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Overview

Rosalyne-Kruzchka Lohefalter, also known as La Signora and her alias "The Fair Lady", was No. 8 of the Eleven 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 Fatui Harbinger, Rosalyne was an ordinary young woman from Mondstadt who studied at Sumeru Academia. When her lover Rostam was killed during the cataclysm, Rosalyne was consumed by despair 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 the duel before the throne and was subsequently executed by the Raiden Shogun's 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

Signora is arrogant and ruthless.[5] She calls Barbatos a "rodent ruler," and when he suggests that she was only powerful because of the Tsaritsa, Signora takes great offense to the statement and responds by brutally taking his Gnosis and kicking him afterward.[6] When the Traveler encounters her in Liyue, Signora taunts them with a reminder of that event and mocks them for their continued desire to deliver payback against the Fatui.[7][8] Signora displays equal brutality against new Fatui recruits and uses lethal force against them, despite the clear difference in power.[9] She appears to hold immense pride and arrogance regarding her abilities in combat and fighting, so much so that when the Traveler challenged her into a duel in front of the Raiden Shogun, she confidently accepted the challenge, thinking she would be the victor and even condescendingly checking to see if the Traveler was sure they wanted to initiate a duel before the throne. Signora's hubris was ultimately her undoing, as she lost to the Traveler and was executed by the Raiden Shogun per the rules of the duel.

In her interactions with Zhongli and the Raiden Shogun, in which she was serving as a Snezhnayan diplomat, Signora displays a more professional attitude. However, she is openly unpleased with how "sanctimonious" Zhongli's formal declaration is and later remarks that he "ought" to thank Childe, speaking in a way that implies that she is on equal standing with the now-former Archon.[7] With the Raiden Shogun, Signora maintains her professional attitude up until the Shogun prepares to execute Signora for losing her duel against the Traveler. Signora loses her composure then: she attempts to stop the Shogun using her status as a diplomat, then with threats, before calling both the Shogun and the Traveler "filthy rats" and making a last-ditch attempt to kill the Shogun.

Little is known about Rosalyne's personality before the cataclysm occurred and drastically changed her. All that is known is that she liked singing.

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.

History

Pre-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.[10] At some point before the calamity (presumably right before she left), Rostam gave her a special hydro-timepiece[Note 1] to keep track of the amount of time she would be away studying at Sumeru Academia.[11] She was likely an apprentice studying Pyro magic there,[12] though what means she used to harness Pyro is unknown.[Note 2]

When she returned, she learned that Rostam had died in battle against the monsters during the calamity and mourned his loss. After her mourning, she decided to use "her life's flame" to cleanse "the world's crookedness,"[13] becoming the Crimson Witch of Flame.[14][11] 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,[15][Note 3] burning her own face and scarring her body in the process.[12][16] Although she only burned monsters and demons, she became feared by the people.[17]

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.[16][3][18][19] In the process, she willingly cast aside and forgot her past, possibly with the help of her Delusion.[16][20][21][Note 4]

In-Game

Signora is first seen at the end of Act 3 of the Prologue, after the Traveler has assisted Dvalin and returned the Holy Lyre der Himmel.

She appears with Fatui agents and mages, catching the Traveler and Venti off guard as they exit the Mondstadt Cathedral. La Signora makes quick work of the Traveler, Paimon, and Venti, apprehending them with a single snap that freezes Paimon entirely and blows her away, and freezes Venti's legs in place so he cannot escape. Fatui agents hold back the Traveler as she taunts Venti. When Venti returns the favor, she becomes enraged and plunges her arm into his chest, taking his Gnosis. She leaves him to fall on the ground after kicking him once more, and leaves the Traveler and Paimon behind before any Knights of Favonius show up and catch her in the act.

Signora reappears in Act 3 of Archon Quest Chapter I, where she is seen with Childe and Zhongli, the latter of which forfeiting his Gnosis to her as per terms of his contract with the Tsaritsa. Signora calls Zhongli's speech during the affair "sanctimonious" and taunts Childe and the Traveler, before leaving alone to report back to the Tsaritsa.

Signora makes her last living appearance Act 3 of Chapter II, where she meets with the Raiden Shogun within Tenshukaku. Here, she flaunts her status as a Snezhnayan diplomat, as well as revealing she had incapacitated Kujou Sara before the Traveler's arrival. The Traveler realizes that Signora is responsible for all of the Fatui's plots on Inazuma, including the Vision Hunt Decree and the distribution of Delusions to members of the Sangonomiya Resistance, and challenges Signora to a duel before the throne. During the duel, Signora transforms into the Crimson Witch of Embers.[Note 5] After being defeated by the Traveler, she reverts from her Crimson Witch form, considerably weakened from the fight. As per the rules of the duel, Signora is formally executed by the Raiden Shogun. In her final moments, Signora threatens the Raiden Shogun, calling her and the Traveler "filthy rats," before she is slain by the Shogun's Musou no Hitotachi. Signora disintegrates into ashes.[Note 6]

Her death shocked many Fatui, who expressed surprise at her demise. Some of her subordinates in Inazuma remained to exact revenge on the Shogunate.

Quests and Events

Archon Quests

Character Interactions

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

Character Stories Voices
Zhongli
[Note 7]

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.
  • Кружка Kruzhka means "cup" in Russian. This may not directly link to Rosalyne-Kruzchka Lohefalter as Kruzhka is missing the letter "c."
  • Lohefalter means "blazing butterfly" in German.

Change History

Released in Version 1.0

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 水), 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. While Signora is mentioned by name, the story simply recaps what occurred in "The Fond Farewell."

References

  1. Genshin Impact Version 2.1 PV (Chinese) on HoYoLab
  2. (JP) Twitter - VA Announcement
  3. 3.0 3.1 Archon Quest Chapter II, Act III: Duel Before the Throne reward: Funerary Mask
  4. Narukami Island: Tenshukaku
  5. In Archon Quest Chapter II, Act I: Ritou Escape Plan, Hiiragi Chisato mentions an "arrogant-sounding woman" who is confirmed to be Signora in the Archon Quests Blind Loyalty, Reckless Courage and Duel Before the Throne.
  6. Archon Quest Prologue, Act III: Ending Note
  7. 7.0 7.1 Archon Quest Chapter I, Act III: The Fond Farewell
  8. Duel Before the Throne
  9. Childe's dialogue in Teucer's Terrific Tour: "Anyway, I'm no Signora — I don't use lethal force against recruits, come on now..."
  10. Artifact Set: Defender's Will
  11. 11.0 11.1 Crimson Witch artifact set, Sands of Eon: Witch's End Time
  12. 12.0 12.1 Crimson Witch artifact set, Circlet of Logos: Witch's Scorching Hat
  13. Elegy for the End
  14. Crimson Witch artifact set, Flower of Life: Witch's Flower of Blaze
  15. Crimson Witch artifact set, Goblet of Eonothem: Witch's Heart Flames
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Pale Flame artifact set, Flower of Life: Stainless Bloom
  17. Crimson Witch artifact set, Plume of Death: Witch's Ever-Burning Plume
  18. Narukami Island: Tenshukaku boss drop: Ashen Heart
  19. Description of La Signora in the Archive
  20. Narukami Island: Tenshukaku boss drop: Hellfire Butterfly
  21. Narukami Island: Tenshukaku boss drop: Molten Moment

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