Reminiscence; Memories of Eternity [Updated 11th Sep 2022 Aria Chapter 3 Complete]

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“Being both in love and wise, not even the gods can manage that.”

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He is a child of prophecy, the chosen prince struggling under the weight of his destiny. Unable or unwilling to walk the path fate has set for him.

She is a living goddess, the divine princess with a tragic calling. Fate has decreed the end of her immortal life in blood and betrayal.

Can men or even gods alter what is written in the stars?

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Stars are dying at the edge of the Universe. The Great Darkness stirs. His dark champion leaves a trail of dead worlds in his wake. Demons, banished long ago, returns from Inferno. The Dark Pantheon rises in the space between the stars.

In Aion, the Prince of Light grapples with love, life, college, court intrigue, and international politics.

In Lòrelei, the Celestial Songstress struggles with fate and free will, love and destiny, immortality and the mortal condition.

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Once upon a time, there was a Universe…

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This is an exploration of free will vs predestination, total freedom vs perfect safety, chaotic democracy vs orderly autocracy, and the tragedy and hope of starcrossed romances set against the backdrop of a galactic war.

Hi! I’m back with something close to my heart. I started working on this before Knights of Evallon, and I am finally ready to share a little bit of it. The details are below and please feel free to ask me anything.

Summary

Reminiscence; Memories of Eternity is a romantasy set against the backdrop of a galactic war at the prophesied end times—called Eternity’s End.

As you may have guessed, romance is an integral part of the story, much more so than in Knights of Evallon. Both games are set in the same Verse and has few overlapping characters. However, you don’t have to play one to understand the other.

The story begins in Aion and Lòrelei, the homeworlds of the playable characters.

Aion is a world of science and magic. It’s a world once ruled by the Fae, who had enslaved the ancient humans. But after Amadeus Invictus Aeternus led the humans to rebellion and eventual victory against the Fae and the Sun Queen Titania, humans have become the dominant species, marginalizing the other races and even driven to extinction.

Lòrelei is a flat world teeming with magic and wonder. It’s the prime world in the heavenly dimension between universes called the Celestial Sea, the home of the gods. The Eylfnär, the gods of Lòrelei, inhabit the blessed Eastern lands while myriad races, including elves, humans, and dwarves, inhabit the other continents. However, this seemingly idyllic world has deep dark secrets lurking beneath the glittering patina.

Playable Routes

There are two playable routes.

Aria: A Prince’s Tale (gender-locked to male)
Rhapsody: A Goddess’ Song (gender-locked to female)

Their stories will converge eventually. So there will be three chapters to each story.

The Prince’s Path:
Aria
Fantasia
Eternity’s End

The Goddess’ Path:
Rhapsody
Fantasia
Eternity’s End

Stats and Powers

Physical, Charisma, Intrigue, and Health are self-explanatory, so I’ll concentrate on the rest.

Spirit is the amount of Mana available.

The other powers are different for the characters.

The Prince:

Telekinesis: Lets you move objects, block, and hover. At high levels, it will enable you to fly, dismantle stuff, and even bring down the moon.

Bloodline Arsenal: You can summon the weapons of your ancestors through golden portals. You can wield them or simply hurl them like projectiles.

Eternal Flame: You will eventually be able to access the Eternal Flame itself. At first, you’ll be able to shoot beams of light from your eyes and mouth. However, the Eternal Flame is capable of so much more.

The Goddess:

Asterokinesis: The stars are one of your dominions. You can wield starlight for destruction and healing. You can also summon the spirits of the constellations. The particular spirits available for summoning depend on the constellations of the world you are in.

Immortal Beloved: Love is another one of your dominions. You can charm people, as well as any, being capable of love. You can also will the powerful bow of love.

Celestial Symphony: Music is your third domain. Unlike the Prince’s Eternal Flame, you have immediate access to this power. It lets you achieve a multitude of feats with your music and songs, including but not limited to hypnosis, transmutation, and more.

Resources:

Prestige: Affects your general perception and diplomatic gravitas.

Piety: Eventually, piety will let you call in divine favors.

Solar/Lunari: These are the currencies and representations of your wealth. You can use them to help the people, bribe, hire mercenaries, etc. Since you are royalty, you have a substantial amount.

Love Interests for the Prince's route

Note: In addition to the following, there’s at least one secret romance option for each route. I could also add more ROs in the future. It’s also possible to have have flings and one night stands.

Ashärielle Eshenesra Silvaris:


The goddess of the stars, love, and music, Ashärielle has haunted your dreams forever. She is from a different place, a different world, but you possess a strange connection with her.

Despite being the goddess of love, she has never given anyone one her heart. She is wary of love for she believes it will weaken her resolve to fulfill her predestined quest.

