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Matthew A.C. Cohen Composer Minnow Johnson Music
Adam and Lila,
Have you ever experienced true love?
About this project
Where Lila Went Missing Where Lila Went Missing WELCOME TO PROJECT LILA!
Welcome to Project Lila!! Please help to fund our Project Lila as we re-innovate and redefine the world of gaming, and we help to create a new sub-genre: fantasy - Love - horror. You should know that our creative team for Project Lila is exceptionally amazing and creative, and we need your help to get the resources that we need to make this story come to life. If we can reach our funding goals, we can create the most intricate circles of horror and madness! Help get us the funding we need so we can create the most awesome game-play that gaming has ever seen in the last decade! Help us make our dream for Project Lila become a reality!
YOUR MISSION IS TO BE A SOUL-SAVER!
On Halloween night, when souls can cross from the underworld to the “real world,” Lila has become one of the chosen one’s. She has been abducted by a miserable and wild spirit that is omnipotent in the Underworld. A spirit that is seeking vengeance upon her due to the crimes her grandfather committed in the past. The spirit has decided to take Lila’s body and reinvent itself. It is your mission to find and slay the spirit and get Lila back, and your son back! The only dilemma is this spirit "Diables" desperately wants your son! However, there are brothels at every turn within the underworlds, and you have the opportunity to go into midnight brothels to drink and meet other women; however, the more you meet and sleep with other women, the less likely you are to get “insight” from Lila. Every decision that you make in this game matters. Every wrong turn will steer you further and further away from the love of your life. Every wrong turn may cost you time that you do not have to spare.
WELCOME TO THE UNDERWORLD OF LOST SOULS!
In the Underworld Adam goes on an exploratory and terrifying journey to find Lila. In the estate, he discovers an Underworld, a portal to another world, which is vast and endless. Adam must navigate through the Underworld world to find Lila. He has to make choices which no one should have to make (With Brothels and other women).
Adam and Lila Back Story:
Have you ever experienced true love? If yes, how would you be willing to sacrifice to procure one’s heart? Would you be willing to sacrifice your life or the life of your child’s? Well, Adam, our protagonist, falls deeply in love with his love, Lila; however, Lila has not reciprocated the love, and she has not agreed to marry. Adam has asked her a number of times, with or without golden rings, beckoned her to marry, but her stubborn nature has caused her refusal. Although their relationship seems precarious, he knows that his love for Lila is undying.
They have been together longer than some marriages, and they had learned to love each other’s idiosyncrasies. He has fallen so deeply in love with this woman, Lila, that he cannot imagine his life without her. She would have probably never even have spoke or met Adam if it was not for the bar that they literally bumped into each other when they first met. He is not done convincing!
ON THE NIGHT OF LILA'S ABDUCTION
In the middle of the night, when Adam woke after a horrifying nightmare about snakes that were crawling inside of his ears, he moved closer to Lila, yearning to place his hands on her back and feel her touch, and she was gone. “Lila!” He screamed. “Lila!” He felt the indentations of her body on the silk sheets, and smelled her soft scent of roses. Without question, when Lila used the bathroom or went downstairs to get some soda, he heard her footsteps. He moved when she moved. Instinctively, he knew she was abducted. Adam, an ex-con, with a history of aggression and assault, did not want to call the authorities because in this not-so- perfect world he would be blamed.
EARLIER THAT EVENING.
Earlier that night, Lila told Adam about the new baby. She explained to Adam that was early in her pregnancy, and she decided not to tell anyone including family. Adam insisted that he wanted to take the next step with Lila; he suggested that they finally get married, sell the estate with its brutal past, and move to a different country and “start over” with their sweet perfect family. For the first time in a long time, Adam was so happy. He was excited about the ultrasound planned for next week. He went to bed with tears in his eyes. However, Lila was quiet, and it was like there was something so deep and faraway that Lila could not tell him. Then they went to sleep and she was kidnapped! This is when the story begins. You will be saving Lila. In her plantation you will find a gateway to the underworlds where she and her baby have been captured.
You will later find out where and why they are there through questing, fighting spirits and a lot more!
WELCOME TO THE MULTIPLE LEVELS OF INTERACTIVE GAME-PLAY!
The Beginning Levels of Game-play - DISCOVERY!
