For the first time in almost thirty years, the land of Oraz is at peace. For three decades, the Humans and Leshin of Oraz waged a brutal war over the right of Humans to power their cities and machines with magic. But the Leshin people have overthrown their theocratic leaders who pushed to extend the war and ushered in a new era of reconciliation and reconstruction.
This peace, however, is fragile and strained under the shared history of the two peoples. This is true nowhere more than the city of Vodotsk, a historically Human city that was occupied and ruled by the Leshin for years. Old grudges among the Humans have re-emerged. Leshin who lived there for years as rulers must decide whether to return beyond the Great Forest or stay as second-class citizens. And the wounds of the war threaten to re-open whenever the two peoples come into contact.
Echoes of the Fey is a series of detective stories set in the high fantasy world of Oraz starring Sofya Rykov, a Human private investigator with a dangerous secret: following a near-death experience in the war, she spontaneously developed the ability to use magic. She is joined by her Leshin partner, Heremon ir-Caldy, a doctor fascinated by Sofya’s magic but fearful it will soon come at the cost of her life. Together, Sofya and Heremon navigate the mysteries and tensions of Vodotsk, the city they intend to make both their hiding place and their home.
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The first visual novel episode of Echoes of the Fey, “The Fox’s Trail” releases summer 2016. In “The Fox’s Trail,” Sofya and Heremon are retained by a Leshin woman to find her son, a prison guard who allegedly died during the last days of the war. Finding the missing Leshin will force Sofya to confront the nuanced relationship between her people and Heremon’s.
To complicate matters, Sofya’s magical powers have taken a confounding turn, allowing her to transform into an unassuming alley cat. Despite Heremon’s warnings, Sofya is certain that this ability will assist her in uncovering the latest mystery to plague Vodotsk.
“The Fox’s Trail” is an English-language visual novel with multiple story variations. Will you uncover the truth behind the mystery on your own? And once you do, what will you do with that information? Your investigation will change the future of the city and its people. Over 100 individual choice points exist throughout “The Fox’s Trail.” Some will improve your relationship with the characters. Others will provide you critical information. And some will change the fate of the people you will come to know. Explore Vodotsk in side-scrolling segments and assist other characters in minor side-quests to uncover more about the history and lore of the realm.
You can find a full, detailed walk-through in the Steam community (may contain spoilers!)
Written by Malcolm Pierce and Jenny Gibbons
Art by Jenny Gibbons and Wendy Gram
Music by Jenny Gibbons
Programming by Jenny Gibbons with use of VN Edge Engine by ThinkBoxly
Sound design by Jenny Gibbons
Sound effects by: Drew Becker, Adobe Audition Library, Free SFX
“The Fox’s Trail” also features voice acting–fully performed critical scenes and expression lines throughout–by the following awesome voice actors:
SOFYA RYKOV – Amber Leigh
HEREMON IR-CALDY – David Dixon
ARKADY VANZIN – CJ Aulenbach
EDUARD GALKIN – Dillon Taylor
EMILIA OSBORN – Michelle Michaels
LUKA TETERIV – J.P. Daman
TIATHA IR-ADECH – Kristyn Mass
ANYA SAITOV – Helen Edgeworth
VIOLA ARISTOV – Olivia Steele
SIMION IR-SHEAF – Jacob Anderson
PRISONER: Isaac Lawson