Django K. SteeleEdit
Raised as an orphan, Django spent his childhood bouncing from group home to group home. He was often teased for his unnaturally colored hair and eyes, but fortunately he learned to control his anger. He is usually quiet and upbeat, but also prone to bouts of moodiness followed by instrospection. Even though he's not overly talkative, he's far from shy. When he reached legal adulthood, he changed his childhood name to one that he felt suited him better.
For the past three years, Django has been in prison on Death Row. He had been convicted of the murder and dismemberment of a young woman at a party, and because of the brutality of the crime, the legal process was expidited. Though he himself was generally a model inmate, he has spent much of his time there in solitary confinement, for the protection of other inmantes.
Physically, Django is well-muscled and fit, but not overly bulky. He has a barbed-wire tattoo on his right arm and a tribal tattoo on his left arm and shoulder. He wears cowboy clothing, and has a particular obsession with his hat.
- Trivia: Django's initials are the same as the Dark Knight Sparda's.
Kaliska a mysterious woman who hunts Dante in the game. She is a member of a tribe, unnamed at this time but possibly "Spirit Moon Tribe," of devil hunters and lore keepers, all supposedly descended from the priestess whose blood Sparda used to seal the Temen-ni-gru. She is one of, if not the, most talented huntresses in her clan. She meets Dante by chance at the beginning of the events, and theorizes that, if she can destroy the "last" of Sparda's blood relatives, she can keep the the Demon World sealed forever. She wears a mask that allows her to "See with the eyes of a demon" and weilds a bladed bow.
Katori is a demon that is magically linked to Foxfire. Usually invisible, it can manifest as a spectral form in order to interact with the human world. It is unknown at this time if it can speak. It resembles a coyote but is probably about the size of a horse.
Katori is controlled with the D-pad. Certain commands can be mapped to different directions, and pressing them will cause the Coyote to execute that action. For example, "Push Back" pushes away the targed demon, (or nearest demon, if the lock-on is not engaged;) "Push towards" pushes the targeted demon towards Foxfire; "Slam Down" knocks the targeted demon to the ground; and "Send Flying" knocks the demon into the air.
Will is Django's defense lawyer and only friend. He thoroughly believes in Django's innocence, but was unable to convince a jury.
- Trivia: Will and his family are named in honor of William, Annette, and Sherry Birkin of Resident Evil fame.
Ann and ShellyEdit
Will's wife and daughter, respectively
The man who started all of this by making a pact with Mundus. He works as Mundus's human world puppet, though he is not innocent. He willingly allows Mundus to control him.
Though it is not known at the beginning of the game, Minos used his demonic power to frame Django for the crime. He also abused his power as a judge to get Django convicted.
Python is a giant snake-like demon with arms in his mouth. In his human form, he resembles a trim, blonde man, (not unlike Albert Wesker,) wearing snakeskin leather boots and a snakeskin vest. His personality is generally aloof, and he often comes across as indifferent and uninterested, but in reality he is very astute and keenly aware of his surroundings. He has a knack for waiting until the last possible moment to act.
Python was initially summoned to the human world by Judge Minos to help him achieve his goals by providing him and his devil army with artificial demons, weapons, and other items. However, after his encounter with Dante, Python changes his affiliation. Although his true motives cannot be determined, he tells another demon he switched sides because he was "bored" with Hell.
In his demon form, Python has a total of 6 arms. Two pairs are on either side of his head, just below his eyes, and the other is in the front on his lower jaw. This third pair resembles a tongue, and is possibly the most unique. What is typically the left arm is actually on the right, and the same for the right arm, such that he can bend them at the elbows while keeping the upper arms together. In order to hold something between them, he has to cross one over the other, giving him the appearance of twisting his tongue. Python's many arms give him an advantage when creating devices, as he can operate devices on his own that would require two or three humans to use.
Being 4,000 years old, Python actually knew Sparda. Python chose to remain unaligned in the battle, siding neither with Sparda nor Mundus. As a result, his life was spared. In the old days, Python was known as "The Arms Dealer", because he would make weapons and demon armies for other demons to use, all the while remaining neutral himself. This title is somewhat ironic, as real pythons don't have arms.
The tutorial level.
Split into two sections, the upper and lower town.
