It’s the end of the world… and you don’t feel fine.
It’s just another humdrum day as the weekend winds to its inevitable end. All is as expected. The pandemic has stretched on for a decade now. A new serial killer stalks the streets. And your polo club is waiting. Just another normal day.
Just ignore the sounds in your living room. Just ignore that shadow scuttling across the floor. Just ignore the lies of the ‘friend’ whose known you for years. He’s lying. She’s lying. That stranger on the street is lying. And the voices whispering in your mind are definitely lying.
Everyone is lying… especially the traitor who’s infiltrated the group.
But that’s fine…
Y̥͑̅̌̔̉ͯo̼̩̖̓ͪ̽͢ǔ̢͢͏̫͕͋’͎̬́͐ͥ᷇͢r̉͏͍̾᷉̓̓e͓͕ͦ̿᷅͆͠ l̜̻̈̅̃͢͞y̡̬͙̪̦̦ͧi̘᷅̓͒̐̍͑n̰͈᷅ͯͥͨ͜g̯᷾̒̑᷄̕͟ t̶̙͍̏͊᷈͠o̙̟ͦ̏̄ͭ͂o̥̮͆ͤ͐͝͠.̛͚̎᷇̍̕͜
Update 1: 11/16/23 Chapter 2 Part 1(Camelot Dream Sequence)
- New option to stop packing early in the packing section.
- Hair highlights have been tweaked so only flamboyant colors (blue etc) activate the ‘striking’ flag
- Clarified that the Fairy Princess option removes the ‘mute’ flag
- Clarified ‘hecatomb_rue’ as Adrian’s screenname
- ‘Low-neck T-shirt & Jeans’ vs ‘Low Neck Shirt & Jeans’ bug fixed
- Intimidation bug fixed (stat was increasing after viewing the stats menu)
- Loredump Pro achievement bug fixed
- Fixed inventory bug that wouldn’t let you draw your sword/gun/knife during the protect Merlin sequences
- Monster-under-the-bed stat check has been made easier
- Lowered threshold to receive willpower boost
- Increased fear threshold for easier passing of some stat checks
- Raised threshold for possession check at certain parts
- Various other stat + flavor checks have had their thresholds tweaked
- Fixed bug where not changing your opinion of Adrian made the game assume you had a good relationship
- Harry Potter references now gated behind choosing a Harry Potter related dialogue option.
- 2 new shortened versions of the MC customization scene now available
Sound Effect Alert: Turn Down Your Volume At Start of Game
- Total Word Count: 493,000+
- Including Code: 678,000+
- Average Playthrough: 42,000~52,000
- Average if you play ‘ask Adrian and Merlin five million questions around the city’: Considerably longer
LINKS: Tumblr Dev Blog
You’re a Harbinger of the Apocalypse… or so it’s been claimed. The destined reincarnation of a legendary hero from the time of Camelot. For the sake of the world, reclaim your past memories & powers and discover the true identities of yourself and your current companions.
For the sake of your survival, make certain that you’re a member of the successful Greater Circle… because in the end, only thirteen are needed and it doesn’t have to include you. The two previous Circles have failed and all their members paid the price for it…
…but third time’s the charm, ̷r̸i̷g̵h̴t̶?
Everyone is lying. That most certainly includes you. And one is an enemy infiltrator who’s entire purpose is to (murderously) sabotage this last and final circle. Who will you trust and who will you trick? The fate of both you and the world hangs in the balance.
Genres: Dark Urban Fantasy (with mystery/thriller/horror elements). The Camelot flashback sections are more High Fantasy.
- Play Among Us/Werewolf/Mafia/The Thing/The Mole/Danganronpa/Town of Salem/etc Arthurian lore style! (Also don’t forget the apocalypse, that’s kind of important)
- Lovingly craft your character in intimate detail or slap down that [Randomly Generate Your Appearance] button like I do.
- Choose your sad childhood background and your potentially even sadder (or more traumatic or more traumatically evil) deep, dark secret which must be hidden at all cost
- Play one million questions around the city with not-so-random people or go “Screw this lore dump, I’m taking a nap!”
- ᕕ(✿ ᐛ )ᕗ ← Merlin on their way to a six hour lecture because you had to ask every single question in their dialogue tree. I mean, there’s an Achievement for doing that, so you do you.
