I’d been stuck on this character for a long time, and she went through numerous redesigns (in fact, she was originally a cat. How about that!?) I always knew I wanted her to be a psychic or empath of sorts, and I thought a black cat would emphasize the superstitious aspect of her personality. However, a psychic black cat lady character already exists in a franchise I like: Katrina from Animal Crossing!
Octavia Creed, or Via, for short, is a palm reader and fortune teller whose business is failing. She is patient, intuitive, and comes off as a little weird and cryptic to her friends Sweetie and Bucky. She isn’t one to judge, and does her best to see the good in everyone. She’s very quiet and reserved, and usually not outwardly expressive. Her third eye opens when she uses her psychic powers.
Wanting to stay true to my character’s personality but not seem like a copycat (no pun intended), I struggled to think of another animal that would fit the bill. As Craftie B helped me brainstorm, we thought of an octopus character as a reference to Paul the Octopus, who predicted the results of the World Cup a few years back. In addition, my cast is now a little more diverse — it consists of two insects, a mammal, and a sea creature instead of two insects and two mammals! I got to work, and designed Via! Hopefully I can start fleshing out this story’s world and characters now that I have this sorted out.
Look forward to hearing more about this bee story in the future! Until next time, keep bee-ing yourselves, Citizens.