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Lucette, the crown princess of Angielle, is not your typical fairytale heroine. Cold-hearted and bitter, she deeply resents her new stepmother and siblings after her beloved mother's death during the kingdom's Great War between fairies and witches and the only beings she displays any affection toward are her dolls which has led to her being hated or feared by everyone else in the kingdom.

However, that all changes one day when one of Lucette's dolls reveals herself to be a witch and inflicts her with the Fairytale Curse, an enchantment created by wicked witches to punish humans with curses based on well-known fairytales. In Lucette's case, the curse is a twisted version of "Cinderella" that causes her to go from Riches to Rags and almost everyone else to forget that she was ever the princess of Angielle.

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Lucette must break the curse by performing three good deeds, a task that's easier said than done for someone like her. Along the way, she comes into contact with a variety of characters afflicted by the Fairytale Curse too — her stepbrother Rod who's rendered mute by the Mermaid Curse, a puppeteer named Waltz who's trapped in a child's body by the Neverland Curse, an amnesiac man who calls himself Rumpel after his Rumpelstiltskin Curse, a flamboyant crossdressing man named Karma who refuses to divulge the full details of his curse, and her knight Fritz who's always been kind to her but may have a hidden dark side — who she can work together with to undo each other's curses and even fall in love with.

However, it turns out that there is far more at stake than a princess needing to learn compassion, and Lucette getting her fairytale ending with her man of choice will require a lot more work than three good deeds.

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This visual novel can be downloaded for free on itch.io or Steam.

Author recommended playing order: Rod - Karma - Rumpel - Fritz - Waltz


This game contains the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Jurien. Lucette becomes one in Karma's and, to an extent, Waltz's routes.
  • Abusive Parents: Lucette's mother Hildyr, who manipulated, isolated and emotionally abused Lucette until she became cold and hostile to the world around her. Fritz's father Alcastor also counts, as he turned his son into his unwilling lackey by cursing him into Varg. Fritz's route specifically even shows Alcastor punching him (while in the form of Varg) for losing Lucette. Moreover, he straight-up kills Fritz in Karma's good ending, after he manages to regain control of his body.
  • Adopted into Royalty: Rod and Emelaigne, who became prince and princess after their mother Ophelia (previously a baker) married the king.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Waltz calls Lucette "little star" in his route.
  • All In The Manual: Dicesuki's official tumblr answers questions and provides trivia not in the game, from character's birthdays to the guys' thoughts on crossdressing.
  • Amnesiac Hero: It isn't obvious at first, but as the story goes on, Lucette begins to realize there are a lot of inexplicable gaps in her childhood memories. It turns out that her memories were selectively erased by her mother, in order to ensure her absolute loyalty and obedience. Also Rumpel counts as one, hence this is his curse.
  • Anti-Villain: Varg, in some routes. While he mostly assists Alcastor and/or Mythros, he's also known to do small things to protect Lucette and is sometimes downright reluctant to go against her. This is revealed in Fritz's route to be the result of Fritz's affections for Lucette seeping into his "Varg" split-personality.
  • Backup Bluff: In Waltz's good ending, Lucette pretends to obey Hildyr in order to stop her.
  • Balance Between Good and Evil: The Lucis and Tenebrarum crystals were meant to be used by fairies and witches in harmony until that balance was thrown off by humans coming to hate witches and the Tenebrarum crystal corrupting many of these witches.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Lucette with Rod (who starts out hating her), Karma (who exasperates her with his narcissism and snark), and Rumpel (whose shameless flirting irritates her).
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Every route has one, true to the Romance Game genre.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Almost every good ending is attained at the cost of at least one major character's death.
    • Rod's good ending, while arguably the happiest given that it features no major character deaths, is still somewhat bittersweet. For one, it's implied that while Lucette's relationship with her step-family has improved a lot, her relationship with her father is still quite strained and slow-moving even in the epilogue. For another, her romance with Rod has to be kept secret for obvious reasons and the ultimate fate of their relationship is up in the air.
