The Outer Sphere

by Macronomicon

Original HIATUS Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-fi LitRPG Magic Male Lead Strategy
Warning This fiction contains:
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Garth Daniels is down on his luck, running from his life in a quiet little town in the middle of America when our universe is co-opted into a war between an unstoppable race of reality-hopping monsters that feeds on the flesh of living creatures, and a conglomeration of thousands of realities, nested inside each other like a matroska doll.

We're the new layer.

These monsters, the Kipling, can only be defeated in a reality with very specific physics, otherwise they are unstoppable, and so Earth's universe has been assimilated to give us a fighting chance.

Garth must set aside everything that he knows, and think fast to adapt to the new laws of nature if he wants to survive.

Cover by Asera, a cool, helpful dude, who doesn't get enough props. Go check him out!

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Welcome to the War ago
Chapter 2: Leanne ago
Chapter 3: Abstinance and the other thing ago
Chapter 4: Sphere Postal Service ago
Chapter 5: Takin' 'em back to School ago
Chapter 6: Confrontation ago
Chapter 7: Gunfight at the Library ago
Chapter 8: Obligatory Grinding and Harold's day. ago
Chapter 9: Peas and Carrots ago
Chapter 10: Nubile Warrior Princess ago
Chapter 11: Wet Dreams may Come ago
Chapter 12: Asshole Tiger ago
Chapter 13: Seedling Lockpicking ago
Chapter 14: Overdose ago
Chapter 15: Butter Race ago
Chapter 16: Have Some Class ago
Chapter 17: A Date With Sandi ago
Chapter 18: Good God Greg ago
Chapter 19: Venture Capital ago
Chapter 20: Familiar Treats ago
Chapter 21: Round Two ago
Chapter 22: The birds and the Succubees ago
Chapter 23: insults and Injuries ago
Chapter 24: Plant Drill Sergeant ago
Chapter 25: Performance Review ago
Chapter 26: Succubi in Foxholes ago
Chapter 27: For Safekeeping ago
Chapter 28: Slap-Chop ago
Chapter 29: Culture Shock ago
Chapter 30: Fire Solves Problems ago
Chapter 31: Never Interrupt me When I'm Rich! ago
Chapter 32: Opera makes Pot Fancy and Expensive ago
Chapter 33: Working hard at Looking Chill ago
Chapter 34: Spell Theory ago
Chapter 35: Under Siege Too ago
Chapter 36: Purple Heart ago
The Road so Far ago
Chapter 37: A Real Bad Guy ago
Chapter 38: Throw the Wizard a Bone ago
Chapter 39: Bad Business Partners ago
Chapter 40: The Speech ago
Chapter 41: Letters ago
Chapter 42: Orders ago
Chapter 43: The Home Field Advantage ago
Chapter 44: A Victimless Crime ago
Chapter 45: That'll wake you up in the Morning! ago
Chapter 46: Powdered Courage ago
Chapter 47: A Real Bad Vacation ago
Chapter 48: The hero of Outpost 8901 ago
Chapter 49: Consequences ago
Chapter 50: Appearances can be Deceiving ago
Chapter 51: When the Student is Ready, the Master Appears ago
Chapter 52: Personal Hygene ago
Chapter 53: The Heist ago
Chapter 54: Homecoming ago
Chapter 55: Give me a Hand ago
Chapter 56: The First Lesson ago
Chapter 57: A real bad First Impression ago
Chapter 58: Keep your Friends Close ago
Chapter 59: And your Enemies Crucified ago
Chapter 60: Getting Ready for a Visit ago
Chapter 61: The In-Laws ago
Chapter 62: Gate Tag ago
Chapter 63: The Other Shoe ago
Chapter 64: Mad Scientist's Anonymous ago
Chapter 65: Clear Smarter, not Harder ago
Chapter 66: Punching Up ago
Chapter 67: Aggressive Cuddles ago
Chapter 68: Look Toward the Future ago
Chapter 69: A real bad Day ago
Chapter 70: Bell's Breed and Feed ago
Chapter 71: Obligatory Quest ago
Chapter 72: Run, Forest, Run! ago
Chapter 73: I don't Recall the Rest. ago
Chapter 74: Next Tier ago
Chapter 75: A Moment's Peace ago
Chapter 76: A long Day ago
Chapter 77: Hold My Baby ago
Chapter 78: What WOULD your Mother Say? ago
Chapter 79: Ms. Banyan (AKA the gang solves the baby Problem) ago
Chapter 80: A Tangled Web ago
Chapter 81: Experiments ago
Chapter 82: Queen ago
Chapter 83: Date Night ago
Chapter 84: Job Interview ago
Chapter 85: Stay Classy ago
Chapter 86: Twelve heads are better than six ago
Chapter 87: Rubbing his nose in It ago
Chapter 88: A New Breed ago
Chapter 89: Fleshweaver ago
Chapter 90: Offshoots ago
Chapter 91: He Started It ago
Chapter 92: Molesting a Dragon ago
Chapter 93: Looking as Dangerous as possible ago
Chapter 94: Doppleganger Faux Pas ago
Chapter 95: Intermission #1: Outskirts with Jamal ago
Chapter 96: Intermission #2: Bad Behavior ago
Chapter 97: Shit hits the Fan ago
Chapter 98: Thy list of Crimes ago
Chapter 99: Eight Thousand Tons of Muscle. ago
Chapter 100: Best laid Plants ago
