[blockquote] LeÃ¡ Monde II: The Phantom Pain [link=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3m1FKEt5UM]"The Sick Doll"[/link] -Tchaikovsky [image=http://lh5.ggpht.com/_YGJa2GEQYZs/SMrHLzl_FTI/AAAAAAAAA9Y/hB00VoALqPI/blood_sin_by_bass0114.jpg] The year is 500 ABY. On the ancient world of Valendia, the time has come for a new King. The Valendian capital, LeÃ¡ Monde, is a vast city with a rich history. For a long time it lay devastated and abandoned after a series of violent earthquakes, but almost four hundred years ago it was rebuilt by an Imperial noble named Joshua Bardorba, who later proclaimed himself to be the first King of Valendia. For these past four centuries the line of Joshua has ruled unchallenged and uninterrupted. But when the last monarch died without any apparent heir, a great search was begun to find families across the galaxy who could prove a connection to the Bardorba bloodline. That search has resulted in four young candidates, each the eldest son in their respective families, all with a claim to the vacant throne. Accompanied by their fathers, these boys have arrived in LeÃ¡ Monde to be locked away in the Great Cathedral. There they will undergo a series of spiritual and physical tests to determine their worthiness. For the quartet of fathers who are left outside, a long and anxious wait seems to be ahead. Little do they know that the day?s most challenging trials will be for them and not their sons... A great many evils are converging within the city, and a terrible secret has been unearthed beneath it. By nightfall, the walls of LeÃ¡ Monde will shake once again. [hr] Setting Welcome to the game. Though this game is a sequel, no knowledge of [link=http://boards.theforce.net/r/b10328/28213799]the first game[/link] is required to enjoy this one. Both games draw inspiration from an old PSone RPG called [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vagrant_Story]Vagrant Story[/link]. The state of the galaxy is unimportant to this game, as the story takes place entirely within the city of LeÃ¡ Monde. As stated in the introduction above, four fathers have come to the city, each with their eldest son in tow, hoping that their boy can stake a claim to Valendia's vacant throne. There will be four players in this game, each of whom will play one of these fathers. The last monarch, Queen Dalmasca, was only 21 years old when she died from a sudden illness. She passed without any heir apparent, and so the search began to find a successor. As you might expect, the situation is a little more complex than that, but those are the essentials. Valendia is currently ruled by Cardinal Batistum, a pious Muun who has personally supervised the search for new blood. He commands the Crimson Blades, an elite unit of bodyguards who have served the throne since the time of Joshua I. The City is policed by the Valendia Knights of Peace (VKP), headed by by Grand Steward LeSait and his right-hand woman, Inquisitor Heldricht. They answer directly to Judge Magister Quilheim, a venerable Togorian. LeÃ¡ Monde is not only the capital of Valendia, but its largest settlement by some distance. The City is a bustling metropolis divided roughly into four quadrants, each with a major landmark. The Snowfly Forest in the north, the Temple of Kiltia in the south, the King's Library in the east, and the Wyvern Brood in the west. The Great Cathedral sits dead centre, and the ancient catacombs lie beneath it all... [hr] Gameplay We are scheduled to begin on Sunday 15th May. The game will take place over ten RL weeks exactly (not including a "mid-season break", which will probably last about a fortnight and will take place around Week Five or Six). The reasons for this timeframe will become clear after the story starts. Each father will move through the story separate from the others, and so it will be up to the individual player to determine the pace at which their own storyline proceeds. I don't mind if you want to post once a day or once a week. If you miss a week or two or three, I'll get you caught up.