A mysterious, semi-sacred canyon beside the lower section of town. It contains a waterfall, subterranean lake, and a shrine where Kelpie the Waterhorse guards the Shadow Eidolon. The river that feeds both the waterfall and the lake is called the Acheron.
Inside the Crawfish DemonEdit
In an homage to Leviathan, Dante ends up swallowed by the Crawfish Demon, and has to kill it from the inside. He has to fight his way out of the stomach, possibly by aggrivating an ulcer. Dante has to then travel through the chest cavity and enter the bloodstream. The bloodstream will take him through the heart and into the demon's braincase, where he has to sever the "support neurons" holding the brain-like organ up. Each time Dante cuts one, the demon thrashes, changing the orientation of the room. This both knocks Dante off of his feet, but also inadvertently grants him access to the other support neurons.
While in the bloodstream, gameplay will switch to a railshooter, reminiscent of the final fight with Mundus from the first game. Dante will use an underwater-specific gun to shoot symbiotic, leucocyte-like demons living in the crawfish's blood. There might even be a mini boss fight in the heart against a heartworm or something.
The lowest level of demon in the game. It resembles a cockroach with sickle-like blades on its arms.
Stonger and larger than the roach demons, Mantis demons have longer blades protruding from their arms, as well as a sharpened forearm that allows them to attack with a scissoring action.
A flying demon of cold and air.
Nichtvren are flying, vampiric demons of cruel and terrible beauty. It devours its victims, blood, flesh and soul, hungry for the taste of the life it once possessed. When nothing but bones are left, the remains are covered in ash and a new Nichtvren is born.
When fighting a Nichtvren, one must first dispell the feathers on their wings. Once the feathers are removed, it becomes ground bound, but can attack from behind with its exposed wing bones, a feature it lacks when airborne. It can latch on to the player and will drain his life.
Flying enemies that are invulnerable from the feathered front. They have two attacks: A fly-by trample attack, during which they fly low and stomp with their hooves as they pass over their target; and a dive-bomb attack, in which they fly up, off the screen before slamming back down onto the character. They must be attacked from behind.
Several varieties of demons inhabit the Crawfish Demon's blood and insides.
Large, lumbering demons akin to rhinocerous beetels. They have high defense and strong attacks, but are slow. They attack by lowering their heads and charging forwards, or by thrusting upwards with their horns like a rhinocerous. May also posess the ability to shoot spikes/acid from their rear ends like a bombardier beetle.
The tutorial boss. It resembles an iguana crossed with an aligator with a sail of fire. He is rash and, well, hot-headed. He speaks with a lisp, causing him to draw his S's out.
The working name for the demon that knocks Ann off of the upper town. It is also brash, and prefers to charge horn-first into battle. It attacks include charges, stomps, and kicks, as well as a jumping turn that allows it to change its direction quickly.
This may actually be a mini-boss since it is the first real "boss" battle after the tutorial mission. Plus it would look awesome if Django could Ride the Bull with a buster-esque animation after he obtains the Python. Double bonus if it ends up being a bull-boar cross, because then Django can Ride the Pig!
Kelpie the WaterhorseEdit
A horse/squid demon. Its main attack is to charge at the player and attempt to snag them in its tentacles. The player must dodge the beak, sharp hooves, and octopus tails. If the player dodges all of these, Kelpie shoots a pair of squid-like tentacles out of its backside to snag the player. If the player can't dodge these or the other parts of the attack, Kelpie will drag him around the arena before donkey-kicking him to the other side of the arena for massive damage.
Brutus, Cassius, and JudasEdit
These are basically three identical bosses, most likely color swapped, each fought by Dante (Brutus,) Django (Judas), and Kaliska (Cassius.) They are evolved Nichtvren, and serve as Mundus's generals for the army Python creates for Minos.
- Brutus would grant Dante a new weapon: The Gauntlet set Brutus.
- Judas would give Django a new piece of clothing that would affect his gameplay style. No details yet on its effect.
- Cassius would grant Foxfire a new piece for her Amulet. No details yet on what it would do.
The working name for a crawfish or lobster-like demon. It is sand colored instead of red. It can submerge itself in sand and stick its feelers to the surface. If they contact anything, it will burst forth and attack with its claws. It can also roll itself into a ball and attempt to steamroll its enemies.
