If you would like to discover back stories or reasons people do the things they do as you play, enjoy going in blind, or just like being shocked by plot twists (I know I do), don’t read the blurred out text. You don’t need to. I’ve kept some details rather vague even in the spoilers, but they do reveal a lot. Anyway, all will be revealed in the game, soon enough.
You are blessed (or cursed) with magic in a time when magic is little more than a distant memory, shrouded in suspicion and fear.
In an attempt to protect you, your family hides you away from prying eyes, and for a few years, everything can be considered normal. However, strange things have started to happen. In a world once deprived from magic, inexplicable sightings begin to occur, resulting in one possible explanation. Could magic be returning?
On top of that, you may well have started seeing things. You get the constant feeling you are being watched, by something huge and dark, with amber eyes. But, turn too quickly, and the feeling is gone.
However, when you are accused of witchcraft (your brother, Dougal does something incredibly stupid… out of ALL the girls in the world, Dougal…), you are saved from your untimely death by a huge black wolf, who also just so happens to be a shapeshifter. The wolf’s name is Wyntir and they warn you about something strange happening in the forests. There are strange beings walking around in the forests now, too, unlike any anyone has seen before, and the previously clear waters are being poisoned too.
Wyntir has an awful curse, and demands that you help them break it. Why you? Something dark is happening inside the forests in the name of revenge against non-magic humans and has caused the slaying of many of the magic folk who do not agree with their methods. So there aren’t many people Wyntir can trust, and you’re conveniently just outside of the forests. Also something to do with how you acquired your magic. I won’t say any more here. But these witches just can’t get a break. For further details, refer to Wyntir’s character profile.
You can decide whether you will help Wyntir out of your free will, discover what’s going on inside of the forest, or attempt to kill the King yourself in a bid to restore rights for magical beings.
- Got any other ideas of what you want to do? I’m open!
Leander – His family was rescued from poverty in a nearby city by the King. He came to Rosewood aged 9 to apprentice under his uncle, a blacksmith while his parents work in the capital city, for the King. He’s loyal to the kingdom because he believes he’s indebted to them for saving his life, and also because he truly believes magic is used for bad. Why? His father, a palace guard, is killed by a dark magic fanatic who tries to assassinate the King, early on in the game.
His personality is hopeful and he feels a strong connection with the MC because you’re both pretty much outcasts.
Wyntir – the one you’re all here for: the wolf. Unlike some other magic folk, shapeshifters, or “skin walkers”, as they’re referred to, didn’t previously live alongside non-magical humans during Edwyd’s reign, preferring the depths of the woodlands instead, so they weren’t deeply affected by the ban on magic – they’re part animal, after all. Wyntir, whose gender can be selected, lived in a clan deep in the forest, until circumstances drew them out alongside a pack-sister to seek out the MC. The pack sister dies. She’s killed by another character, and this cannot be avoided. If you’re wondering what circumstances caused this, I’ll explain here. Living alongside humans, “battle magic” or destructive magic was pursued by fewer people, since they didn’t really have a use for it, and choosing healing magic instead, non destruction, or no magic at all, resulted in a smaller likelihood of dying. Banished to the woods, magic folk sought revenge and there is a rise in the number of dark magic followers – the strongest form of destructive magic, in order to rally an army together. This turns the forest dark and the waters poisonous. Wyntir’s pack drinks the water and they slowly fall sick from a curse, and die. Wyntir and their pack sister are the ones least affected and seek help to break the curse.
Astrid – a human bounty hunter, pretty new to the slaying game, and who has, so far, only gone after petty criminals. However, when magic begins to resurface, she decidedly goes after magical beings too. She’s tough and sarcastic but aside from that, I don’t really have much on her character as of yet.
Flare – an upbeat fairy thief, who has been living undercover in the human world, very effectively for a long time. She’s a master of illusion and is scarily good at disguise. Her morals are pretty skewed, but she knows she’s bad and she knows that people don’t really like her, and she tells herself she doesn’t care. She’s as whimsical as they get and has always wanted to be good and law abiding, (when she was younger, she wanted to marry a fairy prince) but circumstances drove her to crime.
In case you are wondering, in this world, fairies are human sized, and pixies are the tiny Tinkerbell beings. But you’ll find out soon enough anyway, ahem Dougal.
I may have ideas for more in the future and I’ll add them to this list. All characters are romancable regardless of gender.
Other character profiles (obviously not complete)
Ewan – your lovely, non-magical, protective eldest brother, who takes his responsibilities very seriously. He’s reserved and thoughtful and unfortunately leaves for the city early on in the game and gets married. You thought this spoiler was going to say that I’m going to kill him off, didn’t you?
Dougal – your second eldest brother, who is very easy to anger and incredibly reckless. Think Asher Forrester, as in – the-brother-you-don’t-tend-to-talk-about-because-he’s-so-reckless type recklessness – from the Telltale Game of Thrones. He falls in love with someone that’s going to ruin his life, basically. But this person is no Gwyn Whitehall, so rest assured. Also no hate but I haven’t actually seen the original Game of Thrones, oops.
Sylvi Beechwood – her name comes from Fagus Sylvatica which is the Latin name for the European beech. She’s a guardian of something that has a lot to do with the jewels on her staff, but I’ll leave it at that. She’s got something to do with the mains suddenly appearing magical powers, though. All will be revealed.
Tanya – you won’t like her.
What I want the game to offer
- Become a master warlock/witch
- Potentially you can shapeshift/”skin-walk” too.
- If your corruption bar gets high enough, you are forced to join the dark magic revolution. Haven’t planned out details yet, but the game will probably continue after that point but it will just branch. Is that too much to promise so early on? Very likely yes.
What I’m missing
- A good name for the Edwyd’s kingdom (still in the works but as of now, just avoiding mentioning the name is working pretty well)
- A way to add in a surname (I’m sure this will be resolved in time)
- Apparently, a sense of humour – I’ve shared this with friends and family and have succeeded in making no one laugh apart from myself.
What I want from you!
- Your feedback. I tried to write a choicescript game, years ago, but it failed on an epic scale because it’s nothing like anything I’ve done before. If you think something I’ve written has gone awry, and should not be in a choicescript game, tell me about it! (did that even make sense?)
- Bug reports
- I want to hear what you want from the story. Do you want the ability to use more types of magic? Think I’ve missed out an important choice? Don’t like how I phrased something? I want to know about it.
- Ask me questions! If something seems a bit weird, feel free to ask. My story may be flawed in some areas, and I’m happy to tell you more UNLESS it’s something I want to keep secret for a reason, and in that case, I’m sorry.
The title is a quote from an Of Monsters and Men song – Six Weeks. (such a good song)
I’ve drawn inspiration from Merlin, a mass of fairytales, the woods near my house, the vibes from the Lord of the Rings, those really cool Skyrim werewolf mods and a whole stockpile of other things. But I’ve tried my best to make this all very original. Ultimately, and hopefully, if I even manage to finish it, this will be a story with touches of (almost) all of the things I’ve ever wanted to write in it.
Hope you enjoy playing!