It's been some time since we posted anything about Serafel.
Unfortunately, we lost our programmer very unexpectedly a few months ago, and have been forced to start from scratch with all programming aspects of the site.
This setback has been very disappointing to us, but delays and challenges must be expected in the development process, so, we forge ahead!
We have hired a new full-time programmer to work exclusively on Khimeros/Aluriya and Serafel, and are looking forward to making some good progress in the upcoming months!
In the meantime we've been assembling more art assets for the site, primarily equippable items for our human avatars. We've also revamped the human avatar base. Hopefully this delay will only mean that we will have an extensive
wardrobe when the site opens!
Sneak peek of our new human avatar base and some clothing, expression and hair items!
Human avatar bases and items are being created by Lanmana
- be sure to check out her DA account!
What is serafel? Well obviously, it is a virtual pet site ^^. We will strive to make a truly engaging and interactive environment to enjoy. Serafel will have many of the basic features that you would usually find in a pet site, like forums, live chat, trades, auctions, human avatars and, of course, pets! Below are some of the main features you will find on the site:
Thorn & Flora
Each month you will be able to join either Thorn or Flora's Faction, and your site activities for the month including participation in real-time events, will earn you points within your chosen faction. The best part is spending your points on spiffy monthly items in the Faction shop!
Real-time World Events/Personal Events
Serafel is not just a static world. Just as in the real world, there are different activities occurring around the world of serafel every day, and users have the opportunity to participate in/interact with these events!
Users learn about site events via a live feed that lets them know what is currently going on. For example, you may learn of an NPC who need help with gathering items or crafting and are willing to pay you for your help, or a battle taking place that you can participate in. Most of these events have a limiter of some kind, for example they may only be available for a set time period, only a set number of users may be able to participate, or if it involves harvesting, then any particular tree/bush may only be able to be harvested a certain number of times.
World events may have more than one outcome or more than one "path". For example, if you respond to a call to repair the stone wall around Flora's castle that is being battered down by enemy forces, you may encounter Thorn or one of her minions, who offer to let you switch sides (leave Flora's faction and enter Thorn's) with a certain number of faction points as a reward. In this case you'd need to choose to give up your Flora Faction points, and gain a potentially higher number of points in Thorn's faction, or refuse and have the small chance to be rewarded by Flora with points or a "loyalty" avatar.
Personal events work similarly, except that they apply to a particular user alone, and can only be completed/interacted with by that particular user.
Just as in the real world, events on Serafel take place at random times thoughout the day,
Instead of having set explore areas created by the site, YOU create and decorate your own area that other users can then explore. There are both decorative items available, and items that affect game play. For example, placing a "catnip" item in your explore area may make it more likely for users to find an enchanted kittu pet while exploring in your area.
When an explorer finds an item or pet, there may be benefits for either the user who owns the area, the user exploring the area, or both. Having some specific items equipped to your explore area may also play into world events, for example if you have coffee plants equipped, and a "call for coffee berry pickers" event spawns, users may harvest from your coffee plants, gaining benefits for both you as the plant owner, and themselves, as the worker.
Explore areas are divided up by location - for example forest or mountain. Users will be able to use backdrops, as well as decorative items that can be resized and moved around in your area to create a unique scene! Human avatars and pets will also be able to be placed inside the scenes you create for other users to explore!
Communities - Your Personal, Customizeable Hang-out
Serafel will offer many different breeds of "fauna" that you can "blossom" in order to achieve a specific look for your pet! Pets are primarily obtained via exploring, and you will need to "awaken" sleeping pets to activate them. Through tending your rose garden, you can attract butterflies and moths that will help move your pet along the path to a new look, with a variety of different body mutations and colorations, many of them including animation!
There will be many more features to come! In the upcoming months we will provide more sneak peeks of site functionality as new features come online, as well as more art previews!