Hello! This is my first post here, and I wanted to check interest about a story idea I’ve had forever but am now finally tinkering with.
You play as a 20-year-old noblewoman in the fictional country of Hei Lla, where the rule of land lies firmly in the hand of women. As a matriarchal system, noble houses are constituted of up to three Mothers at the head, and up to three Wives just beneath. Rank and ritual are incredibly important, with society ordered into seven ranks with the Royal House governing at the top. (‘Wife’ is more title than indication of being wed to one person; that exists but is called something else.)
You are on the cusp of your adult life, about to be ‘wedded’ into a new clan, a new noble house. The responsibilities of noblewomen are the skillful management of the clan’s wealth and resources, the establishment of social connections, and the role of motherhood.
In Hei Lla, ‘Motherhood’ is not a biological process, but a formal social appointment. Becoming a mother in nobility can mean either carrying a child yourself or adopting a child; either way there is an important civil ceremony where you are declared a child’s mother. Women who are assigned male at birth are just as capable of becoming one of the elite as anyone else.
The vision I have for the entire game is that it will be in two ‘books’: the first will be the MC as she advances through Hei Lla’s society and as she either makes enemies of her new family or grows close to them. There will be several romances with men, women, and NB options, as well as important friendships and/or enemies to be made. The second ‘book’ would be about your daughter: the choices you make in Book One will effect what futures are open to her.
So. I am planning on gender-locking this work for female-only, which I realize is not a popular designation for cog games. But I have a specific vision for the issues and culture, and it would be a very different story from a male perspective. I am thinking about finding a way to also include a NB mc, but I am wary of trying to shoehorn people into this culture without being mindful. I would also note that while the nobility have strict practices, these are more relaxed in the lower classes.
Anyway. I’ve made an attempt at a start, and I’d call this more of a proof of concept than a demo: