(WIP) Feast of Fools (Prologue & 1st Chapter 30/06/2020)

For 40 years, the Ardent Coast has been ruled by the Lyssian Empire with an iron fist. Instead of anarchy, peace and prosperity set the country’s agenda now. But not all people thrive under this new government.

As a member of a group of mercenaries, that call themselves ‘Riker’s Company’, you and your people are unemployed and desperate. With no opposing groups, there is no war to be fought. With no poverty, there are no treasures to be protected. And thus, you live one day at a time, wondering about the next, suffering under the unrelenting heat of the sun. Until one day, there is a job. One you can’t decline.

So, this is a little different than Mina. This time it is make-believe land and you’re going on a journey that’ll change your life.

Here a few things about the game:

  • You can choose the MC’s gender. They can either be nonbinary, female or male.

  • There are four romances. Two male and two female. None of these are restricted to any gender.

  • This’ll be one game, no series.

  • The world is heavily inspired by Mediterranean countries and there are a few elements of magic and mystery.

  • It’s a mix of adventure, mystery, and romance. Some passages will be funny, others scary.

  • I am still not a native English speaker, so there will be grammatical errors. Also coding bugs. I’m terribly sorry in advance :disappointed:

If you end up trying the demo, I’d love to receive some kind of feedback! :sunflower:

Current word count (30th June 2020): ~9.8k words

Anyways, enough talking. Here are the links:

Demo | Kofi | Tumblr

Feel free to ask questions!

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The ideas of a mercenary company falling on tough times because of a lack of war is an interesting and unique idea. I’m intrigued so far

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Typo

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I love the idea . It definitely looks interesting. I am intrigued to play more

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Loved what’s available so far! The dynamic between the PC and Daria and Ezra is cute. I wonder if the PC knows about Riker’s deeds at the beginning?

Also, there seems to be a bit of a mix-up between the stat changes for after you help the kids with the goats at the beginning. The “great work you two” choice led to an increase in solitary and ruthless, whereas the “yeah yeah” choice led to an increase in sociable and compassionate.

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One thing I’m curious about: if the area has been that peaceful since the conquest 40 years ago, how has the mercenary company survived? Or has it been a more gradual pacification, with conflicts not fully drying up just recently?

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I love it so far! I’m curious about the MC’s upbringing and if they know about what Riker did or have any clues about their own past.
The interaction with Daria was short, but I’m already in love with her, she seems so sweet. I think I’m gonna love to hate Ezra, he’s going to drive my MC crazy and I’m looking forward to that. The dialogue felt natural and dynamic in all the interactions I’ve had so far.

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Oh gosh I love this! The characters are so interesting and I’m already in love with Ezra :heart: Can’t wait for more, keep up the good work!

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I love story I wonder how it’s going to play out for a character the people in the room found out mc had the thing they viewed as a disgrace and they would kill someone if they had it now I’m wondering if those two people are just going to cut the Loose Ends after they complete their mission with our group of mercenaries after finding that out but time will tell I’m enjoying the story right now in the first chapter and you did a good job Fidere

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Aaah, thank you to everyone!! :purple_heart: I’m glad that it is so well received :sweat_smile:

If you don’t want me to tell you don’t read the following part, but no. The MC doesn’t know what Riker did. I tried to make it subtle with the first sentence in the first chapter, it says that your parents died during a summer fire. That was what Riker told the MC.

Ah, yeah. Nope, the country was taken over 40 years ago, yes. But the process of pacifying took longer, it’s an ongoing process. The far-out regions are still rebellious.

And I am so glad that you like Ezra so much! He is a real pain in the ass, and it’s so funny to write him and the MC interact. :laughing:

@Takashi_Shin I guess, we’ll have to wait and see … :woman_shrugging: :relaxed:

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Sounds interesting I’ll check it out know

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Promising start, wish the mc could do fancy clothes himself, ah well…maybe later, eh?

I’m more interested about that ring the mc’s got than the fire that killed their parents.

From what I can deduce the mc’s parents seemed to have been simple peasants who built their shack in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tragic, certainly and the fire scar isn’t nice but I do think my mc is happier being able to fight and being a mercenary than he would have been as a peasant serf.

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Okay, posted it on tumblr, should probably post it here as well :sweat_smile:

(badly) Introducing the ROs

:bow_and_arrow: Daria - Out of the four, the MC knows Daria the longest. She’s very optimistic, fun and adventurous. She’s around the MC’s age (mid to late twenties), has hazel eyes, freckled tawny skin and unruly chin-long golden hair, that she braids back. One braid on each side of her head to keep the locks out of her face. She’s with 5′3″ the shortest of the bunch, but that doesn’t stop her in any way. She’s still a badass. Her romance route follows the friends to lovers trope.

:hocho: Ezra - His charm and flamboyancy don’t make up for his idiocy and bullying, sadly. Ezra is… difficult. He loves to get on the MC’s nerves. He just loves being on top. His long platinum hair, his icy blue eyes, the fair skin - that’s all a sick joke of nature. He’s pretty, yes, but also an ass. He’s 5′10″ tall, lithely built and in his late 20s. His romance, to no one’s surprise (hopefully), is a “rivals and lovers” one. Not a ‘to’, an ‘and’, you hear me?

:muscle: Hector - As the Captain of the Golden Guard, Hector is considered to be a true fighter with a level head. He’s in his early 30s and 6′3″ tall. He’s quite muscular and broad-shouldered with starkly tanned skin. He has steely grey eyes and dark brown shoulder-long hair. He acts calm most of the time, but inside he’s quite the opposite. When you tease him too much, he will eventually snap. His romance is more of a “love at first sight, but neither wants to admit it” kinda situation.

:mortar_board: Ziba - She’s quite the opposite from the others. She’s not a fighter, but a scholar. She knows stuff and loves to learn more stuff. She seems like there is a stick up her butt, and that might be right, but once she defrosted a bit, she’s actually pretty cool. She’s 6′1″ tall and in her early thirties as well. Ziba has black skin, dark brown eyes and very long braided black hair. Her romance path starts out a little slow but blossoms once you’re past the initial awkwardness.

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Or, basically Ava/Adam from TWC :joy:

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Riker’s as a mercenary is understandable actually he’s not some monster he’s just a person trying to do his best to keep his people alive any mercenary leader there are mercenaries leaders that go too far but Riker’s actions in the story show that he cares in his cruel way but more differently than others

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Looks like fun so far!

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