Signora, the Eighth of the Eleven Harbingers of the Fatui, makes her appearance again. This time, she’s ready to take on the Traveler head-on, and even uses her Delusion. Showing off her true power, appears to be even much more dangerous than she initially seemed. She made short work of Venti and the Traveler back at Mondstadt, and was cunning enough to facilitate Zhongli’s surrender of his Gnosis in Liyue. But her appearance in Inazuma proves to be the most dangerous just yet.
But who is Signora exactly? What’s her deal? And what is she doing in Inazuma this time around?
Who is Fatui’s Signora, and what is her relationship with the Traveler?
Signora, known by her alias “The Fair Lady”, is one of the Eleven Harbingers of the Fatui. The Harbingers are a group of eleven powerful vision-users who serve as Schneznaya’s Tsaritsa’s lieutenants. They are her most loyal servants and will do everything in their power to serve her and exercise her will. Signora is the Eighth of the Eleven Harbingers of the Fatui.
Fatui rankings aren’t based on power – but on seniority. Being eighth of the Fatui means that she’s the eighth person to receive the Tsaritsa’s favor. The number doesn’t mean anything with regards to their powers – and Signora, being the eighth, even seems to be among the most powerful.
We’ve seen other Fatui Harbingers before. These are Tartaglia and Scaramouche. While we don’t know quite a lot about Scaramouche yet apart from what we’ve witnessed during the Unreconciled Stars event from way, way, back, it seems like we’ll see more of him in Genshin Impact 2.1. As for Tartaglia, he still remains one of the Traveler’s most skilled rivals, but he’s friendlier compared to the other Harbingers.
What has Signora been up to?
Signora made her debut in Act III of the Archon Quests’ Prologue. Upon returning to Mondstadt after defeating and subduing Dvalin with Venti, the Traveler returns to the Mondstadt Cathedral to return the Holy Lyre der Himmel. With Barbara taking away the Holy Lure der Himmel for safekeeping, the Traveler and Venti bid their leave. Signora ambushes them outside, taking away Venti’s Gnosis after incapacitating him and the Traveler.
This incident may have made many Travelers grow a deep hatred of Signora. That’s intended – she’s one of the villains of the story, after all. Ironically, a good portion of the community has grown a liking for “The Fair Lady”, most likely due to her attractive appearance.
The next time we would see Signora in the story is much later, again, towards the end of Chapter I of the Archon Quest. After the Traveler’s duel with Childe in The Golden House, and after subduing Osial, the Traveler returns to the Scheznayan Embassy in Liyue, only to find Zhongli surrendering his Gnosis to Signora, willingly. It turns out that Zhongli entered a contract with the Tsaritsa, giving up his Gnosis in return. Zhongli wanted to test Liyue’s capability to protect itself without his guidance and enlisted the Fatui to wreak havoc, with Zhongli retiring peacefully as Liyue’s protector as a result. Signora received Zhongli‘s Gnosis on behalf of the Tsaritsa, this time not leading to any kind of violence.
What the Tsaritsa intends to do with the Gnoses she has collected from the other Archons has not yet been revealed, but Signora will do anything to meet her master’s wishes.
What is Signora doing in Inazuma?
Signora appears before the Raiden Shogun within the Tenshukaku Domain, the residence of the Shogun. Upon the Traveler’s arrival, the guards, including their general, Kujou Sara, have all been incapacitated by Signora. Just like in Mondstadt and Liyue, Signora is in Inazuma to claim the Raiden Shogun’s gnosis. To do this, she influenced politics in Inazuma to enact the Vision Hunt Decree, destabilizing the islands. With everyone at each others’ throats, Inazuma became weak internally, allowing Signora to work behind the scenes. At the climax of Genshin Impact‘s Archon Quest, Signora flaunts her status as an envoy, insinuating that she’s diplomatically untouchable. However, the Traveler uses the rules of the nation to their advantage, challenging Signora to a duel in front of the almighty Shogun. The Shogun approves the challenge, and Signora Boss Fight begins. Unfortunately, while Signora failed to get the Shogun’s Gnosis, it was still acquired by the Fatui through another Harbinger: Scaramouche.
Once the Traveler beats Signora, the Raiden Shogun executes Signora, as per the rules of the duel. Before her death, Signora threatened that the Fatui will make sure that both the Raiden Shogun and the Traveler will pay, calling them “filthy rats.” As the Shogun uses Musou no Hitotachi, Signora disintegrates into ashes.
The True Identity of Signora – Rosalyne-Kruzchka Lohefalter
Before becoming La Signora, she was Rosalyne-Kruzchka Lohefalter, a maiden from Mondstadt. Approximately 500 years ago, she fell in love with the Knights of Favonius Rostam. Rostam gave her a special hydro-timepiece as a gift, to help her track the time as she left Mondstadt to do research at Sumeru Academia. While she was away, the Knights of Favonius had to deal with the aftermath of the purge of Khaenri’ah, fighting monsters who emerged as a result. During this war, Rostam dies in battle. As Rosalyne comes home to Mondstadt after a long time away, she finds out about the fate of Rostam, leading to her insanity. After mourning, she decided to use “her life’s flame” to cleanse “the world’s crookedness,” thus becoming the Crimson Witch of Flame. She let liquid fire consume her, abandoning her mortal body. She only ever used her liquid fire to burn monsters and demons, but it gave her infamy amongst people.
Later on, she was recruited into the Fatui by Pierro. Upon joining the Fatui, she was given a Cryo Delusion to suppress her flames. She becomes La Signora, the Eighth of the Eleven Fatui Harbingers.
Powers, Abilities, and Visions
Through the duel against Signora in the Archon Quest, we found out the true extent of her powers. We first fight her with her using her Cryo Delusion. As she struggled to fight against the Traveler, whose powers have been imbued by Celestia, she retreats into a frost cocoon. Upon resurfacing, she reveals her true form as the Crimson Witch of Flame. Her lore suggests that this might have been the first time that she used her Liquid Fire on a human. Still, the Traveler was able to best her in the duel, which led to her death in the hands of Raiden Shogun’s Musou no Hitotachi.