The Scourged Earth

by Mirrored

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Horror Sci-fi Cyberpunk Grimdark LitRPG Magic Male Lead
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content

 Derrick is no ones hero.  He is barely dealing with his mundane life when all of humanity is forced to confront the extraordinary. Overnight, all across the world, mysterious machines appear. They offer people the chance to purchase almost anything they can think of. Weapons, medicine and even super human abilities are offered, seemingly for free.

But following these machines, come the Scourges. The most dangerous creatures, diseases and machines that infest the universe. Ever growing and battling, these empires of horror and hunger will overhelm and devour the Earth and its inhabitants. Unless Derrick and humanity can stand against all the horrors that battle between the stars.

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My first Story, an attempt to turn the standard fantasy litrpg apocalypse into a Sci Fi. Trying for a slower build to power for the MC, so don't expect him to have cheat powers. I delight in helpful crticism so no holding back plz.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
1.1 The World Changes ago
1.2 Hitting the Gym ago
1.3 Whet the Blades ago
Interlude: Gods and Monsters ago
1.4 Me and you in the Melee ago
1.5 Explosive Situation ago
1.6 Rest and Recuperation ago
1.7 Hunting Grounds ago
1.8 The Next Level ago
2.1 A New Day ago
2.2 A New Battlefield ago
2.3 Cakewalk ago
Interlude: Gods and Monsters II ago
2.4 Human Nature ago
2.5 Social Creatures ago
2.6 Moves ago
Interlude: Ghost Town ago
Just a Poll and some music suggestions. ago
2.7 Questions and Answers ago
2.8 Dark Gifts ago
2.9 Scavengers ago
2.10 Pull of Greed ago
2.11 Tyranny ago
3.1 Standing Out ago
3.2 Temptation and Meditation ago
3.3 Plots and Armor ago
Interlude: Hierarchies ago
3.4 Trust and Trials ago
3.5 Support ago
3.6 Confidence under Fire ago
3.7 Progress ago
3.8 Alien Rules I ago
Interlude: Subtle Beasts ago
3.9 Caught in the Fold ago
3.10 Alien Rules II ago
3.11 Talent ago
3.12 Safety First ago
3.13 The Basics I ago
3.14 The Basics II ago
3.15 Personal Growth ago
3.16 Personal Growth II ago
3.17 Personal Growth III ago
3.18 Oil and Water ago
3.19 Undercurrents ago
3.20 Faces and Voices ago
3.21 Seizing Power ago
3.22 Meeting new People ago
3.23 Chosen of the System ago
3.24 Something to Look Forward To ago
3.25 Unneighbourly ago
3.26 Tools and Traps ago
3.27 Nemesis ago
Interlude: Priorities ago
3.28 Power ago
3.29 What Lurks Beneath ago
3.30 Wake Up Call ago
3.31 No Good Deed ago
3.32 Goes Unpunished ago
3.33 Bargains ago
3.34 Responsibility ago
3.35 Rushing Ahead ago
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Chayim
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An oppressive apocalypse

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. There are minor grammatical errors, the main character gives speeches that are a little too edgy, and there aren’t that many chapters out.

All that being said I really enjoyed this.

It reminds me of Oxygen Leech in a way. Humanity survives by the skin of their teeth and claws their way out of despair to survive.

The characters are engaging and mostly act like real people. The Users acting as an empowered militia is a fun idea that is actually executed really well. Having three “branches” that support each other makes sense and creates a world where not everyone has to be a fighter.

The “Scourges” are alien forces that are so effective and deadly that entire galaxies fall to them. Having these foreign superpowers actually interact with each other and fight is super interesting as they start out small but grow exponentially more dangerous in unique ways.

By combining action that doesn’t rely on numbers with interesting and engaging alien archetypes Mirrored has created a world I’m eager to read more about.

Venan
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So I've read up to 3.4 and decided to leave a review before I got too lazy. For two reasons. I really have been enjoying this story and it is pretty unique take on an apocalyptic setting. Becuase of these two reasons I wanted to formally put out what I beleive is a slight to this otherwise good fiction.

First and formost is imagery. For the most part, I have good feel of what the characters look like. And I use 'feel' because what descriptions I remember give the barest of essentials to what character looks like. For instance, Bruce is muscely, Blake was blonde haired, and thats pretty much the extent of what I had to use to construct an image of those charcters. Locations are far worse than the charcters and it usually becomes a bit jarring as the characters move around. Notably the world feels to suddenly expand.

