RACE: Earth Dragon
AGE (in human years): 24
AGE (in dragon years): 96
FIRST APPEARANCE: Draconia 2001 Calendar
FIRST CALENDAR APPEARANCE: 2001 (see image)
FIRST COMIC APPEARANCE: 005
FINAL LIVING APPEARANCE: 076
The story behind Gaia's origins and the role of her character is a long and complicated one. Danny won't go into it in great detail, but, in a nutshell, Gaia was inspired by someone who once meant the world to him, even if she didn't realize it at the time. The emotional scars run deep.
But the story doesn't stop there. During the development of Gaia's backstory, Donnie wound up infusing a lot of his own personal frustrations from another someone of his own who once meant the world to him. Gaia turned into a hybrid of two tragic tales of romance and deception.
Gaia's subsequent death and the manner in which it was handled proved to be a catharsis for both of us. It needed to be done.
Aside from all that, Gaia's first appearance came way back in 2000 as part of the Draconia 2001 Calendar. Continuing with the elemental theme of that year's calendar, Gaia represented earth and sported a native American-inspired look, through the use of twin braided pigtails, a headband, and a choker. In a few other behind-the-scenes sketches, the southwestern look is further extended.
Gaia holds the distinction of providing the first instance of visible color in The Draconia Chronicles, as seen on page 76.
Behind the scenes, some characters in The Draconia Chronicles are accompanied by theme music. Gaia's theme is "Under My Thumb" by the Rolling Stones. Danny prefers the song as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra.
Lord Rozen's Comments:
Her daughter may or may not have survived. If she has, my personal name for the child is Cybela. From Cybele, the Phrygian equivalent of Gaea.
A character very important to the series, that had very little reason to be killed off. Here are some Flaws of said scene.
A personal theme assigned to her is "Angel of Darkness" by Alex C. Essentially her rebellion against Oscura, who is the analog of the song's title.
Her name is from the Greek meaning "Earth" and also from the Latin meaning "rejoice". Morbidly ironic, as some did.
On page 6, where she says something in ancient runic which, when translated from Elder Futhark and the older Etruscan runes, the symbols translate to the letters: "L-M-V-A-F-Inverted V-I-M". Which symbolically translates to a prayer for her unborn daughter:
"By this I use, I ask the gods to watch over my daughter and grant her good physical and mental health, wealth, and the gods' protection."
De mortuis nil nisi bonum dicendum est - Speak no ill of the dead.