#Heistuesday 3: Meet Piper Faraday.

piper_concept_final3piper logoPiper Faraday is a steambot that has been forced to go her own way, and is the protagonist of SteamWorld Heist. Formerly a pilot in the Royalist Space Force, her hardwired – and quite experimental – moral fiber sets her apart from her peers.

Piper’s flight skills have put her on a rising trajectory within the Royalist Order, although she’s fairly uninterested in a military career or politics in general. She’s quite content piloting her Space Force cargo ship – a state-of-the-art steam-driven vessel that effortlessly spans distances and runs supplies from one shard to another.

Piper - head conceptsHer existence pretty much amounts to loading, off-loading and talking to other steambots in the docks. She’s friendly and popular among the locals pretty much wherever she lands. If asked about her career choice, she would answer that sure, the Royalists are harsh, but after The Blast the world needs order more than anything else.

Piper - body conceptsThis blissful existence could have amounted to her livelihood until new steambot versions would have replaced her, but it comes to an abrupt halt one day. She’s ordered to drop her payload from the air onto a village where “something is brewing”… Royalist military jargon for a suspected rebel hideout. She realizes that her cargo consists of powerful explosives, and is faced with the choice of either bombing a village that possibly contains smallbots… or to fly away, to become a deserter, forever fair game for Royalist troops.

Piper - pose conceptsAt the end of the day, it’s a simple choice for a steambot wired with moral fiber. In the back room of a bar on a familiar shard, robotic hands are shook in grim resolution, and ships are traded. Goodbye, Royalist cargo ship. Hello, the Déjà vu… Strict order cannot come at any price, and so begins the fight of a lone, righteous steambot versus a system that has been rotting from the inside.

Piper – Final designIf the characteristics of Clint Eastwood was the basis for Rusty, we’ve modeled Piper after Katharine Hepburn. Headstrong, independent, fair and tough as nails.

Question: What do you think of our new protagonist?

  • Daniel Fugate

    Sounds very cool. I dig her back story. Also like the name of her “new” ship. 🙂

    • Yes – Heist will have a few déjà vu’s. 🙂 How should we link back to Dig, you think?

      • Daniel Fugate

        Everybody knows about the Legend of Rusty! And of that thing he found deep within the caverns by that no horse town… (also it would be cool to see a robot that looked like Rusty or a ‘Rusty’ class)

        • I like the idea of Rusty being a living legend among the steambots 😀

        • Lover of steambots

          I think it would be cool either way if Rusty was a legend or if he was just someone whispered by new bots of the universe as an old wifebot’s tale or just not known at all.

  • Jessie

    Glad you guys erased some crappy wording about how “ladies would normally be wearing skirts these days, she’s not afraid to wear pants” etc haha

    • It wasn’t the most fortunate of word combos, to say the least. We should have payed more attention to the content. Sorry for offending you, and everyone we hurt.

      • Jessie

        i wasn’t offended! I just thought it was a weird choice of words. Was there a lot of people upset?

        • Ok! No worries. We just realized what we wrote later on and decided to change it. You’re the first to comment it. I think what we wrote was something along the lines of “a woman who dared to wear pants in a time when girls were supposed to wear skirts”. Referring to Katherine Hepburn. The ‘were supposed’ part was the deal breaker for many, I think.

  • Lover of steambots

    So two things: sweet backstory. Dig the whole royalist thing but are the royalists going to be a faction? Two as a story question will the blast have to do the vectron thing from last game?

    • Thanks! The Royalists play a huge role in Heist. Possibly a faction of their own. Many events will be tied to previous games in the series, it’s still SteamWorld, after all 🙂 The blast is something that happened between Dig and Heist. We don’t know if Heist will explain it all or if we’ll leave that to another game. We’ll see 😀

      • Lover of steambots

        Awesome I love a good mystery!

        • I think you’re gonna like what we’re planning 😉