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Two children raised together. One, a future King. The other, his whipping boy. 
Their relationship? It's up to you to develop.

MATHIAS'S HEART HAS BEEN bleeding since his father, the former King, decided to punish you for his mistakes. As the youngest child of a lesser bourgeois, you were raised in the castle, between the King's cruelty, the Queen's friendship, and Mathias's kindness (or supposed kindness?). 

Now, more than twenty Carnivals since your arrival, the King is dead and the Queen's sickness worsens each day. As the azure taint spreads in the kingdom and the Opalean Wars come to an end, it's Mathias's time to sit on the throne.

Will the docile Prince become a kind King, a violent Monarch, or a ruthless Tyrant? Will you have any say in it? And how much will your relationship change?

Develop your personality, see how your choices build, and change your bond with Mathias.

It's time to help him choose. Will your monarch Love the Guard or Be the King?

Features:

  • 26k + words (2 out of 4 chapters)
  • One Love Interest with five possible types of branching relationships, non-romantic options included.
  • LGBTQI+ friendly (you can choose your gender and your relationship with Mathias)
  • Age suggested: 16+ for non-explicit sexual scenes, some soft swearing, and violence.

About the game:

This game is my first prototype. I'm trying to see if I can give you the freedom to build your relationship with a character while also deciding how you feel about your past and present. 

Our experiences (and the way we feel about them) help define who we are, so, in this game, I'd like you to decide yours--and to face whatever consequences come with that choice.

This story will have 4 chapters and I planned to update the game once every two months, but things might go faster as I finish the art assets! :)

AGE SUGGESTED: 16+ for erotic nudity and non-explicit sexual scenes.

About the dev:

Hi! I'm Ligia Nunes and I write&illustrate sci-fi and fantasy diverse and inclusive books and Visual Novels, filled with romance and humor. If you'd like to read my books, head to My Profile on Wattpad.

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If you enjoyed yourself, please consider leaving a comment telling me what/if you liked the game or maybe just share it with a friend! <3 Donations are also appreciated, but spreading the word helps a lot too! :3

Don't know what to tell me? Well, here's a few questions:

  • What's your favorite character?
  • Did you try the different options, or did you follow only one path?
  • What do you think of the black and white aesthetic?
  • Would you like to see more colored CGs, like the one at the end of chapter one?

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Love the Guard be the King for Windows 64-Bit 180 MB
Version 3
Love the Guard be the King for Mac OS 163 MB
Version 3
Love the Guard be the King for Linux 167 MB
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I am so glad I found this game. I love love love love this. I have never found such a great visual novel. I keep on going back in to see what the different options feel like even though we are only up to chapter 2. Thank you so much for making this. It is everything I needed, without even knowing I needed it. 

THIS GAME I JUST GSEFGWJSEVFJ I LITERALLY DON'T KNOW WHERE TO START SO IG I'LL JUS ANSWER THE QUESTIONS

  • What's your favorite character?

I loved them all so much its hard to choose but I'm gonna go with the MC for now :) I loved the backstory and I'd usually feel like there wasn't much customization with the backstory or something (sorry I'm so bad at explaining :D) but this game jus made it feel right. I loved their joking around with Mattias especially, it def put a smile on my face. I also loved all the diff choices we had, it made the game feel a lot more personal

  • Did you try the different options, or did you follow only one path?

I followed one path (for now) since I just had one playthrough and I wanted to review this rn :D plus I didn't rlly wanna be mean to Matthias he was so cute :') but I really wanna try the other routes too

  • What do you think of the black and white aesthetic?

It was just- I loved it. it drew my attention to the writing more and plus the vibesss. I loved the aesthetic so much and it gave more allowance for the reader's imagination and stuff?

  • Would you like to see more colored CGs, like the one at the end of chapter one?

I really liked seeing the colored CGs too, but I'd be perfectly happy with jus the black and white art.... like maybe a couple CGs would be nice? but I like the main game being black and white :)

So uh yeah :) all in all this game is jus amazing and I can't wait for the updatess

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omg ok i love it so so so much it's just gorgeous 

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Okay, prepare for me to gush. This game is amazing. I love everything about it - the writing, the characters, the drawing. The only thing I don't like is how torturous it is having to wait for each chapter to come out! Seriously, ugh! lol. It's proven to be worth the wait though. ;)

I love the minimalist 'sketch' style of the art in this VN. I dunno, it somehow just adds to the sort of dreamy, whimsical 'mood', as well as the originality of this VN - it wouldn't feel the same if it was colored, so I hope that aspect of it doesn't change. I feel like you've got something special with that aspect alone!

