For writing, I want to quote this part from one of the early Kamal scenes. Kamal is an ex-gladiator, and he encounters two young kids pretending to fight in an Arena. Ka is when Kamal speak and the narrator is Marcel, the main character:
I quite like when there are cross references like this between my games and in general I like SilverHyena writing I should have some finished sprites to show early next month!boy "I'm Amukiki, champion of the Grimoire Arena!"
"The boy puffs out his chest and flexes his non-existant muscles for effect."
ka "Ah, Amukiki. Good choice."
ka "You know, I actually got the chance to fight Amukiki. Got his autograph too."
"Kamal points to one of the scars on his arm-- the afore mentioned autograph."
ka "He gave me this one here."
"The boy's eyes go wide in obvious excitement."
boy "Really? You fought Amukiki and didn't die?"
ka "Not even once."
"I roll my eyes as the boy laughs at Kamal's bad joke."
ka "He did beat me pretty soundly though."
boy "That's awesome!"
ka "It didn't feel very awesome at the time, but yeah, I guess it is kind of awesome."
girl "Are you a gladiator then? I-I mean, that would make the most sense if you fought Amukiki."
ka "I was. I'm not anymore."
boy "Why'd you stop?"
ka "I got a better deal."
"He keeps the explanation at that. I get the feeling there is more to it though considering how quickly he changes the subject."
Meanwhile this is a work-in-progress of Kamal: