The Great: Catherine [ENFP 3w2]

Functional Order: Ne-Fi-Te-Si

Catherine arrives in Russia full of “expectancy” for how wonderful it will be, how forward it will become beneath her influence, and with a terrific passion for “the sharing of ideas,” which she propagates all over court. The common lawn games, over-emphasis on fashion, sexuality, and menial topics “bores her,” she much prefers the library! Where she can read, think great thoughts, and gather, what else, splendid notions from all across the world! A wildly enthusiastic girl at first, she refuses to let much get her down, even though none of it measures up to what she expects it will be (her first sexual encounter is not all she hoped it might be, for example). She tends to invent schemes on the fly, and accredit them to her husband to stroke his ego, insisting that he said all that in his sleep the night before. Catherine often frustrates her friend and fellow coup-conspirator Orlo because she changes her mind at the last minute and takes advantage of opportunities (such as when she intrudes on the archbishop’s “vision” and plants one of her own ideas). She has a strong set of morals, decidedly different from everyone else at court. Her husband’s bloodthirsty nature appalls her. The idea of burning peasants with the pox angers and frustrates her. She becomes so disgusted seeing people dying on battlefields that she resolves to end the dispute peacefully. Many of the ladies at court hate her, because she turns up her nose at them – though later she makes inroads into getting them to like her better, with her husband’s aunt’s help. Catherine also finds it almost impossible to “fake” things – she shows no pleasure if she feels none, and this leads her husband to plan her death in a carriage accident; only faced with her own survival does she develop more of a capacity to be “fake.” She also refuses to make hard choices – though she needs to murder a child for her coup, she refuses to do so and is appalled when someone else does it for her. At first, all she wants is love and affection in addition to advancing Russia. Then, that turns into more pragmatic, Te-driven decisions in resolving the differences between them and Sweden through arranging a mutually beneficial ceasefire (each claims one province, ignores their loss in the other one, and goes home happy, huzzah!). She has very little interest in keeping things the same (awful as they are) and is not very grounded, nor does she know how to draw upon previous coups to stage her own. She is quite embarrassed in front of a panel of men, when asked what she knows about the war, the Russian provinces, etc., to admit, shame-faced, that “it’s on my list.” Details are not her strong suit.

Enneagram: 3w2 so/sx

Catherine has total and complete confidence in herself as being a woman of ambition, influence, and culture. She intends to show others how to take an interest in these things and has magnificent goals for Russia. She arrives optimistic, idealistic, and full of grand ideas… and when she cannot see them through, she contemplates suicide and becomes passive and unengaged (falling into 9). Catherine is quite aware of how things look to other people, so once she decides to play along and manipulate her husband, she does it quite well; at other times, she seeks outward approval. Early on, she admits that all she wants is for “my husband to love me.” She also tries to buy her way into the hearts of the ladies at court (often without success).

The Great: Peter [ESFP 7w8]

Functional Order: Se-Fi-Te-Ni

Peter is the embodiment of “live in the moment.” All he cares about is sleeping around, eating all the time, drinking excessively, and doing pleasurable sensory things. It takes his wife’s careful manipulations to get him to care about such things as conversations, art, culture, or books – he would rather burn down the library (to stop women from learning things) than crack open a book. If he gets bored, he will shoot things right in the middle of the festivities. He is not above physical aggression, either. Peter pretty much does whatever he says and wants, regardless of how others feel about it and without ever thinking about their mental or emotional needs. He is self-centered and emotional only about what touches him, always trying to serve himself ahead of others. Peter is irrational and bad at battle tactics; he will often want to do things on a whim (from sexing up courtiers to assuming he can see his wife after she’s trying to kill him without any repercussions) without being rational about it, leaving others to point out how foolish, short-sighted, or irrational he is being. He asserts his reasoning mostly as being “God made me king, so I do what I want, and He never makes mistakes, so you have to do what I say.” Peter is clueless about his wife’s true feelings for him and oblivious to her hatred for him, as he tries repeatedly to convince her to love him using tactics that fall flat (promising her great sex, etc). He often makes halfhearted attempts to make people like him again once he has offended them, but does so poorly. Peter is an occasional strategist, good enough at it to keep his wife at bay whenever he bothers to think about the coo, but is more often blunt, direct, and immediately goes after whatever he wants. It’s only after a near death experience that Peter starts to care about the future of Russia and a possible “legacy.”