- Spend the entire time during this IF about Arthurian lore going “Who is Arthur and what’s a Camels-a-lot?” (Yes, this a legit strategy to get through the game)
- Figure out your previous Camelot reincarnation from amongst four different potential backgrounds (determined by your actions in the Camelot flashback sections). Or go “Nuts to this mystery!” and just wait to get your magic powers already. (Uh, you probably should still try and figure out who’s trying to kill you, though)
- Act like a saint, act like a psychopath, or randomly burst into song & dance like you’re trapped in a Disney musical at the most inappropriate moments.
- Survive the night… or die horribly and collect the Dead Ends like pokemon who give clues to what’s happening in the greater narrative. (You won’t be the only one… dying, that is)
- Get randomly turned into a water fowl (I mean, it’s Merlin, after all)
- Look out that window… you know you want to.
- Features creepy sound effects (which you can turn off from the main menu)
(Yes, this is basically Red Flag the Romance. Yes, there are ROs who can have a perfectly healthy relationship with you from the very beginning… and there are also ones who’ll just kill you. Good luck figuring out who is who. Also platonic buddy versions are a go.)
The nominal leader of this motley crew and the only one who knows what’s truly going on… or so they claim.
A shape shifting incubus who takes on the most appealing form of whoever is viewing them. Always elegant, always smiling, always for the greater good… a beautiful facade that hides a heart that’s entirely inhuman.
Unlike the others, they will never directly lie to you… lies of omission don’t count, right?
“Dear child, that’s for me to know and for you to find out, as they are wont to say. Shall we try again?”
ADRIAN BENONI (M)
A close friend, an unrequited crush, a passing acquaintance, a suspected stalker… the tone of your relationship may change, but what does not is that you’ve known this guy for years. A familiar presence within a world that’s suddenly become ever-so-strange.
But what darkness hides behind the ever amiable front that he always presents around you? Well…maybe not always. Why does he seem so desperate to like you even while keeping you an arm’s length away?
“I’m sure that if we all just came together in solidarity that we— h-hey you don’t have to laugh that hard about it!”
PERCY T. LONGSPEAR (M)
Someone who marches to the sound of his own drum… on a different planet somewhere in a galaxy far, far away.
Most assuredly the most strangely perceptive of the group, if only anyone could understand exactly what he’s saying. A potential soulmate to a very certain version of the MC.
Who his past reincarnation seems to be is so blatantly obvious that it’s the very height of suspicion.
“Why did I come in through the vents? Why would I use a *door*?”
CASSANDRA DE VAUX (F)
A detective who intercepted the group during an investigation of… well, it’s not exactly complete chaos that you’re leaving in your wake, is it?
No-nonsense when on the job, but playful during down times, she joined with little convincing or fanfare… but has she truly allied with the cause or is this just another sting operation to her?
And why does she seem so much more… wait what were we talking about again?
“Scintillating. Now please explain again from the top… you were doing *what* in the museum that night?”
GWYNETH REYNARD (F)
A vivacious and sweetly cheerful member of the group that pulls off true optimism far better than certain other members… even if she wears that sunny disposition like a suit of armor.
You found her wandering in an abandoned nineteenth-century mental asylum. A perfectly normal place to meet. (After all, you were there too!) And certainly there’s a completely sensible explanation for why she doesn’t want to head back home as well.
“Oh, are we making claims on who we want to be now? Then I want to be Buttercup from the Princess Bride!”
LORELEI GUERRIER (F)
An Olympic archer who is as unflappable as she is coolly distant. She has the rather laudable capability of beating down a lesser hellhound with nothing but a mop for a weapon.
Certainly her joining would be nothing but a boon to the group. Too bad she possesses nothing but cynicism and antipathy for the idea of chivalry and knights in shining armor.
But surely she’s a champion of Camelot, right?
“The virtue of a knight? Someone that parades around in self indulgence, all for the glory of their own pride, while better people are left wanting. That’s the true face of your so-called chivalry.”
BRODERICK DOE (M)
A grumpy, recalcitrant, and somewhat foulmouthed addition to the group. He really, really doesn’t want to be here. He thinks you’re all insane. (He may be right in certain instances.)
But someone has to keep an eye out during all this craziness, right?Especially if there’s a kernel of truth to this apocalyptic nonsense.
