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When the first derelict alien spacecraft fell to Earth, humanity took what was found in it and propelled themselves to new heights. In their new Golden Age, humanity developed technology that they had only dreamed about. The following years saw hundreds more ships crash into the planet, spurring even greater technological leaps.

An unassuming spacecraft, one of the dozens that fell yearly, descended on Siberia in 2021. The world took no particular notice of it. However, this one contained something beyond the miraculous technology that had made humans so prosperous.

Three years later, in a top-secret underground facility in eastern Colorado, the automated construction of an army of Paladin Mobile Infantry Suits was underway. With this new, state-of-the-art weaponry, the military would turn the tide against the alien incursion that was consuming the planet. Humanity fell before that could happen. Sam was an engineer responsible for overseeing the facility. Now alone, he lives in utter boredom and near insanity, his only company the base’s pseudo AI and an army of empty Paladins. With the world gone to hell around him, and the things that caused it still living above, he decides that he is much better off staying exactly where he is. Unfortunately for him, that is no longer an option.

This is the first novel I've written. The first fifteen or so chapters are going to be a little slower. I want there to be time to get to know the characters before they start blowing stuff up. Also, though the MC will be strong relative to the world, he won't be OP, and won't win every fight. Not every fight will be physical either.

Currently, I'm aiming for something like 5 fairly short chapters a week, after the introduction part is done, but we'll see how that goes. Thanks for reading, and please let me know if I've made mistakes!

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Prologue ago
Chapter 1.1: Jog ago
Chapter 1.2: Perimeter Approach ago
Chapter 1.3: Morning Routine ago
Chapter 1.4: Before (I) ago
Chapter 1.5: Training Montage ago
Chapter 1.6: Downtime ago
Chapter 1.7: Mental ago
Chapter 1.8: Grey ago
Chapter 1.9: Interlude - Adelaide (I) ago
Chapter 1.10: Unreality ago
Chapter 1.11: Coward ago
Chapter 1.12: Before (II) ago
Chapter 1.13: Aftershock ago
Chapter 1.14: Step ago
Chapter 1.15: It's The Little Things ago
Chapter 1.16: Ursus Maritimus ago
Chapter 1.17: Firefight ago
Chapter 1.18: A Thousand Lives ago
Chapter 1.19: Graduation ago
Chapter 1.20: Scheduled Maintenance ago
Chapter 1.21: Combat ago
Chapter 1.22: Burdens ago
Chapter 1.23: Before (III) ago
Chapter 1.24: Before (IV) ago
Chapter 2.1: Interlude - Mary ago
Chapter 2.2: Mind the Cliff ago
Chapter 2.3: Life ago
Chapter 2.4: Field Trip ago
Chapter 2.5: Choices ago
Chapter 2.6: State of Play ago
Chapter 2.7: Interlude - Jane ago
Chapter 2.8: Combat Drop ago
Chapter 2.9: Welcome Wagon ago
Chapter 2.10: Information ago
Chapter 2.11: Black Box ago
Announcements of Fun ago
Chapter 2.12: The Reaper ago
Chapter 2.13: Interlude - Fear of God ago
Chapter 2.14: Cracks in the Concrete ago
Chapter 2.15: Catch a Breath ago
Chapter 2.16: Character ago
Chapter 2.17: Stir Crazy ago
Chapter 2.18: Mystery ago
Chapter 2.19: Eruption ago
Chapter 2.20: Hive Lord ago
Chapter 2.21: Serendipity ago
Chapter 2.22: Interlude - Camille (I) ago
Chapter 2.23: Whole ago
Chapter 2.24: Replay ago
Chapter 2.25: Meetings ago
Chapter 2.26: Conference ago
Chapter 2.27: Gathering ago
Chapter 2.28: A Plan Comes Together ago
Chapter 2.29: Suburbs ago
Chapter 2.30: Denver ago
Chapter 2.31: Descent ago
Announcement of Far Less Fun ago
Chapter 2.32: Climb ago
Chapter 2.33: Home ago
Chapter 2.34: Learning ago
Chapter 2.35: Interim ago
Chapter 2.36: Disagreement ago
Chapter 2.37: Interlude - Aaron ago
Chapter 2.38: Inspiration ago
Previously on Paladin ago
2.39: The Defense of Sterling ago
2.40: The Beacon of Hope ago
Chapter 2.41: The Shield of Humanity ago
Chapter 2.42: Impact ago
Chapter 2.43: Interlude - Aaron (II) ago
Chapter 2.44: Council ago
Chapter 2.45: Epilogue ago
Post-Mortem/Editing Plans ago

