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Visual Novel / Nightbound

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Nightbound is one of the many stories of Pixelberry's Choices: Stories You Play collection and also a spinoff of their vampire story, Bloodbound.

You always knew visiting New Orleans would be a life-changing experience... you had no idea how right you would be.


  • Abusive Parents: Lady Smoke emotionally and psychologically abused Vera, resulting in her running away from home.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Cal hires Nik (and by extension Alex) to find his younger brother Donny. Chapter 4 shows him headbutting his brother and taking his place to fight the minotaur.
  • The Big Easy: The story takes place in New Orleans, even starting by dropping you off in Bourbon Street.
  • Bi the Way: As with all Choices games, you can date anyone regardless of gender.
  • Birthday Episode: The first chapter has Alex celebrating their birthday with their best friend Kristin Jones.
  • The Cameo:
    • A premium scene in Chapter 7 has a cameo from Priya Lacroix.
    • One of the ghosts in Chapter 8 is Josephine Vance.
  • Catapult Nightmare: The game starts with Alex being chased by a zombie like thing. No matter what choice is made, they die and wake up in the cab.
  • Darker and Edgier: This series quickly becomes this compared to Bloodbound, the series it spinned off from. Within two chapters Alex sees a man get torn in half, Kristin is rendered catatonic, and Alex learns that someone wants them dead and has sent a monster known as a Bloodwraith after them.
  • Den of Iniquity: Persephone is a supernatural one of these that involves sex, drugs, and fight clubs.
  • The Dreaded: While Lady Smoke is a feared mob boss because of the Reimonenq Curse, the Fate is a bigger one that even she won't cross her. The Fate is the top boss in magic hierarchy in New Orleans.
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  • Expy: Word of God has confirmed that Nik Ryder was inspired by Dean Winchester. Both of them are cynical monster hunters who were introduced to the supernatural world by their deceased fathers.
  • Flash Back: The monster tears of certain supernatural figures show flashbacks of the corresponding character's past to Alex.
    • The first is Kristof Jensen's. It shows him and Octavia hunting a bear.
    • The second is Lady Smoke's. It shows her torturing a drug dealer and manipulating her daughter Vera into killing him.
    • The third is the Fate's. It shows her in Ancient Greece as the Oracle of Delphi telling visions to a young woman, a soldier, and a king.
    • The fourth is Cassiopeia's. It shows her being ostracized for her necromancy and resurrecting a man named Thomas, who she had feelings for. It also reveals that Thomas persuaded her to create the Bloodwraith that wrought havoc in New Orleans.
  • Fantastic Racism: Thomas hates all supernatural beings due to being killed by one. He refers to them as abominations and believes that he is cleansing the world by eliminating them.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The bouncer at the club in Chapter 1 is torn in half by the Bloodwraith.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Like all Choices characters, you can name your character whatever. The default name here is Alex.
  • Invisible to Normals: Monsters do walk among humans in glamours, but only those familiar with their kind and have items to help (Nik and Katherine) or have unknown powers (Alex) can see through them.
  • Like Mother Unlike Daughter: Vera's a kind, helpful individual who hates hurting others, in stark contrast to her mother Lady Smoke, a ruthless mob boss who pits supernatural creatures against each other in gladiator fights.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Chapter 11 reveals that Lord Elric is Alex's father.
  • Minotaur: Donny's opponent in the cage fight is this. Alex can either have an Oh, Crap! moment or be unimpressed.
  • Necromancer: Cassiopeia has the power to raise the dead, including animals, to the point that it horrified her mother as a child. Because she used it to revive one of her coven sisters, the Fate has her exiled from New Orleans. She also used it to revive a man named Thomas who washed up in her swamp.
  • Shipper on Deck: A premium choice in Chapter 6 allows Alex to help Krom work up the courage to ask out Garrus. It works and the rough and tumble rock troll becomes boyfriend to the lithe and sensitive fae bartender.
  • Slasher Smile: Thomas' happy expression depicts him as having a psychotic grin.
  • Tarot Troubles: A premium scene in Chapter 3 allows Alex to have their fortune read by Luc. When asked about what's happening to them, they get the Reverse World and Upright Moon. The next cards that are pulled are the Magician, the Queen of Cups and the Devil. The next card revealed is the Prince of Swords. Then he finally pulls the Nine of Swords, the Wheel of Fortune and Reverse Emperor.
  • Time Abyss: The Fate is this, having existed since Ancient Greece as the Oracle of Delphi.
  • Trapped by Gambling Debts: Chapter 4 has Cal's brother, Donny, reveal he's in debt from gambling and that he's working at the fight ring in Persephone to pay it off.
  • Touch of Death: The Reimonenq Curse, as described by Vera in Chapter 7, is one given to her family when her ancestor burned down a coven of witches down to their children. For that, their descendants kill anyone they touch. Vera utterly hates it while her mother, Lady Smoke, embraces it.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Despite being a psychopath with a black and white view on the supernatural, Thomas believes that he is helping ordinary people by killing supernatural creatures and their sympathizers.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 10 reveals Cassiopeia is the one who made the bloodwraith for her lover, Thomas, who's using it to hunt down every last supernatural being and supporter in the city.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Invoked in universe with one guy trying to hit on Alex and Kristin by using a bad French accent.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Thomas sics the bloodwraith on Cassiopeia, only having used her to make it after she brought him back to life.

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