The Dragon and the Djinn

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Everyone knows the story. The young man who came out of nowhere to become the Emir of Ghariba when the previous ruler went missing. The djinn who helped him by granting wishes. The Grand Vizier Jaafar, whose noble birth and political skill placed him in the palace at the Emir’s right hand.

What they don’t know is what happened next - and that’s where you come in.

The Dragon and the Djinn is a 620,000 word interactive epic fantasy novel by Athar Fikry, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based—without graphics or sound effects—and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

A dragon has appeared, threatening the safety of Ghariba and its new emir’s precarious reign.

You have a destiny. You’re not sure yet what it will be: perhaps you will protect the city, or become the greatest wielder of magic in the land, or gather enormous wealth.

You also have a sister. She believes that it is her destiny to slay the dragon, with a magic sword made by the warrior Iskander who has traveled from a far-off land in search of legendary creatures to fight.

Most importantly of all, you have a djinn, given to you by Jaafar himself. Your djinn will help you achieve your destiny by granting your every wish…or so you hope.

Navigate the politics of palace, court, and city; make allies - or enemies - among the people; all while the dragon soars overhead, threatening Ghariba more with every passing day. To find your way forward, you’ll have to use your magic, your wits, your courage, your faith, and of course, your djinn.

Will you help your sister slay the dragon? Will you try to slay it yourself? Or will you try to befriend it, learning deeper secrets of magic and the city’s past? Or will you simply take advantage of the chaos to make yourself the richest person in Ghariba?

  • Play as male, female, or non-binary; gay, straight, or bi; asexual, aromantic, or both; cis or trans.
  • Achieve your destiny as a dragon-slayer, a silver-tongued poet, the protector of the realm, or something even greater
  • Wish for more wishes! (No, sorry, you can’t actually do that.)
  • Secure the reign of the current emir, or scheme to depose him and replace him with another ruler - perhaps even take the throne yourself
  • Fly on a magic carpet
  • Find love with a dragon-slaying warrior, a charming court poet, an idealistic prophet, a lofty priestess, a wealthy noble - or even your djinn!
Be careful what you wish for…
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System requirements for Linux

  • OS: Ubuntu 12.04

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: 10.9

System requirements for PC

  • OS: 7
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Last Modified: Jun 10, 2022

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