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Left to Right: Faye, Talia, Vie

An action-platformer-RPG hybrid H-Game in development by the trio Hentai Writer, Triangulate Pixels, and FrougeDev.

In the year 1000, a magical kingdom faces possible defeat in a war. Its king decides to send his two most powerful mages, Talia and Faye, to the distant year 3000 to retrieve a powerful suit of armor that can turn the tide in this war: the Future Fragments. However, Faye and Talia both have their own motives for getting the suit, and they're entirely separate from saving the kingdom...


This game provides examples of:

  • Aerith and Bob: Characters can range from normal sounding names like Talia or Faye, to completely foreign, abstract sounding names like "Sopi Glocsyth".
    • To further go into this, a lot of the abstract sounding names in the game are a case of Significant Anagram; for example, "Sopi Glocsyth" is an anagram for "Psychologist", which is the character's role in the databank that they're featured in.
  • All There in the Manual: As this game is still in development, much of its lore and worldbuilding is only available on the developer's crowdfunding site or blog. Much of it is planned to be put in-game, however.
  • Ambiguously Bi: The widowed Vie uses pet names around Talia and calls her "cutie" in what is obviously an affectionate manner, though HentaiWriter has confirmed that Vie only has eyes for her husband.
  • Anal Probing: In a way. The Celodst are just really obsessed with human women—and by extension, Talia. This is partly due to an accident in the facility that caused all of their media devices to be permanently tuned to Earth's "underground networks". See the Mars Needs Women example below.
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  • Ass Shove: A Databank details a video where a scientist dies when an explosion sends him flying into a Berserker's rear. The scientist suffocates while his co-workers laugh on.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: The WORM keeps close tabs on everyone under its employ (95% of the planet) on the off-chance they break laws or spread sedition. This is possible due to a device implanted in the heads of everyone cloned at WORM facilities from birth; removing it results in death.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The Celodst are born tall and shrink as they age. Some of them look like typical "greys", others have odd pig-like faces. Their skin freezes into long beard-like appendages as their bodies shrink. They eat lava, and their internal temperatures are absurdly high—but their skin is ice-cold. How much of their biology is actually biological is undetermined though, as they're able to fashion various appendages using their superior technology wherever and however they want.
  • Blob Monster: The Fire Boss, a gigantic pile of demonic, gelatinous flesh known as the Demon Spawner.
  • Bondage Is Bad: The Celodst, owing to their porn-addiction, also have a rather disturbing proclivity for binding their "test subjects".
  • Brain Uploading: The Electric Boss is a computerized mainframe; a scientist's mind was uploaded into it shortly before Talia encounters it.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Enforced by the WORM. The WORM tries to maximize efficiency out of the population, and finds courtship and breeding a distraction from self-improvement. As a result, men and women live and work in separated areas, and most children are created in-vitro. Word of God states that any WORM Grunt that has sex with Talia is summarily executed for his transgressions.
  • Cloning Blues: In-game save pads work by "saving" the memory of anyone that steps upon it and re-creating the person the moment it senses their potential death—say, by falling into lava or getting pummeled by a Berserker. It's supposed to only create a copy of the person and their memories up until the last time they "saved"—but Word of God states that, for some reason, Talia remembers everything that happens between clonings.
  • Convection Shmonvection: The Fire Level takes place in a WORM facility deep in a volcano, with lava everywhere. Justified by all accounts: the lava has been tampered with to ensure that Berserkers don't roam freely; Talia's magical suit and the WORM Grunts' armor protect them from the environment; and the Half-Demons, Berserkers, and Zombies have demonic influence that makes them immune to heat. There's no saving against falling into the lava, however.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Inhabitants of the year 3000 have... strange ideas about what traditional pizza is made with, or even where it's from.
  • Cyanide Pill: Word of God states that Talia (and Faye) both have a magical earring that serves as this; once her suit loses all its energy and she's knocked out, she's left stunned and helpless. "Resetting" from your last save is just Talia swallowing the earring to cause instantaneous death, allowing them to respawn at the last Save Pad she stepped upon. However, see Cloning Blues above...
  • Dirty Mind-Reading: If Talia reads all of the Silver Databanks in a level, an alarm is triggered by The WORM that immediately scans the thoughts of all WORM operatives in the area to sense for anomalies (and possible traitors). The end result is Talia seeing all of the fantasies that enemies have of her. She is... less than amused.
  • Embarrassing but Empowering Outfit: Talia's outfit—a tight crop-top and leather pants with a high-riding thong and a trenchcoat—probably wouldn't have been her first choice, but it's magically enhanced to protect her from all sorts of things. It completely shatters once it's been overloaded (read: Talia's health hits 0), leaving Talia stunned and defenseless until she "resets". Word of God not only states that it protects Talia from possible bacterial infection her immune system from the past isn't prepared for, but that there is a plot reason for her suit being so skimpy which will be revealed over the course of the game.
