Hero Design: Rosarian

We're exploring possible inspirations for Rosarian. The design must be based on real-world inspirations (RWIs) which match her character.

  • She has a supplied need for reassurance; she should generally have backup options and be comfortable
  • She's above the need for spontaneity; she acts in a patient / calculated / prepared manner
  • She has a supportive leadership style

We don't have any WIPs yet.

 

Roses

Why use this as a real-world inspiration?

  • Reassuring? Generally grown in tranquil, reassuring spaces
  • Not spontaneous? Takes time and effort to produce, not so spontaneous
  • Supportive? They improve the appearance of their surroundings

More specifically:

  • We'll use the South African Sunbelt rose, as red is an overwhelming colour.
  • Cosmetics might be available for other rose colours.
  • Thorns and briars may be useful for an offensive edge to her abilities. They are reassuring, as they demonstrate ability to enforce boundaries.

Garden Paraphernalia

Why use this as a real-world inspiration?

  • Reassuring? It's all about structure and clear boundaries between walkable and non-walkable areas
  • Not spontaneous? Product of care, time, and planning
  • Supportive? Many of these are literally supportive: creating an environment where plants can do their thing.

More specifically:

  • We don't want anything too modern, or to veer into things which are not typically rose gardens (example: no zen gardens)
  • The shapes and patterns seen below to should inspire Rosarian's figure and clothing.

Nigerian Gele

Why use this as a real-world inspiration?

  • Reassuring? Civilian dress, feminine and nonviolent.
  • Not spontaneous? Is used as traditional bridal-wear in some cases, representing responsibility and long-term commitment.
  • Supportive? Indicates availability of motherly / family support.

More specifically:

  • It's a headpiece which can be comfortably fashioned as a rose.
  • Very versatile, lots of ways to tie them and variety of fabrics/colours/accessories.
  • It seems fitting for Rosarian to be modelled on a Nigerian woman like those below.
  • We will probably choose a more elaborate shaping.

Pottery Vases

Why use this as a real-world inspiration?

  • Reassuring? Stable, predictable, unthreatening object
  • Not spontaneous? It takes time and skill to produce and arrange them
  • Supportive? Holds things in place to allow them to grow

More specifically:

  • I like the tall narrow shape, glazed but possibly a little cracked to show they're for outdoor use
  • She will likely wear a small bandolier of them on an external belt
  • She has at least one projectile ability that involves throwing small vases
  • Many different ways to shape/style them for cosmetic reasons or otherwise
  • Could contain water, seeds, plants, or little creatures
  • One could in theory be balanced on the head

Homi (Korean Hand Plow)

Why use this as a real-world inspiration?

  • Reassuring? It's difficult to mishandle, and is threatening enough to enforce boundaries if needed.
  • Not spontaneous? It can only be used to harm from certain angles; it's not a good improvised weapon.
  • Supportive? In its non-weapon usage, it's a gardening tool.

More specifically:

  • We need a thrown ranged weapon which has a straight-line trajectory to show precision.
  • She will throw these with a wind-up movement followed by a quick flick of the wrist.
  • The blade resembles a leaf or thorn. We may choose to exaggerate its proportions.

Missing RWI

What do we need?

  • She might benefit from a third tool, which would be supportive in nature. A watering can breaks immersion too much, but something supportive seems appropriate.

Will she look enough like a gardener?

  • Perhaps she should wear gloves? Is that too modern?
  • Other floral motifs could be: rose between the teeth, wreathe, bouquet, thorns.