Suggested Reading Order

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One frequently asked question we see often is "what order do all the stories go in?"

First: Understand that story cross-references are generally kept light in Tears of Themis. When they occur, they're usually no more than a single sentence, and any missing information from going "out of order" can be gleaned from context. For example, if the Main Character mentions in the main story: "Artem and I visited that orphanage. There's no way any child abuse is happening there," nothing is lost from the main story for a player that hasn't read all about that other orphanage visit yet -- all the necessary information, that the orphanage takes good care of its kids, is right there. So, this isn't something that needs to be stressed over; a player should feel free to explore the stories in any order.

For those who still want to follow a suggested order, a few more notes on this guide....

Most stories are best read in original CN server launch order (listed below). However:

  1. Despite the clear passage of time and seasons in events, cards, and personal stories, The main story is significantly earlier in the timeline with a very short amount of time passing between each episode. Aside from some early references to personal stories, it should not be expected to reflect later events' relationship and story developments.
  2. Regarding "routes":
    • The main story, the cards that were available at launch, and the early (Chapter 1) personal stories should be considered the "common route" as all are referred to occasionally within the main story.
    • Later cards and personal stories should be considered alternate concurrent timelines in which the player has "chosen" the male lead the MC is with at the time. This is necessary because cards often conflict with each other; on different routes, the MC might have two different experiences of learning to make noodles for the first time, or two different experiences of learning formal dance, or multiple mutually exclusive plans for the winter holidays.
  3. Cards should nearly always be considered optional extra information, except where noted as especially important due to providing key information that's needed to understand a main or personal story.

Launch content: Setup/Early Common route[edit | edit source]

  • Main Story Episodes
  • Personal Story Chapters
    • Luke's and Artem's Chapter 1 may be read anytime after Episode 1.
    • While Vyn's and Marius' Chapter 1 are made available early in Main Episode 2, it may not make sense to begin them until the trial in Episode 2 is completed.
  • Main Story Episodes
  • Personal Story Chapters
    • This is a good time to do the second chapters of the male leads' personal stories. Information is revealed in Main Episode 5 that is only used in personal chapters 3 and later, so it makes sense to place the second personal chapters before that point.
  • Specific card notes - Generally, launch cards may be read in any order, with a few item of note:
  • Cards - A full list of cards available at launch follows:
Luke "Perfect Partner" icon.png
Luke "Moment of Danger" icon.png
Luke "Among the Great Blue" icon.png
Luke "Inner Sanctum" icon.png
Luke "Radiant Sunlight" icon.png
Luke "Timely Rescue" icon.png
Luke "Alluring Gaze" icon.png


Artem "Loving Memories" icon.png
Artem "Focus Fire" icon.png
Artem "Autumn Dreams" icon.png
Artem "In Sickness or in Health" icon.png
Artem "Sparks" icon.png
Artem "Thin Veil" icon.png
Artem "Atmospherics" icon.png
Artem "Unusual Love" icon.png


Vyn "Near and Far" icon.png
Vyn "Gentleman's Game" icon.png
Vyn "False Tears" icon.png
Vyn "Lingering Warmth" icon.png
Vyn "Mended Heart" icon.png
Vyn "Mercury in Retrograde" icon.png
Vyn "Medieval Suspense" icon.png


Marius "Narrow Road" icon.png
Marius "Matching Tattoos" icon.png
Marius "A Dance on the Clouds" icon.png
Marius "Child at Heart" icon.png
Marius "Dream of Thebes" icon.png
Marius "Overtone" icon.png
Marius "Eye of the Beholder" icon.png

Main Story separates from release order[edit | edit source]

Post-launch release timeline: Year 1[edit | edit source]

Summer Breeze[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Summer Breeze Event - as a board-game event, dialogue is limited to light banter, but players may care to check the "Task Cell Jobs" and "Event Chat Bubbles" to read this banter.
  • Event cards
Luke "Shape of You" icon.png
Artem "Entwined Fate" icon.png
Vyn "Cool Summer" icon.png
Marius "Twilight Beauty" icon.png

Mysteries of the Lost Gold[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Available in-game as a permanent free DLC (X-NOTE menu > Events > Past)
  • Event cards:
Luke "Iridescent Heartbeat" icon.png
Artem "Dreamful Melodies" icon.png
Vyn "Heartfelt Suspense" icon.png
Marius "In the Darkness" icon.png

Vyn's Birthday[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Reciprocal Hearts Event - As a birthday event, the event story consists of five stages of venue setup (recorded under "Story Stages" heading) with side interviews in which other characters discuss the event and birthday character.
  • Event cards
Vyn "A Star in the Night" icon.png

Symphony of the Night[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Recorded on a single Scripts page.
  • Event cards:
Luke "How I Remember You" icon.png
Artem "Fixated on You" icon.png
Vyn "Between Good and Evil" icon.png
Marius "Fabulous Feast" icon.png

Luke's Birthday[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Luke All Year Round Event - As a birthday event, the event story consists of five stages of venue setup (recorded under "Story Stages" heading) with side interviews in which other characters discuss the event and birthday character.
  • Event cards
Luke "Warm Embrace" icon.png

