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The Silent Column [BxG][Supernatural][Psychological][Mystery][Romance]

#1 Post by SelLi » Thu May 09, 2019 1:31 pm

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In The Silent Column, you play as Tashen a short time after a terrible event referred to as "the fall", which caused the people of Liberare – the only known city – to go insane, kill themselves, and kill others. Now, however, those events feel like a dream: the fall ended as suddenly as it started, sinking the blood and bodies into the ground and mainly returning everything to normal. Now, after the fall, those who remain find themselves wrapped in something larger than the terrible event as they gradually grow closer to one another.

The writing for the demo for The Silent Column is here! Feel free to read it if you'd like!
http://fav.me/ddpk1x2
http://fav.me/ddpiltj
(It was long, so I had to split it into two uploads.)
If you read it, feel free to share your thoughts with me in this thread, via private message, or on Deviant Art. If you post your thoughts in this thread, though, please spoiler your thoughts. Thanks. ^^

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Kina
Kina struggles with nervous fits related to her mistaking the identity of her brother, Tashen, with another person who she seems to have made up. She tends to be snarky but is sensitive, adventurous, and interested in objects and mysteries that strike her imagination and sense of adventure.

Josephine
Josephine continues to take care of an orphaned boy named Keith after the fall. She and Keith live with Tashen and Kina, where Josephine likes cooking for and taking care of those she lives with. Quiet and sentimental, Josephine has passive interests but mainly seems to enjoy being the heart of her make-shift family's home.

Serra
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Serra is a sensitive and emotionally complicated young girl who claims to bear powerful abilities and claims to not be human. As Tashen starts to remember things, her claims seem to prove true.

Nithi
Nithi lives with Serra and is aware of her apparent abilities. Nithi seems to have difficulty expressing herself with words and, unfortunately, Tashen knows little about her.

Amy
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Amy is a lady-like girl who ran away from home before the fall and seems to have strange perceptions of the passage of time along with other things.

Thidria
Thidria seems to be very nervous of other people. However, after Tashen caught a glimpse of her in her window and started speaking to her through her door, the two of them became very close friends.
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Re: The Silent Column [BxG][Supernatural][Psychological][Mystery][Romance]

#2 Post by drinkerofmilk » Thu May 09, 2019 2:23 pm

Very cool and trippy artwork.

'The fall' seems like an interesting and mysterious concept. Are you going to introduce players to the details of the fall early on in the game? Or is it more like something they will slowly find out about as they progress? I think it has a lot of potential.

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#3 Post by SelLi » Thu May 09, 2019 6:10 pm

drinkerofmilk wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 2:23 pm
Very cool and trippy artwork.

'The fall' seems like an interesting and mysterious concept. Are you going to introduce players to the details of the fall early on in the game? Or is it more like something they will slowly find out about as they progress? I think it has a lot of potential.
Thank you and I'm glad you like the artwork. :)
I was thinking of having players find out details about the fall as they play. Perhaps some characters will have flashback chapters to what happened during the fall, or there will be bonus chapters where the reader can discover what happened to certain characters who were mentioned, but who don't appear because of dying during the fall. All that said, though, there are also other large mysteries, and some of them may dwarf the near-apocalyptic event.

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#4 Post by drinkerofmilk » Fri May 10, 2019 6:22 am

SelLi wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 6:10 pm
I was thinking of having players find out details about the fall as they play.
That feels like the right way to go. It would make the first line of your synopsis a major spoiler though. :o

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#5 Post by SelLi » Sat May 11, 2019 3:11 am

drinkerofmilk wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 6:22 am
SelLi wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 6:10 pm
I was thinking of having players find out details about the fall as they play.
That feels like the right way to go. It would make the first line of your synopsis a major spoiler though. :o
Hmm, I see your point. Understanding that people went insane and killed themselves and others is established fairly early on, though, and the other details about the fall listed in the synopsis aren't really spoilers. What isn't mentioned is the "why".

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#6 Post by SelLi » Wed May 22, 2019 1:16 am

Hello everyone, here's the update for these 2 weeks.

I'm currently at around 5206 words according to my word count (But then again, according to that word count "..." seems to be considered a word for some reason................) and I've been working on several non-spoiler pictures that are at various stages of completion.

A shot of a city:
https://i.postimg.cc/MG47MfRK/city.png

A sprite of Sal:
https://i.postimg.cc/Rh1KDPYN/Sal-Neutral.png

A CG of Serra holding a box:
https://i.postimg.cc/h4VLvjGc/Serra-Holding-Box.png

As for what I was writing about, I wrote two small scenes between Tashen and Lisa, a small scene between Tashen and Kina, a small scene between Tashen and Nithi, a small scene to introduce Tashen, and a small scene before the fall introducing Patricia, Maielle, and Lisa as they talk about a monster that one of them saw first-hand. I also wrote a small scene between Tashen and Sal.

