"The Portrait of Markov" is the name of the book Yuri owns and convinces the protagonist to read with her during her route in both Act 1 and Act 2 . According to the protagonist, it features an ominous looking eye on the cover.
In Act 1, Yuri introduces the protagonist into the book. When he asks about the plot of the book, she responds: "Basically, it's about this girl in high school who moves in with her long-lost sister... But as soon as she does so, her life gets really strange. She gets targeted by these people who escaped from a human experiment prison... And while her life is in danger, she needs to desperately choose who to trust. No matter what she does, she ends up destroying most of her relationships and her life starts to fall apart..."
In Act 2, Yuri talks more in-depth about the book, saying: "Basically, it's about this religious camp that was turned into a human experiment prison... And the people trapped there have this trait that turns them into killing machines that lust for blood. But the facility gets even worse, and they start selectively breeding people by cutting off their limbs and affixing them to-- O-Oh, that might be a little bit of a spoiler..."
Trivia and Lore
- Many people speculate that the book is connected to Dan Salvato’s next game, Project Libitina. This is most likely due to the fact that Portrait of Markov’s lore involves human experiments in a religious camp, similar to the contents of Project Libitina’s website.
- According to the protagonist, the book’s main character reminds him of Yuri, because they both second-guess a lot of things they say and do. Yuri reacts to it in two different ways, depending on the current act the player is in.
- In Act 1, Yuri acts flustered and says that’s a terrible thing to have in common with the main character.
- In Act 2, Yuri acts defensive and nervously tries to dismiss the protagonist’s thoughts. Her defensiveness while reading the book likely foreshadows her self-harm habits that appear later in the act.