One Thousand Blooms — Updated August 13

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#386

so are we midgets or late bloomers?


#387

I think it was commented that something is suppressing our growth rate and that we might get to choose later on


#388

Sure but it doesn’t seem likely the mc will be able to completely make up for their lost height, particularly given the state of the game-world’s medicine.
So maybe not midgets (unless we choose to be), but smaller than we should have been adults seems likely and I think we’ll be limited to merely “average” height at best, despite the mc coming from a family of tall people. :worried:


#389

Hey there, just wanted to pop in and say that the game looks amazing so far, and I’m sure it’s going to be great <3


#390

Can I just talk about how much I love the father? Like, during the argument, noticing how he kept protecting the MC made me tear up. I keep replaying just to read what he says. The game is extremely good! It has a great flow, and I personally haven’t found any bugs or grammar errors. Thank you for sharing the demo! :blush:


#391

That’s a secret :spy: Like @Drakeye says, it may be one thing or another, but it’s not just a matter of height.

@Sleepy aaaaw, that’s so sweet of you, thanks :hugging:

!!! That’s really important, I’m happy that you noticed it :wink: One of Datura’s most prominent trait(s) is his fatherly instinct and devotion, desiring to be the one bringing up the MC instead of caretakers or nannies; sadly for him, he has to work himself to the bone and is unable to do as such, having little time for them everyday. I want to make it both obvious and subtle on some aspects, because in The Society it’s a very rare thing to do, to be the one to (or wanting to!) raise your own child. On future chapters, I’ll show different families, like the Faerwald, the Rose and Crowfoot to show that usually, the children’s parents are only acknowledged/avowed in name (this is your Mother and you have to respect her), because the ones nurturing them are the servants. Datura hardly, if ever, resents anyone or is envious, but he cannot understand how those who can spend as much time as they want with their kids don’t do it.

Thank you for your kind words :wink:


#392

Heavily hoping for an opportunity to catch up on our growth to at least “average” height for a “nobleman”. Even that would arguably be somewhat of a bitter pill and cold comfort for my poor mc, coming from a family of apparently notoriously tall people after all.
Poor guy may face some of the same issues I did, hating many of his own clothes because they’re made for little kids garbage, for example and constantly being belittled and overlooked. :cry:


#394

There is a error in stats screen as when you select - back to profile it dosent go back

I like your comment towards the game ended at x and the 1 week delay - quite funny i chuckled at that one


#395

!!! I think I know why, thank you! :smile:

So… The game ain’t dead. Yet. I’m still working with the romance extras, but things happen and I’m a slowpoke. I’ll try to post Cherry’s scene next week, along with another one (not sure if I should go for Rhona or Maetthere first).


#396

Who is cherry or rhona or maetthere


#397

It’s really fun and interesting. Descriptions are fantastic and characters are engaging, I certainly can’t wait for more.

I did encounter an error a few times but as seen above I’m sure you already got the message.


#398

I report a typo. When the Doctoress is comparing our height to our dad’s old height, the text is supposed to say taller but it says that she is " lot latter than you thought"

Also, if you select the name Laevi (or something similar) it registers as Latua. Both are pretty but I got confused ^^’

Sorry if they’ve been reported before!

~actual thoughts~

THIS IS SO SAD
SOO, SO SAD.
Our poor dad! I hope he doesn’t change this attitude towards us because that would actually break me. I love this so much and can’t wait for more! Keep up the great work, I cheer for you!


#399

They are ROs (romance options) for the MC :rose:

@Phoenix_Wolf aaaw, thank you! :blush: Yep, I know of several bugs and mistakes, but I’m waiting for the (big) next update to take care of them, since this is going to get an overhaul :slight_smile:

@awkward_viking thanks for reporting them! I’m glad you like the game so much, even though there’s so little going on :grin: Don’t worry about Datura, he’s definitely a devoted dad who loves his kid very much, even if the circumstances won’t let him :smiling_imp:


By the way, here you have an advancement of two of the ROs :wink:

[details=Snippet]Taking advantage of your bewilderment, the redhead grabbed your arm and dragged you along with her, slamming the door shut behind you. She giggles like a child who has had too much sugar, and it takes you back when you were little kids and spent your days running through meadows and climbing trees, or looking for berries in brambles.

