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Katherine Oldershaw,[1] known publicly as Grace, is a member of the Chicago Wards.


She is often energetic and boisterous, but can be resolute or serious when the situation calls for it. In her early days as a Ward, she was known for being vulgar[2] and snappy,[3] adopting the ironic maxim "Don't fucking swear" as a result.


During the Echidna fight, Grace wears flowing white cloth wraps, silver armor, and gloves reinforced for striking.[4] Her gloves were reinforced with metal, with rivet-like bumps over each knuckle etched with ornate designs and metal filigree feathers at the edges. Her costume also had padding with a similar design to her gloves.[5] She has blonde hair.[6]

When she went against Behemoth, she incorporated PRT issue chainmail mesh into her costume.[7]

Later, she updates her costume, with white cloth, steel-toed boots,[8] and studded, reinforced pads at every striking point, similar to a martial artist's outfit but with more coverage. She also wears a combination headband, hairband, and mask that reveals her lower face, and her hair is glossy and wavy.[9] Taylor describes her as athletic.[10]

Abilities and Powers[]

Grace has enhanced reflexes, agility, and perception of time.[11] She can imbue parts of her body with extra striking power and invulnerability, both to powers and general harm.[12][13] She mainly uses her powers in conjunction with martial arts.[11]



Grace was likely part of a multi-trigger event.[14] She eventually joined the Chicago Wards.

Post-Slaughterhouse Nine[]

She participated in the battle against Echidna, alongside members of the Chicago Wards and the Undersiders. Several clones of her were created after she was caught by Echidna. She would later escape.


She was part of the reformatted Chicago Wards team that deployed against Behemoth at New Delhi.

She acted as mission control during the Chicago Wards' raid on Topsy's branch of the Folk.

Along with the other members of her team, she was interviewed on the talk show, "Mornings with O, J, and Koffi."[15]


After Tecton graduated to the Protectorate, Grace took over as the official leader of the Chicago Wards.[16] She would later help fight against the Slaughterhouse 9000.

She was present at Gold Morning.

Chapter Appearances[]

Worm Chapter Appearances
1. Queen 18.1 Absent
2. Queen 18.2 Absent
x. Interlude 18.x Absent
3. Queen 18.3 Absent
4. Queen 18.4 Absent
y. Interlude 18.y Absent
5. Queen 18.5 Debut
6. Queen 18.6 Appears
z. Interlude 18.z Absent
7. Queen 18.7 Appears
8. Queen 18.8 Appears
f. Interlude 18.f Absent
i. Interlude 18 Appears
1. Scourge 19.1 Appears
2. Scourge 19.2 Appears
3. Scourge 19.3 Appears
x. Interlude 19.x Absent
4. Scourge 19.4 Appears
5. Scourge 19.5 Appears
6. Scourge 19.6 Appears
7. Scourge 19.7 Absent
y. Interlude 19.y Absent
z. Interlude 19.z Absent
1. Drone 23.1 Absent
2. Drone 23.2 Absent
3. Drone 23.3 Absent
4. Drone 23.4 Absent
5. Drone 23.5 Appears
x. Interlude 23 Absent
1. Crushed 24.1 Appears
2. Crushed 24.2 Appears
3. Crushed 24.3 Appears
4. Crushed 24.4 Appears
5. Crushed 24.5 Appears
x. Interlude 24.x Absent
y. Interlude 24.y Appears
1. Scarab 25.1 Appears
2. Scarab 25.2 Appears
3. Scarab 25.3 Appears
4. Scarab 25.4 Appears
5. Scarab 25.5 Absent
6. Scarab 25.6 Appears
x. Interlude 25 Absent
1. Sting 26.1 Appears
2. Sting 26.2 Absent
3. Sting 26.3 Absent
x. Interlude 26.x Absent
4. Sting 26.4 Absent
5. Sting 26.5 Appears
6. Sting 26.6 Mentioned
a. Interlude 26a Absent
b. Interlude 26b Appears
y. Interlude 26 Absent
1. Venom 29.1 Appears
2. Venom 29.2 Absent
3. Venom 29.3 Absent
4. Venom 29.4 Absent
5. Venom 29.5 Absent
6. Venom 29.6 Absent
7. Venom 29.7 Absent
8. Venom 29.8 Absent
9. Venom 29.9 Absent
x. Interlude 29 Absent


  • The word 'grace' means beauty and finesse, referencing Grace's enhanced agility and reflexes.
    • Clones of Grace created by Echidna are given the name Gross. The term 'gross' can either mean something repulsive or describe something lacking fine details, such as gross motor skills, which don't require much coordination.

