Based on the life (and death) of Marie Antoinette, The End of an Actress is a tragic romance story set in a fantasy universe with close parallels to late 18th century France.
The kingdom of Artoire was once a force to be reckoned with. Governed by a string of beloved kings, the nation was wealthy, its people prosperous. That was in the past, however. Now, Artoire’s fortunes are dwindling as constant wars and food shortages sweep the land. After innumerable hard years, the people of Artoire begin to despair. Fearing for the worst, they search for a messiah who can save them during their time of peril…
And that messiah comes in the form of a fourteen-year-old girl called Liliane.
Liliane is a beautiful, charming, elegant young lady from the foreign land of Charentes, born to the noble Saint-Coeurs. Betrothed to the future king of Artoire, Liliane ascends to the throne upon the death of the old monarch, to public approval and rapturous applause.
With the passing of time, however, the public opinion towards Liliane turns. It soon transpires that the new queen is vain and flighty, and she cares not one jot about the plight of the common people. The death toll continues to rise, new wars loom on the horizon, and despair swells.
Betrayed and helplessly hurt, a young man called Marius becomes a key player in a revolt that will shake the society of Artoire to its very core. Once a street urchin enamoured with the queen, and now a lead revolutionary, Marius is faced with a difficult decision. Can he really bring the queen he once adored to justice… or will his old feelings ruin all he has been working for?
This VN was an instant buy for me (I got the Steam version) when it came out; I love the atmosphere created by the text, art and music. Tragedies in which the characters' flaws play a role are my favorite ever.
I still come back and re-read this one from time to time because the words are so beautiful~
Aaa thank you! That's very kind of you; it means a lot! >_<;; I was very fond of Actress when I was working on it. For a while, it was one of my favourite VNs I'd ever written. I'm still fond of Marius and Liliane as characters; I had a lot of fun writing their interactions.
It was very satisfying trying to make the writing suitably pretty; I'm glad you enjoyed it!
The issue has been solved after I emailed support. Looks like because I bought a bunch of games at once due to the sale that it looked suspicious to the automated system, so the sales had to be reviewed before releasing the keys