‘Distortion’ – Storyboard



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Basic storyboard created for the backstory that was written for the game. It entails a brief overview of the backstory in the case of portraying the story of Arthur and how he got to this point. I forgot to annotate each individual pane when sketching this, so i’ll add the annotations below this post.

Frame Annotations (Beginning from the top-left, reading from left to right)

  1.  Our tale begins in the 6th Century, and the throne to the Kingdom of Camelot lay empty.
  2. King Uther Pendragon has died
  3. And the kingship of the land has been bestowed upon a single challenge.
  4. Months had passed, many tried and all failed. All until one. That individual in particular was none other than Arthur Pendragon, son of the late King. A soldier by trade, he was unrecognized within society as being heir to the throne of Camelot, due to being raised by the former advisor to the late King, Merlin. When it came time, Arthur gallantly stepped up to the stone like many before him, grasped the sword and lifted it into the air.
  5. The future King of England is instantaneously transported through time, standing with sword in the air, to the middle of London in the year 2015. Bewildered, Arthur within moments is attacked by a group of masked assailants and his most recent possession is stolen.
  6.  Those unknown individuals, mistakenly dropped a business card that perched precariously near Arthur’s unconscious body, entitled “Ablet Corporation”.
  7. Merlin tracked the magical essence he implanted onto Arthur earlier in his childhood. Using this he traveled through time, but at a cost. Arriving moments after the ordeal to a confused and barely conscious Arthur, Merlin warns him of what has transpired.
  8. Time is slowly being erased and Arthur not being present in Camelot to be the King of legend, is sending a ripple through time that is reverberating and shattering reality itself. Arthur and Merlin must navigate London, unravel a plot shrouding the mysterious “Ablet Corporation”. Because Merlin’s magic has been depleted and Excalibur is their only chance at saving time, before it’s too late.
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‘Distortion’ – Antagonist: Garry Penn – Backstory

Born in Camelot, was the nephew to King Arthur and a triplet son of said his half-sister Morgan Le Fay. Along with his two brothers Gawain (Gavin) and Gareth were knighted into the Round Table as honorary heir’s to the throne. Growing in competency over the years, both he and his brothers grew to be some of the more reliable members of the table. When it came time for the rebellion, he didn’t know any better. Being the runt of the litter and having little in the way of intellect, he’s regarded as the muscle of his brothers.

Stumbling into the future, the knights as a collective banded under Lancelot and formed the Ablet Corporation. Using what skill and cunning he had, he aided the knights in establishing themselves. Seeing as the rest of the knights outweighed him in the intelligence department, and he was put in charge of building security.

‘Distortion’ – Antagonist: Gareth Penn – Backstory

Born in Camelot, was the nephew to King Arthur and a triplet son of said his half-sister Morgan Le Fay. Along with his two brothers Gawain (Gavin) and Gaheris (Garry) were knighted into the Round Table as honorary heir’s to the throne. Growing in competency over the years, both he and his brothers grew to be some of the more reliable members of the table. When it came time for the rebellion, he didn’t hesitate conspiring against his uncle, he saw his tyrannical reign as one that needed to be met with the same pendulum of karma. After he and the Knights failed, they were exiled away from Camelot, the least that they could’ve been offered after trying to commit treason.

Stumbling into the future, the knights as a collective banded under Lancelot and formed the Ablet Corporation. Using their skill and cunning with aid from the Holy Grail, they established themselves within London fairly easily. Directing the Finance department, he oversees the monetary structure of the company and is one of the pivotal members of the company.

‘Distortion’ – Antagonist: Gavin Penn – Backstory

Born in Camelot, was the nephew to King Arthur and a triplet son of said monarchs half-sister Morgan Le Fay. Along with his two brothers Gareth and Gaheris (Garry) were knighted into the Round Table as honorary heir’s to the throne. Growing in competency over the years, both he and his brothers grew to be some of the more reliable members of the table. When it came time for the rebellion, he was hesitant to join having a dislike of facing off against his uncle. After the rebellion was quelled, he and the rest of the Knights were exiled from Camelot and in reparation for their service, they kept their heads.

Stumbling into the future, the knights as a collective banded under Lancelot and formed the Ablet Corporation. Using their skill and cunning with aid from the Holy Grail, they established themselves within London fairly easily. Directing the Human Resources aspect of the company in an attempt to slow down Lancelot’s plans to help Arthur.

‘Distortion’ – Protagonist: Jenna Morgan – Backstory

Not much is known about Jenna’s origins. From her interactions with Vladimir and how long they’ve been dating, it’s assumed that from inference she was born in England, moved to Wales and was raised there. From there she grew up with a fascination with Medieval history,  and pursued it to the point of wanting to be a historian. She found herself getting accepted at the university that Vladimir would later start attending and they both became a couple shortly after.

Other aspects of her life remain a mystery. On the surface she would seem like an ordinary woman but something about her seems, distorted…

‘Distortion’ – Protagonist: Vladimir Nguyen – Backstory

Born in Kharkiv, Ukraine to a Vietnamese father and a Ukrainian mother, he was raised in the wealthier part of the country. Growing up with an interest in physics, he eventually began dreaming of visiting the city of London to explore its wonders. He got that opportunity when he was granted entry into an unnamed university in the city. Being of mixed parentage he was taught from a young age to learn as many languages as he could to get a greater understanding of the world.

When moving to London to study Cosmology, he was prompted from his parents to take up an activity that would get him out from the desk and explore the world. For no particular reason he chose Archery, having been inspired by watching a fantasy film the night before. At his first practice session he mastered it particularly easily, although he doubted his skill. Meeting his girlfriend, Jenna through attending these sessions also.

Not long after this he was confronted by a strange duo of characters on a rather average afternoon. An elderly man in robes and a younger man in full plate armour came looking for an archer. Vladimir’s interest piqued, how could he refuse?

‘Distortion’ – Protagonist: Jacob Wood – Backstory

A keen video gamer growing up, Jacob saw life as an adventure. This saw him having an interest joining the army, and at the ripe age of 18, he enlisted and in his later years saw the reality of the situation. He progressed fairly far up the hierarchy of the British Army, even to the point in which the SAS enlisted his services. Eventually the imprisonment of the mental and physical anguish that came with the job finally took its toll, and Jacob gave up. Leaving his post during an operation and inadvertently resulting in a number of his team getting injured on a classified mission. He simply wanted to be free.

After returning back to his home, his life started to crumble. He finally saw that life for him had been drained of all the fun that he once had growing up playing video games. Eventually his wife divorced him, children disowned him and the government was on the hunt. But the thing is with Jacob, he was always the jester. Regardless of the situation, even if he was blasted with depression he could always keep a smile on his and everyone’s face.

Now on the run for desertion, he sought his own adventure. Before reality would catch up with him again…