Chapter 101: Garthspawn ago
The Road so Far ago
Chapter 102: Fugitives ago
Chapter 103: Car Troubles ago
Chapter 104: Chairman Mao ago
Chapter 105: Children's Fables ago
Chapter 106: Sibling Rivalry ago
Chapter 107: Collision Course ago
Chapter 108: Slugmatch in the Alley ago
Chapter 109: Cat and Mouse ago
Chapter 110: New day, new Opportunities. ago
Chapter 111: Hardball ago
Chapter 112: Disastrous Second Impression ago
Chapter 113: Playing with the Rules ago
Chapter 114: Stepping on Landmines ago
Chapter 115: Throwing the fight. ago
Chapter 116: Secret’s out ago
Chapter 117: Putting it all out There ago
Chapter 118: Dangers of Pissing in the Dark ago
Chapter 119: Overdose Pt. 2 ago
Chapter 120: A whole new world ago
Chapter 121 : Treasure Hunt ago
Chapter 122: Sleep Talking ago
Chapter 123: The Fire ago
Chapter 124: The Exodus ago
Chapter 125: No Excuse for Ignorance ago
Chapter 126: Negotiations Break Down ago
Chapter 127: Priorities ago
Chapter 128: Now Hiring! ago
Chapter 129: Taking care of Business (and working overtime) ago
Chapter 130: Doodles & Plans ago
Chapter 131: Meeting the Competition ago
Chapter 132: Eskapeh Mushroom ago
Chapter 133: Gold Digger ago
Chapter 134: Old Acquaintances ago
Chapter 135: Complete with Treasure ago
Chapter 136: Laser Spiders ago
Chapter 137: Bucket List ago
Chapter 138: Exit Stratege-r-y ago
Chapter 139: First Volley ago
Chapter 140: Never Start a war of Attrition Against a lich ago
Chapter 141: Wingman ago
Chapter 142: Downtime ago
Chapter 143: Wrestling’s fake ago
Chapter 144: Von Neumann Probing ago
Chapter 145: Denial is not a river in Egypt ago
Chapter 146: Sorting shit Out ago
Chapter 147: Working Hard, or Hardly Working ago
Chapter 148: Dry-humping a Fossil ago
Chapter 149: Dirty Operating System ago
Chapter 150: What is your type, Anyway? ago
Chapter 151: Secrets ago
Chapter 152: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ethical Kidnapping ago
Chapter 153: Hold my Liver ago
Chapter 154: The last Morning ago
Chapter 155: You Break her, you buy Her ago
Chapter 156: Exponential Growth ago
Chapter 157: Dirty Deeds ago
Chapter 158: Done dirt Cheap! ago
Chapter 159: Soul sumo Wrestling ago
Chapter 160: Jelly Bean, The Goblin Queen ago
Chapter 161: Soda & Mascara ago
Chapter 162: It’s got Electrolytes ago
Chapter 163: The safe word Is Pequod ago
Chapter 164: drop a loaf ago
Chapter 165: Old Friends ago
Chapter 166: Tell me About the Bad Guy ago
Chapter 167: Paul's Night Out ago
Chapter 168: BBQ ago
Chapter 169: Something Hardass this way comes ago
Chapter 170: Pit-Stop ago
Chapter 171: The day after Tomorrow ago
Chapter 172: Operational Security ago
Chapter 173: Hypocrisy, Schmipocrisy ago
Chapter 174: The Wheel Turns. ago
Chapter 175: Everybody loves the Parade ago
Chapter 176: The Enemy has Landed. ago
Chapter 177: So you want to Start Touching Yourself ago
Chapter 178: Died with his Pants On ago
Chapter 179: The Double fake out ago
Chapter 180: Surveillance ago
Chapter 181: The Training he was Talking About. ago
Chapter 182: Eye of the Tiger ago
Chapter 183: Mommy Mode ago
Chapter 184: Munasei, Leave me Be ago
Chapter 185: Omnipresent Supergalactic Oneness! ago
Chapter 186: Thoughts on Body Modification ago
Chapter 187: Midlife Crisis ago
Chapter 188: Motivation ago
Chapter 189: Instant communication ago
Chapter 190: It’s all coming together ago
Chapter 191: Marker ago
Chapter 192: Gimmie a minute ago
Chapter 193: Subpoena is hard to spell ago
Chapter 194: Jailhouse rock (Explicit) ago
Chapter 195: Miss Trial ago
Chapter 196: 1 Night of Rehabilitation ago
Chapter 197: Forward Progress ago
198: Facets ago
Chapter 199: The Practice Effect ago
Chapter 200: Scientists with Benefits ago
Chapter 201: Jean-O-Cide ago
Chapter 202: Side Effects Include Ninja Lawnmower Rocks ago
Chapter 203: Watch what you Think ago
Chapter 204: Backlash ago
Chapter 205: U.S.S Fertility ago
Chapter 206: Beam me, Scotty ago
Chapter 207: Deep-space Mining for Dummies ago
Chapter 208: Pit Stop ago
Chapter 209: Intergalactic, Planetary ago
Chapter 210: Planetary, intergalactic ago
Chapter 211: Pow, Right in the Cultural Identity ago
Chapter 212: The Mire ago
Chapter 213: Captivated ago
Chapter 214: Caitlyn Vs Privacy ago
Chapter 215: The Surge ago
Chapter 216: Tasty Book Trade ago
Chapter 217: Have a nice Trip ago
Chapter 218: Mantra ago
Chapter 219: Bel gets a Date ago
Chapter 220: Tier 3: Lucid Death ago
Chapter 221: The Hand Job ago
Chapter 222: Bid High ago
Chapter 223: Rigorous Negotiations ago
Chapter 224: Veneer ago
Chapter 225: War Pigs ago
Chapter 226: The Clone Wars. ago