It makes you wonder, when was the last time both of you had so much freedom in your hands?[/details]

[details=Snippet #2]You try to follow her, but she speaks fast and disorderly and with her hands; it’s the first time you have seen someone babble freely, without second thoughts of poise and composure. She’s not doing it in a vulgar fashion, but rather… natural, without all the watchfulness of properness breathing down her neck or social restrains.

“Oh my, I shouldn’t have said that,” the redhead catches herself and covers her mouth, looking guilty and ready to go back to her shell. [/details]


#400

Sometimes you are a little bit cruel you know that? Creating a character for us to get attached to just to… kill them off later and have the MC descend into the world of social conventions and suffering. “Everything I love is dying!!” will be probably some of the MC’s life mantra.

-happy squealing- :revolving_hearts:


#401

Yeah, I know, and I love it. It’s fun and heartwarming, to write personages like the dad, though all of us know that there’s a catch :wink: Believe it or not, when we reach that moment, I’ll be suffering as much as (if not even more than) you all :head_bandage: I love Datura as a character and I have a lot of plans for him, not all of them nice :wink:


#402

You are such a tease.


#403

This scene is only written, not coded, so the MC Nightshade that appears has a set personality (serious-ish), but once it’s in the game, there will be different options and reactions. Since it’s set when Rhona is 19 years old and the MC is 22, there’s some spoiler-ish stuff implied (see if you can find it :wink: )

[details=Rhona]You rap your knuckles against the carved door, not sure how to proceed; there’s no metal knocker, and it would be impolite to just invite yourself in, but it feels wrong to touch the decorations.

“Just a minute, please” someone shouts from inside; the heavy wood muffles the sound, but it sounds like Coriander.

Uh. Wasn’t this Rhona’s chamber? You take a step back and give the door a good look; the carvings take curling shapes reminiscent of stormy waters, rippling and waving. The oldest Faerwald daughter has painted flowers on hers; you didn’t get the wrong room.

There’s movement inside the room, a sudden thwack that makes you wince as you picture the impact, followed by Rhona’s scream of, “Shade! Save me!”

The door opens so suddenly you worry it’s going to pop off its hinges, and a set of frightened dark brown eyes met yours. You don’t have time to react as the youngest Faerwald paws at your shirt and forcefully drags you inside, pushing you between her sister and her.

“Shade, please, please, protect me! She’s torturing me!" she pleads, hiding behind you.

You give her the side eye, waiting for an explanation, and your eyes meet Coriander’s weary gaze, who shakes her head in exhasperation.

Taking advantage of your bewilderment, the redhead grabbed your arm and dragged you along with her, slamming the door shut behind you. She giggles like a child who has had too much sugar, and it takes you back when you were little kids and spent your days running through meadows and climbing trees, or looking for berries in brambles.

You trot down the hallway like tumbling foals, tugging and pulling at each other as you laugh, and you’re not entirely sure if she’s trying to make you fall onto the ground or keep you from having the pleasure of meeting the floor face-first. Her cackle is loud and high pitched, unadultered, and it makes her eyes bright with joy.

It makes you wonder, when was the last time both of you had so much freedom in your hands?

You turn sharply to the left, but instead of following you Rhona pressed herself flush against you, keeping you in place. She glances up and smiles, and that’s when you see it.

She looks different.

You don’t know what Cora must have used on her sister, but you can tell at a glance that the palette she put on her is plain wrong; it makes Rhona’s face look waxy, a stark contrast to her tan and freckled complexion. Yet the kohl outlining her eyes and painted lips give her a mature air that accentuates her likeliness to Coriander and Lady Faerwald.

“You look…,”

“Stupid, I know,” the younger girl rubbed her eyes with the back of her hand, smearing the kohl even further, down her cheekbones. You can’t help but smile at the dark grimace on her face; she looks both ridiculous and endearing. That’s Rhona for you; childish and stormy and jaunty Rhona.

