First off, thank you to everyone who expressed their support and sent offers of help last week. I'm glad that the response was so overwhelmingly positive, although I don't really want to have similar blog posts in the future. MWL and I now have a tentative plan so it'll be easier to make progress on the game and move past this difficult time.
So, today we're going to talk about Elaiya.
I've been planning Elaiya's Love Quest for awhile now- she, along with Doll, were the two characters whose Love Quests were fundamental and I had elements of the quests in mind from the beginning. It's going to be interesting when the next release happens and you can compare Meline's quest to Elaiya's because Meline was never intended to have a quest to begin with. Newer fans might not be able to recall, but back in the day when Meline reached 101 Relationship points, you just received the reward right there.
Anyway, I have the plans, and it's going to be the most complex Love Quest available. There are branching bits in case you've met certain NPCs, the dungeon is going to be non-linear, and there will be two boss fights, one of which will be a solo duel with just Elaiya. The duel will allow Elaiya to use her "Stealth" Technique to take cover and avoid being hit.
So, I'm looking forward to getting you guys this quest and being able to explore Elaiya's back story and experience some new challenges.
With regard to balancing Elaiya, well, she's gonna get nerfed. Not right away. But eventually her "thing" will be to have medium damage but a higher critical rate, and her signature skill Barrage (and, eventually, Improved Barrage) are going to be about making more attacks to roll the dice on more criticals. Plus, a bit more damage from those extra attacks in a turn.
Meline's Quest is coming along, but it needed a lot of art (sprites, faces and CGs!) done and is waiting on that.
Anyway, figured you could use an update on where I was on that stuff, I might have to cut Diadira from the April release, but I'm hoping to have these two quests done.