After battling this demon from the outside, a cutscene occurs in which it dives deep into the sand, then attacks Dante from below like Air Jaws. (To make the scene more dramatic, a second, previously unseen, shark-like mouth opens up for this attack. All other times, it speaks through a small mouth or no mouth at all.) It swallows Dante, and then he must battle his way out from the inside. While inside, the zone will twist and turn as the demon swims around with Dante inside it, leading to some unique gameplay opportunities. For example: In order to reach a Secret Mission or a Blue Orb Fragment, Dante must time his jump such that he is hovering in the air when the zone flips.
The final stop inside the Crawfish Demon is its brain. Dante must sever the neurons connecting the brain to the periphery, and as each one is cut, the demon writhes, flipping the zone around. The more neurons that are cut, the more frantic and frequent the thrashing. Minor bloodstream or internal demons might also assail Dante at this time, to increase the intensity of the battle.
Django battles Python before they realize they're on the same side. Python's head dangles from the top of the screen and his impenetrable coils form the walls of the ring. He fights with a variety of bites and head swipes. If the battle drags on too long, he will constrict Django for massive damage.
A massive dragon-like demon said to have the power to destroy the world. In order to defeat it, Dante and Django must climb up its sides like an old-fashioned side-scrolling platform game to reach the head.
Dante battles Mundus in the Demon World.
Django's first and signature Devil Arm. It is a massive black broadsword with red edges and decorative cracks that range from dark cherry to almost white. Its crosstree is also embellished with a lizard motif. The blade is actually made up of two parts, and can be twisted around itself to form a scissor.
The Onikirimaru is actually two blades, a katana and a wakizashi, that Python creates from his own power to seal the portal Judge Minos opens to summon Nidhogg.
The second weapon Python makes from his power. It takes the form of two green python snakes with orange scoots and golden eyes. In combat, it acts like Nero's Buster as well as Django's lariat and whip. It hides as full color, full arm tattoos on its weilder, and will writhe in the presense of demonic energy.
- Gauntlet type weapon inspired by this. Not much else is known at this time.
Some new toys for Dante and Django that are being considered:
- Combat Yo-yo - Because the only thing better than one rediculous weapon is several. Possibly rewarded to Dante after defeating the Crawfish Demon.
- Spear or Trident - A weapon with a longer reach than the others. Good for crowd control.
- Pair of Sai - Tentatively named Fujin and Raijin. They would be good for close combat, but faster and better against groups than the gauntlet weapon.
Django's custom Desert Eagle. Its shots are so powerful they can blast back most any lesser demon.
Also called "Doc" or "The Doctor", it is Django's custom rifle. It is capable of firing straight through most any enemy and retains its effectiveness at long range.
The game will have multiple playable characters, similar to Devil May Cry 2, all of which reveal something unique about the story.
The events of the game start as Django is about to be executed by lethal injection for a crime. In flashback cutscenes, we learn that he is innocent, but his defense lawyer couldn't convince a jury. Django can apparently see demons that no one else can, but no one believes him. Just as he closes his eyes to die, he feels a burning pain in his chest. He feels as if something is wrong, and snaps his eyes open to see a cockroach-like demon--the very same kind which killed the young woman three years earlier--stabbing him in the chest. The table on which he is strapped collapses beneath their combined weight, and chaos erupts. Demons appear everywhere, but only Django can see them.
Django makes his way out of the execution chamber and heads for the evidence locker in the nearby police headquarters, uprooting a parking meter to use as a weapon in the proccess. With everyone under an unseen assault, no one pays attention to him. He breaks open the locker, finds his things, and gears up. In the parking lot, he sees a massive, firey lizar, Salamander.
He battles with Salamander, but Dante appears to finish it off. Django obtains the Salamander, a weapon formed from the enemy's heart, by trading Rebellion, which Dante threw during the battle, for it. He then travels through the town to his lawyer's home, where Django is releaved to find Will and his family alive. Since Will is already convinced of Django's ability to see demons, it doesn't take much to convince him that sticking close to the convict is in his best interest.
