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Visual Novel / Star-Crossed Myth

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"Please... grant my wish again."

One night, you happen to notice a star sparkling in the heavens. Suddenly, the beautiful gods of the stars appear before you. These gods, however, have sinned.

Star-Crossed Myth is a Visual Novel Romance Game by Voltage, Inc. for iOS and Android devices. On the night before the Tanabata festival, a young woman makes a wish on a shooting star - and suddenly finds herself confronted by six unbelievably handsome young men who claim to be gods of the stars.

These princes of the stars have been cast out of heaven as punishment for their sins, and now this otherwise ordinary young woman is the only one who can redeem them. Once her wish has been granted, however, the god that she's chosen will have to return to the heavens.

The gods have everything, except for love. But if a god falls in love with a mortal, how will their love story end?

The visual novel contains examples of the following tropes:

  • All Just a Dream: The plot of the "If You Were A Goddess" side story turns out to be a dream the protagonist was having.
  • All Part of the Show: When a group of fabulously handsome, strangely-dressed men appear at the planetarium's Star Festival event and one of them makes it rain stardust, onlookers take it as a performance being staged for the event - even the protagonist's coworker Hiyori, who as an employee of the planetarium should know that no such thing was planned. This could possibly be a Justified Trope; since the Gods are apparently capable of wiping human memories, should it come to that , it would be reasonable to assume they can manipulate people's minds in other ways, such as by altering memories.
  • Always Save the Girl:
    • In his main storyline, Leon is placed on trial by the other gods for loving the protagonist above other humans, and given a choice: to kill her or be killed himself. Rather than face parting with the woman he loves, Leon embraces his full power and decides to remake the universe itself, declaring that any universe that would allow him to be separated from the protagonist is "without meaning". It takes the intervention of the King of Gods and a Cooldown Hug from the protagonist to stop him.
    • Scorpio will do anything to keep the protagonist safe in his sequel route. And if he has to stand up to the King of the Gods to do that, despite being outmatched in terms of sheer power, then he will.
    • Ichthys doesn't care that he will die, as long as he's able to save the protagonist from certain death.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Season two sees the protagonist needing to be protected by one god, due to the king of darkness being after her soul. She develops a romance with whoever she picks.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The antagonist of Scorpio's main route really should have known better. He believes Scorpio to be a telekinetic human, and still decides to attempt a forced recruitment into his organization.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy: How the heavens function. Leon, Huedhaut, Teorus, Karno, Aigonorus, and Tauxolouve are from the Department of Wishes, responsible for answering the wishes of humans, while Scorpio, Ichthys, Dui, Zyglavis, Partheno, and Krioff are with the Department of Punishments, which punishes humans for their sins.
  • Child Soldiers: The antagonist of Scorpio's route has trained a group of them to serve as his loyal henchmen. Scorpio was also a child assassin when he was human, so the encounter hits very close to home.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Hoo boy, Scorpio. Born human, he was sold by his parents to an organization of assassins and raised as a child soldier without even a name. His personal experience with human cruelty is what makes him one of the most effective and respected members of the Department of Punishments.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Well, not so much 'dark' as simply'slightly darker'. The Gods in the Department of Punishments have black incorporated into their uniforms, probably because punishments are scarier to humans than their wishes being granted. The protagonist even calls at least one member, Scorpio, 'evil' in her narration. That said, they're all pretty good at heart, and despite the fearsomeness of their jobs they are simply trying to carry out justice as they see it fit.
    • Zyglavis has the power to control shadows, and his fully deific form dresses in dark clothing. Despite his strictness, however, he is one of the most compassionate gods in either department and his shadow powers are described in terms of The Sacred Darkness rather than being creepy or threatening.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Scorpio was born human and elevated to godhood - the only instance of such a thing happening, according to Zyglavis.
  • Deus ex Machina: A bit of one at the end of Ichthys' route, though since it saves him from certain death and a massive Downer Ending, the player likely won't care.
  • Divine Date: The protagonist's romance with one of the gods of the zodiac forms the basis of the game's story.