    • Karma's good ending comes at the price of Fritz's death by the hand of his own father.
    • Rumple's good ending comes at the cost of Parfait's death. Moreover, Varg/Fritz just plain disappears since nobody knew he was cursed in the first place, leaving his fate open-ended.
    • Midway through Waltz's route the King dies just after finally mending his relationship with Lucette. Also in Waltz's good ending, Parfait passes away after finally defeating Hildyr.
    • Fritz's good ending in particular is filled with a lot more tragedy than any other character's good ending. To start, Garlan and Delora are both killed part-way through the story. Doubly heartbreaking for the latter, since it was after becoming a Surrogate Parent to Lucette and growing very close. Parfait ultimately sacrifices herself in order to destroy Hildyr, along with all magic in the kingdom. Varg also dies in a way, as he allows Fritz to fully take control of their body once and for all because he'd fallen in love with Lucette and knew that only Fritz could make her happy.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Karma's and Rumpel's sprites have these.
  • The Blank: How the nameless, Faceless Masses are presented.
  • Blessed with Suck: Karma's curse is that any woman who looks at him falls in love with him. This doesn't sound all that bad compared to being forgotten by your family, losing all your memories, or being stuck in a child's body until you learn that the curse also transforms Karma into a beast whenever he begins to fall in love with someone which always inevitably scares them off.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Fritz was appointed Lucette's personal knight, which is essentially the same thing as a bodyguard, and he's an unlockable love interest.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Karma purposely acts distant and grumpy with Lucette near the conclusion of his route. In the end, it's revealed he was trying to push her away to avoid triggering his beast form and scaring her off before she turned 18 and could break his curse.
  • Chick Magnet:
    • Rumpel is generally quite popular with the female customers in the Marchen, and he tends to have a small crowd of girls around him at all times. That is, unless you chose to pursue his route, in which he stops flirting around once in a committed relationship.
    • Literally the effect of Karma's curse is that women instantly fall in love with him on sight. While not seen during the game, he implies he was once the non-magical version of this before getting cursed.
  • Child by Rape: Implied in Karma’s route, when Lucette learns that Hildyr forced the King to marry her. Confirmed in Waltz's route, as it is revealed that Lucette is actually this - she was conceived after her mother used some sort of magic on her father in order to force him to have sex with her.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Rumpel flirts with everyone in a skirt (including Karma before he learned his true gender) but once he makes his feelings for Lucette clear, he stops the flirting with others.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Rumpel used to be a doctor who did his best to cure every patient who came to him without expecting any payment in return. This is not portrayed by the narrative as an entirely good thing, as Rumpel's refusal to accept payment from many of his patients soured his relationship with his fiancee and his insistence on saving every single one of his patients drove him to make deals with a witch that cost him his engagement ring and eventually his memories.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: When you make the right decision for any of the love-interests, a small, colored crystallum pops up in the corner of the screen. Each one matches a prominent colour in each of their designs; dark purple for Rod, red for Karma, fuchsia for Rumple, grey for Fritz and light green for Waltz.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Delora's reason for cursing Lucette, believing that she needed a major change to force her to become a better person.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Delora, the witch who cursed Lucette, has an appearance befitting a stereotypically evil witch but she turns out to be a genuinely well-intentioned Jerk with a Heart of Gold who's best friends with the fairy Parfait.
  • Date Rape: On Waltz's route, the King reveals that this is what Hildyr did to him, in order to conceive Lucette (presumably with a spell or a potion, but he apparently has no memory of what exactly happened).
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Lucette's Character Development on each route is marked by her gradually warming up to the people she spends time with.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the first 3 routes, the other love interests you aren't currently pursuing will have short cameos at most. Averted in the 2 unlockable routes, in which all of the love interests have more screentime.
  • Disappears into Light: Instead of leaving behind a body, fairies and witches seem to fade away into light as they die.
