Character Design: Sisyphus the Scarab

Sisyphus the Scarab is a character concept in its early stages. He is a wandering vagrant character, hauling and trading his precious cargo (dung) across the desert. The roots of this character are born from Egyptian mythology surrounding the scarab beetle and the ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus. The scarab beetle was an important symbol of rebirth in ancient Egypt. The scarab rolling a ball of dung across the desert was seen in comparison to Ra, the Sun God, who rolled the sun across the sky each day. This repetitive cycle has striking parallels with the Greek story of Sisyphus, who was punished by the Gods to roll a huge boulder up a mountain each day for all eternity. In 1942, the philosopher/writer Albert Camus used the Greek story to explore the idea of happiness in an absurd reality in his essay "The Myth of Sisyphus"

Drawing influence from mythology and philosophy is paramount to the development of certain characters, because it opens up mysterious caverns that are just waiting to be explored. 

Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.


The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy
— Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus