Entrant 2021

G.C. Baccaris


The high priest of an obscure cult is preparing a ritual. Don the priest's sacred mantle, for these holy labors are yours to direct. You may carve a votive, lead a prayer, or make a sacrifice — but you must see to the task with care. Unearthly eyes gaze down upon you from the sea above. Will your devotion reach them?

Does it matter?

DEVOTIONALIA is a text-based "ritual simulator" about faith, isolation, and thousands of sea-snakes. It examines the spaces where devotion becomes desperation, where deification is dangerous, and where belief can falter or be renewed. Performing different rituals reveals new information about the cult and its practices, and the outcome of each ritual will reshape the high priest's worldview. Bear in mind that beneath the Oversea, faith is not something to be conquered or manipulated into submission. Neither is love.