The Scourged Earth

by Mirrored

Original HIATUS Action Adventure Horror Sci-fi Cyberpunk Grimdark LitRPG Magic Male Lead
Warning This fiction contains:
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 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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Sly Rhyder
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Best story on Royal Road

By far the best story I have read to date on Royal Road.  One of the best stories I have read in a long time.  Great job and I can't wait for the next chapter :)

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Great soo far. Awesome details. The fights are awesome. Keep up the great work.

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I really liked this story, give it a read!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's 10/10 the character power/flow seems steady and reliable, i really like how the author changes the way the character is named, it kind of makes me zoom out on perspective and i found it a lot of fun


I found spelling mistakes here and there but i was enjoying myself and they weren't bad/visibly noticeable 

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 if you enjoy the new genre of earth becoming game like and monsters appearing (reverse isekai?) then you should definitely give this one a try as its one of if not the best of them

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Great Story Don't Miss it

Reviewed at: 6.6 Abomination

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

Henry Morgan
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An awesome scifi litrpg

Great story, believable protagonist, a world that is well fleshed out, aliens that aren't just humans with makeup, awesome abilities and science.

So glad I found this story, the only bad thing now is the wait for the chapters.

Ray Peek
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Can't help but reccomend this fiction to anyone who is on the fence, give it a go, you won't regret it!

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Top 10 best done Litrpg novels on Royalroadl.

Solid world building and character developement. Epitome of a good Litrpg novel.

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A novel that deserves more than its current ranking it should be in the top 5

Zombie Unicorne
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The best litrpg apocalypse out here

Trully one of the best, do check this story out.

What I think that set this story apart from the ilk like it, is that you feel that things are actually at stake. Normally it would be society broken down in the first hout but not in this story, therefore there is something more at stake rather mere survival. You really feel that should they fail, they would be all dead and thats rare in this kind of sub-genre where any utako loser could eek out a living despite everything being blown over.

Also, what I also like about is that the main character isn't super duper lucky, getting a secret class or getting a boost by killing the first monster or any once a billion thing. He gets the same tool as everybody, only differentiating himself through hard-work and being a callous sociopath.

Speaking of a sociopath, you don't get that allot but it just make sense in this kind of setting. Often times I would cringe when we have some self-righteous prick as an mc in a setting where survival is key but having the MC in this story suit it very well, where you have nothing to worry about but yourself and having your mind elsewhere would prove fatale.

Thx for the stoy mr author and I hope you continue your work.