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humble reader
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I have been on this site for the past 3 years, this story is, by far, one of the best stories that this site hase to offer and I can't wait to see it on the first page of the weekly popular stories. Keep it up, I'll read every chapter!

God's Hydra
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It's Mecha motherfuckers, what else do you need?

Well written, with a few grammar mistakes. 

Story is original, with NO REINCARNATION, which is a godsend in these dark times, where the shared plot device is "I CAN SEE THE FUTURE", and "I KNOW HOW TO MAKE A GUN". Also Mecha, which is a huge plus in my book. But as the author says, it takes a while, it is a slow burn. This is similar to Code Geass, in the way that Mechs, while important, do take the sidelines to make room for good storytelling and character development. Which ties into my next point.

Next point, Character Development. Sam here, has lived through the world going to shit, locked in a bunker in Colorado. He has barely held onto his sanity, with help from the base's pseudo AI Adelaide, and his (bordering-on-sexual) love of his fabricators. He has some trauma, which makes sense and affects him like a trauma should. I have no way to tie into style here, so.......

The style is great, well written, well paced, (I'm starting to realize that I should have done this before or after the story section, but Granny Dapper didn't raise no quitters) and has moments that make you have fun, feel kickass, or down right depressing . Everything is detailed enough to let you build the image in your head. 

So, final thoughts are, read this. Definitley made my night, and morning, reading this. 


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An Excelent Sci-Fi story

This story is so good and unique to what you can find normally in RRL, its a genre that its kind of unexplored and in a sense i've only read one similar novel here in RRL in the way technology and sci-fi its portrayed (Two Worlds) so here are some points that might get your attention:

- First and most important of all war and combat with uber cool mech suits of utter destruction (Check)

- Apocalypse by an alien invasion to earth (Check)

- Excelent story telling reavealing bits and pieces of how all the mess in the world came to be (Check)

- Character devolopment and "The Feels" (Check) 

- Sassy AI trolling the MC here and there (Check)

So if you like any of the list above go ahead and read this story because its awesome.

PD: Other things like grammar and the style are polished and i cant seriously find faults with it so nothing to worry about in that sense.

 Reviewed as of chapter 23.

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just overall real good. I feel like the mcs reactions to things are what normal humans would go through which is a big compliment

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Pt 1 - 4.5 Pt t2 - 2.5 Needs to course correct.

The first part is very good.  However, once more characters are introduced, the plot and stakes get lost in "slice of life" exposition and "luckily I have engineered a solution" moments

Also, the first person point of view is sometimes journalistic and sometimes almost as if the MC is a 3rd person narrator.

The combat description is very good and action-oriented.  The world building is good, esp the alien technology stuff. On the balance, I'm giving a three for style.

The characters and their interactions are humorous at times. But, honest, a significant amount of dialogue is either painful to read or a slog to read.

The grammar is great considering the pace of releases.  5 stars.

In summary, the author starts off great and then begins breaking Vonnegut's sixth rule of writing.  Captian Marty Stu ... oops ... Paladin Captian Sam and his awesome robot suit is boring military science fiction after 500 or so pages.

But, read part one for sure.

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...at least for RRL standards ;).

The worldbuilding is excellent and well paced, the interludes and flashbacks are a great way to introduce the reader to parts of the world (and parts of time) that the character does not have access to.

