The world “heathen” has religious connotations, so it isn’t a perfect translation for the Sønska word, but “barbarian” sounds a little too harsh. (Either way, Thorn doesn’t catch the subtext; he only recognizes that it’s one of the terms for “foreigner.”)
Backstory character designs. Adorable baby Thorn and his big sister Tansy have two mothers: Clover (the punchy one) and Plum (the publishy one).
I’m dithering over the mom designs, because of how both children look a lot more like Clover. Maybe Plum, when she appears in the strip, can be given the same expressions and mannerisms as the kids…? Gonna be a while before that happens, so I’ve got time to figure it out.