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"We are all stardust…"
Who Are We?Starfall Studios is a group of talented and passionate amateurs creating our first Visual Novel, “Children of Cosmos”. Our team currently consists of four writers (including a musician and a programmer) and an editor, and we are looking for character and/or background artists to round off our group and inspire us to greater heights! We intend our final product to be as high a quality as possible and we would love to work with anyone who shares our goal.
What Are We Doing?Children of Cosmos is a supernatural romance visual novel very much in the traditional style. Our protagonist is a young man living on his own for the first time who meets an array of colourful girls who will change his life in one way or another – depending on his choices, of course. Accompanying our story will be background art, CGs, and music, although we do not plan on using voice acting for the dialogue.
The background to our story relates to a spectacular meteor shower taking place in the skies all around the globe once every hundred and fifty years. An old legend tells that should one of these shooting stars make it all the way to the surface, a single wish shall be granted to whoever touches it first. Of course, the stars rarely make it to the earth's surface intact, but there is one place in which they are known to fall more frequently.
This brings us to Leo – a high school student living in Turena, a town in the thick of all the beauty nature has to offer. He lives alone in an apartment paid for by his parents who work very demanding jobs in a nearby city, and like everyone in Turena he has heard of the meteor shower legend, but he considers it nothing more than a fairy tale for children. As summer approaches and the school year comes to a close, Leo makes the acquaintance of five girls he has never seen before, each of whom catches his attention for being a more than a little out of the ordinary. Over the course of the story his skepticism and disbelief are turned upside down as he discovers that these girls may not quite be what they seem.
What We NeedA reliable and enthusiastic artist, able to work in the anime style and consistently produce quality designs. Many of us are first-timers picking it up as we go, so don’t worry if you’ve never worked on or even read a VN before – it’s a learning experience for us all!
We have five main female love interests and several supporting characters of both sexes, and most of these will need sprite art in various stances and roughly two different outfits, depending on the character. If you feel up to it, there will also be a number of opportunities for backgrounds and event CGs.
To get a better idea of the quality we hope to achieve, here is a concept sprite of one of the characters. As of right now, we do not actually have any completed backgrounds, though unfinished concepts can be provided upon request.
Aside from some basic established character details, you will have a high degree of latitude to take the designs in your own direction, so let your imagination run wild!
While we are currently only seeking sprite and background artists specifically, those with other skillsets (such as writing, GUI, etc.) are certainly welcome to contact us as well!
What We Can OfferAs a volunteer-driven project, our goal is to create a friendly environment in which all members' voices can be heard, regardless of their role. What this means is a level of involvement and group engagement that each individual feels comfortable with. Members are also free to post work to their portfolios (though we do ask, of course, that spoiler-related material be withheld until later times).
In terms of compensation, our funds are existent but fairly limited. For further inquiry, please send a message directly so that we can discuss the specific terms of partnership.
Contact InfoFeel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Skype (GengaJupite). While I do respond to PMs as well, email and Skype are the fastest ways to get in touch with me. Thank you for your interest!
Thread Title: Children of Cosmos [BxG][Supernatural][Romance]
"We are all stardust…"
Hi, everyone! I'm GengaJupite, representing the amateur production group Starfall Studios. With our first VN under way, we're now sharing its production to the public and would love to hear any feedback you have to offer!
PremiseEvery hundred and fifty years, a spectacular meteor shower takes place in the skies all around the globe. An old legend tells that should one of these shooting stars make it all the way to the surface, a single wish shall be granted to whoever touches it first. Of course, the stars rarely make it to the earth's surface intact, but there is one place in which they are known to fall more frequently.
Leo Hearst is a high school student living in Turena, a town in the thick of all the beauty nature has to offer. He lives alone in an apartment paid for by his parents who work very demanding jobs in a nearby city. Like everyone in Turena he has heard of the meteor shower legend, but he considers it nothing more than a fairy tale for children. As summer approaches and the school year comes to a close, Leo makes the acquaintance of five girls he has never seen before, each of whom catches his attention for being a more than a little out of the ordinary. Over he slowly comes to learn more about them his skepticism and disbelief are turned upside down as he discovers that these girls may not quite be what they seem.
While utilizing tropes that VN enthusiasts are familiar with, we hope to create something that is entertaining and unique to the high school romance genre.
CharactersWe have yet to design all the characters, though I will share those that have completed concept art.
Leonardo (Leo) Hearst: The sixteen-year-old protagonist of the story. He is a fairly logical thinker who sometimes allows his curiosity to get the better of him. His day-to-day life is nothing special until he becomes involved with the five mysterious girls.
Ashe: A strange but very polite girl who lives in the forest. She loves to learn new things and maintain the natural beauty of Turena, but a strange illness prevents her from performing to the best of her abilities.
Luci: A jumpy girl that secretly follows Leo around. Something about her personality seems off, as if she's holding back or hiding a secret she does not want to keep.
Mara: A mean-spirited girl who picks on Leo at every opportunity despite the fact that they are practically strangers. Her piercing eyes and the dark spots on her neck are almost as intimidating and off-putting as her personality.
Rena: An upbeat, energetic girl who is never seen without a pair of animal ears on her head. She can be a bit overbearing with her onslaught of seemingly random questions, but her friendly attitude is charming, if not a somewhat childish.
Syrene: Merely a name that gets brought up from time to time. Leo isn't sure if he has even met her or not, but the mystery surrounding her has sparked his interest.
Yuuji Nakamura: Leo's closest friend in Turena. He's a goofball that somehow manages to excel in everything school-related. Where Leo is more of the straight man, Yuuji is the foil that keeps him on his toes.
Ami D'Amour: Yuuji's childhood friend. She is the one that keeps Leo and Yuuji grounded when they get out of hand. Though usually kind and composed, as a member of the student council, she is strict when it comes to upholding the rules but easily gets flustered when she takes on too many jobs.
A number of supporting characters will also help progress aspects of the story.
Louis Undra-Wiser (Mr. U): Leo and Yuuji's homeroom teacher and club advisor
Shida Goodwin: A master's student researching some kind of nature-related things around Turena
Lyra and Orion Hearst: Leo's parents
Carina Hearst: Leo's younger sister
Lead Editor: Ed Malus
Concept Art: Minute Kiwi
Character Art: Now Recruiting!
Background Art: Now Recruiting!
CG Artist: Now Recruiting!
GUI: Now Recruiting!
If you have any interest in joining the team, please feel free to check out our recruitment thread here [link to thread].
StatsWhile these numbers are not exact, they represent a rough estimate of where we are looking to go with Children of Cosmos. As ambitious as it may seem for our first VN, each of our writers is/was active in the fanfiction community, all four having written at least one story of over 100k words.
Total Word Count: 620k-830k words
Per Route: 112k-154k words
Common Route: 60k words
Current Production Stats [May 6/16]:
Common Route Completion: 60%
Individual Heroine Routes: 0%
All feedback is welcome and if you have any interest in joining the team, please check out our recruitment thread! Thanks for checking this out and we hope to see you in the future!
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