The Chosen One™ sits by a campfire, holding his palms out to catch some warmth from the flames. A breeze ruffles his curly brown hair. For all that he looks like an ordinary human, he’s the Hero of Prophecy, the Lightwielder, the orphaned farmboy destined to save the world from the Night Lord’s tyrannical rule.
And I’m the one who’s going to kill him.
I AM NOT THE HERO is an interactive fantasy novel featuring clichés that are more than they initially appear. The main character navigates an increasingly unrealistic fantasy world in which their every choice seems to send the world further and further into chaos—which may or may not be a good thing.
This demo currently contains chapters 1+2, and most of Chapter 3. It sits at ~36000 words (excluding code), with an average playthrough of ~12 000 words. I’m really looking forward to hearing what you think!
Fair warning: this story is told in first person, and there are no numerical stats. I want the story to read more like a novel than a game, with plenty of narrative variability but few stat checks.
You can read the demo here:
I Am Not The Hero - WIP
Any and all feedback is appreciated!
Violence, possibly a bit of swearing.
The main character can build relationships with various other characters throughout the narrative. There is no romance planned for this story (all relationships are platonic).
There are 6 relationship characters in total: 2 female, 2 nonbinary, and 2 male
In this demo:
Nerion Ashflame (m) - a human wizard.
Calista Castalan (f) - a human warrior.
Inya Felise (f) - a human…cat.
Rorvar Ladran (nb) - an elvish thief.
Ifrin (m) - a fellow servant of the Night Lord.
Phox (nb) - a talking fox (???)
*You can check the main character’s affinity with each of these characters in the stats menu, but I may remove this stat in the future (and it currently only tracks up to the end of Chapter 2)
The main character’s gender presentation can be chosen in Chapter 2.
All other characters are gender-locked.
January 05, 2022
Chapter 3 (part 1) (+16 000 words, excl. code)
Minor changes to Chapters 1+2
August 23, 2021
Initial demo posted (Chapter 1 and 2; 20 000 words excl. code)