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LINGERING [FANTASY, MYSTERY, ROMANCE]

#1 Post by Xerofit51 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:31 am

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Lingering follows the story of Heart Breachers operatives. Heart Breachers is a task force in charge of mystic destructive creatures called Lingerings. Everything was normal, another day in the daily grind, you know, killing monsters, entering people's heads , fighting their inner demos, sealing their emotions and possibly scaring them for life, you know, the usual. That is until a mysterious group made their job a whole lot more difficult than it already is.

The story revolves around each operative. Ryker Lock is out to seek revenge against his brother’s killer, Cassius Keyes is the newbie who just wants to get on his partner's good side, Goldie is the acclaimed leader who just wants to make amends, Fox wants to restore the Gold's good name, Angel just wants to move on and March Hare ? Who knows what he thinks, aren't we all mad here?
Follow as how their lives turn out and their relationships advance from hate, to friendship, to love, and then back to hate? Go on a roller coaster of emotions as you follow recruits on their daily job as Heart Breachers, see as how it all works out in… LINGERING.

TERMINOLOGY


Lingering

Lingerings are manifestations of human emotions. As their name suggests, they linger in our world causing havoc, assaulting and even devouring humans. The longer lingerings stays projected outside its host’s body, the weaker the host will get and may even cause suicide or permanent damage on the host’s mental or physical health. Lingerings may cause other lingerings to form from a different host. When encountering a lingering, it is best to observe and see if it returns to its host so the source may be dealt with. A lingering will cease to exist in 24 hours after its source has been contained or perished.
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Early sketches of a lingering


Astray
Astrays are a more submissive form of Lingerings, unlike their counterpart, Lingerings roam about in the day, often in seemingly harmless forms such as tiny animals or even humans. Astrays are formed from positive human emotions and usually only stay projected out in the human world for about 2-3 hours before disappearing entirely. Due their non-violent nature, Astrays don’t necessarily need to be dealt with, they may cause slight disturbances on electrical appliances, but that’s the worst they can do.

Ignite
Ignites are highly concentrated human emotions that is concealed in our hearts. They are the root cause of all Lingerings and Astrays. Most ignites are highly unruly and violent. In order to tame an Ignite, they must be weakened, trapped or sealed away inside its host’s heart. When you kill an Ignite, you destroy its host’s ability to feel that emotion, this may cause psychiatric damage on its host, the inability to understand human emotions, and in severe cases, its host may feel like its body is not its own and trigger suicidal tendencies.

Void
Voids are humans who have partially lost their ability to feel emotions due to a perished ignite. Most of the Black Squad members are voids.

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Terminology for a person’s inner heart.

TEAMS


Black (‘May Death of Few Save Many’)

An elite squad, in charge of only the most life threatening and dire cases. They often face highly disturbed person of interests, either with disorders or highly problematic issues. Those who enter this elite squad challenge death on a daily bases and should not be taken lightly, only the best of the best can enter this elite task force, thus limiting its members to only 4-8 members. If no crisis or high level threat Lingering arise then this squad can often be seen helping its lower rank operatives on more mundane tasks. Any case from lower tiers can be passed on to this squad if deemed too difficult to be handled by its formerly assigned task force.

Gold (‘In faith We Trust’)
Gold is a special task force in charge of the influential and acclaimed figures of society. They often have to deal with public figures such as politicians and celebrities, thus it’s only natural that its members consists of widely known operatives. Members of this squad are often famed figures such as actors, retired singers, models, directors, famous writers and even former politicians. Secrecy is their code of honor, if a scandal of the person of interest should arise due to the Golds indiscretion then that responsible member will face reprimandation or other adequate punishments. Golds are limited to 10-15 members, should they find their target, let it be a Lingering or an Ignite, too difficult to handle then THEY MUST PASS OVER THE CASE TO THE BLACKS

Lovesick (‘Peace for All!’)
Those in this squad are in charge of cases dwelling around daily life occurrences. They often handle mundane and non-threatening cases such as Lingering and Ignites residing in teenagers and other youths. This squad earned its tittle due to the common case of Lingerings formed by the heartbroken, unstable emotions of teenagers. Lovesick has approximately 30 members, often divided into smaller groups of 5-8. Besides lovestruck teens, they also tend to the Astrays in the city.

