Anyone who guessed that Kallie and Atarangi’s relationship was “headmates”, give yourselves a No-Prize and a pat on the back!
Trivia: I’ve been wanting to include a plural system in Leif & Thorn since forever. There’s a point early on when I considered having Kale be plural, but his arc has so much else going on, I decided it would be too confusing to compound it like that. (Plus, I didn’t want it to be mistaken for a “my evil headmate killed people!!” situation.)
And then it came time to introduce a new mage, and I wasn’t sure where to go with her personality. Most of the time when I introduce a major/recurring character, I already have a well-rounded image of them in my head. But here, the plot demanded someone new, and nobody was ready. I had a couple general character ideas, but none of them really jumped out…
Then I thought, hey, what if this is my big chance to use all of them?
Kallie: Oh, here we go. This is so typical of you, Atarangi!
It’s not just your body. You don’t have more rights to it than anyone else.
???: Rrrrrghhhh . . .
Kiki: Can you two take this inside?? My drawing time was supposed to have started already!
Atarangi: — Oops, sorry.
Kallie: Yeah, sorry, Kiki.