Of course, there’s no one in this city, this state, this country registered as ‘Broderick Doe’.
“And let me be clear here… I don’t trust a single one of you chucklefucks!”
̶̇̊͒̋͜4̸̼̕͜0̸͖̭̎͝4̴̹͈̍ ̸̯̱̦͓͑̑Ȩ̵̧̺̩̉̈́ŗ̸̔̄͊̍r̷̙̾̓̇o̷̧̩̻͇̽̊͗̋r̵̮̘̒̓ ̴̧̳̺͐̆̾̅N̵͕͐o̶̘͍͗t̴̫͋́̆̋ ̵͔͒͑͐F̵̹̍̈́̿ó̵̡̹͒͆ũ̴͈̠͘n̶̢̺̰̬̋ḑ̶̲͛̔͗̕ (???)
T̶O̵O̶ ̴L̷A̸T̸E̷ ̵T̴O̸O̵ ̷L̸A̵T̴E̶ ̴T̸O̶O̶ ̵L̴A̵T̸E̶ ̴T̸O̴O̷ ̶L̴A̴T̵E̶ ̴T̴O̷O̷ ̴L̶A̶T̴E̶ ̴T̸O̵O̶ ̶L̶A̸T̷E̴ ̵
CAMELOT ROMANCE OPTIONS
(Currently sealed away, so you can only interact with them in dreams and flashbacks)
ARTHUR PENDRAGON (M)
The Once and Future King, the doomed High King of Camelot who is fated to return at humanity’s greatest moment of need and lead them in survival during the end times.
The ideal that always had a surprising streak of pragmatism to it. If only he would wake up. He’s so very, very late you see. And things have spiraled wildly out of control in his absence.
A figure that’s currently haunting your dreams.
“You think I missed my calling as a troubadour? Mayhaps… for what is politics but a form of mummery?”
The third and current Lady of the Lake. One of the fae who is aligned with your side through blood oaths and promises as strong as compulsion.
One of the ones who sealed Merlin away and who remains bound at the very edge of the Veil even now. The tales never mentioned the part where she’s a mari-morgan that drowns people, did they?
“Hear this song… come along… just drift a little closer, pretty thing of mine. Simply a step closer… merely a bit *deeper*.”
(All of these scenes are already in the game… buried in there somewhere amidst the 446k+ of text. Good luck finding them!)
Adrian loves the Cloudcuckoolander MC
Pessimist MC is having a great time here
Tsundere MC being their normal self…
Only the most serious of conversations during this emergency
Merlin makes their very subtle and discreet entrance in a game that had no overt magic until this point.
Text message your ROs for fun and profit!
Special prizes for particularly spectacular stat failures.
Oh wait, this is supposed to be horror, right?
(That I just made up because there’s no time for questions yet)
I know, I know… that’s not going to be sustainable unless we’re aiming for the first 6 million word release in history. I’ll be streamlining things more from this point onwards.
It’s a series. The first book One Knight Stand will keep going until we finally complete that Lesser Circle of Seven (or die trying) but the apocalypse won’t be over yet.
So I was going to have tooltips that popped up and explained things such as ‘greaves’ and whatnot like Twine games do… but oops, Choicescript doesn’t have that capability. The closest I could do is include a link to a website that explained it.
I decided that wikipedia had the best chance of still being available years from now and have handy explanations to most things I was referencing (so I wouldn’t have to chase after broken links when sites go down forevermore).
And then I just started running amok and linking to anything that the player might not know offhand. If you already understand the reference or have no further interest in it, please feel free to just ignore them.
No, you don’t need to know anything about it.
You can spend the whole game going “Who is Arthur? What’s a Camels-a-lot? What am I even doing here?” as a legit strategy. (You can even play that way if you actually do know stuff about arthuriana.)
If you choose to be an in-game lore expert, it just means your MC is as likely to give an explanation as one of the other characters. However, anything important that the player needs to know will come up in the game itself.
You can also ask the other characters for info dumps on Camelot… and boy, will some of them give you (completely skippable) lore dumps all right.
Maybe that’s the difference between what canonically happened in One Knight Stand’s backstory. Or maybe Merlin is just gaslighting you.
If Merlin’s pronouns don’t fit with the gender that you’ve chosen for them within the MC’s speech or internal narrative, then that’s a coding error (please report it).
