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.
- 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!
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