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Brilliant Shadows is the tale of two best friends, a necromancer and a paladin, who knew they were destined to be together... right?
Brilliant Shadows is the tale of two best friends, a necromancer and a paladin, who knew they were destined to be together... right?
Brilliant Shadows is the tale of two best friends, a necromancer and a paladin, who knew they were destined to be together... right?
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Now that we are on the final stretch of Brilliant Shadows, we're looking for a bit of funding to purchase music and finish up the last bit of art for the game.

Overall, there is an astounding lack of variety and diversity in the world of mainstream gaming. Gender, race, and sexuality are often not present in modern games or eroticized when they are.  

Brilliant Shadows will attempt to break this paradigm by featuring a lesbian protagonist along with a slew of supporting characters that run the gamut in terms of both ethnicity and sexual orientation.

  While the focus of Brilliant Shadows is on adventuring through a fantastical world filled with danger and magic, we wanted to incorporate characters that would be reminiscent of the people you interact with everyday.

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When a mage completes their training, they participate in a powerful ritual. Two mages of opposite schools, Necromancy and Light, are bound together eternally, drastically enhancing each other’s power. This ritual leaves a matching mark on the main hand of each half of the pair. It is a sign that the two are eternally united. Veronica Ashmar and Prudence Celeste are two such mages, best friends who swore to be together forever. On the day of the ritual, the two find that their plans will not be so easily followed.

Veronica Ashmar, aka “Ash”
 Ash is a necromancer, a graduate of the Academy, and the best friend of Prudence. With her friend in line for the throne of her kingdom, Ash looks to assume the role of a court mage.

Prudence Celeste, aka “Prude”
 Despite the nickname, Prudence is by far the least prudish Paladin at the Academy. She is the sole heir to the Celeste throne, her mother rules as the King. She seeks to assume a role in her mother’s court and eventually assume the role of King when her mother retires.  

Hektor Warlock, aka “Hek”
 Hek is a graduate turned assistant teacher. For two years he has participated in the ritual in hopes of being paired, only to find himself left alone. He dreams to one day serve in a nation’s army, but without a partner, he knows his abilities will never let him ascend higher than the status of a hedge mage. With this year’s ritual, he may have his last chance to pair. 

 Belinda

Belinda is a necromancer that was born to privilege.  Throughout the story she undergoes a lot of change, evolving from a spoiled little girl to a more refined young lady as she learns to explore her powers.

 Aelfnod

Aelfnod is a paladin from a distant place that almost no one is familiar with. He’s generally quite pleasant and always has a wild story to share about his homeland. 

Some more of the cast!
Some more of the cast!


Here is a very short demo for the game for you to get a taste of the story and art!
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$850 - Evil Route - REACHED!

Nyo has graciously agreed to write another (evil) route for the game, if we reach this stretch goal!

$1000 - Unlockable Character Portraits  - REACHED!

Cute and/or sexy portrait unlocks for main characters of the cast as you progress through the story.

$1300 - Partial Voice Acting - REACHED!

  Major scenes from the story will be voice acted.
NOTE: If this goal is reached the game will be delayed by up to 2 months to give us time to find and implement voice actors.

$1700 - Full Voice Acting  - REACHED!

All spoken lines for the story will be voiced.

 $5000 - The Rest of the Story

Follow along with major side characters during the story of Brilliant Shadows to see what they're up to.

 $9000 - Something Completely Different

Explore the world with the side characters that were added to the game through tier rewards!

Funding Breakdown
Funding Breakdown

$200 will go towards music
$160 towards art
$40 to fees

Finished and work in progress shots from the game!
Finished and work in progress shots from the game!

Brilliant Shadows is 32,000 words long, featuring 18 CG (painted shots depicting an important plot point),  20 backgrounds, and 18 sprites and we hope to add at least 4 more CGs, 1 background and perhaps a few sprites, based on how this KS goes!

Christopher Michael Hall (Nyo) and Sita Duncan (GeckosArt) are the two primary members of Ithaqua Labs, an indie game making studio.

If you'd like to play one of the games that we've already completed, take a look at our studio page to see them!
Also stop by IDHAS Studio, our partner in crime, and check out their selection of games. :3

Risks and challenges

The vast majority of this project is already complete, we are just looking for some help for the last bit! As always there could be delays, but we are an experienced team and we're very passionate about this release!

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    [Master] - Get a digital copy of the original soundtrack for Brilliant Shadows.
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    [Master + Poster Small]Get a 18" x 24" poster print of Brilliant Shadows featuring the main characters of the cast. Includes all [Master] rewards.

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    NOTE: If you would like a Poster with your [Grand Master[2]] reward, just add $30 to your pledge.
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