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Revenge is a dish best served cold, and what’s colder than a literal corpse? 


With your appointment as the royal Summoner, you were to expect glory. Instead, your short career ended with your death. Your achievements and past were buried under the wreckage, somewhere on a plot of barren land called the Crossroads. Death, however, wasn’t your end. It’s only the beginning. 

Now, stifled under the thumb of Mastravisch Azvael Ories - the supreme ruler of the Overshadow realm, where ghosts and demons run rampant - you are bound by a life contract - that for an undead means eternal servitude. 

Just when you begin to settle into your new life, building some semblance of normalcy, you are betrayed, left to perish. Though weakened, but with a body that finally belongs to you alone, you vow to get revenge on both your almost-destroyer and the damned tyrant that once held your leash.


- a tale of love, trust, betrayal, and revenge, 

- dark fantasy, romance, 

- customizable protagonist (name, appearance, family relations, pronouns, background), 

- five (5) gender-chooseable love interests, 

- 5* different endings 

- Rating: 17+

- the first 2 chapters (the demo), around 50k words, are free. The full project will be priced at $5

* might be subjected to change 

WARNING for dark fantasy setting, dubious morality, blood, gore, graphic violence and depiction of death, on-screen murder, possible cannibalism and minor animal cruelty (demon characters), vomiting, suggestive themes, tyranny. Reader discretion is advised. 

LT and locked routes: Picking one RO blocks the others, aside from possible LT: Rez vs Mirren and Lotár vs Malitiōse To romance Saltire, you should remain unattached to anyone in the prologue. Similarly, you need to pick a romantic option with the RO(s) you’re interested in for the game to ‘remember’ your choice. Some romantic choices will be blocked due to your choices i.e.,if you and Mirren have a past, Lotár and  Malitiōse will be unavailable during that playthrough, though neither Saltire nor Malitiōse have strictly romantic choices in the prologue.

For the full profiles: check the screenshots, or [this post].

  • ☾ The Summoner, MC - [Y/N] [Y/S]

[]chaotic                vs            []plotting

[]altruistic              vs           [] self-serving

[]sense of chaos    vs            []brute force


  • ≀ Lotár    [sly] [egocentric] [eloquent]        [Playlist]      [Pinboard]

Species: snake demon 

Distinguishing marks: forked tongue, elliptical pupils, piercing on the bridge of nose

Random skill: ballroom dancing

Interests: forbidden knowledge, exploration, chess

Occupation: éminence grise 

Alignment: neutral evil


⚔  Mirren ‘Ren’        [indifferent] [steadfast] [patient]        [Playlist]      [Pinboard]

Species: construct

Distinguishing marks: severe scarring on the left side of face/eye patch

Random skill: cooking

Interests: meditation, transcribing manuscripts, astronomy

Occupation: chancellor (the chief advisor)

Alignment: true neutral


⚔ Rez        [brutally honest] [daring] [loyal]        [Playlist]      [Pinboard]

Species: construct

Distinguishing marks: severe scarring on the right side of face/sewn eye

Random skill: sewing and embroidery

Interests: wrestling, adventures, gambling

Occupation: pursuivant (junior officer of arms)

Alignment: chaotic neutral


♝ Saltire Farros       [austere] [earnest] [fair]        [Playlist]      [Pinboard]

Species: human/ghost

Distinguishing marks: lustrous cobalt eyes (fae-touched)

Random skill: folding complex origami

Interests: weapons, medicine, equestrianism

Occupation: hunter

Alignment: lawful good


✺Malitiōse ‘Mal’    [debonair] [two-faced] [willful]      [Playlist]      [Pinboard]

Species: shapeshifter (coyote)

Distinguishing marks: fangs, ears and tail

Random skill: can play almost all instruments 

Interests: puzzles, deconstructing items, jewelry-making

Occupation: mountebank

Alignment: chaotic evil


Engine: [Ren'Py by Tom Rothamel

Writing, GUI, coding, art: [PDRRook]  

[Twitter] [Tumblr

Coding help: [victoriel]  

Proofreaders/beta players: [ Steph 'Jeneara' M]  [Dom] [Cassiel] 

Music by [Dark Fantasy Studio

Fonts, Free for Personal and Commercial Use:  [Caslon Antique] and [Durwent]

Found a bug/error? Send it [here]!

Install instructions

Download the selected file. Open and launch using the .exe icon. 

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com.pdrr.fmo-release.apk 81 MB
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FoolMeOnce-1.0-mac.zip 65 MB
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FoolMeOnce-1.0-pc.zip 100 MB

Development log

  • 1.1

Comments

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Could we not have the option to vary the ro's gender? Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the game so far, but as a bi person that kind of puts me off...