Now the last thing is grammar. The story is 100% readable. However, there are frequent errors that are noticeable and break the immersion breifly. Nothing that a dedicated proofreader couldn't fix with some quick skiming. But there is enough that it is something to point out.

With that said I'm looking forward to reading more and hope that the Author improves on these issues as they continue to write.

ClearMadness
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Intriguing Tale For Fans of Real Sci-fi and LitRPG

Post-apocalyptic LitRPG stories are a staple of RoyalRoad at this point, and most of them are shallow and stale. However, despite technically sharing this genre, The Scourged Earth is in a league of its own. 

Taking many of the tropes from the genre, this tale weaves them together with a refreshing mix of gritty realism that combines both light and darkness to prevent grimderp from occurring. The somewhat simple and childish tone that so many LitRPgs have is missing completely because the story is treated as a proper sci-fi and the LitRPG aspects aren't used by the author to cover up for bad story telling or incomplete world building. Everything in this tale has depth and has been very thought out. There is tons of lore and history built in that fills you with curiosity, wonder, and horror. The addition of the LitRPG aspects doesn’t make everything mechanical, make the story depend on copious amounts of Deus Ex Machina, or shove obnoxious amounts of stat boxes in your face.

Thus, we are treated to a fleshed-out world and well thought out system where very real seeming characters struggle to adapt to their changing circumstances and figure out their place in this new world. They are nothing like the usual grinding machines without souls that are blindly seeking power to suit the author’s ends. You end up caring for them.

There are some minor grammar issues, but nothing that breaks immersion, and that's all I care about. I'm pretty lax about typos and grammar. 

All in all, I can only strongly recommend this series for both fans of traditional sci-fi and LitRPGs.

nerdy_n_dirty86
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Loving it, please keep writing!!

Moarrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Looking forward to the next installment cool My only criticism is having to wait for more chapters tongue-out

Krypek
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Don't be discoureged by low amount of chapters

As I said in title you should really consider reading this one because it is amazing honestly. Also chapters are quite long so it makes for a longer read one might expect. I really like world building and the author built a unique apocalypse universe where system battles with aliens. Characters so far seem to be a bit one dimensional but it does not impact the story that progresses nicely and is both engaging and entertaining. Did I mention that there are no grammar problems? There aren't and that is a relief because i would't be writing this review or read at all othervise. All in all I would recommend this story to anyone on this site.

Bjorn Dragonwing
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Weeeeeeeee (review titles dont matter!!!!)

Howdy, so first off i have really enjoyed it so far, incredibly excited for more!

Style: this is hard for me to judge, and seems mostly based on opinion, and I liked your style so... yeah

Story: So far, good, some nice foreshadowing of future events, the plot is advancing in mostly natural ways. Be careful of how well your mc does, as while it is entertaining and enjoyable to read you mentioned in the synopsis that he was average, which has not been the case.

Grammar: i sorta suck at jidging the other parts but not this one! As one of the other reviews said (quite harshly) there are errors, the main consistent one I notive is your misspelling of We're as Were, it messes up the flow of your story, which is really important in this case as We're is usually a word used in dialogue.

Character: You have done this alright, however some problems, biggest one in my opinion is Greta, i would suggest either adding more backstory for her, or changing her interactions majorly. Sheseems to be a ruthless mastermind that wants control of the city, yet her actions do not always fit with that. Though it may be my mistake in interpreting her actions. *Wittle SPOILERS Examples are how badly gaurded auvril(?) Was guarded, and then her appearence in the medical tent.

Alright, I hoped this helped, as that is what this was for, if it didnt or I messed up my critisicms please pm me. Other than that I am definitly looking forward to more!!

resusplus
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litrpg whitout the bad part

contrary to most litrpg this story does'nt focus on the stat themself more on the world building, the mc have some power but he isn't the ultimate op so if you want a good little time waster it's a good story for that

Bifur&Bofur
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Best apocalyptic LitRPG in my opinion

Of all the post-apocalyptic LitRPGs I've read, this is definatly the best. I've read System Apocalypse and RedMage/Advent, this is def better - better worldbuilding, better pacing, it's great. A+

Majst0r
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Best post-apoc LitRPG/GameLit story

Highly recommended!

Just found the story today via comment on litrpg subreddit and read it all in one go. Definitely the best post-apoc story I've come across so far. Better than most published ones, too.

 

Read it!

Steve Moss
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Excellent Alien Invasion Post Apocalyptic LitRPG

Well written and engaging story.  Recommended.