Diaspora is set during the backdrop of a world at war with eachother. The powerful Vooresh Empire has recently defeated the Kingdom of Hess-Erabi when our story takes place. Only the equally powerful Kingdom of Kairon stands between them and world domination. In a world that is harsh, unforgiving and in such despair, how can anything be changed?
In the underbelly of society are a race of people called "Abeyan's". For centuries these human-like species have been subjugated to lives of exclusion and hatred by humans. What fate will befall on them as a result of the war and how does their story fit in?
Ailfred is a Captain in the Vooresh Army and has seen his fair share of combat during the war. Growing up, Ailfred befriended the king of Vooresh, King Ralts, which has catapulted his career and status in society. However, Ailfred is conflicted with the war and considers it a heavy burden on his men whom he tries to take good care of in the midst of so much calamity. Ailfred is hardly seen without his best friend Lieutenant Shakar close by.
A queen of daggers and stealth, Lieutenant Shakar has a significant list of talents that serve her well. Although she has only just recently joined the Vooresh Army, it is clear she already acquired the necessary skills to be a good soldier before becoming a soldier. Shakar sports a care free attitude, but is fierce in her nationalism and friendship with Captain Ailfred which can sometimes come at odds because of Ailfred's views on the war.
At a very young age, all male children in the Empire of Vooresh must undergo mandatory training and military service. The training instills discipline and nationalism at a very young age resulting in a more powerful soldier for the Empire. Orson is a prime example of this militaristic culture. He is quick to follow orders, believes in the Empire's cause and is brave beyond his years. Orson is at odds with his captain as Ailfred's view of the war wanes.
Being Abeyan, and not human, Habar and like so many other Abeyans like him know all to well the dangers they face. It is their duty to educate those around them and inspire hope even when all seems lost. Left with raising his daughter, Niomi, by himself; Habar must be the very careful in balancing Niomi's childhood with teaching her about the real world they live in, but also to let her be a kid and grow up on her own, no matter how difficult life can be.
Wise beyond her short years, thanks to her father's guidance and the disposition Abeyan's must endure, Niomi has a somewhat optimistic view of the world she lives in and effortlessly manages to find the good and beauty in life even when humans would regard her and other Abeyans as filth. Niomi has a insatiable curiosity and desire to learn as much as she can and better understand the world. The bond between her and her father is unbreakable.
King Vooresh (King Ralts to those closest to him), had the unlucky honor of the war breaking out shortly after becoming king of Vooresh. Twelve years ago, the Kingdom of Kairon and Hess-Erabi formed an alliance and invaded Vooresh kingdom. They where able to drive them off their land and through iron will, Ralts was able to reorganize and strengthen his armies and tactics which later resulted in a brutal victory over Hess-Erabi to form an Empire. Ralts was childhood friends with Ailfred.
While growing up in Aldair, a rich but secluded town in the Kingdom of Kairon, Celeste had very little hardships thanks to her fathers fortune. Celeste pursued the sport of fencing at a very young age as do most wealthy families living in Kairon. This would seem like a simple life, but Celeste cannot ignore how while her family is filthy rich, so many in Kairon are devastatingly poor. The desire to help is always there, but as her father would say it, "wealthy people are wealthy for a reason, poor people are no different".
Wedge and Biggs represent almost every soldier under Captian Ailfred's command. One of the heaviest used companies in the war, these soldiers have been at the forefront since the initial invasion to the brutal occupation of Hess-Erabi. Even with their higher military training and discipline than other countries, these soldiers have endured so much that the once unshakable discipline they all had begins to vaporize away ever so little until it spills out as insubordination.
One of the three generals in the Vooresh Army, Gabriel is a quite character that little is known about him, but holds tremendous sway over the king and the events of the war. Gabriel is in charge of the war planning and execution of such plans. He is a clear force to be reckoned with and is rumored to be an excellent fighter. Although his methods are cruel, no one can deny the progress and transformation Vooresh has made since being invaded.
Great news! Although we have been very quite these past couple of months and failed miserably at getting this update out when we said we would, it was not due to lack of progress. In fact, we are actually mid-way through developing what will become the NEXT update!
As we stated earlier, this current update was expected to take a while to complete due to it encompassing some of the largest and most rich cities and castles the game will offer. These where all finally completed back in January so yeah....sorry about that everyone! After multiple playthrough's, we can confidently say that we have 25 hours of great game-play in the bag and now over half way complete!