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I answered the question just down below (one comment down), so allow me to just copy-paste the answer: "I get what you mean, but honestly it’s only for the ease of coding for me, since it’s way simpler to have and use one variable for all ROs, than different for each, at last for a rookie like me, I mean. I will keep that in mind for when the game is done, though, but I can’t promise anything."  

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Oh, glob. I love this. Just the early parts of first chapter was enough to pull me into the story and immersed me in the world inside it. My glob. I'm reeling from the betrayal, and I feel all the emotions so much. 

I really love the way you write your stories, poignant and immersive. I'm looking forward to more of this.

Thank you sm! :D

Really excited about this, but I do personally wish there was an option to play as a bisexual character capable of romancing both men and women. A way to randomize the genders of the given love interests would push this title from good to great for me!

Glad to hear it! :D I get what you mean, but honestly it’s only for the ease of coding for me, since it’s way simpler to have and use one variable for all ROs, than different for each, at last for a rookie like me, I mean. I will keep that in mind for when the game is done, though, but I can’t promise anything.

Wow, this demo was something else. I think its one of the best i ever played, really. Im amazed abt the storytelling and especially the characters.  We know so little abt them but they are so fucking charismatics! It hurted when the demo ended. I want to know more. Every little secret they have.

This is the second game of yours that i play and i must say, i love your writing. U are too good, too talented. 

Do u have an idea when will be the full release? Im not trying to rush u, please dont think that! I just want to know when i'll be able to read more of this amazing story <3

Stay safe and healthy <3

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Ah, thank you! I hope you’ll enjoy the finished game as well. <3 

No worries! I am hoping to have the full game done in less than a year, but realistically it shouldn’t take longer than two since I don’t have to work on the art assets. There will be one more update of the public demo though, with the full second chapter and the updated first. Can’t say when exactly, but shouldn’t be too long now as the second chapter is half-way done.

Thank you, you too! :D

Im sure i will!! 

Yayyyyyyyyy, we will get one more chapterrr <3 

Thank you for replying me! Take as long as u need, we can wait for your masterpiece. 

Stay well!

Ps: i fucking love your art too, just forgot to mention before.

Thank you! :D 

Just curious, but which route is planned to have the most toxic relationship?  My guess is either on Lotar or Mal, but my gut tells me Lotar will be redeemed in his route so my final guess would probably be Mal.  

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Neither is 'planned' to be toxic. Both Lotar and Mal are evil in alignment, but that hardly makes them toxic in a relationship with MC. The characters as we see them, especially in the demo, aren't all that there is to them, nor will they stay stagnant - as there is progress, there's always development. Now, can you, as the reader, find their actions undesirable and toxic despite my own attempts at portraying them otherwise, sure, there are as many points of view as there are people (plus there are 5 ROs, so it's more than easy to skip the ones you don't want to experience), but just because the setting is dark, doesn't mean every aspect of the story has to be the same. 

IT'S JUST CHAPTER 1 BUT IT'S SO GOOD?!?! sign me up omg tysm

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Glad you think so! :D

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I really enjoyed WYC but I have to say this is just a delight so far. I like having the other LIs locked out - makes the playability feel more, which I have made sure to set up with a save page for each possible set up. Can't wait to see how Lot/Mal plays out in particular :D Thanks for putting out so much entertaining material! 

I like the lock as well, it's super fun to explore different features! Ah Lot/Mal, there will be more of them in chapter 3, but the reunion is planned as the ending of chapter 2. It's exciting just to think about it, and I'm hoping to have the writing done relatively fast. Thanks for playing! :D

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Hi!! I really like this game!!! I played the demo around a day or so after it was released, and I really love it. I just wanted to ask, do you ever plan on doing a walkthrough when the game is finished?

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Heya! I am happy to hear that! :D A walkthrough, yes! I am making a guide booklet with the walkthrough and lore and all that fun stuff included. So far (since it’s a WIP that I update as the actual story progresses) it’s only available for my patrons, but once the last chapter is completed, the guide will be uploaded on itch.io as well. Now, the way I do it, I skip the flavor choices and focus only on pointing out things that change the plot/relationships etc, but if you have a specific question, feel free to use the comment section under the most recent (and only so far haha) devlog (1.1) in case it involves spoilers, and I’ll do my best to answer!

