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Ascension: Echoes in the Dark[]

Note: This is not chapter four of Ascension, it is separate but would technically take place after chapter three. Aida is not the protagonist. Read the FAQ from Rin's blog below.

*ETD = Echoes in the dark []

From Rin's FAQ on her blog:

1- What is Ascension: Echoes in the Dark?

A: Ascension: Echoes in the Dark is the official name for the fourth chapter of Ascension, a free, online visual novel by Rinmaru. The first three chapters can be found and played here.

2- What’s the difference of ETD? Why did it need a new logo or a new artwork style?

A: The first three chapters of Ascension were (except the backgrounds) completely made on Adobe Flash. For ETD, I’m using a visual novel engine called “Renpy” which allows me to use programs like Pain tool Sai and Photoshop for the artwork. That’s the reason why they look slightly different.

3-How many people are working on this game?

A: For now, it’s just me.

4- Are you looking to hire anyone?

A: Not at the moment but I might need translators  in the future. I’m only one person and I don’t make millions…so… =P I can’t hire a lot of people.

6- I played the first three chapters, Is Aida going to be the protagonist for ETD? Are we going to be able to “date” Zander, Jace, Faelern or Kole in the new game? A: No, Aida won’t be the protagonist for ETD and no, you won’t be able to “date” Zander, Jace, Faelern or Kole in the new game.

7- WHY!?

A: Mostly because ETD will simply be a whole new game. I will do everything I wanted to do, explain everything I wanted to explain about Arunia (The world of Ascension) without having the need to make a remake of the first three games. You will start the game with a new heroine, have a new adventure with new companions and new places. It will stick to the original story but it will also have new and shiny stuff. Most importantly, you will not have to play the first three games to understand what’s going on in ETD. Like I said, ETD will be a whole new game in the same world of the first three games.

8- Who is this Seer?

A: It will be the character you will create at the start of the game. More than that, I can’t tell, however chapter.3’s ending has bits and pieces of what ETD will be about.

9- Will the new Ascension game be free? Will I have to download/Install it?

A:  Yes, it will be free and yes you will have to download/install it to your computer. =)

I’ll make sure to have a PC/Mac and Linux version ready. 

11- Is this an App? Will I have to subscribe?
A: No, it’s not an app and no, you won’t have to subscribe to anything. Just a digital download of one game.

13- Do you have a donate button? I want to help!
A: Thank you so much for offering but for now, I don’t need any donations =)! Since I’m doing everything on my own (except the music of course) I don’t need any extra money for the development.

(Note she does actually have a donate button here )

14- Will the game be on

A: No,it won’t be. It’ll be downloaded from a new website.

15- What are the system requirements?

(from game page

Minmum System Requirements[]

Windows XP, Mac OSX, Linux with glibc 2.3+

1.2 Ghz Single-Core CPU


1280 x 720 Display Resolution

3GB disk space

Recommended System Requirements[]

Windows 7 / 8, Mac OSX, Linux with glibc 2.3+

2.0 Ghz or higher Dual-Core CPU


1600 x 900 or Higher Display Resolution

5GB or more disk space


16- When’s the release date!?

A: 2015/2016

17- Why is the main protagonist a female?

A: Personal choice. I’ll always have female protagonists in my games. Until the day I sell my soul to the devil for a few million dollars. Then I’ll continue making games with female protagonists with the million dollars I earned in exchange of my soul.

18- What type of customization will be in the game?

[below more information is listed]

19- Is This/That gonna happen in ETD?

A: Please wait and see. No spoilers.

20- Will we be able to name our character in ETD?

A: Yes.

21- Will we see “this or that” from the old game?

A: Wait and see.

22- Can I be a beta tester?

A:Yes you can. Register to the forum and voila!

23- Can I translate the game to “insert language”?

A: Thank you so much for offering, but the game needs to be finished for me to answer this question :)

24- Is it possible to finish the game without any romance?

A: Yes. ETD is an otome game / rpg but it is possible to finish the game without any romantic interaction.

25- Will you release a demo?

A: I did release an alpha version. It’s right here.

Game Possibilities:

1. Choose

  • Race (see available races below)
  • Backstory
  • Class (Again, below)
  • Character Appearance

2. Choose between a variety of love interests, same-sex romance will be available.

3. For now there are three dialogue options you can pick from, just like in the first three chapters.

The names of the new main characters (all romanceable):

  • Hana
  • Aryyn
  • Amelia
  • Ethan
  • Reno
  • Nathaniel


  • Lith
  • Human
  • Kaleik
  • Moon elf
  • Sun elf
  • (Dwarf, unfortunately, had to be removed)


  • The Orphan
  • The Avenger
  • The Adventurer


  • Warrior
  • Mage
  • Thief

Features Rin Wants to Include (possibly outdated, mostly accurate though):[]

- What I want to do List -

1- Character Creation at the start. Race,hairstyle,haircolor,skin color,job/profession,background history

2- Different starting points for each  profession. 

3-Choosable main weapons (Bow and arrow,daggers,magic,water,nature,fire or wind etc.)

4- Battle system.  []

5- Practical skill points system for battles. 

6- Inventory/armory/spells/skills for battles. 

7-Reputation system.  cunning, rage and goodwill again. 

8- Original Music. 

9- Romance (including same sex romance) with proper affection points system. 

10- Large map. Lots of places to visit. 

11- Lots of side quests. 

12- Seriously different endings.

13- Quick time events.(Press E real quick for a different conversation option)

More information is available on her new main blog here.[]