The Lute!

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KwisatzHaderach
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Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:22 am

Right, onto what I wanted to say: what do you think the role of the Little Mouse's Lute will be? Will it be a kind of magical tool? Even a weapon (have to think about the guitar in Brütal Legend ;) )? Will it fill a central role in some of the quests? Will there be some sort of "playing" simulation integrated?
What do you think? What could you think of?

Of all the things I saw in the trailor, the Lute kept my attention the most. Just why has it got this prominent place on the back of the mouse? Afaik, Seith hasn't mentioned anything concerning the workings of the Lute.
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Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:02 pm

Your character actually is carrying the lute en route to their lover to play them a love song/poem. The better you play the game and the less damage/deaths you use to accomplish the overall quest, the better condition the lute is in at the end and so the better the music is. MULTIPLE ENDINGS!!!

Actually it could be used for a few different player-chosen story methods.

You carry your Lute across the land to try and reach a bardic college to learn the craft and start a profession.

You are bringing the instrument to the home of a sick relative to cheer their spirits as they rest and try to get better.

You are bringing back the lute to your grandparent so they can play it one more time before they pass on.

You were told to retrieve the lute as it hides a treasure map inside, and will be paid handsomely for it.

You found it on the road and just couldn't help but take it with you. At night you pluck at it, but have no initial playing skill.

The lute is bound to you, and 'speaks' to you in a series of mouse like plucks and strums, speaking of your destiny, danger, and your importance in a greater problem.

The lute is actually an incognito backpack, a small baby mouse (your child) hidden inside from harm. At night when you camp you bring the baby out and feed it whilst playing music softly.
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Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:22 pm

Sorry for being boring, but the lute is there because you are a minstrel mouse and I personally doubt it will have any significant role in the game.
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Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:42 pm

You would be 100% right if you guessed that the lute will play a role, it is briefly mentioned here... http://analogaddiction.org/2013/04/10/g ... s-creator/ Actually, you'll see Vlad (the author of the article, and a staunch GoaT fan) here on these forums.

As to whether it will be a weapon, or serve another purpose, Seith is keeping this a secret for the moment. ;)

EvilKing, you have an amazing imagination... any one of those would be a terrific story :D
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Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:57 pm

Ah I read that article some time ago, and yes, hinted at with the lute, but no real spoilers or details given. Which just means plenty of folk can throw what they think it can be for on these threads. Maybe if someone is close they can win a custom windows wallpaper of the hero and the lute. heheh.

And thank you David. Kind words are always appreciated. I am sure I'll brainstorm and speculate enough on here you'll get right sick of me in time. But I will preface that in saying I am not out to spoil your fun in creating this masterpiece, nor do I expect or demand ANYTHING I propose to be used in the game. I just love the creative process, whether it be enriching my own, or feeding the fires of those around me.

Anyhow, I do hope more folk trickle in and throw their ideas around. I know there's a TON of possible Lute stories out there. :)
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Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:54 pm

I know, The mouse will play "Stairway to Heaven" in the end.
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KwisatzHaderach
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Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:05 pm

FrozenCherry wrote:I know, The mouse will play "Stairway to Heaven" in the end.

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Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:23 pm

At least, it's not Freebird.

Hopefully, there some integration that you used it more then once. I hate when games give you something that you use only once.
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Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:38 am

All terrific ideas! I love them, let's make one game for each of them... :) Seriously I really appreciate that sort of input, thank you very much!

Unfortunately I can confirm that the mouse, in fact, will NOT play "Stairway to Heaven" in the game. I know, I know, it's very disappointing but it had to be said.

Now on the other hand, Jeremiah recently composed a track featuring the mouse playing his lute and I have to say that my eyes were watering just a little when I listened to it...
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Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:51 am

ok if the music made the lead developer, and the creator of this whole project, tear up.. it's gotta be resonating on just the right level. This is really good news. :)
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