Submitted by Carrie Perez
Heroine name: Hikari
In Japanese mythology, the Koi fish symbolizes perseverance, strength, longevity, and wealth.
Back story: Our heroine was born in a rural mountain village, nearly unknown outside of its own walls due to its remote location among inhospitable terrain. Unfortunately, it was well-known to the local bandits and raiders, who frequently plundered the village of its goods, or worse. The villagers fought back the best they could using makeshift weapons and farming implements, but it was never enough, and they began looking upon the raids as their personal curse to endure.
Even as a child, Hikari was always blessed with an indefinable strength of will and physical prowess. No matter the difficulty of the trial she faced, she always found a way to push through to success. Believing that her gifts must have been given to her for a reason, she chose use them to protect her village against the raiders.
She adopted the strong yet beautiful koi as her personal symbol.
Superpower: strength, both physical and spiritual
Weapons: barbs, fans
I realize my sketching skills leave a lot to be desired, but I hope this gets the general point across. The face is mostly blank right now because I have not yet decided on her mask.
I hope to use this contest to force myself to learn the software better.