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Really obscure fandom bio, and links!
by Zekkass (zekkass)
at January 7th, 2008 (03:38 pm)

I have a really obscure fandom for you all. It's called the Chzo Mythos, and it's based on a series of four free adventures games. (Plus one action game that's set before the Chzo series, called Art of Theft.)

Here's the link for the game site. Each game is about 2.0 mb to download, and is really easy to play. I must warn for violence, horror, and gore, however, as it is a horror adventure series. (Art of Theft is NOT horror, however, and can be played seperately.)

Note: According to your rating system, I'd rate these Red. Red or heavy yellow for violence.

Anyhoo, the plot to draw you in...

These games are made by Ben "Yahtzee" Crowshaw. I don't own anything.


Five Days a Stranger is the first of the four games. The website describes it best: A cat burglar breaks into a supposedly deserted country mansion, only to find himself imprisoned along with four strangers by a mysterious force.

Trust me, it gets better. The main character, Trilby (the cat burglar) has a sense for snark like no one else, and the other characters are fun to talk to. The puzzles aren't very hard (except for one, but there's always a walkthrough,) and finally, it leads into the second game, which is better. (Scarier, too.)

Seven Days a Skeptic is the second game, although you can skip it and play the third with no trouble of following the plot. Why? Well, this one has no Trilby, and is set four hundred years in the future. This one is scarier, the puzzles are harder, and the plot is intense. An excellent game.

The plot? Oh yes. A starship is exploring another galaxy when they pick up a mysterious box. At first, they think it's an alien-created object. Then they open it. *cue terror-inducing music*

However, the third game is my personal favorite. Why? I'll tell you.

Trilby's Notes. Trilby is back, and you get to play as him again. This game has a different interface than the other games, first of all. Instead of the classic point-and-click, it has a text interface. You use the arrow keys to move, and type in commands. You do get used to it quickly, and it's easy to use when you're used to it. Besides, there's an in-game tutorial that teaches you how to use it.

The plot is set several years after Five Days a Stranger. Trilby's investigating the aftermath of the events of 5DAS, and it leads him to a strange hotel to meet an antiques collector. The story goes on from there. I would not recommend playing this game until you've finished 5DAS.

The reason this is my favorite game is because it's longer than 5DAS, has better dialogue, and overall is a more intriguing game. I've replayed it plenty of times, and it's worth it.


Six Days a Sacrifice. This one CANNOT be played without playing the first three games. Otherwise the plot is too confusing. That aside, it's an excellent game. It ties up loose ends very nicely, and the interface is back to the point-and-click interface.

It's set midway between the events of 5DAS and 7DAS. (200 years in the future, 200 hundred years in the past.) You play as a building inspector who is investigating a fad religion. He promptly gets into a whole lot of trouble. Trilby does show up in this game. How? Play the game.

Also, there's Trilby: Art of Theft. This game isn't scary, or an adventure. Instead, it's a stealth platformer where you play as a thief and go and steal things. Incredibly fun! Also, there's Trilby backstory. :D

I highly recommend all of these games. They are scary, but it's worth it for the plot. The fandom is incredibly small, too. We need more people! I created the only LJ comm for the series, trilbys_notes. Membership is open, and I'd love to have more people contributing.

There are only two fanfic writers for the fandom so far, myself and ink_n_imp. (She also does fanart. The pieces she's done are excellent.)

I'll be posting my Trilbyfic here from now on, and I'll provide links to what art and fic I can find. However, trilbys_notes is the main source right now.

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoy the games!


Posted by: Spacefall (spacefall)
Posted at: January 7th, 2008 10:06 pm (UTC)

Ahhh, I love the Trilby games! I second this recommendation :D

Spacefall "My Other Fandom Is Gabriel Knight II" *cough* gkslash *cough*

Posted by: Zekkass (zekkass)
Posted at: January 7th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)

Hurrah, someone else who knows them! :D

What is Gabriel Knight II? Care to explain? I'd be interested.

Posted by: Spacefall (spacefall)
Posted at: January 7th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
pixel love

The second in an excellent series of adventure games (can you tell I'm a fan? ;)) The Gabriel Knight series has a supernatural investigation theme and strong characterisation -- certainly worth playing if you're a fan of Trilby and co. The second game is just incredibly slashy, though the fandom is on the tiny side.

Posted by: Zekkass (zekkass)
Posted at: January 7th, 2008 10:49 pm (UTC)

Hey, I've heard of the second game, the Beast Within. I'll see if I can find the games - thanks!

Posted by: Reflective (haldane)
Posted at: January 7th, 2008 10:11 pm (UTC)
Cat's eye

Great! I'll add a tag for you to the 'Bio Posts' index list. Welcome!

Posted by: Zekkass (zekkass)
Posted at: January 7th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)

Thank you! It's an honor to be here. :D

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