I also really love the characters in this, especially how you've developed Mathias in chapter 2. I already liked him in chapter 1, but now I feel like he's really matching up to our Knight Commander in character development, who was already brilliant. I love how the three personalities of the MC are so distinct, and different to experience. I'm also really interested to see how things go with Madras, both in terms of their 'intentions' towards our MC, as well as their relationship with Mathias.

Lastly, words can not express how much I love the dance of the relationship between MC and Mathias. It's so much fun to read. I'm enthralled! <33

I seriously cannot wait to continue reading this story. All the best for your work on this in future, and your life outside of it. :)

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This game is so amazing I should not be playing it at every update bc I'm only left wanting more I should wait until it's done, but I can't help myself 

hahaha! Aw, thank you so much! <3 I'm glad you're enjoying yourself :D

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This comment is gospel. Preach, sister! lol

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first of a;ll this game is so fucking good holy shit ??? how are you so talented its very late for me and was feeling anxious and then i found this and now feeling a lot better 

for the questions  

  • What's your favorite character?

has to be  mattie<3 and the MC we had so many  choices and i felt so comfortable playing as an annoying  little shit guard and also not going to forget the queen she is so fucking idk like the way you wrote her idk i just i love her 

  • Did you try the different options, or did you follow only one path?

so far only one since its pretty late :,)

  • What do you think of the black and white aesthetic?

i like it and already think its vvv pretty

  • Would you like to see more colored CGs, like the one at the end of chapter one?

dont get me wrong the art at the end is so sexc but if its too tiring for you i dont mind either way 

Aw, you'll make me blush i.i <3 Thank you so much for playing and for your feedback.

I'm super glad you had fun. I'm anxious too, and sometimes things get really complicated because of it, so I'm beyond happy my game helped you with that, even if just a little bit! <3

I hope you'll like the new update too! 

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What's your favorite character?

The MC! I love how, no matter what choice we choose, they can always have such a strong voice.

Did you try the different options, or did you follow only one path?

I tried the nicer path first because I thought the meaner/ruder options would just be hurtful but I was actually really pleasantly surprised by the interactions I found – yes, they were rougher but they were also super interesting (e.g. "You're mine) which made the more antagonist path my favourite, actually.

What do you think of the black and white aesthetic?

Love it.

Would you like to see more colored CGs, like the one at the end of chapter one?

Occasionally, as a nice contrast to the B&W aesthetic. 

Thank you soo much for playing and for your comment. 8D <3

I'm really glad you tried the other paths too. Part of the challenge in this story for me was to think of ways to make completely different outcomes/personalities depending on the MC's perspective of what happened... while still keeping Mathias and the MC  true to their core A_A' hahaha Thanks again. I hope you'll like the new update too! <3

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I've recently finished playing this game and so far... it's been wonderful??? I really like how there's a bunch of choices and branching paths that I keep coming back to, not to mention the small and subtle changes you put in due to our choices. I really can't wait until it's out! 


  • What's your favorite character?

I think my favorite character so far would be the MC, particularly the one who's a bit rough around the edges and resents almost everyone. That's the version I found myself liking hahahaaa. But the rest of the characters were also nice, I found Matthias to be charming and The Queen to be quite interesting!

  • Did you try the different options, or did you follow only one path? 

I definitely tried out different options and routes and found how lovely it is that some choices did affect the way Matthias behaves early on. 

Also found some scenes that were surprisingly spicy which made me internally scream because OH BOY

  • What do you think of the black and white aesthetic? 

I think the black and white aesthetic is very pretty. I have no issues with that! I just wish that maybe you could possible put more contrast in within the backgrounds, such as inking the shadows and etc. I understand that the version you gave us was a demo and perhaps the BG, sprites and etc aren't the final version yet and that's why so much of the art is sketchy. Unless the sketchy art is part of the aesthetic and completely is your intention, then my bad lol. It's just that some people might get the impression that it feels a bit unfinished, if you get what I mean? 

