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|First game||Planescape: Torment (1999)|
|Created by||Chris Avellone|
|Designed by||Eric Campenella|
|Voiced by||Sheena Easton|
In the game
Annah is a brash young tiefling (a person with fiendish heritage; one of Annah's wealthy grandparents was a fiend); her alignment is chaotic neutral. She appears to be human, except for her tail. A fighter and a thief, Annah was raised by Pharod to be a capable rogue, useful for tasks that his more ordinary underlings could not complete. Utilizing push daggers she attacks her enemies when they least expect it. She has no tolerance for anyone who is foolish or clueless. Skilled at dishing out slang-laden verbal abuse, Annah slings it at anyone who annoys her. She is somewhat superstitious, especially with regard to the Lady of Pain. Early in the game, she is found on the streets of Sigil. The Nameless One only gets to add her to the party during the game's mid-portion. She automatically joins the party after she completes a task for Pharod.
In the novel
In Ray and Valerie Vallese's novel adaptation, Annah is similar in personality but in many other aspects is very different from her game incarnation. In the game, Annah's sole deformity is her tail. In the book, however, Annah is described as having beige skin, six functional fingers on each hand, thin black lips that barely frame her wide mouth (which is filled with a chaotic jumble of squared-off teeth and pointed fangs), white hair that covers her head like lamb's fleece in inch-thick curls, and slits of skin instead of ears. She also wears a tightly laced dark-purple bodysuit instead of the mismatching scraps she wears in the game. In the novel, she is described as a thief/wizard instead of a fighter/thief, and she just goes by the name Annah rather than Annah-of-the-Shadows.
Character design and gameplay
According to Chris Avellone, "Annah and Fall-From-Grace were inspired by Betty and Veronica from Archie comics, embarrassingly enough." The character of Annah was voiced by and modeled upon the Scottish singer and actress Sheena Easton. "In celebration of St. Patrick's Day and [as] an excuse to thank all of you for buying and playing Torment," the developers released the "Power Action Leprechaun Annah" version (also created by Eric "Mr. Spells Madman" Campanella) as a free DLC.
When the game is played, Annah is a very useful ally, as she is able to scout ahead of the party for any potential threats and traps. She is able to deal an amazing amount of damage when she performs a backstab; this is extremely useful before fighting a boss or some very powerful creature. Annah is a potential love interest for The Nameless One. If the player manages to win her affections (which "just ends in a smooch"), they are rewarded with "a slight boost to her [scoring ability]".
The character of Annah-of-the-Shadows was received very positively by the media and the general public. Eurogamer gave this "streetwise young tiefling woman with a twitching tail and a sharp tongue" the Gaming Globes 2000 award in the category Female Supporting Character. GameSpot included her on the year 2000 lists of the ten best female characters in the PC gaming according to the staff and readers alike. Tom's Hardware included this "savvy and independent thief" on the 2007 list of the 50 greatest female characters in video game history ("Annah is a true standout"), applauding her for her "witty, sexy personality," and adding that she could be played by Kelly Macdonald in a live-action film. In 2012, gameplay.pl chose her as one of the 100 candidates to compete for the title of "Miss Games"; she was voted by the readers into the final round and finished ninth.
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