Hunter's Dream: The Shadow Within (Chapter 1, 6K words, WiP)

Hello, my friends. I’m Salazar and this WiP is my first attempt at writing an IF gamebook. I’ve been reading IF for a number of years now and I decided to make my own.

This is the first of twelve planned chapters. I plan on updating every month. I’m shooting for 80.000-100.000 words, so as you can tell, this is a medium scale project.


Hunter’s Dream: The Shadow Within is a Dark Fantasy Interactive Novel set in a vicious medievalist world, stripped of its magic by gods who abandoned it, with mysteries to uncover that many would kill to know and few would kill to keep secret.

In this adventure, you’ll play the role of a beast hunter, one of the last of your kind, although a rare disease threatens that status.

Hunters were once the bane of abominations who roamed the land, but in the common era, you mostly deal with wild beasts that most aren’t prepared to handle.

Your seemingly slow fate to an uneventful death changes when you receive a very uncommon offer by two noble siblings, who wish to hire your services as an escort to guide them to the Temple of Kroathar, the heart of blood magic.

Planned features
  • Play as male or female, gay or straight.
  • Romance the heir of an Archduchy or his beautiful sister. Marry into nobility or follow your heart.
  • Make decisions that will shape the Kingdom of Eudhaymon for years to come.
  • Uncover secrets about magic that humankind was never meant to know.
  • Discover the mystery of your disease and unearth your own dark past.
Content Warning

Blood and gore, dismemberment, violence, strong language, insults.

I’d like feedback on stats, choices, dialogue and prose. English is not my native language, so feel free to comment about anythng that sticks out. Thank you.

To play the demo, which now contains 7400 words, go here: Demo


Oooo blood magic. This sounds pretty awesome


Hunter’s Dream?

Beast Hunter?

Temple revolving around Blood?

Fear the Old Blood?


Can’t help but react with a ‘why not both?’

As for the demo, it’s a bit early to judge but I’m interested so far.


Ooh this is the one from Interest check thread, right? I got that bloodborne vibe.


This wip seems interesting. I’ll be keeping an eye on this

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It got me “The Witcher” vibes, futher more with the stoic choices


Yeah, I’m very excited to be writing this!

Saguine Sanctum!

That’s great to hear!

Bloodborne is one of my inspirations, indeed, but I didn’t post anything there.

That’s one of my inspirations too. The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny are great reads.


Maybe it’s only me and maybe it is only because I listen to Japanese flute music I feel more drawn to old Japanese legends xD

The Witcher vibe is more accurate without me listening to Japanese flute music xD
I really am interested in your game :smiley: maybe if you could would you please place a save system as well?

I sadly get an error message when I want to put in my own name / the name showed for the MC.
chap_1 line 320: Invalid indent? Expected an #option here, not *set


That’s fixed now.

Thanks. I’ll add dashingdon’s save system when Chapter 2 is out.


MC: “Oh, blood magic, sacrifices. Sounds like my type of place, why don’t you drag a few peasants there, just in case…”

Me: I VOLUNTEER AS PEASANT! Take me take me take me! :raising_hand_woman: :bangbang: :exclamation:

Superb demo, definitely interested in finding out more about both the crypt and the MC’s strange condition. I mean. . . If it’s bad enough for a beast to throw up, then MC sounds like the best mosquito repellent.

I will just stick myself close by and hope there won’t be any bites, vampires or otherwise. :woman_vampire:


By the Gods, fear it, Laurence


This looks very interesting and I hope it gets updated regularly.


Very promising

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The plot gives me Witcher vibes I love it


I like it i wad sad when demo ended rewlly good keepnup the awesome work

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Well, the choice of RO is not a choice of sexuality :slight_smile: unless choosing to romance either heir of Archduchy or his sister locks MC’s attraction to either men or women?
That would suck, I’m still not over SoH’s bi erasure :rofl:

Btw do you plan to make any social media or will you stick to thread only for now?

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