Very happy to see Blake and Percy again. Definitely my favorite duo in the last one.
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Im not good at rhythym games; I'm well aware of that. Although the fact that I cant get a final scene for the recent update even though I perfected it on easy is outrageous. not everyone is spending their lives at the arcade doing dance games, and I'm sure as heck not!
Also, I recommend adding transparent lines, so that I can tell if multiple notes are meant to be played together, as sometimes they're too close together to tell.
Been meaning to read this for a long time, and have definitely read all of what's available in a matter of a couple days. I love it and I love Lyall, and the world building is better than most. Thanks for writing.
If you stop getting likes then you probably need to continue the main story or find something else to do with him. Soon you might see an "Offer your services" which is like the daily help that you need to repeat for more like.
I've done all four endings. They all have mild variations in epilogue.
*Heavy Spoilers (Epilogues) will be
Dust and Silence occurs when you are "too" abusive to Asterion, choosing every dialogue to avoid or harm him.
The player tricks Argos, and Asterion refuses to follow the player's orders. Asterion and Argos (revived) leave the hotel universe together to live a better life, the hotel runs empty and Hermes will come to clean it up upon P and Storm's arrival and kicks them out, the player dies.
Shackled occurs when you are abusive towards Asterion, but not too much so, and agree to Argos' plan
The player pushes Asterion into the crater, effectively being minced by the wooden statue, the player falls for Argos' plan, and dies in front of Argos. Argos rescues all parts of Asterion and heals him. Argos encourages Asterion to be selfish, Asterion leaves the hotel by himself, and Argos takes his place, the pelt that he used to wear becoming sentient and molding to Argos' skin as he is now the prisoner. P and Storm stumble upon the new prisoner and interrogate him.
Welcome to the Minotaur's Hotel occurs when you are not as abusive to Asterion, and trick Argos.
The player pushes Argos into the crater, and is thought to be dead. The player drinks the poison in front of Asterion, and dies. Asterion returns to the fridge you found him in, P and Storm discover Asterion and interrogate him. Asterion becomes manic and lashes out at Storm and P and collapses. Storm and P offer to help him up and talk in the bar. It is not known whether P and Storm find what they're looking for or whether they become the new hotel owners.
As you are, I once was occurs when you make no promises about cooperating with Argos, and not "too" abusive to Asterion.
The player ignores Argos' plan, and tells him to never appear again. Asterion follows the player back to the hotel and lives out the rest of his days in the empty halls of him and Asterion, presumably torturing him. The player returns to the bus stop he obtained The Deed from, but rather finds himself in place of the old man and offers The Deed to a younger man with no defining features, presumably the next player as you become more senile.
I think your later conclusion fits best. There isn't typically a role for women to play in these kinds of FVN. If the sole focus is world-building immersion, then yes. However, I believe this creator is trying to flesh out characters they've already come up with and refining the dynamics between them. Trying to answer "why aren't there any women" in terms of world-building is a huge distraction for the writer's interest.
I can't really say I've read many FVNs with good female characters either. They're usually token characters that make rare appearances like Maria from ExcA or Cynthia from TSR. These characters are a nuisance to the story because they often kill the pacing and they don't offer much to the story so it's difficult to justify them being there. I still like them, they have interesting personalities, but they could do more than just make an appearance, nag you, then disappear for awhile as the main story continues. They become bland and predictable, and it makes the reader hate them in a way.
I'd say the better female character would be Virginia from Adastra. She doesn't appear often, but when she does, it's typically about her motives, her alliances, and her position as a woman in power. Personally, I don't really love her as a character either because she comes off as nagging you or her brother, but she does have some bittersweet moments.
Most creators who make FVNs have the goal to curate a roster of characters to romantically or sexually appeal to as many people as possible to gather support for their game. As these creators are usually single in person, and often only experienced in some coding and drawing. I'd say leave it to the people that want to make good, well-flushed out female characters that fit into the environment they've curated. While it certainly doesn't do it justice, it's best for the target audience that probably both want a men-love-men furry romance AND an interesting storyline that's well-immersed. Therefore, male characters take higher priority to accomplish these two tasks.
I'm only speculating, but Shelter looks like a place for soldiers and excavators to come and go so the population thing isn't really an issue. Maybe there are women, they just aren't really mentioned because it's a turnoff for some readers even though there are very few sex scenes.
