Small update as of 12/9 (just after midnight, so your timezone may vary)
Basically, I’ve gotten a little further in the first scene, and I’ve developed a system for generating a name in the KuLaghuna language or a neighboring steppe language. The character name isn’t yet in the actual story so I have a choice at the very beginning where you may test name generation, or just go directly to the story itself. If you test name generation, the story will follow.
At the current point, I’ll be most curious to know if there’s anything you want to say or ask where it leaves off.
The tiny amount I have so far is visible here: https://dashingdon.com/play/tssl/uprising-against-the-verdant-lords--the-village-years/mygame/
I’d say the genre is roughly fantasy, in that it takes place at a vaguely Medieval level of technology, and not in Earth history. It is, however, magic-agnostic, in that most characters would generally believe in spirits and magic, but you character will be able to be as skeptical or faithful as you wish. I’m also aiming to portray a setting that doesn’t correspond to any particular Earth culture, but has a distinct flavor of its own. I’ll want to know how well I do in this regard.
As for the plotline, you will start out as a peasant. You live in the region of Laghuna, which is part of a republic which I still need to name. This republic is, however, dominated by wealthy people from the region of Kuthumikha. There will be a civil war in which a man claiming descent from the former royal line of Laghuna launches an uprising. The main character will end up caught up in all this (as will basically everybody in Laghuna), and have to make their way through the chaos. You should be able to choose whom you wish to support. There will also be a pair of nearby foreign powers who get involved.
(I think the closest historical analogues are probably something like the fall of a Chinese dynasty [in terms of general collapse], the Social Wars in Roman history [in terms of some of the issues involved], and the 30 Years’ War [in terms of warfare and foreign involvement, though not the religious aspects].)
My goal will be to write a non-grim story in a grim setting. I’d want to respect that terrible things are happening, but also to show people striving, supporting one another, and finding moments of joy. (And sometimes just having fun!)
It might be nice to enter this for the contest. We’ll see how it goes.
The first scene takes place when the main character is seven (though I could adjust this if the age feels off). I plan to spend some time in the village, building the character, getting to know the setting, and watching the build up to the civil war itself.
The title is provisional. “Verdant Lords” refers to republic’s rulers, because they look back to the ancient republic known as the Verdant Realm.
Any questions about the setting will be useful (though I realize people will have more to discuss once I have the first scene up). If I know the answer, I will gladly tell; if not, it is either an opportunity for me to develop the answer or to note that it is an area I should work on.
I look forward to having more to show you. Thank you for your interest