Welcome to the Developer Diary thread for Honor Bound! This is a standalone game that takes place four years after Royal Affairs, with a brand new player character.
The story so far: I started working on this game in March 2023. As of May 2023, I’ve just submitted the first draft of Chapter 2. An average playthrough of what I’ve made so far is 26500 words - a novella already! - and the total wordcount is 95000 words (65% of Noblesse Oblige! Wild!).
Chapter 1 is going up on Patreon on 6th June. I will be posting weekly in-depth character introductions and setting details here until 4th July, when I will put up Chapter 1 publicly. I also hope to post (roughly) fortnightly progress updates.
Play the prologue here! As a sneak peek before the first chapter goes up, I’ve made a short prologue which takes place several months before the start of the game. It won’t be part of the demo or full game, but instead is a little introduction to your MC, their situation, and the setting. I’d love to hear what you think!
You’re a promising officer in the Teranese military, a force which has not seen major engagement in decades but which holds vast influence. Thanks to an injury, you’re no longer in the field. Thanks to the… complicated circumstances of that injury, you’ve been quietly reassigned.
Now you’re to be the bodyguard to the child of a famous scientist who is attending a wilderness boarding school for the children of the richest and most powerful figures of Teran society.
According to your commanding officer, it’s an easy assignment. The school sits close to your own hometown, so you’ll be familiar with the area; you can recover your health and get your career back on track. What could go wrong?
Bond with those around you or impress with aloof competence. Be a kind, trusted confidante to your charge, or a strict, stern caretaker. Work hard for glowing reports from your charge, your military superiors, or the Headteacher to get your life back on track - or risk it all as you uncover secrets that put you and everyone around you in peril.
Play as male, female, or non-binary; cis or trans; gay, straight, or bisexual; asexual and/or aromantic; allosexual and/or alloromantic; monogamous or polyamorous
Play a junior officer in your 20s, a mid-ranking officer in your 30s, or a senior officer in your 40s
Befriend or romance a severe military officer, a bold, easygoing outdoors expert, a determined and overworked priest, an earnest but airheaded fellow bodyguard, or the anxious, serious widowed parent of your charge
Shape the school life of your teenage charge: encourage her to make friends or sabotage her rivals, let her slack off or push her to achieve
Protect the school, town, and your charge from natural disasters and criminals, or use chaos to further your agendas. Build a warm community, stand apart to focus on yourself, or push tensions higher in a place where gossip is rife
Negotiate a cushy promotion, or open other doors, through heroic or devious actions. Or become such a disaster that only bandits will give you the time of day
Unearth and thwart shadowy schemes, or enact them yourself for your own ends
This tightly-knit desert boarding school is a sanctuary for artists and scientists of the future to flourish. But as danger closes in, how far will you go for your ambitions, your commanders, and your country?
Teran is an archipelago far to the west of Westerlin with a generally warm climate that varies between semi-arid plains, mountain ranges, temperate rainforests, and subtropical jungles. Unlike other powerful countries nearby, Teran is run by a President and Parliament. The President recognises individuals with the title Honored or the higher level title Esteemed. These titles are awarded for exceptional achievements contributing to the public good.
The Teranese Military is a hugely important influence in Teran, regardless of who the President is. For centuries Teran has had mandatory two years’ military service known as Teranese Service for almost everyone aged between ages 18-20 which involves basic training and assignment across the Teranese islands or the mainland. The army has not been involved in a major operation for around fifty years.
The Church of Teran is polytheistic and worships a large number of deities representing abstract concepts and elements of the natural world (eg. Elene is the deity of the sun, Alvir is the deity of protection, etc). Tenets include valuing personal ambition and striving, wonder and curiosity, and harmonic unity.
Unlike some other countries in the Creme de la Creme world, polyamorous marriages are legally supported.
