Shepherds of Haven (WIP) (Surprise: mini-game on #3127 to celebrate 500 likes!)

nonbinary-inclusive
high-fantasy
gender-choice
#106

Just had a quick read through and decided to ask, before I get too attached, is Croelle a romance option?

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#107

Unfortunately no, but there’s a lot of other interesting sounding romance options!

Personally, I’m torn between Blade and Chase.

Edit: Frick. I just remembered that quotes don’t retain bolded lettering, but since I quoted this from the top post, you can just scroll up there to check.
Sorry if I caused more confusion!

Edit 2: I am a damn fool. You can manually bold in quotes. You just gotta do it yourself.

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#108

Yup, as @impeccably-stressed said, Croelle is not romanceable for reasons that will become clearer later on! He’ll definitely be someone you can build an interesting relationship with, though!

PS: Blade and Chase are two of my favorite routes! :stuck_out_tongue:

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#109

That sounds both great and terrible because now I’m certain I won’t be able to choose! :sweat_smile:

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#110

I am lost here, I see people asking things like is Croelle a romance option, and I have played through 3 times and I haven’t even met this person. Makes me wonder if everyone is playing a different game than me. I have only met the 3 Shepards, Shery, Caine, Ebert, Prihine and that Watcher dude. What am I missing where people are saying I hope this or that person is a romance option and I don’t even know who they are.

Edit: Nevermind, I just noticed that Croelle is the name of the Watcher dude. Ugh, can’t see how anyone would want to romance that piece of cow dung. Just my opinion of him.

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#111

Out of curiosity, what did people do during the attack on the church? SPOILERS FOR ANYONE WHO HASN’T PLAYED

  • Ran and saved yourself
  • Stayed and saved Caine
  • Stayed and saved Prihine
  • Stayed and saved both
  • Stayed and watched both die

0 voters

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#112

Originally I ran off because I didn’t know it would kill Caine, but I save him and Prihine in every subsequent playthrough.

I mean, he’s such a sweet kid! How could I do that to him? And not even Prihine deserves a death like that! :hushed:

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#113

Stayed and saved Caine, for all the reasons @ParrotWatcher already mentioned somewhere above: “brave, surrogate little brother versus whiny, spoiled brat” is what it boils down to. Also with magic already being super-illegal my mc isn’t anxious to advertise a possibly world-shatteringly powerful, but rather limited use ability he doesn’t even quite understand himself to the magic-hating government and general-public. :unamused:

True, but my mc had to make the call.

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#114

That’s definitely fair, and I wasn’t trying to judge. Perhaps I should’ve been explicit that I was referring to my MC rationale rather than my personal ideas.

irl I definitely agree with you, and it is how I played my MC initially with her running away to avoud having to expose her abilities, but Caine’s death was an honest to goodness gutpunch to me irl because he reminded me a lot of my little brother, so I tweaked my MC a tad…

Summary

Basically, as she is now, she tries to be aloof because she’s afraid of letting people near just in case anything like her Flower Day massacre would happen again. Originally this was to cover up her crippling fear of the demons that ruined her life, but now I’ve reworked her so that her aloofness (which is chipped away by Caine, the lil rascal) instead covers up guilt and a sense of uselessness that she never intended to come to terms with, but faced with running away or Caine’s and Prihine’s death, well, essentially she’s trying to make herself fel better by going above and beyond what she could or should do and be the hero she wishes she was on her Flower Day.

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#115

Rather more noble then my more mercenary mc who saves Caine simply because he’s taken a shine to the kid, he still wouldn’t have risked using a word though, not even to save Caine. Fortunately we can save the kid by a simple combination of gunplay and magic instead. Unfortunately that ultimately leads to my mc having to become one of the Autarchy’s pet enforcers, a position he’s rather less than pleased to find himself essentially herded into.
Again, if there’s an epilogue to this where the Sheperds are transformed into a more “normal” special law-enforcement agency, like say the US FBI my mc really would want out at that point, because he’s got exactly zero appetite for enforcing the Autarchy’s more mundane laws or investigating mundane crimes.
In general expect my mc to cleave to the narrowest possible interpretation of his oath and contractual obligations and decline the stipend.

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#116

Ha, that sounds like a fun MC to play as!
I can imagine him frantically glancing in the last ten minutes of the work day and just vanishing the very second the clock strikes Quittin’ Time.

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#117

Hello. Great game. I’m on my iPad. Scrolled up only to find I’ve voted, and can’t unvote. I saved Caine the first time I played. Not a fan of what’s her face. Second time I played through. I saved them both, mostly because I want to see the outcome from these two choices and the consequences of using ‘the’ power. I won’t ever save the bride on her own but unfortunately that’s what I’ve accidentally voted for.

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#118

To be honest, I ran through about a half dozen times and by the end, I had done all of those, so I chose the choice that I went with the first playthrough. I rarely ever let kids die if I can help it in games, unless I am playing evil and really go for it.

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#119

Unfortunately I don’t think that, much like for FBI field agents, the Sheperds their “work-day” works like that, if he was a beat cop on the day-shift and it did though, yeah, then he’d be liable to ignore a bank-robbery that started at 5:01 to be the next shift’s problem to deal with.

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#120

to me i love helping people but shepherds to me bad feeling by out them

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#121

prihine can go rot :slightly_smiling_face:

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#122

i see grey dead is black death from 1346 - 1353

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#123

My MC would save himself (did it first play). but them i realized " save Prihine = reward " so saved her too.:fox_face: " Caine= no rich father = unnecessary risk " :upside_down_face:

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#124

my mc’s thought process was “well, i hate praline pecan and i no longer have to protect her, and this caine kid seems alright, so i know who i’m saving!” plus he thought it might be a nice little “fuck you” to ebert. :slightly_smiling_face:

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#125

I love what I’ve read so far. There are endless amounts (and then more after that) of medieval fantasy-based stories on CoG, but something about the way you write and direct what’s going on in the scenes (and also the world itself) feels special and made me excited by the atmosphere of the game and want to keep going.
I get frustrated with fantasy stories sometimes because in my experience a lot of fantasy authors (in general, not on CoG) can be long-winded in their writing style and it makes me feel like I have to skim read to picture their scenes at a natural pace. But anyway, I’m getting kinda long-winded myself. My point is I find your writing style enjoyable and easy to read, and you describe the world without going overboard so it still leaves enough up to my imagination. I’m really excited about all of the Diminished races and I wonder if Caine or Prihine will feel like they owe the MC later.

About the poll, my MC made a split second decision and saved them both. She doesn’t really hate Prihine and she hasn’t seen enough death just yet to be able to switch off and choose one over the other.

By the way, sorry if this has been already asked, but are you planning on putting quicksave/load into your game at some point in the future?

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