As Dead Passage is written over the course of two years or so, readers will have the opportunity to shape the novel based on what they think is the right thing for the characters to do. Every month, a new chapter is uploaded to DeadPassage.com that ends with a decision a character must make in order to proceed. Depending on how readers vote, the narrative will take one form or another.
In order to better engage our audience and to show you just how much your vote matters, we’ve decided to list some of the ways in which the book would have developed differently had our readers made our characters take the other road. This page contains spoilers for all chapters whose votes have concluded and will be updated monthly, so catch up on reading first. You’ve been warned.
Ch. 1 – Crisis on Mukae-Bon
Should Daisuke tell Ryu about the house or play dumb?
Winning choice: Tell Ryu about the house.
Vote count: 19 to four.
Consequences: Ryu accompanies Daisuke to the house. On the way, Ryu influences Daisuke to take a longer but quieter route, avoiding encounters at the baby store Alice and the animal hospital. Ryu learns of his father’s grisly fate, leading him to shun Junpei and sink into a depression.
Alternate Outcome: Daisuke goes to the house alone, though slowed by who/what he encounters on his direct route. Ryu shows up later, furious with Daisuke for lying to him about the house, and beats him up, worsening their relationship, though he never sees his father.
Ch. 2 – Yggdrasil
Should Daisuke appeal to Ryu’s toughness or be more compassionate?
Winning choice: Be more compassionate.
Vote count: 12 to four.
Consequences: Daisuke treats Ryu with kid gloves, inadvertently causing him to sink further into his melancholy and be of no use while the others board up the house. Ryu’s relationship with the others worsens.
Alternate Outcome: Daisuke whips Ryu into shape with tough love, leading Ryu to rally and assist in boarding up the house. All relationships remain steady.
Ch. 3 – Rungs; Branches
Should Daisuke let Ryu speak to Hitomi or turn on the TV?
Winning choice: Let Ryu speak.
Vote count: 11 to eight.
Alternate Outcome: ???
Core Crisis decision. One main character will either live or die based on this vote.