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Hello! Yes, the Dwarven kingdom's language is heavily inspired by Italian, so you can deduce the meaning of some names if you know some Italian! (I don't, but I used some online translating tool to help me lol.) Some other words are a little more distorted so their meaning are probably less obvious. But you are correct about Lagodoro and toccarella! Those were the intended meanings. Lagodoro is called that way because of the lights of the city reflecting in the lake. And the toccarella is called that way because the dance involves a lot of touching lol.

Thank you for your comment!

Thank you so much for the very nice comment! ❤️❤️❤️

Hi! I'm glad you enjoyed the story and thank you for your input!

The stat thing I don't think is too much of an issue?  And I can't add any point before the player chooses their MC's secondary and tertiary stat. The stat are more functional than any real representation of MC's skills, to be honest. But I'll think about it, maybe there is a better way to present the stats in the character sheets.

MC's age is more comfortable like it is now for me and other readers. It's also very cultural and in a fantasy setting I don't think it's that jarring. An explanation, I feel, would break the pace of the story. I feel like it's not unreasonable to have a culture where they want the future monarch to have a thorough education before starting to rule either.

Thank you again! I hope you'll enjoy the rest of the story and Berhane's romance!

It's fine, I understand perfectly! But I did entertain the thought, that's why I wanted to mention it. :)

And for the rating, I just wanted to make it extra clear, because, at the moment, minors can read and interact with the story and my announcements, so I'd rather avoid talking about anything sexual in public, I hope you understand!

Thank you for your comment, I'm really glad you appreciated the update and the new features! :)

I honestly considered maybe taking into account MC having the same name as another character, it would definitely add to the immersion. But the amount of work it would require would probably not be worth it, as not many people would even see it in the first place, I suspect, unless they purposely choose a name one of the main characters has. Also having to remember to do this every time some character's name is mentioned would be difficult for me. That being said, I might do it on occasion? Like maybe, when ancestors of MC are mentioned, I could say that MC was named after them if they have the same name. Things like that. No promises though! IF is already a lot of work, I need to pick my battles, lol.

Btw, I would just like to specify that 8YR will not have any explicit scenes! Even if the games' rating is subject to change, I don't expect it to go any higher than 16+.

Thank you so much! I'm glad you're enjoying the story and the characters! I'm excited to share more of the story as soon as I can. Sadly it takes a lot of time to write interactive fiction. 😩

Thanks for your input! I’ve asked different people their opinions on this and they vary of course. I think the age gap between MC and Zanetta is the one that can cause most issues. In any case, I prefer aging MC up a bit, it’s an easy solution to make everyone more comfortable.

Don’t be sorry for being the one that initiated the thought process that led me to take that decision! Even if it’s more work, I think it’s for the best and will make everyone, me included, more comfortable. I really appreciate how nicely you brought up the subject too. Thank you so much for that!

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Hello!

I'm really glad you enjoyed the story and setting. Thank you so much for all the feedback! I will look into all the grammar issues and typos as soon as I can. I will get into MC's age and the ROs in a moment, because you're right, it is an important point. But first, about the setting and technology: the technology is mostly inspired by our world's late 19th-century technology, but it is definitely influenced by magic as well. The prosthetics, for example, are enchanted, they use magic to function. And swords are present but not necessarily the main weapons, there are guns as well, but they're not always reliable. Hopefully, all of this will get clearer as we explore the world.
I will probably reformulate the first sentence of the story. When I wrote it, I wanted to make the first chapter a prologue set in the past and then going to a 'present day' in the next chapter. But things have changed since then, so I'll eventually remove the 'I remember' part.

Now for the age issue: I'm very aware of how MC being 16 at the beginning of the story can be worrisome, when it comes to romance. I gave all the ROs' ages on my tumblr blog, but I realize that maybe not everyone will see it so I'll edit the page here to add them. At the very beginning of the story, Ajmal is 19, Zanetta is 21, Felice is 18, Armine is 16 and Berhane is 20. Which means that yes, at this point, beside Armine, all the ROs are adults (even if young ones). And this is why no relationship will start before MC is at the very least 18. There can be some feelings on MC's part and on some of the ROs part (like Ajmal who grew up with MC, Armine and Felice), but none of them will act on them until everyone is an adult.

Maybe the title doesn't make this clear enough, in which case I will specify this, but the story will happen over the course of 8 years and I never planned to have anything, relationship-wise, happen before much later in the game. They will take time to build up. Zanetta, being the oldest RO, will not even consider MC romantically before much later. Her romance will likely develop a lot slower than everyone else's. As for Berhane, we won't meet him in-game until much later and MC will be at least 18 by then.

That being said, there are some romance elements in the game already, notably with Ajmal. I tried to keep those moments age-appropriate and I hope I achieved that. If not, please let me know so I can figure out how to tone them down. Hopefully, Ajmal's reservations are obvious. You can flirt with Zanetta somewhat, but she will (gently) push MC away.

As for MC's age, I would definitely have made them older right from the beginning of the story if it was not, in fact, plot-relevant. The MC needed to be young enough to not be considered able to rule Ahabalad and be in need of a Regent to rule in their stead. That being said, I'm open to the idea to make the age to be eligible to rule a bit older, but that might require some heavy rework on the story that might have to wait on the second draft unless it feels like it needs to be changed earlier.

Lastly, I want to precise that there won't be any explicit sex scenes in this game. Sex might be talked about, but like for the relationships, not until much much later in the game, when everyone involved is an adult.

I'm really sorry if the story made you uncomfortable, I really want to avoid that by any means. If there are specific passages in the game that you felt were inappropriate, I'd like to know so I can improve on them.

I hope that clears things up! Thank you for taking the time to write all this feedback!

EDIT: After some thinking, I've decided to go ahead and change MC's starting age to 18. (A few of the ROs will be 1 or 2 years older as well, to fit MC's age and the new timeline better.) It's better that I make the change sooner rather than later, as it would be a lot more work if I wait. I hope this will make things a bit more comfortable for you and other readers! (And it honestly will feel better for me as well and some things in the story will actually make more sense I think.)

I will start working on editing the story to fit that decision and the changes will take effect in the next update.

That's why I love interactive fiction so much! There's a lot of wonderful stories like that out there. ❤️I'm really glad you like mine so far!

Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it! 🥰

Thanks! Those cycling links really came in handy, hehe!

I’m glad you liked it! I hope I’ll be able to treat each disability respectfully and if at any point I write something that’s not right or makes you feel uncomfortable, please let me know!

Thank you so much! ❤️💕

Thank you so much! I'm really happy you liked it so far. =) I'm not stressing myself, don't worry, but I definitely am excited about getting more out there for you lovely people. =)

Thank you for reading it! :)

Sir Mansoor’s route is allll angst, pining and fluff, lol.

Good, very good. *steeples fingers*