In the forest of Bres an otherworldly sickness corrodes the soil and changes the creatures within. “A parting gift from the fallen angels” say the citizens of the Hyaku Region and the mark on your hand confirms it.
Though the scent travelling in the air is sweet and enticing everyone knows better than to get closer. But the mark, it pulses, it burns, the pain spreading as fast as the corruption of the forest does.
Your masters are calling, and it seems like this time you cannot escape them.
I pulled two tarot cards for each character, it’s more or less accurate.
Asha Imamura | Strenght in reverse, 6 of wands in reverse
“You are, love, my will to laugh, the goodbye I won’t know how to say, because I’ll never be able to live without you” Tú - Shakira
A runaway performer. Her smile serves to hide all the secrets beneath. Has a pleasant demeanor and knack for getting into trouble. With her around there are no uneventful days.
Hazuki Tamashiro | Death, 6 of swords in reverse
“You and I, maybe it’s not so illogical. Tell me it’s not.” Dime que no - Jesse & Joy
Lord Sakuma Tamashiro’s firstborn. He, much like you, has demon blood, though its dark divinity has long since faded.
Hazuki tends to be kind and patient, raised in near seclusion to be a husband and not his father’s successor, however, when around Masami you can see traces of who he really is; a mischievous vein, immature even.
Klaus Rassé | Death, 5 of wands
“He knows no one shines forever, they change with the weather.” On the Arrow - AFI
Klaus is a vampire from Aveli, recently moved to Kyou. He has an arrogant streak, a charming wit and some unfinished business involving your person. Some could say he has a dying wish, and they wouldn’t be wrong.
It is in your power whether to use him to your advantage or nudge him into a different path.
Masami Shiraishi | 5 of swords, the sun
“'Till now, I always got by on my own. I never really cared until I met you.” Alone - Heart
Yamato Shiraishi’s daughter and Hazuki’s retainer (and unwilling fiancee).
Masami is stubborn, headstrong and fiercely loyal. She will not hesitate to attack when presented with an opponent or potential threat to her newfound friends, though we all know she secretly enjoys all the adventuring and fighting that ensues.
Possible extra RO: Konoe | 7 of cups rev, judgment rev
“I fell for you like autumn leaves, never faded, evergreen.” Beating Heart - Ellie Goulding
Konoe is the image of the proper lady: quiet, poised, beautiful. And that’s where the image ends. Honest to a fault, she has already decided that she hates you, though she continues to help and subsequently deny she has any modicum of affection towards you.
Since she has not been written into the game yet her personality may end up changing.
About update frequency
The demo will be updated either when I reach the midpoint of the chapter or when it’s finally finished. My writing process is very messy, so I can’t really update the demo all the time because I always change my plans while writing. Not to mention debugging and implementing takes more time than it’s worth for things that I may end up deleting.
The thread, on the other hand, will receive weekly updates, accompanied by some out of context phrases to give you a glimpse into what will happen in the chapter.
Do follow my tumblr for sketches and occasional extras (along with the weekly updates for those who don’t check the forum very often). Also you can ask me questions if you’d like.
Last update: 13/09/2020
Minor fixes: 22/09/2020
Total Word count: 66900 words (exc. code)
- Chapter 1: Festival of souls (17205 words exc. code)
- Chapter 2: A night without moonlight (48942 words exc. code)
- Chapter 3: A figure looms in the dark (In progress )
The story is set, as you’ll find out, on a Japanese inspired country named Kyou, following our MC as they attempt to survive the pursuits of the demon that marked them, the servants of the Goddess, unsympathetic humans, and avoid being consumed by the osen.
This is a standalone book, there will be no sequels, however, I have many ideas for future installments set in the same universe, along with some traditional novels set in this universe, but modern.
In regards to feedback: because my main language is spanish I’m used to following spanish rules for grammar and the like, so don’t be afraid to tell me when a phrase is weird or if I fail to get my point across.