The Book and Devil's Altar

Player Rating?/8

"Too few ratings to be ranked"
based on 7 ratings since 01/10/2021
played 133 times (finished 9)

Story Difficulty6/8

"wandering through the desert"

Play Length6/8

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

Maturity Level5/8

"aren't you a little too old to be trick or treating"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 13. If this were a movie, it would probably be PG-13.
A new day. The chance to move on. Weigh the options, then commit. Whether you choose right or wrong, the journey begins by taking a step forward. The Hunter, a man marked by tragedy, plagued by the internal voice. His past appears as phantoms, seeking to claim his soul. The Sorceress, places little value on the lives of men. Humanity is but an obstacle on her rise to power. The Warrior, built by honor. Straightforward in battle, straightforward in thought. The Rogue, unable to leave behind what isn't his. Some artifacts are best left as they are. The Book, a tome of black magic. Ancient curses rest in its pages, longing to be read. Author's note: There are six official endings to discover, two of which have characters crossing over from Sheol's Passage and the Fallen. Entry for EndMaster's Edgelord Contest 2.

Player Comments

This story was a real treat. Before I say anything about the actual plot, I really liked the meta discussion about your own decisions within the game, e.g. "not every decision needs a hefty internal debate. Sometimes you just gotta pick the path and move on. Simple as that." While reading there was definitely some internal debate, because some of the choices seemed like a coin flip (and interestingly enough, this was also something mentioned in the story). I made a couple mistakes but got to the Siren's Song epilogue in the end, so I'll just talk about that path.

I really liked the main character and the overarching theme of his journey. I read the last 2/3 of the storygame all in one go, because the idea of closure pulls in the reader just as much as it pulls in the character. I felt really attached to the plot itself, and found my own feelings echoed by the hunter, especially by the end. What is the conclusion, what's the point? This existential dread sets a grimdark tone much better than some gruesome slaughter would. Anybody can read this story and empathize with the hunter. So the plot here was an absolute 10/10. I was hooked all the way to the end, because I wanted closure as much as the hunter did, and I was also curious as to how it would come about. It happened in a very satisfactory way, coming full circle to the beginning in a way that, while not good in a stereotypical "you saved the kingdom and the princess, huzzah!" kind of way, was very fitting and in line with the tone of the storygame.

I only wish that the story had some more characterization or worldbuilding around the other characters. For example, the section of lore about the Nine seems out of place, because they don't really matter to the story or have any meaning. Some more worldbuilding could've given them a greater purpose in the story.

The style itself is also very good. The descriptions of fight scenes in particular stood out, because they felt primal, instinctual, and had very good flow with the rest of the writing.

Overall, this is a really great dark fantasy story, and an example of how something can be dark and depressing without being edgy or grotesque!
-- WizzyCat on 1/11/2021 6:16:38 PM with a score of 0
Really enjoyed this. A proper dark fantasy adventure. Highly recommended.
-- Northwind on 1/12/2021 2:06:11 PM with a score of 0
Just had to log in to rate this and say it may be the best story I've ever read here. 8/8, you should be proud of this.
-- Ineffable on 1/12/2021 8:57:06 AM with a score of 0
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