Weekly Status Update (1-13-19)

Current Demo Word Count- ~24K/ Demo Word Count Goal- 25K- 30K

Current Status: The demo will include 11 scenes.

  • The Wanted Poster – Character Creator
  • Rescue the Ambassador!
  • Captured by Bounty Hunters
  • The Academy – The Benefactor
  • The Academy- Sometime Later
  • Dream #1 An Old Foe/An Old Friend
  • The Journey Begins
  • The Tavern
  • The Trial- Arrival
  • The Trial- Prep
  • Dream #2 A sky full of waves/ A sea full of stars

2/11 scenes completed. 7/11 scenes almost complete- need revising. 2/11 scenes need to be written. Prologue variables are complete.

Goal: All scenes written by 1/20. Revisions and beta testing done by 1/27. Demo release 2/1

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Updates:
  • Decorative skulls that go “ooOOOh.”
  • All romanceable characters will appear in the demo
  • Customize your scoundrel:
    • Select a name, a past alias, and a current alias
    • Choose from human, elf, orc, half-orc, half-elf, Plithodonion (Amphibious swampfolk that get a little bioluminescent when nervous) or Kovian (mountain-living folks with goat eyes and horns)
    • Choose gender and orientation
  • Create a backstory:
    • A former member of the militia with a passion for interpretative dance
    • A shadowsweeper from the forests of Lemente who was raised by shadowbeasts
    • A humble adventurer with a burning hatred for bards
    • A former thief with a knack for prophetic visions
    • A knight who was banished after failing to protect their kingdom
    • A dungeon grinder who always wanted a shot at being a mighty hero

 

Character Intros: The Other Chosen One

 

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Name: Cavriel (M)/ Cavrielle (F)

Alias: Melano Lukas

Race: Human

Physical Description: Cav surely looks the part of a courageous warrior as they are a total beefcake with beautiful flowing orange hair. It’s really a shame that Cav is so clumsy. Likes to wear really shiny armor with a cool cape (although sometimes they end up tripping on the cool cape or the cape gets stuck on some branches or someone else steps on their cape by “accident”). Is almost always smiling. Tries their best. Oh man, do they always try their best.

Personality: Cav is not the sharpest brick in the shed. For what they lack in street smarts, they make up in diligence, patience, and hard work. Just wants to be everybody’s best friend and cares a lot for the people around them. Also not the best bard, but trying their hardest to improve. Cav is definitely a hopeless romantic and optimist.

Character Inspo Spotify Playlist

Likes: Their best friend Juniper (the really cool enchanted blade who talks to them), everyone that they are traveling with, DELIVERING THE SWIFT AND DECISIVE STRIKE OF JUSTICE TO THEIR FOES, TALKING LIKE THIS AND USING WORDS LIKE ‘SWIFT” AND “JUSTICE,” cookies, heroic posturing, singing, the Knights of Jorino.

Dislikes: Tripping over things, tripping over people, when the bad guy gets away, tripping over animals, walking into things, walking into people, walking into animals, weird dreams.

Character Intros: The Dark Rituals Inspector

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Name: Jarich (M)/Jarrah (F) of the Merusine

Alias: “Inspector Spooky Times” (Elith/Elodie, probably)

Race: Plithodonian

Physical Description: Jar has jet black sclera and pupils, bluish-gray skin, and bluish/purplish (and fantastic) hair. Standing at just under six feet tall, it’s no wonder that others find Jar a bit intimidating. Their hair always looks a bit damp (not because Jar is nervous because Jar is always nervous) and can glow a bit in the dark- cool Plithodonian facts. Jar likes to wear dark colors and hide away in corners behind tall potted plants to avoid frivolous small talk.

Personality: Jar is most comfortable when they are alone and comes off as aloof or condescending in social situations (especially since no one likes to have their ritual audited, pfft auditors, am I right?). Jar is completely dedicated to their job; however, they are still reeling from being sabotaged by a former coworker and friend which nearly cost them their career. Has a bit of a competitive streak.

Character Inspo Spotify Playlist

Likes: Regulations that don’t leave a lot of grey area, Cillian (the world’s best intern), the calm between inspections, rain, finding cheap office supplies with cute patterns, creating process flow charts, a good duel.

Dislikes: Elith/Elodie, small talk, mandatory office parties, sloppy sigils, traveling to locations with dry climates, their ex-friend who betrayed them, uncertainties about their career, being told to get a hobby, being told that their face is going to get stuck like that if they keep scowling, hot summers.

