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Heavenseed [YuriJam] [Fantasy/Mythological]

#1 Post by blankd » Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:57 am

For the Yuri Game Jam, I'm revisiting and refining an idea I had for a VN.

Heavenseed

"In this world, there are many unknown dangers. Human beings get by as best they can, but when these perils prove too much for them, they have no choice but to call out to the gods. The gods listen, and they cast their protection as a blessing, with these simple human prayers as payment.

However, these prayers are more than a mere token to the gods - they are their very lifeblood. And without these prayers to sustain them, their divinity fades, and they are cast down from heaven.

Yet, a fallen god is not powerless. They can still cast a curse.

Amaran is such a god. She has lost her place in heaven, and taken on a new life as a spirit of nature. Now, she must choose between tearing down the pantheon who wronged her, or accepting her new life, as she cares for a human child who has also been cursed by fate."

There will be multiple endings based on the interactions between Amaran and those around her, primarily with regards to the child she watches over.

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Amaran, a recently fallen god, cynical but not without kindness. When she landed in the forest near Lesyr, she became bound to it. While it is what tethers her to the earth, control over such a domain has its perks.

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Liam, a child born to be the Guardian, a person tasked with not only serving the Messenger, Luscine, but the people of Lesyr. She performs her duties loyally, but not always happily. Behind closed doors, she tends to open up more to Luscine whom she treasures. While such expectations bring her comfort and confidence in her future, she sometimes yearns for more.

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Luscine, a Messenger of the gods. She invites their blessings with a secret ritual. Her personality is like the sun but she also has a streak of mischievousness when it comes to Liam and is very public about their relationship if only for the reactions it gets out of her loyal protector. While she does get to live more luxuriously than others, it comes at price she is obligated to pay.

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Tsavi, the current head of the guards. She was the previous Guardian of the previous Messenger, she is harsh out of necessity to better perform her role of keeping the peace of Lesyr. She is well-respected by the people of Lesyr.

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Vague Progress Meter:
Outline: DONE
Writing: Draft is DONE as of 03-04-17, in need of an editor!

Sprites: 0% (Had some for the demo but going to revise them) WIP
BGs: 0% (Had some for the demo, but time to revise them) WIP
CGs: ? Depends on progress

UI: ? Depends, currently accepting volunteers!
Sounds/Music: ? looking into royalty free options!

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I can't wait to see what others will be putting up- and I'm open to any help as well if anyone feels like volunteering (Editor, UI, SFX/Music).
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Re: Heavenseed [YuriJam] [Fantasy/Mythological]

#2 Post by blankd » Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:58 am

[Misc. Sketches Post]
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The previous Messenger and Guardian

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Color check for primary (human) characters, I think they're pretty set

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Revised Luscine design, I like these wings much better than the generic bird ones she had previously

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Amaran doesn't really "pretend" human very well, but she tries at some points. (To the right is Liam's biological mother.)

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The Altar Exterior rough. From here I'll probably be extracting 2 extra BGs (fountain/"plaza", entrance to shrine)

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Rough forest BG [1/?]

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Amaran's "garden", this one is going to have 2-3 minor variations (initial crash, in-transition with a few flowers, and when the evidence of the crash is no longer there)

Bonus(?) scrapped previous rough of the garden.
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Re: Heavenseed [YuriJam] [Fantasy/Mythological]

#3 Post by Fox Lee » Thu Sep 03, 2015 6:02 am

I freaking LOVE your "creature" designs. I read on your blog that most of them may not make it into this version of the game? I hope we get to see them a little bit at least, they're SO COOL XD

Also your clothing designs, come to think of it. I love everybody's style! This world has such a strong aesthetic, I can't wait to poke around in it! :D

Best of luck with the jam!
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Re: Heavenseed [YuriJam] [Fantasy/Mythological]

#4 Post by Harliqueen » Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:14 am

This sounds amazing! And those character designs... oh my word, stunning :D

Good luck with the jam- can't wait to see more of this!

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#5 Post by Parataxis » Thu Sep 03, 2015 11:47 am

Gah! I love how colorful this is! Definitely looking forward to checking it out after the Jam.

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Re: Heavenseed [YuriJam] [Fantasy/Mythological]

#6 Post by Feral Phoenix » Fri Sep 04, 2015 1:39 pm

These character designs are so dynamic, I love them! The pic of Luscine hanging off Liam's bicep is really precious...

Good luck with dev work!!
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Re: Heavenseed [YuriJam] [Fantasy/Mythological]

#7 Post by Rinima » Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:14 pm

Ohhh I love the look of this~
Will Amaran have a human form?
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Re: Heavenseed [YuriJam] [Fantasy/Mythological]

#8 Post by M4uesviecr » Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:29 pm

In love with your characters! The varied body styles, especially.

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#9 Post by noeinan » Fri Sep 04, 2015 11:57 pm

So cool, posting to follow progress. :)
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Re: Heavenseed [YuriJam] [Fantasy/Mythological]

#10 Post by blankd » Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:19 am

Thanks for nice comments, I'm glad the designs are appealing! (I worried that having a more muscular lady would be a turnoff XD)
Rinima wrote:Will Amaran have a human form?
Amaran doesn't really "pretend" human very well, but she tries at some points. (To the right is Liam's biological mother.)
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This is a pretty minor update, I plan on putting together some BGs up later today and will tweak the OP accordingly 8V

Once again, thanks for the support, hope everyone else's jams are going smoothly.

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Re: Heavenseed [YuriJam] [Fantasy/Mythological]

#11 Post by blankd » Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:39 am

Background roughs/concepts roundup!
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The Altar Exterior concept (and likely a rough for one of the main BGs), I like this direction, so I'll definitely push it this way. From here I'll probably be extracting 2 extra BGs (fountain/"plaza", entrance to shrine)
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One of the forest BGs, I'm going to need more of these 8V
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Amaran's "garden", this one is going to have 2-3 minor variations (initial crash, in-transition with a few flowers, and when the evidence of the crash is no longer there)
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Bonus(?) scrapped previous rough of the garden. (This has some idea of what the remnants of the "crash" will look like)

As for general writing, I have the intro+part 1's text shotgunned out, we'll see how well I've adapted to the learning curve by the end of this week. Thanks for looking 8)

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#12 Post by M4uesviecr » Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:37 pm

Lord this is gorgeous. Keep up the amazing work! Also, sent you a PM!

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Re: Heavenseed [YuriJam] [Fantasy/Mythological]

#13 Post by blankd » Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:58 am

Update!

Given the underestimated scope of this game, I'm going to be releasing a demo for the jam. The demo itself shall be the prologue and up to part of chapter 3 (of 10). In light of this I'm now working on the art assets and will be updating again in the future! Hope you're looking forward to it. 8)

And in other but no less important news, M4uesviecr has volunteered to provide music for Heavenseed and Laiska will be the magician that turns my shotgunned text into prose! Thanks for helping out guys!

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#14 Post by noeinan » Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:08 am

Yay, demo, and yay music! I'm looking forward to seeing the art assets, too. :D
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Re: Heavenseed [YuriJam] [Fantasy/Mythological]

#15 Post by flaminghippo » Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:31 am

Hello! I just stumbled upon this after reading your contributions to another thread. Your artwork is beautiful and I am so intrigued by this plot. Amaran seems like a very interesting character.

Is there any update to this project? I'd love to see more work done on it.

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