Hello there! I’m Fernando, aka Ferddai
I’m new at this story-making thing, but I wanted to know if someone will play this (even just one person barely interested would work for me) or if I should burn it all in the flames of oblivion and go back to playing Minecraft… So here goes nothing…
Scarlet Lords is a high-fantasy interactive fiction series currently being written by Fernando Bethencourt that takes place in the fictional universe of Merlya, specifically in the Scarlet Citadel, the nest of (arrogant) nobles (with funny-sounding titles like “klinkoolper” before their first names) located right at the center of the coldest and most unforgiving place of the whole Continent: Kazergo, capital city of the Kingdom of Bresden.
Your father has died, and you must take his place as one of the most powerful nobles in this side of the Fourbloods River: the Scarlet Warden.
But as easy as your life may look like, you know better than to get too comfortable. Specially after learning that your father was murdered, and that you could (and probably will) be the next target.
Will you uncover the secrets that lie inside the walls of the centuries-old Citadel? Will you learn the true motive behind your father’s assassination? Will you protect Queen Larissa at all costs, or will you join forces with those who conspirate against her? Will you survive the machinations of the other nobles? AND WILL YOU EVER LEARN WHY IS SO $&%*ING COLD AT NIGHT?!?!
All this while fighting (or supporting) the greatest revolution this country could ever face!
Love, intrigue, betrayal, mystery and much more await in my first and most ambitious IF project: SCARLET LORDS
FEATURESNote: an exclamation (!) sign at the end means that the feature is still being coded and tested appropriately. On the other side, an interrogation (?) sign means that the feature hasn't even been tested/isn't fully developed yet and may or may not appear in the final product.
Note 2: also, (!H) means that is under heavy development, (!VH) means under VERY heavy development, (E!) means early development, and (?A) means that while it isn’t tested nor coded in its entirety, it will most definitely appear in the ultimate version.
Morale and Personality Traits (codename PETRA) system! Inspired by the Attunement in the Samurai of Hyuga book series. Be Ruthless or Merciful, Friendly or Hostile, Humble or Arrogant, Talkative or Quiet, Cold-hearted or Sensitive, Spontaneous or Planning, Playful or Serious… and even achieve the ultimate balance! - (!H)
Pick-Yer-Heraldry system! Choose your House’s familiar, pick a nice color for them, then a matching background color and you’re done, mate! But don’t do just a pretty banner: your heraldry actually gives you ELEMENTAL powers! WHAAAAAAT?! (mInDFUcK!!) - (?A)
Dummy AI! Yes, what you heard: ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE!!! While you’re busy flirting with that good-looking bodyguard of yers, the revolutionaries and NPC factions will act differently based on your choices and the world around them! (Disclaimer: Don’t expect too much of this one if it’s implemented) - (?)
Different House origins to choose from! Does your House hail from the sun-bathed coast of the Jolqamar Peninsula? Or are you the descendant of a settler from the extinct Kalandian Confederation? What about the opressive Ocassian Empire? Did your ancestor came from there? Each lineage gives bonuses to your attributes! Yay for balanced character creation! - (!VH)
A (hopefully) extense and (hopefully × 2) well-developed world lore! The Merlyaverse has been a tiny little project of mine since mid-2020, but I’ve never been so sure about my creation before! It’s still a newborn (and I’m still a noob in this world-building thing), but this forum is the best place to let it free and receive that feedback I so desperately need!* - (E!)
Yer Very Own Diary! Some sorta inter-dimensional wormhole where you can see what your character thinks of themselves, their acquaintances, the world, and… Well, that’s pretty much everything… But still! What if you could read/see what your character really thinks, instead of what YOU want them to think? - (?)
*Disclaimer: may contain plotholes.
MAIN PATHSNote: The same (!), (?) system is used here.
Unconditional Servant: Her Majesty’s word is holy to you, and while is true that some may call you a pelele, it is your duty as the Warden! Protect Bresden from traitors both within and without! Honor, Freedom and Motherland! - (E!)
“Loyalty” Is Relative: Yes, you are the Warden… But you’re also ambitious. Use your cunning and your influence to undermine Larissa and her court. Take the Throne of Rubies for yourself! - (E!)
Note: These two paths are the ones I alreade have started writing and coding, but they’re not the only ones that will appear in the final product.
The story’s still in very early alpha stage, since it will be composed by three/four volumes, but I hope to have a demo of the first two chapters ready in, say, somewhere between late December 2021 and February 2022.
I’ll be happy to answer any questions about Scarlet Lords if I can!