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Mastravisch really goes all out with punishment making us kneel and stuff haha. With my MC's level of defiance and her distaste for it, they will probably be wearing that collar and being her footstool by next time XD

That would be something, wouldn't it! :D But yeah, Mastravisch is a tyrant with no redeeming qualities whatsoever (that doesn't mean M is not fun to write), and that's what I wanted to show. No matter the outward defiance MC shows, they will have their opportunities to get revenge... at the very least, the desire for it will be present. ;)

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Just finished my first playthrough. It's... confusing. On the one hand, I know the MC can't really be sure of everything, but on the other hand, it really feels like the MC knows a hell of a lot more than I do. And I get the impression I'm kinda lacking information I could use to make the MC's decisions based on the MC's knowledge -- which is how the MC would make decisions -- rather than my own knowledge -- which is not how the MC would make decisions. It leads to some moments where I'm so unsure whether or not I'm forcing a continuity error that it breaks immersion.

MC for sure knows more than the player. But I don’t like to put all the information in the first chapter, I need at least two to get going. The narrative I prefer is more of the slow side, where the player learns things as the story progresses, which isn’t really the best for chapter-by-chapter releases (plus I know is not everyone’s cup of tea). That said, I am not sure where there could be a continuity error in a story that just started, but if you’d like to share more of your thoughts with me, please send me a direct message pdrrook@gmail.com 

Thanks for playing! :D

I love all your works sm idk how you create such compelling characters each and every time!!! 
With just the barest of info on them, just the interactions with MC in the prologue was more than enough to make me fall for each and every one of them aaaaa
Can't wait to see more of this!

Ah thank you! 🥺

i can't play on mac :c

Oh no! What’s the issue? Does the game not launch at all, or is there an error? Please let me know, so I can start looking for a solution.

I know so little about them, but I absolutely adore Mal. Religiously listening to their playlist!

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There will be more of Mal in the next update! :D

ugh as much as it kills me I am going to be good and wait until its finished after playing that demo. I liked it to much to not wait for it. Loving all the characters and story so far!

Thank you sm! <3 It might take me a while to finish, since I’ll be juggling two projects plus all my other responsibilities, but hopefully it will be worth the wait! :D

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OMG I really loved the first chapter, all the characters are very interesting and the story is intriguing. I didn't expect that the person who betrays us will be THAT person, and I also went with their route first, so that's was... fun. I played through each route and liked every one of them. My fav part was where MC sits on Mastravisch's lap and Mirren grinds his teeth so loud we can hear it lmaooo. I'm sorry but I'm also SO not sorry. Really makes me wonder what's going on in that head of his. 

I just have a question: is it possible to include the option to change fonts? To any sans serif because reading serif, esp on a dark bg, is hard (for me personally at least), but I understand if it's too much trouble.

Anyway, it's another great work and I can't wait for more!! 😭❤️

I am happy to hear that! :D More insight into Mirren’s mind will come up in chapter 3, and there will be an extra POV feature once you replay after finishing the whole game once. But that’s for the far future, haha!

Ofc! I’ll look into that for the next update! For now, maybe using the self-voicing mode would help? It can be enabled by typing Shift+Alt+V

Thank you sm!

The POV feature sounds very delicious. 👁️ 

And thank you for looking into it, I appreciate it! 🥺 I absolutely forgot Renpy has that mode, lol. Thanks for reminding me. 

I was reading this when I was pretty sleep-deprived so I don't remember half of it but the MC can sit on her lap? How? haha. Is it based on a certain choice?

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If I remember correctly, you need to choose the third option in regard to how MC deals with M before meeting them. The first is obedience, the second is defiance (or in reverse, lol, I forgot), but the third one is "charming" M (which results in MC sitting on their lap). Hope that helps!! 

I love Rez. T_T

Haha, I am glad you do ;)

I love it

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I am glad to hear it! :D

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Hi I'd like to enjoy your story more, could there be an option in the future to change the font type? Sorry Ive just got a visual impairment.

Hello! Of course! I’ll add a choice of fonts for the new update. Is [Dyslexia Font] or [Atkinson Hyperlegible Font] ok? If there’s another that’s better, please let me know, and I will add it as well!

It's interesting so far and all the characters are amazing. 

And as always u did a great job !!!

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Thank you! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourself! <3

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this goes illegally hard for a demo. wish you the best of luck in continuing to make this certified banger of a game.

Thank you sm! I hope the next update won’t disappoint then! :D

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ngl- This looks exciting. I'm very intrigued to follow this through future updates.

Thank you!

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Honestly the first time a demo alone gets me this hyped! 

The story looks already so good, as well for the unusual setting and the characters are all extremely intriguing! I've also enjoyed all the possible dialogue choices and chances for further customization given to us, as well as for the overall aesthetics and music themes. 

Can't wait for future updates!!! 

Happy to hear that! Chapter 2 is already being worked on, I have about ⅓ so far, but stay tuned for more! :D