Enneagram: 7w8 sp/sx

Peter’s entire life is centered around… pleasure. Constant distraction, good times, wine, women, and song. If he is not having a good time, then he is bored, and if he gets bored, he makes other people suffer for it. He is shallow and does not want to think about unpleasant things, but also willing to do unpleasant things “for the greater good” – such as burn anyone to death who has the pox, huzzah. Unfortunately for other people, his idea of fun can mean gouging out the eyes of dead soldiers and dining with their severed heads on the table. When his wife refuses to “have fun,” Peter punches her in the stomach and plots her death, because he refuses to have a sourpuss around him. He does very little ruling and a lot of negating his personal responsibilities to his archbishop.

The Great: Marial [ESTJ 8w9]

Functional Order: Te-Si-Ne-Fi

Marial is the voice of reason to Catherine’s unbridled idealism. When she catches the young empress about to slit her wrists, she points out that it will be quite messy and ruin the carpet and they need a proper bucket to catch it, and it would be a shame to see her do that, when she could just stage a coup and take over the government instead, and here’s how you do that. She often cautions Catherine against saying the wrong thing and tells her how to “get by” in court. When slapping Marial will get Catherine back in the good graces of the old biddies at court, Marial tells her to do it. She tends to be blunt, factual, and full of information, but also has a more sensitive side that she shows a handful of people. She knows how “these things are done,” even if Catherine does not. Marial is down to earth and practical. She points out which of Catherine’s notions are not going to fly and why. She also tells her how to go about making people like her, how to use the political mechanisms already set up at court, which ladies to watch out for, and how you go about seducing generals to your side. (Catherine does none of it her way, but that’s all right.) She simply wants her old life back, and a new reality for Russia that doesn’t involve beating surfs, burning pox-laden servants, or having to eat dinner beside severed heads. She can be quite tender to her cousin, and to the servant boy that she has a particular fondness to (even considering whether or not to give him a pity … ah… bedroom experience).

Enneagram: 8w9 sp/so

Why is Marial, a former lady of the court, now a servant? Because she shot off her mouth and insulted the wrong people. Why does she get beaten on a regular basis? Because she shoots off her mouth and refuses to bend her will to other people. Marial calls things as she sees them, in blunt, brutal terms – idiots are idiots, after all. She can be angry, belligerent, aggressive, and happy to knee someone between the legs. She also has a protective stance toward “pathetic” souls who are too naïve or innocent to make their way in the world. She often gets into quarrels with Orlo in which she insults him as a virgin. But she can also tone it down, go along to get along, and put up with it, if it means getting them “ahead.”

The Great: Orlo [INFJ 6w5]

Functional Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se

Orlo is an idealist with very specific ideas about the future of Russia and how it should look, which means he has a plan for everything. He is constantly anxious, thwarted, and upset about Catherine’s tendency to “fly by the seat of her pants,” since… they had a plan. You are not supposed to improvise. There is a specific way to get this done! When she first meets him, he is buried up to his nose in books, absorbing ideas and thinking about them. Unlike the rest of the court, he also spends most of his time in the library thinking about philosophy. Marial has a particular contempt for him as someone who lives with their head in the clouds, but… Orlo is also reluctant to “get going.” He has never had a woman. He has never fallen in love. He rarely drinks (and when he does, he gets drunk and tells other people too much). Warm and compassionate, but also inclined to voice many of his thoughts, Orlo cares as much about the surfs as he does the nobles (maybe more so) and wants to create a better Russia for their sake. He tries appeasement before force, and is constantly frustrated by Peter’s tendency to alienate people, ignore his carefully thought out advice, and do whatever the hell he wants, including letting his own archbishop appoint himself head of the Russian church. Orlo can be easily insulted and quick to air his complaints, but also prefers to deeply think about things before he commits to them. His inferior Se is hesitant to engage with the outer world, and does so clumsily at best. With the result that without Catherine, his own “reformation” would never get off the ground.

