Welcoming OptiTrack & Rokoko To Our Animation CrewFebruary 14, 2023
THE STORY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE DURING DEVELOPMENT – PREVIEWS WILL BE UPDATED ACCORDINGLY
The hardest part about making a successful Story-Teller game is the story itself. We’ve come a long way from the start of our story, with as little as one paragraph to explain it all. However, the more the story was written, the more complications arose. One detail about the game’s lore opens a more significant meaning to itself, almost like an endless loop of hows and whys.
The Angel Of Fate
To begin, let’s talk about the lore of the person that summoned Zane and Rin to another world. Fate is the second highest-ranked angel in the heavenly hierarchy, only below the creators himself. God entrusted him with a special mission: to protect humans from the demons that plague the world. Fate has the power to manipulate the threads of destiny, weaving them according to his will and ensuring that everything happens for a reason. He can also intervene in human affairs, granting blessings or curses as he sees fit.
Fate casts down spirits upon earth to counter the demonic threat to balance the power between humans and demons. Spirits are the lowest ranks of angels that hold all elemental abilities of the world. They are the servants of the higher angels and the guardians of the natural order. Spirits can manipulate fire, air/wind, earth, divine, and darkness. They are often invisible to human eyes, requiring Uriel’s Light to see them. Spirits are loyal to their angelic masters, but some may rebel or fall from grace.
Fate’s mission is not easy, nor is it always clear. He stays dedicated to his duty to God, to balance the world, but it often is incomprehensible how he achieves that goal. If he ever failed his mission and the demons overwhelmed the human world, he was ordered to summon the Angel Of War, a cosmic entity that would annihilate all life on earth. This was the last resort, the final solution to prevent the corruption of creation. The Angel of Fate would hate to do so, as it would have meant he had failed God, but Fate will do everything according to his divine mandate. He is loyal to his creator, even if it meant destroying all life.
The Angel Of Fate was once known by a different name. But as time passed and the world changed, history gradually forgot and corrupted the name. The original records of Fate’s deeds and prophecies were destroyed in wars and calamities. The few surviving copies were translated and interpreted by different scribes and scholars, each with biases and agendas. The name became distorted and diluted until it was reduced to a mere title: The Angel Of Fate.
The worlds are a lot different. In some games, there are multiple Gods similar to ours. However, there is one God in each Multiverse, meaning only one God is known to that specific Universe. The Multiverse Lore is a complex and fascinating concept that explores the idea of multiple realities created by different gods. Each god has their vision of what humankind should be like and how they should interact with their world and each other. Some gods are benevolent and compassionate, while others are cruel and unjust. Some worlds are peaceful and prosperous, while others are chaotic and war-torn. The Multiverse Lore also explores the possibility of soul migration or the phenomenon of souls being transferred from one world to another. This is what happened to Zane and Rin, two young lovers who died in a tragic accident in their original world. Their souls were rerouted to another world by a mysterious force due to a divine conflict. In their new world, they have to adapt to a different culture, society, and environment while also trying to relive life itself.
We are still tossing ideas around when it comes to what species we should create and/or formulate but currently we have a general consensus on three main species and a few subspecies for each: Angels, Demons, and Humans. While each one has several archetypes within each species, especially for angels and demons, each species is becoming more and more diverse with each revision.
Anyone who is adept in angelology is familiar with the idea that there exists a hierarchy within the angels ranks. We have chosen to follow the same general structure with large amounts of inspiration being taken largely from Hebrew and Christian texts. However, much of this is still up in the air.
Seraphim – Considered to be the most powerful of the angels in terms of lordship over other archetypes and possessing a natural aptitude toward utilizing the divine magics. Known to take the appearance of whatever form they deem, the true extent of their power remains largely unknown.
Cherubim – Known for taking the appearance of a four faced individual, with the face of a man, an eagle, a lion, and an oxen. It is said that each of these four faces represent the four major characteristics of humans. The ancient writings say that these beings are the closest to the creator at all times. We are considering changing those faces to those of the different species, human, spirit, demon, and demonic beast.
Ophanim – Seen as wheels within wheels, with eyes all around, in the center a large gemstone that blazes with a chromatic fire. These angels are the rarest to make their appearance known to humans, it is said that these beings hold up the throne of the creator.
Powers – Thought to be the go-to soldiers of the creator and the only beings that directly handle the strength and courage of men. Commanded by one of the Archangels, who is said to lead them into a righteous battle against the Archenemies when the creators deems the time to be right.
Principalities – These beings are the harbingers of the creators will, them being the ones who carryout the creators commands as the Archangels deliver them. Said to be the ones who lord over the humans everyday lives, the ones who protect them and guide them when they call out to higher powers.
Archangels – The strongest beings other than the creator himself. Writings tell that these beings sit at the left hand of the creator and are the only ones to converse with the creator directly, giving out commands such to his word. The true form of these angels have never been seen but are presumed depictions are to be the most like the creator other than the humans are.
