The letter comes at the peak of summer, interrupting the calm tedium of your everyday life with news of loss and sending you on a journey that will challenge everything you know about yourself and those closest to you. 

    You are called back to Withe, the small town in the middle of a dense northeastern forest where you spent your summers as a child. Waiting for you is a grief-laden inheritance, old friends, unknown enemies, and a tangled web of mystery and magic complicated by numerous and significant gaps in your memory. 

    Tread carefully, dear reader, as the secrets of Withe and your past could spell the end for you or those you love. Dare to uncover the truth behind your birthright as strange forces gather to aid and oppose you. 

Game Details:

  • 12,000+ words for the Prologue/Common Route. 
  • 10,000+ words for Part 1: Sheltering Tree.
  • Play as a male, female, or non-binary character and choose your pronouns. (At the moment player pronouns are limited to a query. They may be referenced later in the story but until then are still regarded as important. Thus the query.) 
  • Five romanceable characters, three men, one woman, and one non-binary character. All characters are pansexual and panromantic. Each will have a specific route and will be released one at a time.  There will be 2 ROs per route.
  • Romance is optional! Every character’s route will include a friendship ending. 

Trigger warnings:

    Prologue/Common Route: Swearing, player character death, deceased family member, murder, blood, violence.

     Part 1: A Sheltering Tree: Swearing, player character death, murder, blood, gore in the literal sense,  violence, explicit exploration of gaslighting, explicit exploration of parental control/manipulation, mention of emotional child abuse. 

    Trigger warnings will be updated with every route added.

    Birthright is a dark fantasy for mature audiences and will contain adult themes and language. Please exercise caution and self care when reading. 





Further notes:

  • It is important that Birthright be both accessible and user friendly. Feedback is welcome and appreciated!
  • As more time and resources are devoted to this project I plan to include additional features like artwork. 
  • There are no current plans to add sexual content although that may change in the future. (If added, sexual content will be clearly telegraphed and easily avoided if the reader desires.)
  • There is no release date for the first route/installment at this time but keep an eye on this page or Sleeping Citadel’s Twitter for updates and other info.
  • This will be a commercial game with a pay per route structure although a limited number of community copies will also be available. 

Support this project:

    There is so much I would like to do in the future when it comes to adding features to Birthright and spending more time going full steam ahead with the writing itself. If you would like to support this project and help it reach its full potential, please visit

StatusIn development
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(26 total ratings)
GenreInteractive Fiction
Made withTwine
Tagsamare, Dark Fantasy, Dating Sim, LGBT, Magical Realism, Otome, Romance
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Touchscreen


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I want jack back pls...


Dear reader, I promise Jack’s story isn’t done yet. 💖


I hope his story never ends 😂.. jk


Thank you for fixing the bug issues! I finally got to read everything up to last update. All I can say is, Jack, please come back... ಥ_ಥ


I’m so glad it’s working! And I promise Jack’s story isn’t over yet…


Just finished and I absolutely loved it! It was delightful to read and I'm excited for more! No rush though :)

Thank you so much! I’m very glad you loved it!


The pronouns don't seem to be working


Thanks for bringing this to my attention! It should be only a query for now at  the beginning of the prologue/common route as the MC is currently only spoken of by name or referred to in different ways. That will probably change in individual routes. 

I will however go back and make sure that this is indeed the case. Thanks again!