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Icebound

TitleIcebound
LengthShort (2 - 10 hours)
DeveloperFastermind Games
PublishersFastermind Games
LinksRenai.us

Description

Icebound is a dark fantasy, mystery visual novel that takes place in a world locked in the depths of an ice age. It features a non-linear plot with multiple endings, romance, and puzzle game elements.

On the world of Permia, two races, human and feran, share a fragile peace. In the north resides the Holy Empire, whose machinery and society both run like clockwork, and in the south, the Council, a powerful alliance of tribes who have mastered the spiritual arts. In this world, there exists the ability to manipulate the forces of nature - only those who can master their training and summon a Familiar can receive the title of "alchemist".

A wandering alchemist named Dougal winds up in the isolated town of Isenbarr with his Familiar, Isaac, hoping to find a job and earn some spending money. But when he stumbles across a lucrative challenge offered by a master alchemist and his clockwork beast, he must compete with three other unique individuals to obtain the powerful Philosopher's Stone. In his search for a deadly monster, Dougal discovers truths that might be better off hidden, and a secret agent whose mission is all but clear...

Protagonist

Dougal
MeasurementsHeight: 188cm
Age30
HairBrown, Short
EyesBrown
BodyAdult, Pale, Scar, Slim, Tall
PersonalityMysterious
RoleAlchemist

Description

Likes: Long-distance walking
Dislikes: Isaac's complaining

A humble traveler who is never seen without his tattered cloak, he is extremely self-reliant and practical. He carries with him what little money he has, using his alchemy kit to live day-to-day. His past is a mystery, nor does he have many friends, but he seems to be on some sort of search, the specifics of which he refuses to share.

[From official site]

Main characters

Barzul
MeasurementsHeight: 193cm
Age52
HairBalding, Beard, Chest Hair, Moustache, Orange, Thick Eyebrows
EyesBrown
BodyAdult, Muscular, Tall
RoleHunter
Voiced byRiver Kanoff

Description

Likes: Tundra hunting
Dislikes: Wealthy Imperials

A hunter who sends his catch back to his small town in the north, he seems like a simple-minded strongman with a jovial personality, but possesses an shocking secret. He has an ongoing feud with the guard captain over the strength of his martial arts.

[From official site]

Fei
MeasurementsHeight: 244cm
BodyGiant
RoleHomunculus, Tiger

Description

Age: ???
Likes: Making new friends
Dislikes: Overheating

A clockwork tiger, Fei has been given a soul through alchemy, making him a homunculus, or artificial life-form. Although fearsome in appearance, his limited intelligence has caused him to adopt an incongruously childlike demeanor. He seems to be the sole link to Megistus in Isenbarr.

[From official site]

Heather
MeasurementsHeight: 175cm
Age28
HairBrown, Short
ClothesGlasses
RolePriestess

Description

Likes: Praying, happiness
Dislikes: Evil

A priestess who possesses the mysterious divine gift of foresight, she leads the congregation of the local church with a kind, caring personality that borders on angelic. Strangely, she wishes for Dougal to leave, believing his stay in Isenbarr will end badly…

[From official site]

Isaac
MeasurementsHeight: 13cm
HairGrey, Thick Eyebrows
EyesBlack, Round
BodyBat Wings, Old, Tiny
PersonalityCruel, Misanthrope, Sly
RoleBat, Familiar
Engages inSadism

Description

Age: ???
Likes: Eating and sleeping
Dislikes: Dougal's lack of complaining

Dougal’s Familiar, a very portly and well-aged tundra-dwelling icebat. Unlike most Familiars, Isaac has the peculiar ability to talk, and his gleefully misanthropic personality often grates on his master's nerves. Dougal has trouble explaining this, so he tends to keep Isaac's unusual intelligence under wraps.

[From official site]

Jeffrey
MeasurementsHeight: 183cm
Age36
HairBlack, Thick Eyebrows
BodyTall
ClothesOverall
PersonalityFriendly, Religious
RoleFather, Inn Manager

Description

Likes: Helping out around town
Dislikes: Cheapskates

A friendly innkeeper who owns a homely place known as the Hotberry Inn. He has won “town’s best cooking” awards multiple times, and has a lively but shy daughter, Nira, who tends to go off exploring on her own. He lives on modest means, and is quite religious.

[From official site]

Kimka
MeasurementsHeight: 170cm
BodyFur, Horns
ClothesEarrings
RoleNon-human

Description

Age: ???
Likes: Meditation sessions
Dislikes: War hawks

A member of the feran race who lives amongst humans, she does not quite fit into the societies of either. A shaman, she possesses unique mystical abilities, and works as a peacekeeper to help end conflict between the races.

[From official site]

Lamia
MeasurementsHeight: 173cm
HairBrown
RoleSpy

Description

Age: Top-secret
Likes: Stealth missions
Dislikes: Divulging secrets

A beautiful and clever secret agent in the service of the Empress, she has unusual taste in fashion. She claims to have come to Isenbarr to execute a certain mission. She seems interested in Dougal, but is simply a ploy in the service of her objective?

[From official site]

Maia
MeasurementsHeight: 183cm
Age32
HairBlack
RoleMedical Doctor
Voiced byMichelle Rojas

Description

Likes: Health insurance
Dislikes: Deadly diseases

One of the most prominent physicians in Isenbarr, she is known for her no-nonsense medical skills and exorbitant prices to match. Having studied for many years both in the Empire and abroad, she has an encyclopedic knowledge of the surgical arts. Her cool personality serves her well under pressure.

[From official site]

Megistus
RoleAlchemist

Description

Age: ???
Likes: ???
Dislikes: ???

A master alchemist who fled the Empire and has been living clandestinely in an abandoned tower. It is said that he became unhinged while attempting to finish his magnum opus, a clockwork machine of incredible complexity. Could he desire revenge against the Empire?

[From official site]

Torrun
MeasurementsHeight: 193cm
Age143
BodyFur, Horns, Tall
RoleNon-human
Engages inFighting

Description

Likes: Martial arts, punching things
Dislikes: Lazybones guards

The town’s guard captain, a gruff former soldier of fortune who is jaded to just about everything, and then some. He fought in the Great War a century ago, though he doesn't like to talk about it. Though old even by feran standards, he refuses to die until he has mastered every form of combat.

[From official site]

Zoltan
MeasurementsHeight: 175cm
Age32
HairBrown, Ponytail
BodyAverage Height
ClothesGlasses
ItemsBook
PersonalitySmart
Voiced byZach Holzman

Description

Likes: Transmutation, engineering
Dislikes: Less than genius-level IQ

Born and raised in the Imperial capital, he has an incredible superiority complex and the attitude to match. However, no one can dispute his skill with both alchemy and machinery – or the genius-level intellect that sealed his Academy membership. Still, why would he be in an isolated town like this...?

[From official site]