Shovels In Spades



Book 1 Chapter 96: Struggle and Madison


A note from Lone

Second guaranteed chapter of the week.

"No, don't buy it yet. System, please show me the skill first," Daz replied to the system's confirmation window. The system complied and displayed the skill to Daz.


Death Energy Solidification [A-Rank (Higher Tier)]
A rare skill unique to Reapers which allows them to mould their own Death Energy into a physical substance. It was created by the famous Reaper and Necromancer, Abos Maloy, in an effort to create clones of himself that could assist him in his necromantic rituals.
 Allows the host to solidify their Death Energy. All Death Energy solidified will no longer be usable for casting skills and spells until returned to an energy state.
Allows the host to create a clone of themselves that has 50% of the host's abilities and power. It is made purely out of Death Energy. Cost: 1,000 Death Energy. Limit: 1 clone.


"System, with this skill, I'll be able to recreate my arm and leg temporarily using my death energy as a substitute, right?" Daz asked cautiously. Even if the system had already said that this skill met his requirements, Daz wasn't willing to waste one-hundred thousand merit points only for the system to have somehow misinterpreted what he had asked for.


Confirmed. In exchange for 200 Death Energy, the host may recreate a limb that would match the host's stats.


"Two hundred... I only have seven-hundred and fifty total death energy... Guess I need to increase my points in that energy, huh?" Daz muttered.

He then spent a total of one-hundred and fifty-thousand and fifty merit points. One-hundred thousand went on the skill, fifty-thousand went to his death energy, increasing it by five-thousand points since each point cost ten merit points individually.

The final fifty merit points were spent on a hair regrowth serum. While Daz cared little about the way he looked, he didn't want to be bald. It cost next to nothing and it allowed him to regain his hair instantly, so he felt no shame in purchasing this serum.

He had looked at the burnt and leathery left side of his body, his face included, and decided against fixing the visual damage. 'I need this as a reminder. I'm not invincible.'

Daz prepared himself and shuffled over to sit on his bed's side. He breathed in deeply before uttering his new skill's name in his head. 'Death Energy Solidification.'

All he was thinking of was his left arm and leg. A ghastly green substance leaked out of Daz and slowly formed a new arm and leg for him. They were entirely see-through and glowed with a greenish hue ever so slightly. Daz sighed. "Guess I have to deal with this appearance. Though it's to be expected considering it was the cheapest solution."

Daz wobbled to his feet and felt very unstable due to his new limbs being weightless. He fell forward and caught himself by leaning against the wall. "Well, at least I look more intimidating now...hahaha..."

Currently, Daz was wearing nothing more than a pair of simple boxers. He shuffled along the wall towards his wardrobe and opened it. There were several sets of donated clothes from the Skip Site but his travelling gear of Altros was also in there, looking as good as new.

"Ah, that's right. It had a self-repairing feature, didn't it? Guess a piece of it survived or something..." Daz was happy to have not lost such a powerful set of light armour since he still planned to have it unsealed one day.

It took him roughly thirty minutes to get into his travelling gear due to how inexperienced he was with his new limbs. Once dressed, Daz hobbled unsteadily to the door and opened it. The hallway was empty, so he grabbed the wall and carefully made his way to the living room so he could leave and make his way to the ramparts to meet the mysterious girl that Ger had mentioned.

"Daz!" Ellie was sat on a sofa and she was clutching Mini-Daz. Her eyes were baggy and red. Clearly, she had been crying.

"Were you waiting for me?" Daz smiled weakly. "Sorry I took so long, but I'm kinda struggling to walk here. Would you mind lending me your shoulder? I need to go to the outer rampart apparently."

Ellie stood in silence for a moment. 'His hair, leg and arm are all back! But his burnt skin... Why did he keep that? The system really is magical... Anyway, I'm so glad he didn't give up... I...I need to find the time to explain to him and apologise!'

"O-Of course!" Ellie let go of Mini-Daz who gently bounced around in the air for a moment before he floated around Ellie's head. Apparently, she had upgraded the metal cube again granting him this ability. Ellie allowed Daz to wrap his new ghostly arm around her neck and she lightly held his see-through hand and wrapped her arm around his waist.