She has been seeking you for her entire eons long existence. She needs you to fulfill her destiny, a destiny tainted in blood and betrayal.

Mérellien of the Sliver Moon:


The goddess of the two moons, she is the chief lady-in-waiting to Ashärielle, a position she once shared with her sister Yashéra. She is loyal to her lady, but she doesn’t understand her kind’s obsession with prophecies and divine plans.

Claire Vailant:


The scion of House Vailant, she was your senior at the academy. On graduation, she joined the Imperial Dragoon Corps as a commissioned officer against the wishes of her parents. An accomplished sniper, she planned to serve her country on the frontlines. When she is assigned to protect you, she doesn’t hide her vexation.

Estelle Florence:


Since her arrival in Ascension, the elusive lady Florence’s webs are in every corner of Ascailan high society. Her political machinations threaten to turn the existing order on its head. She is as deadly as she is alluring.

Zaela Ironheart:


One of the few orcs to worship the Eylfnär, she has forsaken iron and steel in exchange for spellcraft. Once a slave until she was freed by worshippers of Lady Ashärielle, she is now a true devotee of the Star-Kindler.

Calix Antley:


Unlike the rest of your companions, Calix is a commoner. He is also your best friend. You became friends in grade school because he was the only one who didn’t care about your exalted station. Plus, his sunny disposition balances the gloomy court intrigue of Ascailes.

Lucius Salisbury:


The son of a noble from a distant province, he is your retainer. Since your mother’s passing, Lucius has taken care of you. Although only four years older, he has cleaned after you, arranged your meals, and done everything else. He worries more about you than anyone else. Although his constant insistence that you eat vegetables can be pretty annoying.

Inamaer Nerivalur:


The High King of Thindurill, he was once a great leader of the elves. When the fallen Eylfnär, Rhazien, tried to conquer the mortal realms, he stood against the dark god. To end Rhazien’s reign of terror, he sacrificed himself. So impressed was the sky god Mhaénal with Inamaer’s heroism that he raised the fallen king to godhood and gave him a place among the Eylfnär. Now, assigned by Mhaénal to watch his daughter Ashärielle, he follows her across the sea of stars.

Love Interests for the Goddess route

Note: In addition to the following, there’s at least one secret romance option for each route. I could also add more ROs in the future. It’s also possible to have have flings and one night stands.

Alexius Valerian Aeternus:


The crown prince of Ascailes, he is a direct descendant of Amadeus Invictus Aeternus, the first king of mankind. He is believed to be the hero of the End Times whose coming was foretold by the Oracle Queen Sabina Vita Aeternus.

Tall and violet-eyed, with traces of his mother’s oriental features, he may look the part, but he is a far cry from the savior of time. He is lazy, rebellious, and a vocal critic of the Empire of his forefathers. Unable and unwilling to walk the path the Fates have set for him, he is a crusader of free will over predestination.

Most troubling is the fact your intertwined destiny is fated to end in blood and betrayal.

Inamaer Nerivalur:


The High King of Thindurill, he was once a great leader of the elves. When the fallen Eylfnär, Rhazien, tried to conquer the mortal realms, he stood against the dark god. To end Rhazien’s reign of terror, he sacrificed himself. So impressed was your father Mhaénal with Inamaer’s heroism that he raised the fallen king to godhood and gave him a place among the Eylfnär. Now, assigned by your father to watch you, he follows you across the sea of stars.

Calix Antley:


Unlike the rest of Prince Alexius’ suite, Calix is a commoner. But if he feels any insecurity because of it, he doesn’t show it. Instead, his sunny disposition lights up his surroundings and makes you laugh. Although, his roving heart is a bit of a problem.

Lucius Salisbury:


The son of a noble from a distant province, he is Prince Alexius’ retainer. Since his mother’s passing, Lucius has taken care of the Prince. Although only four years older, he has cleaned after Alexius, arranged his meals, and done everything else. He worries more about the Prince than anyone else. It’s admirable how much he cares. Plus, he is a great cook.

Bales Skadden:


A dwarven warrior deemed too soft, Bales is an exile from his homeland. He hid when his family was slaughtered by a rampaging band of orc raiders. When you meet him, he is on the verge of ending it all. You save him and he decides to follow you, but his hatred for orcs is source of friction with Zaela Ironheart.

Mérellien of the Sliver Moon:


The goddess of the two moons, she is your chief lady-in-waiting, a position she once shared with her sister Yashéra. She doesn’t understand your kind’s obsession with prophecies and divine plans. However, she is extremely loyal to you. Although it might stem from more than her position, for she has always been in love with you.

