Yorda is the daughter of the Witch, Queen of the castle in which Ico is imprisoned. She is found caged (by her mother) who intended to prolong her life by taking Yorda’s body. Yorda’s ears are pointed and she appears to glow, being much brighter than Ico and the environment.
Being timid and rather fragile she trusts Ico and allows him to take her by the hand as they both attempt to escape the castle. Speaking entirely different languages from one another they manage to overcome the language barrier and assist each other. Yorda possesses the ability to move the idols that block the doorways similar to the Queens Blade but is continuously chased by shadowy figures sent to retrieve her. Ico fights them off, guides/helps Yorda across obstacles, and when given the chance to escape while Yorda is injured refuses to leave her behind.
After opening the main gates Yorda is left badly injured with the shadowy figures closing in but saves Ico by grabbing his hand, preventing him from falling. Yorda is then turned to stone and heavily guarded by the shadowy figures. After the Witch has been defeated Yorda awakes as a shadowy figure just as the castle starts to collapse and makes a second attempt at saving Ico by putting his unconscious body in a boat. Yorda’s body is found washed up on the beach by Ico just as she opens her eyes.