Character Intros: The Cleric

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Name: Elith (M)/ Elodie (F)

Alias: “Not You Again”

Race: Human

Physical Description: The first thing you’ll notice about El is that they look like a combination of tired (which is remarkable for a person who sleeps so much) and bored. El has gray eyes, medium length black hair, and their face is covered in freckles (just like their mother Iris Sabine). Wears the gold and white robes of the Clerics of the Gilded Dawn. Always leaning against something or standing a bit slouched.

Personality: While assisting their mother at the academy, El is absolutely professional and courteous. Otherwise, they are a fairly cold and snide individual. With the exception of their mother, Marls and the PC, El avoids the others unless they have some kind of mischief planned. Has mastered a rare form of healing in which they draw power from their dreams, and uses that as an excuse to take frequent naps.

Character Inspo Spotify Playlist

Likes: When others find them off-putting, making situations awkward, sleeping, napping, MOM, cool weather, pranks and other forms of acceptable mischief (often at the expense of Solaris/Suna or Cavriel/Cavrielle), finding excuses to shirk responsibility.

Dislikes: Meddlers (JARICH/JARRAH), extremely hot or cold weather, the responsibilities involved with being associated with Rollis-Maven Academy and the Gilded Dawn (not being able to live their life and do their own thing).

Character Intros: The Bounty Hunter

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Name: Marlowe (M)/Marlena (F)

Alias: Marls

Race: Elven

Physical Description:  Marls is relatively short (about 5’4) with pointed ears, orange eyes, and wavy reddish hair. Although Marls is a beloved celebrity in Hervos, they like to keep a low profile. After all, it’s quite difficult to sneak up and apprehend a bad guy if you’re surrounded by cheering fans. Marls prefers practical lowkey clothing but likes to add their own artistic touch (like a floral headband). Probably the strongest character in the group (all thanks to a century of hardcore bounty hunter training).

Personality: As the most famous bounty hunter and top magical scholar (focusing on forgotten languages), Marls is a very busy person. They like to unwind with their latest artistic endeavor (which is currently oil pastels). Sometimes they like to drag her bounty hunter partner Veerbis to the theatre. Very friendly and laid back with a great sense of humor. Can conjure really scary looking daggers. Definitely one of the most marvelous people you could ever hope to meet (unless your face found its way onto some “Wanted” posters somehow).

Character Inspo Spotify Playlist

Likes: Working out tricky conjugations in “dead” languages, arboreal geckos, jokes that end up being really bad puns, a good sunrise, having a great confidante like Veerbis, puppies, the smell of the forest after a good rain.

Dislikes: A certain ex-friend who betrayed them, selfish people who use or hurt other people, bandits, sometimes Elith/Elodie can be annoying.

Character Intros: The Best Friend

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Name: Solaris (M)/ Suna (F)

Role: The Academy Brat, Best Friend

Race: Half-orc

Physical Description: Tall and muscular with long curly blond hair, S is an absolute ray of sunshine. Has greenish skin, pointed ears, and tusks, which are typical for most half-orcs (and also those suffering from Siren’s Scurvy but that’s not applicable here). Proudly wears their Rollis-Maven Academy issued armor and cape.

Personality: As the child of the academy’s herbalist and lead fighting instructor, S really enjoys digging through thickets looking for rare plants and punching things. They are very excitable and always full of energy and cheerful optimism. S is also painfully aware that they are a bit sheltered and are hoping that the Ritual will be their chance to learn about the world outside of the academy. Definitely a hugger.

Character Inspo Spotify Playlist

Likes: S has only known the PC for a few months but already considers them their best friend, MOM AND DAD, that feeling when you lift an entire fallen tree with one hand and find something cool like a salamander or a weird looking rock underneath, POISONOUS PLANTS, other plants, but mainly poisonous plants, cooking (but not with poisonous plants, right?), getting good grades.

Dislikes: The thought that they may be following a bit too closely in their parents’ footsteps, when it is windy AND rainy at the same time, sometimes Elith/Elodie can be a little mean if you accidentally wake them up during one of their six daily naps, people who take advantage or antagonize other people, these weird dreams that S keeps having that is just a disembodied voice saying mean things about the PC and accusing the PC of being a criminal (no more cider before bed perhaps?).