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Rhadamanthine
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The story starts out well enough. Decent characters, progression, and writing quality.

However, the story is a bit aimless, and there is a huge, glaring problem with the conflict (and fights) in the story.

Wizard fights are usually won by who manages to draw all the mana in the area into their "lantern", thus rendering their opponent impotent (if they're also a mage.) However, I guess the author realized that if the MC actually did this, fights would be boring, so he chose an even worse option.

Virtually every conflict starts out with the MC seeing a slaver, serial killer, or someone who has tried to kill him multiple times, and his go to move nearly EVERY TIME is to try to negotiate with them, rather than form a lantern and nuke them. They predicatably form a lantern, then he gets beat up, nearly dies, and someone rescues him or a Deus Ex Machina saves him.

He's allegedly a genius due to stats, and the author keeps saying how self centered and morally grey he is, but the only people he ever kills are punch clock villains or people he needs to silence. Any time there's an actual dangerous scum bag, he has to give them an absurd number of chances to kill him and his friends before dealing with them.

It renders all progression meaningless in the story, and is absurdly ham-fisted and frustrating to read.

On top of that, after 100 chapters, the author basically hits the reset button, and virtually everyone is gone, and every character in the world seems to get even dumber, especially garth.

sincron
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its not perfect but it is one of my favorite novels on the site. hopefully the author decided to come back and continue this story sometime in the future

Urin
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It's a fun read, yes the whole chapter 100 wasnt great but the story picks up again and i like it more now then before. Although there is a lot of talk and thought on ass and tits from the MC there isnt actualy any sex apart from one chapter, and most the time its kinda accurate. When you get a good view of a nice ass your gonna notice and that is captured very well in this story

'Ladi Williams
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Awesome read. The first half was hilarious then at the second part seriously got me pulling my hair out....almost at his stupidity and all...but it's gotten much better. 

