So I am a completely in love with the universe of touhou and sometimes come up with concepts to make games from the ground up, including gameplay, story and content in itself, basically a barebones idea of a game
I figured some peoples COULD have been interrested (or not) but I figured it would be interresting in general...
Anywho here's mine:
The story would begin with cases of night-time robberies reported, the places were ransacked at incredible speeds, the robberies would always target butchers of the village, the robbers had left everything most of high value goods and instead had seemed to focus on the meat and cutting ustencils themselves, although leaving a mess behind themselves, the robberies were obviously made by humans for they had to use fairly common tools to breach the shops, most of the lost goods were fairly easy to replace or did not value that highly to be of serious worry to the owners though.
However the fact that robbers were still roaming and nobody had any envy of being robbed at night provoked the villagers to decide to put together a night watch to prevent such occurences from happening again, thoses guards would specifically be on patrol around certain buildings and shops...
As though the guard patrols had discouraged the thieves, no more cases were reported and the case had seemingly been handled properly...
However, one week later, farmers reported cattle been going missing, at first peoples had put the blame on some possible wild youkai who'd have snagged an animal when the farmers hadn't been looking for obvious purposes, however the farmers wanted to make sure this had happened like so, so they'd have a reason to call youkai specialists to deal with the issue, such services were costly and usually such specialists had a tendency of being ticked off by being called to deal with just a handful human thieves...
Five days went by and farmers could not catch a glimpe of the culprit or had the individual even tried to snatch more cattle, and as they were about to give up on trying to find the culprit on the sixth day a farmer reported that his cattle ranch had been raided, the locks of the building were busted with axes and all the cattle within alongside some of the equipement stored nearby had vanished, this time the farmers had no more doubts that something beyond their understanding was stealing them blind of their belongings and that something wasn't leaving any traces at all outside the buildings, the case very much resembled that of the "meat stealers" that were raiding the shops...
Farmers hence decided to ask of the night watch to organise patrols around the ranches of cattle to prevent such scenarios of happening again, after all, what worked once should work again right....?
For three days the cattle had stopped dissappearing, the night watch considered that they had did it again and scared off the thieves, however on the fourth day after cattle protection had begun, one guard had gone missing, the guards looked all over the village to no avail, the missing guard was never found...
two days after, more guards had gone missing, this time three guards never were found and had completely vanished
the day after Half the guards that were guarding the cattle this time were gone, 8 men that nobody heard at least scream for help were now....Simply not there anymore, nobody understood until one man had hypothesized that perhaps the "Meat thieves", as they were called, had grew tired of mere cattle and had developped a preference to human flesh instead...Although the thought had been emitted as a mere joke at first, all the peoples present couldn't help but to think it actually made sense and that all the missing guards were un-doubtably dead...
Two weeks had gone by, each day passing seeing more humans of the village disappaering into thin air, now the kidnappers were leaving behind marks with each victim gone that was readed "Perfectio est ad manu" translated from latin would be understood as "Perfection is at hand" it then evolved to human bits on whom the words were carved and the said limb would be pinned to a wall using nails, now the population was freaking out, some saying that youkais had finally blew a fuse and were hunting humans for the rush of it, to feed, to sacrifice...Rumors were going on and never would seem to stop, humans had barricaded themselves in a compact fortification bristling with modern weapons such as rifles and had gone paranoid...
The human villagers had turned their backs on any outsider and were heavily working on getting some machines to run, automated defenses, surveillance cameras the stronghold looked like a fallout shelter now and any youkai or village outsider even trying to get anywhere near the fortifications would be shot on sight until death followed...
In the newly made bunker the only non-humans that had been authorised were Keine Kamishirasawa and Fujiwara no Mokou, but even they were under extremely strict surveillance, humans had gone completely mad from all the fear the last events had put on them...
Although Keine and Mokou were object to a 24\7 suveillance they could catch glimpses of rumors mentionning a new religion arising in the stronghold, a sort of cult revolving around achieving ultimate biological supremacy through the extensive use of drugs of all kinds, although cases were rare at first, new types of humans started to appear more and more, gifted with amazing physical strength, even to youkai standards, thoses beings looked like they were humans purely bred for war...
Keine and Mokou then devised a plan to get out the bunker a go seek for the help of Eirin, Sakuya and Reimu and then get them inside the stronghold under cover so they could lead an investigation of this cult, the inquisition revealed that the new cult's goal was to create an artificial god and that to achieve such goals they had to harvest the materials needed to create a living being who'd be able of develloping powers that could equal that of a god.
