Welcome to Chroniric! Chroniric is a collection of interactive real-time fictions for smartphone and tablet. Formed from the words "chronic" and "oniric", the Chroniric universe is based on a literary genre called "uchronia". The author of a uchronia takes an existing historical situation as the starting point, modifies the outcome and then imagines, the various possible consequences: "what would have happened if ..." Our scenarios are based on real verifiable facts while others are pure fiction. It is the strength of the "alternative past" genre that blurs the boundaries between the real and the imaginary. Chroniric combines fiction and reality to create an interactive narrative that evolves as YOU wish. Your choices influence the scenario and shape the truth! The first part of the Chroniric universe takes place in 1899. A scientist has discovered an inexhaustible source of energy: ether. Freely distributed around the world, ether will herald the advent of a new Golden Age for humanity.
In this alternative nineteenth century, Echo XIX^ is a Time Patroller who works behind the scenes of History. Her mission? To prevent "Dark Doom", a future towards which History seems to be converging... and that will see the end of humanity. Our characters live their adventures in alternative pasts. They are time agents who are ensuring a new Golden Age for humanity. They say they follow a Plan inscribed in the light of stars and communicate through space and time through their "arcana"; glass slides from a mysterious technology.
To play Chroniric
Chroniric is an interactive fiction (similar to the books Choose Your Own Adventure™). When you play, you read your messages. You access Echo XIX^'s inventory which sends you clues (photographs). You can advise, persuade or order her to act. Your way of playing is reflected by the Eye, a sort of moral compass. What is your style? Protector, Dodger or Daredevil?
Tips and tricks for new players
Echo XIX^ has a good memory. She will remember what you have experienced.
Echo XIX^ has her own free will. How she trusts you influences her choices.
Echo XIX^ can die. In this case, use a time loop to go back in time. New possibilities will be available to you.
It can be useful to check on Wikipedia if a character really existed, or if an event actually took place.