The Wandering Inn

by pirateaba

Original ONGOING Adventure Fantasy Female Lead LitRPG Magic Multiple Lead Characters Summoned Hero
Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Traumatising content

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An inn is a place to rest, a place to talk and share stories, or a place to find adventures, a starting ground for quests and legends.

In this world, at least. To Erin Solstice, an inn seems like a medieval relic from the past. But here she is, running from Goblins and trying to survive in a world full of monsters and magic. She’d be more excited about all of this if everything wasn’t trying to kill her.

But an inn is what she found, and so that’s what she becomes. An innkeeper who serves drinks to heroes and monsters–

Actually, mostly monsters. But it’s a living, right?

This is the story of the Wandering Inn.

 

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SkrmnMrgsm
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I really, really like this story. 'A Wandering Inn' has everything: A great concept, as fulfilling an NPC's role in an RPG is fascinating when done properly; a well-developed story, no 'and then life was like a game *waves hands*', you really get the feeling Pirateaba has everything planned out far in advance and foreshadowed; Wonderful characters, no shallow 2D min-maxers that exist only to hit things, cast 'fireball' or hate orcs, and interpersonal politics is backed up with a rich history of interspecies relations; a brilliant system that feels consistent and understandable, yet can still surprise you from time-to-time without it feeling like an ass-pull; and best of all, that magical spark of 'what-if?', the part that holds your interest, makes you dwell on the world and hypothetical scenarios without feeling that it isn't detailed enough to answer your questions - there's mystery, but not at the cost of interest.

 

This is the first story to make me get on Patreon, and I can't recommend it enough. Admittedly, the author's lightning-fast update rate means there's the occasional typo, but corrections are accepted and it's worth it besides. There's a real feeling of growth, from the first chapters to today, and every advancement feels earned and valuable. There's an...Oh, just read it! :)

thatguy6199
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Pros- Good characters, no wish fulfillment OP MC's, realistic female characters (no harems), well written with minor at most errors, strong worldbuilding (so far), original take on the whole transported to another world idea.

Cons- The start is a bit slow, sometimes the overarching plot almosts gets forgotten because of how slice of lifey the story is.

Overall this story is one of the better (if not best) stories on this site, or the internet in general at the moment. I definitely recommend this to everyone.

DarkD
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Some flaws, but overall one of the best written fictions on RRL

I might be a bit biased in favor of this series.  I am giving it a bit higher of a score because it's a style no one on this site cares to read. At the same time it's better written than most of the stuff on the best rated list.  

For the most part, this is a story about Erin, a girly girl who doesn't like to fight and only defends herself as a last resort.  However, when it comes to fighting, she's usually underestimated by her opponent and with inventive strategies, she comes out on top.  

The characters are all quite good shockingly enough.  Probably some of the best characters on RRL.  The author has a great understanding of how to write a unique and interesting character.  In fact, that's probably her strongest writing skill.  

The story is where things get a little more dicey.  The author uses two protagoninsts in this series.  Most of the time it's about Erin, but every few chapters, the author, out of nowhere, suddenly starts telling the story of Ryokah.  A different girl in the same world.  

This wouldn't bother me so much if Ryokah was properly introduced before the author started writing about her, but we kinda just get her dumped in our laps in the middle of the fiction.  

Ideally, the author should introduce Ryokah in Erin's story first, THEN you can have her go off on her own adventures.  But the point is that we need to be interested in her first.  Right now, she's just an annoying nuissance that wastes the authors time every few chapters....

Beyond that, Erin can sometimes be more than a little bit of an airhead.  She doesn't think about the consequences of her actions and if the consequences aren't immediately obvious, she doesn't care about them.  She'll happily drag her friends into all kinds of dangers because she doesn't want people to fight.  