Despite how honestly creepy and cold Daz's new hand was, Ellie still couldn't avoid a blush finding it's way onto her face. "Thanks, Ellie. Now then, shall we go see what this woman wants from me?"

Ellie briefly thought about the very beautiful and regal blonde-haired teen that had saved them all and she smiled. It was hard to not idolise someone that managed to deal with the Automaton that both she and Daz couldn't entirely stop by themselves.

The two left Daz's cabin and slowly walked towards the outer wall. Whenever they passed a Citizen, Daz would lower his head in shame. He could see that these people respected him, but he could also detect fear and disgust in their eyes.

"D-Don't mind them Daz... They know this happened to you because you were protecting all of us," Ellie tried to comfort Daz by saying this.

He remained silent and kept his head down. The two moved forward without talking and soon reached the limestone ramparts. It was a unique challenge to climb its stairs, but with Ellie's help, Daz somehow managed.

Right above where the steel portcullis stood, Daz's sister, Rose was sat in her wheelchair and she was happily chatting to a young eighteen-year-old girl that Daz was more than familiar with. Daz gently removed himself from Ellie and held onto the battlements before hobbling his way towards the two girls.

Rose and the blonde-haired teen noticed Daz and Ellie so they turned to look at them. "You've seen better days, huh, Daz?" Rose said with a passive smile on her face.

"I guess. Though I just need to get used to these new limbs of mine, and in no time, I'll be even stronger than before," Daz shrugged in response.

The unknown girl stepped forward and she had a sad look on her face. "Too late. Tried my best. Distance too far. Forgive me?"

"It's fine, of course I forgive you, Maddy," Daz replied in a relaxed and carefree manner. "Afterall, you were on the other side of the country. I honestly didn't expect you to get here for another few days at least," he added.

Maddy walked up to the still struggling Daz and hugged him tightly. "For you. Rushed."

The girl then pulled her head back, and completely disregarding Daz's deformed face, kissed him very passionately. Daz met her kiss with equal amounts of enthusiasm.

Ellie almost passed out. "D-D-D-Daz! Wh-Who is s-she?!"

Rose smirked mischievously and rolled her wheelchair next to Ellie. "That would be Madison McArthur. Daz's girlfriend."

'Girlfriend...girlfriend...girlfriend...' The one thing that Ellie had wished wasn't true, had become a reality. The term 'girlfriend' constantly rang in Ellie's head and it greatly impacted her ability to think at the current moment.

A note from Lone

Sidenote: This story is not going to be a harem, like I've stated so many times.

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RyuNaga ago

thanks for the chapter

Dragonsword ago

Thanks for the great chapter. Yep as predicted poor Ellie. The way the girlfriend is speaking does sound like she could do with investing some points in the intelligence stat. He was expecting someone to make it across monster filled country without transport in a few days what the hell is her background?

    RyuNaga ago

    I wanted to make my comment about that. But I have a feeling that since even Rose knows her then his girlfriend is definitely one that has been by his side for a long time during his rebellion against his parent's way of life. She is probably a badass with some fighting background that gave that excitement to Daz's life that he desperately wanted.


    Lone ago

    Madison is very special.

Okurin ago

Harem harem harem harem harem harem harem you owe me one harem novel give it to me

schadof ago

Thanks for the chapter.

magpie ago

Daz, becomes a Nazg├╗l, now he only needs The Ring! Still, he really, really should invest in a Skill: "Total Regeneration(Slower then Slow)--Passive: User will heal all wounds and return to complete health, missing limbs will regrow, etc. Time Required: 0.5% per day( Skill can be upgraded to "Really Slow" from "Slower Than Slow" by paying *Large Number* Points)".

...and thanks for the chapter.


    Lone ago

    Lol the cost for that would be pretty high. Losing limbs isn't something that can easily be reversed permanently, and thanks for reading. c:

    magpie ago

    Does the System have a vested interest in keeping experienced Players in the fight? Losing a limb can pretty much 'wreck' a character and a slow regeneration, slow as in multiples of the time between Base Sieges, would return Players to the fight. Short term, of course the System is there to gouge the Players by charging an arm and a leg (Pun intended) for healing...

