Story & Lore
“If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it's that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously.”
- Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park)
Long ago, a deadly black Mist spread over the world of Lumen and forced the people to flee underground. They split into five tribes, and lived independently until the Mist began to recede over a thousand years ago. Upon returning to the surface, they found the land blackened and scarred, littered with towering spikes of black onyx and pools of luminous liquid. Slowly, life returned to the land, as it always does. The entirety of the known world consists of the southeastern tip of a large continent, and the five islands off its coast. Everything else is still shrouded in Mist. The grand capital of Dehrgada City has been built on the mainland, combing the culture and aesthetics of all 5 tribes.
This is where our story begins, and a legacy forged that forever changed the world.
Cycle of Destruction
Destruction is integral to this world, yet death also brings life. The Mist scoured the old world and allowed the new to rise from those ashes, built on the remains of those who came before. Survival of the fittest, adapt or perish. As the people struggle to reclaim the land, a question looms over them: is their world doomed to be consumed once more? Will they inevitably repeat the mistakes of the past, or can the cycle be broken? These are the questions you will confront throughout the game, and your choices will ultimately decide.
Order vs. Chaos
One of the overarching conflicts is the ongoing battle between two factions: the steadfast Dehrgada Guard and the rebellious Opal Truth. One represents order, reliable and secure but unyielding and immutable. The other represents chaos, unpredictable and volatile but with the ability to bring about real change. Neither group can be considered wholly “good” or “evil;” the truth is a matter of perspective. The struggle between these two factions is surging toward all out war. Will you favor honor and stability, or freedom and defiance?
Dark Fantasy + Grounded Dieselpunk
The world of Lumen is one infused with both magic and technology. The Cataclysm, while destructive, also endowed the world with unique properties that fostered several distinct disciplines. Some tribes favored technology, propelling them into a booming industrial age. Other tribes focused on the natural world, living simply and in harmony with nature. Others still found ways to harness the crystalline mineral “ambrosia,” to bend reality to their will. Though each tribe has its favored school of thought, ultimately they each use whatever they can to get by in this unforgiving world.
Connectivity & Reactivity
You will be confronted with many choices in Project Resurgence: free your enemies or kill them; trust companions or betray them; follow a path of order, chaos, or forge your own somewhere in between. These choices and their consequences will have both immediate and long term repercussions, branching the story and giving real weight and meaning to every decision. The story reacts to you, just as you react to it, and these decisions will persist through all subsequent episodes.