What is Choice of Romance: Affairs of the Court?
Choice of Romance is an interactive novel by the suitably titled Choice of Games company. It is about you trying to find your place in the court of Iberia. You will gain allies, you will gain enemies, but it is up to you how to deal with them and all that jazz.
How will this go along?
Simple. I will try to post 2 sections per day, around 10 AM/PM GMT, and give you guys the ability to choose in the meantime. The sections consist of the story and a choice at the end. I will put up a poll for the choices, and at the end of the 12 hour phase, I will post the next section accordingly.
When do we begin?
Now! Read on!
Part I: Choice of Romance
A high-pitched shriek splits the sweltering summer air: “Help! Oh, help, help!”
Your youngest sister Clara skids to a stop in front of you. “Francisco and I were playing in the barn!” she sobs. “He was showing me spells, and he set the hay on fire, and now–”
A breath of wind springs up, and the acrid scent of smoke reaches your nostrils.
The barn is some ways away from your parents’ villa and the vineyards–there’s that. But it is full of hay for feeding the horses, and hay catches fire so fast–it would be so easy for the wooden barn to burn to the ground–
The smell of smoke grows stronger the closer you get. By the time you reach the barnyard, your throat and eyes are stinging. You can’t see flames from the yard, but as you approach the door, you can feel their heat. Out of the corner of your eye, you see the grooms running towards you. Then you reach the barn door and look inside. Your seven-year-old brother Francisco, face white with terror, is backed up against the barn’s far wall, surrounded by leaping flames.
What are you going to do?
- I don’t know! There’s nothing I can do!
- I rush into the barn to grab Francisco.
- I shout to the grooms to bring buckets of water. The best way to save Francisco is to put out the fire.
- Like Francisco, I know some magic. Maybe there’s a way to use magic to get him out.
Oh, and this novel does have some stats that you can view at anytime. Our stats are currently like this:
Name: Doña NepNep de Flores
These may change depending on your choices, and when they do, you might want to check back here, I will update them.
And this novel has a “You did great, son!” system, which we call the achievements system. Getting them gives you points which doesn’t change anything in-game, just like any old achievement. Here you go for the list:
You have unlocked three out of fifty-six possible achievements, earning you a score of 110 out of a possible 1000 points.
Royal Calumny: The Monarch’s spouse was beheaded. (25 points)
Royal Wedding: Married the Monarch. (75 points)
Choice of Romance: Survived the first episode. (10 points)
There are still fifty-three achievements remaining, including two hidden achievements.
Wizard’s Joust: Compete in the wizard’s joust and win convincingly. (10 points)
A Respectable Marriage: Marry a respectable, conservative suitor. (10 points)
Happily Ever After: Marry for love, not power or wealth. (10 points)
Royal Venom: Use poison to secure your position. (25 points)
Royal Curse: Cast a magic spell to secure your position. (25 points)
Haunted Mansion: Your mansion echoes with your memories. (10 points)
On the Block: The blade whistles, and then it’s over. (10 points)
The Smell of Goat: Return home in disgrace. (10 points)
Brainwashed Assassin: Kill Don Felix unthinkingly. (10 points)
One Kingdom: The kingdom stands united against invaders. (10 points)
Peace Offering: A peace agreement with Sahra. (10 points)
Death to the Princess: Arrange for the death of Princess Juanita. (20 points)
Pluck the Rosebud: Arrange for the death of Adelita Delgado. (10 points)
Catfight: Declaw your competition. (10 points)
Death in the Family: Pay for your crimes. (10 points)
Choice of Intrigues: Survive the second episode. (10 points)
Pelican: Spill your blood to save your children. (10 points)
Died Smiling: Take your enemy down with you. (10 points)
At Stake: Go up in flames. (10 points)
Juanita’s Mercy: A different path to power for your son. (20 points)
General Murderer: Murder Don Felix for personal gain. (10 points)
Your Sibling’s Keeper: How far will you go to get what you want? (10 points)
A Little Bird Told Me: Feign insanity to save your own skin. (10 points)
Beaten at His Own Game: Force Ramirez to give you what you want. (20 points)
A New Player On The Board: A new contender to be heir to the throne. (100 points)
Double Triple Cross: Betrayed by the man you murdered and betrayed. (10 points)
The Heir Is Mine: Make your child the official heir to the throne. (100 points)
Power to The People: Work with de Mendosa to change the face of Iberia. (10 points)
Love & Poetry: At last, true love. (10 points)
Love & Power: At last, true love. (10 points)
Honeytrap: The opposite of love is not hate, but indifference… (10 points)
Protector of the People: Prevent an atrocity. (10 points)
Liberator: Free the slaves. (10 points)
Spider Killer: Defeat the spider in the center of his web. (10 points)
Freedom and Revenge: Some tools can be twisted against their owners. (10 points)
Think Again, Your Majesty: Untangle the twisted thoughts of the Monarch. (20 points)
Viva la Revolución: The times are changing in Iberia… (10 points)
Coup d’Etat: Seize power in a coup d’etat. (10 points)
A Taste of Death: The Monarch must die. (20 points)
If You Stab at the King, You Must Not Miss: The best laid plans… (10 points)
Til Death Do Us Part: Survive long enough for the Monarch to die of natural causes. (10 points)
Perfect in Politics, Perfect Together: Find a match who is as expert at navigating court politics as you are. (10 points)
After All These Years, Happily Ever After: Find true love in a marriage thought lost. (10 points)
A Crown of My Own: Become the ultimate power in Iberia. (100 points)
The Rightful Heir: See your son on the throne as the rightful heir. (10 points)
The Heir Presumptive: See your son on the throne despite a weak claim. (10 points)
Magna Carta: A new age of Iberian politics is dawning. (20 points)
Live and Let Die: Sometimes you must make sacrifices to survive. (10 points)
Walked Away: The greatest achievement can be the ability to choose. (10 points)
For My Children: The throne should belong to your children, not to one of the Monarch’s other children. (10 points)
Your Son for My Son: Kill a man to save your own son. (10 points)