Spider (‘Tangle It In The Deep Web’)
Spiders are in charge of Lingering’s secrecy. They make sure nothing leaks out into the internet or the public in general. They make sure that all information remains inside the company. They have the most members, around 100, often young, tech-savvy recruits. Young cadets and trainers are often placed here before they are deemed ready to fight onto the field. Of course there are more mature members in charge of R-18 sites.

CHARACTERS
Ryker Lock (16)
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Backstory:
Ryker Lock is a 16 year old orphan, whose brother, Xander, the former leader of the Black’s, was killed in the line of duty. A talented and stubborn thing, he punched and forced his way into field work at a young age of 14, making him the youngest Gold recruit at 15, only a year after his recruit in Lovesick. A promising recruit, however his hatred towards Lingerings and the host that caused them blinded him, causing him to brutally beat the person of interest at that time, the minister of defense’s youngest son. Thus getting himself suspended and demoted back to Lovesick by Fox’s order.
When he was finally allowed to return to the field about a year later, he was assigned to a new probation partner, named Cassius Keyes. Cass’s clashing, flamboyant personality and inappropriate alleged relationship with Mrs. Bloodborne caused quite a drift in their relationship. Lock also believes that Cass accepted to be his partner out of pity, thus explaining why Cass rejected the offer to enter the Black’s, the most prestigious squad of them all.

Lock intends to join the Blacks to find more information on his brother’s untimely demise and also hope to get revenge on the Lingering that killed his dear brother, Xander. Lock is a close range assaulter, often fighting with his bare knuckles or a couple of large, heavy armed gauntlets.

Role:
Playable Character, Cass’s love interest, main gay couple

Cassius Keyes
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Backstory:
A flirtatious 19 y/o with a tall, slim yet lean body. Likes purple and leather, bit of a sweet tooth. Humorous and a bit flighty. Ryker's new partner who seems to have a slight crush on the younger male. Cass is quite the talented young recruit, much to Lock's chagrin, however he lacks the drive that Lock has in his work and prefers to go with the flow or act on impulse. Deep inside he feels as if the only reason he got recruited was due to his relation with his adoptive mother, Mrs. Bloodborne. Sometimes that causes him to slack off on the job just to see if his mommy dearest is 'protecting' him behind his back or he's actually deemed worthy to be on the field. Despite his sluggish behavior he genuinely cares for civilians well being and will stop at nothing to save a host from his/her lingering.

Role:
Playable Character, Ryker’s love interest, main gay couple

Camilla Thorn/Goldilocks (Goldie)
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Heart Breachers top assaulter and Black’s current Alpha (leader). One of the youngest squad leader due to Xander’s unsuspected death 3 years ago. Known for her small stature of only 143 cm and amazing combat skills. Accuracy and precision is one of Goldie’s best assets in the battle field, along with never-ending stamina. Lacerations on her back are result of her battle with the lingering that nearly eliminated her entire squad. Red markings under her eyes suggest that she may have difficulties sleeping or has a tendency to cry for long periods of time.
Despite her somewhat brash approach towards every death defying scenario, Goldie always comes out on top with her oddly accurate instincts saving her and her squad every time. Instead of being a great ‘leader’, it’s more appropriate to say she’s a good team player.

Role:
Black squad leader, playable character, ‘sister’ figure, March Hare’s love interest, Straight couple

Renard Dubois/Fox
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Gold’s current alpha. Fox is Lock’s former supervisor who seems to have a slight grudge against him for tarnishing his ‘perfect’ reputation as an alpha. Despite his confidence, Fox is actually fairly disliked as a leader due to his perfectionism and inability to relate with his fellow operatives. Fox’s cold heart matched Angel’s thus convincing him to try and pursue her, which only lead to sadness and regret. Fox then found solace on one of his team mates, Snow White who seemed to be always by his side. Fox then decides to pursue the mature man with unwelcomed enthusiasm.

Role:
Secondary gay couple, Lock's 'enemy'

Kim. S. W/ Snow White
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Gold’s second in command. Snow White is famous for his young and effeminate looks despite his age and gender, attracting both attention from male and female suitors. Snow White seems to be quite wary of Fox’s advances, since he’s never been with a man before and just got through a divorce with his wife of three years. In the end he does yield to his advances once Fox has shown much of his true self to him.

