Hello, It’s December and The Keeper of Midnight still looms in the dark corners of the forum… Let’s call it payback for all the time Christmas has intruded on Halloween festivities
The Keeper of Midnight is the same story that has been introduced to you during @Poison_Mara’s Halloween Jam. But it has gone through a lot of rewrites.
If you have read it already why should you read it again?
Although still a work in progress, the story is now around 110,000 words for an average of 40K per playthrough. What you read during the Jam was only a playthrough of 25K. There was some restructuration, more scenes, more artworks, more Ros.
Play the demo here: The Keeper of Midnight
What is it about?
This story is a mash-up of Ash vs Evil, Stranger Things, and some DnD adventures. So, if you ever wish to smash a monster in the face with a stainless steel tray, then. this story is for you.
On Halloween night, you are trick-or-treating with your niece, nephew, and friends, when you find yourself trapped in a parallel timeline.
In this timeline “The Keeper of Midnight” reigns a dreadful creature that you have only heard stories about.
Can you keep your niece, nephew, and friends safe and find your way back to your own timeline? Can you escape The Keeper of Midnight? Play the game and find out!
Warning: This game is a modern-fantasy adventure and contains depictions of body horror, violence, smoking, mild sexual content, and death.
What you can expect:
• Play as male, female, or non-binary.
• Play as gay, straight, bisexual, or asexual (You won’t be locked out of romance).
• 5 Ros with 3 Gender flip Ros two of them can be NB.
• Play as a Bubbly character, or the Grinch or the Genie
• Fall in love, make friends, or just watch them fall flat on their face.
• Kill and smash monsters in the face
• Polyamorous romance and RO’s hint of jealousy. (Although I haven’t added those yet.)
• Fight terrifying monsters, go on patrols, explore a new dimension, collect items, and encounter fantastical NPCs
• Content Warning: body horror, violence, smoking, mild sexual content, and death
[details] In my home country there is a folklore tale that portrays a monster called the master of midnight, it is a tall monster that eats children that don’t go to bed early or eat people found roaming the streets around midnight. That’s it, that is the story, nothing more.
Parents will say, be a good kid or the master of midnight will come and get you. Or don’t stay out late or the master of midnight will get you. So, I opted for Keeper instead of Master and invented all the other details around that story, like the Keeper’s background, the origin, the powers, the alternate timeline, the wardens, etc. All of that comes from my crazy and disturbed mind. [/details]
The Wardens and monsters.
One of the things my home country is known for is the practice of Voodoo and witchcraft. I did not want to use the term Voodoo since it is a religion. Instead, I opted for black magic and sorcery for the source of powers of the Wardens. A lot of the monsters are known local legends that just exist in the air with no real backstories tie to them, like Simbi, the Lougarou, Agwe, and the Zombi. I decided to bring them to life by describing them, drawing them, and giving them a backstory. The Wardens’ birthmarks shape and powers type are all invented from my crazy mind
Fun facts in the game:
[details] All the spells are written in Creole, go ahead and google translate them to have a laugh. Black cats and black dogs can be considered a sign of a bad omen in my home country, so I used them in the story just to add a hint of spookiness.
Lanati translates to “Mother Nature”.
And if a word in the story looks odd to you, please report it. screenshots are appreciated. [/details]
All the artworks were commissioned, I did not draw them myself, I am not that talented. I just gave the artist the vivid descriptions I had in mind and Voila! lol
If you feel generous, buy me a coffee:Ko-Fi
I also have a tumbler but it’s kind of dead, but if you are into dead things here it is. tumblr
What type of feedback I am looking for?
Typos and grammar and grammar and grammar :).
Game mechanics that feel too odd.
Should Journal be unlocked earlier?
Thoughts about lore.
Scenes that feels rushed and might need more developments and rewriting. (There’s probably a lot of those, I already plan on extending the Ro’s scenes.)
And thanks @poison_mara for creating the jam that has allowed this story to exist.
This game is full of beautiful arts, come for the arts and stay if the story is good. Let me know your thoughts, and thank you for reading .