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I would like to add that the chapter that talked about real world politics was a HUGE mistake.  I know you tried to keep it neutral, but just DON'T.  There is no such thing as neutral in real world politics in writing.  Don't even make up something fake.  These are called hot-button topics for a reason... Just don't

Edit as of chapter 2.26.  The author continues to play with hot button topics...  She's now added christianity to the mix.  She has now taken sides on the matters of Trump and Christian religion...  Even the worst authors on RRL usually know not to make this mistake...  I don't understand how this author keeps making it...  

Also, I keep forgetting to ask this, but why is the series called "The Wandering Inn" I know that's the name of the inn, but the name is suggestive.  It makes me think that at some point the Inn is going to pick up and teleport somewhere with Erin inside.  If it was just a random name, I think you should've called it "The Wanderer's Inn" or give some explanation for the other name.  

Isaac Greyfield
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A Masterpiece of Emotions

I have not read a story that has made me feel so deeply for so many different characters. Each one is his own unique individual and their coming together in each scene is a wonderful painting.

It's a good laugh at times, and a somber cry at others. Each chapter ends with a hook that keeps you reading and wanting more.

maelos61
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Well, I pretty much support every review that gives this story at least 4.5 stars. This is one of those stories on RR that make this site worth it. Under all the garbage you can still find gems like this. It's not good in a way that it's fun enough to pass some time. No, this story is honestly good.

The best thing about the story is, in my opinion, the characters. The characters are fleshed out and even though they're all different, every single one is interesting. Something a lot of the stories on RR ignore is how a good cast of 'round' characters elevates a story from 'good' to 'excellent'. This coupled with a fun world with its own explained lore and an absence of clichés turns this into an addicting story. The fact that my own pet peeve of horrible grammar is absent is also welcome.

I hope the author will continue this story until it's finished and that gems like these will keep appearing on RR.

Nanook4219
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The royalroadl equivalent of "Avatar: The Last Airbender"

Seriously though. The best work I've seen on this site so far. 

Celinor
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A veritable fairy tale

In my opinion, there is one key difference between a good story and a great one once it reaches a certain quality :

(Once the grammar is nearly faultless and the author matures his own style, the story contains flavorful characters, a great worldbuilding, humor and many other still important aspects)

the emotions which the story succeeds in arousing in the reader.   

Overseer by Solista is the only other fiction on RR coming to my mind approximately managing to pull it off, but The Wandering Inn does it clearly. With a poetry to it that gives the story its uniqueness.

To the point that this story is my favorite on RR and I consider each new chapter a real treat that I can't stop grinning when I see it posted.

An absolute must read !

Setanta
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This is the very definition of quality writing.

I want to go home. I've been working all day and I want to go home, but this story deserves the praise I intend to lavish.

This character of Erin and her reactions are so incredibly human, she has touched my heart. The author is IMMENSELY GIFTED at bringing the reality of these fantastic situations into a frame of believabiliy, and that's something that is lacking in almost all stories of this nature.

It's...it's probably the most comprehensively enjoyable thing I've read here. It's not all tits and death and violence like Boxxy; it's not a bunch of LitRPG windows; it's not high fantasy and edge-of-your-seat action.

It's just really fucking good. Like, easily better than many professional writers good. I am overjoyed to have found this, and even moreso to know that I'm only 18 chapters in.

CamChow
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because it's better than everything else here

if you get stories like orc lord with 5 star ratings, this is a solid 8/5 read.  Slow progression for straight litRPG fans who just want action on action on harem on leveling and skills and OP main characters, but this is a better read in that there is thought behind the story (like way in advance, e.g. you see the foreshadowing in previous chapters).  I would say this is a fantasy story first, litRPG second, but definitely combines the two very well. If you want some higher level reading but still want that litRPG dose, mixed with slice of life, look no further. The one story I still look forward to every week

Ashok
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The Wandering Inn has a very slow paced exploration of the world and that's what gives it so much room to develop super loveable characters. The characters are all so fun to follow and it's amazing how the author keeps your interest in a huuuuge world despite the spotlight mostly being on one small inn.