Role:
Secondary gay couple

Warner Boris/ March Hare
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Gold’s former Alpha. March Hare was decommissioned due to drug dealing, selling firearms in between cases and blackmailing his clients. March Hare is formerly a famous porn director, who made a lot of bad decisions and is now the owner of a Alice in Wonderland themed café, sugar baby palace, and happening bar (A bar where you can have public sex, or sex with the waitresses, with their consent and additional fee). Despite his questionable acts (and sanity), he’s actually a very talented agent and he’s quite bitter that he got replaced by Fox of all people, who he deemed brittle and unsuited for the job. March Hare swindled Lock into working at his café, in order to him to not sell his body, Goldie decided to step in and work there as a fortune teller. March Hare, who seemed attracted to Goldie at the time, decided to accept Goldie’s offer and started to pursue her.

Role:
Goldie’s love interest

Seraphine Sachael/ Angel
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Camilla's partner and navigator. One of the rare operatives who can heal and energize other breachers and even Gate Keepers. Angel and Goldie go way back, they trust each other to the point of foolishness. Best navigator by far due to her limitless vision. Isn't the best fighter, but that's what Goldie is for. Her perky attitude is actually a facade to hide her emotionally stunted self. Although she understand some of the Ignites feelings, she chooses not to care about them and focus more on getting the job done, regardless of the after effects it might have on the ignite or the host it inhabits.
Angel lost the ability to feel love due to her killing her own ignite of that particular emotion back in her high school years, since then, she often feels a void in her life and sleeps around with men and women to see if she'd ever get that spark back.

Role:
Playable Character, Black’s navigator, Lesbian route

Ray Bloodborne

The Breacher's current chief in command. Retired from the field since Xander's death. Has the ability to command and terrify lingerings. Her ultimate ability is to unleash a legion of tamed lingerings from her own heart. This ability however is traded off with her navigation and hand to hand combat skills. Cass's adoptive mother. She prefers not to let anyone in the company (besides Goldie) know about her family, in fear they'd use Cass against her or her son is shunned for having such an influential mother. Mrs. Bloodborne is very protective of her son and often risk the mission’s success for her son’s safety.

Others (Soon)
GAMEPLAY
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If you know Heavy Rain, that's the intended main character changeability system. So you have to play as multiple characters to know the whole story of the event, there will also be some click and point elements.

Background (placeholder) by kirokaze pixel

Steam : http://store.steampowered.com/app/70468 ... ual_Novel/
itch.io : https://ceylonentertainment.itch.io/amplitude

Any comments, advice or criticism is welcomed. Thank you!

UPDATE: SERIOUS QUESTION!
Is it alright to have both GXG and BXB in a game? In real life that's normal, but in gaming I know one of the tags can be a bother for some players. Maybe a male player won't be so comfortable if the character he's playing isn't straight, or vice versa. I imagine some characters gay/lesbian and some not, most sexual preference actually caused a more sensible story line. I was going to add a disable option for either BxB or GxG but it does add more work and perhaps a weaker story in some cases. Should I have a disable option for the homosexual relationships or not? Thank you!
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#2 Post by Xerofit51 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:12 am

Some interface designs and sneak peek (background is still a placeholder) bg is by kirokaze btw if anyone is wondering
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#3 Post by Zelan » Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:41 pm

I like the speech bubbles. It's a cool departure from the usual textbox.

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#4 Post by Mikomi » Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:46 pm

Wow, this seems very plot and lore heavy, and I like it. I love all the attention to details in the world, even if it is a bit much at once. (also, tiny little thing that would probably go by unnoticed by most, but I really love it when military-esque squads have an official name and a slogan of sorts- it really brings a bit of life to them!) The art style is really interesting too, I'm looking forward to this!
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#5 Post by LeonDaydreamer » Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:27 am

There are some grammatical errors in the description, but it sounds really cool and I love the artwork!
Good luck with this project! :)
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#6 Post by Slyblue » Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:21 pm

Hey! I've been following you guys since the early stages of Freak-quency's development. Super excited for this new project!

I noticed the background in the second sneak preview seemed familiar, for some reason...Are you guys working with Kirokaze pixel, by any chance? 'Cause that would be awesome, but I didn't see their name anywhere.

In any case, I wish you guys the very best (: Stay awesome!

