New Archtype Focus in the Female Confessor with Video Jun 9, 2015 9:33:05 GMT -8
Post by Chrissy The Blesser on Jun 9, 2015 9:33:05 GMT -8
THE CONFESSOR: THE FLAME OF TRUTH
Today, we're going to talk about the origin of our first Combatant: the Confessor.
First, a bit about how the Archetypes were created.
The archetypes were designed to embody distinct cultures – cultures that we wanted to present as vastly different in terms of both origin and dogma. I constructed the backstories to jump around to various viewpoints, so that we could reveal the overall narrative of the Crowfall universe like a "patchwork quilt" -- i.e. look into this world through a bunch of different lenses, surfacing (but not revealing) the depth we have planned.
The reason for this approach is two-fold: one, it allows us to cover a LOT of ground quickly and two, it presents the narrative in bite-sized chunks.
The challenge is game writing is: everyone loves a good story, but very few are willing to sit still long enough for you to tell it. With smaller narratives, casual players can get a taste without having to read through a mountain of backstory. (…and let's be honest; if I put a wall of text in front of them, they're not even going to make it through the first paragraph.)
It's also important to offer divergent interpretations for the inner workings of the Universe – because that adds texture and conflict. If your main cultures (or heroes) can't get on the same page as to WHY something is the way it is, and WHAT caused a problem to occur, they certainly won't agree on the HOW to resolve it.
It’s easy to set up conflict as “two sides who want different things”, but it’s much more interesting when each side has an understandable mindset, a (internally) logical view of the problem, but vastly different (and mutually exclusive) solutions.
With this in mind, let’s talk about...
Before the arrival of the Hunger, the race of men had one great organized religion: Mother Church, the Disciples of the Holy Flame. The Church is primarily dedicated to the worship of Arkon, the Dawnbringer, First Son of the All Father and the heir to the Dragon Throne.
As the name would imply, the devotion also centers around the worship of fire as the central element -- the Sun being the ultimate embodiment of warmth, sustenance and life.
The Church holds that fire is a gift of the All Father – wrested from the belly of Yaemir the Great Serpent (literally, the All Father reached down Yaemir’s throat and stole his fiery breath) and hung it in the sky as a gift for infant son, Arkon. Arkon and Gaea, in turn, gave it to their children (the race of man) as their birthright.
The Church recognizes the divinity of all the All Father’s children, but place Arkon first among them. The symbol of the Church is the rising sun.
When the Hunger appeared, the Church was thrown into chaos. Scholars and religious leaders fell into vicious (and arguably pointless) debates about the cause: Was it natural? Were the Gods angry? Was this punishment for some great wrong?
The highest priests of the Church, who for centuries had claimed to have direct communication with the Gods, prayed for enlightenment. They were dismayed to find that they could no longer hear the voice of the All Father at all.
As the Hunger spread from one world to the next, everything went from bad to worse. The Church, once thought timeless and immortal, splintered in two: The Confessors, arcane scholars who believed the Hunger to be physical embodiment of the sins of man, and the Templars, a military order of holy knights, who believed that… (You know what? We’ll save what the Templars believe for another time.)
The Flame of Truth
The Church took a very dark turn.
Fire can be a symbol of warmth, life and rebirth.
It can also be used as a tool. When a body is wounded, the scholars argue, the bad flesh must be cut away to save the good. Fire can cauterize the wound, keep the disease from spreading – if cleansed fast enough, and deep enough, the body might be saved.
If the Hunger is punishment for the collective sins of all mankind, then the only hope is to exorcise that corruption, to remove all that which is offensive in the eyes of the Gods.
Fire became more than a symbol.
…it became a Shield. Surely, any World touched by the Hunger is marked – for if that World were innocent, would it not have been spared by the Gods?
…it became a Sword. Should we not punish the wicked, to evidence our remorse and beg forgiveness of the Gods? The Gods are merciful! If we truly repent, surely the Hunger will recede.
Mother Church once stood proudly, a solitary candle in cold, dark room. Bold, illuminating, noble… a bright and shining symbol of hope for all.
But now her light has faltered, leaving only a thin trail of smoke and a quickly fading ember… and long, cold shadows on the walls.
VIDEO: By popular demand, an extended time lapse version of Eric modeling the female Confessor. (no voice)