Major Befriendable and Romanceable Characters
Major Befriendable and Romanceable Characters:
Honored Fiore Roldan (35): a serious-minded, protective widowed single parent (gender-selectable: trans man (he/him), trans woman (she/her), nonbinary (they/them)
Captain Varenn Korzha (41): a severe military officer and science teacher who does not suffer fools gladly (gender-selectable: cis man (he/him), cis woman (she/her), agender (they/them)
Matia Frasada (44): a brash, outgoing former explorer turned estate manager (gender-selectable: trans man (he/him), trans woman (she/her), genderqueer (they/them)
Raffi Claudian (25): an easily-led but physically competent bodyguard from a private company (gender-selectable: cis man (he/him), cis woman (she/her), nonbinary (they/them)
Savarel Lopes (28): a warm, principled field medic turned priest with a stubborn streak (gender-selectable: cis man (he/him), cis woman (she/her), agender (they/them)
Each character can be romanced monogamously. Matia and Korzha can be romanced polyamorously. So can Fiore and Savarel. Raffi can be romanced in an open relationship, but is not compatible with the other major characters.
Other Characters: more to come as the story progresses!
Catarina Roldan (14, she/her): an ambitious, tenacious young teenager with a flair for math; your charge
Simone Morarre (14, she/her): a keen, chatty science enthusiast, daughter of a famous actor
Andie Malone (13, they/them): a quiet, shy student originally from a farm, on a music scholarship
Pietro Landris (13, he/him): a languid, glamorous layabout from a financial family
Viola de Luca (14, she/her): the stormy, silent child of coffee-export magnates
Kass Quintal (50s, she/her): Headteacher of Ozera School, and famed sculptor; married to Doria
Doria Quintal (60s, she/her): Deputy Head and music teacher at Ozera School; married to Kass
Diego (30s, he/him): Fine Art teacher, did very badly in Teranese Service
Henriette (20s, she/her): Maths teacher, ambitious and intense; originally from Westerlin
Tibor (50s, he/him): Fibre Arts teacher, flamboyant and eccentric
Mayor Abril Tedesco (40s, they/them): Mayor of Elene’s Prospect
Sheriff Beniam Ruiz (50s, he/him): sheriff of Elene’s Prospect
Honored Lidia Dimir (40s, she/her): local dignitary and owner of a manor house on the edge of town
Giorgia and Roland Frasada (80s, she/her and he/him respectively): Matia’s parents
Dr Altomare (50s, they/them): the town doctor
Field Marshal Mathilde Alva (60s, she/her): your grandboss and mentor
Field Marshal Izan Mandriotti (60s, he/him): colleague and friend of Alva
Some historical events are yet to be added, such as the events surrounding Revekah Vasile’s imprisonment in Westerlin, but here is a selection of important recent events in the Creme de la Creme universe:
1761: Honor Bound starts
1758: Princess Josiane of Westerlin gets engaged to Lady Yael Forster
1757: Zaledo gains universal suffrage
1757: Royal Affairs PC starts attending Archambault Academy
1756: Fiore Roldan awarded Honored title
1755: Noblesse Oblige PC moves to the Isle of Teteriuk
1755: Rosario del Quiros marries Potentate Darian of Jezhan or the Creme de la Creme PC
1753: Creme de la Creme PC starts attending Gallatin College
1751: Ozera School founded
1747: Catarina Roldan born
1746: King Georges of Westerlin dies
1744: Prince Oliver of Westerlin born
1739/40: Royal Affairs PC and other Royal Affairs students born
1736: Queen Estell III crowned
1735: Princess Josiane of Westerlin born
1735/6: Creme de la Creme PC and other Creme de la Creme students born; Raffi Claudian born
1734: Emil/Emily/Emile Karson born
1733: Noblesse Oblige PC, Pascha Boroi, Tomi Danelak, Savarel Lopes born
1730: Rys Nectaria born
1726: Fiore Roldan born
1720: Varenn Korzha born
1717: Matia Frasada born
1712: Queen Estell of Westerlin, King Georges of Westerlin, Fabien de Cadaret born
1710-1713: Dahaikan Secession
1652: Timothy Linwood attempts to assassinate King Gian of Westerlin, leading to the Linwood-Philippe exiles
1485: Teranese Revolution and formation of the Church of Teran