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#7 Post by MilanaWalters » Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:10 pm

unfortunately you previous game doesnt have same sex romances for some reason , so i cant help. this game sounds and looks interesting though

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#8 Post by Xerofit51 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:40 am

@skyblue yes we're hoping to work with him if we have enough funds (we've spoken before). Our deal it's still in the works (due to financial reasons) but for now we use his bg as placeholders, if the deal is off then we won't use his bg at all. Hopefully we do have the funds to recruit him later :D

And he;s willing to do a lot of bgs

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#9 Post by Helios » Thu Oct 05, 2017 3:25 pm

MilanaWalters wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:10 pm
unfortunately you previous game doesnt have same sex romances for some reason , so i cant help. this game sounds and looks interesting though
Amplitude does have same-sex romance options. In fact, I romanced Eric as Jon in my first playthrough. :>

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#10 Post by Xerofit51 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:35 pm

Hmm unfortunately we didn't get kirokaze since our required BG size turned out to be too large for his preference, we're still allowed to use his bg as a placeholder for now. Gonna find someone with a similar bg hopefully :')

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#11 Post by Slyblue » Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:40 pm

Xerofit51 wrote:
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:35 pm
Hmm unfortunately we didn't get kirokaze since our required BG size turned out to be too large for his preference, we're still allowed to use his bg as a placeholder for now. Gonna find someone with a similar bg hopefully :')
Aww man, that's a shame! Still, I can see the aesthetic you guys are going for, and I love it. Reminds me a bit of VA-11 HALL-A and The World Ends With You, and I adore those two games. Fingers crossed for the next bg artist!

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#12 Post by Xerofit51 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:51 pm

Some Questions though:

1. Is there too much information on the page, should I tone it down a little?
2. Would you like for it to be a disable/enabled button for either sexual orientation. Example, you can disable the homosexuality OR the heterosexuality OR both?
3. What you think about the somewhat pixelate background and cell shade sprites combo we're going for?
4. We plan to put some tips in game regarding how to manage depression, or other infos on mental illness, tips and infos will be handled like Atlus's Catherine's drinking trivia (pops out on the screen after doing some things). Is this okay, or too much? One of the creator herself is a BPD and was struggling with depression at some point, we thought it might be educative, but what do you think?

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#13 Post by Xerofit51 » Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:51 am

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#14 Post by ExKitty » Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:34 am

First, I would like to say, I loved Freak-Quency and Amplitude so I'm super excited for this new project.
I truly hope you guys get all the support you need because this looks fantastic and I'm loving the idea so far. :mrgreen:
I'm really liking the generally art style and the sprites look so good!
LOVE the speech bubble style.

1. Is there too much information on the page, should I tone it down a little?
- I personally like all the details and information. It gives me a better general idea of what to expect. Also helps me decide if I would be interested, but I can understand it being an issue for other people. Maybe toning it down a bit or make it more appealing instead of chunks of texts?
But it's fine to me! :mrgreen:

2. Would you like for it to be a disable/enabled button for either sexual orientation. Example, you can disable the homosexuality OR the heterosexuality OR both?
- This wouldn't be an issue for me either way. :lol: Just being able to have the option to turn it on or off is a perk in my opinion :)
But I don't think it's necessary.

3. What you think about the somewhat pixelate background and cell shade sprites combo we're going for?
- I like it. It's different. Makes the sprites pop in my opinion.

4. We plan to put some tips in game regarding how to manage depression, or other infos on mental illness, tips and infos will be handled like Atlus's Catherine's drinking trivia (pops out on the screen after doing some things). Is this okay, or too much? One of the creator herself is a BPD and was struggling with depression at some point, we thought it might be educative, but what do you think?
- Wow. Wow.. I think this is a fantastic idea. Strongly disagree with it being too much.
I, myself, suffer from depression and would enjoy and appreciate this a lot.
For you guys to even consider putting it into the game, makes me appreciate the developers even more. Definitely looking forward to it.♥

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#15 Post by Xerofit51 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:07 am

Background by Ceylon member Charrizal.
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Black's Summoner Goldie's personal pain in the ass and Angel's 'obsessive' stalker. Summoners have the ability to transport items from the real world to the host’s world. They also have the ability to open an emergency escape portal from one’s dungeon. This act however will need a lot of psychic energy, often knocking out the Summoner entirely, commissioning her out of duty.

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