The beginning levels of game-play take place in the “Estate” (which include the guest house, barn, and acres of magical forest – which is where you find Lila gone. The beginning levels provide you with knowledge that is essential to find your lost love. Adam has to find enough clues, notes, items of importance in order to gain enough insight into the Underworld.
Deeper Levels of Gameplay -
FIGHTING ENEMIES, SATISFYING OR SLAYING SPIRITS IN THE UNDERWORLD
There are spirits that are certainly lingering at every corner! Each spirit, each person, has an intricate and complex story. As Adam progresses through each level, he will learn about each spirit’s story and solve the puzzle or complete the quest, each time he completes the level he gains more insight, so he can get closer and closer to Lila.
Background Behind Lila’s Estate
At one time, this estate held the proudest name in town for producing the most cotton. On the plantation there were armies of people that were sold, purchased, maimed, and killed. Mothers and children were torn apart at birth, fathers and sons were taken from their families, and they were treated as human chattel. People were also killed, beaten, and lynched on this plantation!
(Example of Quest: Fredrick)
You will meet MRS. EMILY in the Underworld. As you know, the estate was lived in by one of the top-ranking Colonel's in the Civil War, his proud tenacious son, Tony, his reclusive, virgin daughter, Samantha, and his wife, who was called “Mrs. Emily” by the townsfolk.
Mrs. Emily died a mysterious death. All the townsfolk knew the local druggist was involved, but no one ever spoke of anything, except for the rats. (Yes, Animals do speak in underworlds)
One autumn afternoon, she went to the drug store and she explained that her house had bad rats in the basement. They kept her up all night, talking, talking and talking. The local druggist who sold not only drugs, but candy and ice cream, recommended the strongest poison to kill the bad speaking vermin issue. However, he was suspicious because she did not order her usual frothy strawberry milkshake for her daughter. Rumors around the small town spread that the beautiful estate must have had rats the size of cats (Especially the ones that were bad). The annual New Year’s party was cancelled until the bad rats were exterminated.
YOU WILL MEET FREDRICK!
(a house-slave who loved Mrs. Emily)
Three weeks later, Mrs. Emily was late for breakfast, Fredrick had prepared a breakfast, blueberry pancakes and freshly squeezed orange juice, just like Mrs. Emily liked. His heart began to pound furiously. He crept up the stairs. He found in her bedroom, under the warm cotton sheets with a book of romantic poetry on her bosom. She had left a note labeled “Fredrick” in her immaculate, practiced cursive.
Fredrick, a dark African American, fell to the floor in tears. Fredrick had fallen deeply for Mrs. Emily; she had taught him to read and write, even though the law restricted education, especially the right to read and write, among prisoners. While the Colonel was away, Fredrick and Mrs. Emily read the local community newspaper every morning, practiced their penmanship on the Colonel’s expensive paper, and they took turns reading the Romantic poets. They spent the days together in the garden, in the outhouse, in the estate, and in the woods.
Fredrick was even beginning to write to poetry for Mrs. Emily. She had inspired him to keep a journal, and in that journal, he wrote everything that he was afraid to express. When he discovered that she was with child, he dreamt their child to be a son.
Fredrick imagined them in a horse and buggy riding along together. At any moment in time their carriage could be stopped and they could be killed by government officials: why was there a prisoner prowling around with a woman of her stature namely the Colonel’s wife? The Colonel would see the end to Fredrick and his fingers would hang around the center of town.
Are you up to the task of Soul-Saving?
Each progression of the gameplay has a story, etched in history, that you have to solve, and once the soul is released, you are able progress. These souls have been wandering for centuries. They have waited for someone like you to unlock them from their misery. You have an enormous responsibility! Are you up for the task? Are you ready to partake in the underworld of souls? This is just one story. This is just one puzzle. This is just one instance of “soul saving.” For example, on your journey through the underworld, you will find a newspaper, a book of poetry, an arson receipt from the drugstore, or Fredrick’s journal.
As a soul saver, you have the power to change one’s fate. You will meet Mrs. Emily, you will talk to her, hear her story, but your main objective is to free Emily and bring her soul to peace, although the difficulty is that Mrs. Emily may be unwilling to leave. She begs you to fetch Fredrick or else she will not leave the estate. Although the fact that she committed suicide, locks her in a realm that she cannot escape.
