Player Comments on The Pure, the Vile and the Deadly
And once more, EndMaster creates an incredible story-game. It's no surprise at this point, but if you're a fan, new or old, and even if you're reading this and this is your first work that you're experiencing from EndMaster, this just ticks off all of the important boxes when it comes to creating a truly enthralling experience.
Interesting Protagonists? Check.
Interesting Antagonists? Check.
Interesting Worlds? That's a given with an EndMaster story.
And exciting scenarios that you as the reader can immerse yourself in? That's also here with this story.
The Pure, the Vile and the Deadly is something I would consider to be quite the treat for readers of EndMaster's earlier works. There's a retelling of one of his previous works, but with added lore and context, and even an origin from a different point of view. It spins and weaves itself around into becoming a new experience, but the things that one might recognize, scenes and such, they make for awesome callbacks and references.
However, of course if you're going into never having read/played one of Endmaster's games, one thing that becomes abundantly clear is that the characters in these worlds are quite multilayered. With another story, your allies might be ones that are tied with you from the story, and the villains like mooks that you have to take down eventually for the end goal. However, EndMaster makes it clear that these characters have their own thoughts, motivations, and beliefs that drive their actions towards you as the reader who steps into these protagonist's shoes. EndMaster rewards looking at the subtle details of characters and making your choices accordingly, nothing feels cheap when it comes to failure, but brings greater context as to why one might have met the ghastly end that they may have met. When such a thing occurs, it really only makes one want to immediately launch themselves back into the rich and dense world that these characters populate.
There's something for everyone with this story.
The Pure can be akin to a romantic plot. This is the story that gives so much context to an already great character, and gives her even more depth and solidifies her as being much more than the great woman that's worthy to stand by the side of her great and powerful significant other as an equal in ways. Despite the many pitfalls and failures that can stop her from reaching her goal of moving even a little bit closer to her man, she keeps up a strong will to do so.
The Vile becomes a tale of survival of a character that many would find themselves both loving and just loving to hate. She doesn't back down from any situation, be they those that are physically stronger, or even greater in stature as some otherworldy being, no. At the end of the day this path requires you to always second guess the choice and be cunning. You're quite literally on the fire, because this character has such a sheet with the gods themselves, that there are worse things than simply dying on the physical plane.
The Deadly is certainly more of a conquering tale. Rather than trying to do her upmost to survive, the protagonist is a fierce warrior that does not have time for loose ends, and moves accordingly to make sure that any opposing force is properly declawed and armed. I found myself enjoying just how much action there was, as well as the times in which I had to think on which action was appropriate.
EndMaster can be fair, but also cruel at times. Sometimes he will leave a player with a few more choices, despite the branches on the path they might be on being spoiled and already withered. It's genius. With many story-games, there's one choice that you mess up, and that's that. However EndMaster tends to be much more elaborate in going about the way in which readers can reach a failstate or grizzly ends.
At the end of the day, there's three strong stories here that I can only deem as standing beside one another as equals when it comes to both quality, as well as enjoyment.
This receives full marks from me.
One can really only do themselves a great service by reading an EndMaster story-game.
on 10/5/2021 1:11:12 PM with a score of 0
If you're scanning through this comment looking for detail on plot or story, you're looking in the wrong place. Read the story.
The interesting thing about playing through this story, like a few others of End's, is that the main character(s) is/are very established. Here, you won't be able to self insert as freely as a story like The Price of Freedom, for example. While that may turn off a large majority of the IF crowd, each of the three ladies play important roles in End's popular publishings, my favorite, of course, being Mistress.
And man does she come off firing on all cylinders, just as fucked up as I remember. Now playing as the anti-hero is not a strange thing for the site. There's an edginess present in most CYS members, bringing the tendency to write care-free, morally gray or red (using Kotor alignment) main characters. There's no ambiguity with Mistress, which is the path this comment is based from. Vile is the perfect title.
Like a lot of End's other stories, scenes are graphic and the amount of F-bombs could arm an entire fleet of B-52s. The style, though, is picture-perfect for the site and digital IF in general. There's a certain uniqueness with the way End writes. There's grand-scale events happening, drastically requiring the main character to choose the best of a bad situation--with tremendous implications if chosen poorly.
Yet the words on the page are light for the reader to handle. I don't mean vocabulary. Rather, End doesn't get bogged down with detail. There are no moments where the reader is taken on an in-depth sensory input on a random object in the room or noticing a loose thread on a character's tunic, giving a trait into that character. No, there are greater things to worry about. And that's where the reader's imagination can take off. End creates the framework and allows our mind to fill in all the small details. It's clearly seen through the way dialogue carries both plot and character development in large paragraph chunks.
I'll finish by saying the attention given to dead branches and END GAME pages are refreshing (although End's always done them well). Often it's easy to disregard them as "filler" for a branching story, to think the reader will see the END GAME link and instantly hit the back button to find the real path. Each one feels complete with minimal "tells," and I didn't come across any link that seemed obvious that death was lurking behind it, at least not in this sense.
As always, it's a treat whenever EndMaster publishes a story, and I hope that we don't have to wait years (again) for the next one. At least there are three good ones here that could each stand on their own.
on 9/25/2021 11:16:30 PM with a score of 0
What can I say. Another fantastic EndMaster story. Did the "vile" path and really enjoyed it. Incredibly twisted in a very fun way.
on 10/20/2021 5:03:58 AM with a score of 0
I loved the pure path.
on 10/12/2021 7:29:03 PM with a score of 0
Honestly I really loved seeing the connections to your other works. You have excellent stories and I love reading them.
I'm not a good critic, but thank you for writing this.
on 10/5/2021 11:53:35 AM with a score of 0
I take back my first comment I’m sorry End I had only read the first section when I wrote that comment
on 9/20/2021 9:17:47 AM with a score of 0
It was supposed to be scary... ??
— Khai Collins on 9/17/2021 2:41:55 AM with a score of 0
A minor spoiler
Like all of his other stories I love it. The only thing I don’t like about it is that there is only two options per page and one always leads to instant game over or a game over in the page after that one. Still though like every other story I will get all of the epilogues.
on 9/14/2021 9:22:41 AM with a score of 0
Endmaster's writing is something to look up to, to study, and learn from. The styles unique and loveable all the same. Sometimes I wonder where they get all their great storylines from.
on 9/13/2021 7:12:19 PM with a score of 0
Nice story as usual..remembering my first read of necromancer a very long time ago. Time sure fly fast. I hope necromancer have a remaster or another just another story theme on death. Wish that old story is fully branch out like ground zero or the eternal legendary level. The choice of wording,story plot, and character development has been increase a lot. I'm just glad I am still alive to read your story again.
on 9/12/2021 1:07:22 PM with a score of 0
This,I feel is peak Endmaster. It's not going to appeal to anyone who isn't already a fan. For the rest of us that are sane, this is spectacular. Everything just works, and the result is an amazing read.
on 9/8/2021 3:50:08 AM with a score of 0
Reminds of me of FutaDomWorld, my favorite game. Rye is my favorite character in that game, a rich Futa rebel with a dominant edge to her. 8/8
— DMVsoldierTheGOOCHGetterMoneyM on 9/7/2021 11:31:16 PM with a score of 0
on 9/7/2021 12:40:10 AM with a score of 0