    It really goes back to whether or not the System wants to be a 'Killer GM' or not...(?)


      Lone ago

      It treats everyone equally. It won't show favouritism just because you are doing well thus far.

dmonyar999 ago

Is there some sci-fi or magitech cloning vat and mind/soul transferal that could be used for a brand new body? Also glad that his girlfriend is here, don't really like it when characters have bad reasons for a crush or something. Curing her deafness isn't a great point for a relationship, she barely knows him personally.

royaldarknes ago

I will just leave it here,if you have time you can check it out >.>

I just found 3 channel that have a lot of good advice here,can help you in some way

_ 5 Ways to Make a Character More Likable (writing and design tips)

_On Writing: hard magic systems in fantasy [ Avatar l Fullmetal Alchemist l Mistborn ]

_ On Writing: final battles [ Avatar l Lord of the Rings l Star Wars l Pirates ]

_ Quick Tip: How to Show Instead of Tell
(well,it better be check it and already know it than missing something,and it not that long anyway)

Realshot ago

Yep, here we go again. The bane of LITRPG. Fucking harem. Why? Why do authors have to fuck up every single good story with these unnatural, one dimensional "most beautiful in the universe, loving the MC for no apparent reason" characters? Would this story lose out anything without them? Cant you just continue with the story? One of the twin girls were annoying af, but somehow bearable cause you didnt spent too much time on here. But after 100 chapters we finally arrived at the fucking love triangle. A fucking 18 y old, rushing to his bf disregarding her family and anything in here way just to get to his one true love, our MC ofc! I bet that in 50 chapters there will be at least 2 more "regal, otherwordly beauties" in love with the MC. It is always like that.


I'm honestly sick of authors wasting stories with good potential cause they wanna live out there sexual fantasies in these novels. Just write a fucking hentai and leave this story out of it.


Rant off. Story dropped, gl guys.

    Realshot ago

    I honestly should just write this as a review, but I dont want to give the author a 1 star, cause he did provide me with a good story up to this point.


    Lone ago

    I am glad you are dropping the story. Your attitude is horrible. I've never written a harem before and don't plan to. You sir, are the definition of toxic.

      Realshot ago

      yep, dropped that one too at the first aspect of harem. And just because you call it non-harem, harem elements make your story harem.


      Lone ago


      1. (in former times) the separate part of a Muslim household reserved for wives, concubines, and female servants.
        "we were invited into the harem in the rear of the house"
        synonyms: women's quarters; More
        • the women occupying a harem; the wives (or concubines) of a polygamous man.
          "the Maharaja of Delhi had a very fine harem of 18 young and nubile wives"
        • a group of female animals sharing a single mate.
          "the dominant bulls gather a harem of anything from two to ten cows"


      Where in this story do you see any of that in this story?

      And if you'd prefer the new meaning of the word:


      A genre in manga and anime where a single (often ordinary) guy is liked and followed by a bunch of girls (3 or more) who are all madly in love with him. The girls often fight each other to get the guy's attention.

      female version of this is reverse harem
      Rana 1/2 is a harem manga

      Again, where do you see 3 or more girls swooning over and following Daz? So you are, in essence, saying a bit of romantic drama instantly destroys any story? Must suck to be you then since 99% of stories contain that.

      Realshot ago

      not 3 ( well, even more if you count the guys fawning over him for no reason, like half the charachters of the story) but we have 2 otherworldy beauty following our ordinary MC.

      I mean. The charachter you introduced now. Even her description. 18 y old regal beauty. Crossing the country in a fucking apocalipse in 4 days to get to our ordinary fucking MC. She doesnt give a fuck about her family, doesnt give a fuck about the fucking apocalipse, rushing over to our every day guy MC. Please, what is that if not a fucking harem piece?

      Maybe you really wont turn this into a harem, but this character is fucking bad, and not even close to the level of the story you have written so far. Which I say again, is good so far.

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