In the beginning of the story (gameplay), the little rabbit is a mortal animal.
Nearly deaf and nearly blind, the rabbit is enchanted by a blur of colors in the evening sky and a strange rumble through the ground --fireworks in the forest. The young rabbit's curiosity costs it its life, as the dry summer forest is quickly overtaken by flames.
I was inspired by the terrible Eagle Creek forest fires in Oregon as well as scenes from "Bambi".
The forest fires in Oregon, California, British Columbia, and Washington made the atmosphere thick with smoke. While breathing breathing the air was unpleasant, it settled over the landscape in an eerie haze of blues and lavenders -- a hauntingly beautiful veil that cast the sun into a fiery red disc as it sunk low on the horizon.
Fires are a natural part of a forest's ecosystem, but a fire caused by human negligence is all the more tragic.