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Adastra is a Ren'Py Sci-Fi Space Opera Furry Visual Novel made by the Echo Project group, also responsible for Echo and Route 65, also known as The Smoke Room.

The story follows your player character as he is kidnapped by Amicus, the prince of a galactic wolf empire from the eponymous planet. Political hijinks ensue.

The project is currently in development with regular monthly scheduled updates. The latest versions and updates can be found on their Patreon page and page. As well as a main Twitter page which contains information and updates on all their current projects.


Not to be confused with the Brad Pitt movie, Ad Astra. Seriously, no. You clicked on the wrong page. You're not going to find Brad Pitt in a furry visual novel.

This visual novel contains graphic content, sex, and violence and the novel and all links on this page are NSFW.

This visual novel contains examples of:

  • Adorkable: Amicus is silly and dopey and despite his intentions and execution of his plans, he's just too dang clumsy to hate!
  • All Just a Dream: What Marco was hoping all of this space nonsense was but unfortunately for him, it's not a dream...
  • Aliens Speaking English: Justified. Amicus implants a translator chip called a Lingua near Marco's eye which allows him to speak to aliens.
  • Alternate History: Adastra is what colonized Earth and began the influence for the Roman Empire.
  • Ancient Astronauts: Adastra and other nearby colonies and civilization tried to uplift on earth but ultimately failed and all records of earth mysteriously vanished from Adastra.
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  • Ancient Grome: There are mixes of ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian society.
  • And I Must Scream: Marco being tranquilized sounds like he is being slowly killed or completely paralyzed by the effects of the device.
  • Applied Phlebotinum: How the Lingua works, not even Amicus knows how it translates languages other than it "attaches itself to the brain and influences the language center".
  • Beast Man: The aliens of Adastra resemble Earth animals like wolves, jackals, and cats.
  • Body Horror:
    • Amicus has a tranquilizing device much like a taser but without electricity which he uses to knock out and kidnap Marco. The story goes into graphic detail how his body seizes completely and how he feels dead inside where he can't feel or move any parts of his body.
    • And when Marco hits him with the reversal, he uses the device at the maximum setting which cause Amicus to spasm violently, drool and foam at the mouth while seizing uncontrollably and his face distorting like a twisted cartoon.
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  • Boldly Coming: Although Marco is first appalled by the idea of starting a relationship and having sex with an alien, he slowly warms up to the idea.
  • Canon Name: The protagonist's default name is Marco.
  • Cat Folk: Alexios and his people are talking cat people.
  • Culture Chop Suey: Adastra is based on Ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt.
  • Dr. Genericius: Every character has Roman influenced names such as Amicus, Cassius, etc.
  • Dumb Muscle: Amicus is stout, robust, and muscular, but not exactly intelligent.
  • Eye Scream: Amicus secretly plants a tiny translator chip on Marco while he is sleeping, however he implants it right above his eyelid. Marco describes it as a jabbing and throbbing pain but it went away after a while.
  • Fanservice: Muscular anthropomorphic men who are shirtless 95% of the time? Check.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Adastra is a futuristic Roman society but was the precursor to Earth's Ancient Rome where this alien society is what tried to uplift their influence on Earth in the first place. The Wolves are Romans, the Khemians (Jackals) are Egyptians, Alexios and the cat people analogous to the Ancient Greeks and the Tigers are Indian.
  • Fish out of Water: Marco is a human from Earth and finds himself on an alien planet where he has to learn to adapt.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Marco is whisked away to Adastra, where the society is very similar to Ancient Rome but with sci-fi elements and futuristic technology.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Cassius is more refined and snobbish than the laid-back and carefree Amicus.
  • Furry Reminder: Amicus is weak against belly rubs and sprawls and kicks his legs like a dog. Amicus even tries to get back at Marco only to find out it doesn't work on humans.
  • Gratuitous Latin: As Adastra is based on Ancient Rome, Latin is abundant.
  • Groin Attack: During their fight on the spaceship, Marco kicks Amicus in the crotch in order to escape his grip.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: You can name the protagonist but entering nothing gives the default name Marco.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After tranquilizing Marco twice, Marco decides to use it against Amicus only this time with much more power than he used.
  • The Homeward Journey: Marco's objective is to escape Adastra and return home and he isn't getting home that easily.