If another character (say a little girl who’s convinced that Merlin is Elsa) is using different pronouns for Merlin than what’s expected, then that’s simply how that other character is currently perceiving Merlin.
Merlin doesn’t care what human pronouns you use for them. Out-of-universe I’ll be using they/them for simplicity’s sake (same reason I’ll be using ‘incubus’ instead of typing incubus/succubus the entire time).
They’re a fifth-century mage who’s been sealed away for 1500 years… they’re trying.
m(✿￣ｰ￣)m plz understand
I don’t know, it just ended up that way. Probably because they show up in Chapter 1 and have a rather… complex… situation that needs warnings attached to it.
(✿≖ᴗ≖ )ゞ “Naturally, I’m simply the most intriguing member of this party.”
Your MC won’t be blocked from a romance due to gender or sexuality. At most you’ll get a passing mention if you’re not the gender that the RO usually dates.
There are certain other mitigating factors, however… for example not all RO’s are going to be kosher with the Serial Killer MC (especially if said MC won’t knock off with all the killings).
No, there will be several points where you can initiate and break-off relationships with the various RO’s (and know that the RO’s can take take those on and off-ramps just the same as the MC).
You can also romance another character after breaking up with your current RO… but that’s going to get tougher and tougher the more you do that.
Romances will proceed at a different pace depending on who your MC is romancing (and also on your MC themselves). For example Adrian will be friendzoning you through most of Book 1 for… reasons. Meanwhile, potential sex scene with Merlin in Chapter 3 if you’re feeling particularly horny.
No, you just need to be “close” to someone, either platonically, romantically, or otherwise to take part in their subplot. You’ll also need to actually be physically present (which will not always be possible for everyone at the same time).
In the series, yes, but not in the first book One Knight Stand, as forming the triad will require developing a certain level of trust and loyalty between all three members. And right now everyone is too busy side-eying each other in suspicion at this point.
Thus, since the poly options won’t appear until Book 2, saying who is involved would be a *spoiler*since it indicates who’ll actually still be available for romance later in the series.
In general, there are three triads that will be available… one is male/male/MC, one is female/female/MC, and one is male/female/MC. Note that there is some overlap in the characters potentially involved in various triads since only a couple of the ROs are interested in this sort of thing.
*points to Merlin*
You can indeed romance Merlin and have them be emotionally monogamous to you as the partner they will always return to while everyone else is a (literal) snack.
But they can’t be physically monogamous with the MC. They need to eat and being Merlin’s sole food source would literally kill the MC in two weeks or less.
In fact, romanced Merlin is even more likely to seek out other food sources just to make certain that the MC is safe with them and that they won’t get too hungry and accidentally eat your soul.
Merlin’s nature as an incubus means their sexuality is highly integral to them, and while they will reflect back what their partner wants/needs from them, they are not naturally romantic. Basically if you’re not having sex with them, then a high affinity MC is defaulting back to platonic friends.
These are things that are definitely going to be brought up in-game if you try to initiate a long-term romance with Merlin.
Nope, sex can be entirely avoided with all the other RO’s, just choose the snuggle options instead of the sex options.
You’ll have the choice between fade to black and something rather more explicit but not full-blown porn. If anything rated higher than that gets included as a DLC option (not part of the base game) will depend upon how much (if any) interest there is in that sort of thing.
You can certainly think you are! (Note: This is not recommended for your MC’s longevity)
You can certainly try. (You actually have a better chance here than with the actual saboteur.)
Can I romance the dude in the elevator, that random paramedic, or some stranger walking down the street?
There may actually potentially be more than one depending on the MC’s actions. But there’s always that one particular saboteur present despite whatever else the MC may do.
No, there’s no connection between your MC’s current and past gender (or really their current and past anything since they’re basically an entirely different person now).
There are four different backgrounds available for the Camelot reincarnation, 2 male and 2 female, so if you end up with a past incarnation you don’t like at the end of the game, you can replay for one more suitable to your tastes.
That’s for you to find out! (No really, this is one of the major subplots of the game).
Options will be grayed out if they conflict with a previous choice the player made if you haven’t fulfilled the prerequisites for unlocking them.
An example would be the “I’m lying about my amnesia” option not being selectable if you didn’t chose to have amnesia in the first place. (The exception right now is the fencing & book club choices… I just haven’t written those routes yet).
