Translation Credits: Jetroyz, Alterist, Iana
"I've wanted to meet the people at Rhodes Island for quite a while already. Pleased to make your acquaintance again, Doctor, you can call me Heidi."
"...the daughter of the famous poet Mr. Thomson, the rookie novelist Heidi Thomson, gave her thoughts about the work at the salon, praising it.
"Heidi, in her usual light-hearted style, spoke about how the work moved her."
"The review article is detailed in the seventh edition."
"Stop reading that. That salon was held a month ago, and they only reported about it now. Several people involved have disappeared."
"Aye, I know, I'm just worried about our messenger."
"She hasn't yet returned? . . . I'm sure she'll let us know if she's in danger. She always has a way of getting those letters out, doesn’t she?"
"...I understand, but she is too important to our Self-Help Militia. If there is any bad news, I will definitely ask the commander to save her as soon as possible."
"Before the news comes, let us make two more crossbows."
Place of Birth: Victoria
Proficiency: Writing (Fiction)
"In regard to the composition of formal dress and jewelry, I've plenty of experience.
CV: Sekine Akira
Heidi is a 5★ Supporter [Aura / Bard] that can function as either offensive or defensive support, and can increase or decrease ally Block Count.
Talents and Skills
Archetype: Supporter [Aura / Bard]
Trait: Does not attack but continuously restores the HP of all allies within range (the HP restored per second is equal to 10% of self ATK). Self is unaffected by Inspire.
Talent 1: When Skill 1 is equipped, increase ATK of all allies within Attack Range. When Skill 2 is equipped, increase DEF of all allies within Attack Range.
Talent 2: In Episode 10 stages, increase SP recovery of all allies within Attack Range
Skill 1 When skill is activated, reduce Block Count of all allies within Attack Range and grant ATK Inspire effect to them
Skill 2 When skill is activated, increase Block Count of all allies within Attack Range and grant DEF & Max HP Inspire effect to them. Increase Heidi's Trait effect.
Note: These are first impressions and based on conjecture since we don’t know the exact details.
[Heidi] is the third Supporter [Aura / Bard] introduced, the second at the five star rarity, and has some pretty stiff competition from Skadi the Corrupting Heart, a very strong 6 star limited Operator. Beyond being more accessible than her limited counterpart, Heidi also offers some utility that is very rare and unique in Arknights: the ability to increase and decrease the Block Count of her allies. Currently the only other Operators that can modify the block count of allies are Nian and Pallas, and they can only increase block count. Heidi can not only increase ally block count with her S2, but she will also be the first Operator that can decrease ally block count with her S1. it will be interesting to see if this unique ability finds any practical uses.
Outside the block count adjustments, her kit looks pretty straightforward: S1 buffs ATK, S2 Buffs DEF and max HP, and the Talent adjusts to support the skill being used. We won't know for sure until we see the numbers, but for basic buffing it seems unlikely that Heidi will be a stronger choice than Skalter and her flexibility.