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#1 Post by Ghost of Crux » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:54 am

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The particularly uncouth would say that the Celestes are an unholy union of a family:
the prophetic visions of the mother, the insights to the past from the father, joined in a lineage—
their three children are practically born to be the three boys of fate, spinning and cutting the threads of life and destiny.

Emilyan "Em" Celeste prefers never to think of his family and their dubious legacy. Dysfunctional is putting their messy history lightly; more aptly, perhaps, they're a collective failure.

Thala Wandestinee is destined for greatness. It is a great shame that he will die by the end of the summer.

Confronted by his gift of premonition and with Thala's life and fate in his hands, Em must choose whether changing the future for many is worth the price: his own life, to everything he has ever feared. Or, indeed, whether things are really what he thinks they are— or whether fate really is inescapable.
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"If the birthday boy doesn't mind joining me in the festivities?"
The only son of Lt. General Wandestinee and Countess Wandestinee, Thala is a promising young heir: polite, nice and talented, their one hope has entered the notoriously difficult Military Academy of Magic and graduated, bringing further praise to the family name. Just, nobody thought he'd be tangled up with-- much less, at times, rather enamored by-- Em Celeste, "dipshit of the mountains and third son of those Celeste".

Em Celeste himself lived half his life in a village down the mountains. The only straight truth he's ever said was his last name. What he's never said, though, was why he's here: in the heart of the province, saving Thala Wandestinee from his would-be assassins.

(He is, however, indeed a dipshit.)
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Em holds one truth: there's a special place in hell for people who worry Ally. On a regular day Ally is often paralyzed by the sheer amount of choices his mind produces-- the middle child of the three siblings, Ally has the ability to perceive all the paths in life that can be taken now. Unlike his brothers, though, who chose punching and daggers as their ways of life, Ally runs a flower and herbs shop, further cementing the Celeste's name as witches and the cursed.

Anastasiy Celeste made quite a name for himself by being a proud asshole. A swordsman with two students, it's amazing he's hold out this long, with how his abilities to peer into the past nets him quite a powerful capacity for deep-seated grudge. Em's worst nightmare, usually.

Mira Celeste, "Ma" as she was known by Ann, "Mother" as she was known by Ally, and "Sir", courtesy of Em, had been deceased for the past six years. The shadow she left behind still lingers, haunting the minds of her sons.
Sometimes, they say that Em will be her successor.
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Lesath & Shaula
Inseparable siblings; Ann's students. Lesath had graduated years prior. Used to be Em's nemesis (nemesises?), now he and Lesath share a beautiful vitriolic friendship, while Shaula has elevated herself above their juvenile antics.
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What I hope to pull off in this VN are 1) a believable depiction of a dysfunctional family (with powers to see through time), and 2) a cohesive, inter-influential non-linear story in which choices made in the past and made in the future affect the present. There will be tons of choices to settle the relationships between Ally and Em with the others, and these relationships affect the choices available to them later on. Although everyone has a set personality, how they see their powers will affect how they react and act in light of the events within the story.

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For Demo

Planning: 100%
Writing: 100%
Sprites: ?? way more than there should be
GUI: 55%
Backgrounds: 1/5
CGs: way more than there ought to be

Hopefully IRL won't stomp on me anymore than it already is ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ
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#2 Post by Zelan » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:55 am

MY BABE NAMIO YOU'RE BACK OMG

I will read this later when I'm not in school and hiding my phone but I'm sure it's AWESOME.

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#3 Post by Ghost of Crux » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:58 am

Zelan wrote:MY BABE NAMIO YOU'RE BACK OMG

I will read this later when I'm not in school and hiding my phone but I'm sure it's AWESOME.
JRHETLKSJEHTKJSHEKJTHS OPENS MY ARMS MY DARLING

THANK YOU AHAHA pls don't get your phone confiscated I'm sure these baby dipshits ain't worth it
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#4 Post by Alcor » Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:35 pm

It's so nice to see you back, Namio! As always, your art (even just the concept sketches) are gorgeous. I just love your character designs <3

The premise and character descriptions sound really promising, and I'm looking forward to seeing how everything plays out. The logo and the main menu CG look really cute, by the way!

Good luck, please don't die ;_;

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#5 Post by ludeshka » Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:51 pm

The artwork is beautiful in this, and the story sounds intriguing.
I really like the logo, even.
Best of luck. I'm really looking forward to this.

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#6 Post by Zelan » Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:39 pm

I have returned from school!!