“I wasn’t going to say that,” you tut, caressing the side of her face with your knuckles; the skin feels smooth and unfamiliar, the very flew blemishes of puberty covered in foundation and light dusting.

“Whatever. Cora has been using me as her personal doll all morning,” she pouts, rubbing her hip in brisk circles, “I also hit the edge of the vanity, I think I’m going to have a bruise.”

“Does it hurt a lot?”

“I have had worse back when Pepper threw me off of her,” she shrugs, tilting her head back to look at you in the eye, “can’t believe that Mae can tame such nasty mare.”

Oh, right, Maetthere: he did ask you to relay a message to his sister in his last letter, since he wasn’t even sure that she read the ones he sent to her. He mentioned something about a sibling’s quarrel or something.

“He wrote to me; he said—“

She snorts, “Ignore him, that’s what I have been doing the last year.”

You wrinkle your brow, and she exhales, as if asking a higher power for patience. She takes your hand in hers and leans against you, using your shoulder to rest her head. Short locks of strawberry blonde hair fall over her forehead, covering her eyes, but her voice sounds clear.

“We have grown apart; Mae warned me that I should start behaving more accordingly to my age and social standing,” she says, mimicking with her hands someone speaking, “or else I will be in trouble when I have to marry, like with that gross Sandalwood.”

Ah, that. You can see why she’s so reticent of speaking with her brother then; as both of the younger Faerwald grew up, their views on The Society diverged to the point that they almost didn’t see eye to eye anymore. You wonder when did Maetthere start caring so much about The Society norms. Still, Maetthere is somewhat right, and Rhona should thread carefully in case someone such as the son of Lord Sandalwood arises again.

“And what did you say?”

You rub little circles on her back, and Rhona throws her arms around your neck, locking you in a tight embrace. This is bad, you muse, aware that if any of the staff catches sight of you there will be trouble, but you find yourself unable to push her away. You return her hug, resting your chin on her shoulder.

“I told him that so much lemon balm and skullcap has rotten his brain.”

“Rhona, I’m being serious here.”

“I know,” she replies, her arms still around you, “I know.”

She doesn’t say anything more, but keeps herself wrapped around you, relishing the warmth and closeness. Her embrace is tight, almost uncomfortable, but you don’t have the heart to ask her to let go of you. There are a lot of things you don’t have the heart to do when she’s like that.

Just when you believe you won’t be getting any more answers from her she pulls away and peers up at you. Rhona’s eyes are dark brown, soulful like a doe’s, boring into yours with unnatural intensity. Her mouth falls open, plump and glossy like a ripe fruit.

“Hey, Shade,” her lips curl in a smile, and before you can react she leans in and kisses you in the corner of your mouth, briefly touching your lips. “You’re it.”

She ducts under your arms, running away from you, and her laughter echoes through the hallway. This is it, you wonder, smiling fondly at her retreating form, some things never change.[/details]

It unedited and raw and I’m sure that after a while I’ll find 1000 mistakes, but I’ll worry later :smile: I still have left some more to do and post :relieved:

Oi, I need a bit of help; I have to ask you, what did you understand of this scene? I man, what do you think that’s going on (between Rhona and Cora in the room, Maetthere, etc.)? Because it looks like some might misunderstand some things greatly, so I have to make sure of the way I word it :sweat_smile:


#404

I saw a typo in the final page, it was when the protagonist was speaking of how cold his mother was.


#405

So what I’m getting from the scene is that:

The MC went to Rhona’s room to pass on a message from Maetthere since a sibling’s quarrel has caused Rhona to ignore Maetthere’s previous letters. I’m assuming the quarrel is due to a difference of opinions on The Society. And Coriander is in Rhona’s room because she put make-up (or the like) on Rhona.

Did I understand it correctly?

It’s cool that we’re getting excerpts on the different ROs…I was wondering if we’d also get one based on Maynard?


#406

Don’t forget that she plays tag with the MC and confuses the MC in the process.