  • Disneyfication: Surprisingly, avoided in case of The Little Mermaid and Little Red Riding Hood. The plot of the former is replicated almost entirely - up to the gut-wrenching final twist (save, maybe, for Rod not feeling excrutiating pain every time he makes a step); as for the latter, Fritz's route does manage to keep the sexual subtext some see in the original fairytale intact. "The wolf will always protect the girl he wants to devour", indeed.
  • Driven to Villainy: According to Parfait and Delora, Hildyr used to be a genuinely kind witch until humans began killing witches.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: In Rod's bad ending, he confesses that he was starting to love Lucette while he's dissolving into dust. Garlan also attempts to give one to Jurien after his Heroic Sacrifice to save her on Fritz's route, but dies before he can finish it.
  • Empty Shell: Lucette, in Waltz's bad ending. The King in Fritz's route.
  • Everyone Can See It: In most of the routes, other characters pick will up on the feelings between Lucette and her chosen Love Interest before even she does.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in Rod's route, where it becomes gossip throughout the kingdom that he and one of the palace maids (which Lucette is posing as) are lovers, after he defends her from two noblewomen. Ophelia even sees it enough to ask Lucette about it directly, though Lucette promptly rejects the idea at the time.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: While not outright evil, Lucette spends a long time believing that any kindness anyone else shows her is either false or done only because they want something from her in return and can't comprehend that people would honestly care about her well-being.
  • Evil Chancellor: Mythros, who is King Genero's royal advisor. In truth, he's loyal to Hildyr and spends every route trying to resurrect her to varying degrees of success.
  • Evil Matriarch: Lucette's mother, Hildyr, raised her to be a cruel and unfeeling girl who would hate anyone who wasn't her beloved mother.
  • Evil Redhead: Lucette starts out as one, but later becomes an aversion. Her mother, Hildyr, plays this trope completely straight.
  • Fallen Princess: What Lucette becomes thanks to the curse.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Mythros, true to his position as royal advisor. He often adopts a polite disposition while committing his heinous acts, including but not limited to: forcing soldiers to murder each other in order to psychologically torture Rumpel, who hates death; using Mind Control to force Rod to murder his ex-crush; manipulating Lucette into resurrecting her evil mother and his master; etc.
    • Hildyr also tends to speak this way to Lucette, referring to her as "dearest heart" even when she's angry with her.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Lucette and Waltz became friends as children, but Lucette's mother wiped her memories of him.
  • Flirty Stepsiblings: Rod, Lucette's stepbrother, is a romance option.
  • Flower Motifs:
    • Lilies are Lucette's favorite flower and are given to her by her love interest on some routes, as well as featuring prominently in the game's UI.
    • Roses are a prominent motif of Karma's wardrobe and hint that his curse is based on "Beauty and the Beast".
  • Fractured Fairy Tale: The Fairytale Curse operates like this, forcing people to live out a warped version of the original fairy tale.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Karma's given name turns out to be the acronym of his Overly Long Name. His brother has an even worse acronym than him.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Hildyr became this after being Driven to Villainy by humans turning on witches. She forced the king to marry her by threatening to kill his true love Ophelia if he didn't and terrorized the humans of Angielle to such an extent that they hated and feared her daughter based on her mother's reputation alone. Add to that how she gets resurrected in some routes, filled with the same hatred and bitterness towards humanity as before, and you understand why Parfait and Delora wanted to make sure that Lucette wouldn't follow in her mother's footsteps.
  • Golden Ending: Waltz's good ending, arguably, as it clears up most of the questions that the other routes leave hanging, is the only one where Lucette has already become full fledged witch and learns how to use magic, and the only one where she becomes queen of Angielle.
  • Good Stepmother: Ophelia remains kind and sweet to Lucette in all routes, even despite the latter's cold behaviour toward her for an entire year.
