I very recently started a story centered around corrupted politics at court, sibling rivalry, fighting, and, perhaps the most entertaining of all, death. As in, people are killing each other for success.
Anyway, you play as a slave in the first scene (your actions decide if this continues). You’re the only child of the late king of the city-state of Jaragesh. When the King of Tarnae invaded (ten years ago) your family was killed and you were enslaved. Though, ideally, you should have been the king’s slave, you were sold to a merchant who was willing to pay a very good price.
The story starts off with you collapsing and coming near to being beaten to death, but for you hear someone cry out to help you. The king, with his wife and eldest son. He (or maybe someone else *wink wink*) takes you back to his castles, and as if your life as a slave was not bad enough, you now face something much worse-Tarnaei politics.
Thrusts into court beside your new master, you must play a dancing game, whether it be with steel or words. You won’t succeed all the time, you will face challenge, and those around you will fall. The Jarageshi had a saying. “When a man goes into a pit of snakes, he must be ready to grow eyes behind his head.” Well? Are you ready?
Did that sound interesting to you, or boring? Too gruesome…wait, let me give you a list of things I’m considering having in the game. Ahem…
Sex, murder, corruption, incest, fratricide, rape, mutilation, torture…a think that sums it up.
So, too gruesome? Not interesting? Overdone idea? What are your thoughts?
Oh, and this is stats screen (so far).
Courage vs Caution: 50
Apathy vs Sympathy: 50
Impulse vs Disdain: 50
Aggressive vs Defensive: 50 (you couldn’t survive in this world as a passive)
Traditionalism vs Progressivism: 50
Warriorism vs Diplomatism: 50 (yes, both of those words are made-up)
Isolationism vs Mercantilism: 50
~Still have to add the relationships.~
So, your thoughts on this? Too complex, not complex enough, or just right?