With Django in the lead, the four start to get out of town, but are stopped by a massive bull-like demon. Django does his best to get Will's family to safety, but he doesn't succeed. The bull demon manages to knock Ann, Will's wife, off of the cliff. Django can only watch in horror as she plummets, and is completely shocked when yet another demon, a snake-like one, rises out of a cave of some kind to swallow her whole. Completely pissed, Django lets his anger out on the bull demon. After the dust settles, he can only press on.
The way out of the city takes him down the cliff. Strangely, though, the situation seems to have changed. The people can now see the demons, but it doesn't appear as though the demons can see them. As they pass the cave, Django decides he's going to get revenge, and heads in after the snake demon. At this point, Django doesn't realize Python is actually a good guy, or that he was saving Ann. Just before the battle can get fatal, Dante returns, and breaks up the fight. There's some talking before everyone is convinced that they're all on the same side. The lawyer find the courage to ask about his wife, and Python explains she's safe and sound, acting as the core of his Chameleon machine, which cloaks humans from demons' sight.
Dante and Django leave Will and his family in Python's lair, where they should be safe. Python, of course, can't see or hear them, so they have to stay in a specific place, where he won't accidentally hurt them. Although Dante tries to get Python to come with, Python declines leaving, saying he has too much work to do.
More battles lader, Dante and Django finally face down the Big Bad, a massive dragon-like demon named Nidhogg. It's huge and they're having trouble just hanging on, much less subduing it. Just when it looks like they might not be able to stop it before it destroys the city, Python appears! Python lunges and wraps around Nidhogg, constricting him. He insists that Dante attack and kill Nidhogg, even if it means sacrificing his own life. Dante hesitates just long enough for Nidhogg to mortally wound Python, but ultimately does finish off Nidhogg with Django's help. As Python lays dying, he commends Dante for his strength, and states his intention to hand over his soul to Dante. Dante tries all the cliche "hold on, don't die!" lines, but Python's wounds are too great. He leaves his soul in the form of a katana, Onikirimaru, to Dante. Dante cries and shouts out, "He was one of the good ones!" Afterwards, Dante takes up the Onikirimaru out of a sense of duty, and swears to use it to shut the demon portal. Dante and Django move on from the fight with Nidhogg. They are able to find the massive hellgate, but just as Dante closes it, another enemy confronts them. It's not a demon, it's the judge that sentenced Django to death. Turns out, he's the one who has been summoning all the demons. He has some concocted reason for wanting demons to rule, which he decides to explain to Dante and Django, since he's an evil mastermind and all. More fighting ensues as the judge summons forth more demons, including the other bosses already defeated, and a new ally appears--a blonde man in a snakeskin vest, weilding a very strange choice of weapons that look like pythons...
Turns out, it's Python. The demon that died after the fight with Nidhogg was actually just the Onikirimaru, which he made from his power. Using the item he sent Dante to fetch earlier, Python was able to finish an elaborate ritual to create the devil arm and disguise it as himself. He also made a second Devil Arm, Python, which he loans to Django to finish off the now very powerful judge. Dante, tempted by Mundus, the puppetmaster behind the judge, jumps into the Demon World to defeat his old nemesis, leaving the judge to Django.
After the fight, an unconscious "Dante" returns from the demon world. He is woken up by Django and the others.
Haven't quite figured out why Dante is in Django's unnamed city. I will get back to you on that. Also haven't quite figured out what he does after he meets Django, but somehow he ends up at the cave in the canyon where he encounters Python in his demon form. He prepares for a battle, but Python blows him off. This intrigues Dante, since every demon he's encountered until now has been trying to kill him for being the Son of Sparda, and he takes the time to talk and bargain with Python. An agreement is reached, where Python will assist him in saving the town by turning off a device of his that renders humans unable to see or hear demons, and Dante will aid Python by bringing him an object, the Shadow Eidolon, that is in a tiny cave and guarded by a different demon, Kelpie the Waterhorse.