  • Empathic Environment: Justified in Huedhaut's main route and the POV story of the same: The protagonist's emerging divine power, coupled with emotional turmoil, manifests as endless rain that eventually becomes a threat to the Earth's ecosystem. Other characters explicitly note the connection between sadness and rain. See also: Power Incontinence
  • The Exile:
    • Part of the premise of the game. Each of the love interests did something that got them banished from heaven with their powers sealed away. Their exile lasts until they learn whatever lesson the king of the gods decided they needed to learn - which is never as straightforward as it seems.
    • Ends up subverted with Ichthys, who didn't commit a sin. He was exiled by the King in the hopes that it would prolong his life.
  • Eye Color Change: Demonstrated thus far by Leon and Teorus (brown to blue), and Scorpio (black to red) when they begin tapping into their true powers. (Notably, the character sprites actually change to reflect this instead of it just being commented on in the narration, which is unusual among games of this genre.)
  • Forbidden Romance: A lot of the conflict that arises in the stories is due to the protagonist's relationship with the god of her choosing. Zyglavis points out that any hitch or milestone in their relationship could affect the earth, even more so since the protagonist herself is a reincarnated goddess. In most of the sequels, the imbalances that arise on Earth happens when the protagonist and the god become intimate for the first time, or otherwise deepen their relationship.
  • Forgot About the Mind Reader: Scorpio is a touch telepath, which causes the protagonist some consternation in his sequel. Admiring the many charms of your boyfriend becomes a minefield of potential embarrassment when he knows exactly what you're thinking.
  • Gold and White Are Divine: The gods all wear white and gold uniforms. Gods from the Department of Punishments are distinguishable by black accents on their clothing, but still wear primarily white and gold.
  • Hey, You!: Scorpio refers to the protagonist almost exclusively as "woman" - or worse, "stupid woman" - throughout most of his route.
  • Hiding Behind Your Bangs: Scorpio's hair covers his right eye, highlighting his standoffish attitude.
  • Karma: Dispensing karmic punishments to sinners is the purpose of the Department of Punishments; on his route, Zyglavis specifically names the concept of karma as wisdom given to humanity by the king of the gods when he explains his job to the protagonist. Occasionally the punishments thus dispensed cross over into Laser-Guided Karma, such as in Scorpio's route when he strikes a corrupt businessman with a heart attack that causes the man's briefcase to open and scatter his ill-gotten money all over the street.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Leon and Scorpio. Leon has an alpha-male personality and difficulty empathizing with others, and Scorpio is snappish, unfriendly, and thinks very little of humanity, often calling the protagonist a "filthy human" or "stupid woman." But both are well liked by their subordinates and their better qualities start to show up more and more as the storylines go on.
  • Lack of Empathy: Many of the gods at the beginning of their routes, even some of the nicer-seeming ones, like Ichthys (though he certainly doesn't have malicious intentions). Fortunately, they gain more understanding for humans as their routes progress.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: In Leon's sequel, the protagonist begins experiencing progressively worse lapses of memory. It turns out she's been cursed by Eris to forget her relationship with Leon, with the cruel twist that the memory loss progresses faster the more Leon loves her.
  • Lethal Chef: Gods don't normally have to eat unless they feel like it, and even then they just create their food with magic. Thus, Teorus tackles cooking with vigor, enthusiasm... and absolutely no clue with what he's doing. His attempts at making a tasty treat for the protagonist leave the other gods traumatised after being used as taste testers.
  • Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: Teorus has abandonment issues courtesy of his neglectful father. His flirtatiousness is a direct result: if he offers affection and attention to many people, they adore him in return and no one ever gets close enough to hurt him when they leave.
  • MacGuffin Girl: The protagonist becomes one in the second season. Turns out the king of darkness wants to drink her soul, which would grant him immeasurable power and wipe out all life on earth and the heavens.
  • Make a Wish: The wishes of humans are received and evaluated for granting by the gods in the Department of Wishes. The protagonist gets much more than expected when she wishes on a star for "something wonderful" to happen and ends up with six exiled gods on her hands.
  • Mark of the Supernatural: The protagonist really does have stars in her eyes, though only the gods can see them. It's how they recognize her as a reincarnated goddess, as each god has a unique pattern of stars in their eyes.
  • Mercy Kill: Dui's "murder" of his friend was actually the only kindness he could offer at the time. He chose to be branded as a murderer partly out of guilt, and partly to protect Celsios's reputation.
  • Messianic Archetype: The protagonist when she was a goddess. She loved humanity more than any other god, and gave up her existence to save them from the king of heaven's wrath.
