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Snowbound Blood
Snowbound Blood title screen upon initially starting the game.


Vast Error


Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux


Prologue: March 22, 2019
Volume 1: March 22, 2019
Volume 2: April 5, 2019
Volume 3: April 26, 2019
Volume 4: May 24, 2019
Volume 5: June 20, 2019
Volume 6: August 10, 2019
Volume 7: September 26, 2019
Volume 8: February 9, 2020
Volume 9: June 18, 2020
Volume 10: January 11, 2021
Volume 11: October 22, 2021
Volume 12: February 10, 2023


Visual novel

Snowbound Blood: A Vast Error Story, or simply Snowbound Blood, is a Vast Error spinoff anthology of visual novels. Snowbound Blood can be downloaded for free on here.

Snowbound Blood's visual and game design take inspiration from Hiveswap: Friendship SimulatorHiveswap: Friendship Simulator, much in the same way that the Trollodex serves as a parallel to Hiveswap's Troll CallTroll Call.

The Prologue and Volume 1 were released on on March 22, 2019.



Chief Regulator Secily Iopara strikes down a brownblood during an operation, giving him a message for Ahlina Robiad: She will send them as many as they need to avenge her, and she's sorry she can't join her just yet. She takes a picture of the scene to document her success to her superiors, and admits that she takes some pleasure in killing. She sheathes Proserpina, her blade, and returns to Corporate for her next mission.

Volume 1

Secily has been stuck onto a Priority Aleph case, the highest priority there is, and meets with Sestro Enthal, corporate heir. He explains Operation Snowbound Blood to her: thieves have killed two truck drivers in the Northern Wastes and stolen only a philter of The Vivifier's blood. The precision of their work is immaculate, and they had insider knowledge to know of the secret transportation route and where inside the truck the philter was. Secily notes that this is the first time she's heard of The Vivifier in a serious manner, as she's mostly known as a fringe religious figure. Secily creates a deck of trollodex cards of suspects and potential allies.

She drives to the scene of the murder/burglary to investigate and is able to come to the same conclusion as Sestro, that the culprit was clearly skilled and had insider information in some way.

On her way back to Corporate, she receives a call from an anonymous person, taunting her. He says he just wants to help her understand, and that she will by the end. He ends the call with the cryptic message 'Eidolic Acres. +2.111. Two days.'

At corporate she meets with Hamifi Hekrix, Sestro's matesprit and another of Secily's superiors. She reports her conclusions, and notes that Hamifi seems nervous about this case, which Secily thinks is out of character for her. She leaves, and plans out who she'll interrogate first.

Volume 2

Secily starts her case off by meeting with Rypite Koldan, whose ties with Skorpe put him on her list as it came out of nowhere and is now the dominating chat client. He has no relevant information for Secily, instead telling her about his matesprit, Sirage Feltri, and giving her the card for his moirail, who he says is good at solving puzzles like this one.

As she already had Sirage on her list of suspects due to her past as a thief, she decides to interrogate her next, finding that she hasn't been at work since the wicend. Secily finds this highly suspicious, and sets out to find her, eventually stumbling upon her hungover in a park. After some conversation the two head to Sirage's office, where she admits she had a shipment on the truck that was stolen, but that it was just something she bought online. Secily coins the portmanteau 'murglary' to refer to the murder/burglary of the truck containing the philter while continuing to cast suspicion on Sirage, but eventually relents, admitting to herself that she feels sympathy for people like her, since her past is dodgy as well. Sirage mixes a cursed cocktail of whatever's on her desk, from ink to paper, and the two share a cup.

Volume 3

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Transcripts for Snowbound Blood can be found on, as well as on Google Docs. These transcripts are formatted and maintained by Snowbound Blood writer Alienoid.


