So, I’m still chipping away at Meline’s Quest. I’m about three days behind where I want to be at this point. I lost one day to a massive spam attack on the forums, one day because a bit of code turned out to be more complicated than I realized, and another because I needed a break and worked on some other features of the game. It’s pretty much the home stretch though, shouldn’t be more than a day or two.
While writing dialogue a Monday, I had something of a “Eureka!” moment. Meline and the Hero were discussing their parents. Now, I had known for awhile what their backstory was- Father was a travelling bard and adventurer, a lover-in-every-port type who floated in and out of their lives, while Mother was a hard-working baker and businesswoman who pulled herself out of the slums and made a name for herself. Dad stopped showing up when the kids stopped being cute enough to fuss over, while Mom died of some nonspecific anime disease when the kids were 14/18.
It occurred to me that this actually fit with their behaviour. The Hero idolizes his father enough that he, too, wanted to become a debauched adventurer. At the same time, he did not like how his father was never around. This is how the Hero glommed on to the idea of having harem- it lets you have a wide variety of lovers while still being a part of their lives. Meline was also influenced by this aspect of her family life- but without her Dad around, and seeing her Mom die when she was so young, Meline’s reaction was to become very attached to the one family member she had left.
Anyway, that’s it for this week. Back to work!