So, I had an idea for a video game...
Basically, it goes like this:
Your characters are... the people you would normally find as Cannon Fodder in any other video game.
The main character is a zombie.
Her father-figure used to be a member of the Shining Crusades- a Master Engineer- but they were sent out to investigate a village that had been riddled with a supernatural plague. By the time they got there, the character was the only one left alive. She was thirteen at the time.
They tried to keep her alive long enough to cure her... And in the meantime, they all grew close to her. So, when she finally died, they said 'Screw this' and quite the Shining Crusade, taking her to a village of Undead. They asked a Necromancer there to reanimate her, figuring that an unlife was better than no life. And they were right; she was happy.
The members stuck around, shrugging off their Shining Crusade skills to become Blood Crusaders.
As an Undead Zombie, she is weak to Fire and massively weak to Divine damage. She gains skills slowly- 4 skill points a level, compared to the regular enemy's 5- and she can only wield Infernal and Water/Ice-based weapons/armour.
However, she has a LOT of skills to choose from.
Her Companion is a Warmech.
Her father figure built it for her when she was a little kid, just in case anything ever attacked her.
It's a sentient Warmech. They are built with Magitech, which prevents them from being able to use magic, and also makes them take extra Magic damage.
The Warmech doesn't level like you do. Rather, you need to scavenge parts from Engineers and other Mechs you fight, and take them to a friendly Engineer to have him upgraded.
He deals a LOT of physical damage- both melee (Blades) and ranged (Guns). He can also deal Magic-type damage (Lasers), but doing so costs him HP.
The friends she meets along the way:
An Orcish Warrior.
"He's fairly stupid. He joins up with you because the Shining Crusade attacks his village the same as they did yours.
He levels up slowly. He can learn very basic buff spells, but most of his skills are oriented towards melee- stunning, lowering defences, etc.
A Gnomish Mage.
He joins up with you to keep an eye on his friend, the Orc.
He levels up quickly, and gains 11 skill points every 2 levels. However, his skills are limited to offensive Fire/Earth skills.
Edit:These two have been Killed Off for Real
A Half-Dragon Mage.
This one joins up with you after a particularly emotional boss battle. In which you fight a Red Dragon that is being controlled by a Beast Tamer, then kill the Tamer, allowing the Dragon to die as itself.
When the Dragon is dead, her young child crawls out and pitifully cries. It then joins up with you, swearing to kill the ones who ordered its' parents dead.
This one is the most difficult to train up. However, it is perhaps your most useful mage. It is the only one to learn to Heal- otherwise, you're stuck relying on healing Engines and Potions. It's also the only thing in the game, bar special items, that can heal your Zombie, with its' Negative Damage attack.
It can also learn status attacks, like Paralyze, poison, stun, petrify and Freeze. It has an auto-attack that deals moderate Fire Area-Of-Effect damage to your opponents.
The Human Engineer
is your prisoner, the only survivor from your first Dungeon.
He sticks around because you have stolen his Goggles, which are what allows him to Invent new Engines. Otherwise, he's forced to rely on stealing other people's Blueprints.
He's the other strangely-leveled one. He doesn't actually level up. Instead, every time you fight a Mech or an Engineer, scavenge an Engine, or have an Engine fail when it's thrown at you, he studies it, and is then able to determine the Blueprints fr making the Engines from them.
The plot starts off as you're happily playing in a Crypt with your Warmech, until suddenly, some people in shiing silver-and-gold arour bust in.
You flee back to your underground village, only to find it leveled. You are told by one of the survivors that it was done by a party of adventurers from the Shining Crusade.
Gritting your teeth, you swear revenge.
Only... It's not that simple. Politics are in play. In your first rash move, attacking an outpost of the Shining Crusaders, you make an enemy of the Engineering Guild, and have them sending enemies after you all the time.
But this also prevents the Beast Masters Guild from sending anyone out after you- in fact, they ask you to work for them, since they have a VERY deep and bitter rivalry with the Engineering Guild going on.
You constantly find yourself making friends and enemies as you progressively move closer to finding out who ordered your village burned. The game gets harder and harder until you face the climactic boss- the adventurers who did it.
And... It turns out to have just been a regular Dungeon Crawl
Needless to say, they don't survive. Except the Healer. She does, 'coz she never hurt anybody.
Does any of that sound good?
edited 5th Feb '11 4:49:33 AM by CyganAngel