In this case, it only follows appearance ;-)
Oftentimes when seeing female fantasy character designs, the most important parts, which ought to be protected in order to survive a harsh fight, are left open to show more skin. Or there's an overload of metal, weapon and stuff, that should make it impossible for the character to move.
Nonetheless it looks great, so I made a sketch, searching for some nice shapes. I'm planning on colouring it digitally soon.