Directors and producers
Game design and programming
  • Kate Mitchell - Volumes 1, 3, 5, 6 and 9 (Prologue, Husske, Mshiri, Raurou, Cinare, Additional Writing)
  • optimisticDuelistoptimisticDuelist - Volume 1 (Sestro)
  • Pip D.Pip D. - Volumes 1 — 5 (Hamifi, Sirage, Husske, Oricka, Mshiri, Additional Writing)
  • Alienoid - Volumes 2, 3, 7 — 10 (Rypite, Bytcon, Necron, Sabine, Glomer, Hayyan)
  • Austin "austinado" - Volumes 3, 5, 7 — 9 (Bytcon, Occeus, Necron, Sabine, Glomer)
  • Heather "Sparaze" - Volumes 3 and 4 (Bytcon, Endari)
  • Ed "eddieDraws" - Volumes 3 and 5 (Bytcon, Occeus, Mshiri)
  • Ciro Page - Volumes 4 and 10 (Endari, Crytum)
  • VeritasUnae - Volumes 6 and 10 (Raurou, Cadlys, Hayyan)
  • Aden - Volumes 7, 8 and 10 (Necron, Valtel, Crytum)
  • Joseph C. "pN" - Volumes 7 and 9 (Gerbat, Cinare)
  • Donut - Volume 10 (Crytum)
  • Charlie - Volume 10 (Crytum)
Character artists
  • Xamag - Volumes 1, 2, 5 — 7, 9 and 10 (Secily, Sestro, Hamifi, Rypite, Sirage, Secily/Yeshin Dancing, Pozzol, Gerbat, Cretas)
  • Ciro Page - Volumes 3, 6, 7 and 9 (Bytcon, Husske, Yeshin, Talald, Cinare)
  • Big Chalupa - Volume 4 (Endari)
  • Phil - Volumes 4, 7 and 8 (Oricka, Necron, Valtel)
  • Olschu - Volumes 5 and 10 (Occeus, Crytum)
  • Donut - Volumes 5, 6 and 10 (Mshiri, Raurou, Hayyan)
  • Charlie - Volumes 6 and 9 (Cadlys, Glomer)
  • Banavalope - Volume 8 (Sabine)
  • Heather "Sparaze" - Volume 9 (The Executive)
Background artists
  • Charlie - Volumes 1 — 4, 7, 8 and 10
  • Phil - Volumes 1, 3, 4, and 6
  • Lupa - Volumes 1, 3, 5, 6 and 10
  • Xamag - Volumes 2, 3, 5, 7 — 9
  • Chuchumi - Volumes 3, 4, 6 and 9
  • Ed "eddieDraws" - Volumes 3, 4, 6, 9 and 10
  • Hallie Kane - Volumes 3, 5 and 8
  • Bana - Volumes 4, 5, 7 and 9
  • Ciro Page - Volumes 4, 6 — 8 and 10
  • Donut - Volumes 4 and 7 — 10
  • Heather "Sparaze" - Volume 5, 8 and 9
  • Dia - Volume 5
  • Olschu - Volumes 6 and 8
Ending illustrations
  • Ciro Page - Volumes 1, 3, 5 and 10
  • Big Chalupa - Volumes 2 — 4 and 6
  • Phil - Volume 4
  • Chuchumi - Volumes 6 and 8
  • Alienoid - Volume 6
  • Xamag - Volumes 7 — 9
  • Donut - Volume 10
  • Joseph C. "pN"
    • Title Theme, "Welcome to Night Vasterror"
    • Sestro's Theme, "Kid Business"
    • Investigation Theme, "Total Recall"
    • Hamifi's Theme, "Shh! The Adults are Talking"
    • Rypite's Theme, "Sirage, You're Not Gonna Believe This"
    • Sirage's Theme, "You Act Like You Never Answered a Boot Before"
    • Endari's Theme, "Heathen (An Evening with Chris Angel's Gay Cousin)"
    • Oricka's Theme, "Aeh... Geu Lageune..... (Damn Fish, You Live Like This?)"
    • Occeus's Theme, "Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Ethics Violation"
    • Raurou's Theme, "Rautatouille"
    • Cadlys's Theme, "Potion Seller. Enough of These Games."
    • Necron's Theme, "tinyurl_dot_com_slash_y48fbov8"
    • Gerbat's Theme, "Don't Shake The Hand Unless You Mean It"
    • Cretas's Theme, "You've Opened the Door."
    • Valtel's Theme, "for me, its always like this"
    • Glomer's Theme, "Raison D'ohtre"
    • The Executive's Theme, "Executive Decisions"
    • Cinare's Theme, "No Cops At Pride"
    • Ahlina's Theme, "Ahlina"
    • Hayyan's Theme, "the sound of 1,000 mosquitoes inhabiting the corpse of James Bond"
    • Crytum's Reflection Theme, "Loved You"
    • Vol 11 Trailer Theme, "You'll Have To Speak Up, I'm Behind Seven Proxies"
    • Revelation Theme, "Or Else."
    • Various Sound Effects
  • Kate Mitchell
    • Secily's Theme, "Beatriz (Secily Cut)"
    • Secily's Combat Theme, "pessimistic duelist"
    • Cornfields Theme, "x marks the field"
    • Mshiri's Theme, "mshiri dearest"
    • Yeshin's Theme, "yeshin, somehow irresistible"
    • Harbingers of the Alpocalypse Theme, "The Black Depths"
    • Cinare's Garage Theme, "machine shop"
    • Yeshin's 2'nd Theme, "yeshin plays this on a boombox outside secily's hive at 4 in the morning"
  • James RoachJames Roach
    • Bytcon's Theme, "the wizard of oz is an isekai if u think about it"
  • SplitSuns
    • Crytum's Theme, "thank you captain valken david"
    • Seinru's Theme, "Rejoice And Be Merry"
    • Additional Sound Effects and Foley
  • Viridian
    • Cultist Party Crashing Theme, "Refutation"
  • Kurt 'Rnd' Burton
    • X Theme, "Beyond the Wall (Intermission)"
  • Moonsweater
    • Monorail Theme, "Corporate"
    • Tense Conversation Theme, "Nothing Special"
    • Yeshin's 3'rd Theme, "yeshin, again unfortunately"
    • Yeshin's Confrontation Theme, "deadly beloathed"
    • Secily/Necron Theme, "Checkmate 6 Romeo"
    • Secily/Sestro/Hamifi Theme, "very normal and healthy troll "familial" relationships"
  • Kal-la-kal-la
    • Noxious' Theme, "You Aren't The Only One Cursed With Knowledge"
  • VeritasUnae
    • Noxious' Hideout Theme, "[No E x i t .]"
  • Rom M
    • Edolon's Theme, "corruptedcultist"
  • Heather
    • Talald's Theme, "Small But Knowing Jester"
Character creators
Special thanks
  • Xtine - Mshiri Libeta Concept Assistance
  • Izu "princepeachu" - Additional Assistance for Hayyan Refero
  • Lup, Biscuit, Mocha, Peko, Tiny, and Sneeze - Moral Support Mousies


  • Snowbound Blood's title screen continually updates as the player completes both routes in a single volume.
  • Despite the game having a linear plotline, volumes can be loaded and launched in any order. This is to avoid players having to replay through earlier volumes if they redownload the game to play a newly released chapter.
  • Operation Snowbound Blood takes place before the main comic begins. DCRC icon.png

See also