Escu:de's dark fantasy visual novel, HimeYoku: A Sacrifice of Lust and Grace, is now available for purchase on Steam and Johren.
Developed by Escu:de and published by Shiravune, HimeYoku: A Sacrifice of Lust and Grace is a story that follows one man's obsession with revenge. Caldo is a young man who seeks revenge against Basilius Clewing, the king of Solide, whose kingdom flourished after a violent, regional war. When Caldo entered into a pact with demons, he willingly lets himself get possessed in order to take over the royal castle by himself.
Caldo ends up succeeding and detains King Basilius, only for his victory to feel empty. He doesn't care much for the people of Solide or the country's politics; he continues to direct all of his anger and dark power at the royal family. Caldo starts by humiliating and sexually breaking the kingdom's princess, Fiana Clewing. HimeYoku: A Sacrifice of Lust and Grace features over twenty hours worth of content and voice acting for all characters, with the exception of Caldo.
VA: Tomoe Tamiyasu
High-minded, ever-dutiful princess knight.
Solidean royalty and temporary regent for the captive King Basilius. Proud of her father for winning the war and bringing glory to Solide, but wishes they could have prospered by more peaceful means. A passionate defender of the people, she has trained hard as a knight since childhood; her swordsmanship is second to none.
“You’ll never break me... Not when my subjects still look to me as their beacon of hope!”
VA: Ren Haruna
Zealous but easily excitable cardinal.
Became a woman of the cloth relatively young. Solidean by birth, she returns to the kingdom after a long pilgrimage just as Caldo attacks. On hearing rumors of demon sightings in the capital, she takes it upon herself to learn more about the protagonist, and possibly save him from himself...
“As a devout adherent of the Holy Mother’s precepts, it is my solemn duty to investigate all demons, metaphorical or otherwise!”
VA: Rino Kawashima
Icy underworld queen.
Caldo’s first demonic partner-in-crime. As his chief schemer, Catena’s brains and gift for discretion often play to their advantage. Able to materialize “demon chains” from thin air that are indestructible to humans, and instantly bind in place any object within her line of sight.
"Do you see? It is your humanity that binds you, Caldo. Free yourself with us, and materialize your wildest dreams."
Retribution-obsessed, demon-possessed avenger.
A broken youth willfully possessed by demons in a one-man plot to overthrow the Kingdom of Solide. Harbors a special hatred for Fiana’s father, King Basilius. By breaking the pair's spirits, he aims to succeed in certain dark-magic rituals...
“It all starts here. And this kingdom will serve nicely as night soil for the seeds of my vengeance to thrive."
You can buy HimeYoku: A Sacrifice of Lust and Grace on sale from Steam and Johren for $15.99. After September 15th, the sale on Steam will end and the game will return to its original sales price of $19.99. If you plan on buying the game from Steam, don’t forget to download the game's 18+ DLC patch from Johren.
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