Claire Vailant:


The scion of House Vailant, she joined the Imperial Dragoon Corps as a commissioned officer against the wishes of her parents. An accomplished sniper, she planned to serve her country on the frontlines. When she is assigned to protect the Prince, she doesn’t hide her vexation. However, her dedication to her duty puts her firmly on a collision course with your quest.

Zaela Ironheart:


One of the few orcs to worship the Eylfnär, she has forsaken iron and steel in exchange for spellcraft. Once a slave until she was freed by your worshippers, she is now a true devotee.

Official Art

Here’s some official art. I have more and will post more.








Maps

These are WIPs of maps of Aion (a spherical world) and Lòrelei (a flat world). Although it’s quite empty, you can get some idea of the locations. For scale, please check the top left corner.

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Word Count: 36,526
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Available Chapters:
Aria:
Chapter 1: A Summer Night’s Dream
Chapter 2: The Wayward Prince
Chapter 3: Predestined by the Divine

Rhapsody:
Chapter 1: Stars in the Twilight

Feedback Details

-Prose flow, grammar, readability, etc. There might be errors because there’s a chance I have missed some branches.
-Coding.
-Anything else.

Update Notes: 11th September 2022
Aria Chapter 3 complete

Past Update Logs

Update Notes: 27th August 2022
Finished the first scene of Aria Chapter 3 which involves your first official meeting with Ashärielle.
Added some details about the Geography and Polity of Aion, and WIP maps of Aion and Lòrelei in the library.

Update Notes: 22nd August 2022
8000 words added to Aria, taking the word count excluding codes to 22,094. Chapter 2 of Aria is complete. Next up is Chapter 2 of Rhapsody.

Thanks for reading, and please check out my other game if you feel so inclined. Thanks!

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Another day, another cosmic struggle against the forces of evil/chaos. I’ll never get tired of it. And the story has a strong start, that’s for sure. I’m hooked.

On an unrelated note, I find it funny that our almighty goddess, wielder of stars, has cash to dole out. I’m wondering if she receives it as a salary. Maybe she can receive bonuses by being the goddess of the month.

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@Oreven Haha! Glad you like it. And yes, the cash system is a little weird for her. I imagine she has a direct line to the God of Wealth or something. Also, affirmative on the Goddess of the Month bit. Lmao!

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Ah yes😭
The dreaded “play again”
I enjoyed it.
I look forward to it’s update
:joy:Mad

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@Gintoki_Chan Wow! Glad you liked it so much. This project is my baby. Btw, could you tell me the route you played? @Oreven Could you do the same? Thanks!

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Probably best to set up a poll if you want to see what everybody’s route was

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This looks promising! I enjoyed the writing style of this one. And I have to say, the names one is allowed to choose from are very beautiful.

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@Sujan_Dhakal You are right. Will do.

@Caronte Glad you liked it. Also, thanks. I tried to make the names fit the characters.

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Ah :joy:I don’t know if I should be worried, for a project it was very interesting. I look forward to seeing how it ends
I haven’t read your other books but I will look them up and tell you what I think.

I picked the Prince’s route.
Aria

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For that pole, best to offer third option saying both because there are some of us who will do that, I don’t think I’m the only one

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Hi! Please participate in this poll and help me out.

Which route did you play?

  • Aria: A Prince’s Tale
  • Rhapsody: A Goddess’ Song
  • Both

0 voters

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How right you are

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@Gintoki_Chan @Sujan_Dhakal @Oreven Thanks for the responses. And yes, I added the “Both” option as well.

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Should probably link the pole in your original post as well for anyone in the future who doesn’t want to dig through all of this

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Can I link the same poll to the OP?

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I think so, yes

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I’ll try it. Got no idea though.:sweat_smile:

Edit: Did it. Got a badge for it too.

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@Gintoki_Chan Hello again! Sorry, but can you elaborate on this part? Lol, trying to get as much feedback as possible.

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You have another project
Can I ask why don’t you focus on one before embarking on another?
Because I really like Reminiscence, so I don’t know if you would finish it.

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@Gintoki_Chan The reason I work on more than one project is because I get tired of writing the same characters every day. So I switch between the two in order to relax and keep my creative juices flowing. As for Reminiscence, let me assure you, I will finish this. This is literally my life’s work. I have spent far too much time and money on this. (I’ll post the other artworks intermittently. Please don’t hate me for milking them in order to maintain activity).

This was supposed to be a book, but I thought making it a game will be more fun. Especially because I got too attached to the side characters and wanted to explore the main characters’ romances with them. I have already written a lot of the story, but I need to convert it because it’s in the third person past tense.

But thank you, I am glad you like it enough to worry. That’s so touching. Also, I do keep a word count log of both projects on Discord for my readers and myself to keep track of the progress made.

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