As Python shows Dante the direction of the shrine guarded by Kelpie, they see a woman falling off the cliff. For whatever reason, Python rises up and snatches her from the air. Dante initially things Python has eaten her, but his fears are aleviated when Python spits her out, unharmed. She faints in Dante's arms, and Python agrees to watch her for Dante. Dante carries her just inside Python's lair, where she won't be seen by passing demons, then goes to the shrine. He fights and defeats Kelpie, and returns with the Shadow Eidolon to Python. While he's there, the woman wakes up, and Dante is able to calm her and explain what little he knows. Before he gives the Shadow Eidolon to Python, he gets an idea. He asks Python for one more thing in exchange for the Shadow Eidolon; to agree to let the woman, Ann, become the core of the Chameleon, which is the machine that cloaked the demons. Python bawlks initially, but agrees, under one condition: That Dante do something else for him. (I haven't figured out what that is yet.) Dante agrees, and Ann agrees as well, and she is placed inside the Chameleon.
Dante goes off on his next adventure for Python. When he returns, he finds Django and Python locked in mortal combat. He steps in to break up the battle and explain the situation to Django, Will, and Shelly. Plans are changed, and the humans stay in the relative safety of Python's lair while Dante and Django head off to fight the big bad, splitting up along the way to "divide and conquer".
The story from here out is very similar to Django's, up until the judge shows himself as the master puppet behind everything. Mundus calls Dante into Hell, where Dante battles the Demon Prince to rescue Vergil, whom Mundus has been holding hostage for so many years. After Dante defeats Mundus again, he rescues Vergil, but enough time has passed and events in the human world have made the portal unstable. Dante knows it can only stay open for one more person to use it, and he decides it's going to be Vergil. Dante gives his coat and weapons to Vergil, and sends him through the portal.
- Dante crosses paths with Foxfire several times during his story arc, as does Django, but the meetings haven't been written in yet.
- Dante battles the crawfish demon at some point.
- The time of retrieval of the Shadow Eidolon may change.
- Python needs more action.
- Foxfire needs a story line. I'm working on it, honest.
All the following cutscenes are subject to change.
Django swings his increasingly battered parking meter once again at the massive flaming lizard before him. His irritation grows as the inadequate makeshift weapon merely glances off the beast's burning scales without leaving a mark. The lizard gives a rippling hiss of laughter.
"Okay, Brimstone-breath, let's see how you like THIS!" Django growls, incensed by his enemy's amusement.
He flips the meter in his grip and smashes the end against the pavement to dislodge the clinging chunks of concrete, then flattens the end of the pole beneath his boot. Hefting the meter like a javelin, he hurls it at the lizard's burning yellow eye. The beast thrashes and howls in pain and rage as the orb is destroyed, lava-like blood and steaming vitreous spattering across the ground; its whipping tail sends a parked SUV flying like a matchbox car.
"Nice job, kid," a voice says from behind him.
Django whirls around to see who just spoke to him, but sees no one.
"But it looks like you don't have a weapon anymore, and Godzookie here isn't quite dead yet," the voice continues from another direction. "So, what're you gonna do now?" Django looks back to his enemy, "Aw, hell." He looks down at the ground by his feet and notices a length of braided steel cable, most likely from some constructruction equipment that was trashed. He glances up again to see the lizard recovering from the assault. Firey magma spews from its eye as it yanks the parking meter out. and fixes its gaze on him. "I guess beggars can't be choosers," Django commits himself.
