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Rosalyne-Kruzchka Lohefalter, also known as La Signora and by her alias "The Fair Lady," was No. 8 of the Fatui Harbingers, and a supporting antagonist in the early chapters of the Archon Quests. She is the first Harbinger to appear in the game when she ambushes and overpowers Venti to steal his Gnosis. Her attack leaves a lasting impression on the Traveler, who greatly distrusts the Fatui and their intentions after witnessing said event.

Five hundred years ago, before she became a Harbinger, Rosalyne was an ordinary young woman from Mondstadt who studied at Sumeru Academia. When her lover Rostam died during the cataclysm, Rosalyne was consumed by anguish and hatred and used the art of liquid fire to transform her body into that of living flame, thereafter becoming known as the Crimson Witch of Flame.

Ultimately, she lost to the Traveler in their duel before the Raiden Shogun's throne, and was subsequently executed by the Musou no Hitotachi.

Profile

As a Fatui Harbinger, Signora possesses great power, both in combat and in diplomatic relations.

Signora wields a Cryo Delusion[3] and can also use fire-based powers.[4]

Personality

As one of the enigmatic Fatui Harbingers, Signora has a degree of mystery to her. Not much is known about her life prior to the Cataclysm, but she did have a lover, Rostam. Later on, as the Crimson Witch of Flame, she goes off on a self-sacrificial journey to fight monsters.[5]

Later, when she finally faces off against the Traveler and Barbatos, she calls Barbatos a "rodent ruler" and takes his Gnosis.[6] When the Traveler encounters her in Liyue, Signora taunts them about their aforementioned failure to protect Barbatos.[7] In Inazuma, she confidently accepts the Traveler's challenge to a duel before the throne, where the loser is executed.[8] Signora's confidence was ultimately her undoing, as she lost to the Traveler and was executed by the Raiden Shogun as per the rules of the duel. Signora loses her composure then: she attempts to stop the Shogun using her status as a diplomat, then with threats, and finally making a last-ditch attempt to lunge at the Shogun.

In her interactions with Zhongli and the Raiden Shogun, where she was serving as a Snezhnayan diplomat, Signora displays a professional attitude. With the Raiden Shogun, she maintains her professional attitude up until the Shogun prepares to execute Signora for losing her duel against the Traveler.

Childe describes Signora as someone who considers the consequences of her actions[9] yet also mentions that she uses lethal force against new Fatui.[10] Signora also describes those harmed by her actions in the story as "necessary sacrifices" and "nobodies."[8]

Appearance

Signora is a tall woman with pale skin, platinum-blonde hair, and light grey eyes. Some of her hair is tied into two rose-shaped buns at the back of her head. She wears a black earring on her left ear and a black mask that covers her right eye. She is seen with what appears to be a Catalyst hovering behind her right shoulder.

Story

Life Before the Fatui

Her origins are unknown, but she lived in Mondstadt roughly 500 years ago. As a maiden, she loved to sing and eventually fell in mutual love with Rostam.[11] She was accepted into Sumeru Academia and shortly before she left for her studies, Rostam gave her a special hydro-timepiece[Note 1] to keep track of the amount of time she would be away.[12] She was likely an apprentice studying Pyro magic there,[13] though what means she used to harness Pyro is unknown.[Note 2]

The cataclysm stuck while she was in Sumeru. When she returned, she learned that Rostam had died in battle against the monsters. In her grief and rage, she decided to use "her life's flame" to cleanse "the world's crookedness,"[14] becoming the Crimson Witch of Flame.[12][15] She was rumored to have abandoned her mortal body and instead let liquid fire flow through herself with an art that is now lost to history,[16][Note 3] burning her own face and scarring her body in the process.[13][17] Although she only burned monsters and demons, she became feared by the people.[18]

Recruitment into the Fatui

Before she could be fully devoured by her own flames, Pierro found her and decided to make her an ally. She was given a Cryo Delusion to suppress her flames and became known as La Signora, the Eighth of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers.[3][17][19][20] In the process, she willingly cast aside and forgot her past, possibly with the help of her Delusion.[17][21][22][Note 4]

In-Game

Signora presumably arrived in Mondstadt before the Traveler's arrival; her subordinates, such as Viktor, were placed in various parts of the city and most of them resided in the Goth Grand Hotel, which was rented out by her fellow Harbinger Pantalone. Based on the dialogue of the Fatui Pyro Agent guarding the Holy Lyre der Himmel, she ordered her subordinates to steal it.[23]

