surgeon." 450
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Kidney
A human kidney. According to the steppe beliefs, the body is a perfect representation of the Universe. However, the steppe people are not so naive as to correlate organs and bones to cosmic or geographical features. What they refer to are, first and foremost, connections and circulations. 250
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Blood
A blood-filled flask. Blood is one of the primal elements. It bears life and death. They say that a bloodless man is immortal. 200

Gallery

Notes

  • Though Var shares a similar model with the Pochard kinsmen NPC, he claims he is not of the Kin.
  • Var will not accept infected organs.

References

  1. Kinsfolk: Kharaalai, I'm in trouble. My sister disappeared. Have you seen her? She has four moles on her cheek. I fear she may have ended up in the Slicer House. They'll sell her piece by piece now...
    Haruspex: What Slicer House?
    Kinsfolk: A bad place in the Town, behind the Guzzle. Var lives there, a chemist. He buys body parts-sells them, too. Many know, but none act. - Pathologic 2

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Name
Var (Вар)
Nickname
Usurer (Ростовщик)
The Hunchback (Горбун)
Status
Deceased
Location
The Atrium
Family
Willow Mellow (adopted daughter)
Map ID
lc_House6_05

Var is a man who lives in the Town. The Haruspex can trade blood and organs with him in exchange for medical supplies.

Description

Var is a hunchbacked usurer and a former member of the Caravan. According to Anna Angel, he used to be either a fire eater or a snake charmer. When the Caravan persecutions and arrests started, his back was broken with an iron bar, leaving him disabled.

Plot

Bachelor Route

Var is present in the Bachelor's route as early as Day 5, where he is the target of Anna Angel's blackmailing. He requests that Bachelor assist him in finding his daughter, Willow Mellow, who is a dancer in Andrey Stamatin's Pub. It is revealed by his daughter that Var once worked in the Ace of Diamonds Caravan and kidnapped Willow from her real father, then killed him when he came for the rescue. Though Var claims to love Willow dearly, she is rightfully furious. Bachelor manages to arrange their meeting, and Var pays him a high sum of money.

However, it is discovered the girl that Bachelor found was also the target of a murder by Haruspex, who killed her after Bachelor requested he extract a heart from a victim of the Plague. From Day 6 onward, Var controls a team of arsonists who are dedicated to causing havoc in infected districts. The Bachelor has the opportunity to murder him when he plans an assault on the Termitary, but his supporters will continue their rampage through town for the rest of the game.

Haruspex Route

Var is present in the Haruspex's route starting from Day 1. He is needed to draw blood from Haruspex to help save a man at the Cemetery. The Haruspex can trade organs with him in exchange for healing items.

Var will no longer appear after Day 5 due to the death of his daughter.

Changeling Route

Var does not appear in the Changeling route, but his house can still be entered and looted.

Trade

Var only has a small, random amount of Bandages and Tourniquets and will not restock his inventory over the course of the game.

Item Description Trade Value
Bandage
Bandage
An elastic antiseptic bandage. Facilitates recovery after a traumatic injury. Closes and disinfects the wound, preventing inflammation. 4
Tourniquet
Tourniquet
A rubber tourniquet. Facilitates health recovery after a traumatic injury. Stops bleeding and immobilizes damaged tissue. 4

Item Description Value
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Heart
A human heart. Extracting organs from a human body is seen as a horrible blasphemy in the local tribal community. Only the menkhu are allowed to do this because they have an ancestral right to cut living bodies. However, some gatherers and also the Hunchback from the Atrium district would be willing to trade for something this rare... 1
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Kidney
Human kidney. Extracting organs from a human body is seen as a horrible blasphemy in the local tribal community. Only the menkhu are allowed to do this because they have an ancestral right to cut living bodies. However, some gatherers and also the Hunchback from the Atrium district would be willing to trade for something this rare... 1
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Blood
Human blood. Extracting organs from a human body is seen as a horrible blasphemy in the local tribal community. Only the menkhu are allowed to do this because they have an ancestral right to cut living bodies. However, some gatherers and also the Hunchback from the Atrium district would be willing to trade for something this rare... 1
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Liver
Extracting organs from a human body is seen as a horrible blasphemy in the local tribal community. Only the menkhu are allowed to do this because they have an ancestral right to cut living bodies. However, some gatherers and also the Hunchback from the Atrium district would be willing to trade for something this rare... 1

Gallery

Official Art

Notes

  • In the original 2005 release of Pathologic, Var is known as 'Var the Hunchback' and lives in a shack in a separate part of town. Only Haruspex is able to trade with him, selling organs for money.