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In the war-torn land of Cyraveil, four heroes strove to overthrow an empire. By cold steel and elemental sorcery, they brought peace to a warring land on the brink of destruction. As the flames died, the realm needed strong leadership, and who better than the champions who had saved the kingdom? But when the people sought out their saviors... they vanished.

Matt, Blake, Jen, and Carl: the four mysterious companions, who together had deposed an insane ruler and saved countless lives, were gone—spirited back in a whirlwind of magic to a sleepy suburb in Mellbridge, Oregon, never to return. The friends found themselves home in the real world, exactly as they'd been the night they were taken, as if no time had passed... except only three came back.

  

 


 

Hi there! This was my entry for National Novel Writing Month, because why only write one series at a time? The more the merrier! (meanwhile, my keyboard bursts into flames...)

I'm also the writer of The Last Science, an ongoing low-fantasy/speculative sci-fi series. If you're familiar with that, you know what to expect here: lots of character-focused drama and dialogue, not a whole lot of traditional action. However, I'm writing a bit differently than usual here, and in a very different structure, so there should be some surprises for returning readers. I hope you enjoy it!

 [Discord] — for those of you who want to hang out and chat.

 

Cover art (fullsize): Path of Revelation, by taenaron (Tobias Roetsch), modified by Etzoli. Normally I like to do my own cover art from scratch, but I was in a rush for the contest. Might be replaced down the line if I get time.

[participant in the NaNoWriMo Royal Road challenge]

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Animan
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Extremly Good Story created from super fresh idea!

Engaging and super intesne from the very beggining.

 

Charaters are very skillfully described, and emanate very real vibe. Some of their actions even truely annoyed me - trait characterising real people :D.

If you have read many isekai before, and liked them, just read it. In "Epilogue" autor attacked the idea from completly different angle, and it's completly amazing.

Draxen Beta
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This story is what being addicted to drugs is probably like, if good prose and character development is your poison of choice.

This story will make you experience emotions and your stupid brain can’t get enough of it.

Until it ends.

I was kinda left with that weird feeling of loss mixed with hyperawareness as I read the... epilogue to epilogue, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

Still totally worth it though.

Fl1pstre
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Simply one of the best

Definitely one of the best stories in this site.

The character is the right kind of broken and realistic post isekai type of response. 

Some typos are still there but that is normal in this site. 

Well written and well developed. Characters seem real rather than fake like most isekai stories though.

LilWubWub
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I absolutely loved the story! It was a great read, and it had beautiful closure. Awesome job!

Asviloka
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Read the whole thing without stopping. Extremely impressed. It's not easy to write multiple first-person characters and keep them all feeling distinct, but this story pulled it off beautifully.

 

Quite a few typos, though. I understand it's a 'wrimo book, but it could use a spell/grammar check.

JustAnAddict
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In a way, this story is perfect. It's well written, it's focused, it's dramatic, it's interesting, it's tragic, and, most importantly, it's completely unique. It doesn't belong anywhere below the top 5. The story leaves me wanting more, but I think expanding on this universe would ruin it, so I hope the author will move on.

 

I don't have a single bad thing to say about Epilogue. If you haven't, read it.

CaptainCranberry
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Brlliant, brutal, beautiful

It's exactly what I want, and at the same time so much more. I loved every single page and I want so much more. Can't really talk about this one without getting into spoilers, so I'll just say:

 

READ IT. READ IT NOW.

 

fuck it let's do spoilers:

Spoiler: Spoiler

 

SI hoarder
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I mean, wow. That was a ride. Definately one of the best stories i've read lately. Congratulations to the author, he did an excellent job. 10/10

godude18
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Just finished this. Very good story with complex characters. Read it, it’s great. Very immersive situations that are very believable, this author knows how to tell a good story. Most stories on this site suffer from telling not showing, but this is one the Gems that show up here that truly shows not tells. It’s also really cool to see someone address what happens after the world traveling. I think it gives a very realistic portrayal of the situations people would face when returning from an isekai situation.

aspiringinspiration
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I haven't been so emotionally invested in a book for years. I completely forgot what that feels like and i want to thank the author from the bottom of my hart. while i like a lot of storys on royalroad most feel like they miss deapth. If i ever get to creating my own story i will definetely think back to when I stayed up all night to read epilogue.