I really enjoy reading...and only hope the update more often. 

zeezlynx
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Going on an indefinite hiatus starting chapter 229 according to patreon unfortunately. The world and the abilities of the mc are so cool, and in my head I really saw it going places. This is a major bummer, but I guess I'll check out the authors other work, it seems like thats his focus now.

SevensDjinn
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So far, I have enjoyed this story way more than the majority of others on Royal Road. The characters are fun and interesting and the MC is pretty hilarious. When chapter 100 hit, I almost dropped, but I'm so glad I didn't. The story starts progressing faster from then on and the MCs personality really pops in contrast with all the medieval style humans. Great read, if you can get past the major shift of Chapter 100.

Ahmed Halat
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So you might see some criticism stating that the majority of the story before chapter 100 gets invalidated, but that aspect is honestly great.

The author isn't afraid to make drastic changes. At about CH 100, the author had an entire complex storyline that looked like it was going to span several arcs and then... nothing. He just took a sharp turn, keeping things extremely unpredictable and exciting.

He later did a similar turn at ~ CH 200. The realm of possibilities for the story changes and we suddenly dive into a new arc BUT it still feels like the same great story we've been following. 

The main reason I love the story is that it remains serious enough has an interesting story with the magical elements that I expect and its sooo FRICKING HILARIOUS. I've burst out laughing during a Lecture on multiple different occasions. It's honestly so hard to read a chapter without the biggest childlike grin on my face. Like here's a quote that doesn't really spoil but just in case:

Spoiler: Spoiler

Note for the quotes: while the author clearly likes to have his fun with the chapters, he usually keeps the jokes down to witty remarks and stays serious.

Oh ya, the author is also great at writing, characters are great (however, it seems like almost all of them are perverted) and no issues with the authors work. I don't write reviews often but this time I felt I had to write one. Check out the Wake of the Ravager after reading this!

ZohVahk
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Much better than many are giving credit

Reviewed at: Chapter 226: The Clone Wars.

There are some issues I have with character decisions and the scene resulting in Garths death felt forced. However I don't see why everyone is so upset about the change of scenery. Garth and Dr. Daniels were and still are my favorite characters. Sandy was not a very deep character and I'm much happier with the apprentices. While I'm hoping for a chapter that goes back and covers Dr. Daniels exploits, the time skip did not feel particularly jarring. 

13lack12ose
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Hello,

Firstly, I want to say this story is extremely well written and that I highly recommend you give it a try.

Style 5/5 : Smoothly written, great world-building. The earth is taken over by the ‘system’ and all hell breaks loose. Garth our MC is an older fella who happens to love magic. Watch the budding arch-mage wreak shit.

 

Grammar 5/5 :  Excellent, especially by RR standards. Usually, only one or two errors per chapter which are quickly fixed when pointed out.

 

Story 4/5 : This one has been a sticking point for quite a few people. At / around chapter 100 the story abruptly shifts (Macron said that was the plan all along). Although I personally don’t mind the new direction, I know many people were quite taken aback by this.

 

Character 4/5 : Again this one suffers post chapter 100, at least in my personal opinion. Although the reason for our MC changing is clearly explained and does somewhat make sense. Id like to stress that the OTHER characters are all fleshed out and fully believable, which can be rare amoungst some of the RR novels. It’s just this change in the MC isn’t to my personal taste that I’ve rated 4 instead of 5 here.

 

tl;dr Story is excellent, with a twist at chapter 100 that polarised the readership. Enjoy!

Skiventzy
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A fun read: great mix of genres and humor, but has room for growth (ch.160)

Reviewed at: Chapter 160: Jelly Bean, The Goblin Queen

I'm a fan. I really like this novel. Here I will first give out positives (spoiler free) and later in the second haf of the review come the subjective negatives with spoilers. I will start the second half with “WARNING..”. Seriously, first enjoy and read until ch.160 and then read my spoilers. You have been warned.

