The working title is Amashi (which is also the name of the protagonist), and it is a 3D platformer/action RPG in the same vein as the first Mystical Ninja on N64. I feel that Jewish culture, especially as told from a Jewish perspective (i.e. not Western/Roman Catholic/etc), is extremely under represented, so I want to be the first to change that. Plus, I'm tired of waiting for Konami to make a new Goemon, so I've decided to do it myself, only with a Hebrew spin on it. So far, I've compiled a basic plotline (which is really just an excuse for Amashi to travel the land of Israel and smash demons
), a bestiary (see below), and some gameplay ideas. Amashi ben Ishmerai starts off as a shepherd in a small village, living with his elder Shammua, wife Na'arah, and daughter Tamar. But while he is away, his city is destroyed by the plishtim (basically the Hebrew name for Philistines, which means "invaders"). The entire village is slaughtered, and all of the women and children are taken as slaves. Amashi, of course, is having none of it, and decides to go after the Philistines using his shepherd's cane as a makeshift bo-staff. He makes his way to their stronghold, but before he can confront their king (who has already set sail on his ship, slaves in tow), he is attacked by the Lotan (Leviathan) beast. Although the Lotan is defeated, it collapses onto Amashi's ship, catapulting him all the way to Mount Azazel, where he battles an army of se'irim (the Near Eastern version of satyrs) and defeats Azazel, the Se'ir king. Arriving in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), he tries to enter the temple to pray to Elohim/YHWH, but is denied entry. This means he must seek permission from the king, leading to a romp through a trap laden palace in the center of Jerusalem, ending in a confrontation with Solomon's guardian golem. The king is outraged and forbids him from entering the temple, so he has to sneak in. El hears Amashi's prayers, and instructs him to seek out the powers of the other gods (basically the gods of our polytheistic/Canaanite pagan ancestors) so that he may eventually defeat Ashmedai (the demon king who is responsible for the return of the plishtim), reunite with his family, and bring peace back to Israel.
Yeah, it's not the most original story of all time, but I am still reasonably confident in it. After all, there aren't many games out there with a Middle Eastern setting (let alone an ancient Hebrew one) where you aren't playing as some American soldier gunning down al-Qaeda or whatever. I have a lot of ambition for it. I just hope I'm not biting off more than I can chew.
January 17, 2017, 12:50:33 am - (Auto Merged - Double Posts are not allowed before 7 days.)
I tried to post the full bestiary, but it wouldn't let me since it's too long.