A Fiery Winter

Player Rating?/8

"Too few ratings to be ranked"
based on 9 ratings since 08/04/2019
played 192 times (finished 7)

Story Difficulty6/8

"wandering through the desert"

Play Length6/8

"It'll be a while, better grab a Snickers®"

Maturity Level7/8

"anything goes"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 18. If this were a movie, it would probably be R.

You are a weak-willed guard for the city of Ashton. Demons have infested the surrounding landscapes, making trade impossible. When a succubus saves your life, will you follow her to the end?

Or die trying?

Entry for the Succubus Contest, 2019.

 

Player Comments

“A Fiery Winter” is a pretty good story, and it is not hard to see how this random noob dropped in and got second place in a rather successful contest. Congratulations for that, Lopz.

The first few pages didn’t really grab my attention all that much. The guy was standing guard when, all of a sudden, BOOM, succubus. A little more build up to her appearance or a while longer before it was revealed that the she was a succubus would maybe have helped things a bit. I suppose there is a benefit to starting the action right away though.
Additionally, it may have been a good idea to differentiate thoughts from narration in some way. This was something that annoyed me a bit in the beginning, because not having the thoughts italicized or in quotes or something made everything feel as if it ran into itself without stop.

However, as the story progressed, I began to get more interested in it. I didn’t find the possession path as interesting as the others, but those others I enjoyed very much. There was a lot of variety in the endings, and while there was a little rejoining of branches in one path, the majority of the story was in the Cave of Time style—my favorite. Most of the endings don’t leave the character off in too great of a situation, including some of the epilogues. I certainly had no objection to this.
There Witch Doctor path was pretty funny, especially when he ran into the demon who yelled, “I CRAVE DESTRUCTON!” just like that. Something about that line in particular amused me very much.
Another funny part is the Give In ending in which you engage in some WINCEST with your mother, except your mom has a penis…and she isn’t even your mom. It makes me wonder if the succubus had a penis in other paths too, or if she had just done that for extra shits and giggles.
My favorite ending by far though was the Doom Knight end. It was just really awesome and cool, and I like cool stuff.

There were some typos and instances of wrong words et cetera, but only rarely were they distracting from the story.

Overall, this is a story that may be worth devoting your time to if you are one of those faggots who read reviews before he reads stories.
I hope to see more from the author.
-- Cricket on 8/15/2019 12:59:53 AM with a score of 0
I really enjoyed this story, and found myself going through every ending to see the breadth of options for your character.

The writing style was pretty great, with the only exception for me personally being the scene in the bar, in which the dialogue felt a little unnatural. I did like that they included you into the conversation at one point, although your answer to that seemingly innocuous question seems to be a major crossroads in the story.

One aspect I particularly enjoyed was the inclusion of the demons being banished to Earth for some type of incompetency, and the succubus being no exception. It lends some credibility to you being able to resist Catia in the first place, plus her easily frustrated and petty character lends well to highlight the flaws that might've gotten her banished to begin with.

My favorite ending was definitely the Doom Knight ending, because of course it is. But all of them were pretty satisfying.
-- TheChef on 8/12/2019 7:10:27 PM with a score of 0
This is a solid Succubus story. There are epilogues that leave you in good places and bad ones, with plenty of terrible ways to die along the way. Grammatically it's pretty well put together. Give it a read. It's obviously got some influence from some of Endmasters stories so be warned.
-- DerPrussen on 8/3/2019 1:46:53 PM with a score of 0
OK, so this is actually a halfway decent story--certainly not bad for a first storygame. There appears to be an adequate amount of branching, meaning that the author took the time to develop not only the "preferred" branch(es), but a few others as well.

I did not read through all of the endings, as I am trying to find time to read/review all of the succubus contest entries. But after initially resisting Catia, I did read all of the endingings involving Julia, the witch doctor, and "mother."

Generally, the writing was well above average for a first-time story on this site. Rather than loads of exposition, the scenarios were explained through dialog, which I liked. I did notice plenty of spelling/grammar/punctuation issues, but I'll chalk this up to the abbreviated timeline of a contest entry that needed to be completed by a set time. Certainly, there was nothing that got in my way of understanding the story.

Here are my thoughts on the substance of the branches that I read:

Would you recognize a succubus on sight? In this story, Catia is identified for exactly what she is as soon as she is introduced. This eliminates the possibility for mystery and suspense, for as Paul Atreides once said, recognizing the trap is the first step in evading it. I would think that in a good succubus story, the word "succubus" needn't ever be used. The succubus's succubusness is evident in what she says and does; she doesn't need to walk in the room wearing a T-shirt that says "I AM A SUCCUBUS."

And isn't the art of seduction making the victim **feel** like he's in control? He thinks he can walk away at any point, but he just doesn't want to

Ashton looks and sounds like suburban America in a fantasy/semi-historical setting. For example, couples are going out for coffee, conducting post-mortem discussions on failed relationships, choosing between pursuing a relationship with a rape victim or giving her time to heal. This is all very 2019, and I can assure you (having lived in a few other decades and even a completely different century) it hasn't always been like this. "A Fiery Winter" had a few emo moments that seemed contrived, and not the way real human beings would behave.

These criticisms and comments aside, I am impressed that the author displayed the patience and commitment to see the story through to completion. I am looking forward to lopz66 trying to continually improve by crafting more stories in the future.
-- Bill_Ingersoll on 7/31/2019 9:49:38 PM with a score of 0
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this story. I had a good time reading it. The spelling and grammar were all very good (I think I only noticed one spelling mistake during my playthrough) and I was quite happy to see that the story still goes on even if you don't sleep with Catia. Actually, the ending I got, The Kingsbury Kiss, was really sweet. And judging by it being epilogue #4, there is clearly some replayability with this story. Good work, especially for your first story on the site. I look forward to seeing more from you.
-- TurnipBandit on 7/31/2019 12:17:00 AM with a score of 0
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