Xmas Partyland[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Xmas Partyland Event - as a board-game event, dialogue is limited to light banter, but players may care to check the "Task Cell Jobs" and "Event Chat Bubbles" to read this banter.
  • Event cards
Luke "A Star in the Palm" icon.png
Artem "Por Una Cabeza" icon.png
Vyn "Snowy Fairy Tale" icon.png
Marius "All Through the Night" icon.png

A Love Poem to Skadi[edit | edit source]

Luke "Twinkling Eyes" icon.png
Artem "Wandering Heart" icon.png
Vyn "Blazing Colors" icon.png
Marius "Daytime Aurora" icon.png

Personal Story Chapter 3 release[edit | edit source]

  • Personal Story Chapters: While the in-game time delay of some of the personal chapters is not quite this extensive, it's still a good idea to read them here as the relationship progression was written with the previous content in mind.

Romantic Rail Getaway 1[edit | edit source]

Luke "Peaceful Place" icon.png
Marius "Will of the Trees" icon.png

Artem's Birthday[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Days to Re-Live Forever Event - As a birthday event, the event story consists of five stages of venue setup (recorded under "Story Stages" heading) with side interviews in which other characters discuss the event and birthday character.
  • Event cards
Artem "Two Hearts as One" icon.png

Romantic Rail Getaway 2[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Recorded on a single Scripts page. Note: Artem's and Vyn's routes only.
  • Event cards:
    • Note Vyn "Food for Thought" icon.pngVyn "Food for Thought" is referenced in a later Vyn personal story chapter and is considered especially important backstory.
Artem "Sunshine After the Rain" icon.png
Vyn "Food for Thought" icon.png

Electrifying Night[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Electrifying Night Event - as a board-game event, dialogue is limited to light banter, but players may care to check the "Task Cell Jobs" and "Event Chat Bubbles" to read this banter.
  • Event cards
Luke "Through the Heavens" icon.png
Artem "Winning Ball" icon.png
Vyn "Neon Melody" icon.png
Marius "Vibrant Graffiti" icon.png

Marius' Birthday[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Menagerie of Lights Event - As a birthday event, the event story consists of five stages of venue setup (recorded under "Story Stages" heading) with side interviews in which other characters discuss the event and birthday character.
  • Event cards
Marius "Crown of Glory" icon.png

Personal Story Chapter 4 release[edit | edit source]

  • Personal Story Chapters: Players may wish to read as much year 1 content as possible (including cards) before the fourth personal chapters as these are where the year 1 route comes together leading into the Anniversary cards, which rely heavily on previous card stories.

First Anniversary[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Blissful Fête Recorded under "Mirage of Blooming Swords: Main Story" heading
  • Event cards - these are a direct continuation of Personal Story Chapter 4; it's highly recommended to wait to read them until previous content has been finished.
Luke "Under the Milky Way" icon.png
Artem "Eternal Yearning" icon.png
Vyn "Committed" icon.png
Marius "Expression Through Art" icon.png

Post-launch release timeline: Year 2[edit | edit source]

Personal Story Sweet Chapters[edit | edit source]

Vyn's Second Birthday[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: A Wish in the Light Event - The event story consists of several stages of fulfilling a wish list, followed by a birthday celebration (recorded under "Story Stages" heading).
  • Event cards
Vyn "Fetters of the Past" icon.png

Secrets of the Tomb[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: All sections of the main event page's "Khaimit: Story/RPG Gameplay" heading contain parts of the event story, with the "Shadows of Resurrection: Main Story" being most important.
  • Event cards - these cards are self-contained side stories that do not interact with the main timeline. It's strongly implied by other portions of the event that these were past lives for the main cast.
Luke "Overflowing Thoughts" icon.png
Artem "Echoes Ablaze" icon.png
Vyn "Flickering Moonlight" icon.png
Marius "Dimly Lit" icon.png

Revisiting Youth[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Revisiting Youth Event - as a board-game event, dialogue is limited to light banter, but players may care to check the "Task Cell Jobs" and "Event Chat Bubbles" to read this banter.
  • Event cards
Luke "Love Between Pages" icon.png
Artem "New Skies" icon.png
Vyn "Eternal Whispers" icon.png
Marius "Precious Mornings" icon.png

Luke's Second Birthday[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Redolent Nonage Event - The event story consists of several stages of fulfilling a wish list, followed by a birthday celebration (recorded under "Story Stages" heading).
  • Event cards
Luke "Dark Swirl" icon.png

Snowfallen Secrets[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Recorded in full and in order on the Event page.
  • Event cards:
Luke "Lukewarm Fragrance" icon.png
Artem "Masquerade Passion" icon.png
Vyn "Aimed At Your Heart" icon.png
Marius "Love Berries" icon.png

Dreams of Childhood[edit | edit source]

  • Event story: Recorded in full and in order on the Event page.
  • Event cards:
Luke "Persistent Wishes" icon.png
Artem "Heart Listener" icon.png
Vyn "Entangled in Love" icon.png
Marius "Sweet Wonders" icon.png