Hi everyone. I’m cat_toes (aka Reagan) and this is my first IF called Guardian of Time. It currently has a prologue and the first chapter. I’ll try to update as often as I can, but as I’m working on this as a hobby, updates will likely be sporadic.
In the heart of the Silver Empire, you, a small orphan girl become bonded to the dragon of time. Much too young to understand what it means you continue to survive on the streets, oblivious to the power living within you until a strange encounter with the emperor himself leads to your adoption by a power noble family, and betrothal to the crown prince.
Eventually you find a scholar who knows what you are and offers to teach you to unlock the secret of your bond with your dragon. When you’re old enough he tells you of the Order of Dragon Seekers, a group dedicated to finding and protecting the dragons that have been missing since an attempted genocide took place 200 years ago. Meanwhile the emperor is trying to lead the biggest war the continent has ever seen with a race of beings that aren’t supposed to exist.
Now, its time for you to take your place, both in the Dragon Seekers, and in the court of the Silver Empire. There are numerous forces trying to stop you, but they all lead to the same place. The Cult of Evanyrid, the one who led the original draconic genocide, has made you their next target. The problem, however, isn’t that they want you dead. It’s that they want you alive.
- This is game is genderlocked to a female protagonist, but several aspects her personality and appearance are customizable.
- Bond with an ancient dragon of time.
- Discover the secrets of the past, both those lost by Dragon Seekers, and those the Empire is trying to hide, and possibly stop a war in the process.
- Form strong relationships with many different characters including your foster siblings, and mentor character.
- Fall in love with one of six men who help you on your quest or keep your heart to yourself.
Note: None of the ROs have appeared in the current demo. The first two will appear in chapter 2 in the next update.
Lukyan Feylorn: The Crown Prince of the Silver Empire, and the man you’re supposed to marry. As children you remember him being distant, but that’s nothing compared to how withdrawn he’s been since his return from war. Despite the distance he’s always been protective of you, but is it merely the duty he feels for his future wife or something more?
Tzesar Feylorn: Lukyan’s younger brother, and your childhood best friend. Unlike his brother, he’s always happy to see you. When he returns from attending university in another country, its as if he never left. Unlike the others, Tzesar doesn’t have a reason to be joining you other than simply wanting to help you. Is this a loyalty for a friend, soon to be sibling, or does it demonstrate a love that’s existed since childhood.
Sentinel: The Witch Hunter has no surname which is just another thing to add to his unnerving presence. He’s been tasked to keep you alive during the final test of your Dragon Seeker training. All the other apprentices are afraid of him, but he seems to have formed a peculiar attachment to you. Even when you’ve finished your training he remains by your side as you face everything thrown at you. What is it that keeps him by your side? Duty, loyalty, or that soft affection you sometimes catch hidden in his eyes?
Naxok: A pirate captain of a race that should not exist. All logic says you should be afraid of Naxok, but when he treats sea monsters like cats and sings way off key while hanging from a rope that may or may not be important, you can’t help but see a much different side of the man who should be your enemy. He’s saved your life several times, but is there something special about you or is he just a good man?
Albien: The young king is the leader of Erdholyss a land filled with people you were told were myths. Regardless of how the Empire has treated his people, he immediately offers you hospitality, and seems to be one of the few who hold the answers you so desperately seek. In spite of his amiableness, there’s a sadness that follows the king around like a cloud, but is it your place to try to brighten it?
Gaderous Archon: You first meet the physician when he’s stitching up your wounds, but all you really know about him, is that he’s medically trained, the single most attractive being you’ve met in your life, and all your companions strongly dislike him. Still, he doesn’t disguise his interest in you, nor the romantic nature of it. The only questions is: can you trust it?
January 28, 2022: First demo posted including prologue and chapter 1.
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Once you play the demo I’d like to know:
- The things you liked and didn’t like. Don’t be afraid to point out things you didn’t like as this is a WIP, things are subject to change, and I’ll be keeping feedback in mind even if I don’t end up using it.
- Anything that felt jarring or out of place.
- Any grammar errors with screenshots if possible. (Especially tense issues.)