BACKBONE: PROLOGUE is the demo of an upcoming noir-inspired detective adventure.
Step into the shoes of Howard Lotor - anthropomorphic raccoon and private eye - and explore the beautifully rendered 2.5D pixel art environments of dystopian Vancouver.
I was going through an old sketchbook and rediscovered some stuff from back when I was a Voltron fan (before it got shitty), so anyway it’s time to talk about my old
DGM Voltron AU
Howard piloted the Black Lion (calm and collected, I think he would be a good leader), Rohfa piloted the Green Lion (smart, curious, braver than she looks, and also I love her and she deserves importance), Kanda piloted the Red Lion (naturally gifted fighter, his current/upcoming arc as the edgy loner that has to step into leadership mirrors the good/early part of Keith’s), Lavi piloted the Blue Lion (energetic, fun loving, and outwardly immature with a lot of hidden skill and internal conflict), and Allen piloted the Yellow Lion (kind and selfless, naturally brings people together). Lenalee and Komui were Allura and Coran (I don’t feel like this one needs a lot of explaining).
I was always really torn about who (Allen or Link) should take Shiro’s place as the one with History with the Galra, as well as which one should get kidnapped and cloned. On one hand the Neah/14th stuff would make a great transfer to the clone storyline, and the weird hand stuff is already all set up. But! Link getting nabbed would make way for better arcs for the rest of the gang (and ones more similar to VLD canon). Kanda could step up as leader (like him becoming a general right now in canon), and Lenalee could take his place as Red Lion paladin (a gifted and instinct driven fighter who’s both humble and brave as hell). I think I was considering having Allen be the one with History and the initial kidnappee, but then the gang swoops in to save him right away and Link gets stuck (and maybe cloned) in his place.
For the villains, Tyki totally takes the place of Lotor (dualism motif vs being mixed galra/altean, possibly mysterious past, personalities jive), and the Earl is Obvs Zarkon. Road tentatively takes the place of Haggar, more for her place in the story (the loyal, magical, and mysterious second in command) than any personality reason. In this version Tyki wouldn’t be the direct son of the main villains. He’d have to have been created magically somehow, since Road as we know her definitely ain’t having any kids. I also considered Katerina for Haggar’s part, but we just know so little about her.
And this is less developed, but Crow/the thirds would be the blade of Marmora, and the Science department/rest of the exorcists other team voltron supporters.
I am an adult and this blog will have some adult content! I always tag it with #lemon #n/s/f/w and #minors dni
Anyone can follow, but I'd prefer anyone specifically interacting with me be 16+ (what I mean is idc who follows and likes/reblogs my posts, but if you wanna talk to me or interact with my personal ships, please be over the age of 16)
Should probably mention that some of that adult content includes darker content like blood and knives and i will make sure to tag things appropriately usually as #___ tw
I only use they/them pronouns
Irl i am a lesbian but I have several male f/os! This is bc fiction is different from reality
My asks and dms are ALWAYS open! And yes you are encouraged to gush to me about your own f/os!
I'm not always the best with keeping my f/o list up to date and i have a lot of f/os
That being said, my main f/o is Morpheus from the book Splintered by AG Howard! (the whole blog is named after him...)
Currently my only braincell is obsessed with Asra Alnazar from the Arcana haha
Lotor from vld, the Doctor from doctor who, and Piers from pokemon swsh also make regular appearances but i have many more f/os! Most of them are on the list linked in my bio!
I'll edit this as i see fit 💜 and i'll likely add links later
BACKBONE WAS GOING TO BE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT GAME...UNTIL ONE OF THE DEVS GOT ATTACKED BY RACCOONS
Backbone, a game where you play as raccoon private eye Howard Lotor, was actually going to be a completely different game early on in development. Turns out all it takes is one raccoon attack to steer a game in a completely different direction. Narrative designer and studio co-founder Alex Korabelnikova explains in an interview with Kotaku.
“The game came about when one of our devs was attacked by raccoons. We were making a different game. It was sci-fi. It had a smell mechanic where you could stealth by using your sense of smell and other senses. During the call, raccoons attacked, and we couldn’t stop thinking about it. We couldn’t stop talking about being a raccoon thief, and then the raccoon thief turned into a raccoon detective. That’s how the game was born.”
You are a raccoon private eye Howard Lotor, a second-class citizen in dystopian Vancouver, BC inhabited by animals. Interrogate a diverse cast of characters, collect evidence, and choose which leads to follow.
So, in the Backbone demo - the content of which is identical to the full game's first act - Howard meets what is very clearly the antagonist, right there in her own place of business, who directly asks for his name. Your options are to deflect, to lie, or to say "my name is Howard Lotor :) i'm an investigator! :) i think there's been crimes here! :0 do you know anything about the crimes? here? at your business? :)"
And that, of course, is hilarious to me, so I picked it. And I did it again, when I transitioned from the demo to the final game, and I kept it up,
I GOT A FRIGGIN ACHIEVEMENT
THE GAME REWARDED MY NAIVE BONEHEADEDNESS THIS IS EVEN FUNNIER