Marjorie: Inspirations

Here’s just a brief record of what was going through my head when I was making up this character. I’m hoping it will give you a better feel for who she is, or at least, who I originally intended for her to be — characters have a habit of getting shaped by the setting and events of a game in ways you might now have expected.

An image of a young mixed race child with red hair and freckles. Photo by Michelle Marshall

Hopefully this image will give you an idea of what Marjorie looks like. While Marjorie is older, the short-cropped hair and general appearance are the same.

Firefighter Aimee Thatcher at the Las Vegas Fire Department Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thatcher is one of 27 women in a department of 650 firefighters. Photo by Mike Ekern

And here’s a photo of a badass woman firefighter. You can bet that if Marjorie ends up having to fight regularly, her weapon of choice will be a big old axe.

A “Rosie” working on the A-31 Vengeance bomber in Nashville, Tennessee (1943). Photo from the Library of Congress

One of the inspirations for ‘Rosie the Riveter’ and the ‘We Can Do It’ poster. A hard working, blue collar woman helping to crush fascism, what’s not to love?

An image of Zarya, a character from the game Overwatch

Aleksandra ‘Zarya’ Zaryanova is a weightlifter turned warrior in the game Overwatch. During a moment of crisis, she gave up an Olympic career to go defend what was important to her. She’s also gorgeous and buff as hell.

An image of Brienne of Tarth, from the TV show Game of Thrones

When Jere and I were talking about the character, I mentioned that I didn’t want Marjorie to be a love guerrilla (I frequently play rebels), but rather a knight of love — a shining example of love, duty, and honor. We’ll see if she gets there.

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