Second Dominion of the (FFXIV) Gralsritter, the Glass Witch
Aspiring VN writer!
Burnt cinnamon roll, handle with care.
What will your VN be about?
Still ironing a lot out, but to speak a bit in brief about iiit...
It'll be about magicians! Five hundred years prior to when the first of these VNs'll take place, a cataclysm shattered humanity at its (somewhat literal) height. It resulted in the world being split into two halves, separated by a streak of black mana-eating miasma known the Stain that stretches across the equator. The northern hemisphere is where most of the magic-capable survivors relocated, anchoring a remnant of their civilization to a mountain and eventually styling it as the world's first and last magic academy city. It's there that magically-talented children and their families get whisked away to, saving them from their likely squalor in the ragged world below, where there are very few thriving towns. Very few in the northern hemisphere knows that their world was ravaged by a cataclysm, believing that it was simply always like this. The powers that be work tooth and nail to continue suppressing and burying the truth, taking more and more magically gifted into the city and watching over them like hawks, ready to punish anyone they catch that'd threaten the status quo they've painstakingly crafted for themself.
What I have planned to kick things off is just following a girl in the northern half that's always wanted to be a magician ever since she was saved by one when she almost drowned as a child. She'll find that things aren't as they seemed or as they were promised once she does make it to the academy city, and things might go off the rails before too long. Still keeping a lot of the fine details to myself, though.
On the southern hemisphere, there's a more distinct flavor of "nature is healing". Here, the people are aware of their history and their predecessor's faults, striving every day to make the best of what they have and do better. Instead of one concentrated city-state, society's more spread out evenly into towns and villages with a well-developed road network between all of them. Here, the land is similarly bereft of mana and magical births are rare, with any one recognized being treasured cherished by the people around them as a miracle who will then create miracles. They're first apprenticed to a more experienced magician to obtain learning and experience, and then are set off to wander the land, help those in need, and search for nature spirits to make pacts with to help restore the flow of mana to the land. All the while they're accompanied by a Knight, individuals who are similarly scouted out and trained to be a magician's ever-present companion, bodyguard (and in a less charitable interpretation, warden), as anyone capable of magic is too valuable to lose.
As lofty as that all sounds, I plan on doing VNs in both halves, in the current era described and the time of the cataclysm! I have stories I want to tell and I want to see them through.
The situation in both halves of the world aren't ideal, but we can make them better!
I want to go to a library but I am kind of scared... How do those places work?
You'll need a card for your local library, first thing! If yours is like mine, you can apply for a card online and have it mailed to you instead of going in person. I can also place holds and do renewals online.
I'll speak to my experience at my own librarby, yours may be a little different but it should be more similar than not. It's a super quiet place where people go to read, and they'll have tons of books of all genres you can look at and check out. Yup, manga and LNs too! Mine also has blu-rays and a shelf for video games. Other than waving at the people at the reception desk as I walk in, I can just wander around however I like. The people there want you to read and check out books, and they'll be pretty kind and helpful when you're looking for something specific, researching a specific topic, or just want some help.
When you check out something from the library, it's yours for a set amount of time, say three weeks or so. Mine lets me renew an item one more times for additional three week terms every time unless someone else has it on hold. Some libraries have late fees if you return your books late but mine is no-fee and just cuts borrowing privilege if I have an item 45 days past due until it's returned or its value is paid back (if it's lost/destroyed).
When I want to place a hold on a book so I can pick it up later, they have a dedicated shelf for holds to go to and mine are labeled with my name, so they're easy to find. Yours might have lockers outside that you can open with your library card as another option as well. The one I go to also has computers you can use to search the library catalogue or for print services or whatever else (I've seen some kids use them to play Fortnite...)
Mine also loans out stuff like bike locks, laptops, umbrellas, board games, museum passes... I almost feel like I'm a little spoiled with mine. I hope yours is as nice for you!
I hope it's gouda!
What was the oldest book that you have read?
I don't... actually know!
Bible doesn't count... so, Beowulf, probably? I have a lot more reading to do!
How about we explore the area head of us later?
I grew up with so many plain cheese and meat sandwiches with no condiments or anything else nice that the pain is rooted into my memory... ;w ;
It's not even wrong wrong, just sad!
I'm not a fan of getting caught in it, but I love the sound it makes when I'm just relaxing near a window.
Wake up, shower, make my girlfriend and I breakfast, gacha game dailies, and then the rest of the day is ahead of me!
Or at least it would be, if I didn't wake up like 3-4PM and the day was already starting to wind down... ;w ;
Probably Rabi-Ribi for the full "stuck on an island" experience!
Hopefully the island I'm on still has bunnies on it, though...
What do you think about public libraries?
One of my favorite places to be!
Easy to just find a quiet little table or room with some books that seem neat and just let everything else fall to the wayside for a while...
I love playing CYOAs, so any place I can find or talk about them with places is a place I'll love to visit. ;w ;
On Reddit there's r/makeyourchoice and r/nsfwcyoa. I haven't checked /tg/ yet but I know that's where it all started. If anyone knows anywhere else I'd love to hear!
...cause trouble so that a cute heroine will walk into my cave that I can say hi to and ask out on a date... ;w ;
Snickerdoodles, Kit Kats, and Skittles!
What do you think about chihuahua dogs?
...my brother had a chihuahua...
...it barked and chased after me every time I visited... ;w ;
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