The artist's rendering presents what looks like a Hirge in her mean tween years.... you know back when she was using Sacred Fire to set Mantros' cloak on fire during lessons on church history.
Hirge is described as being young, but seeming to posses a wisdom beyond her years (or words near that effect). It's a hard mood to create in comic style.
And on the subject of Hirge, she got to celebrate her 7th birthday by being told by her mother "guess what darling, someday we're going to slice you open on the Sacred Seal. now go brush your teeth and get ready for bed."
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That is just what my interpretation of Hirge. Mostly, a young teen (somewhere around the age of 15-17, game text stated that she's barely twenty) with sharp, piercing eyes instead of wide and innocent ones due to her wisdom and all. I originally planned to draw her eyes sharper than the one in the picture.
But as far as my research goes, despite looking and having an air of an adult -or a veteran cleric commander-, Hirge still have her childish-ness in her heart as stated in some in-game texts.
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- for example, she pouts during a dialog in The Ancient Seal quest, no other characters, not even Grissenda, did this. Honestly, a lot of the quest dialog is Hirge acting her age, one text said she loses her usual cool demeanor and looked like a scared teenager
or she bursted out of laughter in Restoring the Faith quest. It's hard to see Hirge as a teenager because of her portrait but she does have otherworldy wisdom shines in her eyes, after all. So, most people saw her as an adult.
About the whole lighting up cloaks on fire and
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- "you'll-be-a-sacrifice-one-day" thing
, let's just say its #JustNivarianThings.