The Isekai-apocalyptic world setting was attractive to me. I thought the novel started strong. The story flow is good, as the adventure goes forward nicely and logically. The world building is inventive, but it (mostly) makes sense and is easy to follow. The humor worked really well with me. The pop-culture references are funny and I can identify with the MC maybe more than I would like to admit... in the adult male who-thinks-he-is-one-of-the-good-guys department. I only wish I was as smart and open minded as Garth. Reading this novel is almost like a learning experience. You (may) learn a new way to look at the world by reading this novel. Not that RR readers would be among the most, or even the medium-narrow minded punch of people out there. Hahaha.

This reminds me of the best type of reading experiences I have had. With our favorite novels, we can dive in them and immerse ourselves in to the lives of the characters and follow the story from the first person point of view. At least for me, this is the experience I got. The Outer Sphere story development is unpredictable and the world building is a great mixture of fantasy, Sci-fi and LitRPG. I also liked how the MC power upping is funnily enough very Xianxia-like. There are tastes of so many genres and ideas in this novel, but it still manage to build up a unique world and story. But I have to admit I'm a relatively noob reader of this form of novels, so I am not aware if there are recycled ideas, like there are in the typical Xianxia-novels. Well, the development of the harem-angle is still pending at chapter 160.

Defending the author’s choices at chapter 100 and after... While I was also shocked about the developments at chapter 100, I realize that this a way of breathing in fresh air to the story, mixing the bag, not make the story just about constant power ups, bring in new characters, continue adventuring more or less in the same universe... and maybe even solve an upcoming dead end in the original plot development (I thought the story was too rushed, now the brakes were put on). I find it sooooo hilarious that the author essentially "did the Castavelle" with the story (LOL).

WARNING, SPOILERS + HYPOTHESES FOLLOW… Even though I'm a fan, I have a few important nitpickings, which will turn out as rants here. Sorry in advance. My misgivings in the order of importance:

1) The world building about the spheres is a little iffy. At least, a better explanation about the “Stranger Things”-effect the Kipling have produced in the world. That angle is super important + where did those super valuable Mythic cores originate from again?

2) OK, it’s fantasy LitRPG, but I’m left wondering, what about that status windows and the updates in the Garth-gamer-operating-system, where do they come from? Also, where do the guild nominations come from, if not the Gods? Is there a Gods-IT-programming-unit, which does the Windows operating system in the story? Or is it the “Silicon Valley” in the central sphere, which first programmed the Gods. Are the Gates and Jobs of this fantasy world just casually doing barbecue and accidentally tilting their charcoal (Mythic cores), while posing for their social media on Mount Olympus? Yes, I have also read Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. By the way, why would Gods care about every single pathetic life form in the new Spheres, if not for some Vegas-style gambling in the central Sphere?

3) In the first 100 chapters of the story, Garth was powering up too much, or so it seemed. At least, his guild was looking a little too powerful, while it was supposed to be the weakest at the beginning, i.e. wizards and magic. I hope the author will use this opportunity to create other strong guild powers that can serve powerful opponents AND FRIENDS to make the story more interesting in the future. Otherwise, why would anyone choose another guild voluntarily, or a patron God… After some thought just now… I am liking the novel setup less and less. This is because, although Garth maybe smart and lucky, in the real world I know of, he would not be that special in his choises. Nope, when you consider about all the environmentalist home garden vegetarian hippies and the tough-as-nails farmers of the world, surely Garth would not be so special in his choice of patron God either + plant development success afterwards. ALSO, if Beladia is the only God of sex, sexual pleasure and kinky fetishes, there would surely be more heroes who would choose her, i.e. the sexy/comforting mother figure with big boobs, on their first night after fighting for their life and surviving the apocalypse. I know I would, if I was smart. Think about it. The ability to grow your own food and clean your drinking water, or to grow killer bamboo spears indefinitely. Make the whole world allergic unless they serve you. Seriously, a significant portion of the earth in the Outer Sphere should be purple when the story starts.

4) By now, I exhausted by my own review. Thanks for reading. Finally, my last complaint until this point in the story, at ch.160, is that there are a number of side characters we have not heard about since chapter 100. Namely, I would like to hear what happened to Itet’chi’zzt and her kind. I also remember one character that may been a mishap and a forgotten blunder from the author, i.e. the “Demon lord Sibylline, Destroyer of Hope”, from chapter 12.

After this light critique above, I would like to say big thanks to the author. Thumbs up buddy, you are doing great. Keep on publishing chapters here and let your other novels ripen away in the back of your mind. Please sir, have a heartstone of empathy for this poor reader.