Hello! I am here for the IMHO task of
I am terribly sorry that I am late for this, but better late than never!
The very first thing that caught my attention about Alia was just how menacing they look. The harsh cold eyes and the always such intense posture are something that really stands out! And after learning their story (or well, at least the bit that you shared so far) it really makes sense of why they are this way.
It's nice to see a character that is so ambiguously grey when thinking about whether they are a hero or not. Alia hardly fits as a "hero" category with their actions and words, but I also can't categorize them as a "villain". They are just who they are, doing their own thing the way they want. It's refreshing, in some way.
I do know that Alia is a stoic character with few emotions, but this is something that I would like to see sometime. Maybe more expression trough their movements instead of facial expressions could tell some more about them without breaking the character? What could it be that makes Alia break their stoic demeanor? How do they act when they are not with their guard up? Those are interesting things that I would love to see, personally.
Also, this might be off tangent, but I do wonder if Alia likes any other type of animals besides dogs. They seem to get along well with the canines, so I do wonder if they would get along with other type of animals as well.
All in all, I really look forward to seeing more of them! Alia is a great character with flaws that make them feel a more real character. Keep it up!