Fortress City has Super Villains, who have evil lairs, and in them they make super weapons. But when a bioweapon is granted super powers of its own, will Fortress City be able to handle the Super Minion?
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This is one of the better fictions on the site. The MC is weird. It takes a chapter or two before you actually get to know him, and he's changing/improving over time.
The central premise is: how do you learn to pretend to be human, in a weird superheroes main world, when you're not even close to begin with.
I don't think I've seen this premise handled this well before.
My big complaint is that it doesn't update often enough for me to read more frequently.
The epitome of a character driven masterpiece. So many well made characters, I actually care about what happens to most of the side characters! Best portrayal of such an inhuman protagonist I've ever read.
Although I'm pretty sure the author's definition of bioweapon is a bit different from the dictionary... The story was quite surprising, I was bored, the description didn't seem very appealing to me but I thought I'd give it a shot, and what do you know...
The story is well written, it's good, the characters are good, the pacing is perfect, I have literally no complaints about anything. (Except the slow pace of chapter releases maybe, the wait kills)
A lab created, bioengineered monster, not awfully dissimilar in concept to a slime, just with a fleshy body rather than being made of jelly, with outstanding shapeshifting capabilities, it's defining feature is it's shapeshifting ability, it's greatest weapon, it's greatest defense, the answer to most of it's problems.
One of these problems is surviving in a post-modern city in a world where superpowers more or less grow on trees (seems like a world not so dissimilar to Worm to be honest) where it will shapeshift into the image of a close approximation of a human to blend in, it's character development is constant, although under the hood it's just a lifeform prioritizing it's own survival, as time passes it learns more and more about humans, and the world it lives in, and it has an actual personality as opposed to just being a slave to instinct like in most stories with non-human protagonists tend to be like, it's instincts are a weapon honed alongside it's intelligence, rather than a crutch holding it back.
True to it's name however, it's mentality is that of a minion, it is reacting to the events that surround it, it rarely takes it's own initiative to do anything major, and this might end up becoming the story's achilles heel, since our protagonist is really more of a side character drifting along through everyone else's story. How long such an approach to narrative can be maintained without becoming bland is a bit questionable (currently I'd say it's working because it's fun to see how this monster is slowly finding his way around in this world, but isn't quite there yet, it's a fun development especially since the world is quite chaotic), at least so far it has been a blast, and it will most likely remain so for a long time as there seems to be an overarching plot holding all the pieces together, but what that plot is has yet to be fully revealed.
Absolute gold. The main character is hilarious, not too overpowered nor too weak, and the reactions of the people around the main character is reasonable and makes sense. 10/10 reccomended
one of the more unique novels on rrl and its done really well with lots of future potential, the grammar is also really a good point :) im looking forward to the releases :P
All around excellent fiction. Extremely creative. Detailed without being verbose. Believable character interactions. Extremely imaginative depiction of what a several week old lab grown bioweapon, who isn't innately evil, but has little to no context about the world would act like when presented with various situations and scenarios. A very well-done fish out of water story with a likeable and sympathetic character, despite the character being thoroughly non-human.
The world building is also quite inventive -- taking inspiration from superhero tropes, but with enouhg innovation and twists to make the work very original overall. Even with the narrow slice of the world we've seen so far, the world building seems vast and thoughtful. Excellent work on the authors part.
If you usually don't like superhero stories, I'm willing to bet it's because of the genre's tendancy toward 2d characters and the cartoony motivations held by heroes and villains alike. Or maybe their tendancy towards implausable behavior and contrived scenarios that require serious suspension of disbelief. If that's the case, I bet you'll still like this fiction just fine.
Give this story a shot. You won't be disappointed.
This is, hands down, my favorite work on this site.
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Definitely a must read on Royal Road. Even if you aren't a fan of sci-fi or some other tag on the story at least give it a shot I'm sure it'll enthrall you with it's minute yet valuable details, amazing world building and interesting cast of characters.
It is very well written, the only gripe I have is that there aren't enough chapters to feed my addiction. Then again, I can't really blame the author because the chapters are quite long and (I know I've said this already but...) incredibly well written.