Characters are amazing, there are emotions!!1! And there's a mind, a psyche - honestly, you couldn't have portrayed them better, IMO.

The story and plot are unique but/and very well executed. Timeskips are placed appropriately, and progress feels natural.

Grammar and spelling are excellent, I did find the occasional error but nothing a little (very) light editing couldn't fix.

This easily dwarfs 99% of other RRL "literature", keep this going and you will make it to the top.


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One of the best Sci-fi, Post Apocalyptic novels I've scene so far in this site.

- The world building in the story is great as compared to most other authors in RRL and will definitely not disappoint most.

- The setting for the story is in a futuristic earth with advanced technology taken from aliens similar to "Independence Day" the movie and does well in making full use of it.

- The characters are fleshed out and are given realistic emotions and reactions from "anxiety" to "depression" all the way to "suicidal thoughts" that you would expect from a normal human being faced with an almost entirely hopeless situation rather than the more common "I must save the world", "I must immediately get stronger to protect myself and those I love" and "Zero to Hero" immediately after the apocalypse type of characters you would get from the genre.

- The author was smart enough not to make the scientific advances in the story so adavanced it would be impossible to even somewhat explain through current scientific theory, so you don't need to worry much about bad/horrible explanations for the technologies used in the story.

- Author does not immediately dive into the action to make the more hot blooded readers happy, rather he/she focuses on the character development early on into the story.


I highly recommend this novel to any that enjoy a good post apocalyptic story

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Picked it from "Latest update" Category - diamond!

I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this story, im so glad i just randomly clicked this when i saw it on the latest updates category.

The writing flows together in what seems like a professional way, it's super easy to read and follow along with.

I've only noticed one grammar mistake and it was just like "The" but "Thae" so obviously just a misstype. Everything else is completely fine and i have noticed no other grammatical errors.

The plot seems to have direction and the world building is superb, all the backstory is spaced out evenly and theres not one info dump thrown at you, it feels like reading a proper professionaly done story where the writer has forked out thousands on professional editing and such. It could definitely get picked up by a publisher if this quality continues.

The best thing is, is that this guy is uploading a crap-ton! High quality - High quantity!!! How does he do it, the only reason i can think of is he (or she or whatever pronoun they prefer) is not only just incredibly talented when it comes to writing, but they also never sleep. 

The only gripe which isn't really a gripe and not really fair of me to ask for seeing as how the chapters are uploaded regularly, is that i wish the chapters were longer, i don't know how long the average chapter is but it's not very long. However i do have to state that this is kind of sorted by the amount of chapters uploaded, maybe it'd be better if instead of uploading multiple chapters on the same day you could perhaps merge chapters in to one longer chapter? Well that's certainly personal preference and definitiely not a reason to not read this story!

It can ultimately be stated that as i was searching through a ton of crap as-per usual on this website i came across an amazing jewel which is already thoroughly polished.

Don't hesitate to read it!

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MC cowardly personality

Been wondering for a while if I was gonna review this novel.

I've just finished book 1 and I think that this isn't a story for me.

Everything is great, the descriptions, the flow, the MC's first person narrator...Really it's a great story.

But it's not for me cause I really can't relate to the MC. I relate more to Allen, the cool minded fellow who's a master of mind games.

Also, the MC's choices are really really annoying me. I'll pass on the fact that he watched 7 people get killed without doing anything, as we all understood that he's a coward. But how come on his first expedition outside, after saving 3 people, he didn't get curious about the outside world?

He's supposed to be a engineer, an MIT guy, but he's neither curious about the humane A.I of the base, or the outside world and how the survivors lived.

Mc's cowardly personality + no curiosity = not for me

The 1st progenitor
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Amazingly unique novel filled with depth and intrigue

A novel that ticks story, character development writing skill and grammar, one novel i am sure will arrive in the top 10 popular within a week, before taking its place among the best. 

highly recommend reading for anyone looking for a good story.