The cultists however already had "blueprints" to create such a being, their leaders having found an old manuscript wich had been redacted in latin and in wich what appeared to be wizard had conserved the results of its research, although incomplete the research had been studied and emulated and then experimented with, at first the humans in lead of the cult had tried simple things such as repairing damage to one's body that was said to be "irreversible"
After successfully achieving such goals they decided to move onto more "complex" studies and tried to fuse multiple living beings and so on and so fourth....until their experiments with cattle led to the birth of a full fledged youkai, the creature was fairly weak to the point humans were able of easily deal with the threat, however the creature did manage to make use of powers its creators didn't knew about wich made them consider taking on the magician's ultimate goal to create an artificial god, in their minds they figured that if they managed they'd have a god at their service and whom's power they could use for themselves...
Although there was still obscure points in the whole scheme, the girls had decided that letting this cult do as they pleased was too much of a threat, hence in a single night a skirmish broke out inside the stronghold, at day break the fight was over and the cult was lying in ruins, the old tome recovered and five out of the six leaders of the cult were dealt with permanantly, as the last leader fled into the deepest parts of the stronghold he was chased...
The human entered a room on whom's entrance a considerable amount of seals were applied to protect its content, the human dashed in, locking the path behind him and started to release the locks on the maturing altar on wich was lying a young one, its body merely covered by light pieces of cloth, his body was covered in designs, complex forms drawn all over its body, forming extremely complicated patterns...as the human was working on releasing the seals that operated as locks to prevent the young one's awakening before its body was completely ready....
"DARN IT, won't you move faster piece of junk ?!"
the human knew he had little time left until its pursuer would barge in to put an end to the chase, even with the excessive amounts of seals on the door it wouldn't take her that long to breach the door open, he had to move fast and release the three locks and then....
Appearantly the pursuer had little faith in the sealing skills of its target and tried raw force to breach through the defenses of the runaway, after multiple series of explosion sounds resonnated throughout the entire stronghold the defenses were still standing strong and the effects of the assaults was non-existant, the pursuer swore and started un-doing the seals one at a time effectively peeling off the layers of defenses, however even with the amazing amounts of seals put on the door the pursuer was quickly burning through them with great ease
"Ooooh no you WON'T !"
The human finally finished to release the first lock and started to move onto the second lock, the young one reacted to the releasing of the first lock wich was effectively making him start to awake, feelings going through its body and mind, slowly breathing more life into what appeared to be a pale and cold victim of a comatose...
"Come on, come on....huh ?"
The pursuer's reinforcements showed up, quickly explaining what was forcing the seals to be peeled off one at a time both the individuals quickly got down to getting rid of the remaining seals, time for the human was running much shorter than he had first anticipated yet kept at the task at hand releasing the second lock, the effect was instantaneous on young one whom's body started warming up, colors coming back to it, the young one was groaning almost as if about to wake up from a long slumber...
"Yes nearly there come on....WHA-?!"
In a cacophony the pursuer had grew tired of releasing seals one at a time and had simply bashed through the remaining seals, the power of the seals having grown weak enough to do so.
"No....no no no NO !"
The human, in a last ditched attempt to gain more time hid behind the young one, using it as a shield desperately struggling to find a way to get enough time to release the last lock before it would be too late...however the pursuer was already on him and in a single second the life of the human had already ended...
Where was he ?
The young one couldn't see as if a veil of onyx was covering its sight, it could feel it was lying on something...something cold, wet and rough...Like stone ?
As the young one tried to stand up a great deal of pain struck its wrists and ankles in answer of its effort, under the pain it stopped its effort straight and let its limbs back down.
Was it hurt ?
With great care, it tried to slowly move its wrists, this time no pain manifestated itself, the same exercise yielded same results with its ankles
A sound reaches its ears
Whats this sound ?
This sound felt familiar....like...a voice ?
Why was such a simple term giving it such a headache ?
Another sound reaches its ears
Agh...This hurts !
its wrists had sent it one more wave of pain, why ?
It hadn't moved its wrists...wait...something's making its wrists move ?
Something warm and soft...someone's hand ?
another wave of pain
Sounds start flowing in response from two distinct sources...the sounds where different yet similar...
what are thoses....words ? is some one talking to me ?
the hand had stopped touching its wrists and a second later an impact is felt at its wrists the shock being so sudden it scares it
More "words" are spoken to it
another shock, this time at its ankles
scared at first of what would happen, it tries to slowly move its joints and seeing as no more pain swarms its limbs, it tries get back up, but its body feels so heavy...
It groans in the effort,words are spoken to it once more in response, it slips and falls back down, hitting its head on the stone
huh ? what is...?
the feeling of the soft and warm hands was felt once more but not around its wrists but rather...its back ?
Why are such simple things so hard to remember ?
A third source of sound was heard, a third....voice
One more person is here ?
how many peoples are going to come to...where am I ?
the hands of what appeared to be the third individual were moving its body, appearantly looking for something on its body...
Is there something wrong with my....body ?
again its mind struggled to remember a simple word
The third individual kept up its research, eventually its hands reached out to its face, it reacts, afraid, the third individual speaks more...
What is that person going to do ?
