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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".
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Citizens can remove it, but doing so forces a respawn, bringing it back into their heads anyways, so it's pointless to do so.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The skin of the Celodst freezes into long beard-like appendages. 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 hormonally-amplifying, gelatinous flesh known as the ADMN Spawner.
  • Bondage Is Bad: The Celodst, owing to their porn-addiction, also have a rather disturbing proclivity for binding their "test subjects".
  • 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. Word of God states that any WORM member that has sex with Talia has their Save Data severed, preventing them from respawning, and they're then exiled to the Expanses.
  • Cloning Blues: In-game save pads work by "saving" the memory of anyone that steps upon it and re-creating the person by "grabbing their soul" once it's exited that person's now-dead body. 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 and Faye remember 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 aura and the WORM Grunts' armor protect them from the environment; and the Gliders, Berserkers, and Scrapers have heat tolerance, thanks to the influence of the ADMN Spawner blobs within them.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: Inhabitants of the year 3000 have... strange ideas about what traditional pizza is made with, or even where it's from. Subverted in that people in the future are synthetic/flesh hybrids, and most carbon-based life has died out; as such, these humans live on a silicon-based diet, not a carbon-based one. Rocks and crystals are their main fare.
  • 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. "Restarting" 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...
  • 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 the King has told her it helps magical convection per design.
  • 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. Also ADMN Fluid, which stands for Augmented Dorsal Motor Nuclei Fluid, and also conveniently (given the appearance of people doped up with this fluid) sounds like you're saying "A Demon" if said quickly.
  • "Get Back Here!" Boss: Played straight with the boss of the Electric level. Subverted a bit in that the boss WANTS you to kill him, but his programming forces him to make things hard for you.
  • Hive Mind: The Spiderbots, but also potentially every Wildwoods inhabitant also, especially The Depth enemies.
  • Hot as Hell: Talia, who turns into the very image of a succubus when exposed to the Fire Boss's essence.
  • Human Weapon: The WORM infuses some humans with the Fire Boss's ADMN Fluid in a bid to create these. "Gliders" would constitute a "success", considering their flight, resilience, and amplified IQ. "Berserkers" would be failures, boasting plenty of strength but an unrestrained nature that makes them all but a liability. "Scrapers" 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. The player's actions and choices can change her attitude by quite a lot over the course of the game, however.
  • 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: The "Celodst", one of the alien races in Future Fragments, is an anagram of "coldest"—fitting, given their icy environment and cold skin. A few other characters 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 multiple, secret meanings during the true point of the story.
  • Mook Maker: The Fire Boss can shoot out tiny blobs of itself to trap Talia.
  • Pamphlet Shelf: Each level has a number of databanks that expands on the universe of the year 3000. These can either shed insight into life with the WORM, Rebel plans, or just random citizens in society. Finding all of the Gold Databanks along with all of the Future Fragments is the only way to unlock the best ending.
  • Pet the Dog: Talia has many opportunities to be altruistic to either WORM forces or Rebel sympathizers; doing so will usually get her positive Ideal points in Kindness, Pacifism, Optimism, or Justice. Usually.
  • 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. There's also five negative powerups specifically for making the game harder. She gets new abilities from defeating bosses, as well.
    • 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.
  • 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. If a Celodst Ancient ever used their full power, they'd crack the planet's crust with a single swing.
  • 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!"
  • Shout-Out:
    • Vie's coat was inspired by Axel's coat.
    • The overwhelming majority of named NPC characters are actually Patreon backers who got their names/brief character descriptions in the game that they'd requested.
    • A secret area in the last level, The End, references a secret ending in Contra: Hard Corps as well as a scene from Star Trek: Voyager, while giving a nod to the game's programmer, Frouge Dev.
    • 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 tents 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 ADMN Fluid from the Fire Boss in an attempt at creating these. In the case of the refined "Gliders", it's a successful experiment. In the case of the "Berserkers" and "Scrapers", it's a failure.
  • The Corruption: The Fire Boss is a large mass of gelatinous flesh known as the ADMN Spawner. Its ADMN Fluid is extracted by the WORM to create super-soldiers, resulting in "Gliders", "Berserkers", and "Scrapers". Similarly, Talia gains... somewhat similar physical characteristics 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 Encampments (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: 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?
  • 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.