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Bonded in Darkness

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About the Story

Arnaud just wants to be left alone.

Turned into a vampire against his will long ago, he's nonetheless managed to carve out a largely peaceful existence in an abandoned manor—a peaceful existence routinely interrupted by the vampire hunter Julien, seeking blood for blood.

Over the years, animosity has morphed into a strange sort of respect, and on one stormy night, Arnaud is greeted with a sight he never expected: his mortal enemy Julien, gravely injured on his doorstep.

Will Arnaud take him in, or will he use this opportunity to grasp the peace he's been seeking for years?

The story is fully complete, but the game will be updated after the jam to include two more CGs and a CG gallery!


  • ~9.4k words (~1 hour to read all endings)
  • Male protagonist, 1 male LI (BL)
  • Story dealing with themes of trust, isolation, and asexuality
  • 4 endings (1 good, 3 bad)
  • 2 CGs (4 in full game)
  • Font selection (Source Serif, Sylexiad Serif, Atkinson Hyperlegible)
  • Toggle for image captions (can be used with Ren'Py's built-in TTS by pressing V on the keyboard) and sound captions

Content warnings:
  • Death/murder
  • Violence
  • Blood
  • Blood drinking
  • Discussions of sex (non-explicit)
  • Past toxic/abusive relationship (not depicted on screen)
  • Screenshake

  • Writing & programming: Natasha Luna
  • Sprites & CGs: Rinnuah
  • Original backgrounds: kimchi_slurper
  • GUI/logo: Chiara Colucci
  • Music: Tyler Gonelli

Game Details


Entrant - Smoochie Jam 2024


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Vampire ermit welcomes injured hunter, March 8, 2024
by manonamora
Related reviews: smoochiejam

Bonded in Darkness is a dark visual novel, where you play as Arnaud, a recluse vampire. His peaceful existence is often interrupted by Julien, a vampire hunter tasked to kill him, though the latter never manages to finish the job. Everything changes one night, then Julien appears at Arnaud’s doorstep, gravely injured. Will you tend to him or leave him to fend for himself?

While the game mentions having 4 endings, one good and three bad, I’ve only found two (which I think are the bad ones? it’s coded as enemies-to-lovers…), so I don’t feel yet like I had the full experience with this entry. From what I did get though, I quite enjoyed this darker atmosphere, with this dangerous tension between the two characters. They have history together, one is currently at the mercy of the other, and there are many moments where they could take advantage of the situation to end each other. It makes you think of which choice to pick, because any wrong move, and you might die…

I also really liked the sprite for Arnaud… gosh damn!

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