The update below encompasses the 2nd half of what your heroes will see in the second half of the continent of Kairon. Our talented character artist also finished up another character, Celeste, who is described in this article as well.
We have also began heavy work on our combat system and hiring artists for our static battler artwork. Music also got a upgrade with our composers from our first game, Einlanzer now working on creating the perfect music to engage players into each and every parts of the game.
View of the bustling trade city called Abel in the country of Kairon. Abel is the newest town in the game and quickly became prominent due to the wars. Just north of Abel is Fort Abel. Fort Abel has become the strategic war center for all of Kairon's military operations against the Vooresh Empire.
Fort Abel also bivouac's all of Kairon's soldiers who man the wall. Seven years ago, the Vooresh Empire launched a retaliatory conquest against Kairon. The more battle hardened and tougher soldiers from the ultra-militaristic Vooresh Empire cur deep swaths in Kairon. All hope was lost when the next assault being planned would come across the ocean and land only four days march from the capital.
Kairon used it's main strength to halt the final invasion. It's endless bank vaults. Calling on every corner of Schizm (the world), they brought in every stone, sculptors, oxen and an overflow of lower class citizen's of it's realm to build the famed Abel Wall. A wall that stretches 70 miles and is manned at all times. Tensions at the wall, now that the Vooresh have arrived are tense to say the least!
Skipping ahead to present day, the Vooresh after recently and brutally conquering the kingdom of Hess-Erabi, Kairon's only allies that they had left, in surprising speed they are at the shores of Kairon again, but this time with a force 10 times what it had seven years ago.
The capitol city, Kairon, is the oldest city in Schizm. Home to the finest storefronts and extreme displays of wealth, if not for the war it would be perhaps the best place in Schizm to live.
The famed gardens of Kairon greet all visitors to the castle. Watch your step though, the groundskeepers to not like you walking on their flowers. Unfortunately, access to the castle is off-limits due to the war.
Many in Kairon use religion to help cope with the war.
Character arcs also begin to take off as each of our playable characters live's become unveiled after the first frantic scenes of the game. Expect a lot of dialogue and unique situations each character must face.
Dungeons also begin taking on a more grimly look as the players get closer to the front-lines in the war.
However, Kairon is a beautiful country. Even in the midst of a war that will end all wars, the party will still come across plenty of natural wonders.
Even long lost temples can be found if you search hard enough. Who built these huge structures and what purpose did they serve? Why where they abandoned and long forgotten?
Raised in the prosperous Kingdom of Kairon, Celeste is the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the town of Aldair. Being from a wealthy family, Celeste has learned sport fencing and risen to be known as one of the best fencers in the world. However, she also has experience using her fencing skills in real combat--much to the chagrin of her father.
Celeste is spirited, enthusiastic, and intelligent. She has been well-educated in Kairon in academics, however she lacks a bit in experience. Celeste has a big heart and is usually very kind, but she is also resolute in her morals. She isn't afraid for stand up for what she believes in--even if that means upsetting other people... or even other party members.
In Diaspora, all characters can use a variety of weapons. Each weapon type has unique benefits and trade-offs. Want a huge weapon that does tons of damage? The trade off is big weapons have less options for types of attacks, while, say, a dagger is much weaker, but you have great variety of attack types.
Each character starts with two or three weapons with which they are proficient. When Celeste is recruited into the party, she is skilled with rapiers, whips, and bows. Through the course of the game, you will find weapon trainers to expand the weapon options available to each character. While she cannot learn to use every weapon, Celeste can eventually be trained to also use daggers, swords, spears, and gloves.
Expect to wield Celeste's rapier in combat in Diaspora soon!
We have already charged ahead into our next continent so we will not have to wait long for our next update. The war-torn nation of Hess-Erabi will be it's focus. A dry, arid continent whose entire population living under a brutal military occupation.
We are also gearing up to begin announcing Diaspora soon to the RPG Maker community. We opted to not host our development story there because we wanted to firstly have a lot to show for when we do. In the RPG Maker community, thousands upon thousands of new games are announced that are never finished.
As always, we would like to thank everyone for your feedback and support as development on Diaspora continues. It is your support why we push ourselves so hard and outside of our limitations and boundaries to bring you a classic style JRPG we always wanted.
Until next time!
-Nostalgia Addict Games
In depth character breakdown of Niomi, young daughter of Habar and elemental magic wielder of the party.
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