  • Energy Weapon: The WORM's futuristic weaponry; so far, their Grunts are equipped with standard (?) issue shotguns and ice-shooting rifles. The Celodst, however, have troops capable of firing lasers from their mouths.
  • Face Full of Alien Wing-Wong
  • Fun with Acronyms: The WORM, which stands for World Organization for the Regulation of Masses.
  • Gainaxing: Walking, shooting a charge shot, jumping, even standing causes Talia's bosom to wobble rather noticeably.
  • Gambit Pileup: The Celodst and the WORM were at war, which the WORM was about to lose. The WORM extended a peace treaty to the Celodst in a bid to steal and reverse-engineer their technology, going so far as to kidnap an important Celodst leader and keep him hidden in an attempt to pacify the remaining Celodst forces. However, the Celodst know their leader is imprisoned, and have plans of their own to rescue him...
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: Played straight with the boss of the Electric level. Inverted with the Demon Spawner boss in the Fire level: you're supposed to make it chase *you*.
  • Hero of Another Story: "Hero" might be stretching it a bit, but once the game is completed the team intends to make a sequel set during the events of Future Fragments from Faye's perspective with more emphasis on non-linear, combat heavy gameplay.
  • Horny Devils: Subverted with the Half-Demons. They sport jagged teeth, leathery skin, bat-like wings, and gaunt features, but both lack the horns of a typical demon, or the necessarily sex-based powers. They still wield Mind Control, however.
    • Also subverted with Talia, who turns into the very image of a succubus when exposed to the Fire Boss's essence—although again, there's nothing to imply she actually becomes one.
  • Hive Mind: The Fire Boss is implied to be one. A databank written by WORM scientists notes that the voice of a man fed to the Fire Boss can be heard whispering from its body late at night.
  • Human Weapon: The WORM infuses some humans with the Fire Boss's demonic essence in a bid to create these. Half-Demons would constitute a "success", considering their flight, resilience and mind-control abilities. Berserkers would be failures, boasting plenty of strength but an unrestrained nature that makes them all but a liability. "Zombies" are only helpful in how numerous they are.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: The Mainframe to the Gratification Factory would self-destruct and end its misery. But, its own self-preservation code not only prevents it from doing so and forces it to resist Talia's efforts, even as he encourages her. The same code forces him to punish Talia should she fail.
  • Immodest Orgasm: All three of the game's leading ladies.
  • Interface Screw: During the boss battle against Vie stepping on any of the switches in the room will hit you with one form of this or another, making avoiding the otherwise manageable attacks a nightmare.
  • Kick the Dog: Talia has a very strong sense of personal ideals/morals. As a result, on the surface, her actions can sometimes come off as cold or even anti-hero in nature. Additionally, doing a series of actions early on will put the game into a planned "Egomaniac Mode" where Talia is much more uncouth to those around her.
    Faye: The fuck is wrong with you?! Don't leave me here with this freak—!
  • Lightning Bruiser: Berserkers are big and can move when they charge. They also hit Talia hard enough to instantly stun her, dealing quite a bit of damage in the process.
  • Mars Needs Women: After being stuck on Earth for so long, and having gotten addicted to underground porn streams, the Celodst are utterly obsessed with human intercourse—and, as an extension, human women. The WORM takes advantage of this by sending them "test subjects".
  • Meaningful Name: "Celodst", the alien race in Future Fragments, is an anagram of "coldest"—fitting, given their icy environment and cold skin. Most of the characters in the Databanks have names that are anagrams of their personalities or jobs as well.
    • Invoked with the game itself; Future Fragments alludes to not just the futuristic objects Talia collects, but also the many possible paths presented before her as she makes her way through levels and meets people from the future. Word of God states there's a third, deeper meaning towards the true point of the story.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Half-Demons sport these when they manipulate Talia.
  • Mook Maker: The Fire Boss can shoot out tiny blobs of itself to trap Talia.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: As opposed to being undead, the WORM's zombies are failed attempts at fusing humans with demonic essence. Their bodies and minds fail to adapt to the Fire Boss's power, eroding both until shambling, rotten husks driven by the basest of instincts remain.
  • Pamphlet Shelf: Each level has a number of databanks that expands the universe of the year 3000. These can either shed insight into life with the WORM, rebel plans, or even unlock hidden upgrades. Finding all of the Gold Databanks along with all of the Future Fragments is the only way to unlock the best ending. Reading all the Silver Databanks in a level also forces Talia to be part of a level-wide mind probe; see Dirty Mind-Reading.
  • Pet the Dog: Talia has many opportunities to be altruistic to either WORM forces or Rebel sympathizers—such as helping a Grunt lose his virginity before dying a painful death, or saving Faye from the clutches of a zombie.