  • Would you like to see more colored CGs, like the one at the end of chapter one?

I wouldn't mind either way. On one hand, a pretty coloured CG is a good contrast to the overall black and white aesthetic of the game. On the other hand, it's a bit jarring to suddenly have a coloured CG popping out at the end, especially when the CG is a bit random like the one we get at the end of the demo. My suggestion would be to possibly try to give a CG that relates to the previous chapter? Like a CG of the final scene or something. 

Yes, there's definitely a lot I want to improve in the BGs and sprites (and I did improve *some* things--not all--in this new update), but I hadn't thought about what you said about the CGs, so thank you for pointing that out! :) 

Based on your suggestion, I'm now dividing the "additional" game art into CGs and illustrations. The second ones are the colored images, kind of a bonus gift for those who decided to play the game, while the CGs are, like you suggested, linked to what happens in the story :3 yay

Thank you SO much for playing and for your feedback! *-* I'm glad you enjoyed the branching choices and the different routes. <3

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Ahhh, this game is so lovely.I'm really glad I tried the demo. Looking forward to updates :)

-Who was your favourite character?

Matias! Really amazing writing to make him seem so different across the various paths and still seem like the same person underneath

- Did you try different choices?

Yes :) I don't think all of them but quite a few..

-What did you think of the black and white aesthetic?

It's what caught my eye. It's so elegant, like a storybook. Very fitting for for the characters and setting.

-Would you like to see more coloured CGs?

Yes, from time to time. It made for a lovely contrast..

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I loved your game sooo much! It is amazing, I am eagerly waiting for more)

  • What's your favorite character?

The MC, but really, all of the characters are amazing.

  • Did you try the different options, or did you follow only one path?

Yes I tried different options and liked how it influences the story.

  • What do you think of the black and white aesthetic?

I like it, it is beautiful and atmospheric.

  • Would you like to see more colored CGs, like the one at the end of chapter one?

The cg is very beautiful, but I also like black and white version. I will not mind either way I guess)

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Ohhhh I can't wait for more! I loved chapter one, and I really look forward to seeing where this could go!

  • What's your favorite character?
    • The Knight, because I look forward to customizing them further! But also the queen.
  • Did you try the different options, or did you follow only one path?
    • I followed the one path for now! Gonna try more :)
  • What do you think of the black and white aesthetic?
    • I love it! I think the text box needs to be a little darker, otherwise, I love the black and white, and sketchy aesthetic to the game! 
  • Would you like to see more colored CGs, like the one at the end of chapter one?
    • Please! They would be a lovely contrast to the black and white - symbolic in a way!
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Have to say, by the end I was like: what do you mean it's over? It can't be over...So I tried all the combinations I could think of and some of them are spicy *fans self*. I hope that particular path won't start straying into non-con cause it's tiptoeing a line and doing it well so far (I'm probably overly sensitive to that sort of matter). But overall, I want this to continue cause each route (even the "evil" one which I hardly ever like) is interesting.

  • What's your favorite character?
    • I actually enjoy the Knight the most. I look forward to shaping them and getting to know more of 'our' past with Matthias. Plus I really like how you can be sarcastic as hell and have this fre-enemy relationship.
  • Did you try the different options, or did you follow only one path?
    • I think I've tried most of them. Well that turned into romance scenes anyway...
  • What do you think of the black and white aesthetic?
    • Don't mind it. Firmly in the neutral zone honestly. Writing matters more to me than aesthetic.
  • Would you like to see more colored CGs, like the one at the end of chapter one?
    • Yes, cause it was pretty. And made it pop out more. Not saying the whole thing needs to be colored, but as a nice treat? yes.
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This is amazing so far! The storytelling, characters, and the art style have all grown on me so quickly :) It's great that there are so many options for the story to go (including the kind of person Mathias becomes and what the knight's relationship with him is like) I can't wait for more!

