ANSWER (that may or may not have been given before, bleh):
If you choose a path, basically you’re on that path for the rest of the game. I’m actually writing the scene in the Noble path at the moment where your ‘Mother’ decides which of the two groups she should dispatch her prize hunter Mr Finn after. You might be able to influence that choice, but then again maybe she’s just testing to see which one you’ll pick.
The three paths are very distinct stories, and as such don’t have a great deal of overlap. The Rebel path is more like a classic action/comedy romp whereas the Noble path is a political period drama and the Mage path is a bizarre sci-fi smorgasbord of different ideas and influences, so the characters that work best in one path could detract from the others.
Oh man… What can I give away without spoiling anything for later…
Ok, so you went to school with both Radjack and Momo, as well as Nex, Nira and Engel (Navi sat in the back for the first two years because you were all technically babysitting at the time).
The vague idea I had was for the whole lot of you to have normal friendly relationships and nothing even approaching a crush occurs until midway through puberty.
In Radjack’s case you think of him as just another boy until one day you realise he looks… different somehow.
Like… I dunno exactly what’s going on with his body now, but it’s all different-lookin’ and I can’t quite figure out how to stop thinking about it. Like, if I could just touch it for a second, I’d probably be okay and get over it then…
Needless to say, you would not in fact get over it then.
These strange feelings are basically just confusing to you until you see him rescue a baby bird from the ground and tenderly keep it alive in his jacket pocket, feeding it crumbs and building it a little nest out of twigs and bits of cotton.
Suddenly you realise that Jack isn’t just the nice kid from four doors down, he’s the good-looking diamond-in-the-rough with a heart-of-gold to boot.
Unfortunately everybody else in the neighbourhood figures this out at roughly the same time, meaning that you had a lot of competition.
Jack himself was entirely unsuspecting and even a little unnerved by all the strange attention he was getting, taking to hiding from the more forthright of suitors who would mob him with gifts and attention at all hours.
This actually made you (unusually) something of a wallflower, and so when Radjack asked you to hide him from a particularly lascivious paramour who was following him from place to place in their lovesickness.
Poor Jack thought he was safe with his dear childhood friend until…
He saw it.
That same look in your eyes. You had it bad.
Unfortunately (read: fortunately) for you young Flash had yet to learn how to disguise their emotions, and despite weak protestations to the contrary, Radjack eventually managed to get you to admit to your feelings and…
Well it just kind of escalated from there.
As for Momo, you had quite the opposite problem.
You’d seen her as such a big-sisterly figure in your life that you didn’t think anything of it when she started packing you lunches and making sure your favourite chair was always available in the Hewer.
This advice wasn’t particularly in keeping with Momo’s personality, as she was being ‘advised’ by her cousin Jhenna, who was getting most of her romantic ‘tips’ from a series of YA novels about gentle, demure lovers blossoming together. Jhenna was hoping that the two of you would read poetry to each other and craft sonnets praising each other’s beauty.
The only problem was that Momo thought it was utter horse-shit. However she didn’t exactly know how else to go about it, so she played along for a good two months, trying to act as elegant and dainty as possible in order to ‘awaken your inner poet’.
Naturally it weirded you out more than anything. Eventually Momo got sick to her back teeth of making sandwiches and reading fruity books about daisies and stormed right up to you. She yanked you by the scruff of the neck and ordered you to take her on a date this instant.
Well you’re right in the fact that Radjack does occasionally keep a bit of stubble around, that’s true enough.
Hmm… Ok, I’ll try and put a bit more physical description in the codex articles, but that might take a wee while as I’d like to focus on this next scene until I’ve really gotten over the worst of it.
True, and there is a plan to have one, I just need to figure out how to put it together without too many potential spoilers…
Thank you so much, this is a huge help for me. Coding will never necessarily be my strong suit, but I’m sure I can get to at least a semi-competent level with enough brute-force application.
Ooh, Ooh… Lemme see if I remember this one off the top of my head…
Unified the Eastern Territories under his rule some 1000 years ago, right?
That’s the tough bit with this storyline, making sure it doesn’t stray into grimdark territories while still attempting to maintain the emotional impact of the whole process.
This. I really want to see what people think about this.
True enough, the extra choices in that regard do make it a little difficult to pin down to a particular person. Nevertheless people seem to be doing a fine job of it regardless.
It ain’t easy, I’m told…