Crashing waves. An eternal blue sea amidst a plane of rolling green hills. A young girl of white and gold, sitting in a wavebeaten chair far too large for her, reading a massive tome.
She looks up as you peer in from the window, and beckons you inside. The room is white and black.
“You’re just in time! And I’ve made tea! Would you like any?”
“That’s okay. I’m here to tell you what this story is about. But not too much. Don’t want to spoil anything for you. I’ve already read it, though.”
She grins, with the youthful confidence and pride only children can have. She tilts the book, showing you the spine. The Moon Shone Green is written in silver.
“In this story, you’ll be a private investigator in a strange world, hired to find…well, me.” Another grin.
“But I won’t just be sitting in this chair! I’ll be making more tea for you, hiding in the last chapter.”
She smacks her forehead.
“Whoops! I wasn’t supposed to tell you that! I mean, um, I could also be hiding in the third chapter! Or maybe the prologue…”
“Anyway, there will be some dark themes. So, be aware of that.”
“Oh! And it will be the first book in a series, but I was told that it will be a complete story. Not sure why I’d need to tell you that, considering its in binding, and that would by nature make it a ‘complete’ story. But, there you go.”
“And of course there’s going to be…um…romance.” Her cheeks grow ever so slightly flushed, and she can’t help herself from giggling.
"Not all of the ROs are in the story yet, but they will be soon! You can look under this table if you want to know more about them.
Note: All ROs will be playersexual, and heavily involved in the story.
Amos: Tough guy from the South. Probably wanted in at least 24 states. Heart of gold. Quiet. Eye-wateringly muscular. His middle name is Gilgamesh. Break his shell, and he’ll sing the blues for you.
Lauren: The woman that hired you to find her sister. Confident. Fun. When she loves, it is deep and rather clingy. Expect packed lunches with sweet nothings written on them.
The Neighborhood Spaceman: Intellectual. Animated. Always seems to be where you’re going. If he really likes you, he’ll take you on a nighttime picnic and spend waaaaay too long pointing out all the constellations, only to grab your hand and nervously tell you that you are brighter than any of the stars in the sky. Including the sun, since, well, you know.
Talia: Your stalwart assistant in the whole detective business. Bookish and VERY shy. Gets quite animated when speaking about topics she is passionate about. Won’t realize you were trying to flirt with her until her nighttime shower, where she will chide herself profusely and act weird around you for a week before throwing flowers through your window.
And one secret romance.
“And that’s that! I hope you enjoy! Please, don’t hesitate with your feedback!”
She hands you the book.
Demo link: https://dashingdon.com/go/11248
Update 6:16 EST
WHOOPS! ACCIDENTALLY UPLOADED AN EARLIER VERSION! THE COMPLETED PROLOGUE (AND EDITED DRAFT) HAS NOW BEEN PROPERLY UPLOADED! APOLOGIES!
Update 7/19 2:52 EST
If you look through this window, you’ll see the Realm of Discordance. Its a dark place. You’re welcome to join, if you’d like. We’ve prepared tea!
Discord Link: Discordant Realms
Presumably Asked Questions
What is the deal with the Angel and the Oxblood Pyromaniac in the prologue? Will they come back?
The angel is his wife. The things he saw in the Far Country broke him to the point where he no longer remembers what her face looks like. He still thinks she’s beautiful, though, and thus the ‘angel’ moniker. The angel had to resort to some terrible dealings in order to bring the Pyromaniac back from war, but he wasn’t the same anymore. So she began using him to kill those that she believed made him like this (generals, other members of his squad, etc.). During this, she heard about WONDERLAND. In the end, they realize that they won’t be able to escape. She goes to WONDERLAND. Or maybe she doesn’t.
What is WONDERLAND?
I’m not allowed to say.