Angels/(Spirits Perhaps) – Despite being the lowest in the rankings, its these beings that communicate with the humans the most. With many of them choosing to morph their angelic forms into that of spirits in order to guide the humans even better than from the higher plane.
Archenemies are the highest rankings among the evil. They are Fallen Angels that contain the power of the natural order. Due to their fall from grace, they lost the ability to consume the Divine Source. Instead, they have developed a source of Dark Magic that can grow. The evil that plagues the world is the power of this source.
Overlords – The highest ranking in the Archenemy Ranking System. They are the ones who have the power and authority to create demons and recruit other Archenemies to their cause. By doing so, they increase their influence and control over the world. Overlords are feared and respected by all other Archenemies and are the ultimate enemies of the Divine Angels who oppose them.
Dreadlords – The second most powerful beings in the Archenemy Ranking System. surpassed only by the Overlords. By using their immense strength and magic, they are responsible for protecting the Demonic Lands from any invaders or threats.
Calamities – The third highest ranking in the Archenemy Ranking System. Those who become overwhelmed by their powers succumb to their destructive urges, turning these once prideful Angels into savage brutes. While they still retain their ability to utilize magic, any higher thought processes are destroyed, but in exchange their physical bodies become wellsprings of power.
Fallen Angels – Haven fallen from grace due to their pride, envy, or rebellion. These fallen angels lose their connection to the Divine and can no longer use its magic. Instead, they turn to the world’s dark energies and learn to manipulate them.Fallen angels are more adept at using dark magic than other beings, as they still retain some of their angelic might and knowledge.
Archenemies created demons and do not have the power to grow past their demonic ranking systems. However, they use the power of the Dark Magic Source. In which they can easily borrow strength from those who are more significant.
Archdemon – The highest-ranking demons in the Demonic Ranking System. They are strategically intelligent commanders who can control and influence other demons. They are also humans who have made a pact with an Archenemy and have gained demonic powers and traits. Humans and demons fear archdemons, as they can cause great destruction and chaos with their abilities.
Demon Lord – One of the two highest ranks among demons, along with Archdemons. They greatly influence other demons and can command enormous armies of followers. However, unlike Archdemons, who rely on cunning and strategy, Demon Lords conquer by sheer numbers and brute force. They often lack the intelligence of a Archdemon and are both prideful and a cantankerous demon. But have experience with warfare and gain respect over countless victories.
Destroyers – Considered to be powerful demons that rank third in the Demonic Ranking System, only below Archdemons and Demon Lords. They are known for their destructive abilities and affinity for dark blaze. Destroyers usually take the form of canines, thought the occasional feline form exists.
Phantoms – A type of demonic bird that has attained a significant amount of strength and influence among the demonic ranks. They are usually large and dark, with sharp claws and beaks that can tear through flesh and metal, yet are also unusually intelligent for demonic beasts.
Demon – Demons are just like humans but are imbued with Demon Blood. The only change is the power to use spirits, as they can not, and hence only use Dark Magic, like Archenemies. The demands of Dark Magic makes them stronger, faster, and more ruthless, yet it can also make them lonely, hated, and feared.
Demonic beasts are animals that have been corrupted by dark magic. They are usually aggressive and violent, attacking anyone who crosses their path. Some demonic beasts retain traces of their original form, while others are twisted beyond recognition. Evil spells, cursed artifacts, or exposure to dark energy can create demonic beasts. They are difficult to tame or control and often pose a threat to both humans and wildlife.
Alchemy is a skill that allows you to create various effects and items by combining different ingredients. Before the Gods created a divine blessing called Divine Synthesis, the only way to engulf your blade in flames was by covering your weapon in oils and then using fire magic to light your weapon. But the purpose of alchemy goes way beyond that. Our alchemy crafting system is the fundamentals of solving problematic situations on your quest. It allows you to create potions, elixirs, bombs, and other items using various ingredients and recipes. You can use these items to heal yourself, enhance your abilities, damage your enemies, or exploit the environment. You must collect different ingredients from plants, animals, and minerals and combine them in an alchemy station. Each ingredient has one or more properties that determine the effects of the final product. For example, lavender fortifies stamina and acts like an ointment to heal wounds more efficiently. Mixing different ingredients with matching properties can create a potion or a poison with those effects. However, not all properties are known at first. You must experiment and discover them by eating the ingredients or reading books. The Alchemy System allows you to be creative and inventive with your concoctions and to enhance your skills and abilities with the power of chemistry and magic.
Our Magic System
Our magic system is a reaction-based magic system, with a heavy emphasis on synthesizing spells out of the essential elements that the player can utilize through spirits and blessings. For example, by enchanting the air/wind element to a basic fire art, Imbuing Fire, a magic art that heats up an equipped blade, you can set the blade on fire, giving it the ability to ignite enemies, turning it into Dancing Flames. This is called Synthesis, and the player will gain this ability from a Divine Blessing. For now, the main elements are fire, water, and air/wind. All magic spells deal their respective element’s magic damage, though they are not the only type of magic there is. Divine magic and its counterpart, Dark magic, are used for magic arts that do “pure damage,” damage that cannot be reduced or enhanced after cast. Though their magic arts are more potent than the magic arts of the basic elements, they can still combine with the basic elements to synthesize new spells. However, if the two Pure elements encounter each other, they will actively cancel each other out, resulting in no synthesis spells between them.
