In a small village deep in the woods, there is a priory. The old bell tolls, and a cleric begins her confession of what happened last night. 

This is my first ever Visual Novel developed in one week for the Only One of Any Asset (Again!) Jam of 2021. I never developed a Visual Novel before, and it was an incredible learning experience to try to get something working in a short time span!

CONTENT WARNING: the script has adult & mature themes that may not be suitable for everyone, including:

  • Mild violence
  • Sexual references

Please be advised before playing.  


MusicDova Syndrome
Special Thanks toPotatoLays

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars
(67 total ratings)
GenreVisual Novel
Made withRen'Py
TagsAdult, Anime, Fantasy, Medieval, Monsters, Narrative, Ren'Py, Short, supernatural
Average sessionA few minutes


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Oh wow that was quite the tale! I'm worried, though, because she seems to make nothing but bad decisions and is now going on to happily continue to make bad decisions and this will probably not end well...

The art is so beautiful! Both background and sprite look so soft and pleasing 👀👌

The story caught my attention so easily I totally forgot about the time. 

The writing is clean and nice, it delivered the feeling just right❤️

Played both endings and enjoyed it all😊

Thank you very much for your kind comments!

Dear lord I finally got to read this and it really was worth it <3 <3 <3 It's so impressive that you got something like this as your first project, the writing is just so good and the art!! *chef's kiss*

Thank you very much! I apologize for the late reply!


oh to be Ilona yesterday night


Sage nod... Indeed... 

Wait, this is your first visual novel!? Wow, that's impressive! Can I just say I love the your art and the writing! Looking forward to your next projects!

Thank you so much! I hope this will be the start of something good!

Great artwork and a sweet story! The setting is intriguing too...

Thank you very much! I would like to develop the setting further without getting too deep into worldbuilding.

Lovely little tale with equally lovely art!

Thank you so very much!

I hope Ilona is happy wherever she is :)

I hope so too! I do hope to continue the story in some way!

The art is beautiful! Great little story <3

Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Thank you for writing this (^w^)<3. I quite liked the story.

Thank you very much! That means a lot to me!

So much emotion in such a short story! I love how much story the sprite and background convey as well, the details are great!


Thank you! I learned a lot about making character design more concise so that things were easy to draw in a short amount of time


Yesss! I don't know how to comment on this without spoiling the story, so I'll just say that I enjoyed the direction the story took very much! :D

Thank you very much! And thank you for not spoiling anything!


I ship her with you-know-who and support her >w<b

Hehehe, thank you!!!

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Beautiful art and story. I want to know more about this world.  I hope Ilona is happy. <3


Thank you very much! I'm glad you took an interest in the world through little details here and there!