Hey Everyone! With Siegfre's update of the game being somewhat suspended and development slowed, I thought it would be fair to finally release some of the planned story and the ideas we had for progress throughout the game. I'll start with some of the cliff notes and an example of slightly more detail of one of the particular sections: Story wise, the game was designed to have two separate stories. A main story line and a side story. This was to give the .hack feeling of a hidden layer of mystery on top of what the expected was from the game. For example in GU, there was an implanted story and lore within the quests for the "normal game" with the addition of everything that went wrong in the game. Main Storyline The main storyline comprises of what MUST be done to continue throughout the game. Mainly by going through each town. It is impossible for example, to travel to Mu Hel without getting its crystal from beating Aqua Polis's Arc. Main Storyline is comprised of 4 chapters. Claws Chapter Neko Chapter Night Chapter True Sin Chapter (comprised of the last two Root Towns). Although its untrue, in game's logic, True Sin is the ultimate boss and protagonist of the game. Beating him in a sense, beats the game. So here is the chapters, which I separated by town and a little update on their status. Aqua Polis History - Aqua Polis, being located on an island of great riches, used its imports to hold power over the other kingdoms despite its small size. During the Chaos War the city was attacked by Sin's Wrath. However eventually with the aid of others, the city was restored. - Later the city for unknown reasons was flooded, destroying the city. Aqua Polis is now being rebuilt as a small town. Now - Aqua Polis is the starting point of the game. - The Chaos Gate is broken to travel to other areas outside the island and must be fixed. Side Arc (Claws Arc) - A goofy arc of the hopeless plot of Nick Claws to rule The World. At first Nick Claws appears to be a happy and kind Mayor trying to restore Aqua Polis of what it once was. Children go missing and you are sent to check it out. It turns out as you continue the quest Nick Claws has been working with the Goblins to destroy The World with an ancient ritual that involves sacrificing children. This was attempted before but backfired, which caused the flood that destroyed Aqua Polis many years ago. YES. An evil Santa Claws is hell bent on destroying the world with little elves (goblins) by sacrficing children. You fight Claws, as your first main boss that summons minions, and you save the children. You also gain a crystal fragment of Mu Hel. Known NPCs Nick Claws - Mayor of Aqua Polis with a long history of trying to rule the world. Goofy and horrible about being evil. Evil Santa Claus because my childhood was strange. Mu Hel City History - Located on floating rocks within the mountain ranges of Mu Hel. - Neko races homeland and origin. - Nekos created a device to create some mountain tops to break off and float above the sky, keeping them safe. - Despite history, the reality is an experiment backfired and de-evolved the Neko. Now - Arrive from Aqua Polis to Mu Hel. - Neko are currently everywhere as small cats, especially near a ranch where you can gain a mount after raising one. - Home of the Rune Gun. Side Arc (Neko Arc) - The technology that is keeping the city afloat is failing. The player must work with Professor String (secretly an advanced Neko) to fix it. After going through several quests and gaining a mount, you work together to discover another advanced Neko, String's brother Yarn, who not only was the cause of De-evolving the Neko, but trying to destroy the City as well. You defeat him, as well as a mind controlled Dragon and save the city. After freeing the Dragon from Yarn, the dragon gives you a crystal to the next town. Npcs - Professor String- Secretly an advanced Neko who was, along with his brother Yarn, caused the De-evolution of the Neko. Being tricked by his brother to do so, Professor String is doing what he can to fix what he has done. - Professor Yarn- The evil brother of String who tricked String into causing the De-evolution of the Neko. Tries to destroy the city by taking key parts of the generators that keep it afloat. His evil is composed by his religious belief in the Neko God Dolly, a spiteful creature that wont allow anyone to be more powerful then her. - Dragon - No name yet. Gets captured by Yarn and is mind controled into doing his bidding. *Note: Opening up future possibilities to playing with the Neko's past. Time Travel and what not. Lia Fail History - Lia Fail was the capital of Auroum (or w.e I named it in Chaos War). - Lia Fail was actually fated to Darkness due to Lore. One of the few times the story is accurate. Now - Lia Fail is the biggest City in the game. -Lia Fail has access to the Arena and other things. - Lia Fail has a temple Lia Fail's Arc - By traveling to Aura's temple you meet the head priest there. The Darkness around Lia Fail is getting thicker and if it is not stopped the city will be consumed. You are sent to recover ancient artifacts of the temple before it was destroyed that are located within one of the strongest Orc Fortresses (that you discover after finding a few Orc Outposts). There you fight the Orc Leader and recover the artifacts. Before you do though, the Deity Morgaan reviles herself and taunts you, saying that the artifacts wont hold forever. You return to the priest and save the city. You discover that one of the artifacts is a crystal to Biramha Stronghold. -EDIT. I want to add Raven and the Arena into the story. Raven will turn out to gain his power from the diety Morgaan by the raven on his shoulder. *Note- I am opening up apart of the Undying Arc in the future, where at one part you must Free Adonis. Of course Graves will be defeated by then so you must go after his deity Morgaan to find his location and free him. B. Stronghold History - Was created to keep the monsters residing on the island away from the rest of The World. - Is commanded by Auraom when it was still a Kingdom and run by it's old military, which still remains to this day despite the kingdom being distorted. Now - Is run by the...Phoenix Knights I think we called them? - Leader is General __, a red haired female - PvE sieges are here that tie in with the story. True Sin Arc - You are accidentally sent to B. Stronghold instead of Arboros. Due to a lack of supplies because of the constant hordes of monster invasions, ability to travel to Arboros is impossible. You show your worth during an invasion and become enlisted by the Phoenix Knights. After a few missions you rise up the ranks and get noticed by General Redstreak herself. There is great concern by the recent activity of the Monsters as well as their more coordinated movements. You are dispatched as General Redstreak's guard to discover what is going on. Eventually you are lead into Sin's Tower, and traveling deeper into it discover The True Sin is being revived. You try and stop the ritual and kill The True Sin's commander (who's turns out to be a Dawn Soldier), believing to put a stop to it. The True Sin recovers regardless and easily pushes you aside. General __ commands you to travel to Arboros and talk to the YingYang Twins, throwing her personal transport crystal at you. You leave with General __ trying to hold off The True Sin. NPCs General Redstreak - Female Leader of the Phoenix Knights. ??? - Captian under General __. Turns out to be a Sin general in disguise who revives The One Sin. S. Arboros History - Home of the most powerful magical secrets within The World - Located in dense forests, constantly being attacked by Imps Now - The Town is split apart by Warlocks and Clerics, their leaders being the brother and sister Ying and Yang. True Sin Arc continued -You travel to Arboros and search for Ying and Yang. At first both refuse to aid you due to their petty fight of which magic is more powerful. The rise of Imp attacks make them discover the real threat of The One Sin's return and they agree to help. You must travel to previous cities and go on several quests to recover seals of both magics so that Ying and Yang can create the ultimate seal that trapped The One Sin before. Each seal you recover reviles a flashback of the past. You discover that Ying and Yang were the only survivors of The Chaos War's advanced party that defeated The True Sin last time. You also discover that they had to seal Karel Redstreak as well, in order to keep The True Sin still long enough for the seal chant to finish. Over time Karel was influenced by The True Sin and became warped, becoming The True Sin himself. You travel back to Sin's Tower and face off against The True Sin after seeing General Redstreak being held hostage. You and your party defeat and seal The True Sin once again.