02/11/2016 - Meet Sami!
Hi everyone! Before we begin with today’s blog, we wanted to mention that we’ve opened a PayPal page you can share with everyone you know so that they can continue to support NAIRI now that the Kickstarter campaign is over. There’s a lot of people who have contacted us because they do not have a credit card but do have a PayPal account, and who want to pledge to NAIRI… and now they can!
And now, are you ready for a new blog for one of the characters in NAIRI? Then read on and learn about Sami!
With his understated appearance and quiet demeanor, he rarely steals the spotlight in NAIRI.
Nevertheless, Sami was Nairi’s tutor and dearest friend for the majority of her life.
At first, Sami was to be Nairi’s childhood friend, so we started off with a younger version of him. See the young raccoon in the above sketch? We also tried different species, such as a dog and a reindeer – the latter of which looked way too Christmas-ish for our taste. When the narrative changed, with Sami becoming Nairi’s tutor, we settled on an older age for him. And through it all, we always came back to the raccoon - an animal type we felt fit his personality.
See the humans in concept art? Those are Nairi’s parents. Stately, proud and prominent figures in the upper-class district - they hired the wisest of scholars to educate their precious daughter. In Shirin, having educated children is a sign of considerable status. Daughters, rather than sons, are expected to be sheltered within the confinements of a safe home - any acquired knowledge is rarely applied outside of their solitary shell, if at all.
Nairi had always seemed discontent with her lack of freedom, and she made many a tutor quite aware of this fact. The young tomboy cussed, slapped, ignored and disobeyed her short-lived tutors in any way possible. This went on and on until Sami become her tutor: with his genuine respect for Nairi’s curiosity and intelligence, he won her affection. In the above art, you can see Sami discussing Nairi’s progress with her parents.
Keenly aware of Nairi’s receptiveness towards Sami, Nairi’s parents soon made Sami her ‘Guardian Mentor’ - this meant Sami was to live in the same house as part of the family to be at Nairi’s side at all times. As her guardian, his tutoring was expanded from scholarly topics to proper etiquette, upper-class customs, and general discipline, not to mention to provide emotional support. In many ways, Sami was more of a parent to her than her own mother and father.
Nairi respects Sami and tries her best to conform - if only as to not give Sami a hard time. And although Sami sees the unhappiness of the child he is tutoring, he is unable to do anything about her plight, except for taking proper care of her.
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We hope you had fun - and see you soon!