Fanart Gallery[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Grace: Katherine Oldershaw - Private conversation with Wildbow, archived on Spacebattles
  2. “Grace,” Tecton said. “No swearing.” - Excerpt from Scarab 25.4
  3. “What’s with the hand shape?” Regent asked, as he poked his head out from cover enough to peek at the scene.

    “A ‘v’,” Golem said, his voice small.

    “I get it. You’re calling Behemoth a big vagina.”

    “It’s for victory,” Cuff said, sounding annoyed.

    "That’s lame,” Imp said.

    “Really lame,” Regent echoed, “I prefer the vagina thing.”

    “Way you dress,” Grace commented, “I wasn’t so sure.”

    “Ohhhhh,” Imp cut in, she elbowed Regent, “Ohhhhh. You going to take that?”

    Regent only laughed in response, shaking his head.

    “Is the little princess feeling brave?” Grace taunted Regent. “Come on.” - Excerpt from Crushed 24.1
  4. The girl in silver armor, with white flowing clothes was dashing toward her from the other side, not any slower for the shattered ground underfoot. Noelle picked out unpowered individuals she could afford to lose, closed her muscles tight around them, and spat out the partially formed nuggets along with a mess of the internal fluids.

    The girl ducked low, landing on a fragment of road, using her forward momentum to skid toward Noelle as though she were snowboarding. There was an explosion of debris as she kicked off the ground, and the girl soared toward Noelle, twisting in the air to land a kick with that same foot.

    It felt like getting hit by a cannon. Noelle’s stride broke and she had to plant one foot to the side to keep from falling over.

    She’d lost ground, and Bitch was swiftly increasing the distance between them. - Excerpt from Interlude 18
  5. The girl was similar, but I did note that her gloves were reinforced for striking, a framework of some sort of metal, with rivet-like bumps over each knuckle, each etched with a fine design I couldn’t make out and metal filigree feathers at the edges. She had padding with a similar design and near-identical feathers. - Excerpt from Queen 18.5
  6. Her minions surrounded her: two copies of Trickster; a skinny girl with long dark hair, covering herself with her arms and a carpeting of rodents, Skitter;  a Grue; a Regent; two blondes who would be copies of the girl in white; four of the civilians, and one she didn’t recognize as any of the civilians she’d absorbed.  The tinker.  Eight of them in all. - Excerpt from Interlude 18
  7. He nodded, but my focus was on the other members of the team, trying to account for the resources I had available.  Grace had changed her martial arts outfit for something with more coverage, a chainmail mesh like the PRT uniforms wore.  Wanton still wore free-flowing clothes, but he wouldn’t stay in that form. - Excerpt from Drone 23.5
  8. Grace followed up with a crushing kick from a steel-toed boot. A Murder Rat pounced on her, then vaulted off with enough force that Grace’s head struck the ground. Grace didn’t get up. - Excerpt from Sting 26.5
  9. Grace’s costume was light, in contrast to the dark of Wanton’s. Her new costume was white cloth, almost a martial artist’s outfit, but designed to offer more coverage. Reinforced pads were situated at every striking point, complete with studs to offer more traction and focused impacts. There wasn’t a single hair out of place beneath her combination headband, hairband and mask. She had glossy, wavy locks I was a little jealous of, and a trace of lipstick. - Excerpt from Scarab 25.4
  10. He nodded, but my focus was on the other members of the team, trying to account for the resources I had available. Grace had changed her martial arts outfit for something with more coverage, a chainmail mesh like the PRT uniforms wore. - Excerpt from Scarab 25.2
  11. 11.0 11.1 “Grace is a martial artist. She’s got a power spread. Faster perception of time, enhanced agility, and a striker-class enhancement for select body parts at a time; invulnerability to both powers and general harm, as well as increased effect on contact.“ - Excerpt from Queen 18.5
  12. Grace – Member of the Chicago Wards, possessed of enhanced agility and a selective invulnerability that she can apply only to specific parts of her body at a time, with the added benefit of enhanced kinetic power applied to any impacts. - Cast (spoiler free)
  13. Grace Has increased agility, can grant extremity/body part enhanced power and invulnerability/power immunity. Wards Striker - Parahumans List, bolded edit by Wildbow.
  14. Watch was a package deal like Grace or Circus. A lot of powers, flexible. - Excerpt from Scarab 25.3
  15. Scarab 25.4
  16. Sting 26.6

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