Life has not been kind to you.
You have lost everything, your home, your job, maybe even the love of your life.
Only silver lining is that you still have your teenage child.
What would you do if a new silver lining would appear?
A mysterious letter, summoning you to a city on no map.
A city that turns out to be quite… peculiar?
A town full of superpowered beings? And some most intriguing oddities?
Would you take the challenge a mysterious benefactor put you up to:
Bringing an abandoned little cafe back to its old glory?
Are you up to the task?
Can you win a famous local cooking contest?
Find new love?
Uncover Cornucopia’s curious secrets?
And deal with your kid having superpowers?
As if puberty would not have been enough.
Play as both parent and child in intertwining stories full off cooking and conspiracies.
- Play as any given gender, with fully customizable pronouns
- Play as straight, gay/lesbian, bi/pan or ace, aro or aroace.
- Find love, if you so desire, with a great variety of unique characters.
- Spot familiar faces, as Cornucopia is an interdimensional hub for many realities. (kudos to all the CoG/HG authors giving their OKs)
- Uncover dozens of secrets and secret paths.
Current average play-through length:
MainGame: ~47k words (128k total with code)
Bonus: ~2300 words (~42k with code)
What I am looking for:
- Feedback concerning continuity and consistency
- Suggestions if you have any
I’ll gladly answer questions if they come up if I can.
Update (January 17 2018)
- Chapter 2, Act 1: Hairy, Hairy, quite contrary.
- A couple (not all) paths in the Bonus intro now conclude the Intro.
- Bonus notes should now be complete. (Unless I overlooked something)
- Overhauled stat distribution throughout the game
- Added various new variables
- Overhauled the APORIA guide (It’s still incomplete though)
- Overhauled the cafe scene, it should flow a little smoother now
- A couple of NPCs will now react to you sharing a name with them. (Will later on add this for more)
- It’s no longer possible for the kid to have the same name as a kid npc.
Note: I changed the save-game handle, so you’ll have to start a game from scratch. (Which would be recommended anyway, seeing how much was changed in terms of stats and variables)
To come (later):
- Grammar and spelling fixes, as well as settling on on type of english.
- Get cover art
- Get chapter/act title images
- Do a Q&A for the guide’s FAQ
A spoilery look at the Romantic Options so far
Read at your own risk
ROs (so far) for the parent MC
Valentine Patenaud, aka Heatstroke
(Female, 33, Pan)
Valentine is a very headstrong woman with a caring heart. She runs a food stand at the local station from morning to midday, where she puts her pyrokinetic (fire manipulation) powers to good use.
The general impression to get of Valentine is that she’s boisterous and caring, latter especially towards the new generation of masked individuals.
She’s part of the group that unmasked under The Agreement and has fought in The Gloom.
The latter left her with a limp… and a broken heart?
(Male, 34, ???)
Ian is regarded as the best historian in all of CoCi, a walking encyclopedia, and what in general might be called a gentle giant. Standing almost seven feet tall (all muscles), Ian is a gentle, curious and shy soul and would be soft spoken, if he wouldn’t tend to talk like a waterfall.
He’s easily alienated if he’s told to shut up, and might retreat in on himself for a while afterwards.
Spending most of his time at the libraries of the city (mainly that of The Agency) Ian got the reputation to feel more comfortable around books than around humans.
He is determined to uncover the secrets of The Gloom.
(Genderfluid, 36-37, asexual/panromantic)
Lesley is a very blunt and outspoken person. An aspiring reporter at the Chronicler (and thus having a bit of friendly rivalry going on with Arthur Montgomery), they’re always hunting for a good story.
They are the epitome of the intrepid reporter, with all its setbacks, much to their dismay.
They seem to be looking for their very own hero to save their bacon from the fire.
(female/male (gender switches), 45, Pan)
One of the producers of cooking contest. They seem to be out for you for some unknown reasons, and will stop at nothing to throw boulders into your way.
They are cold, condescending and care only for themselves.
Or do they?
Super spoiler below
There will also be two secret ROs for the parent, and (at least) one secret RO for the kid, with their very own plotlines.
ROs (so far) for the kid MC
Francis Montgomery, aka Prestige
(male, 16-17, pan (male leaning))
Francis, in one word, is a douche. He’s rude, selfish and cares little for others, preferably surrounding himself with people who will boost his ego. Being the son of CoCi’s #1 powered couple (La Mode and Stormrider), with his mother being the current mayor he grew up in a world were your fame alone opened all kinds of doors for you, and he knows that.
As Prestige he is gallant though a bit rakish, and much less full of himself.
Now, which is the mask and which isn’t?
In either case, both sides of him have a rivalry going on with Marcus.
Marcus Hayes aka SnapShot
(male, 16, pan (male leaning))
Live has not been kind to Marcus. Those that know him and Francis will easily say Marcus got all the misfortune for each piece of Francis’ luck in life. In general people would say Marcus is the opposite of Francis.
He’s kind, upbeat, and caring, in and out of costume. and will fight tooth and nail to protect those dear to him. Major downside many see in him is his tendency to pepper his speech with physically painful puns, again in and out of costume.
He’s living with his mother, former hero Butterfly, in the poorest district of town, caring greatly for her since the sudden disappearance of his father ten years ago sent her into a nervous breakdown and depression.
Marcus is convinced his father had been non other than CoCi’s top hero Eclipse, who also went missing ten years ago.
Trudie Doherty aka Starlight
(female, 15-16, pan)
Trudie is an orphan living with her elderly foster mom and Fluff, a tiny schafpudel. Trudie is notoriously shy and insecure, deeming herself to have completely lost the power lottery, but nevertheless aims to become a hero people can look up to. Can show a lot of bravado when ‘on the job’ or excited or angry (really angry) about something, but it usually fades too quickly once she starts second guessing herself.
Tends to break into tears very easily due to the insecurities.
Izzy Bishop aka Ace Of Spades
(genderfluid, 16, asexual, panromantic)
Izzy is a rather snarky and eccentric terrakinetic (earth and mineral manipulation) and one of Marcus’ oldest friends. They tend to be a bit pessimistic in their outlook, while simultaneously viewing the world from an utmost bizarre perspective. Their codename is 150% courtesy of Marcus.
Marcus and Liz by prism_star
Cavalry by prism_star
Cavalry colored by prism_star
Beach by prism_star
Francis Moodboard by jessicanity
Starlight Moodboard by jessicanity
MCs by daniboy
MCs by Abe