Vespertines is an urban fantasy/romance interactive fiction about demons and found family. You play as a human working at a bar for demons, getting to know your customers and collecting their stories.

The story

On the run from your past, you find yourself in a new city with no plan and nowhere to go. A mysterious individual called Ashheart appears before you and refers you to a bar called ‘Vespertines’. You expect the usual; cleaning up spills and handling drunk customers. What you do not expect is for your new boss to be a horned demon known as Gremory who collects stories as payment instead of money.

Features

Customisable main character, including customisable:

  • Name
  • Gender - male, female, trans and nonbinary options available
  • Pronouns - preset or choose your own
  • Appearance
  • Backstory - one of three planned routes which unlock unique dialogue and story beats within the game

Develop your relationships with the characters - will you be friends, family, enemies or lovers?

Optional romance routes for both Gremory and Ashheart (both gender customisable), as well as a poly romance route.

Diverse story branches and multiple endings!

Romance Options

The Omen: Ashheart


Gender selectable (m/f/nb)

Black eyes, ash heart. Ash appears before you when you are at your most troubled. Their smile is quick and bright and they laugh just as easily. Adventurous, charming and quick-witted, you find yourself swept up in their pace, even if part of you knows it might be better to keep your distance.


The Story Collector: Gremory


Gender selectable (m/f/nb)

The owner of the bar and your new boss. Goat-footed and ram-horned. Stern and taciturn, they are difficult to get to know, but when they listen to their customer’s stories you can see their edges soften. They are honourable, but also bound by forces you do not understand. And sometimes, when they think you are not watching, it is clear they struggle against something dark within themselves.



Development log

Comments

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Ahhhh I love the ROs!!

The story is so interesting,  I need more ;_;

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i did not scroll down so i was just as shocked as the mc when the horns got revealed cant wait for more  😩 😩

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When meeting Ash I forgot I inputted my name already so when it said my name, I was endlessly surprised

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Need more! This is incredible!

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Hey, that looks so very interesting already! It seems like it has mystery and nice character relationships dynamic. I'll keep an eye for future updates!

Played on my phone and it worked pretty well, that's good! I'll be looking forward for more. :-D

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HELL AND WHISKERS I was getting SO into it just as it came to the end of the demo so far!! I LOVE the writing and the attitudes of the characters, including the MC! The conversations feel super natural (as in, very natural, even when dealing with the supernatural) and I love the personalities of the two friends we've met so far. I really wanna see more!

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This was a pleasant read :) The art is really cool too, I look forward to the next chapter!

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loving this ALSO THE ART FOR THE ROs!?!?!?!?!? GORGEOUS

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This is already one of the best IFs I've read, amazing work!!

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I'm excited for the next chapter! I'm loving this so far

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I'm already obsessed with this! Soooo good!

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I’m in love already

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So amazing! Loved the concept and the LI's. Can't wait to see the next chapter.

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Amazing love the concept of the VN can't wait for the next update

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Its so interesting! Its my first time reading this type of concept of a Interactive fiction. Can't wait for more~  im hooked!!

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this is such an amazing start, i'm already hooked! i absolutely love the characters and can't wait to see more of them <3

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Really loving this so far! Super excited for Chapter 2 + interacting with Ash & Grem more. 🥰

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Now that was a good intro, got a feel for the MC and the two LI, as well as some undertones about the world in general.  Definitely look forward to reading more of this!  ty!

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I'm enjoying this game already. Ash and Gremory have grown on me so quickly!

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Looking forward to chapter 2!

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Wow!  intriguing first chapter!  Can't wait to see how the rest of the story develops. 

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this was such a good opener! really excited for what's to come :)

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Absolutely loving the first chapter! Can't wait for the next :D keep up the excellent work! 

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Oh my god, it's been one chapter and I'm already enthralled.

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your game is lovely !! the concept is so intriguing and i can't wait to see where the story may lead us (i'm so weak for a found family trope). i'm already in love with gremory and ash; they are amazing and their personality really shines through in your writing!! i have the feeling this can quickly become one of my favourite IFs <3 <3

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Great start, loved it soo much! Can't wait to read more.

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I kind of didn't expect this to be wholesome and comforting (at least so far) am not opposed to it tho, it feels very nice

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Absolutely amazing! The story is so cool and mysterious , just when you though you know what's going on everything changes. Great and really amazing characters and intriguing world that the story is set in. Your storytelling is great, simple but with enough detail. It flows beautifully and the dialog is really great. I love and appreciate the serious themes that are there. Absolutely hooked & cannot wait for mooooore!

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This is already sooo great! The Story idea. The ROs. Everything. Can' t wait for the next chapter :D 

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I love this so far. Both Ash and Gremory are really great characters so far, and I'm interested to learn more about them.

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I loved this!

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Interesting, looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

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Love this! Cant wait to see where you go with it!

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Great start! I'm excited to keep up with it.

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 I've developed a huge crush on this story, already. (the potential for the slightest of spoilers ahead)

Well-written, of course, but also just exceedingly enjoyable to read. The bridge scene especially stuck for me. Does a very good job of portraying the desperate thoughts, and actions of someone low on options, and pushed to the edge. Reads true.

Ash the Scamp strikes just the right balance between insouciance and sincerity, and  I can already tell that Gremory's an absolute doll. I like (and will be going for) them both. But what I appreciated most were the little things, like not being overwhelmed with excess lore right off the bat ( the world-building is subtle, and used to great effect). Or having the option to pick the type of food you eat(very underrated CC option).

I do believe I've found my comfort IF.

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hi there, just wanted to thank you for such a nice comment on Vespertines! I’m so happy you enjoyed it and can’t wait to show you more :)

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Ahh, I love it so much! Cant wait for more!

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I can't wait for more! I love the story.

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These characters are so well written and endearing, they draw you in right from the start. Monday's writing thrums with an enthralling and intoxicating energy which really brings the story to life. Simply put, this is a beautiful game. Incredibly well done. Can't wait for everything to come! ❤️