The Scourged Earth

by Mirrored

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

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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

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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.


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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.

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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!

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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!

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Thoroughly engaging and well crafted.

This story is thoroughly engaging and at times artfully crafted. The MC has a slow and difficult progression path, his gains feel hard fought and his victories are therefore more gratifying. 


Plot wise, the standard trope has been refreshed here, classic LitRPG in a Sci-Fi setting, with a gritty modernism and pessimistic tone. There are several hints about off world and eons spanning plot lines that could be used to further a web serial that quite frankly has a great deal of readability and ongoing potential.

Excellent action scenes, good pay offs, witty and at times humorous, dark and edgy enough to realise a definite post apocalyptic feel.




Not many, MC can be difficult to empathise with eat times. Companions and ‘colleagues’ could be filled out a bit and more rounded but this can come with more development.

Forshadowing can be slightly heavy handed but again, it isn’t bad, it kind of matches the tone and pace. 


Overal, I can’t recommend this story enough. Well done to the author - he has created an engaging story that has the potential to really grab hold of you. Give it a go, you won’t be disappointed. 




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I have read till the latest chapter and I am definitely hooked. The story has good content and the the chatachar definition is good. 

Some interludes feel random but all in all it's worth reading. The MC is not some superpowered guy but someone who slowly improves and the characters are introduced in a smoother way without feeling it being forced into the plot. 

Definitely looking forward to more .

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Best novel on RRL by a landslide

 A complete joy to read. It starts simple enough, and gradually grows in depth. Well paced, good characters, and good grammar. A real gem. Read through it all in two days, and almost cried when I got caught up. 

It handles the reasons for the apocalypse flawlessly, and makes for incredibly interesting situations, usually in the interludes, which are well placed, and the perfect ratio of info dump to plot.

The action is well detailed, but not enough to be offputting. The characters have depth and reasons for being. The MC has a troubled past, but refuses to let it stop him from doing his best. He's no goody two shoes, but he's no psycopath, with a healthy balance of survival, and understanding the importance of having strong allies, and a healthy community. 

There are a few grammar mistakes, but few and far between, and never bad enough that you can't understand the intent. 

All in all, it is by far my favorite novel on this entire site. Absolutely incredible.

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Apostrophes needed! (Ch9 20th November)

A good start to a book, enticing and decently engaging but the apostrophe use is appalling. Now, I’m normally easily able to skim through bad grammar and make the most of it, but for some reason apostrophes really matter. Missing conjunctions and poor tenses are easy but this? Somehow not.

if you think you can manage the apostrophes give it a go, it certainly seems a good read and you’ll only lose a little time if you’re wrong. What could it hurt?


please fix up the apostrophes, it will make the story flow far more smoothly. If you ever end up fixing the apostrophes shoot me a pm and I’ll reread the story and amand the rating.

thanks for writing.