Sorry no demo yet. I’m posting this mostly to put a little pressure on myself because I had planned to have the demo up in February. So much for that.
The story is set in a small isolated city clinging to the edge of a largely unexplored continent. In my mind it feels a little like colonial New England, but I make absolutely no pretense of anything like historical accuracy. Plus there’s magic. That magic is wielded by two groups.
The Dawn Sages are born into great power. Their power is celestial. They channel the fire of the sun and stars into great gouts of golden fire, imbue their weapons with fire, carve stone fortresses with white hot beams. Basically they do anything they can imagine, as long as it involves fire. They’re also the leaders of this society. They’re at the center of the religion, the government, and many of them have found a way to become quite wealthy. None more so than the Winters, the “first family,” of Newport. You take on the roll of the eldest son or daughter of this family. You’re expected to lead the town one day, and you’ve been prepared for it all your life.
What you’re not prepared for are the witches. Witches are the other group of magic users. Branded evil by the dawn sages they are hunted mercilessly. Their power is not given, but earned through personal sacrifice. It’s not free and limitless from the heavens. It must be drawn from life here on the earth. A witch can never hope to match the raw power of a Sage, but a witch’s power is infinitely more subtle. A witch can make their magic do almost anything they can imagine if they can manage to draw enough power. Big or long lasting spells take several witches and complex rituals.
It’s not giving too much away to say that your life takes an unexpected turn, and you are forcibly ejected from the class you were born into and find the only people you might call friends are, in fact, witches. You’ll become one yourself. You’ll forge a new life and new place for yourself in the city. You’ll find love…probably.
Choice of genders
Choose your character’s appearance and personality
Choose one of three main, intertwined paths through the story
Five romantic options (mmmmmaybe six I just can’t decide)
Choices that change to course of the story, and if people like it carry over into the next book.
That’s a start. Thanks for reading this. I’m happy to answer any questions, and I promise a demo soon.