Signora makes her first in-person appearance at the end of Act III of the Prologue, after the party successfully restored Dvalin, thwarted the Abyss Order's plans, and returned the Holy Lyre der Himmel. Although Jean believed the Fatui's plans to take Barbatos' power and harm those close to him have been thwarted, this turns out to be far from the truth. Signora was aiming to draw out Barbatos himself, and with his return in the form of Venti, she could now achieve her true objective: taking the Anemo Archon's Gnosis. To that end, she ambushes him and the Traveler outside the Mondstadt Cathedral with her subordinates, overpowering Venti with her Cryo Delusion's powers and letting her subordinates keep the Traveler pinned down. With her objective complete, Signora then departs with her subordinates and leave both Venti and the Traveler unconscious, making sure to leave no evidence behind for the Knights of Favonius to conduct a serious investigation on.[24]

At the end of Chapter I, Signora turns out to be the liaison between Zhongli, the Geo Archon Morax, and the Tsaritsa. Tartaglia had been dispatched to Liyue with the impression that he was to defeat Morax and take the Gnosis; however, it was actually part of Zhongli's plan to have Tartaglia cause chaos in Liyue and test the Liyue people and adepti's ability to protect Liyue without his power. Satisfied with the proceedings, Zhongli hands over his Gnosis to Signora as per his contract with the Tsaritsa. With the Gnosis in her possession, she swiftly leaves alone for Snezhnaya after the annoyed Tartaglia refuses to travel on the same boat as her.[25]

When the Traveler arrives in Inazuma, they find themselves stuck in Ritou like many other outlanders until they make contact with Hiiragi Chisato. She reveals that her father and head of the Kanjou Commission, Hiiragi Shinsuke, plotted with an unidentified "arrogant-sounding woman" to keep the Traveler stalled on Ritou. This woman turns out to be Signora, who had arrived at Inazuma with the intent of furthering their Delusion Factory's productions, a job she later handed over to Scaramouche,[26] and obtaining the Raiden Shogun's Gnosis.

The Traveler encounters Signora for a third time within Tenshukaku after following Kujou Sara's rampage, only to find Sara lying defeated at Signora's feet. When the Traveler confronts Signora, the woman flaunts her status as a Snezhnayan diplomat and plays ignorant to all of the Fatui's plots on Inazuma, including the Vision Hunt Decree and the distribution of Delusions to members of the Watatsumi Army, or otherwise dismisses the suffering that the Fatui caused both on Inazuma and in the previous two nations that they had encountered each other in. When Signora suggests that the Traveler could incite the Raiden Shogun's wrath for barging into Tenshukaku, the Traveler challenges Signora to a duel before the throne, which the Raiden Shogun approves. Risking disgrace and possibly even death for rejecting a duel, Signora is left with no option but to comply.

During the duel, Signora finds her Cryo Delusion too inhibiting and deactivates it, transforming into the Crimson Witch of Embers.[Note 5] Despite this, she loses the duel, returns to her normal appearance, and falls to her knees, considerably weakened from the fight. As per the rules of the duel, the defeated is formally executed by the Raiden Shogun's Musou no Hitotachi. In the face of her impending doom, Signora loses her cool and flies into hysterics before making a final lunge at the Raiden Shogun, only to be sliced by the Shogun's blade. Signora's body dissolves into ashes, which leaves the Traveler and Paimon greatly shaken.[Note 6]

It later turns out that Signora's search for the Gnosis was in vain; Yae Miko reveals that Raiden Ei had given her the Gnosis centuries ago, after completing the Shogun and before entering the Plane of Euthymia. By the time Signora met the Shogun and dueled the Traveler, Miko had already exchanged the Gnosis for the Traveler's life, which had been at Scaramouche's mercy. Scaramouche, having obtained the "heart" he had long yearned for,[27][Note 7] abandoned the Fatui to pursue his own goals.[28]

Signora's death shocked many Fatui, who expressed surprise at her demise. Some of her subordinates in Inazuma remained to exact revenge on the Shogunate, while ones in other nations were recalled to Snezhnaya to await news on who their new commanding Harbinger would be. Meanwhile, some other branches in the Fatui saw Signora's vacancy as an opportunity to promote other, presumably lower-ranked Harbingers, such as with Efim Snezhevich's plan to build Arlecchino's prestige by sabotaging the peace talks between the Shogunate and the Watatsumi forces.

Quests and Events

Archon Quests

Character Interactions

The following characters mention Signora in their character stories or voice lines.

