Hello everyone! I have been wanting to make an rpg kind of like the old Final Fantasy games (before 7 mainly). I came up with an idea and now I'm just sharing it here to see some reactions, feedback, whatever. It is quite early of course; hence why I am posting here since I am not in full development yet, I am still fleshing out the main scenario and a few other things. My idea! ONYX|LEGACY This is an actual in game pic of the title screen I recently just developed! Actually, all the art I'm gonna post here was made by me unless I say otherwise just so you all know, thx. Anyway, to the heart of the project! PREMISE Spoiler The World of Darkness, Pollux is a place of high technology. The world and it's energy is sustained by the great Crystals, six mysterious objects that have existed since time immemorial. The rulers of Pollux have always had the responsibility of guarding the Crystals with their lives. The Princess of Pollux, Melchizedek Mars (everyone just calls her Mel since her name is hard to pronounce) has just reached her twentieth birthday and is charged by her father, the Emperor of Pollux, of becoming the new guardian of the Crystals. When she arrives at the Temple of the Dark to commune with the Dark Crystal, she discovers the Crystals have disappeared! Now she must set out to find the crystals before the forces of the World of Light, Castor, take advantage of their current weakness and lay ruin to Mel's world. SETTING Spoiler The game takes place on two worlds, the World of Darkness, Pollux, and the World of Light, Castor. They are separated not by physical space but by an interdimensional rift called the Aethereal Plane. It is here that scientists believe the worlds' energy simply labeled Aether, comes from via the Crystals. The Crystals in reality are solidified pure Aether that have gained sentience and hence can speak with their guardians. Where they originally came from no one knows. In addition, there is animosity between Castor and Pollux because there was a great war between the two of them somewhere around 500 years ago. No one really remembers how the war ended but they do know its most significant consequence was that the dimensional doors that used to link the two worlds have since closed, separating them. People of both worlds also have their own viewpoints of each other. The people of Castor believe Pollux is the source of the monsters that plague their world and are always trying to spread darkness and decay, so Pollux there is seen as evil. The people of Pollux view Castor as a pious, arrogant world attempting to force their way of life upon everyone that is not them and wish to have nothing to do with them. I hope that throughout the narrative I want to eventually show that they need each other in order to solve the great crises that will threaten both of their existences. One other thing: there are several groups or individuals in the story that are aware that the Crystals have disappeared. Some have nefarious purposes; others just feel what they are doing is right. I won't say more because that may spoil to much. There is also a dark new religion starting to appear on both worlds that preys upon the weak-willed. They obviously do not have good intentions. CHARACTERS (My favorite part :3 ) Spoiler (The sprite size actually works in game, makes me so happy!) MELCHIZEDEK MARS (Everyone just calls her Mel) Princess of Pollux Age: 19 (turns 20 early in the story) Sex: Female Weapon: Battlestaves Personality: Happy, flirtatious, laid back, rebellious, dismissive, very temperamental Melchizedek Mars is the Princess of Pollux and the next guardian of the Crystals. She is the protagonist thus the player will be playing through her eyes for the majority of the game. The concept behind her is that I kind of want her to be like a female Kirk (that captain guy from Star Trek lol), she loves to flirt with people and sleeping with whoever she wants all while saving the day. I have noticed that there are not many female characters that are like this or when they are, they are not shown in a positive light and I want to turn that double standard a bit on its head. I want her to be a positive character even though I also hope to highlight her dark moments as well. PUMA AURELIUS (Sorry, I don't have art for the other characters yet) Mercenary, sometimes serves the royal family of Pollux. Age: 23 Sex: Male Weapon: Aether Cannons Personality: Serious, compassionate, greedy, protective, honest to a fault, blunt Puma Aurelius is a mercenary who sometimes works for the royal family of Pollux as a bodyguard. He is a friend of Mel's but he tries to keep his distance since he doesn't believe it is proper to be too close to the princess (even if she says otherwise!). The concept behind him is I want him to be like a soft-spoken, walking Adonis who is also a badass and doesn't take names. At the same time though he sometimes gets too protective of his clients, suffocating them in the process. DR. AIMEE MILLEFEUILLE Cleric of the Church of Light Age: 21 Sex: Female Weapon: Short swords Personality: Eccentric, arrogant, hyper, loyal, highly focused, moody Aimee Millefeuille is a member of Castor's Church of Light. She is a very dedicated doctor and zealous follower of The Light with a strange obsession with blood and gore. Like, she loves blood, she likes looking at it and also slicing people and other things apart and directly handling their insides. She uses swords so she can precisely cut apart her victims as if she were using a surgical knife so she can leave the organs unharmed for her to study. Her method of using Aether arts that heal wounds requires her to actually stick her hands inside someone's organs and pump the Aether directly into them. At first it's painful for the recipient of her treatments but then they feel better than they ever have. I wanted a female healer that loved blood and gore. I thought it would be a cool quirk to have for a healer and make them kind of uncomfortable to the player. Despite her weirdness, I want her to have a good heart. :3 (EDIT 1) LEVAN Unknown Age: Unknown, appears to be in his late 20s Sex Male Weapon: Laser Swords Personality: Brusque, silent, no nonsense, calm, level-headed, animal lover No one knows who this silver haired man is, but he has a tendency of showing up in situations where Mel is involved in. Sometimes, he assists Mel out, other times he opposes her. His motives are clear only to him. His silvery-white hair suggests that he may be from Castor. For Levan, I wanted a mysterious sometimes foe, sometimes benefactor for Mel. He is actually important to Mel's quest and to the world of Castor but if I reveal anymore it will be spoiler territory. (More characters coming!) BATTLE SYSTEM Spoiler This is a work in progress and I am not for certain what to do here yet. I originally wanted to use a side view battle system but noticed that the usage of side view is heavily oversaturated with RM games which is unfortunate. At the same time though, not as many people like the front view system either. Also, I had thought about using a plugin for an ATB style system or maybe something like Grandia 2's battle system but I have heard about the flaws regarding that as well (from my understanding, the Yanfly engine stuff for the battle system doesn't work at all or is too buggy?) So still thinking about how to do this. I would maybe like to do a system where you input commands for a character as soon as their turn comes up instead, but not for sure if that would work with the engine either. I have to do more messing around with this. Any suggestions anyone has I would appreciate that! SKILL SYSTEM Spoiler So my favorite skill system in any game was from FFVII's materia system. I want to make a similar type of system in that game. The objects in question I will call shards and you can equip them into equipment that have sockets for them. I also want to tie shards into the strength of the weapons you can get. so for example, say you have the option of two Battlestaves, one has one slot and the other has two linked slots. You can use a Thermal shard to increase the attack on both staves, but you can have an even higher attack on the second stave if you also link a Double or Triple shard to the Thermal shard. Of course you wont be able to link two shards together if the two sockets are not linked. Also, gear has skill levels that can be maxed out as well, so getting that shiny new piece of armor may not always be beneficial unless it might have better stats in the long run. I am hoping this will add a bit of customization to the characters and create interesting game play results from it. Anyway, let me know what you all think! I will take your thoughts and criticisms to heart (even if I don't always agree with it, so don't be sad if I don't use your suggestions, sorry). Again, it's a work in progress but I hope that I can actually finish it. Finishing it is the biggest obstacle lol.