"You gotta live life true to yourself!"
An expert at analytical psychology, Vex uses her talent of exploiting others to hide her own vulnerabilities. With her ability to create visual illusions, she can be whoever she wants to be without fear.
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Vex's ****current iteration is inspired by Overwatch (Blizzard Entertainment, 2016) but does hold elements from previous versions which were inspired by games like League of Legends (Riot Games, 2009) and Dungeons & Dragons (Wizards of the Coast, specifically 5E campaigns).
Vex showing off her Illusionist abilities by creating shadowy clones of herself. (dd3odraws, 2019)
Vex's first artwork as a Norwegian redhead. (xeneriis, 2018) Erika was initially Swedish and had black or brown hair in prior iterations.
I first threw together this character way back in my middle school days when I had no idea what I was doing — I just knew I wanted to write an awesome sci-fi story. That story never panned out, but I wanted to keep working at this character whose voice was absurdly clear in my head.
I soon turned her into a League of Legends mock Champion as "Erika, the Lost Survivor." I developed her as the innocent and fun-loving younger sister to a stoic Noxian soldier (and pseudo-sister to a duty-bound archer), as a bright contrast to the dark and gritty Champions who were released at the time.
The first fleshed-out concept art of Erika, the Lost Survivor (Cindy T., 2013).
Erika with her sister, Riven, the Exile. (boscribbles, 2016)
Erika with her “brother,” Varus, the Arrow of Retribution. (ask arclight varus, 2016)
However, after that Champion's lore was changed, I scrapped Erika as a League Champion and rewrote her into an Overwatch Hero, as the older sister to Emily, a side character who gets no lore development.
As a queer person, I wanted to write in some of my experiences with Vex. She would work as an unwilling Talon agent and use her smarts and psychology/brainwashing research to assist in the "breaking" of her best friend, Widowmaker — while simultaneously looking for a way to free her... and, well, eventually confess her love for the assassin.
For Vex's mock Overwatch kit, I focused on her ability to create shadow illusions and shapeshift into other people. This would serve as a metaphor for her gender dysphoria, as she can literally (through the use of this technology) become whoever she wants to be. However, she has trouble accepting and loving herself, and, as such, she hides her pain and self-deprecation with a cocky and headstrong attitude.
Mock-up of Vex's abilities. (me, 2020)
Mock-up of Vex's lore. (me, 2020)
Though Blizzard's Echo utilizes this "shapeshift" ability, I found that disappointing as I hoped this powerful ability would allow a queer character to have a deep personal journey. As a queer person myself, I wanted to write in a slice of some of my experiences into Vex's story.
Nonetheless, I have many ideas in mind for this character, and I hope that I can one day share her story through an incredible video game.