Character Stories Voices
Zhongli
[Note 8]

Trivia

  • English texts consistently use the title "Crimson Witch of Flame(s)" for her name and artifact set.
    • On the other hand, the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean versions use the grand title "Witch of Blazing Flame" (Chinese: 炽烈的炎之魔女; Japanese: 燃え盛る炎の魔女; Korean: 불타오르는 화염의 마녀) only for her artifact set; for her name, they use a shorter title "Witch of Flame" (Chinese: 炎之魔女; Japanese: 炎の魔女; Korean: 염화의 마녀).
  • "La Signora" (The Lady) is a stock character in commedia dell'arte, a type of Italian theater. In such plays, La Signora is typically tough, beautiful, and calculating; she is also proud and enjoys mocking others. Oftentimes, she is the wife of Pantalone and the mistress of Pedrolino.
  • While there has been no unequivocal confirmation that Signora is the same person as the Crimson Witch of Flame, there are enough similarities between the two that it is unlikely they are different people.
    • Signora's boss description in the Archive indicates that her embers were once intense flames in both English and Chinese: "her Delusion is meant to shackle a flame that will devour everything ... And it was the embers of that flame, which had accumulated over many long years" (Chinese: 邪眼是抑制啃噬一切的烈火的器物…而这就是漫长的岁月中积郁的余烬 "the Delusion is an artifact that suppresses the blazing fire that consumes everything ... And these are the embers accumulated over the long years").
      • Notably, (Chinese: 烈火 "blazing fire") is used and is similar to the grand title of the Crimson Witch of Flames in Chinese, (Chinese: 炽烈的炎之魔女 "Witch of Blazing Flame").
    • The English titles "Crimson Witch of Flame(s)" and "Crimson Witch of Embers" are structured too similarly to not be intentional.
    • The descriptions of Molten Moment and Hellfire Butterfly say that Signora burned evil and that someone close to her died during a time with "poisoned blood." The Crimson Witch of Flame burned monsters and demons, and Rostam died in Khaenri'ah during the cataclysm.
    • The Harbinger recruited in Stainless Bloom was filled with fierce, undying flames that nearly consumed her and were only extinguished with Cryo from the Tsaritsa after meeting Pierro. The Crimson Witch of Flame turned her body into liquid fire, and Ashen Heart and Funerary Mask say that Signora nearly died from her own fire and that she received a Cryo Delusion from Pierro. This is unlikely to be a coincidence. Fires and flames are not typically described as pale, but Signora's dialogue during Duel Before the Throne includes two instances of "pale flame" (Chinese: 苍白之火 Cāngbái zhī Huǒ, "pale fire"), and Stainless Bloom is part of the Pale Flame (Chinese: 苍白之火 Cāngbái zhī Huǒ, "Pale Fire") artifact set.
    • Molten Moment is nearly identical in shape to the Crimson Witch of Flames flower artifact, Witch's Flower of Blaze. This is notable because unlike other items, all artifact items thus far have been completely unique in shape even when compared to non-artifact items, except for the Prayers circlets (recolors of each other since they're related) and the Initiate and Brave Heart flowers and plumes (same shape, probably because the Initiate set is relatively inconsequential).
  • Signora's death is the first:
    • Of a major character within Genshin Impact's storyline. Overall, Signora is the third character to die as part of the Archon Quests' storyline, preceded by the Grand Thief and Teppei.
    • Of a major female character.
    • Of one of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers.
    • Of one caused directly by another character: the Raiden Shogun.

Etymology

  • Rosalyne is of Latin or Germanic origin and can mean "beautiful, pretty rose" or "gentle horse" respectively.
  • The etymology of Kruzchka is unclear.
    • It may come from German Kreuz "cross" and the Russian diminutive suffix -чка -chka, meaning "Little Cross".
    • Kruzchka may also be referring to the russian word "кружка" (Kruzchka), which means mug.
  • Lohefalter means "blazing butterfly" in German.