  • Hair Decorations: A few characters are seen wearing this: both Lucette and Emelaigne wear hair bands, Karma is wearing flowers in his hair while in disguise, Ophelia wears what seems to be a crown, and Parfait also has one.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Emelaigne, a sweet and cheerful girl who sincerely just wants to be friends with Lucette despite knowing who her mother is.
  • Hand Puppet: Waltz uses hand puppets to narrate Lucette's childhood and their first meeting at one point of the game. He also puts up street puppet shows for kids.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Lucette is the default name for the protagonist, but you can name her anything else you like.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: If you choose to pursue Karma.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Garlan and Parfait in Fritz's route. Fritz/Varg also performs this in some routes.
    • Lucette can also do this in Waltz's bad ending. Lucette's mother is holding Waltz hostage and nearly kills him, but Lucette persuades her to spare his life - in exchange, she allows her mother to drain her of her magic power. It doesn't kill her, but she becomes an empty, soulless husk, and her Mother's perfectly obedient puppet.
    • This is Rumpel's bad ending as well. He jumps in front of Lucette just as she's about to be stabbed and dies from the wound.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Karma's and Waltz's routes have this.
  • Inconvenient Attraction: Lucette and Rod have a lot of trepidation about their growing attraction in Rod's route, and even deny it for a while when rumours start spreading about them being lovers. Given that they're technically step siblings (even if nobody else remembers such, due to Lucette's curse), it's easy to see why.
  • In Name Only: Most characters' curses have a clear connection to the fairytale they were derived from, but Fritz's curse has only a very tenuous connection with the fairytale it's named after. If the words "Red Riding Hood" were taken out, you'd probably think that his curse was based more on the tale of Jekyll & Hyde than anything else.
  • Interspecies Romance: Lucette and any of her love-interests besides Waltz, as they are all human while she is a witch. Downplayed, as there's seemingly no biological difference between witches and humans aside from magical ability, and Lucette herself is a Half-Human Hybrid.
  • It's All My Fault: As Lucette learns to care about other people, she starts blaming herself when they become hurt as a result of protecting her.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Rod tried to adopt this attitude towards Vicoria, letting her marry another man without telling her that he was the one who actually saved her, but couldn't resist still wishing to become a prince to find some way of getting her to return his feelings. Also, in Fritz's good ending, his split personality Varg willingly erases himself because he grew to love Lucette too and knew that only Fritz could make her happy.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Fritz tries to be this for Lucette and Lucette, in spite of initially treating him almost as coldly as she does everyone else, views him as the only person she can trust to any extent.
  • Knight Templar: Alcaster wants to ursurp King Genaro because he believes that the kingdom has grown too soft under his rule and needs a more iron hand to become strong again, even if he has to kill Genaro and condemn his own son to a curse that will eventually destroy his identity to do it.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • Rumpel's curse caused him to lose all memories of who he was and while people he knew before he was cursed still recognize him, they've lost the memory of his name too.
    • Lucette's identity as the crown princess of Angielle is forgotten by everyone who isn't a fairy, witch, or afflicted by the Fairytale Curse too. Her mother also erased many of her childhood memories to mold her into a completely obedient daughter with the same cold heart as her.
    • On Fritz's route, Fritz himself has no memory of transforming into Varg or what he does when he's Varg.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: This happens with both Fritz and Waltz's routes, as they spoil each other. Waltz reveals his curse and it's broken offscreen in Fritz's route, but he tells Lucette what it is and they break it fairly early in his plotline, anyway. The fact that Fritz and Varg are the same person is revealed in Waltz's route, but Fritz's route keeps it a mystery for most of it.
  • Light Is Not Good: Lucette's mother Hildyr has a softer and gentler-seeming appearance and wardrobe than Delora's and her magic is colored pure white, but she kicks the most puppies out of the entire cast.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: Subverted. Lucette is royalty through her father, the King, but as she learns later on, she is both a witch and the heir to the Tenebrarum Crystal through her mother, which is ultimately much more important to the story and serves as the driving force behind the plot.