  • Playful Hacker: Invoked with Vie, a resistance fighter who can hack into technology by transmitting herself into the network. She's also bubbly and optimistic to a fault: she has no idea when she's being told "no".
  • Power-Up: There are a number of items Talia can acquire that can increase her abilities. These usually come in sets of three; equipping a total set boosts the bonuses. There's also a trio of negative powerups specifically for making the game harder (and entering Egomaniac mode).
  • Puzzle Boss: The Demon Spawner, boss of the first level, is far too big for Talia to defeat with her shots; at best, she can only slow down its approach. In fact, she's supposed to run away from it, tricking it into chasing after her and crashing itself against an unbreakable wall.
    • The Celodst King, boss of the Ice level, has time-control and cryomancy abilities, shooting bubbles that revert her position to one earlier in time, and summoning icicle projectiles from seemingly nothing. Beating him requires forcing the Ice Boss to get hit by his own projectiles by using his time manipulation against him. Later phases in the fight have wildly different mechanics, which also must be solved.
    • The boss of the Electric level hides behind a gauntlet of interchangeable rooms that need to be repositioned before facing it directly. The latter parts of the fight are set to involve far-more mundane bullet storms.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Invoked with Talia and Faye. Talia is methodical, stoic, and works by her own strict code of ethics, regardless of whether it hurts or benefits her. Faye is much more impulsive and aggressive, and only does things that generally help her, regardless of the cost to others.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Talia is not at all amused by how attractive she is to the WORM's forces.
  • Rock Beats Laser: The WORM was thoroughly trounced by the small group of Celodst forces and their clubs and spears. Averted, however, as the Celodst have technology that's far more advanced than anything the WORM employs. It just looks like clubs and spears.
  • Robo Cam: How the boss of the Electric level sees Talia.
  • Selective Gravity: The Electric Level features switches that can invert gravity; many puzzles and enemies are designed to take advantage of this.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Lady Swears-A-Lot: Faye. Talia is known to pull off a Precision F-Strike, but Faye has quite the mouth on her.
    Faye: "Of course I need your help, you dumb bitch! Fucking kill him already!"
  • She's Got Legs: Vie the Hacker.
  • Shout-Out: The Fire Grunt NPC, "Barney", was named after Barney Stinson.
    • Vie's coat was inspired by Axel's coat.
    • All of the Silver Databanks in the game have at least one of the names/characters of the Patreon backers in them. Some of these characters even make it into the cutscenes, too.
    • A secret death in the Ice Level is planned that references both Total Distortion and Sonic CD.
    • Another secret death in the Electric Level is planned that references a secret ending in Contra: Hard Corps.
    • The various flavors of interface screw Talia has to struggle with during the boss fight against Vie are a homage to Eternal Darkness.
  • Schizo Tech: The main aesthetic of the Celodst. Their hyper-advanced weapons resemble clubs and spears, and they live in cloth teepees with dish antennas attatched.
  • Sudden Game Interface: The Electric Boss brings one up as he punishes Talia. He even lampshades the fourth-wall breaking, to Talia's confusion.
  • Super Soldier: The WORM infuses humans with demonic essence from the Fire Boss in an attempt at creating these. In the case of the mind-controlling Half-Demons, it's a successful experiment. In the case of the Berserkers and Zombies, it's a failure.
  • The Corruption: The Fire Boss is a large mass of gelatinous flesh known as the Demon Spawner. Its essence is extracted by The WORM to create super-soldiers, resulting in Half-Demons, Berserkers, and Zombies. Similarly, Talia turns into a demon when exposed to it.
  • Technical Pacifist: The Celodst are averse to killing, which is why they were so ready to sign a peace treaty with The WORM (who were all too happy for an opportunity to study their weaponry). Their primitive-looking weapons are more than enough to destroy the Earth several times over, however, and their treaty with the WORM requires them to, ironically, attack any intruders with (heavily reduced) force—though depending on who it is, it might be for different reasons.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: The Rebel Forces (as well as opportunistic-types) maintain a black market for adult-rated works in the year 3000, in response to the WORM's prohibition of all things sexual.
  • The Stoic: Talia is quite no-nonsense.
  • Variable Mix: A planned feature for the game. Depending on the action occurring on-screen, Talia's health, or the presence of enemies or Future Fragments, the background music will change to reflect it.
  • World of Buxom: Although only three revealed characters so far have been women (Talia, Faye and Vie), all are notably well-developed. In-game databanks also note that the few mentioned women are quite busty. Genetic engineering at work? Notably, this is part of the reason why the Celodst are attracted to human women.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: The Celodst generally use Earth as a rest stop on their travels. Some of them are put on extended duty on Earth as security detail however, and over time, their exposure to the underground media network changes them so much that their former homeworld becomes disgusted with their porn-addiction and obsession with human sex. These "tainted" Celdost are able to and go elsewhere, but due to their addiction, most choose to stay on Earth.