03 September 2012

Character Bio: Larkspur Aucoin

Today, I'm going to spotlight Larkspur Aucoin, the main heroine of Fate Saga. This blog post is going to talk mostly about her personality and her placement in the story (omitting any spoilers, of course).

Larkspur's promotional poster, which is sold at conventions.

Larkspur is a sweet natured, even-tempered girl who is plagued by social anxiety and a general lack of self-confidence. Despite her fear of talking to people and saying the wrong things, Larkspur is an extrovert and dearly wants to be liked and accepted.

She is a native of Duero, the main town where Fate Saga's story begins. She has lived there most of her life, so she partially serves as a guide and also passes Cain information about the nature of the place.

Created last year, this was a Desktop image that features Larkspur's older design.

A cleric who works at the monastery in the Middle Class section of Duero, Larkspur's main job is to heal the sick or injured. It is an low-paying, charitable job and with it Larkspur doesn't obtain enough of an income to support herself with. So after taking care of people during the day, she spends a few nights a week as a waitress at The Crystalin, a homey little tavern in the poorer section of town.

Concept art of Larkspur singing to Cain on the outskirts of Duero.

Larkspur also has a passion for music, particularly singing although she can play a few instruments. She uses music as a way to achieve zen, de-stress and calm herself from the anxieties of her daily life.

As she gets to know Cain, Guile and Rori, Larkspur brings to them a genuine kindness, sweetness, politeness, affection and sensitivity that none of them are used to. Because of her years spent treating patients at the monastery as well as singing in front of the patrons at The Crystalin, Larkspur is surprisingly calm and adept in situations where most other people would be frightened (such as being on a stage, or handling emergencies). However, she is also a worry wart, socially awkward, oblivious and lacks a backbone. In her want to help, Larkspur sometimes makes things worse.

Set of rough sketches, focusing on Larkspur interacting with Cain, Guile and Rori

Cain is drawn to Larkspur because of her femininity, gentleness and her singing voice. They are similarly polite, courteous, socially awkward (though Cain's is because he is an introvert) and have similar values and faith. Sometimes their similarity can be a disadvantage as both will awkward each other out in conversations. Cain's strength and resilience through the hardships he's persevered through inspires her, and she's naturally drawn to someone who is as protective and manly as Cain is.

Larkspur and Guile have an awkward friendship. Guile hits on every woman he meets, and Larkspur is uncomfortable being schmoozed by a boy far too young for her. She doesn't have the gall to just snap at him to leave her alone, and so she will gently and stammeringly deflect his advances. When they're not being awkward to each other, they're being awkward together.

Rori and Larkspur have a big-sister, little sister relationship. Larkspur has lived a mostly sheltered life and to some extent idolizes Rori because she's a strong, tough and smart woman.

Larkspur and Rori test drawing, done around summer 2012 as a test while playing with their designs.

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