The Magician's Burden [230k words] [Published]

Hey there, everyone!

The Magician’s Burden is my newest Hosted Game. It was a Choice of Games’ interactive fiction contest entry, and although it didn’t win, it was one of the finalists.

TMB is the first installment in an epic, fantasy romance saga set in the world of Lume.


You are a magician living in a small village outside of the Kingdom of Githrad. At first, you are just living a fairly normal life. You have to deal with bullies, navigate your father’s temper and alcoholism, and work at your various jobs. As well as being a clerk at your parents’ general store, you can also choose between being a guard, a scribe, a farmer, or a thief.

You get to have fun, too, like playing in chess tournaments, sparring, reading at the library, exploring necromancer’s caves, exploring the woods, and finding romance with the other villagers.

Oh, yeah. You’re also hijacked by a demon named Zaleth.


  • 230k words of content total
  • 60k words per play through
  • 4 different romance options: 2 male, 2 female
  • choose your gender: male, female, or non-binary
  • romance males, females, both, or no one at all
  • lots of three dimensional characters including your mother, father, and brother, a wizard, a healer, an archer, a bully and his cronies, multiple demons, a VICE-captain of the guard, a thief who is also a demon huntress, and many more!
  • lots and lots of stats, detailing your skills, knowledge, attributes, relationships, and inventory
  • three different kinds of magic for you to choose from: stealth, light, or dark

If you like The Magician’s Burden, make sure to “like” this topic so others will check it out, too.

Also, here are the links to all the polls:

Who are your favorite characters?
Poll: Who are your favorite characters in The Magician's Burden? - Poll

Which types of magic did you choose to have?
Poll: Which types of magic did you choose to have in The Magician's Burden? - Poll

Which jobs did you choose?
Poll: Which jobs did you choose in The Magician's Burden? - Poll

Did you use Zaleth’s powers against Killian in Chapter 3?
Poll: Did you use Zaleth's powers against Killian? - Poll

Did you use Zaleth’s powers against Kihbok in Chapter 8?
Poll: Did you use Zaleth's powers against Kihbok? - Poll


Chapter One: 20k
Chapter Two: 41k
Chapter Three: 14k
Chapter Four: 30k
Chapter Five: 34k
Chapter Six: 31k
Chapter Seven: 43k
Chapter Eight: 15k

Total: 230k

Playthrough length: 60k

Cover art: Violet, by Werner Mueck

Portraits of Keano, Rigel, and Mabelin by @ragingmunkey: The Magician's Burden [230k words] [Published] - #514 by Samuel_H_Young

Fan art of Keano by @Prism_Stars:

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Which type of magic did you choose?

  • Light
  • Stealth
  • Destruction

0 voters

Which jobs did you choose?

  • Scribe with Rigel and Madame Matilda
  • Guard with Mabelin
  • Farmer with Keano and Mathers
  • Thief with Violet and Saza

0 voters

Well thought out 1st post. Only thing you may wish to add is a developer notes/update notes link or section.


Who’s ready for more than just flirting with the ROs in Chapter 4? :kissing_closed_eyes::kissing_heart::relaxed:


Ok, so I just finished playing the updated version of the WiP. It’s pretty good so far, I only did one playthrough and I’m glad I was able to beat Killian! Anyways, there were just a few things that I noticed that might need to be fixed;


Over here it’s just a simple spelling error. You wrote possibl when it should be possible :slightly_smiling_face:


Over here you used the word “you’re” twice when really you needed it once. I think it would look better if you wrote it “You suppose you’re lucky” instead of “You’re suppose you’re lucky”.


Over here I think it would just read better if you wrote “As soon as you get out of the bathroom”. Those are just my opinions, though :slightly_smiling_face:.


Thanks, I’m glad you liked the new chapter! I’ll fix those typos tonight.


OMG!!! That PLOT TWIST at the end! It burns a hole through my chest!:cry: Now I feel like I really hate Zaleth…I used to have no problem with him, but now I do…
But is it possible that Percy doesn’t get slapped at the end, or no, cause that really hurts me on the inside, especially since I have THREE younger siblings as well…:pensive:


I’m glad that my characters are making you feel strong emotions. :slight_smile: If you use Zaleth’s powers to defeat Killian, that will always happen. (It overrides your choice). If not, you’ll be able to choose how to react to Percy without the demon interfering.


Damn, that’s all I can say. I mean, I chose the option to use Zaleth’s power, just to see what @Kristina_NRE was talking about. I… I just don’t know how to feel about this… I mean, I honestly thought Zaleth would have taken control long ago, basically as soon as I was done using his powers, that’s what I thought would happen. When he didn’t, I actually started to lower my defenses, thinking that @Kristina_NRE was mistaken or just hit a glitch or something along those lines. I am just in utter shock at what really happened! I don’t hate Zaleth, and I still think Killian deserved what he got, but I am NEVER using Zaleth’s powers again, only because I don’t want to hurt Percy!



You two are so sweet! Yeah, Zaleth waits patiently for the WORST time and then pounces when you least expect it.

The consequence for the second time you use his powers after Chapter 6 will be even worse.


What happened if we use Zaleth’s powers all the time. Will the MC becomes a demon or Zaleth took over our body?

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Completely random question,:stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: but could you add the ability to save your game in this story, because there are times, where I want to test out a certain option, and see what it will do, without having to start the entire story over again if I don’t like how it goes, you know?:confused:



Zaleth actually doesn’t want to take over your body, because although this would be much better for him in general, it would also be risky. If he possessed you fully, a wizard or demon Hunter could discover and banish him. Since he’s just hijacking you, no one can find or banish him (except maybe Melithar the wizard.) The downside for him is that he has little to no control of you.

Yeah, I definitely plan on adding one eventually.


Also, nothing will happen to your body, but if you use his powers too much, it will end up destroying all your relationships and make everyone view you as a monster because of all the terrible stuff Zaleth makes you do when he’s in control.


Good :slight_smile:

Me will take over the world.


Be my guest! I want to provide so many options that your MC can be whoever you want them to be.


what if I want “upgrade” or put the general store in a better condition and make it the place to go if the people what something.

My Capitalist senses are tingling!!


That’s a good suggestion. I’d like a stat check for that. What stat do you think would apply for that, if any?