If nearly all the options have been grayed out, then usually that’s triggered by your fear or vice kicking in or because your MC is literally possessed (Congratulations!). You may want to work on that.
I’m here for the story and not for the trauma… what background choices are least likely to spectacularly blow up in my face later?
In that case, I’d suggest the Lab Technician job, the Imposter secret, Abandoned or Abused as your childhood, Lust as your vice if you’re not planning to pursue a long-term relationship with a RO (Sloth if you are), either Heights, Snakes, Spiders, or Closed Spaces as your phobia, avoiding Luck as your talent & avoiding the Internet as your addiction, and finally having Adrian as your close friend.
Not saying that you can’t make other choices during the game that’ll set you on the path to Hard Mode, but these background choices have the mildest potential repercussions.
The Wrath (Vice), Accident (Childhood), and Serial Killer (Secret) combo is always f̴u̸n̷. The “Lying about my amnesia” secret is also it’s own brand of mindtrip as well.
Also, start off as a Security Guard with Fear Itself as your phobia, Luck as your talent, the Internet as your addiction, and of course Adrian is your stalker because obviously we don’t need any good relationships to fall back on when playing Among Us.
If you don’t like meta fourth wall breaks or otherwise heavily self insert, you might not want to choose that as your secret.
Since the bruise being perceivable is an important plot point, then no matter how dark your MC’s skin is, that bruise is darker still even if has to become the abiding abyss of a black hole to do so. (I even described it as a black hole in some routes to cover my posterior.)
My MC is intrigued by this agenda of demonic conquest & people-eating and would like to subscribe to their newsletter. Can I join the other side?
Well… there’s certainly some Dead Ends where you can do that!
You can certainly do that. You’ll die (since your MC is currently on the top of several different ‘Kill on sight’ lists), but you can do it.
At some point the MC will be strong enough that they can split from the group and frolic off into their own nonstandard ending adventures in the apocalyptic world while everyone else deals with the whole apocalypse plot thing. But you’re nowhere near that point yet.
Yep, this game is horror-adjacent and you’re being given a hundred save slots for a reason. I’ll be inputting checkpoints as well once we come to that part. Hopefully Choice of Games will start allowing normal save points in the near future.
Also, please note that all the Dead Ends include clues towards the truth of what’s going on here that may otherwise not be knowable, so they’re not complete wastes of time. Also, they all give Achievements.
We’re playing Among Us/Werewolf/Mafia/etc here. You aren’t getting any word-of-god lore directly from me. That’d be too easy.
All info about the One Knight Stand world will be filtered through the natural biases (and lies) of the characters involved in the game. Hence, Merlin’s Guide to Arthurian Lore.
Feel free to read or ignore, as you like. (Also feel free to text Merlin back and tell them exactly what you think of that doorstop.)
Obviously, it can’t be officially marketed like that, but I thought that would be the most popularly recognized description for this type of situation.
I also considered using the OG Mafia or Werewolf instead, but I thought that might’ve confused people into thinking that there are actual gangsters and werewolves present in the game.
So, while I was plotting out One Knight Stand and deciding which version of Arthurian lore would be taken as the “truth” of the OKS world, I looked at Gawain and his five million wives and lovers (because if you were going to create a female OC back then, high probability she’s shacking up with Gawain) and then I decided, yes, I’m going to make all of them canon.
The yandere. The other yandere. The one who dosed him with aphrodisiacs. That one who died of heartbreak because he couldn’t figure out how to get back to her castle. The cursed baba yaga.
Merlin’s also cursed ex-lover. *insert Merlin screeching in the background about not having done any such thing* The fairy daughter of Morgana… and that other fairy… and this fairy too.
All of them.
Good luck, Gawain.
- Cover Art of The End of the Beginning (It’s animated… sloooowly)
Particularly looking for feedback on…
- Eternally looking for typos and bugs etc. I’ve done four polishing runs through Chapter 1 and I’m still finding them.
- The stat data shown at the end of a playthrough. I need to know if I’m setting the stat checks too high/too low etc.
- Any answers in the following polls to determine if everyone/no one is getting possessed, if I should jettison some particularly unpopular inventory items that will take a long time to code, if a branch is too obscure etc.
- Comments regarding the new update
- Anything constructive.