| Hi! I'm Lina Ciari. in 2011, I began doing what's called a Nuzlocke Comic - a comic based on my experience playing a Pokémon challenge run. But mine was different: instead of playing an official Pokémon game, my Nuzlocke was for a rom hack - a modified version - that replaces the little critters with characters from the Touhou Project.
Sometime after that, I began to grow... ashamed of the comic. Many things about it did not reflect the person I had become. So I quietly erased all trace of it from the internet. But in the back of my mind, I always had this desire to go back to it, perhaps edit the comic to make it more up to my current standards. And well... I finally went and did that! So now everyone can enjoy it once more. Or for the first time, if you've never read it back then!
The comic is divided into two Seasons:
Season One (completed) follows the story of the brash up-and-coming trainer Amber and her rival - another, more level-headed Amber from an alternate dimension - as they take on the gym challenge, fight a crime syndicate, and uncover a plot to destroy the world. It's funny, it's heart-wrenching, and it's pretty dark at times. The game being played is Touhoumon Aqua+Yui, by Aquamentis.
Season Two (abandoned) is the story of Lyla, a young scientist who reluctantly becomes a trainer alongside her childhood friend Derek. An older and wiser Amber is around too, and the group gets tangled up in a conspiracy involving criminal groups, the Devon Corporation, and the Touhou League. There's also a mysterious lady with green hair walking around. For this one, I played an early version of Touhoumon Purple, by Mille Marteaux.
Before you decide to start reading, though, I have to give you a few Content Warnings. The comic often deals with some pretty heavy subject matter, so be prepared and prioritize your mental health, please.
- Violence, blood and gore;
- LOTS of character death, often gratuitous and seemingly pointless - these hacks are hard and I'm not very good at Nuzlockes, it turns out;
- PTSD and trauma;
- Frequent use of the word "bitch", which some may consider a slur;
- Sexual harrassment and one attempted assault.
If you can deal with all that, feel free to read on!