Nandrew wrote:Hah, nice!
We've tried making the writing more succinct in recent versions -- particularly with regards to what Bloggorus mentions about the start being overwhelming. I think that chunks of text are possible (and even forgivable) but they really need to be at a point in the game where you're *already* invested in characters or events. There's a lot of semi-story-based indie games I see which make the mistake of loading up a small novel on the opening screen, before letting players do interactive stuff.
Absolutely. I really only care about the lore because I've played the game for so long, and also because of the puzzle-like nature of the presentation. That's partly why I never made a plot speculation thread. What's interesting and exciting when presented as a bunch of scattered clues is cumbersome and boring when presented as a giant block of text.
That might sound like a backhanded compliment, but I think you take my meaning. It's the presentation and style that matters, not the story, and you seem to get
With regards to the more speculative parts of the game's lore, I've technically tried to provide players with most -- but not quite all -- of the information needed for them to properly "figure out" the game world. I think direct information on Horatio is the most difficult to find and I'm trying to provide enough of a playground for theories without stating the whole crazy idea.
I know for sure that Horatio urged the nagas to war with the northern empire, and that he also urged the northern empire to use infernal magic as a weapon against the naga, and that he also introduced an embittered Hobarix/Namtar to the cult of Dracul. I suspect
that he gave the spiders the idea of raiding the temple, and I suspect
that he manipulated the dragons into declaring a genocidal war against the spiders in retaliation.
Beyond that, I don't know. I was CONVINCED that Horatio had out-of-universe origins, since he's so weird and because he seems to understand that he's a character in a video game and is aware of all of the expected tropes. So now I'm guessing that the Goats were the first "people" created by the gods, but got supplanted by the newer races and now has serious abandonment issues.