TURNCOAT CHRONICLE is a secondary world fantasy intrigue game. I’ve been working on this game intensively for several weeks. For those who might remember my first, failed ChoiceScript WIP last year, this game is spun off from the premise and worldbuilding of that first game. I took some time off to think deeply on the feedback I received and eventually returned to the concept from a different angle.
Progress: (Updated 8-Sep-18) Chapter 1 finished, chapters 2 & 3 in progress. Word count 41,662 (w/o code). I’d estimate it at roughly 60% done. Currently I’m planning on three chapters and an epilogue. I will update if this plan changes in response to feedback.
You play as a young royal from the kingdom of Koth. Your father, the King of Koth, took his throne by force when you were a small child. His enemies call him the Usurper King. As the eldest of his two children and his natural heir, you have always acted as though his enemies are also your own enemies. Now, however, the missing heir of the king your father deposed has finally resurfaced. As the current legal heir, they are a threat to your position… unless you choose to make them your ally, instead.
- Main Character: the heir to the Suthis dynasty of Koth. Male/female/nonbinary/genderfluid, customizable first name, some skill and personality customization.
- Secret Heir: the long-hidden runaway heir to the otherwise extinct Kidia dynasty of Koth. Male/female/nonbinary, some skill customization.
- Orust Suthis, your father, the Usurper King of Koth. If you choose to side with the Kidia heir against him, you will probably need to kill him. He is known for being cunning, manipulative and ruthless.
- Harim Suthis, your other parent (nonbinary), the Royal Consort of Koth. The royal consort takes a somewhat philosophical attitude to dynastic changes.
Belinon Suthis, your younger brother, a Prince of Koth. Fortunately for you, he’s too young and dumb to be in your way much.
Iral and Valini Kidia, the late King and Queen of Koth, whom your father deposed and killed (some say murdered) when taking the throne, some twenty years ago.
- Sheyer, your trusty, if somewhat mysterious personal spymaster, who first brings you news of the reappearance of the lost Kidia heir.
Lux, a loyal member of the palace guard whom you can recruit to your mission. Male/female, gender determined by the game.
Note: for the sake of convenience, I will be referring to the two characters with dynamic names by their surnames of Suthis and Kidia respectively.
There are three possible routes planned for dealing with the Kidia heir. These should be fully explained by the end of the first chapter, after the major players have been introduced. You select your route at the end of chapter 1, then get another opportunity to switch routes (turn traitor to your allies) at the end of chapter 2.
Broadly: chapter 1 sets up the main character and the major conflict of the story, and forces you to select a course of action. Chapter 2 begins the planning stage, which is also the stage at which you better get to know the characters, and at the end of the chapter it forces you to confirm or defect on your route selection. Chapter 3 is the execution of the plan laid out in chapter 2, and then wrap-up.
Excerpts from the game itself can be read in my interest check post, here. I will judiciously add some quotes on this thread, as the game progresses. If you’re interested in the game’s worldbuilding, check out my World Anvil account. If there’s a lull between updates, you can browse the Turncoat Chronicle Pinterest board to pass the time.
Questions and Answers
“Will there be romance in the game?” Sort of. If you choose to seduce the Kidia heir to get close to them, you will have the option to allow the seduction to turn into falling in love. There will not be multiple love interests to choose from, and romance and sexuality remain a minor theme of the story.
“Can I have my MC stay loyal to their father, the King?” Yes, that is one of the planned routes. It’s also possible to betray him for the Kidia heir, then turn around and betray the heir and side with your father again.
“Do I have to kill the King?” There are ways to avoid it, but as the game is planned right now, killing the King is a pretty big deal and hard to avoid. Which is not to say that you necessarily have to kill your dad yourself. After all, your new ally has ample cause for revenge…
“Why can’t I just knife the secret Kidia heir first thing?” The Doylist answer is that then there would be no plot left for the game.
“Can I set my character’s sexual/romantic orientation, even if I’m not romancing anyone?” There is a question regarding orientation, which can pop up in several places in the story.
“Is the royal consort gonna just stand by and let me kill their husband?” You’ll get several opportunities to discuss the matter with the consort in depth, in chapter 2.
PLAY THE DEMO HERE!