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Bortë was the young Kalmyk princess who was a scholar of chemistry.
In "Ancient Ways", she had been taken by Tartars. She was rescued through a joint effort by her half-sister Dorzha Abakov and a Cossack, Sergey Ivanovitch Khorkina. She assisted in her own rescue. Bortë had no desire to return to her father's house and be married off against her will. The three decided to travel to China.