HELP The Only Shadow That the Desert Knows is a mystery game. There is combat, but combat is not the focus. If you feel confused, that's OK! The real challenge of the game is understanding it. You are encouraged to use pen and paper and to take notes during play.
The name you enter on the main menu is the seed for your playthrough. Entering the same seed repeatedly will reproduce the same history. Therefore, reusing the same seed is a way to make the game much easier if you so desire.
You can travel to any time during or after Year 0. However, time travel consumes a limited resource, Xenotime. Xenotime is a magical mineral that exists outside of time. It can be found all over the world, but will be permanently removed from the world once collected. Time travel is vital to unlocking the game's mystery and can also be very useful in combat.
Throughout the game, 4 races vie for control of territory on a global scale. The world map shows which areas are currently controlled by which race as well as which are controlled by none (wilderness). In this game, unlike others with world maps, walking around on the world map is not always efficient. Quick travel will usually be interrupted when passing through wilderness because monsters roam free in those areas.
Movement: QWE/AD/ZXC, numpad, arrows, or vi keys
Stairs/zoom: < >
Time travel: T
DON'T FORGET TO REST!