Welcome back to Zoel’s Amazing Castle project updates. How have you been?
On updates 1 to 3, we took a look at the core mechanics behind this game, hopefully giving you an overview into how it will play.
Today however let’s take a look at the evil mind behind the castle and a sneak peak into the story of the characters that the player will control.
Usual disclaimer: this post was done very early in the development process, so any design or backstory shown today can change trough the project development.
Without further to explain, let’s just dive in.
It’s not the first time that we talk about Zoel in this updates, as he is the figure which the game is built around.
Creator of the castle and possessor of formidable powers nowadays, he was once a simple illusionist seeking for the happiness of people, but humiliated until he had enough and left town in search of knowledge and the power that comes with it.
After years of research and intense study he managed to discover a spell previously unknown to mankind, which blurred the line between simple illusions and reality. This was it, this was the power that Zoel was looking for. Using this spell, he could create anything, with his imagination being the only limit. No one will make fun of his illusions anymore, he thought.
Heading back to town, after coming back from far away lands, he created himself a castle worthy of his might. But this was no ordinary castle. Fitting Zoel’s personality, the castle was mischievous and tricky, constantly changing its layout to confuse any intruder and lead them to deathtraps.
“This was it”, Zoel thought for himself, “for this castle I will be remembered. But first, the world needs to know. The world needs to come and see, so my powers are known.”
Not much after, a projected image of Zoel appeared in multiple cities across the world at the same time, to spread his word to the world. “Brave heroes of the world, I challenge you. Come to my castle, and reach me, if you dare. Overcome all the obstacles, if you can. Whoever manages to do so, will get, not only my personal recognition, but also infinite treasures and whatever is that his heart desires the most.”
His move was made. Now all left to do was wait for the heroes to come. “Poor Heroes.”, Zoel thought, “They already lost, but they don’t know it.”
When a ghostly image of an eccentric man appeared on the town market to deliver a message, everyone was very surprised. Little did they suspect that a skilled thief would take the chance to swiftly go trough the crowd, taking all kind of jewels and valuable items. It only took one person’s notice, to have all the crowd running after her.”Sigh”, she thought, “Here we go again.”. She ran away from town with a crowd of angry people following her close by.
After a while she managed to leave them behind, but only then she noticed where she was. “So this is the famous castle? It actually looks impressive.”. She was starting to consider entering the castle when the angry crowd appeared again, not giving up on the chase. “Well, can’t think of a better place to hide. I am sure it really is full of treasure, waiting for me to take it” se thought while she entered the Castle.
The warrior was a proud knight. Too proud maybe. Wearing everywhere his shiny red armor, and his massive sword, he usually caught the eye of everyone around. Several times he went into life-threatening missions for protecting the peace of the real, and he made sure that everyone knew his heroic deeds after he was back.
One day, he was having fun with a few friends in the local tavern when a ghostly image of a man appeared in front of him. “What kind of witchery is this?” He said. When the image started speaking, everyone was silent, hearing the message, but once the warrior figured out was going on, he stood up (very loudly, and throwing a chair to the ground in the process). “What kind of nonsense is this? He just wants to scare us!” he declared confidently. “I will go to the castle and defeat this evil man. You have nothing to fear!”.
After that, he immediately parted to the Castle, since he was always ready for battle. He was not really interested in this mysterious reward or even the treasure (he was already rich enough from previous adventures), but he thought it takes courage to defeat this kind of evil, and after his victory, his courage will be certainly known by everyone around the world.
Upon hearing the message, the mage immediately accepted the challenge. After all, what is better than powerful magic to stop powerful magic, and powerful he was indeed, and eager to prove it to the world. Illusions didn’t impress him, “That is just child’s play.”, he thought, “I hope he has something more than powerful words, or else this adventure will be finished really quickly.”.
Everyone in town was talking about the crazy illusionist, and he was jealous. “My dark magic will be the one remembered after I defeat this buffoon, and I will be covered in glory and treasure.”
Only one thing made him nervous. What did the illusionist mean with “whatever is that his heart desires the most”? Did he even have such power to read the human mind to that extent, and materialize something out of thin air? “It’s just a bluff, something like this is impossible.” He thought, as he packed his stuff to start the journey.
Other characters will be also playable in “Zoel’s Amazing Castle”. This hidden characters won’t be playable at first, but they will be after fulfilling certain conditions.
However this characters will not be revealed today!
This concludes the fourth project update, letting us see a few of the characters that will inhabit the colorful world of “Zoel’s Amazing Castle”. Thank you for reading the update, and I hope to see you back next time.
PS: As mentioned in the mini update, subscriptions to the closed beta are open, so don’t miss your chance of trying “Zoel’s Amazing Castle” early!