He grabs the steel cable and jerks it free of the rubble. An eyehook on one end forms a convient lasso. The demon roars and charges. --Start boss fight. The player is taught controls for his whip and lariat style, including how to rope environmental objects and turn them into projectiles or slam them into opponents. End boss fight.--
Django knows he's winning, but he doesn't know how much longer he can last. He needs to catch his breath, but the lizard won't give him a moment's rest. Sensing things could go bad, fast, Dante decides it's time to jump in. Gripping Rebellion's hilt, he flings the Devil Arm end-over-end at the fire demon. Salamander doesn't see it coming, and the sword strikes him in the shoulder. Django jumps back as the lizard halts its attack, and is amazed to see a weapon spinning in the air, repeatedly slicing into the monster. Boots thumping heavily against the ground to his left announce the arrival of another. The newcomer, clad in a red leather jacket, turns ever so slightly to look Django in the eye, "I'll take it from here." "What the hell?" Django stares in bewilderment at the man, thinking "He looks just like ME!" And indeed the man does, with the same platinum hair and silvery blue eyes that attracted so many taunts in the group homes Django grew up in. Django's moment of revelation is interrupted by the massive demon. It summons all of its strength and explodes in flame, knocking the spinning sword away. It lands to Django's right, slicing deep into the pavement as if showing off the elaborate skeleton relief decorating the hilt. The lizard squints at the newcomer. "Sssson of Ssssspardaaaa!" it hisses with a mixture of fear and excitement, ambition glittering in its eyes. It charges forward. Django prepares for another assault, but the man in the red leather jacket leaps for the roof of a nearby barber shop and the demon sharply changes its trajectory to follow. It launches itself at the man, trying to scramble onto the roof to face him. It is only partially successful, and is left tenuously clinging to the edge of the facade with one limb. It has time for only one slash of its claws before the roof collapses under the weight of the lizard's massive bulk. Django dives out of the way of the falling rubble, snatching the unearthly sword from the ground as he moves. He can instantly tell this blade is infinitely better than a parking meter. "Dammit, that was my favorite shirt!" the man complains, examining the smoking rents in the cloth. The skin beneath seems untouched. He pulls the shreds of fabric from his torso and tosses them over his shoulder in disgust. "This means WAR!" "Hah!" The lizard laughs from his prone position amongst the collapsed building. "And what are you going to d-" But his taunt is cut short. The stranger moves so fast, he seems to teleport from atop the wrecked building to the prone demon's exposed belly. He curls his fingers into a fist and cocks his arm back. With a visceral shout and sudden, violent release, he drives his hand into the monster's chest. "What! What are- urk!" The demon chokes.
The man in red rips his hand out and holds up the lizard's still-beating heart, "You never had a chance." Realizing his own death, the lizard gargles, "You'll pay for thisss. The princcce will-" He is unable to finish before his body dissintigrates into sparkling flecks of light and ash. The heart emits a warm glow, obscuring its form as it changes shape into another weapon. Like cooling glass, the new sword takes shape in the hands of the stranger. It has a strange, twisted handle and a broad, flat blade, even wider than the one of the sword Django is holding. Scarlet cracks criss-cross its obsidian surface, pulsing like a thing alive. The stranger nods at it approvingly. "Not bad," Django pipes up, dusting himself off with one hand. He holds up the skeletal sword, so impossibly perfectly balanced, to show the other man, "Since you've got that shiny new sword, there wouldn't any problem if you let me have this one, right?" The stranger cocks his head and thinks for a second, "Actually, how about we trade? That one has... sentimental value." Django weighs his options, and decides against angering the guy who just beat a demon with his bare hands, "All right." The man in red steps over to him so casually, so confidently. Django is a bit intimidates as he offers the hilt of the skeletal sword to him. The man does the same with the black broadsword, and the two exchange weapons. Like the other sword, the new one is strangely perfect, and Django can't quite understand why it feels so good in his hands. The stranger throws a sloppy salute, "Well, see ya 'round, kid."
"Wait!" Django calls out.
The other man spins on his heel and takes a few steps away.
"Who are you? What are you?" Django persists.
The man ignores him and takes a flying leap, carrying him over the remaining buildings and out of sight. A shadowy figure emerges from an alleyway. An elaborate, bladed bow is slung across her back, and a mask of a coyote's face covers her own. "That demon called him 'Son of Sparda'. Could he really be-?" the young woman asks the aether. Django whirls around to face her, "What? Do you know him?"
The young woman crouches down to pick up a few shreds of the stranger's discarded shirt, "Legends tell of a man, the child of a demon and a human, in who's veins flows the blood of the Dark Knight Sparda, the very demon who separated our two worlds. If that demon was right, then that man might just be HIM." Django blinks at her, "Who are you? How do you know this."
"My name is not important," (Or rather, we haven't given her one yet.) She shakes her head and looks down at the torn clothing in her hand, "I have work to do." She turns and leaves. Django is left completely baffled by the turn of events and alone amidst the devasation. He looks down the alley where the woman went, then over the rooftops where the stranger disappeared. When she's sure she hasn't been followed, the woman holds out the strips of cloth to someone unseen. A ghostly canine specter slowly shimmers into sight and sniffs at the fabric and whuffs softly. "Remember this scent, and follow it," she commands in a gentle voice. The specter whuffs again, and the two jog off after the man in red.