It occurs to you just then, the true depth of your helplessness: you’ve been taken to another universe, alone with no way home, you’re stuck prisoner, your phone has no signal…and they don’t even know what Wi-Fi is. Yeah. You’re screwed.
♔ The Decoy is a dark fantasy that follows you, a 21st century normal human, kidnapped to an alternate magical universe to play the part of the missing heir to a powerful throne…who also happens to be your doppelgänger. ♔
Life, for the most part, has been all-around uneventful. You work in Manhattan at a convenience store under a sleazy boss in order to scrape by and support your struggling family. Your dad is absent, your mom is too tired to parent, one brother is getting arrested while the other has detached himself from the life he once had. Still, while your days as a twenty-something employee are mundane, at least they’re predictable.
Meanwhile, in another realm , the magical dark world of Eterna is in ruin. A war against an entity and his bloodthirsty creatures is brewing, and after the powerful royal family is viciously murdered and the only living child–and now rightful owner of the throne–goes missing, that evil is one step closer to winning.
But of course, that’s not your problem. That’s in a whole other universe, one you don’t even know exists. Your biggest worry is whether you’ll be able to take on a double shift tomorrow. Right?
Turns out the missing heir is your doppelganger. In a desperate attempt to save face and stop from losing a war before it even starts, you’re kidnapped and taken to Eterna in order to play the part of the monarch, all while working behind the (bloody) scenes to find the true heir and get home.
Stuck in a world of magic and fantasy you’ve only ever seen in movies, an entire country–and an impending war-- is now dependent on how well you can act.
The Decoy is rated 18+ for dark themes, violence, and explicit content.
- Customize your MC from gender identity, pronouns, personality, and appearance.
- Choose whether to adapt to this new world or reject it, whether to be defiant or not. Pick what kind of monarch you’ll lead as and take full advantage of your new royal identity.
- Build yourself up in this new world, focus on honing combat or knowledge of the realm, choose a preferred choice of weapon and more.
- Romance one of six ROs with a variety of backgrounds and magical types. Some more dangerous than others.
- Maybe teach your new makeshift gang what television is? Hopefully find some signal for your phone? (not going to happen).
SERIDA/SOREN/SAHAR CRETILLON (m/f/nb , identity dependent on player choice ): the successor to the throne and only living person left in the Cretillon line, S has gone missing not long after the slaughter that murdered their entire family. People have been waiting for them to be coronated in order to plan their next move, but they’re now gone without a trace and without them and the power that binds them together, Eterna is vulnerable. That’s where you come in.
AZRIEL DAMARIS [RO] (m, he/him): once S’s primary royal guard, Azriel has been promoted as the general of the Eternan army and head of the operation to save S. Stiff, serious, and severe, Azriel is tasked with being guard and guiding you through the world of politics and royalty. Unfortunately, Azriel doesn’t want you here and he doesn’t do much to hide it.
NAMARA AL-LUVEN: [RO] (f, she/her) Azriel’s second, Namara is a fierce warrior and loyal to the cause. She’s quite difficult to read, distant considering who you are.
DRENWIN SILVA: [RO](m, he/him): a skilled Mage and jester, Drenwin works alongside the Eternan army and puts his skills to work. He seems to be the most approachable of the bunch, which isn’t saying much.
VALE: [RO](nb, they/them) the boisterous, flirtatious and arrogant mercenary turned pirate captain of The Lady Mystica. Vale exists simply to make and spend as much coin as possible while engaging in their harem and abundance of bad habits.
CERIS BESILLE [RO] (selectable, she/her, he/him, they/them): a priest-in-training, Ceris is fiercely devoted to their beliefs. Reserved and easily scandalized, they haven’t left their quarters in the church since they were twelve, contributing to their lack of outside experience and rather insular outlook on the world.
TALEEA FAREWYN [RO] - (she/her) A half-fae Healer, Taleea follows alongside you as your right hand. She seems to be the only one empathetic to your circumstances, but it’s hard to trust anyone in this world, especially someone who is so keen on being…nice.
ARWEN/ARYA VALARIN: [RO] (selectable, she/her, he/him): A Valarin is S’s childhood friend and their arranged betrothed. A has been S’s other half since they were kids, which means you need to be extra careful around them. They have no idea you’re not S and judging from your orders, it’s better they never find out.
??? [RO?] – They are actively hunting you.
Hello, my name is Mae! I wrote THE DECOY as a novel a few years back as a personal writing-enhancement project and it has collected dust ever since. Since finding the IF community, I’ve revisited this world and found that it may just work as an IF! This is my first IF so if there are any errors or typos, please let me know ! Thanks!