Snakeroot (WIP)

Hi! Call me Cer, or Cerberus, and I’ve impulsively thrown myself down this rabbithole of writing a choicescript game while juggling a degree and work in quarantine. Fun times!

Set in a world of scattered cities and sharp-toothed monsters, you are a hunter employed by the Vanguard, tasked with exterminating dangerous beasts and keeping people safe. In theory, it’s a fairly straightforward job. Of course, nothing is ever as easy as it seems.

Here’s the thing, see: the more monsters in an area, the more reality fractures around it. For reasons unbeknownst to you, you are an Anchor, born with an ability to ground the people around you, lest you lose them to the insidious magic of the wilds.

For better or for worse, what you do matters .

Don’t make the same mistake twice.

Snakeroot is a fantasy game with horror elements, set in a world that has integrated magic with modern technology. It’s a delicate balance to strike, and one that has fallen into disarray ever since the affliction known as the Rot reared its head twenty years ago.

The Vanguard says they found you five years ago, wandering outside the walls. What were you doing there?

  • Play as a human, chimaera, merperson, or shifter!
  • Play as male, female, or non-binary, and choose your own pronouns.
  • Choose your weapons, develop your magic and a unique skillset!
  • Navigate the world of Snakeroot alongside three romanceable companions! Two of them can have their gender determined by the player, and the third is a AFAB trans man!
  • Meet the challenges of your newest adventure head-on! Better sharpen your claws, hunter.

Currently, everything’s very rough as I get a better feel of the story I want to tell. I’m juggling a few things at once so progress isn’t as steady as I’d like, but I’ll get there! If something strikes you as particularly unclear or you have general constructive feedback to offer, I’d love to hear it!

Demo linkupdated Oct 12.

Tumblr – I’m most active on Tumblr, so feel free to follow me there for extra updates & story tidbits!

Changelog

26 SEP. Prologue released.
12 OCT. Chapter one updated. You can now create your character and meet Raine, one of the three companions you’ll encounter on your journey!

RO Descriptions

Mallory Hart. he/him, trans man. Wavy dark hair, undercut. Olive skin, a crooked million-watt grin, brown eyes. 5’6" and athletic, built like a gymnast. A chimaera of demonic descent; horns that curl backwards, a long tail that ends with with a wickedly sharp point. A faded scar running from bridge of nose to jaw. Uses an enchanted prosthetic left leg.

A hunter renowned for his skill on the battlefield. He has a generally sunny sort of disposition: friendly, playful, and warm. Out of field gear, he’s rather fond of colourful sweaters or printed button-downs.

Raine Hart. gender variable. Straight dark hair with a silver streak, sometimes tied back. Gold eyes. 6’ without heels. A lanky sort of build, almost willowy. A chimaera of demonic descent like their younger brother, but with slightly finer horns that point more upwards than backwards. A few piercings on their ears.

A doctor who prefers not to venture out beyond the city limits. Amiable but reserved, they are particularly talented with magic, and also an absolutely hopeless workaholic. Rarely seen out of professional attire, but otherwise the type to favour black turtlenecks.

Lux. gender variable. Curly brown hair, roughly chin-length. Deep tan skin, dappled with light purple-white fish scales. 6’3", broad-shouldered, stocky and fit. Purple eyes. A Siren who sticks to their two-legged form for ease of mobility across land, but can unfurl to a startling 12+ft of shark-type merperson in open water.

A fellow field agent, occasional hunter & protection specialist. Prefers to dress comfortably; big fan of trying to wear hoodies and sweatpants on the job. Habitual thrill-seeker and terrifyingly bold fighter. Honest. Blunt. And no, they’re not going to sing on request.

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It’s very short, but the writing seems good so far. Some interesting ideas, too. Good luck with the story :smiley:

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I’m interested in seeing how this pans out!

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Oh! I remember reading this on dashingdon! I’m glad it’s finally on the forum. I previously bookmarked the site but now I can like and bookmark it here. Though there wasn’t much, it still managed to catch my interest. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here! :smile:

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I’m following your Tumblr, liking what is up for now and looking forward to more. Good luck with this project!

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Ah, I see you finally expanded from tumblr. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve got for the story!

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I love the vibes of this so, so much cer.

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I haven’t gotten round to actually being able to edit my post in the thread yet so here’s this instead:

Snakeroot has been updated with part of chapter 1! There’s some minor typos here and there probably, and some small things that I’ll fix with the next update, but character creation is now available, as is your encounter with one of your companions.

If you’ve got a moment to spare, there’s also an anonymous feedback survey if you’d like to tell me what you thought of it! Otherwise, I’m still most active on Tumblr and answering questions there.

tumblr update post || dashingdon link
bonus: reference art of the ROs, art by yours truly!

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Oh how did I miss this, like what I read so far, getting to be a merperson as well, looking forward to more.

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I love this story so far! I look forward to seeing where it goes :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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i love this sm, the character creator is great and what I’ve seen of the plot and setting so far has me :eyes::eyes::eyes:
I love your writing as well!! v atmospheric, I can’t wait to read more❤

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The character creation in Snakeroot is so good I blinked and I had already made three different MCs. Overall, Cer, your writing style is so good and the premise is so interesting I can’t wait for more

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Really interesting start! Look forward to seeing how this develops.

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Amazing worldbuilding, writing style, and characters so far! I’m very intrigued… :eyes:

I’m so excited to meet Mal and Lux now!!! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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Definitely love the game so far, all the races and subraces are so detailed and interesting. Even though I almost always play as shifter type characters, the merperson had my interest piqued. The fact it super painful to go back and fourth between land and water, and the fact that I can be an eel merperson, that I didn’t know I needed!

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This is so wonderfully well written. You captured the sense of urgency really well in the first scene. Like everyone else, I love the character creation choices. I’m very excited about my tiny shark merperson.

I really like the use of custom text on the Next buttons. Especially in the scene following character creation, with no text aside from the buttons–I wish I had taken a screenshot of the pages I’m talking about haha. And the use of disabled options is great, as well. There’s such internal conflict in the MC and it’s a very effective way of showing it.

I can’t think of anything I would want to see changed, I think it’s going in a great direction and I’m looking forward to reading more!

edit: forgot to mention, the artwork for the ROs is beautiful!

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