Oh my goodness, this is happening.
Hi everyone!! I’ve kinda been on this site for a hot minute, and getting exposed to all the wonderful works has encouraged me to finally take the story I’ve been planning for years now and make it into something! So, without further ado, let me introduce Attollo!
Attollo is a cybernoir thriller set mainly in the fictional city of Attollo, a walled-off city located in the Atlantic that’s still dealing with the aftermath of a nuclear meltdown, aptly named ‘The Rapture’. What came from this was a rise in genetic mutations that resulted in ‘superpowers’-people possessing abilities that shouldn’t exist. Attollo was subsequently closed off using numerous wards to keep people from entering or exiting the city. Everyone believed, once this was completed, that the city would be an essential no man’s land. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned.
After several years of radio silence, you receive a message from your younger sibling that carries a strange sense of urgency to it. Either out of familial concern, or boredom, you embark on a journey from your residence to your siblings apartment in New Hampshire to see what’s wrong and then get on with your life. Too bad it’s never so simple.
Deal with cults, interdimensional entities, and far too many people with superpowers (where, for once, you’re the odd one out) in your journey to bring your sibling back from an underworld far out of your control.
Available So Far
- Prologue and Chapter 1 at about 27,000+ words overall
Romance, and comments regarding romance
There are currently 6 RO’s planned for this game.
Pariah (NB, Mid 20’s, true identity unknown) - Attollo’s resident vigilante and the leader of the Triumvirate, a group of three that are working together to put an end to the criminal underworld run by The Crowes Court and Ovo. Pariah was born in Attollo post-Rapture and demonstrated their abilities of darkness manipulation at a very early age. They’ve been working to wipe out the underworld since they were a teenager, alongside their companions, and carry themselves with a stern, standoffish personality earned from being in the city for too long. Pariah stands at about 5’6” with a helmet and visor that covers their appearance, although their skin appears to be a rich, russet-brown color. Pariah also appears to have hearing loss on their right side, which they attribute to an incident that occurred at the beginning of their career. Pariah is asexual and is one of the routes where suggestive content will not be included.
Detective Vasilisia Soloveva (F, Late 20’s) - Vasilisia’s family heralds from St. Petersburg and immigrated to Attollo before The Rapture occurred. Vasilisia is one of the few individuals working for Attollo’s singular police department, the CAP, working as an undercover operative for several years before being promoted to the homicide/robbery squad. Vasilisia has extensive knowledge of powered individuals abilities, having been born before the first powered individual was, and uses a database designed by the CAP and The Operator to detail powers currently present in Attollo. Vasilisia has short cut blonde hair that she keeps pushed back from her face and stands at approximately 5’4”. She’s known to be a sympathetic individual who will go above and beyond to help those in need. She has a firm belief in the work of the Triumvirate and hopes to see an end of the underworld trade in the future.
The Operator (M, Early 20’s, true identity unknown) - The Operator is a bit of an enigma in Attollo. Because the city no longer has connections to mainlands, Attollo runs on its own electrical grid, which is subsequently controlled by The Operator who moderates all transmissions and camera footage in the city. The Operator has been present since The Rapture, but it is assumed that the current Operator is a second-generation worker. When he makes an appearance (for example, on the jumbo screen in Attollo’s entertainment district at one point), he is depicted as a black silhouette with a white line for his mouth that moves with every word. He works with neither Ovo nor Triumvirate, but rather maintains a perfectly neutral ground. He’s been described as a playful individual who holds a great deal of passion for both his job and the city, as well as an interest in the development of the city’s political circles. He takes a special interest in the MC for their position as an outsider as well as a non-powered individual.
Dreamwalker (M, Late 20’s, true identity unknown) - A boogeyman that is known to enter the dreams of Attollo residents. His powers consist of dream manipulation and embodiment, allowing him complete control over an individual’s dreams while they remain asleep. Reports have been detailed that injuries inflicted by the Dreamwalker in this sleep-realm can be reflected on the individual in the physical realm. Dreamwalker is, therefore, the main suspect for several murders ordered out by the organization Ovo and stands as one of Attollo’s most wanted powered individuals. He has been described as a male in his late 20’s, standing at approximately 5’11 with a thin build. Despite not being able to recall exact features, many people do remember his eyes, which they describe as akin to two golden suns. He is known to present himself with a polite mannerism, has a grim sense of humor, and is incredibly cunning in his tactics.
Sysba (Gender selected by player, age indeterminate, original name: ‘Ymnar) - Sysba is an interdimensional being that is believed to be an Outer God, spawned by another for the purpose of destruction. Sysba has the ability to morph their form into any appearance they choose, and therefore has no set appearance. However, Sysba has frequently been reported to take on the appearance of Asian descent, with black eyes and black hair, and often stands between 5’7”-6’2” depending on the gender of their form. Those who have seen Sysba’s true form fail to truly describe it, but do point out that the great gaping maw with multiple rows of teeth stands out a fair amount. Sysba is known to be affiliated with Ovo, and is aware of the Dreamwalkers identity. Sysba is known to be charming and enjoys gambling, which at times has been costly for Ovo. It is unknown how they feel about the human race, given that they were banished to Earth unwillingly, but so far they haven’t tried to wipe it out.
Suha Sobhi (F, Mid 20’s) - Employed by The Crowes Court, the current heads of Attollo’s underworld, Suha is the face of Attollo’s business realm and is the first individual anyone who wants to deal with The Crowes Court meets. Her past is murky, but she has been under the care of The Crowes Court since she was a child, leading to rumors that she may be the pending heir. Suha is of Middle Eastern descent and wears a hijab alongside her typical business attire. She stands at approximately 5’7” and is a passionate individual who finds it difficult to detect sarcasm. She has a strong commitment to The Crowes Court and her career, controls several sections of the underworld, and is committed to wiping out the threat that is Ovo in order to maintain The Crowes Court’s current position of authority.
Romance in this game is entirely optional and will not be necessary for the main plot. In fact, in the original comic Attollo, I didn’t even have romance written! Therefore, although romance will give you some extra scenes and tidbits with characters, you don’t need it to play!
Chapter 1 Part 2 and 3 [Routes to meet characters and, gasp!, RO’s] are in the works
This game will include mention of the following:
- Drug Use
- Human Trafficking
- Cults and cult activity
Any other warnings will be added as I further work out the plot!
Feedback I Would Love
Anything. Honest to god, I love it when people nitpick at my work, and I would love it if you did so. See a grammar issue? Tell me. Don’t like the flow of a sentence? I’m here for it. Wanna comment on some of the ridiculous names I give characters? I love this energy. Anything you wanna say, I am 100% all ears.
- 09.20.20: Fixed coding errors and sentence continuation recs that people posted. Working on fixing an error with the Tanglewood scene where text seems to continue onto the next page that?? Shouldn’t be there?? Suss.
- 10.22.20: Chapter 1 is out!