In the same vein of working on this project, I've downloaded a few visual novels that - to my knowledge - are of professional quality, and have been playing them to help me get better at writing and for inspiration.

I'm excited to continue creating this story that I've loved and wanted to tell for many years. I'll see you in the next update, two weeks from today. ^^ See you, then.

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#7 Post by SelLi » Fri May 24, 2019 6:38 pm

I couldn't wait to let you guys know about my progress on Serra's sprites. I have two expressions for this one pose (happy and happy, looking away from the player), and I think she's looking great.
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This is how she used to look:
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#8 Post by Aniknk » Sun May 26, 2019 2:24 am

Serra looks kinda odd, but surely it's very artistic style. Kinda like it. :D
I wish I had an talent to do graphics. Or any other talents. But you know what they talking about people without any talents, they have a big pe***es. No wait. They talk so about people with big feets...

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#9 Post by SelLi » Sun May 26, 2019 6:49 pm

Aniknk wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 2:24 am
Serra looks kinda odd, but surely it's very artistic style. Kinda like it. :D
I know how you feel: When I glance at her I feel like she looks odd but whenever I look at her more, I think she looks good. Kind of strange, but I'm glad you kinda like it. I kinda like it, too.

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#10 Post by SelLi » Mon Jun 03, 2019 5:07 pm

I lost a few pieces of writing because of poor file management, but it was a blessing because I rewrote the scene between Maielle, Patricia, and Lisa in art class (while the characters are in art class, not while I myself was in art class) and I think this version is better.
I've also written the scene where Tashen meets Amy for the first time, and worked on the story structure a bit. I like how things are going.
I'm working a little bit on a CG, but it's a spoiler so I shouldn't share it, even when it is done.
But I've been making some art pieces unrelated to TSC where I've been experimenting with Fire Alpaca's watercolor brush, and I'm liking using it quite a lot~! It's very intuitive - I just open a canvas and start painting on one layer, for the most part. It's the technique I'm using for the spoiler CG I'm working on, and I can see using it for a lot of the artwork. Between discovering this new way of making art and feeling that Serra's sprite is somehow a little bit weird as it is... I may redo it at some point. See you in the next update.

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#11 Post by SelLi » Tue Jun 18, 2019 12:49 am

Hi there, just posting an update for these last two weeks. I haven't been working much on The Silent Column these two weeks to be honest with you, but I did write a scene where Josephine is talking to Tashen after Tashen first meets Amy, and I've been working on artwork for another project which, while it is separate, is helping me improve my art skills. I'll see you in the next update. :)

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#12 Post by SelLi » Sat Jun 22, 2019 7:15 am

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#13 Post by SelLi » Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:24 am

Hi everyone. :) Haven't been working on The Silent Column, lately. I've been busy looking for work and working on my traditional card game. The Silent Column really is very big project that I'm very personally attached to... and so, I've been thinking about working on another visual novel that doesn't have such a tight hold on me, and that isn't as big. To get used to making artwork more, writing without second guessing myself a billion times, getting familiar with releasing things properly, and to try to healthily separate myself from The Silent Column and stop thinking of it as "my baby" so much. So, I don't think I'll be working on The Silent Column in the immediate future. Whenever I start working on this, again, I'll dig up this thread.

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#14 Post by SelLi » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:15 pm

Hi you guys. While I think that my last post made a lot of sense, I honestly just want to keep working on The Silent Column and not start another VN project right now. I've been doing a little more work on it, but I don't think I'll be updating this thread on any sort of schedule or anything like that.
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This is Lisa. She's a high schooler who was friends with Maielle and Patricia before the fall.

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#15 Post by SelLi » Fri Sep 06, 2019 4:31 pm

I made a new sprite of Serra and have been writing, a little bit. This sprite doesn't seem to mesh too well with her other sprite - in fact, her other sprite also doesn't seem to mesh well with the sprite of Lisa - but I like them all. I may just use all of them... my art varies anyway, so I don't know if I'd be able to make an entire visual novel with a completely consistent-looking set of pictures. Then again, I might scrap the previous sprite. It is a little bit sketchy, even just compared to the other pictures. I don't quite know what I'll do, yet, but regardless, I like this picture and thought I'd post it here.
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Edit: I do really like this picture, though, so if I can make an entire visual novel in this style... I think I'd really like that. ^_^

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