Enneagram: 6w5 sp/so

Orlo is just plain terrified that their coup is going to get found out, that they will all have their heads cut off, and that Peter will use those heads in creative ways once they are… um, dispatched. He flat out refuses to join Catherine’s schemes at the start, and is risk-adverse after that, scared that revealing too much, moving too fast, trusting the wrong people, or being too ambitious in public will wind up in disaster. He avoids life through burying himself in his books, rejecting any potential relationships, and never being “quite ready” to do things outside his comfort zone.

The Great: Georgiana [ESFJ 3w2]

Functional Order: Fe-Si-Ne-Ti

Georgiana is all about emotional dynamics, and using them to get herself and her husband ahead – sometimes without being fully appreciative of her husband’s more tender, possessive feelings toward her. She easily flatters, placates, and tells Peter whatever he wants to hear, using her influence to ease out “bad ideas” (too much change) and reinstate herself as his official mistress. She soothes her husband, but also reminds him of the negative social implications of his complaints and decisions (if Peter dies, or if Peter ceases to want her as his mistress, then they will have no more “power” at court, lose their positions, and fall into the lower ranks again). She understands how to function within the social hierarchy of court – that being a mistress entitles one to certain higher positions, gifts, and luxuries than other people. That you should not grovel to certain nobility. She tells Catherine as much, that she should never grovel, but always seem above them. Georgia seems quite content with the usual method of doing things at court, and sees no reason to “shake it up” with new innovations – in fact, she dissuades Peter at times from improving court, because she has a sense of how quickly it can “get out of hand.” (The printing press introducing mockery of the royal family and of the church, and of herself, leading to eventual disrespect of all three, followed by anarchy.) She seems to have a good grasp of reality, but doesn’t over-think them much.

Enneagram: 3w2 so/sp

Georgiana is ambitious; she has become the emperor’s mistress and intends to remain in that position. She doesn’t like to see others grovel or to do it herself, and remains “above” them in their interactions. BUT, she is also willing and able to be whatever the emperor requires of her, at any given time – always the person he can turn to, when his “dismal wife” disappoints him. Charming and seductive, but also somewhat out of touch with her feelings and those of her husband, Georgiana makes tactical decisions much more than personal ones, and is baffled to think that her husband wishes it could just be “them two, alone” on their estate. She sees the implications of everything and tries to cater herself toward it.

The Great: Grigor [ISFP 9w8]

Functional Order: Fi-Se-Ni-Te

Though he pretends not to care about being the husband of the emperor’s mistress, Grigor is angry about his wife being constantly in the emperor’s bed, and the callous way his “friend” treats him because of it. Peter makes sexual remarks about his wife in front of him and in front of other people, which Peter finds distasteful. He also cannot comprehend how his wife can care about them both at the same time and spread her love around so indiscriminately. Grigor is eaten up inside by jealousy, hatred, and even contempt—so much so that he tries to poison the emperor. He finds it difficult to hide his true feelings and wishes they could be “alone together,” he and Georgiana… away from court. He can keep up with Peter in terms of “having a good time” and “living it up.” He loves to hunt, ride, shoot, play games, eat food, be around beautiful women, bowl on the lawn, focus on superficial things, and keep his life fully entertaining. But he can also be short-sighted and foolish, unable to understand his wife’s concerns about Peter no longer sleeping with her as much (it means their loss of position at court and falling from royal favor). His most reckless behavior, though, is to dump poison into the king’s soup for sleeping with his wife and worry about misleading other people when they suspect it wasn’t influenza after all. He often acts on his feelings, but does not show any great capacity for logic; when she points out that his actions might endanger him, he panics and tries to shift the blame elsewhere.

Enneagram: 9w8 sp/sx

Grigor doesn’t want to share his wife, but … he does it anyway because he feels he has no choice (apathy), and then resents it, because it’s a continual denial of self in favor of what other people want. He fails to push back against her or the emperor in anything but passive-aggressive ways. Grigor numbs himself and his feelings through continual over-indulgences in whatever pleasures life affords, mostly drinking himself into an oblivion and having fun. He shows occasional aggression and callousness, but also a tendency to “merge” with the king and his wife and indulge all their whims. He fully engages himself in sensory distractions to deal with his feelings.