Letter to a Heroine


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Imaginary correspondence


Spoiler warning for Fischl’s unlockable backstory in Genshin Impact

Dear Fischl,

“A long time ago in a place far, far away, there was a tiny little girl,” reads your backstory.

Left without a stable parental presence or friends, she made friends with books and the characters within. When the outside world rejected her, she found companionship in her own worlds.

Was it lonely, being left in your library by yourself? I was lonely like you once, too.

As I got older, I found out that I wasn’t alone in being lonely. It turned out that so many of today’s adults were once isolated, misunderstood children like us. In this fact about our past selves, we find solidarity in each other today.

So, when you’re told to conform to everyone else’s expectations to make friends, keep traveling your own path. Soon, you’ll find others walking along with you who understand what it’s like to reject convention.

You’ll discover companions who appreciate the way that you walk and talk. Instead of forcing you to act like them, they’ll find ways to connect with you on your terms. Beneath the stubborn exterior, they’ll see someone who genuinely cares about their well-being.

In spite of those who want to put you in line, keep making your own adventures. Keep telling the tales of the Immernachtreich and your rule. Keep finding ways to make the mundane poetic as only you can.

Fly forth, Prinzessin der Verurteilung! I promise that your kingdom is waiting out there.



Melissa King is a freelance writer and a triple threat at Unwinnable – contributor, social media editor and Exploits managing editor. Follow her writing or commission her work @LongLiveMelKing.

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