Hunter's Dream: The Shadow Within (Dark Fantasy WiP, UPDATED 11/27/22)

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, remnant of a mysterious and dangerous trade, although a rare disease threatens that status.

Hunters were once the bane of abominations who roamed the land, transfigured in the fires of the gods, but in the Common Era, no mages or dragons roam the land and you’re left to 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 cradle and heart of blood magic.

Planned features
  • Play as male or female; gay or straight.
  • Marry into nobility, romance the heir of an Archduchy or his sister; explore passions with an alchemist or bond with a holy knight.
  • 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 dark past.
Lord Arthur of Euphyristos

The man is very tall and muscular, with a face that seems to have been chiseled from stone, except for the scar on his face which runs across one eye and cheekbone. His hair is a burnished, dark, glossy black, and his eyes are emerald green and cold as ice. He proudly dons his knightly armor built in intricate detail by the best craftsmen in all of Eudhaymon.

He has led men into battle from the front, both in war and in his schemes, and he’s known to be an inspirational leader, loyal to his allies, but ruthless to his enemies. He has a strong sense of justice and respects those who fight for their ideals. He’s bold, and ambitious, although his emotions sometimes flare, but he mostly keeps them under control.

Lady Aella of Euphyristos

Lady Aella is tall for a woman and is often dressed in the finest silks and velvets, her hair is usually drawn into a simple braid. The Lady’s eyes are green and flecked with gold, mischief twinkling within the depths of those mysterious orbs. Her lips, soft and full, form an enchanting secret-keeping smile, the rest of her features are as sharp as a razor’s edge.

Lady Aella is passionate about making the world a better place than the one she was born into, a firecracker of a woman who possesses the confidence of a queen. With a wicked sense of humor that often keeps others off guard, Lady Aella has a relentless and cunning side, capable of carrying out whatever task she sets her mind to. Along with her brother, she’s a visionary, and she sees a bright future for the lands of Eudhaymon and its people.

Lucia/Lucius, the Alchemist

Coming soon with chapter 2!

Alayn/Alayne, Holy Knight of Kaine

Coming soon with Caapter 2!

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 gets your attention. Thank you.

To play the demo, which now contains 15000 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!

Sanguine 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?


No, I don’t plan on locking MC attraction at all. You’ll be free to pursue whatever ROs you want, there’s more about this in Chapter 2.

Thread only for now but depending on the demand, I might create a Discord server or a Tumblr page, that’s more likely to happen when I release Chapter 3.

Thank you all for playing this and taking the time to comment. Chapter 2 is coming in a few days.


I just finished the demo, and I like it. I’m getting so much witcher vibes from it. I’m going to keep an eye on this story and can’t wait to read more. Keep up the good work.


A hoonter must hoont, even in a dream.

I accidentally mixed two different quotes, but I don’t care, I’m not fixing it