This week's post on change puts Marie into the spot light. I'm not even sure where to begin...
According to the file I found, Marie's name was originally spelled Mari. Her family name of Aqua hasn't changed from the conception of her character but that's one of the few things that remained. As for the remaining similarities... she's still kind-of-sort-of a pirate and her eye color has remained the same.
Originally Marie was a side character who was intended to pop in and out of the story, just as Meg and Astor have been doing currently. She was a friendly pirate who helped the group out when she could because it was the right thing to do. She was just a regular human with no magical abilities. There wasn't a lot of depth to her character because I didn't make it far enough in the first run of EC for her to even come close to popping up.
Currently, Marie's an aquatian who starts off in a pirate like role because she's trying to get Enya's attention (she's done pirate-y things before but she's not actually a pirate). Marie cares a lot about her family and will do what ever it takes to help them. Additionally her personality was re-created to balance out the rest of the current party's traits (instead of being a bland friendly pirate). Marie is impulsive, cunning, and kind which means she tends to be fairly quick on her feet. The problem with that though is that she tends to act without a plan and that doesn't always work out so well.
As for character design, I didn't even reference anything about her old design when creating the new one. Until I started to look for material to use in this weeks post, I didn't even remember making an actual design for Marie for the first version of EC. The fact that their eye color is practically the same in both versions is more a testament to the fact that I've always tried to make eye color meaning full and what better color to denote closeness to the sea than a sea-foam-green/aquatic-blue color.