In Terraform, Nova is an irrepressible force of cheer, full of boundless energy. In some ways, she’s the catalyst of everything that happens, suddenly appearing one day and disrupting the lives of Amanda and Hero by unexpectedly appearing in their apartment on an exceptionally ordinary day. Exactly who or what she is remains a mystery. She’s clearly not human, but nothing can explain her big, fluffy ears and curly tail. Despite this, she exhibits a lot of dog-like tendencies, and often looks to Amanda and Millenia for cues on how to act. Despite her actions, there’s a spark of something more in her big, blue eyes….
Nova’s design was heavily inspired by my parents dog, a Samoyed, which influenced Nova’s long hair, curly tail, and added a few other personality quirks. She also takes some inspiration from Nuku Nuku from All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku in terms of an animal’s view of the world from a humanoid body. There’s a little nod to her via a certain nickname for Nova that comes up in the comic, too.