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.
Since our announcement of Diaspora, we have been diligently working on main development items as well as hiring talented contractors who have begun working on character and enemy art. We have added another six hours of gameplay into the games development putting us right around the 10 hour mark. So in other words, we are a fifth of the way there!
We have been working hard on locations on the second continent the player will visit in the game who is ruled by the Kingdom of Kairon. This is a lush and large landscape with many hidden secrets and long forgotten ruins. It is also home to the richest towns and castles in the game so we plan to remain in development here for a while since these locations will require a lot of custom assets and polish to stand out.
It is also on this continent where the game will take a new story arch and introduce new characters to our small band of heroes who where with us in the first parts of the game. Diaspora's characters are all very unique from eachother and as we begin getting completed artwork in for each of them, we will be posting Character Spotlight articles that will cover each character in-depth that you will come across or fight alongside in Diaspora.
Small coastal fort on the northern coast of Kairon. Seven years ago, Captain Ailfred's company was a part of the northern invasion of Kairon. Although the invasion failed, the fort and much of the northern territory was captured and still ruled by the Vooresh today.
During the invasion, the Vooresh military outmatched their Kairon counterparts on the field of battle. The Kingdom of Kairon, knowing they could not win with brute force alone, abandoned their northern realm and built a large defensive wall in the pass of the mountains that lead into the central lands of Kairon. The Mountain Gate withstood many assaults until the Vooresh turned their attention on the Kingdon of Hess-Erabi and left Kairon but a garrison to hold their new lands recently conquered.
Kairon is the wealthiest country in the world and it shows in the homes of the rich and powerful. Seen in this image is the home of Lester in the city of Aldair. Like all cities in Kairon, the rich flaunt their money, but severe poverty strikes those lowest in society. Lester's mansion sits on top of Aldairs highest point, symbolic of the wealthy vs. poor stature.
But peaceful tranquility still finds it's way even to the wealthiest of towns. At night time, seedy elements of the towns underbelly show that Kairon, although wealthy and arrogant, still has it's own sets of problems just like everyone else.
Wilton Woods, in central Kairon showcases some parralax mapping Diaspora will offer. Wilton Woods is famous for many adventurers entering, but never coming out. What secrets lie in these majestic woods?
Long lost locations on Kairon can be found by the best explorers. Who built these magnificent structures and why?
Work will continue on the second continent. The next locations are the capital city of Kairon (Abel) and Fort Abel. We hope to also do another parallax map as a side quest mission we have planned when you get inside Fort Abel that if all goes well, will give the player an exciting boulder dash style of gameplay reminiscent of some of the most intense scenes in classic RPG games where wave after wave of enemy blocks you every few feet without break or give. Fingers crossed what we have planned can pan out to how we are imagining it.
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!
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