Slaying Song

Player Rating6.04/8

"Too few ratings to be ranked"
based on 71 ratings since 12/18/2016
played 641 times (finished 84)

Story Difficulty3/8

"trek through the forest"

Play Length4/8

"A well spent lunch break"

Maturity Level4/8

"need to be accompanied by an adult"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 13. If this were a movie, it would probably be PG.

It seems you’ve found yourself within
The troublesome affair
Of trekking through the timberland
To slay the dragon there.

They claim it a ferocious fiend;
However will you fare?

My entry for the December 2016 Ballad Contest.

Illustration: Der Kampf mit dem Drachen by Ludwig Richter

Player Comments

Wow. Great stuff here. And I’m not a ballad fan. I love the setup and the layout on the title page (this one where we are now), and I appreciate the credit for the drawing in the background, too. In the story the color and the font are excellent and work very well with the story and the setting. I love the pressure on the first page to do the bidding of the poor townsfolk!

I like the choices and how the affect the rest of the story. Some might say they’re false choices, but the way they direct the action of the story is really, really good. And with a story of this type, I can’t imagine the work that would be involved with making that number of unique paths, anyway.

This is a really great short story. The prose is just excellent and it is not at the expense of the story. This could even be a story without the prose, even if it were a short story. If I should ever feel the need to write a ballad, I will certainly return here for inspiration. In fact, anyone who wants to see a good story in ballad form should read this story!
-- Ogre11 on 4/30/2018 8:16:18 PM with a score of 308
it was short and simple, I took a rather heartwarming path.
-- macc on 6/21/2018 11:48:36 AM with a score of 307
Wow! This is great! For someone who loves music and fantasy, this was one of my favorite stories on the sight I've seen!
-- MusicalNerd7 on 5/31/2018 7:41:43 AM with a score of 608
It's really good, we loved it
It was great to pass the time
The thing we liked the most is that
It was all in rhyme! :)
-- Frankie on 8/26/2017 4:09:34 PM with a score of 307
Nice game. Yay, the villagers just freed the dragon from its chains. ;)
-- TestingJest on 8/14/2017 3:41:53 AM with a score of 608
I loved the rhyme scheme and everything, and it was a fun read, but all the endings would you say this? The endings were rather lackluster, basically.
Still, fun and I would rate it a 5/8.
-- TryingHard on 7/4/2017 4:22:01 PM with a score of 905
I quiet enjoyed it, you kept your rhyme scheme going, a skilled ballad. Though the story wasn't really there, maybe I'm in the wrong but it's still pretty good.
-- Gawain on 1/11/2017 12:24:56 AM with a score of 307
very enjoyable read!
-- Raptor on 1/4/2017 3:48:32 AM with a score of 307
A slaying song indeed!
-- Riversage on 12/27/2016 12:10:58 PM with a score of 307
Beautifully written. Yet I couldn't find a reason for the story. Everything I did felt pointless, and neither choosing to free the dragon nor kill it felt like an obstacle was overcome or that some impact was had on the world at large.

Upon a replay I found the mind control path, and I thought, "Now we're going somewhere interesting! Alright!"

But no, just the same old endings of free or leave and nothing more.

Eh. Again, writing is great, although some stanzas felt like they broke the flow of the piece. I'm just disappointed in the story. Anyone else could have gone besides the hunter and got their ass mind controlled, beat up, or could have left or freed the dragon.

Simply, my actions, and more importantly, I the protagonist, felt utterly pointless.

Fun read tho.

-- Aducan on 12/25/2016 9:23:32 AM with a score of 905
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