First of all: like ludeshka said, the logo is flippin' gorgeous. It's so simple but I really like the color and the watercolor type thing you've got going on.

Thala and Emilyan are cute, and I'm interested to see what they're like together considering the fact that no one seems to approve of their relationship.

honestly you had me at dipshit of the mountain tho

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#7 Post by Plueschkatze » Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:04 pm

Nyah! I really love the art already!
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#8 Post by Ghost of Crux » Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:01 pm

ALCOR_etc wrote:It's so nice to see you back, Namio! As always, your art (even just the concept sketches) are gorgeous. I just love your character designs <3

The premise and character descriptions sound really promising, and I'm looking forward to seeing how everything plays out. The logo and the main menu CG look really cute, by the way!

Good luck, please don't die ;_;
AAH, THANK YOU! RL's been super sucky and really stressful but honestly getting to work on sth like this is really nice, because I've been constantly feeling like shooting my hands off thanks to prolonged exposure to fandoms LOL
I didn't really want to put too many images on the first page, but there's actually the full bodies of the concepts: Twitter.
I'm so glad the premise sounded interesting as well-- all these months and I still haven't learned how to write a normal character description :'D;;;

Good luck with your project as well!
ludeshka wrote:The artwork is beautiful in this, and the story sounds intriguing.
I really like the logo, even.
Best of luck. I'm really looking forward to this.
Thank you so much! :'DD;; The story was supposed to be about the fluidity of the future but it ended up being Eastern European bird symbolism and a lot of mommy issues where did I go wrong
You as well! Best of luck too! (❁´▽`❁)9
Zelan wrote:I have returned from school!!

First of all: like ludeshka said, the logo is flippin' gorgeous. It's so simple but I really like the color and the watercolor type thing you've got going on.

Thala and Emilyan are cute, and I'm interested to see what they're like together considering the fact that no one seems to approve of their relationship.

honestly you had me at dipshit of the mountain tho
WELCOME HOME

Thank you! :'D;;; Sometimes seeing the others I feel like a lot of my designs, especially logos, are way too simple but well that's how I roll //sobs
I'm glad it doesn't look bad as well!

OH. They thrive out of spite and Thala is probably signing the marriage certificate long before Momma Wandestinee can even object honestly, they'll be prosper like fungus in this dang 94% humidity Indonesian weather. I'M SO GLAD THEIR DYNAMICS CAN STILL SOUND INTERESTING... while I'm extremely invested in them at first glance it really does sound like the mysterious kid from the middle of nowhere and the ice prince trope so ;;;

so was thala
he definitely fell in love at the first "dipshit of the mountain"

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Plueschkatze wrote:Nyah! I really love the art already!
Thank you! <3
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#9 Post by Zelan » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:07 pm

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we have to hijack all of your nano threads now. its a TRADITION

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#10 Post by Ghost of Crux » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:17 pm

Zelan wrote:we have to hijack all of your nano threads now. its a TRADITION
THE BEST MEME IS BACK

I showed it to the actual owner of the ocs and he's dying I'M STILL SO IN LOVE WITH LIGHTSABER BLING AESTHETICS
give me 30 minutes

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Em Lightsaber ft. a minor character I haven't written down yet, Sinclaire (best girl)
she will bring her fists into this swordfight
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#11 Post by Zelan » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:40 pm

i spent that time rereading the Death and Other Practical Jokes thread and I have no regrets

whEEZING

SINCLAIRE WOULD TOTALLY WIN THO

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#12 Post by Ghost of Crux » Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:46 pm

SHE WOULD, which is why Em isn't stupid enough to pick a fight with her at dawn, even if they do it like men
She just likes to shout his name dramatically every time he's being a dipshit, which is to say very often

JESKLTHSJ I CAN'T BELIEVE
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#13 Post by Ghost of Crux » Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:43 am

Added Shaula and Lesath's designs; full picture here.
Wrote roughly the first 2 scenes in part 1 (❁´▽`❁)9
Not bad, considering that I had 8 AM-4 PM classes today.

Will be trying to work on it a bit more since I have 1 hour left before 12 am and I probably should sleep bc 7 am lab but!! I'm excite; Ksen played through what I've got and so far things are 👌
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#14 Post by Deji » Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:03 pm

*delurks*

Ganbaaaa namiiii <3

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#15 Post by Zelan » Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:16 pm

Yay for progress!!

Lesath and Shaula look so COOL. Like, they look like they'd totally be my bros. It sounds dumb but I don't know how else to explain it they're jusT RAD

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