Feed your chickens and one day they’ll grow as big as a house!
In Yaga, portrayal of the church and clergy is inspired by their portrayal in historical sources and folk tales. Pagan beliefs were very strong in Slavic villages, and the Christian Church had a hard time getting a foothold.
The clergy members were “objects of scorn or amusement to the villagers rather than respect, and were locked in an unending battle for an extra kopeck or two with their parishioners, fellow clergy and the state” (Donald W. Treadgold – “The Peasant and Religion”)
A while ago we created a few peasants to populate the villages and work the fields in Yaga. We thought they looked pretty good and fit the Eastern European theme.
However, some of our fellow gamedevs from Western Europe and US who were seeing the game for the first time and who were not familiar with the peasants from our part of the World, said that it looks too much like “standard Tolkien fantasy”, or too “western, celtic, etc”. Only when faced with a new perspective did we realize that, indeed, the peasants may not look “Slavic” enough. Even if they matched real life, we probably needed to push more in the direction of the idealized Slavic peasant: one that flaunts more colourful clothes (that are usually reserved for special occasions and festivities) and a more vibrant attitude!