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LekkuenBy Lekkuen
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LekkuenBy Lekkuen
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About

 Note: Game itself is unvoiced, video is just an introduction to the project. 

 

 

Demo: 

Here is a short demo showing the main character and what she will be like at the start of the game/her relationship with her mother and her bodyguard.

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Also Vote for us on Steam Greenlight:  http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=692240409

 

Book of Zhu: Legacy is a (completely free) visual novel starring Aya, princess, martial artist, and future empress of the Zhu empire, who will find herself faced with the reality of what the future holds for her. The world depicted in-game is inspired by Wuxia films, as well as anime such as Fist of the North Star, Kenichi, and Katanagatari, and is being painstakingly brought to life by my team and I for this Visual Novel and beyond. Over the course of the game you will experience firsthand the upper class of society within the country of Zhu, glimpses of the larger world, and of course many martial arts battles.

 

 The game will follow a central storyline focusing on Aya and how her life starts to change over the course of about a year, with differing choices available that change the details presented during the story and what aspects of the world come into focus. It will focus on her life as she begins to take more responsibility and has to deal with the various friends and foes inherited from the current Empress. Along with the political struggles is the fact that as heir to the family fighting style, a whole different side of trouble seeks her out just as they did her predecessor. Meeting many new friends and facing new rivals she partakes in a journey of self-discovery as she tries to find out how to balance the need to become the woman she wants to be while still honoring the ones who came before her.

 In addition to the central storyline there are several side paths focusing on specific characters that are mostly determined by who you spend the most time with and whose story you progress the most during the early parts of the game, though some alternate versions of paths are triggered by hidden flags and events. Some of these will be romantic in focus, but others will allow you to see different sides of various characters, experience different aspects of the world, as well as different fight sequences.

The game will also be free. 

 

 

 Aya: The protagonist, heiress to both the Imperial Throne and her family's martial arts style. She is a girl eager to prove herself as both a future leader and a fighter to her mother, the Empress.

 Rin: Aya's cousin and a fellow princess. She is renowned for both her beauty and talent in the magical arts. She doesn't take her position seriously and prefers to indulge in pleasure instead of studying or training.

 Rani: Aya's loyal bodyguard and best friend. Despite living in the palace she has a reputation as a thug and spends a lot of her free time dealing with low-lifes and delinquents.

 Dokura : Rani’s mother, loyal retainer for the Imperial family, and one of the Empire's most respected warriors. She is seen by Aya as an aunt of sorts, someone always looking out for her that she can turn to.

 The Empress: Aya's mother and the absolute ruler of their people. She is loved as a living representation of Zhu tradition and feared for the swift and harsh retribution that tradition demands. For better or worse every action she makes is part of a legacy she will leave behind for Aya someday. 

Even something as relatively simple as a visual novel costs a lot of time and money, and while I would love to fund it all by myself it isn’t feasible to have some of the more complex aspects of the game done in a timely manner with my current funds. All money received would go towards completing the game in a timely fashion as well as ensuring it will be the best that we can make it. Three major features that funding will allow to be implemented are; a proper U.I. (as opposed to its current more basic one), more music, and more/better fight sequences.

 

This is a game I really want to share with the world, and kickstarter can make that a reality while also ensuring that it is as good as it can possibly be.

 

 Head Designer/Head Writer - The creator of the setting and main creative voice behind the project. Blog 1 & Blog 2

 Lead Artist - An artist who has worked on several games and other projects. He draws the character sprites and the fight sequence, and dictates the overall art style. Deviantart 

 Artist - An artist for several games (most notably Huniepop), he mostly does the full screen CGs but also helps with character design. Deviantart

 Artist - An artist who has been a part of several visual novels, he is drawing all of the backgrounds present within the game as well as helping with overall world design. Deviantart

 A pair of artists who have been essential toward bringing the overall look of the setting together. They put in a lot of work towards helping to design the outfits and general look/feel of the setting. While only a select few things will be drawn by them, a lot of their work will be in the art book and related projects. Website

Regarding Music: While I'm hoping to get more music before release, a few people have been very helpful in allowing me use a few of their tracks. They are:

 Mechnoid-9 

BERSERKYD - Albums

Svenzo

There have also been many others who have helped the project get this far, who will get named in the credits and blog posts showing just important their help has been.

Follow me on Twitter for more updates: My Twitter

And visit the website for more samples and info: Site

Risks and challenges

As mentioned before, even a project like this can be very expensive and time consuming. So it is always a risk that things take longer or cost more than expected.

I have very big plans for this so it will be a challenge to make it fit my vision, but I have faith in it.

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