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RPG Item: In The Light Of Death The Demon Cries
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Publisher: Sword Queen Games
Year: 2020
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This game features the following concepts and themes: demons, fatal violence, the killing of innocents, grief, betrayal, death, and inescapable evil. While this game focuses on the light of hope at the core of despair, these themes should be carefully considered and may cause distress or be triggering.

This Is A Game You Play Alone

This game offers you the chance to create your own story of horror, despair, regret, and sin. You will create your demon, one recovered memory at a time. The Demon may find redemption, or they may be finally consumed by a hell of their own making.

The Demon is dying. There is no coming back from that.

This isn’t about overcoming death. This is about finding humanity, and creating, or denying, a path to salvation and forgiveness.

Will your Demon rediscover their humanity and recover bittersweet memories, accepting reincarnation?

Or will they spend their last moments cursing humanity, waiting for hell to claim what’s left of their soul?

Or does another fate await them?

The Inspiration

This story game’s main inspiration is the anime series Demon Slayer (Kimetsu no Yaiba, 鬼滅の刃). The story’s protagonist, Tanjiro Kamado, shows great compassion and mercy to the demons he kills. He kills them to protect innocents and stop their reign of terror. But he understands that these demons were humans once, and have lost their way.

I created this game to reflect the moments of haunting humanity we see as the demon dies. We see glimpses of the demon’s life as a human, their slow and terrible corruption, and the unanswered question: what awaits the demon in death?

I offer this game to you, to create your own story of horror and answer the question: what does redemption ask for?

This game is based on the Wretched & Alone system, and was made for the Wretched & Alone Jam!

The Game

To play this game you will need a tarot deck and a tumbling blocks tower. You can play with a free phone app or website if you don't have access to those.

To play simply draw from your tarot deck and refer to the memory oracle. As the memories are uncovered, record these memories and how your Demon feels about them. Some of these memories are powerful, and will bring Death closer, asking you to pull from the tower. Each question you are asked will help you create a beautiful story.

When the tower falls, your Demon dies.

Depending on what cards you pulled, a specific ending awaits your Demon, open to your interpretation.

Source: The Developer Website.

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