  • Love Triangle: Downplayed but present in Rod's and Rumple's routes between them, Lucette and Viorica or Bria, respectively.
  • Maybe Ever After: In Rod's good ending. Since they are step siblings, they cannot publicly be together as lovers, and it is unclear if they ever will.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: When Emelaigne's being magically controlled by Mythros to kill Vicoria, her eyes are a bit duller.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: On Waltz's route, it's implied that Hans Grimm grew to regret writing the fairytales that caused humans to believe that all witches were evil and tried to correct his mistake but that it was too late at that point for him to undo the damage he'd caused.
  • Mythology Gag: Rod's red plush bunny who speaks for him is named Sebby, a reference to Sebastian from Disney's The Little Mermaid.
  • Older Than They Look: Waltz's curse makes him look 12 years old, but he's actually 22 years old and acts far more mature than Karma and Rumpel.
  • Nature Vs Nurture: The game's theme is firmly on the side of nurture. Lucette's initial cold and harsh behaviour is caused by her mother's emotional abuse and manipulation, rather than it being In the Blood, as many assumed.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Parfait and Delora not explaining to Lucette upfront about the full reasons behind Delora cursing her causes problems in several routes, especially in Fritz's route where Mythros uses this lack of communication to turn Lucette against them.
  • The Power of Love: Lucette can break Rod or Karma's curses this way. It could also be argued that Varg/Fritz plays into this trope as well, seeing as how Varg chooses to willingly erase himself due to his love for Lucette.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Leave. Me. Alone", Lucette to the guards ordered to escort her home.
  • Romantic Wingman: Karma offers romantic advice to Rumple in his route, once they settle their differences. Rumple likewise returns the favour in Karma's route, by attempting to hint at his feelings to Lucette (though she doesn't seem to believe him).
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • Lucette, who often takes a leading role in defeating Mythros, Alcastor and/or her mother.
    • Karma, who is a prince of a neighbouring kingdom, yet still actively fights to defend Angielle.
    • King Genaro. Though he's somewhat powerless in most routes, he takes a level in badass in Waltz's route and actively fights with a sword. He also manages to free himself and Lucette from their bindings with Hidden Weapons and they would have escaped unscathed if they hadn't stumbled across Hildyr. Even in the other routes, it's implied that he's been working tirelessly for 4 years to rebuild the kingdom and has been quite successful for his efforts.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Inverted with Lucette and either Karma or Rumpel. Lucette is generally pragmatic, deadpan and pessimistic. Karma is a flamboyant Agent Peacock prone to overconfidence, and Rumpel is a Large Ham who constantly spouts Purple Prose dialogue.
  • Second Love: Lucette can become this to Rod who was in love with Viorica, Rumpel who used to be engaged to another woman or Karma who reminiscences about his past relationship at one point of the game.
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Lucette's kiss with Rod:
    I told you to stop talking.
  • So Proud of You: Lucette's father tells her this on Waltz's route just before he dies.
  • Split-Personality Takeover: Fritz is being slowly overtaken by Varg, the more ruthless personality created by his curse.
  • Spoiler Cover: The fairytales that Karma and Fritz's curses are based on are kept a secret in all routes except their own, but the symbols on the game's opening screen kind of give them away. Not very many fairytales have a rose or red cloak as a major element, after all.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Subverted. Lucette is a half witch, and possesses golden eyes - however, she actually inherited them from her father, who is human, and an aversion himself.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Mythros straddles the line between this and a gender-inverted Ignored Enamored Underling in regards to Hildyr. His plans in all routes completely revolve around reviving her and he holds obsessive adoration and Undying Loyalty to her, despite that she seemingly never really treated him that well and kills him in the routes she's revived. Fritz's route suggests that his loyalty may have been motivated by Mad Love, as much as it is in revenge to humanity. One particular memory Lucette recalls is overhearing a discussion between him and her mother, during which he praises her great beauty before being shut down by Hidyr.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • Lucette and Rod in the early chapters of Rod's route. Despite straight-up refusing to help Lucette with her curse originally, Rod eventually relents after Delora tells him off for it. Cue many frustrated and angry back-and-forths until Lucette's Character Development kicks in and they begin genuinely getting along.
