Lionhead has unveiled Fable Legends‘ third playable hero, known as Inga, a woman who will take on any challenger no matter how big or tough they may be.
“Growing up as the tallest and strongest kid in the village, Inga had a habit of coming home brown with mud and black and blue with bruises after mud wrestling anyone who caused problems for her friends,” the developer explained in a blog post. “This was neither the behavior (nor the colour scheme) her mother had in mind for her good daughter. Indeed her mother thought Inga would be much better off in pink with bows, or spending her time at dancing lessons.
“Inga though, much preferred her tomboy tussles and taking on the role of defender, protecting the smaller children in the village from the bigger ones.”
This was until one day when one of Inga’s friends told her of a boy that was mistreating her. Igna went to the boy’s house and punched the boy to teach him a lesson. The boy fell awkwardly and badly broke his arm, ending his dreams of becoming a blacksmith. Everything seemed right with the world again until Inga found out that the boy had simply spurned the girl’s romantic advances, and that she’d been used by her friend.
“Vowing never to let this happen again, Inga stepped aside from her chosen role as protector and attempted to solve disputes with words instead. However, bullies don’t disappear when childhood ends, instead they tend to get older and stronger.”
Some time later, Igna discovered a band of villains trying to loot the Tomb of the Hero. She lept at the largest of the outlaws and knocked him out, looting the shield that he had with him. It turns out that this shield was actually magical and had bound to her upon picking it up. After defeating the outlaws, Inga became famous in the town and realized that she was meant to do more. “Throwing off the yoke of primula pink and instead donning spikes and leather crafted for her by the local blacksmith, Inga shouldered Bulwark and headed for Brightlodge. To learn how to hero properly,” Lionhead said.
“Inga’s new shield, Bulwark, a huge piece made of timber and brass, was more than the sum of its parts,” the developer added. “Having a shield with a name is rare enough, but the shield also boasted an enchantment bound into it that helped it heal and reform no matter the damage it took. Legend has it that the shield is dragonproof, but an inconvenient shortage of dragons means it hasn’t been possible to check the validity of this claim. Armed with her strength and country wisdom, as well as an enormous magical shield, Inga is a fast learner and good friend. If you’re stupid enough point a weapon at her companions she will ensure that you never threaten anyone again.”
Fable Legends is in development for Xbox One.