Notes

  1. EN: Hydro timepiece.
    CN: 水时计 "水-timepiece".
    Since the Chinese version does not differentiate "water" in a general sense and the element Hydro (both are represented by ), it is not clear whether it was a water-powered timepiece or a Hydro-magic one.
  2. Witch's Heart Flames says that the Crimson Witch of Flame turned herself into liquid fire and that the techniques for making liquid fire are now lost. This does not sound like usage of a Pyro Vision.
  3. EN: "Rumor told of how she sacrificed her mortal body to become the embodiment of liquid fire herself."
    CN: 人们传说她放弃了人的血肉,体内奔流的是液态流火。 "People rumored that she had abandoned her human blood and flesh, and what flowed through her body was liquid flowing-fire."
  4. Stainless Bloom: "Then, let glacial ice take the place of my erased past [...]";
    Hellfire Butterfly: "The seal of ice was broken under duress, and as her former will surged forth from its pale white prison and she remembered her old name once more, [...] she remembered her past, [...] she recalled the face of the person she could never meet again";
    Molten Moment's description contains dream imagery;
    Funerary Mask: "The Fatui often face the world from behind their masks, and it is said that this is because all they once were mean nothing once they become Fatui, and thus must they forsake their true names and face alike." Though, this is symbolic rather than literal for most Fatui.
  5. The Crimson Witch of Embers is the same person as the Crimson Witch of Flame(s). This is a deliberate title change in all languages; in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, she becomes the "Witch of Burnt-Out Flame" (Chinese: 焚尽的炽炎魔女; Japanese: 焚尽の灼炎魔女; Korean: 사그라든 화염의 마녀).
    The title change likely indicates the strength of Signora's flames, as her flames have been suppressed for the last 500 years by her Cryo Delusion; her boss description in the Archive indicates that her embers were once flames in both English and Chinese.
    See Trivia for details as well as a full list of indicators that Signora is the Crimson Witch of Flame.
  6. While all beings encountered as enemies disappear upon defeat, beings who are not encountered as enemies, such as those in cutscenes or those who become open world objects, may leave behind a corpse. Signora disintegrates into dust during a cutscene.
  7. In the original Chinese text, the term "Gnosis" is 神之心 "Heart of God".
  8. While Signora is mentioned by name, the story simply recaps what occurred in "The Fond Farewell."

Other Languages

Language Official Name
English Signora
Chinese
(Simplified)
女士[• 1]
Nǚshì
Chinese
(Traditional)
女士[• 1]
Nǚshì
Japanese 淑女シニョーラ[• 2]
Shinyoora
Korean 시뇨라
Sinyora
Spanish Signora
French Signora
Russian Синьора
Sin'ora
Thai Signora
Vietnamese Signora
German La Signora
Indonesian Signora
Portuguese Signora
  1. 1.0 1.1 ZH Literal Meaning: Lady
  2. JA Literal Meaning: Lady

Change History

Released in Version 1.0

References

  1. Genshin Impact Version 2.1 PV (Chinese) on HoYoLab
  2. (JP) Twitter - VA Announcement
  3. 3.0 3.1 Quest Item: Funerary Mask
  4. Trounce Domain: Narukami Island: Tenshukaku
  5. Artifact Set: Crimson Witch of Flames
  6. Archon Quest, Prologue, Act III, Part 8: Ending Note
  7. Archon Quest, Chapter I, Act III, Part 6: The Fond Farewell
  8. 8.0 8.1 Archon Quest, Chapter II, Act III, Part 7: Duel Before the Throne
  9. Archon Quest, Chapter I, Act III, Part 4: Heart of Glaze
  10. Story Quest, Monoceros Caeli Chapter, Act I, Part 2: Teucer's Terrific Tour (Childe's Dialogue: "Anyway, I’m no Signora - I don’t use lethal force against recruits, come on now.")
  11. Artifact Set: Defender's Will
  12. 12.0 12.1 Artifact Set, Crimson Witch of Flames: Witch's End Time
  13. 13.0 13.1 Artifact Set, Crimson Witch of Flames: Witch's Scorching Hat
  14. Weapon Lore: Elegy for the End
  15. Artifact Set, Crimson Witch of Flames: Witch's Flower of Blaze
  16. Artifact Set, Crimson Witch of Flames: Witch's Heart Flames
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Artifact Set, Pale Flame: Stainless Bloom
  18. Artifact Set, Crimson Witch of Flames: Witch's Ever-Burning Plume
  19. Talent Upgrade Material: Ashen Heart
  20. Archive, Living Beings: La Signora
  21. Talent Upgrade Material: Hellfire Butterfly
  22. Talent Upgrade Material: Molten Moment
  23. Archon Quest, Prologue Chapter, Act II, Part 9: Chasing Shadows
  24. Archon Quest, Prologue Chapter, Act III, Part 9: Ending Note
  25. Archon Quest, Chapter I, Act III, Part 8: The Fond Farewell
  26. Artifact Set, Husk of Opulent Dreams: Skeletal Hat
  27. Artifact Set, Husk of Opulent Dreams: Bloom Times and Song of Life
  28. Event Labyrinth Warriors Quest, Part III: Away with Obsessions and Falsehood

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