The reason why I enjoy LD Roushk is because he is reserved and wise. He would still be much like that before the curse of lust.
ToS Roushk acts more like an adventurer peer like Eyvind. It's missing his diction.
Roushk is so disappointing for a character that gets so many lines in TOS and LD. He's so poorly written in this game, the characterization LD built up for him was completely erased. He's not even Roushk at this point, he's a completely different character. He's drawn like some swamp princess with muscles. He's just.. a guy.
Where's his stiff stature? Why is his reservation? Where's the mention of the human in LD, he was under the curse of lust before the human came along and couldn't possibly find a ring for Othra then unless this was before the Curse. He's just so emotionless.
Playing version 1.0.5 and viewing the final affinity for Tyran soft locks the game, with no text showing for Barto or the soldier and being unable to continue. Closing out and restarting the game seems to fix it by bringing me back to the last save.
I like the point of contention between Amicus feeling embarrassed after the match and Marco wanting him to be safe. While Amicus seems to have a good intent in wanting Marco to be honest in saying that he should feel embarrassed by Amicus' defeat, I cannot help but interpret that Amicus wants Marco to feel embarrassed for him so that he does not need to ask himself why he's embarrassed. To distract himself from confronting his own feelings alone and instead blame Marco for having similar feelings in the future.
It's likely that the loss, coming at the expense of his pride and ego, makes him feel like he is unworthy of being an emperor or that he cannot protect Marco sufficiently.
Well, that was because it was behind Marco's back. While, it was for Marco's safety, it almost seemed... primal... feral. I'd imagine that'd be quite hurtful to see compared to a mutually agreed upon threesome
I agree. Many visual novels may leave some BG's blank until the end of development. While, that may not be a very immersive choice, we could also settle on "placeholder" BG's, another common choice for VN's. Even after reading a little bit, I become reimmersed into the story, I cannot say the same for other VN's.
there are two diverging initial routes. "You look like shit" and "Are you alright?"
For the welcome ending, Choose "Are you alright" and then "deceive the deciever". Make sure you do not send Asterion into the valley too much as you will get D&S.
After finishing All 4 ruthless endings: Shackled, Dust and Silence, Welcome to the Minotaur Hotel, and As You Are, I once was. I just wanted to speculate some things.
First off, I never want to see Shackled ever again. Minotaur Argos is so cursed and the whole living pelt was so creepy. Overall bad ending for all characters involved. I know Asterion got his freedom, but to me, that's more of a neutral ending for him.
I somewhat wish that the ruthless were a little longer and had more content about MC fully exploring their powers, I understand that those things probably wouldn't be revealed to them, but maybe forcing Asterion to let out his secrets, maybe creating a prison while running the hotel perfectly fine above. I understand this isn't a very popular opinion, as I also like Asterion, but hey, a little fictional power fantasy doesn't hurt anyone >:)
Lastly, in Welcome to the Minotaur Hotel, what stopped Argos from escaping the effigy like usual? Did he not dig a tunnel that time? Was he not quick enough? Asterion is left in what seems to be mania trying to take care of guests that aren't there, until P & Storm come along. It almost seems at the end that Asterion begins his Oath of Servitude to P. Does P become the new master of the land? Would he make a good master? Would P even be able to have the master powers without the deed? Since MC doesn't exactly have a set heir or any family we know of. Just some speculation.
It's possible for Asterion to have children, in theory. The closest example is Storm, his mom was human and we don't know what his dad was but as P stated, his father and grandfather were both peacocks. We also see Khenbish's father, and I can only interpret that his other siblings are boar-like, since he stated that they needed passports (charms) as well. This might be different for each mythical, since Kota did not have parents, instead, he was brought to life through belief like other deities, such as the skinned tapir you find in The Hinterlands. It is not known whether or not Kota still has followers or he simply became mortal? Perhaps that is explained somewhere.
I'm not completely sure about Asterion's sexuality, but it could be possible if he were to conceive with a women. However, one of the hotel's contracts do not permit Asterion to develop relationships with guests. What that exactly entails in terms of intercouse, I do not know.
The devs highly encourage doing some detective work to find answers to questions like these. Although, I don't really care about finding answers that I don't know are there.
The land Asterion is cursed to specifically states that he cannot die. He was even grinded to pieces of beef in the past and was still not dead. Following this logic, turning to stone wouldn't be death either, as I believe his spirit would be in a form of stasis until he turns back to normal.