  • Might Makes Right: Leon is second in power only to the king of the gods, and exists on an entirely different level than his supposed peers. Everyone is well aware that unless the king gets involved personally, no one can force Leon to do anything he doesn't want to do.
  • Mr. Exposition: Zyglavis tends to have the narrative job of showing up to explain backstory and current events related to the heavens. Karno also fills this role in Huedhaut's main route, taking it upon himself to explain Hue's history with the protagonist's previous incarnation to the protagonist so that she can better understand what's currently going on.
  • Mundane Object Amazement:
    • Scorpio may not have a high opinion of humans, but he finds their machines fascinating.
    • Dui loves humans and has nothing but praise for the various clever inventions they use to make their lives easier.
  • Nice Girl: The protagonist. She's very kindhearted and sees the world and humanity as fundamentally good, which is a trait she had back when she was a goddess. While this lets her empathize with the antagonists she faces (like Eris, Ida and even the King of Gods to some degree), her naivete gets her into some serious trouble in some of the sequel routes.
  • No Sense of Direction: Teorus gets lost inside his own house. Granted, it's a mansion, but that's still an impressive lack of spatial awareness.
  • Odd Name Out: All of the zodiac gods are referred to by personal names rather than by the title of the sign they rule over, except for Scorpio, who appears to have no personal name. This is most likely because he's a human who was made a god by the king of heaven, and had no name in his human life.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Ichthys keeps to himself and doesn't pull any pranks for a whole day, the other gods start worrying. Is he okay? Did he and the protagonist have a fight? Did they break up? Even Leon and Scorpio find the sudden peace and quiet unnerving.
  • Past-Life Memories:
    • Fallen gods are reincarnated as humans, although they keep their memories of their lives as gods. Leon's sequel showcases exactly how cruel this fate is with Eris, who has had several lifetimes of being unable to live a normal human life because she remembers being a god. Gods who choose to be reborn of their own free will don't keep their memories - and may be better off for it.
    • The protagonist begins to remember her past life as a goddess in Huedhaut's route, most likely as a result of her growing feelings for him. It's revealed that the Goddess!Protagonist gave up her existence to save humanity. Her soul would have also been destroyed if Huedhaut hadn't pulled out the stars in his left eye.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Shadow Dui's philosophy when going about his work, collateral damage be damned. This in sharp contrast to Dui's preferred method of punishments tailored to make his targets see the error of their ways and hopefully seek to make amends.
  • The Pornomancer: One of Leon's powers is the ability to evoke physical pleasure in women. Even goddesses aren't immune, which is how he ended up getting kicked out of heaven. Or so goes the rumour. In reality, Leon never laid a finger on Eris. Indeed, his callous indifference to her was what eventually sent her over the edge.
  • Power Incontinence: Gods take measures to keep their powers in check before they visit Earth, as the environment can otherwise react to their presence with potentially disastrous results. Without this precaution, a strong god can accidentally kill a regular human just by touching them. However, since Leon had his powers sealed away entirely upon his exile to Earth, none of the normal safeguards are in place when the seal starts to fade, leaving him increasingly unable to control his powers.
  • Power Limiter: As part of their exile from heaven, the gods' powers have been sealed. Additionally, intentional power limiters are required any time a god visits the Earth (see Power Incontinence).
  • The Prankster: Ichthys is called "the problem child of Punishments" for a reason. When he gets the opportunity to use his powers again, he decides to make up for lost time with predictably chaotic results.
  • Psycho Supporter: Shadow Dui is violently protective of Dui, and takes it upon himself to do the things the other is to "weak" to do. He greatly resents that his efforts go unappreciated and causes Dui to go great lengths to keep him locked away in the back of their mind. Even his attempts to kill the protagonist come from a desire to protect Dui.
  • Puny Earthlings: Even though the gods are meant to watch over humanity and guide them down the path to virtue, gods in general do not have a high opinion of their charges, and most of them refer to humans as "goldfish." Scorpio takes it even further, repeatedly referring to "filthy humans."
  • Semi-Divine: The protagonist, who still has limited access to her powers as a former goddess. It becomes a major plot point in Huedhaut's route, where she becomes more powerful the more she remembers her past life. It's also implied in Dui's sequel that her powers are what saves her from the agony from being forced by Ida to drink the juice of the forbidden fruit, the same fruit that made Dui Mercy Kill his best friend.
  • Sequel Hook:
