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Nestled in the woods of Vermont lies Iris Academy, a secret school for witches and wizards, where young people can learn to train their magical skills safely as they build personal connections for the future. Iris Academy splits students into six Halls based on their personalities and aptitudes: Horse, Butterfly, and Snake for the girls, and Wolf, Falcon, and Toad for the boys.
In this game, you will design your own character
to attend school as a first-year wizard. Your protagonist hails from a wealthy, well-connected, ancient European wizarding family... and has chosen to travel to the United States to attend school as an exchange student at Iris Academy, where he can get the chance to be "just an ordinary guy" like the Americans he's seen in the movies.
In order to fit in, he has asked to be enrolled in Wolf Hall
, commonly associated with athletic or adventure-seeking boys. Beyond that, his personality will depend on your choices. Does he love sports? Is he more of a schemer? Is he just here to have a good time? Your decisions will affect the way other characters see him, as well as locking and unlocking further options and changing some of the lines he speaks on his own. So even if you romance the same character in the future, you will get some different reactions based on your personality type.
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Let's talk about romance! Who are our main datable characters?
, a freshman in Snake Hall. She doesn't talk much, spends her free time in the school dungeons fighting monsters, and generally has a reputation for being slightly scary. What's hiding behind all those defenses?
, a freshman in Horse Hall. Seems shy at first, but can turn out to be surprisingly stubborn. Which, if she insists on trying to uncover the darkest secrets of magic, may put her in grave danger...
, a freshman in Butterfly Hall, and prospective Student Council President. She's extremely helpful and friendly, so much so that you wonder if she ever has time to sleep...
, a senior in Wolf Hall. Assigned to be your mentor, he's friendly and supportive and yet always careful to keep his distance. What would it take to really connect with him?
a senior in Falcon Hall. Trouble with a capital T. Rumored to be an incubus who seduces the young and leaves a trail of broken hearts in his wake. Can you beat him at his own game?
(Other options to be revealed later)
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This is a very choice-heavy game! Along with all the character routes, there are dozens of spells to learn, dungeons to explore, subplots to investigate, etc. (I love putting in a lot of options!) It IS a stat-raiser, but the stats mostly tie directly into your RPG stats. Boosting your Strength at the gym gives you more HP in the dungeon, boosting your Smart by studying will give you a bigger mana pool, and of course, attending magic classes will unlock more spells. You will need those spells for the RPG sections!
Every so often, the students are assigned tests in the school dungeons
. Every dungeon has multiple possible routes to success, so you don't have to know exactly the 'right' magic, but if you don't know any spells at all you will be doomed to failure... and possibly expulsion!
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If you've been around a while, this may not be the first time you've heard of Magical Diary. The first game, Magical Diary: Horse Hall
was released in 2011 (and on Steam in 2012) and featured a wildseed girl as the protagonist. You do not need to have played the first game to play this game.
This is not a direct sequel, it's more of an alternate universe. If you HAVE played the first game, you will know some inside information and appreciate some extra insight into characters you've met before. But you don't have to! The Wolf Hall protagonist is new, he doesn't know these things either.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, ask away!