The Divine Blessings
Divine Blessings are permeant buffs from Angels that allow the player to gain new abilities or enhance their current ones. For now there are only two vital Blessings.
Blessing: Uriel’s Light (Plot Armor)
Descriptions: Uriel’s Light is a rare blessing that grants its user a unique vision. With Uriel’s Light, one can see the invisible spirits that roam the world and their elemental affinity. Uriel’s Light also has another benefit: it protects its user from the harmful effects of having multiple elemental vessel. An elemental bond between humans and spirits that allows them to share their power and abilities. However, having more than one elemental vessel can cause instability and imbalance in the user’s body and mind. Uriel’s Light prevents this by creating a harmonious connection between the user and their vessels. The more Uriel’s Light is upgraded, the stronger this protection becomes.
Blessing: Groa’s Divine Synthesis
Descriptions: Groa’s Divine Synthesis is a rare and powerful blessing allowing its recipients to manipulate and combine different magical elements. For example, someone with this blessing could create an explosion from fire and air/wind or rock from fire, air/wind, and water. This blessing grants a significant advantage in combat and creativity, enabling users to adapt to any situation and create unique spells. However, it also requires a high level of skill and concentration and a deep understanding of the properties and interactions of each element.
Our Future In Development
Message From Tyler: We understand the limitations of an indie game company. But with the fact that we will stand out to many studios. My dedication to my team and game is absolute. I will work hard to achieve the game I always wanted to create, even if I have to fill in the empty roles of the development team. It will be a long time before we see this game on the market, but that will only make the game features more sophisticated and unique.
Tyler’s Role: Story Leader – A person who oversees the creation and development of the narrative aspects of a video game. They are responsible for planning the game’s plot, characters, dialogue, and lore and collaborating with other developers such as writers, artists, programmers, and designers. A video game story lead may also write scripts, direct voice actors, and provide gameplay and user experience feedback. A video game story lead must have strong creative writing skills, a good understanding of game design principles, and the ability to communicate their vision effectively to the team.
Message From Sabre: Working on this project and with our team has a true dream come true for me and to see such a project take off would be enough to make me die on the spot. But all joking about my desires aside, working with a team that is so diverse in creative scope and abilities has really shown me how these diverse abilities can shine through our characters and the aspects of the world itself. I truly cannot wait to see what you all think about this project and hope you guys like it enough to send us to the next stage of development.
Sabre’s Role: Character Developer Writer – A character developer is a type of game writer who specializes in creating and developing characters for our video games. They are responsible for crafting the personality, backstory, dialogue, and relationships of the characters in the game world. They work closely with other game writers, designers, artists, and programmers to ensure that the characters are consistent and engaging throughout the game.
Message From Dice (aka Random Guy): Personally, I find the charm of this project to be crafting a world and story that’ll last for ages, although whether or not that will actually happen will be up to our audience. I abhor anything without a creative soul; manufactured from a template, and adore anything born with their creator’s personal touches, and I really do wish for more companies to encourage that. Anyhow, enough of my own philosophies. I wish us all a pleasant and fruitful cooperation; may this ship set sail.
Dice’s Role: Story Writer – A story writer specializes in creating the world environment and novel and expressing the story in perfect detail. The story writer is also responsible for designing a video game’s setting and story. They use their imagination and skills to craft immersive and engaging worlds with which players can explore and interact. They also write dialogue, narration, and cutscenes that convey the story to the audience. They collaborate with other developers, such as programmers and designers, to ensure that the story is consistent and coherent with the gameplay and aesthetics of the game.
Message From Tyler2 (aka tmil): Hi, I’m a different Tyler from the lead. Feel free to think of me as “tmil.” I had a fairly lonely childhood, but was able to find an escape in reading. Excellent stories would transport me to their world and I’d find myself enraptured by the setting and storytelling that the writers delivered to their audience. When I heard of Tyler and the Studio’s vision for this project, I felt that familiar tug. I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to deliver on that myself, but I’m incredibly honored to be a part of a project that would allow me to be able to take someone away on a journey with my writing like what was done for me.
Tmil’s Role: Story Writer – A story writer specializes in creating the world environment and novel and expressing the story in perfect detail. The story writer is also responsible for designing a video game’s setting and story. They use their imagination and skills to craft immersive and engaging worlds with which players can explore and interact. They also write dialogue, narration, and cutscenes that convey the story to the audience. They collaborate with other developers, such as programmers and designers, to ensure that the story is consistent and coherent with the gameplay and aesthetics of the game