Hello there! You can call me Anna, or Aevum Games, which is the pen name I’ve taken for my IF project, Those Long Dead. This is my first Choicescript game, so I’m learning as I go, but I’m very passionate about this project, so I’m hoping you all will give this IF a chance! This is also my first time posting on this forum, so please forgive me if the formatting isn’t quite right.
Those Long Dead is a medieval fantasy story, with angelic imagery and themes worked in, and a focus on romance. The current demo is rather short, but will be updated soon.
Note: Those Long Dead is rated 18+ for depictions of swearing, potential sexual themes, violence, and death. More warnings may be added as development goes on.
That’s how long it’s been since this kingdom was conquered. In a time of great upset, the First Queen led a rebellion against reviled rulers and oppressive laws. Waging war with unmatched cunning, she rallied many powerful soul mages, known as angels, to the cause. From that conflict, the kingdom of Calcherth was born, built on the bones of the old empire. The First Queen ruled with great compassion and wit, but not all sins are forgiven with time. For the deaths she had caused during the war, the First Queen was murdered by the very people she had endeavored to lead.
The loss of its ruler did not spell the end of Calcherth, however. The coup was quickly suppressed, and the First Queen’s son took the throne in her place. Now, many years later, the scars on Calcherth’s short history have faded, and advances in soul magic improve lives for many within its borders. However, those same advances are viewed as a threat by Calcherth’s neighboring kingdom, and many fear war is on the horizon once more. To make matters even more dire, the Second King has suddenly passed away, leaving his youngest son to succeed the throne long before he is old enough.
The effects of these events are so far-reaching, than even you are beginning to feel them, far to the southwest in the remote town of Lest. You are the child of a retired knight of the kingdom, who traded in his sword for the deed to Lest’s tavern. The Fool’s March, your father has named it, and the humble, but beloved tavern has been the center point of your entire life. But now, with rumblings of war, your father plans to pick up a blade once again, heading to the capital to enlist and leaving you behind in your childhood home. With him no longer by your side, what will you do when a threat to the entire kingdom comes for you? What will you do when you find out you may be a soul mage, yourself?
- Adult characters, with the main cast being mid twenties to early thirties.
- Customizable MC. Select your first name, last name, custom pronouns, detailed appearance, and manifestation of powers.
- Five romance options of varying gender and personality, who you can interact with as you choose.
- More to come as development continues!
Kaine Breckem (he/him)
The blacksmith’s former apprentice, who your father took in and hired at the tavern a few years ago. A kind, but mischievous individual, Kaine cares about others a great deal, but that doesn’t stop him from being full of snark. Kaine can be your closest childhood friend, or someone you unfortunately work with; the choice is yours to make. Regardless, he’s rather protective of you… but who will protect him when he needs it?
Vermillion "Millie" Lousat (she/her)
A descendant of a noble family, Millie has extensive education and combat training… and is also quite the social butterfly. It doesn’t matter if it’s the docks or the Gilded District, if you want connections somewhere, Millie has them. She wears her heart on her sleeve and doesn’t care about the consequences. Maybe you’ll catch her eye, somewhere amidst the mass of other’s trying for her affections?
Leon Calcherth (he/him)
Technically a prince, Leon is the standoffish older brother of the Young King, Caleb, but is no longer considered to be in line for the throne. He greatly regrets the situation this has put his younger brother in, as they’re very close. Leon is not easy to get close to because of the way he acts, but maybe the prickly prince has a softer side underneath the thorns?
Milo Lance (they/them)
The commander of the Order of Light, and they absolutely live up to the position. Practically raised in Gilramore’s guard barracks, Milo’s personality tends to come across as stiff and business-like, but in actuality they simply enjoy being effective and to the point. A truly gentle soul in a warrior’s suit of armor, if you can persuade them to let down their guard.
Clementene Fairwreight (she/her)
Celementene is a talented soul mage for the Order, but she is a researcher at her heart; field work isn’t particularly for her. A slightly nervous disposition and bad eyesight really only add to her penchant to stay within Gilramore’s white stone walls. Her surprisingly daring experiments with magic captivate most of her attention, but maybe she’ll find something in you that can capture her focus as well?