In 1877, a giant land mass appeared in the South Pacific. Quickly settled by Australia, China and America, it was discovered the new continent was host to a menagerie of magical creatures, previously only the stuff of legends. Moreover, something in the atmosphere of the land gave ordinary men the power to cast spells. They called the new continent Medipacifica.
… That’s not the story we’re here for. It’s December 31st 2013, and Artemis King-- member of the supernatural police department-- is overworked, just as she is every New Year’s. The night is dragging and mistakes are starting to be made. Some coworkers are grappling a rogue werewolf-- but Art and her partner Milla aren’t able to help out until they’ve dealt with an illegal busking wizard. It should be an easy case.
But, too beat to work the beat properly, Art resorts to shooting the guy-- only to discover he gives as good as he gets. He’s left with a harpoon in his shoulder, she’s left with a curse that turns her into a half-demon. Milla panics and turns Art over to the police department’s scientific research team, hoping for a cure. What Art gets instead is jail time, as a rare specimen they don’t want to give up.
It’s March 2014. Milla breaks Art out, but before they can formulate an escape plan, Milla is captured in Art’s stead. Art is left with a choice: go back in the slammer, rescue Milla the hard way, or keep running.
-Five completely distinct routes (30k+ words each)
-Multiple endings for each route-- between 4 and 8. Mix and match each route's ending criteria and see what happens!
-Four romances; 2 GxG, 1 GxB, 1 GxNB
-A twisty and dramatic urban fantasy plotline tying all the routes together
Armida: Art formulates a plan to rescue Milla with the help of a fellow prison escapee-- Armida Azarola, a silent Frankensteinian creature. However, Armida’s assistance isn’t being offered on pure altruism: What happened to her back in those cells? Why does she refuse to talk? And, perhaps most importantly-- how did she come back from the grave in the first place?
Doc: Art turns herself back into the labs, however her breakout has caught the unwanted attention of notorious demon exterminator (and assistant police commissioner) Erin Banballow. Can Art, together with some sympathetic station staff, succeed in convincing Erin out of murder? Romance: Doc.
Samir: Art successfully rescues Milla, and the pair hightail it away from their city, to a nearby village where a friend-of-a-friend has offered them accommodation. Their host: a self-loathing werewolf named Samir, who grapples with guilt over a certain incident three months earlier… Romance: Milla, Coro
Garnet: Art runs into the wilderness, where she meets two women-- Jane Fontaine, a reserved pilot with a crashed plane, and Garnet, a kindly yet introverted witch. Garnet offers to help return Art's humanity, if Art can just lend a hand with Jane's plane... Romance: Garnet.
Finale: With all four routes completed, the story will be resolved in a grand finale, where all the major characters gather to take down the enemies they've made along the way, and save a friend one last time. Romance: Garnet, Doc or Milla
(note: some of this is my own doofy placeholder art; the nice, painted sprites are the in-game ones, obviously!)
The game has a set route order-- Armida, then Doc, then Samir, then Garnet, then the finale. Once you've unlocked a route you can replay it at any time for a different conclusion, and while the order is fixed, there are a lot of endings and choices within the routes so you're not tied down too much. Most major characters show up across all routes (for instance, Milla is in every route you play through), so if you love a particular major character you should be seeing a lot of them even when you're not on their route. Mix and match your endings, follow the plot through, and see how everything pans out when the routes converge for the ending!
First draft: approx 45%
-Armida: 80% (just need to finish some of the branches)
-Samir: 55% (2/4 of script finished)
-Doc: 90% (endings ahoy!)
-Garnet: 5% (scene-by-scene breakdown/planning doc WIP)
-Finale:5% (scene-by-scene breakdown/planning doc WIP)
Second draft: 0%
Final draft: 0%
-Basic sprites: 88% (24/27 characters done)
-Alternate outfits: 0% (0/22 alternate outfits done)
Character designs: 93% (46/49 characters+outfits done)
-Basic BGs: ?% (2/? done)
-Recolours: ?% (0/? done)
CGs: 0% (0/?-- to be confirmed as writing is finished)
GUI: 100% (thanks Morhighan!)
Logo: 100% (thanks Cafechan!)
Coding: 0% (trying to get writing done first)
Music: 0% (likewise-- writing is taking top priority, then I’ll suss music)
-Casting: 33% (8/24 characters cast)
-Recording: 0% (need writing done, etc etc…)
SFX: 0% (I’m intending to just dig these up from royalty free SFX places, though)
Sprites: Anna Fitzpatrick (http://annafitz.tumblr.com/)
CGs: Anna Fitzpatrick
Editing: Whimsical Conductor
All other jobs are currently unfilled. Time will tell whether I handle code myself, and all sound aspects are being ignored until writing is done.