The Dungeon Of A Forest God

by Big Fat Seal

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy Horror Anti-Hero Lead Grimdark Harem LitRPG Magic Male Lead Multiple Lead Characters Strategy Strong Lead Supernatural
Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content
  • Traumatising content

Oscar, a forest god, was born as a dungeon master!

With a great power to govern over forests and immense power of darkness overflowing from his body, he strived to make himself a "home." He loved the beautiful nature of his home forest. However, he despised every single thing that dirty his beautiful home. He embraced everyone who loved and can live along with nature and mercilessly gave terror to the fools who dared to destroy it.

What kind of hell was awaiting the fools and what kind of paradise was prepared for those who can live along with nature? The answer was awaiting inside this story.

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CAUTION!

This story may start with innocent and sweet elements, but it will gradually escalate into a grimdark one with gory and traumatizing contents. After reading this for a while, you would realize that I'm addicted to creating murderously cute scenes and characters. It can't be helped if you don't like this mix, so read it at your own risk.

Another thing, the dungeon elements will come after chapter 30. Before that, it will be a journey of our mc inside a forest.

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BigMartyrs
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A Unique Dungeon Core LitRPG

This is the story of Oscar, a freshly made god-class child. Oscar starts his journey in a lush forest, where he does his best to piece together who he is, and more importantly, what he is capable of. He meets a mentor and ally along the way (as well as a small army of warm rabbits), and together, their journey begins.

Before Oscar reaches maturity, he is innocent. This is reflected in his thoughts. As such, his mentor goes out to dispatch a dark force moving into the forest, that way the god-child doesn’t have to risk his life. This is where you learn that the story has a dark side. The author does a good job emerging you in the innocence and warmth of Oscar and his bunnies. He also does a good job making you hate the creatures that pillage the forest for pleasure and fun.

If you read this, you will feel a full spectrum of emotions, from contentment to disgust. To me, that is what makes a good story.

Characters – they seem well fleshed out and I can usually tell who is speaking or thinking before the dialogue tags. The MC, Oscar, doesn’t really have a textbook “motivation” since it isn’t really clear if he has a past or not. If he does, he doesn’t remember it. I expect clearer character motivations to reveal themselves in the upcoming chapters. The monsters and other creatures are unique and interesting as well.

Grammar – is a work on progress in this book. The author admits that he is not a native speaker. That aside, I didn’t have any problem reading or understanding anything. After the first chapter I got used to it and didn’t even notice anymore. The way he writes has small cultural differences and unique word choices. It reminds me of all the Russian LitRPG books that brought me to the genre. At first they seemed different, but I grew to appreciate those differences.

Story– is interesting and VERY well-paced, in my opinion. I enjoyed learning and growing right alongside Oscar. Plot elements were introduced with enough spacing for me to digest other elements. The author does a good job taking you along for a ride. I never felt like I had to skip ahead or re-read something because I was confused. I simply enjoyed the journey.

Sociable Hermit
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Fluffy, Bloody and Very Much Its Own Thing

Read all the way up to chapter 27 and so far, this has been a surprising mix of cute and cruel and a lot of fun to boot.
As of right now this is a dungeon core story without much of a dungeon, though it feels we're moving in on the core in recent chapters. If you're only here for the dungeon part, I advise you to bookmark and come back a bit later to binge the early chapters. With that out of the way, here's the breakdown of the individual parts:

Style: The style is simple and mostly does a good job of accompanying the story. The author isn't a native english speaker though, which shows from time to time. Sometimes there's strange word choices or clunky constructions, but it's not frequent. More on this in the characters section.

Story: The story and world are by far the strongest part of the novel. Plot moves at a nice quick pace, like what you'd expect from this type of novel. What makes it stand out though is the extreme changes in tone. The early chapters are fluffy and cute and almost read like the novelisation of a disney cartoon. However, the atmosphere is soon broken up by vivid, extensive images of cruelty and creepiness. This dichotomy continues throughout the novel, which gives it a very unique tone. Some chapters read like grimdark action, then like a fuffy romcom, then like horror. It's great fun and not something you'll find everywhere.