  • What's your favorite character?
    • More than any individual character, I love the interactions between the knight and Mathias! I don't normally have a weakness for childhood friends-turned-lovers stories, but this one punched me in the gut then helped me up and took me out to dinner
  • Did you try the different options, or did you follow only one path?
    • I tried going through a few times with different options, and the differences the choices make, even in the beginning, are incredibly jarring and different enough to make the consequences clear. I'm not a person who likes being surprised with sudden unexpected endings or given choices that are only vaguely different but have huge impacts, so I enjoy this particular aspect.
  • What do you think of the black and white aesthetic?
    • I personally love the art style! The black and white coloring shows facial expressions more clearly and poignantly, and it feels more .. candid? For lack of better word
  • Would you like to see more colored CGs, like the one at the end of chapter one?
    • Despite what I just said ^ yes, yes I would... I'm in love with all of the art in this game
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I am so glad I stumbled upon this amazing (and it's only the first chapter) game! I'm looking forward to seeing how my choices will shape Mathias as a person and as a king.

  • What's your favorite character?
    • Mathias, ofc! Can't wait to explore all of the options with him! I love a good royal/protector romance.
  • Did you try the different options, or did you follow only one path?
    • Ugh I just hate being mean to people (yes, even in games) so I normally don't, but the other choices are just too enticing to not explore. So I have one save each for the (1) kind King route, (2) violent King, and (3) ruthless tyrant. Gawd, the fluff in (1) and the tension in the others! "You're mine" "Do not provoke me" "I am the only one allowed to touch him" GAH moar pls.
  • What do you think of the black and white aesthetic?
    • I love it! It's what caught my eye among the sea of other thumbnails tbh. I've always had a weakness for this style. As mentioned, it's not often seen in games like this so it's refreshing.
  • Would you like to see more colored CGs, like the one at the end of chapter one?
    • Sure, but I'd still love it even if it's just the b&w! Not to say that I didn't like it--because I did, it was BEAUTIFUL--the colored CG was a v nice bonus indeed, and some people prefer them. I really love the b&w though, and I don't mind if we get only a few or no colored CGs at all!

So TL;DR: everything was A-MA-ZING, and I can't wait for Chapter 2! Really, this is so incredible I can't stop using myself from using exclamation points!

Awww, thank you soo much for playing and for your amazing feedback. You made my day! 

I feel that way about the mean options too, hahaha! I'm SO happy you mentioned it. And I'm glad you found them enticing. *evil grin* 

Thanks again ♥

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Two words: holy f*ck! I can't wait for more of this story! The relationship between the M/C and Mathias is so compelling. 

  • What's your favorite character?

Excluding my M/C (because the way you've written their dialogue is amazing), Mathias is my favorite. I'm looking forward to seeing his personality develop more.

  • Did you try the different options, or did you follow only one path?

I tried several paths, although I'm not sure if I've gotten all of them.

  • What do you think of the black and white aesthetic?

I quite like it. It's unique and it adds charm to the game.

  • Would you like to see more colored CGs, like the one at the end of chapter one?

I wouldn't mind them. I am a sucker for black and white, but the end CG was quite pretty.

Side note- your writing is amazing and I'm definitely going to check out your Wattpad.

Oh wow! Two of my favorite words, hahaha! :3

Thank you sooo much for playing and for your feedback. You have no idea how happy I am to know you liked the MC and Mathias!

I can't wait to see what you'll think of the next chapters. And thanks again <3 Hope to see you on Wattpad too! :)

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I can't wait for more! I am a sucker for stories involving a prince and knight! I really liked seeing the dynamics change between us. 

  • What's your favorite character?

The queen, for sure, especially because she gave me cute nicknames. Mathias is adorable though. 

  • Did you try the different options, or did you follow only one path?

I did try the different options. It was nice going back to see what choices got blocked because of my previous decisions. It was really fun to see the dialogue changes and how the relationship was getting shaped from the decisions that I made. I'm a completionist at heart. 

  • What do you think of the black and white aesthetic?

I like it-I don't usually see a black and white aesthetic. 

  • Would you like to see more colored CGs, like the one at the end of chapter one?

I would if it's not inconvenient but I also really like the black and white. So, I guess, your call.  The CG at the ending was really pretty.

Thank you soo much for playing and for your amazing feedback! <3 I'm glad you're liking the game and having fun with the different options hehe.

Can't wait to see what you'll think of the next chapters. *evil grin*