Introduction:Hello, everyone! I am very proud to announce the demo release of my game, "Brotherhood". This game is based off of the book I wrote a few years prior. I am so excited for this game to get played, and have invested 1,000+ hours into creating it. The game is finished, and is undergoing final maintenance, but I would like to put out a demo so that you fine people of RPG Maker can play it and enjoy it almost as much I enjoyed making it! I hope you enjoy it and cannot wait to hear what you think! Happy gaming! World (Atherea):"Now imagine a world where 5 rulers have ascertained immortality; they would be reasonably unstoppable, and as such, would become tyrants. We can never allow this to take place. It is our duty, our obligation, to ensure that immortality remains a legend among the people. And we'll do it at any cost necessary." Atherea is the world in which your characters transverse. Often referred to as "the realm", it is run by 10 Judges. These Judges are split into two subdivisions. The Magistrate Judges of the Commons, and the Imperial Judges of Atherea. The Imperials are the overseers of the realm, who hold all distinctive honors and privileges. The Common Judges are right below them, working out orders given from the Imperials. Each system sets up one head of each subdivision, and has a system of checks and balances to keep each other in order. Each Judge can have no ties to anything else, and must serve and dedicate their lives to their position. As a result, they can have no family, no friends, no allegiances, except to their duty. Below the Judges are military chiefs and the military itself. Story:"Everything was simple in the beginning...raise our blade for the honor of others, defend the weak, and serve the people at all costs. This was our creed...this was our lifestyle. However, within mere moments, the light had faded and the life we lived as mercenary brothers was ripped right from our grasps. We were supposed to be ready; I was supposed to be ready, but I wasn't...and it cost me everything." Heroes are forged by tragedy, tragedy that is scarcely foreseen. Take charge as Xoeon Asara, a masterful swordsman who is the leader of a mercenary group known as the "Brotherhood" in the village of Grehn. While out training one day, the brothers return to their home village in shambles. Powerless to help anyone, or save the village from the pillaging flames, they mournfully travel to the northern city of Erudicam. On their way, they are alerted by a hunter that a Mauntali nest is hyperactive during hibernation season. Agreeing to help, they make way to the nest, discovering deep in the trenches that something is not right. Before they realize it, the brothers stumble upon a planned world rebellion against the Imperials, which threatens the lives of all in the realm, and become the new targets of those who want the Imperials dead. A hero's story was never built around joy and triumph; sometimes the greatest heroes burden the greatest loss. Take charge of the Brotherhood, and lead them into their most ferocious battle, for the sake of all. In a tale filled with love, loss, pain, light, darkness, hope, and death, only you can see it through to the end. Only you...can make the sacrifice. Characters: Xoeon Asara The leader of his brothers, Xoeon takes great strides to ensure his brothers' safety and well-being, even if it means putting himself in danger. Emotionally sound, he provides sound and logical decisions when leading his brothers. His claim to leadership came naturally due to his quick and witty ability to make critical decisions when it matters most. He is the only role model for Kinerex, and works hard to teach Kinerex how to remain as the light in a world falling into deep darkness. As a moral leader and teacher, Xoeon commands great respect from his brothers and deals it out equally back to them. He is adept, if not masterful when it comes to wielding his dual katanas. None who oppose him usually live to tell the tale. Rioz Asara Blood related to Xoeon, Rioz carries many of the same characteristics. He differs from his brother in regards to what he focuses on. Like Xoeon, he has a great reverence for Kinerex, taking notice of his innate innocence. Rioz is sharp, intelligent, straight-forward, and regrets nothing he does. He is considered cold by those outside of the Brotherhood due to his stern demeanor and lack of enthusiasm for anything that won't ultimately benefit him. Instead of dealing with enemies up close and expending too much energy, Rioz stands from afar and strikes down his foes with his bow and arrow. This does not reflect poor close quarter combat skills, as Rioz is the most technically trained fighter hand to hand. He is always on guard, as he was once in the military and knows to always be prepared to fight and kill. Vallnis Deamante Vallnis Deamante, known as the prince of Deamante, is the only member of the Brotherhood who