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A medieval fantasy themed visual novel with emphasis on LGBT characters and people of color
A medieval fantasy themed visual novel with emphasis on LGBT characters and people of color
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What is Eldet?  

Eldet is an upcoming gay 18+ visual novel/dating sim game taking place in a late medieval fantasy setting, including locations based loosely on Andalusia (southern Spain), Sweden, Cambodia, Algeria, and India.

One of the primary philosophies of Eldet is that diversity matters.  The game include characters of racial and ethnic backgrounds that are normally excluded in the fantasy genre.

Play the demo!

Followers of the game's development blog, the wait is now over:
The full demo version of the game is free and now available to play! 
Latest version - July 1st

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Plot Overview

You play as Kunal, a man in his early 20s, who has spent the past sixteen years of his life studying at a college of mages--only to realize that, despite coming from a family of famous mages, he may have no magical powers of his own.   

 

Kunal, the player character
Kunal, the player character

 

 Nevertheless, when he is contacted by a mysterious "tomb raider" seeking to hire a mage for a purpose he won't disclose, he seizes upon the opportunity to leave the college, whatever the consequences. The demo opens to a scene prior to your departure from the college, and proceeds to reveal just what it is the tomb raider has hired you to do, ending with the discovery that you may not be so powerless after all

The full game will include six full character paths filled with choices which will subtly influence both your character's personality, as well as the outcome of the final act, which will be unlocked after completing the six character paths.

Their stories will take you around the world and across time itself as you test and expand the extent of your new-found magical abilities.

The Companions

 

(Ehsanh, Bradach, Thanh, Tariq, Amal, Faaron)
(Ehsanh, Bradach, Thanh, Tariq, Amal, Faaron)

 

 If romance isn't your thing, don't worry - you will be able to successfully (and satisfactorily) complete each companion's plot, as well as the overall game, without pursuing a romantic relationship with any of the characters.  

The focus of Eldet is to make a game which anticipates actions a player might like to take and provide numerous varied actions and decisions for a truly customized experience which reshapes the game according to how you choose to play. 

Technical Aspects

The Art

Each background featured in Eldet is digitally painted--no 3D renders, no photographs--in order to create a unique fantasy experience for the player unlike any other 

 

In addition to static backgrounds, animated backgrounds (three of which appear in the demo) will be included in the final game, to further immerse the player in the various environments they will encounter.

The Music

The game features a soundtrack of original music composed specifically for Eldet which accompanies the many scenes you'll encounter in the game.

Rewards

Most reward tiers are self explanatory, but for donors whose pledges allow them to select rewards from the $150 and $200 tiers, the full body portraits will take the same form as the concept art used in the early stages of Eldet's development:
Examples of $150 reward tier full body portraits
Examples of $150 reward tier full body portraits

 


Example of $80 portrait rewards
Example of $80 portrait rewards

Stretch Goals

$8000 - one secondary love interest added - goal reached!
Now introducing Diogo
Diogo has lived nearly his entire life on the seas as one of the few human members among a notorious crew of elven pirates. Relations between these pirates and mages are contentious at best, and often hostile--it will be up to you to ingratiate yourself and win favor among their ranks.

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$9000 - two secondary love interests added - goal reached!
Now introducing Emre
Emre is a high ranking captain serving along side Ehsanh as part of the Karnata Royal Guard, adept warriors and wartime tacticians which both serve as body guards of the royal family, as well as commanders of the royal army. For centuries, Karnata's royal guard has had no need for magical intervention. However, upon your arrival into the city, you will find that circumstances have changed. The exact role you will play in their affairs will be for you to decide 
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$10,000 - three secondary love interests added - goal reached!
Now introducing Akwasi
As a child, Akwasi was adopted by the former leader of the most prolific group of raiders in Northern Africa–the Talby–following the death of his parents, who were also members of this raiding group. Akwasi soon emerged as the group’s most valuable asset, owing to his natural prowess at disarming deadly traps and engineering support structures that would otherwise have made some tombs impossible to loot. Following the death of his adoptive father, he became, at only twenty years old, the new leader of the Talby.
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$11,000 - four secondary love interests added - goal reached!
Now introducing Lorev
 
Lorev, a half-elf, has long controlled the Karnata sect of Alqna, an international guild of thieves and black market traders. Syndicate members of the Karnata sect are renowned for the proficiency and ease with which they perform their thefts–almost as if their actions were enhanced to a level unattainable by members of the Alqna in other cities.
Little is known about Lorev’s past or his day-to-day affairs, as he himself is rarely seen–a common custom among the guild’s various leaders.
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$12,000 - five secondary love interests added - goal reached!
Now introducing Luca
Luca, born into a wealthy line of legendary werewolf hunters, quickly rose to a nearly legendary status as the most fearless hunter of the family thus far. Following the death of his parents at the hands of the prey on which they built their fortune, he continued on as the sole hunter, driving werewolves to near extinction single-handedly. However, as the number of werewolves dwindled, so did the need for his services–and soon the fame and wealth he once enjoyed followed suit. Now, with werewolves all but extinct, he travels ceaselessly, investigating tall tales and rumors in search of the few that remain, all with the hope of regaining the status he once enjoyed.
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$13,000 - six secondary love interests added - goal reached!

About secondary live interests:

Secondary love interests are already characters planned for the full game, but with additional funding, their in-game content will be expanded to include a potential romance, adding a new dynamic of exciting tension and conflict between them and the six main romance interests.  More information will be given if the minimum funding goal is met!

For more information

Visit the development blog! 

The blog includes work-in-progress images from game development, answers to many fan questions, snippets of music, and loving comments from those who played the pre-demo teaser.

Risks and challenges

Production on Eldet is an undertaking that, so far, has been done entirely by myself. As a result, the burden falls squarely on myself to continue to deliver and eventually finish the project. Life can, at times, be bumpy, which could potentially affect the project and cause delays--
However, many people have already expressed interest in the project, and if there comes a time when, I will have plenty of help waiting to sign on.

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