Yeah it's a girl. You can't really see it because all she did was take off her hood, but obviously if this were a real JRPG you would either have voice acting or a fully drawn face with which you could interpret as female.
As for the blond guy, he was leaning casually on the wall in the second comic. This time he is supposed to be surprised at the blacksmith. No pun intended.
Give me more feedback/criticisms guys. You won't hurt my feelings.