The Scourged Earth

The Scourged Earth

by Mirrored

Warning This fiction contains:
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  • 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.


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 Commitment ago
4.1 The Basics I ago
4.2 The Basics II ago
4.3 Personal Growth ago
4.4 Personal Growth II ago
4.5 Personal Growth III ago
4.6 Oil and Water ago
4.7 Undercurrents ago
4.8 Faces and Voices ago
4.9 Seizing Power ago
4.10 Meeting New People ago
4.11 Meeting New People II ago
4.12 Making an Impression ago
4.13 Unneighbourly ago
4.14 Tools and Traps ago
4.15 Nemesis ago
Interlude: Priorities ago
4.16 Nemesis II ago
4.17 What Lurks Beneath ago
5.1 Wake Up Call ago
5.2 No Good Deed ago
5.3 Goes Unpunished ago
5.4 Bargains ago
5.5 Responsibility ago
5.6 Rushing Ahead ago
5.7 Heart of the Matter ago
5.8 Under your Skin ago
5.9 Under Your Skin II ago
5.10 Fog of War ago
5.11 Fog of War II ago
5.12 Party Tricks I ago
5.13 Party Tricks II ago
5.14 Deleterious ago
5.15 Celebration ago
Interlude: Complications ago
Editing, Scheduling and Patreon Announcement ago
6.1 Without a Hitch ago
6.2 Limits ago
6.3 Litigation ago
6.4 Helpless ago
6.5 Innovation ago
6.6 Abomination ago
6.7 Complications ago
6.8 Breakneck ago
6.9 Moving Targets ago
6.10 Moving Targets II ago
 6.11 Recoil ago
6.12 Wild Theories ago
Interlude: Unnatural ago
6.13 Reaching ago
6.14 Drama and Queens ago

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LITRPG Meets Zombie Apocalypse

Great start, cant wait to see where it goes. English is very good few if any grammar issues. Nice character building for main and side characters.                              


I'm enjoying the read a lot. I'm giving a high score to counter some of the negative ones that I just don't understand. The story is good, well written, mc is easily likable and relatable. World building is nicely done and easy to picture . Going in my top 5 with SD, MOL, and RG


Great Story Don't Miss it

Reviewed at: 6.6 Abomination

It is a very different take on the apocalypse.Read it


One more good story on royalroad!

I am a pretty hard reader to please. But I like this story.
2 problems for me with this finction:
1) In the beginning you can't see the potential of the main hero. Later you can.
2)Some fights drag on not giving much to the story. I don't want to know how he jumped over an obstacle.

Exept from those personal opinions I like it!


Definitely worth the read!

Id definitely recommend this one! Its prety unique as far as LitRPGs go and ahh... Trust me... I've read an absolute metric crap ton of LitRPGs, so finding a new perspective like this is always refreshing! Certainly good even if you don't care about the story and only need good writing examples and ideas!


Must read masterpiece.

Awesome worldbuilding, well developed, realistic and deep characters, a well-thought litRPG system, no OP main character, a good progression, feelings and the end of the world as we knew it.


This is the best alien invasion novel I've ever read. How a reclusive junior IT network engineer is recruited into fighting for his planet and gets tangled in a deep web between incomprehensible inhuman alien invaders, equally incomprehensible inhuman "Helper System" and comprehensible, human and disgusting human politics that try to get the upper hand even in the face of global doom.

The protagonist is not a summoned hero with cheat powers. He is not a special snowflake. Everything he has he earned with blood and tears.

And this is what makes this novel worth reading.

Andross Guile

Terrible grammar but a solid story

This is a solid story if it continues. It has its flaws particularly its syntax. Seriously, use editing software or get the real thing, an editor. The characters are complex with some interesting history or they're feral tabula rasas with massive personal issues.

Read if you enjoy urban apocalypse stories with elements of litrpg and scifi, speckled with eldritch horrors.


Detrius Vimes

My new favorite story. I love the lvling system. His increases in power make sense. Love it!

Dmitry Perelmuter

Good start but quickly looses any logic

Reviewed at: 6.1 Without a Hitch

The story starts out well, but as it goes on there are more and more logical gaps. The system that is fighting scourge for billions of years across thousands of world's turned out to be written by Microsoft. It has more security holes than Swiss cheese and can be tricked and manipulated by just about anyone. I would not be surprised if the story ends with a blue screen.


The story is very enjoyable! Romae diu vivere!

The style of the story is very enjoyable and unique in many ways.

The story is great so far (Can't wait for more)

Grammar (As far as I can remember read this a week ago) was great and had no problems

The charachters are enjoyable and don't make stupid decicions to advance the plot

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