Hint: Due to the fact that she took her own life, her sin was punished and God did not pardon her, she was sentenced to spend eternity in that estate.
Do you have enough insight to bring Emily and Fredrick together?
This involves a complex and exploratory mission to find Fredrick in yet another layer of the underworld. Clues, symbols, and episodic dream sequences from the past, will help provide discovery about what happened to Fredrick: how did he die? What was his life after Emily? How did he grapple with the grief of his unborn child?
A Note About the Spirits
Due the sins committed, their bodies may be disfigured and they may look monstrous. Souls that drift here are trapped in an unfortunate situation and they are given much like a prison sentence depending on the sins that you committed in your life. Souls are ready to be freed. However, some souls, even if you provide them with an entryway to leave the estate, they may not take you up on that offer. They have grown complacent to their miserable situation and they may not have a reason or a purpose to leave (This adds more dialogue options). This can pose a dilemma for you because your job is to rescue Lila. If a spirit refuses to be free, you must try to convince them otherwise. For example, in the Fredrick and Mrs. Emily anecdote, the only way she will leave the Underworld is if you find Fredrick and bring him to her. As you get deeper and deeper into the underworld, each level provides more family secrets and more episodic dream sequences of past events. Each one provides more characters with intricate and complex puzzle with multiple layers to a story-no story (has a simple ending, no good story anyway) waiting to be solved.
Episodic Dream Sequences
When you gain enough insight, the underworld will transport you to “the past” in which you can watch exactly how an event enfolded from beginning to end. The dream sequences are probably the best way to gain insight about each character. In these particular moments of time, time remains frozen, you cannot change or alter events that have already happened.
For example, the Underworld may transport you to the drug store. In this quest, the druggist hands Mrs. Emily the bad rat poison in a paper bag. In this instance, time is frozen, so you can explore the drug store and pick up things and learn about them. You can observe the druggist after she leaves the store, as he is mixing the powders together and putting medication in brown glass bottles. If you pick up a bottle, there will be specific details about why glass bottles were used, how medication was usually made, and the effects of the particular medication. In any scene, you can spend as much time exploring your environment and learning about the scene as you would like. You may find additional “insight” that would not have been seen if you had not not searched for it. For example, you can take Mrs. Emily’s chart and examine her mental health records. How many times has she been to the druggist? For what reasons? What are his notes? This new information will provide your character with more insight. Before leaving the level, I would reward yourself with a frothy milkshake!
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Each Level of the Underworld
This is a horror, abduction and mystery quest story. There are a number of suspects in Lila’s life that are in question. Lila is an only child- her late parents- died and left her with everything. William died suddenly of a heart attack and Sarah died in a hit and run.
Even after their marriage, William and Sarah both have lovers that make this story even more complex and add to the the reality of life. There are so many secrets that they kept from their daughter. Deep and dark secrets that they never had a chance to reveal during their lifetime. Dr. William held the proudest name in Connecticut during the time of the Industrial Revolution. His father before him was a real estate tycoon who invested his money in all the right places. However, Sarah Perkins came from a more modest estate. She had only seen someone affluent, intelligent, and well-kept as William in her dreams. Love divided her parents as wealth never does satisfy one’s need for affection and love for long.
Adam has to beat each level in order to gain more "insight" on Lila's whereabouts. When you beat each level, you get rewarded by seeing her face in what appears to be a dream sequence, her face, continually appears in a dream format throughout the story, and you get rewarded with more “insight.”
Insight provides Adam with information, symbols, short scenes of past and future events, and small clues regarding her abduction. Each item of insight provides an essential key needed to unlock the truth behind who abducted sweet and innocent Lila.
The more funding we receive the more “insight” we can implement-the more puzzles and monsters and spirits we can design!
Increasing Your LIFE-LINE!!
As Adam gets deeper and deeper in the forest, he meets strange and abnormal characters, and he can possibly die or get injured. There is a “life” meter gauge which informs Adam about his strength. You can increase your lifeline by slaying and killing enemies, and you also may gain insight for finding the most difficult of clues.
As you complete quests you will gain what happened that faithful night, Lila left you with nothing but her locket in your hand!
Risks and challenges
I have a lot of challenges
I have little help to create this
I have to be the director, designer, and programmer. Thank Alessandra Sillo, Matthew A.C. Cohen and Alton to help with writing and Musical Composition.
- (45 days)