Asher is a short visual story about a librarianall right, librarian’s assistantnamed Tetrine Reish who lives in the city-state of Asher. Things are going swimmingly (except for perhaps her brother’s debt/bootlegging problem and an ominous dream or two,) until a woman comes along asking for a book. Not a library bookthat would be too easybut a book that doesn’t belong in Tetrine’s library. The book turns out to be written in a magical script called Nell marks that only a few people can see, and Tetrine is one of them.

However, all her life she’s been told in no uncertain terms that letting on that she can see the marks is a Bad Idea. Which is unfortunate, because several people, two of whom have suspicious intentions, find out. A kidnapping and an attempted murder (or two) ensues, and Tetrine’s life will never quite be the same again.

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PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
PublisherSun Labyrinth LLC
Release date Mar 07, 2018
AuthorSun Labyrinth
GenreInteractive Fiction, Visual Novel
Made withTwine
Tags1920s, Gothic, Twine, Vampire
Average sessionAbout an hour


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Oh wow! I've tried to play it as friendly to everyone as possible, and boy, oh boy, did they make it difficult at times! I kept on thinking: please, don't kill Rosemary for my decisions. Please–

I loved the writing (the descriptions! the pacing in Acts II and III!), but this line especially: Tetrine projected her most skeptical tone—the one she reserved for patrons who returned damaged books or no books at all. :D

The Act I was a bit hard to get into, but I think it was mostly because of all the clickable words, I never knew whether the next word would open a new "window", further the story, or if it was just a hidden sentence. It got a bit frustrating to use the "Back" button so often, but around Act II, I no longer had this issue so I think it got more balanced by then!

Anyways, my first one was Ending V! That was... intense. I need to process it a little before trying other things. But it was a great experience, I liked the slow reveal of things and I want to know more about all of the characters.

Btw, I only did one run so far, but you should definitely change the average session time to longer than half an hour! :)


*** spoilers ***

Wow, Markaius is so quick to turn around and become an absolute ass. I played through some options back-and-forth and he switches between cruel and bitter or all oohh I'm sorry I'm the good guy. I was looking for redeeming qualities but that all seems like a facade. :0