Ultima (can I use that as a nickname, since UltimatBlitz is rather clumsy to type all the time?), Nice character! She looks kinda like a catgirl version of Rei Ayanami.
....Of course I realized just now that Laura (my char) looks like a grown-up, brunette version of Hoshino Ruri from Martian Successor Nadesico
(maybe I should install TwitcTV or some other desktop recording software and make some "Naze Nani Eorzia" machinima in the style of Ruri's "Naze Nani Nadesico" infodump segments :p)
Also nice to see that they've decided to allow the cat-people in this game to actually be able to wear clothes.
Anyways, on a somewhat more serious note, some of you may have noticed that most of my custom game characters are (a) female, (b) named Laura and (c) Blue-eyed brunettes. There is a reason for this.
I've recently, thanks to some friends and online resources, realized that I'm what is known as Gender Nonconforming, with a bit of Genderfluid in there as well. Basically what that means is that I defy the standard (and IMO, overly rigid) male gender roles, and have since I was little (I wanted a Rainbow Brite doll when I was in elementary school, and was more interested in arts and crafts than sports, for one thing). Essentially, I'm not just "in touch" with my "feminine side" but I've fully embraced it, and in some ways I could be considered the inversion of a tomboy.
Thing is, if a GIRL wants to play sports, likes monster trucks and do other "boy" interests, then she's praised for being "assertive", "independent" and "true to herself", but any BOY who likes playing with dolls, likes artsy-crafty stuff and other "girl" interests is a "sissy", "creep" and a "loser" (among much worse things), and I got horribly bullied at school because I wasn't "manly" enough, and most of the teachers (at least in Elementary school) turned a blind eye to it because my "deviance" needed to be "corrected" (as my second grade teacher actually wrote on one story I wrote that involved Rainbow Brite, 1980's Buck Rogers and me as the Greatest Amercian Hero... Yeah, I was writing crossover fanfic WAY before it was cool </hipster>).
When I discovered video games that allowed you to play as a FEMALE protagonist in middle and high school (starting with Super Mario Bros. 2), it was a godsend to me, because they provided a safe place to allow my girly side to run free. Hence all my crossplaying.
Until recently, I thought I was just weird, since I didn't fall quite under typical cisgender, OR transgender categories, and I continued to (publicly at least) mostly suppress my true nature because I had no idea that there even WAS a third category: Gender Variant, which is for anybody who falls outside the usual gender binary (whether cis or trans), and that is when I decided that I wasn't going to hide behind a mask anymore. Of course, my wife, being a bit of a tomboy herself and willing to not just put up with my more stereotypically "feminine" traits, but to encourage many of them, is a large contributing factor in my having the courage to come out.
So there you have it! That is why I like the LEGO Friends & Disney Princess lines so much, why I crossplay in just about any videogame that allows me to, and why I like to dress up fancy and grow my hair long. This is the first public forum where I've decided to reveal this bit of information on, but it's not likely going to be the last. Feel free to PM me if you want more information (although I'm still learning myself).