In an odd dream, Ness is pulled into some kind of portal which leads to a strange planet, where the inhabitants resemble toys and the atmosphere is bright and happy. Unfortunately, this atmosphere is suddenly interrupted by a bright star falling from the sky, and crash-landing in a terrifyingly powerful explosion, quickly decimating what would've seemed to be a small abandoned town a few hundred yards away. A small pink puffball is seen struggling to get out of the man-made crater that the star had created not long after that. Ness, seeing this, runs over to help.
Kirby, who was traveling between planets on his Warp Star, was pulled into the gravitational field of some sort of black hole. When forced out of the other side, he lost control of the star which plunged uncontrollably toward the nearest planet of a foreign solar system that he has never before seen, which consisted of 3 planets all connected to each other by rainbow tunnels which created a giant ring around a single white star, like some sort of magical space station.
Unable to redirect his course, he held on tight and braced for impact. The star spun and shifted in zig zags rapidly as it entered the atmosphere, soon aiming straight for a small empty town just ahead of him. At the last possible moment, the star lost all power and simply dropped like a bomb. In a split second, Kirby let go as the star dug into the ground, then exploded, leaving a giant hole in the middle of the town's square. After a brief stunned moment, the star-wielding adventurer forced himself off the ground, and climbed out of the crash site.
Only then did he realize, that his Star Rod was missing, and without that, he was unable to summon another Warp Star to leave the planet. A confused human figure carrying a baseball bat in a small backpack then approached from the rocks several hundred yards away, wondering what had happened.
And with that, a brand new adventure starts.
So what is this?
Starbound is a (soon to be standalone) modification for ZDoom that takes place in the Dimension LXXII universe, unifying both elements from the Kirby and Earthbound series games. It is planned to feature fast action in the style of the Kirby games with new missions and scenarios, and new challenges in the form of simple puzzles that unravel an even bigger picture for what is a relatively simple storyline. You can select to play either Kirby or Ness which have unique styles of play, or a semi-hidden third character that joins together the powers of both to create something completely different.
Sorry, just one of an area that will change - I have no enemies or things implemented yet as this is still in very, very early stages. This will change as I get more done.
Spoiler: Level 1: WalkwaysI will post updates as more is finalized.