  • Humanoid Aliens: Adastrians share the same basic anatomy and biology as humans but with an animalistic twist, they are basically Beast Men.
  • Inexplicable Cultural Ties: Discussed that Adastra colonized Earth and began the Roman Empire. Of course, ultimately it failed. But they tried conquering other planets as well.
  • Interspecies Romance: Marco, a human from Earth and Amicus, an alien wolf, fall in love.
  • Intelligent Gerbil: The aliens of the game are basically walking and talking Earth wolves, cats, jackals, tigers, etc.
  • Kidnapped by the Call: Marco is kidnapped and flown to Adastra without his consent and even after refusing to join Amicus.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: What Amicus was hoping to put Marco through as he tried to explain as little as possible as to what's happening and in order to make the facade that he was dumb and unaware of anything more credible.
  • Manly Gay: Amicus is tough, masculine, and very much gay.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Although they had a rocky start and Amicus shamelessly kidnapped Marco, they warm up to each other over time and set aside their differences.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Ad astra" is Latin for "to the stars".
    • "Amicus" is Latin for "friend" where despite his misinformed intentions and rocky first impressions, he may just be the only true friend you have in this hostile environment.
    • "Cassius" is based on Gaius Cassius Longinus, the man who betrayed and assassinated Julius Caesar. What that says about him and his sketchy behavior does not bode well.
    • "Alexios" is Greek for defender/helper and seeing how he is kind and helpful to the heroes really fits him well.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Amicus is bold, manly, and topless most of the time.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Marco is new to Adastra and learns how to cope and adapt in this new found society.
  • Nanomachines: The Lingua is a tiny microscopic chip that is attached anywhere like a piercing and allows the user to translate virtually any language in the known universe.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Marco knocks out the only person who can get him home and tries to navigate a spaceship he has no idea how to pilot or read anything and ends up nearly hurling him and Amicus into a star.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Marco has to pretend he is a dumb pet for Amicus so that people won't question him or Amicus.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When Amicus realizes Marco isn't as unintelligent as he presumed.
    • When Marco realizes that he thought he could take on the musclebound seven-foot tall alien wolf Amicus in a fight.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Marco is an average American college student who was studying abroad in Rome and just before his semester started he was taken by Amicus to Adastra.
  • Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females: Virginia is fully dressed while most of the male cast is topless, very likely for Fanservice.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Big. Fucking. Time. This should be called Poor Communication Kills: The Visual Novel. Amicus and Marco fail to communicate so many times that things just blow up in both their faces.
  • The Quest: The plot revolves around Marco's adventure through Adastra and trying to return home.
  • Scenery Porn: The backgrounds and scenery are simply amazing and definitely fit an otherworldly Roman influence.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Virginia, Amicus and Cassius' sister, is the only female major cast member.
  • Space Romans: Adastra is a Roman society in space that influenced Earth's Ancient Rome.
  • Straight Gay: Amicus is a very masculine wolf who has no feminine interests and is very much gay.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Marco obviously isn't happy about being dragged to Adastra by Amicus and is forced to work alongside him in order not to blow their cover and so that he can possibly return home.
  • Token Human: Marco is the only human living in Adastra, makes sense as he was brought from Earth against his will.
  • Trapped in Another World: Marco is kidnapped from Earth by Amicus and brought to Adastra with no word on when he will return to Earth, if ever.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Amicus, Neferu, and Cato almost never wear shirts and are topless pretty much most of the time, due to the furry appeal this should be obvious enough why.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Amicus' plan to bring a human to Adastra kidnap and bring a human against their will and deceive them and lie to them by hoping they will be too unintelligent to suspect what exactly is going on.
  • What Does She See in Him?: Marco questions how Alex could have feelings for someone like Cass.
  • Wolf Man: The denizens of Adastra are wolf people.
  • You Sexy Beast: Despite their differences and terrible first impressions, Marco slowly warms up to the idea of making love to Amicus, an alien wolf.


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