    • Varg, Mythros and Alcastor. They aren't loyal to one another at all despite forming the main trio of antagonists for the first 3 routes. Things end with either Alcastor or Mythros disposing of the other because You Have Outlived Your Usefulness. Varg, in turn, seems to somewhat resent his place as their lackey and often does things to rebel; he pretends to be passed out in Rumple's route and relinquishes control of his body back to Fritz in Karma's.
  • That Came Out Wrong:
    • In Rumpel's route, he offers Lucette to sleep in his room for the night... then quickly clarifies that he didn't mean it like that.
    • In Waltz's route, Lucette goes to his room after a nightmare and asks to say the night. She means it in the most innocent and literal sense, but that doesn't stop him from getting a little flustered by her words. Straddles I Didn't Mean to Turn You On, as Lucette never seems to pick up on the double-meaning of her words.
  • Thicker Than Water: Lucette's Father and Lucette. Even when he can't remember her, Lucette's father insists her room remain maintained exactly how she left it before the curse.
  • Trapped in Villainy: Happens to Waltz, in his bad ending. Lucette has been made into an Empty Shell, and Waltz carries out Hildyr's dirty work in order to remain close to Lucette and hopefully bring her consciousness back (he's likely also being blackmailed, since Hildyr knows he is in love with her).
  • Tsundere: Rod in his route. He starts off genuinely disliking Lucette for her behaviour toward his family and refuses to help her. As her Character Development manifests, he slowly turns more into a Tsun and even tries to pass off his concern for Lucette to be on Emelaigne's behalf.
    • Lucette herself displays some major Tsun behaviour towards Karma and Rumpel on their routes, usually in the form of snark.
  • Undying Loyalty: Waltz, who will always protect and care for Lucette, no matter how poorly she treats him, or anyone else. This is especially true in his bad ending, where he becomes The Dragon for Hildyr purely out of his love for Lucette, whom Hildyr has turned into an Empty Shell. He is also determined to find a cure for her, even though Hildyr insists that there isn't one.
    • Fritz, who sides with Lucette and the Royal Family over his own father. He even dies protecting them in Karma's route.
    • Mythros, to Hildyr. See Sycophantic Servant above.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Lucette first encounters Karma in his female disguise and doesn't learn that he's actually a man until later on.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: Waltz, if you pursue his route.
  • Villainous Fashion Sense:
    • Mythros. He's Hildyr's evil lackey and dresses the part.
    • Varg has a full Evil Costume Switch instead of Fritz's usual outfit, complete with a Black Cloak and Boom Stick.
    • Hildyr is a subversion, as she dresses in a light-coloured, sweetheart-neckline dress, but she is easily the biggest bad in the game.
    • Inverted with Delora. Her dark purple dress may look villainous, but she's a self-proclaimed "good witch".
  • Was It All a Lie?: Once her mother's true nature is revealed to Lucette in most of the routes, she wonders if her mother had ever truly loved her. Though she claims in Fritz's good ending that she did love Lucette in her own twisted way, Waltz's bad ending suggests that Hildyr mostly saw Lucette as a tool to maintain power and has no qualms about turning her into a lifeless doll.
  • When She Smiles: Several characters are clearly taken aback whenever Lucette displays one of her rare smiles.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Completely averted with Ophelia who remains kind to Lucette in spite of Lucette continually treating her with contempt.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Near the ending of Fritz's route, Lucette learns that Delora once had a daughter of her own, Loreah, who was killed by Lucette's mother Hildyr at the age of just ten.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In several routes, Mythros disposes of Alcaster when his goals start interfering with his own. And in the routes where Hildyr is resurrected, she always kills Mythros when she feels that a display of total ruthlessness is in order.
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