Grammar: Unfortunately a bit troubling. There are a good number of mistakes and sometimes, they broke up my rhythm while reading or even muddled the meaning of sentences. The author is looking for a proofreader right now, so I expect this to improve soon™.

Characters: The characters are mostly fine. There's enough characterization to give everyone a distinct personality, but not so much to bog down the pacing. The multiple PoVs also help a great deal with that. Some characters, especially the girls, can be a bit - or a lot - anime, which might not be for everyone. However, to me it fit strangely well into the author's unique blend of cute and creepy. The only problem I have is that sometimes, the author's stylistic problems blend into the characters, so from time to time, they'll speak in an inappropriate way.
E.G. the childlike MC might make a grave speech out of nowhere or the goblin warrior would say "I'll urinate on your corpse". These take me a bit out of the fun, so that loses the novel a few points.

Overall, Dungeon of the Forest God is a great representative of the dungeon core... thing... is it a genre yet? ...anyways, it's good. As long as you can overlook the unpolished language it's a novel worth following. If you like isekai and dungeon core stuff, but have seen enough of the standards, then you'll love this one, because with it's strange polarized atmosphere it's very much its own thing and I'll be curious to see where it'll go in the future.

Dj
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Really good would recommend and even has a relatively fast post time and if I had to say the only bad thing abiua this story is that people are dicks and giving it a .5 just to give it a low score but it's really good keep up the good work

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Reviewed at chapter 27

Although this story is called a dungeon story it is much more than that. The author abstains from traveling the trodden path of gem-like cores and hapless earthlings inserted into a fantasy setting. Instead we follow the tale of a prospective god of the forests. Similiarily the tags suggest a typical grimdark world to temper the protagonist, yet it's filled with scenes the author describes as fluff. An interesting experiment of diametry, though it does not mesh well so far, as there's a certain disruptiveness to reading about torture and death in one and bunny cuddling in the next chapter. Add to that an ongoing grammatical struggle and you're in for a few headaches. Still I encourage anyone interested in the underlying themes to follow and support this up and coming author. There's a lot of still untapped potential and a unique charm to this story.

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Early review : its really good though

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Interesting story, love the mix between dark and light theme. If the author continue like this its gonna be a really great ride. The dungeon part come late but the early part is nice and I actually prefer it at a direct dungeon start.

The characters feel alive and make us want to know more about them.

Grammar is not the best but doesn't stop you from appreciating the story.  Hey I'm not a native english speaker either so maybe it can be harder for some. Anyway grammar can be learned and mastered but a good story is worth some spelling mistake.

 Edit: can be gore at time but there's a tag, so don't read if you expect no blood lol

Laevo
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Looking foward to reading this when it gets a bit longer.
Not sure what it is, but I find the concept of a nature/forest dungeon with a dark aspect interesting. :thinking:

RobotLord
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Unique spin on dungeon core genre

So far, I am enjoying this novel a lot.
This is a unique dungeon novel among the flood of dungeon stories on this site. It somehow manages to combine innocent and cute elements with dark and gorey elements.

Warning to new readers. This is novel has gore, dark and traumatizing content. Some readers start reading thinking that this will be a shonen type adventure regardless of the tags and the authors repeated reminders.

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I like this story.

Ita nice, refreshing and hopefully gets a lot of chapter at a point in the future.

It has a slow plot and worldbuilding but i like this more than something rushed.

The Grammar is good and the characters are simply lovely. Except.. well you will know it if you read it ;)

 

I recommend everyone to read it and a the author: Keep up the good work laughing

Aadarm
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Part of a trend of dungeon stories where absolutely nothing dungeon related happens for 20 to 50 chapters. Also with a main character who is in less a handful of the current 21 chapters.