More about characters + Steam Greenlight
COLUMNAE is now on Steam Greenlight! So if you use it you might want to vote for us there. If we are Greenlit, all the backers (except Lamplighter) will also get a Steam key for COLUMNAE once it is finished:
Also, we have uploaded a full HD version of the Kickstarter video to Youtube so if you were frustrated by a lack of pixels in the Kickstarter video, you can now enjoy it!
Today we want to talk about some of the important characters you will encounter during your adventures. As we already mentioned, different paths that you will be able to take will reveal different versions of these characters, but some general facts about them will remain the same in all the possible playthroughs.
(1) She’s a young, talented, independent and rebellious girl, living in a society where it is still debated if women should be allowed to vote or not. Her mother is a madam in Pleasure House, an establishment connected to “The Three Gentlemen” and rumored to have close ties with smugglers from the Cliffs. She never learnt who her father is (but she doesn’t even care!), doesn’t have any friends of her age and considers both of the political entities ruling over Columnae (the United Protectorates and the Democratic Republic) to be perpetrators of an inherently unfair capitalistic society.
(2) His father was an entrepreneur and, at the time of his death, an owner of a considerably successful edible compounds processing plant. The father hoped for the business to continue after his death, but his only son didn’t share his enthusiasm for “exploiting the workers”, and soon sold the factory to some tycoon to pursue an “bohemian lifestyle”. The wealth acquired this way allowed him to live a comfortable life, study philosophy and literature, experiment with photography and phonography, and enjoy opium and alcohol for a decade. During this period he made friends with an enthusiastic pilot and a poet-theorist. These dreamers soon opened a private club that came to be known as “The Three Gentlemen”. They are suspected of being involved in spreading a new religious teaching which is rapidly gaining popularity in Columnae, especially amongst poorer people.
(3) An all-around journalist, designer, editor and pressman of “The Columnist”, the most influential newspaper in the Democratic Republic. While he claims to be a big proponent of press freedom, and has undoubtedly published some bold stories in the past, sources of his income are not as transparent as he would like them to appear. Others have accused him of deliberately avoiding certain themes and watering down The Columnist’s content which had been known for its investigative journalism and focus on politics, but has recently started favouring fashion articles and lowbrow entertainment with popular “Gentleman of the month” centrefolds and unavoidable “Etaoin shrdlu” limericks.
(4) This scientist is recognized as a genius in both the United Protectorates and the Democratic Republic. He’s a devoted researcher and admirer of Machina, and the inventor of Marvellous Flying Capsule - a contraption which is supposed to launch an individual into air and land him safely into Deus from above. Several people have reportedly already commissioned a capsule, were launched successfully and haven’t returned - which is taken as a proof that the concept works perfectly. He was recently recruited by the government of the Democratic Republic to be a part of an independent team researching the reasons behind the gas shortages.
(5) First Consul, Princeps Senatus and Honorary Chairman of the Democratic Republic is primus inter pares among the three Lords of Democracy. Mind you, it’s only a temporary position while the things are rough, and even while in effect the position is rotated between the three of the Lords. He’s working hard on “restoring the constitution of the Republic”, but the opposition in the Lower House would have us believe he’s working harder on finding a way to get filthy rich.
(6) Mr Tywinson is the owner of several factories among which is an edible compounds processing plant that he has cheaply bought years ago from a spoiled kid who inherited it but didn’t have what it takes to run it properly. He earned a fortune by being close to the political elite of the Democratic Republic, but it has left him without friends among archons of United Protectorates. This has proven to be an uncomfortable position now that the only option to get gas is to smuggle it from them.
(7) Perhaps he cannot move without his wheelchair, but he could make half of Columnae move with just a few words. Despite being an undisputed ruler of the United Protectorates, he allows his vassals (“archons”) to individually set their own local laws in the columns they directly control, and sometimes even tolerates fightings between them. The only things they are never allowed to question are his supremacy over them, and an unwritten code of honor. His residence is among the uppermost buildings in Columnae (because “clean air helps his lung condition”), and is the only one with an actual garden and orchard. Much like his plants, he is constantly being attended by one or more of the young boys living with him.
(8) Everybody refer to her as “Oil Baroness” but no one dares call her that in her face. She’s the first individual known to successfully found a permanent settlement on the surface of wastelands after the apocalypse. Still under construction, this Greenhouse Dome is pretty far away from Columnae, built above rich oil reserves. It has the quickest expanding population of those looking for a steady job and long-term security for their families. In a very short time, this lady of unknown origin has managed to become one of the major players in the region and to secure the service of notorious air pirates from the Cliffs as her own mercenary army.
(9) A ruthless air pirate, a cunning smuggler, an aging charmer and a cold-hearted mercenary. He was born in the Cliffs - the only other settlement beside Columnae known to have survived the Apocalypse. As a young pilot, he became one of the pioneering smugglers of oil, opium and other goods that could not be found and are prohibited in Columnae. Later he became involved with the Baroness, and moved to Greenhouse Dome as a leader of her mercenary air force. He couldn’t care less for mysteries of Deus, but will never refuse a glass of Deus Rum.
(10) This elderly mystic and “keeper of the ancient knowledge” considers herself to be a spiritual leader of the Cliffs and claims to know the “real story” of how Machina, Columnae and Deus were built, what they really are, why some of the builders were banished halfway through the building process, and what does all of this have to do with the people living on the Cliffs. Perhaps even more intriguing is her conviction that a messiah was born in Columnae and is going to set all the old wrongs right. She’s mostly ignored by common folks in the Cliffs, but strangely, some of her beliefs seem to be modified and implemented in learnings of a new cult which is lately flourishing in Columnae.
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