Phew that was difficult to write without spoiling things about the story. First let me thank you all for reading this topic. The story itself was born from my desire to write a little tale tied to a character I once made for a forum roleplay. Having written it out into detail I started to recently desire to see it realized but then I thought it might be more fun to turn it into a visual novel than to make it into a book.Dreams are a most curious thing aren’t they? While we know they exist we rarely are able to grasp the full nature of their existence. But what if dreams are much more than just dreams? The world that is commonly known as ‘The Plane of Dreams’ is the answer to that. A world closely bordering our own but far more special than one could imagine. For a long time the existence of this realm has been left unaware to humanity… Till now. The Kimura clan is not only the caretakers of a small shrine overlooking a rural town for they are what fiction often describes as ‘Exorcists’ or 'Spiritualists'. Those people having developed the unusual ability to enter the plane of dreams learned of the existence of a species resembling humans a lot. Their appearance, culture and even behavior resembled humans in such detail one might not be able to notice the difference between the two of them.
But still they couldn’t call them humans… Calling them ‘Spirits’ the Kimura clan started living among them learning more about this new world. For as long as the spirits could remember their kindred have lived in peace among the ‘Wanderers’. Wanderers, a term given to humans who enter the plane of dreams while asleep are a existence resembling their selves in reality but only temporarily for the moment they wake up they disappear, never able to be aware of their time within this world.
But in the end that peaceful time was ended brutally when the Kimura clan revealed the existence of reality, unaware of the effects it would have on the spirits of the Plane of Dreams. Haunted by paranoia whenever their existence was real or a form of fiction from a person’s imagination many of the spirits were driven into insanity to the point some took their own lives in a attempt to be freed from the fear, only to be reborn in the world anew.
Many years later a turbulent time is upon the plane of dreams. A young female spirit starts a revolution against the Dream Wardens, sacred guardians of her realm. Declaring herself a Renegade Spirit, the tile given to the traitors and criminals of their world her actions shake the hearts of many of her kindred.
The determination as she declared that she would free her people from the paranoia humanity cursed them with. The confidence that their feelings, thoughts and memories were their own, something that made them alive and real and not some form of fantasy made her companions regain the courage to stand again. But what was most surprising was when she announced she would save her people at all costs, even if she was branded a criminal and killed for her crimes, but she promised she wouldn’t perish before she shown her people the truth… By destroying the border separating their world and reality…
As the drums of war sound within the plane of dreams life continues as usually within reality or at so it seems on the surface… As a young student enjoys their every-day life among their friends something most peculiar happens when they start having dreams of another world. What is this world? Why do they have those dreams? But most importantly… Why do various people in this world look a lot like their friends in reality? That be up to you to find out!
Choice of your main character’s gender:
Want to be a boy or maybe a girl? This choice is yours to take now! Each choice will change both the main story and the versions of various routes. And you’re actually able to encounter the other main character.
Two different heroes, two different tales:
Live out the tale of one of the two heroes that changed the plane of dreams forever. Each option will give a different main story, leading to at least four possible combinations to enjoy
Enjoy how a ordinary school life story blends with a fantasy world on the brink of war. The existence of two worlds will give a different feeling to the cast of each world.
Different Romance options:
Able to decide between GxG or BxG
As much as I desired to add a BxB option my muse Tsuyuri the goddess of Yuriness declared there be no such thing on her watch.
A option that obviously many games have the main character will be able to interact with various people in such a way the story will change depending on their choices. And with a cast of several heroes and heroines to enjoy there be plenty of options to pick from.
Well there we go. While I am in the process of preparing the flowchart of the story the game itself has yet to be started for several reasons. I’m sure many of you will ask ‘if you plan to make such a large game then it obviously be a lot of writing’. Indeed it will! Even with my autism and ability to spend nearly 24 hours a day behind a computer I consider this a long term project, but one I seriously plan to finish at all costs. On forum roleplays I’m know for not being satisfied with a story till I made it to the best of my abilities, and then it be up to the readers to tell me on how to improve~
Lack of a Character Cast list:
For now I have yet to write out a list for the simple reason some names are not yet decided and also because I am in the process of fleshing out things like their personality, background etc. But as the story will develop I plan to introduce the cast list bit by bit~
Since this is obviously my first visual novel ever I have been able to gather a few people around me to aid me with the process of creation.
While I understand some novels deploy multiple writers I hope that by writing it by myself the routes will all feel like they are part of the same story. That and I’d be a bit nervous to burden someone else with having to endure all my notes and details about certain characters of events~
Having gained the assistance of two friends, one who works as a professional DJ and the other studying music in university I hope we be able to bring the world to life with their assistance.
Let me tell you a story~ On my first day on this forum while I was trying out Renpy I was so confused by the engine that I went to look for someone who was willing to help me code the script but also to teach me how to use the engine. Sending a pm to someone I explained my situation and asked for their help and like an angel descending from the sky they decided to help me out~
And that’s all for the report for now~ As we speak the visual novel is obviously in the very first stages of creation. For the moment my plan is to release a demo in the future for people to enjoy, this is mostly both to get to see if people like the style of writing I use (and to get their opinions about various things)
Finally the little team is obviously still open to those who love to help out. Obviously any help is welcome and appreciated but due to my condition I am only able to pay the artist (or artists) who work on the project (unless those who want to work with the sound can make me go ‘O_O’ (what is sort of easy to do~). Albeit once the project is finished and everything went smoothly I do hope to find a way to reward everyone on the project~
Of course if anyone ends up having questions or comments I’d love to hear them either in the topic or pm~
ps: also the actual title of the visual novel isn't decided yet~ the title for now is just a reference to the story in the plane of dreams