crept in the picture later due to circumstances out of his control. Coming from a foreign land, Vallnis knew nothing of the world outside of his third world country. It was Xoeon who recognized Vallnis' potential and utilized it, teaching him the language of the land and inaugurated him into the Brotherhood crew. Vallnis carries a very dark and treacherous past, making mention of his hatred for his father every now and then. He speaks little about his past, and instead focuses on encouraging justice wherever he is. He has a deep sense of loyalty to his brothers, but takes a favor to Rioz as they both know hand-to-hand combat. He has a unique ability to materialize his halberd from thin air, and knows a plethora of magic which he uses to his advantage. He also has a humorous and deep-seated resentment for Aemillion. Vallnis despises pride and makes it a goal to humble those who are filled with it. Aemillion Shiomi Aemillion is the strongest member of the Brotherhood...physically. Mentally, Aemillion holds a candle to none, and often gets under the skin of the other members because of it. Lacking proper mannerisms (and grammar often), Aemillion often finds himself in awkward situations that he gets out of by brute force. Naturally, as Kinerex's older brother, he tries his best to humiliate him and show how much stronger he is than Kinerex. Because of this, Aemillion commonly catches flak from his other brothers. This isn't to say Aemillion does not care for Kinerex, for there are many instances where Aemillion shows how big his heart is for his brother. Even with a childish heart, Aemillion has righteous ambitions, and is always challenging himself to prove his worth to his brothers and protect others. He uses an axe as his choice weapon, and most of his skills involve smashing something. Kinerex Shiomi Kinerex, the youngest and most innocent member of the Brotherhood. Kinerex looks up to all of his brothers (except Aemillion, understandably), but looks up to Xoeon the most as his role model. Kinerex is kind, merciful, and carries the biggest heart of his brothers. He is always searching for ways to improve himself in order to help the team, which gains him their unyielding respect. Anxious to prove to Xoeon he can do more, Kinerex is always on the up and up, seeking opportunity. He is close to each member, and has an air of trust and dependability about him. Coupled along with his warmth and loving demeanor, Kinerex's light is easily noticed by all who come across him. Using gauntlet blades and white magic, Kinerex can switch between offense and magic loosely, giving him a distinct edge in battle. He is easily influenced, something he never gives thought to. Features: A dynamic and entrancing story 13-15 hours of game play (Demo is 1 hour to 1.5 hours long) Five in-depth and uniquely written characters A beautiful interactive world and setting Side view battle system with intricate skills Stat distribution so you can build your character team the way you want Skills that are bought with points earned in combat Intriguing bosses and villains that challenge you as a player Colorfully designed menu screens Equipment that's variable is by %, meaning it grows with you High replay value A secret dungeon for those who complete the game Access to the 240,000 word novel "Brotherhood" upon request to author (which is me) Screen Shots Spoiler Screen Shots Link to Download: http://www.mediafire.com/download/omnwkdc1lkntih3/BHOOD_Demo_1.1.exe(For those who don't need the RTP) Link Coming Soon(For those who do not have RPG Maker VX Ace installed on their computer) Updates: Spoiler The battle HUD is upgraded, and much more convenient.. Removed a lot of random transitions into the next scenes so it is much easier to keep up Removed sections of the game not prevalent to the story or game flow Fixed the item pop up so it isn't cut off Replaced default BGM in villages and fields with new BGMs Have the player start off in the village after the first mission much faster. Fixed some text wrap difficulties Lowered the cost of MP for beginning skills so the player can actually use them (like Aemillion) with a couple of stat points toward MP Gave a brief overview of each character in an orderly and concise fashion as to not interfere with game flow Tried to add a little bit of spice to the mapping (mapping is not my forte) Have NPC dialogue tie much better to the characters and who they are Looped Battle BGM Foreword:Needless to say, I am more than stoked for this game to be played. In the file, I have included a document giving credit to those it was due. This game, like previously mentioned, very loyally follows the book I wrote, with minor deviations (due to some restrictions of RPG Maker Vx Ace), but the story is still present, nonetheless. I do encourage feedback and have played through this game rigorously in order to find bugs and fix them. If you find any in the demo, please let me know!