    • Leon's sequel ends with one big question left unresolved: Who granted the now human Eris divine powers so she could take her vengeance on Leon?
    • Who corrupted Dui's friend? The main route leaves the question unanswered, with several hints that it was part of a larger plan. The sequel offers the resolution, but adds yet another question: While Ida set events in motion as part of a plan to overthrow the rule of heaven, he appears to have bargained with someone for the power to pull it off. Who?
  • Shout-Out: Ichthys believes shrines are "the things with foxes and tengu and oni and snow spirits and werewolves and all that stuff."
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: While they're not quite as bad as they could be, Dui and the protagonist do indeed become that couple. The rest of the cast respond with eye-rolling and second hand embarrassment.
  • Suddenly Voiced:
    • The ending of the "If You Were A Goddess" special story gives Scorpio several voiced lines, courtesy of Jun'ichi Suwabe.
    • Leon is voiced by Kenjiro Tsuda in his special story "Because I Adore You".
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Scorpio.
  • Taking the Bullet: The protagonist takes a knife to the stomach meant for Ichthys. He ends up using the rest of his lifeforce to heal her.
  • Time Stands Still: Teorus has the ability to stop time.
  • Took a Third Option: In his sequel route, Huedhaut has a vision of the world ending, a crisis that only ends with the protagonist sacrificing her life for the planet. His only options are to let his vision play out, or find a way to prevent the woman he loves from dying. At the end of the sequel, he decides to walk into oblivion together with her, which ends up stopping the crisis.
  • Touch Telepathy: Scorpio can read the thoughts and sense the emotions of anyone he touches. He only receives negative emotions, however, which has contributed to his considerable dislike of humans. In Scorpio's Blessed ending, Zyglavis explains that this was a mental block caused by Scorpio having closed off his heart to humanity; in both endings, falling in love with the protagonist opens him to positive emotions as well as negative.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Although he'd never admit it, Leon develops a minor obsession with meatballs after the protagonist makes him some to introduce him to Earth food.
    • Scorpio ends up subsisting almost entirely on apples after being introduced to them by the protagonist. Bunny-shaped apple slices, for preference.
    • Teorus loves anything with milk in it. At one point he nearly walks out of a grocery store with most of the contents of the dairy isle.
    • Dui loves cherries, and can tie the stems into knots with his tongue.
    • Ichthys loves taiyaki (fish-shaped pastries).
    • Zyglavis is mostly dismissive of human food, but he's a connoisseur of chocolate ganache.
    • Karno loves peppers. The spicier the better. He carries around a jar of what's implied to be paprika or cayenne pepper, which he puts on everything. When attempting food prepared the way Karno prefers it, the other gods ask if his mouth is incapable of feeling pain.
    • Krioff can get rather possessive with his vanilla ice cream, as shown in his Japanese route. The English version is yet to be released.
  • Warts and All: The protagonist has spent her life believing in higher powers, and offering up prayers and wishes to the stars. She's disappointed to learn that far from being benevolent, omniscient guardians of mankind, gods are just as selfish and petty as humans and most of them seem to hold her kind in contempt. That said, the Departments of Wishes and Punishments do take an active interest in human affairs, although because it is their job, not out of selfless love for mortals.
  • Western Zodiac: The game's love interests are presented as gods who rule over the twelve signs of the zodiac. Leo (Leon), Aquarius (Huedhaut), Taurus (Teorus), Pisces (Ichthys), Gemini (Dui), and Scorpio make up the initial group of love interests, and the supporting cast of Libra (Zyglavis), Cancer (Karno), Virgo (Partheno), Aries (Krioff), Capricorn (Aigonorus), Sagittarius (Tauxolouve) are upgraded to love interest options in a subsequent Expansion Pack.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: The gods claim that the protagonist has stars in her eyes.
  • What If?: The special side story "If You Were A Goddess" reverses the game's usual roles, presenting a scenario in which the protagonist is a goddess of fate and Scorpio is human.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Due to the isolation that comes with being vastly more powerful than his fellow gods, Leon has difficulty with concepts like empathy and love. The Character Development necessary to end his exile involves learning the value of both, along with aquiring the capacity for compassion.
  • Window Love: In Scorpio's sequel, this is the only way for him and the protagonist to share a kiss after circumstances leave them unable to touch each other. Complete with illustration.
  • Yandere: Eris in Leon's sequel
  • You Remind Me of X: Referenced word for word by the King, who is quite fond of Ichthys' mischief-making because of his own love of winding people up and watching them go. Ichthys himself isn't quite sure how to feel about the comparison.