Preach, my fellow appreciator of women with fire! ^^
However, in the process of writing a small response to your sentiments, I figured I might as well roll into explaining my own thought process, on Nadia but also my other choices. ^^
Upon reflection, I wouldn’t entirely say that Nadia’s traits are unassociable with Lucifer.
You can’t really say Ol’ Lucy didn’t do some intense stuff, or isn’t an intense dude with what he’s pulled and how. X)
Not stubborn? What else do you call someone who stuck to their guns so much he literally went against GOD, his FATHER, to do it, and is still sticking to his guns, “sinful” as they are, all for all this time later?
I can understand empathy being a bit of an odd one out, but technically, some versions posit that, at least part of his reason for rebelling was due to his belief that the system in place was flawed, and that he knew how to make it better for everyone, but his Father was to “stubborn” to listen. Granted his Pride was the largest driving force of him believing that and refusing to back down.
And again, it takes a certain amount of Courage to rebel against Heaven, His fellow Angels and GOD ALMIGHTY. Again, maybe it was more stubborn Pride than bravery, but sometimes, the difference between the two isn’t quite so cut and clear…
Actually, Lucifer’s Pride (The Sin for which he is the actual Devil) can be attributed to be the driving force behind alot of Lucifer’s actions and behavior, including these very ones. After all, excessive Pride is indeed a sin (and a bad and destructive thing in general) but if alot of important people across History and the world didn’t have SOME Pride to push them forward/keep them going, in some way, shape or form, then I’d think the world would be a very different place. And not necessarily for the better.
All this to say, that Nadia may in fact be alot more similar to her dad than we might first suspect, in that she is Prideful, but she is also much more similar, in that it is that very inkling of Pride that drives her other aspects, but on a much more “human” scale. Certainly, a very interesting angle to think about.
Then my second candidate, Aurora.
Now, I will admit, my primary initial thrust for her would be that she’s the closest thing we’ve gotten to a Celtic representation in this Pantheon-Fest, and dagnabit, I need dose of Celtic in this MythMash! XD
But more seriously, beyond the equally superficial aesthetic pull I have about her having Red hair, gold eyes and dark skin, and explicitly highlighted as being Seductive and Tactful, I’m intrigued about her being associated with the Seelie, IE the “Good” Fae, and yet still giving of the vibe of an Unseelie Femme Fatale. ^^’
Idunno, the contrast is just there for me and it strikes me and I would love to know more. Plus indeed, the fact that’s she’s half-banshee is certainly uncommon and bound to be interesting. Does this technicaly make her half ghost since most interpretations have banshees explicitly as either spirits or the souls of the wrathful dead?
At the very least, it’s bound to make arguing with her a real hoot. One wrong insult and she’ll literally shout your head off. XD
And finally, Loren. Similar to @Okami-Nora , I’m intrigued by her much, much more low-key and indirect connection to all the higher parts of what’s going on, as well as her active endeavoring to distance herself from it even further.
Plus, have to say, WereJAGUAR? Holy cow if I’ve never heard that one before. (Except maybe in Mayan/Incan/Aztec mythology, but I’m unsure)
And I have to admit, I indeed always have a distinct inclination to liking the “simple”, strong and reliable types. And the fact that she’s apparently this DESPITE, or perhaps even IN spite, of all the madness that surrounds and even IS a part of her life? ON TOP of potentially wrestling with her Inner Beast? Major Props.
If not an RO, I can definitely see her and my MC becoming very good friends. Or at least giving it their damned best try!
So, those were the ones I was really juggling to pick. For the others, well…not to be TOO much of a reductionist, but honestly, they all either strike me as either “overdone”, “we already have one/too many of these” or “oh gods please no not another one of THESE characters”. ^^’
Nero rubs me the wrong way of being the classic “dark/dick husbando” bait character that seems to always wip the fangirls and boys into a frenzy. See, at least for a partial example, Gilgamesh from the Fate series.
Pretty boy, dark and brooding, “evil/tortured” roots, can’t respond to ANYTHING simply or sincerely, always either trying to soothe his man-child ego by lording over how smart/elite/much better he is than any other form of life on the planet or burying it under a million layers of passive-aggressive snark…
…WOW I’d never realized just HOW MUCH I’m getting tired of this archetype until just now. ^^'XD
Which incidentally makes me kinda bummed that he seems poised to win this poll by a landslide…(sigh) oh well.
Anthony seems cool, but he, probably intentionally and very smartly, reminds me far too much of Mercury, and since we already HAVE Mercury…yeah, kinda redundant. X)
And Luis… see everything I said about Nero, only instead of a Tsundere Man-Child, he’s a Smug Snake who styles himself the Magnificient Bastard, despite the fact that, in all most likelyhood (unless his immortality covers physical injury as well) practically any of the Guardians, LET ALONE the Patrons, could smoke/smite him in a second the moment his scheming gets brought to light/he inevitably gets too big for his britches. Essentially, a Bishonen, less slimy version of Littlefinger from Game of Thrones, or a slightly more effective version of Aizen from Bleach.
No. Thank You. X)
I may probably turn out to be completely off base about these guys, but those are my initial impressions and I’m sticking by what I said. XD
So, TL;DR, who did I end up picking?
…I’m STILL really split among the three girls, but bringing it back down to the fact that all of these characters will still feature in the story, and this is just to determine who will get turned into a full-fledged RO…
I’m going with Nadia. Maybe that’s a bit two-faced of me considering my vitriol against her brother, but hey, from what the creator herself has told us so far, she certainly SOUNDS like a pretty different character than Nero, and if nothing else, I get the impression that any potential “woobie/dark waifu”-ness that she might exhibit will at least be more subtle than a sledgehammer blow, unlike Mr. Dark McEdgeLord Troll The Thousandth over there. XD
Phew. done. Sorry for the novella, but I really wanted to throw my hat into giving you as much comprehensive and (I hope) constructive feedback as possible, and you DID ask, sooo…XD
Cheers everyone, and Good Luck Miss Oli! @Oli_C