The individual tries and forces open its eyes
blinding light and shapeless colors swarmed inside of its head, a chaos without shape form or sense and an intense pain flowed through its...eyes
It reacts to the pain, yet the indiduals keeps it in place forcefully, the pain became such that he screams and weakly tries to break free.
the voices are heard once more after wich one of the individual took it in its arms and carried it out the room
It was terribly tired and the pain and sapped what little strength it had left and thus fell asleep...
And thats a wrap for the story pretty much, sorry if there incoherencies here and there I might not be quite as good as I should be before posting such stuff...
As you can imagine the player will be taking the role of "the young one" now some peoples might hate me for how I might have wrote about a good half of this but I tried to leave this as genderless as possible since the game would feature a character creation feature...
Okay so the gameplay itself would be an action RPG with some slight tweaks to it,
first of all:the general moving around on the world map and such
I can easily picture a travel perspective like Valkyrie Profile as in your character is set on a "plane" of sorts were your character is free to fly just about ANYWHERE on the map, random fights you might get into are less frequent when flying BUT the ennemies have a tendency of being fairly strong, however flying is not the only way of travel for the player can also land, this restricts its speed and forces the player to take certain paths, fights are more common when travelling by foot but ennemies tend to be reasonnably less strong and are simple enough to dispose of.
*NOTE: the time of day and weather may influence ennemies's strength*
Whereas when entering a location on the map (lets say Eientei for example) the game adopts a "theater" sort of movement pattern once again much like Valkyrie profile, look it up and you'll see what I mean, I'm not quite good at explaining how it really looks like...
Next up: the battle system
Now the battle system would very much be simplistic, the game becomes a side-scroller shooting game using WASD+mouse in wich you have to fend off waves after waves of ennemies in an arena, sometimes as simple as empty space with a background, other times it would have actual ground and relief to restrain the character's movement forcing it either to do some pin-point flying or forcing the character into ground mode in wich the player can run and walk on the ground...
now some fights would be different as thoses concern the original touhou characters chasing you down, in this case the goal of the game completely changes,
YOU.MUST.GET.THE HELL AWAY !
The idea is that one character of the original touhou games would be hunting you down forcing you to flee in order to stay alive, during thoses sequences you're faced with basically something you simply have no way to fight back against, the escape scenarios would happen at random and in thoses cases the goal of the fight is to either leave the area un-noticed by your pursuer or hide and wait until it grows tired of looking around to find you...
Do tell me if I forgot some stuff
Here I'll put more details about how the player's character growth would work.
Now as I said the combat would work as a somewhat simple side-scrolling shooter using WASD to move around and the mouse to aim, left click to use your currently selected skill tree's ranged attack, right click for the skill tree's melee, and finally have the use of a hotbar that would allow to activate active skills and place passive skills (standard buffs earned in the skill tree and that have to be placed in the hotbar to count as active during fights)
The character you'd create in the game would have multiple skill trees available, thoses skill trees allow the player's character to unlock unique powers OR allow to copy another character's powers (I.E. be able of using attacks of Mokou should the player have unlocked the corresponding skill tree) the way the skill trees work is a little "odd" to say the least
Each skill tree has a Technique levels and Aspects that corresponds to the main attributes of the the said skill tree
there are three aspects to all skill trees: Elemental, Magic and Physical
for example Mokou's skill tree when you first obtain it would have
Fire lvl2, Basic lvl1 and Strong lvl2
upon level up of the skill tree you get to spec in one of thoses three aspects allowing new moves and techniques to be unlocked, it also slightly raise other stats of your character such as elemental affinity, physical damage/raw defense/movement speed and generation/amount of MPs/MP efficiency (how much MP you need to activate the active skills)
Now at first the player will not be able of mixing diffrent skill trees as his level is too low but should he spec up and start gettting level ups, the technique levels of the selected skill tree will rise steadily and past a certain point if a skill tree becomes potent enough the player will be able of using skills that do not belong to certain skill trees
HOWEVER thoses skills must not rely on aspects different from the selected skill tree, for example someone using Mokou's skill tree won't be able of using any of Cirno's skills wich would be
Ice lvl 1, Medium lvl 2, Tough lvl 3 (on its starting form)
As you see none of the aspects correspond to each other making the skill transfer impossible
However should someone using Mokou's skill tree try to use skills from (lets say) Utsuho's skilltree whom's aspects would be
Fire lvl 4, Advanced lvl 1, Strong lvl 1
As you can see Mokou's and Utsuho's would have two aspects in common enabling Mokou's skill tree to use some skills from Utsuho's that rely on the "Fire" and "Strong" aspects
For transfer to be enabled one must however have double the desired skill's required stats
(If skill A needs Fire lvl 2 on original skill tree then other skill tree will require lvl 4 to be transferable)
On another note, later on in the game the player will be able of creating its own skill tree by mixing three Aspects together from already aquired skill trees
....SO...Did all of it make sense or did it end up in a godless mess ?