I'd like to say this is an open project right now, so if you're interested, feel free to contact me; I'd like to work with some people to make sure this gets done. I'm not a very good artist nor a good programmer, so I'd really appreciate the help. (In the future, I'd also hope to create a group, but that's for the future, I suppose). I've got the writing covered, but if you'd like to provide art, music, programming skills, or proofreading help, I'd reaaaaaally appreciate it. Otherwise, I'm fully prepared to do this entire thing alone. It's a story quite dear to me.
The idea is to have a nonlinear storytelling method. As the game moves back and forth between time periods, your choices in the past have impacts on the future. For a while, I also thought it'd be interesting to have a feature where the player could choose when to move back and forth between the timelines, but it'd progress in parallel fashion so you'd have to be careful how much you'd want to stay in one time period and risk missing out on information or events in another, but it may be too ambitious for this first project.
The expertise of the group members erects not only a new government but new infrastructure, and soon a village crops up. As more and more survivors gather, the population swells and the influence of the original members spreads -- as well as the technology under their control. The device's purpose expands to include recording vitals and providing a reference for polling and inventory, but its original intention of marking dangerous individuals persists. Every once in a while, a person is marked for terrorist ideals and is exiled to protect the haven from corruption.
The system works well for a while. Civilization begins to rebuild under the new regime and the village becomes town becomes a city becomes a state becomes a nation. History passes, areas are partitioned, resources are siphoned, but still the old procedure remains a protocol for citizenry -- if you don't have the collar, you are not allowed within the walls of the land. But the collar evolves, it becomes a commodity, a product to buy; without a plan (by the word, by the syllable, or by word lots), people are left mute -- the poor slowly become more and more silenced. You purchase your voice, now.
On the fringes of the society live the Hush, a community of outsiders that refused to join the original city. With their vine tattoos and notorious lack of speaking abandon, they draw the distaste of the government and the people within the compounds. Several massacres, one genocide, occur over the course of their existence -- by now, they have shrunk into relatively harmless villages between the cracks of the states.
But trouble is stirring, it has always been stirring. There is unrest within the Hush, rebel forces mobilizing and attacking with gusto once again, harking a new age of terror for the civilians of the compounds. Meanwhile, the poor within the slums, with collars etched into their necks, are beginning to assemble as well, with varying degrees of cooperations with Hush rebel forces. Still more corruption in higher officials begins tearing the government into factions with different ideas of administration. Time will only tell how well the system will continue.
Just a disclaimer, this is a rough idea of a plot currently, resembling my notes and the screenplay.
She leaves for the city to hunt down the man who killed her mother and to investigate the subject of the photo, but he is elusive and the government is out to catch her. As she attempts to avoid the officials, she is taken by her brother, a major leader of Hush rebel forces.
You have the option of raising Hei Ling as a child, developing relationships and skills in the past, for her future -- where she will be able to tear down the regime with her brother, find the truth behind the man who killed her mother and the photo, or rise to power to control the system from the top down (for good or for evil).
taurus // entp // type three
As a child, she was very open and trusting. As a young adult that has learned her lesson, she is more closed off to interactions. Though she
She is quite stocky, taking after her brother with sinewy muscles and brutish force. She is a bit leaner than him, so she's more inclined towards speed than power, but nevertheless can pack a punch in a pinch. Her hair is black and her eyes are dark, irises nearly indistinguishable from her pupils. Her vine tattoo creeps much higher than the average Hush, even appearing on part of her left cheek.
aries // enfp // type ?
He loves fiercely, almost to the point of stupidity, with an intense drive for remaining loyal to those he respects. In conversation, he may appear hot-headed and emotional, but in meetings, he becomes cold and calculating. He can come off a little forward because he values directness and honesty, but he means well nearly always. Regarding Hei Ling, she is very dear to him and he has tried to keep tabs on her throughout her childhood, despite being estranged.
He's ruthless, a sharp mind, even sharper wit. His subordinates obey him because they respect him, but also because they fear him. His wrath is scathing and cold, and he is extraordinarily patient. He plays the long game and is apt to sacrifice the few to save the many (providing the many are more important than the few). The ends justifies the means for him.
Despite that, she truly believes wholeheartedly in the mission of the government. She believes what she is doing is for the good of the public and that rebels are disrupting the peace and balance of a timelong system that has worked for the good of mankind.
pisces // i??? // type ?
He's bright but naive, very gullible. He doesn't like to question the good things and he prefers to push the bad things to the back of his brain. He prefers to avoid confrontation and he doesn't like to hold grudges. Sometimes, he can be a pushover, but he's good-natured and respectful enough that it isn't annoying.
aquarius // i??? // type ?