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Heart of the Woods

TitleHeart of the Woods
LengthShort (2 - 10 hours)
DeveloperStudio Élan
PublishersStudio Élan & Sekai Project & Denpasoft & Sekai Games
Flowers ESP
Sekai Project
Side story
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Traveling to a remote village in the woods, Maddie and Tara have low expectations. The two run a popular online show focusing on the supernatural, but thus far it’s been nothing but smoke and mirrors. When they receive an invitation to the antiquated village of Eysenfeld, they’re expecting more of the same. But it soon becomes apparent that the locals are hiding a secret. Maddie sees unnatural beasts in the forest that she’s sure are products of her imagination. Lights in the woods flicker and sparkle but disappear if she gets too close.

In time she learns that the lights come from a girl named Abigail. Well, the ghost of a girl. She was sacrificed hundreds of years ago by the villagers to appease the god of the forest. Maddie devotes her time in Eysenfeld to getting to know Abigail, and eventually promises to break the curse that binds her to the woods.

[From Official site]

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Maddie Raines
HairBlond, Braid, Long, Parted to Side
BodyPale, Slim, Young-adult
ClothesBoots, Coat, Dress, Flower, Glasses, Hair Flower, Hairpin, Scarf
ItemsVideo Camera
PersonalityCinephile, Cynic, Kind, Smart, Stubborn, Timid
RoleAmerican, Dropout, Friend, Homosexual
Engages inComputering, Filming, Investigation, Reading
Voiced byAllie Goodell


A part-time manager, part-time video editor, and full-time babysitter, Maddie has the thankless job of handling the absolute whirlwind that is her best friend Tara.

She's professional, meticulous and intellectual; the first person to turn to when a problem needs solving. But when their investigation entangles her in an ancient curse, she's forced to confront phenomena beyond her comprehension, and more importantly, her own self-doubt.

Hobbies: Film analysis, piano
Likes: Succulents, day planners, peace and quiet
Dislikes: Cold weather, quinoa, flip flops
Fun fact: Still tortured by her teenage goth phase

[From press kit]

Morgan Fischer
HairAhoge, Long, Orange, Twin Tails
BodyPale, Slim, Young-adult
ClothesSweater, Trousers
PersonalityBrave, Friendly, Kind, Low Self-esteem, Reserved
RoleDaughter, German, Homosexual, Lonely, Pet Owner, Shopkeeper
Engages inCooking, Investigation
Voiced byKira Buckland


A loyal Taranormal viewer and the daughter of Eysenfeld's mayor, Morgan is...different. When not running her small and mostly empty antique shop, she's known to disappear into the woods for days at a time. That, combined with her resistance to traditional social standards, has caused her to develop a bit of a notorious reputation in the village.

However, this resistance is not just an act of rebellion: Morgan knows that there's something sinister deep within Eysenfeld, and she's not going to stop until she tears it out at the roots.

Hobbies: Wandering, horseback riding
Likes: Cats, fairy tales, camping
Dislikes: Antiques, maps, dial-up
Fun fact: Drinks at least 5 cups of coffee every day. Still always tired.

[From press kit]

Main characters

HairPink, Sidehair, V Bangs, Waist Length+
BodyPale, Slim, Young-adult
ClothesBarefoot, Clothing with Ribbons, Dress, Hat, Jacket, Ribbon Hair Tie, Shirt, Skirt
PersonalityCheerful, Kind, Nature Lover
RoleGerman, Ghost, Homosexual, Lonely, Temporary Protagonist
Engages inSinging
Subject ofPre-Story Death
Voiced byHeidi Tabing


For the last two centuries, the ghost of a young woman has haunted the forests of Eysenfeld. That ghost is Abigail, a kind and playful soul forcibly bound to the forest as part of an ancient curse.

Two hundred years of wishing for a life cruelly denied to her have led to a feeling of crushing loneliness and one overwhelming desire: to finally have someone to talk to.

Hobbies: Painting, singing
Likes: Animals, snowy days, little cheek kisses
Dislikes: Silence, fire, sudden loud noises
Fun fact: Absolutely terrified of ghost stories

[From press kit]

Tara Bryck
HairRed, Shoulder-length, Straight
BodyPale, Slim, Young-adult
ClothesHairpin, Jacket, Jeans, Shirt
PersonalityCharismatic, Energetic, Funny, Outgoing, Transgender
RoleAmerican, Blogger, Comedian, Homosexual, Temporary Protagonist
Engages inInvestigation
Subject ofFilming
Voiced byStephanie Arata


One of the world's most popular paranormal vloggers (according to her), Tara is unfailingly charismatic and bursting with limitless energy.

She's brash, intrepid, and always seeking something new. That often makes her a magnet for trouble: whether it's from relentless flirting, minor criminal activities or just plain pig-headedness, things around Tara have a tendency to end in chaos.

Hobbies: Photography, party planning
Likes: Likes, comments, subscribers
Dislikes: Horses, Brussels sprouts, instruction manuals
Fun fact: Has been arrested for trespassing four times in four different states

[From press kit]

Side characters

Evelyn Fischer
HairLong, Orange, Parted in Middle, Ponytail, Waist Length+
BodyAdult, Pale, Slim
ClothesJacket, Shirt, Trousers
PersonalityCold-hearted, Confident, Manipulative, Mature, Secretive, Serious
RoleGerman, Mayor, Mother
Voiced byTara Langella


Morgan's mother, and the mayor of Eysenfeld. With a frigid personality that borders on terrifying, she commands respect from those she encounters. Not that her daughter ever offers it.

It's clear from the beginning that she's not happy about Maddie and Tara's visit to her town. But Morgan claims that Evelyn is worse than she seems. Much worse.

[From Kickstarter]

PersonalityCautious, Kind
RoleCat, Pet
Voiced byEmaline Tuck


Cat of an unknown origin, who has been keeping Morgan's company throughout her life.