Chrysalis

by RinoZ

Original ONGOING Adventure Comedy Fantasy LitRPG Magic Reincarnation

Anthony has been reborn! Placed into the remarkable game-like world of Pangera.

However, something seems a little off. What's with these skills? Bite? Dig?

Wait....

I've been reborn as a WHAT?!

Follow Anthony as he attempts to adjust to his new life, to survive and grow in his new Dungeon home!

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Anthony Reborn ago
Coming to grips ago
Monstrous Associates ago
The first prey ago
To the victor goes the spoils ago
Exploration is perilous ago
Cohabitation ago
Titus ago
To live is to learn ago
The Study of the Beast ago
Forced from home ago
The trail ago
Arachnid < Insect ago
The express lane ago
How to last hit ago
Currents and undertows ago
The deep roads ago
The world below ago
The harvest ago
Offence is defence ago
Eye for an eye ago
Once more into the breach ago
The invasion ago
Core of the problem ago
New frontiers ago
Conqueror! ago
Long roads ago
True lords of the domain ago
Croc landing ago
Juniors are for light duties ago
Unwelcome guests ago
Seeking but not finding ago
A mutation sensation ago
Camping out ago
On the hunt for XP ago
Battle! For Darwin! ago
I hunt, therefore I ant ago
Rudely Interrupted ago
Finally! Evolution! ago
Check out my new ride ago
Follow the yellow brick .... pheromones ago
My family need more education ago
Blood is thicker than ichor ago
Something never seen before ago
My mother is a giant monster ago
The Colony ago
On the hunt with my brethren ago
Anthony and the giant centipede ago
Nest assault ago
Storm of blades ago
Royal Intervention ago
R and R ago
Skill up! ago
Back to work ago
Timber ago
Anthony's colony growth strategy ago
Practice makes perfect ago
Hunger for Wolf-Dragon ago
The first war of the hill ago
The first war - war never changes ago
The first war - war is mother to us all ago
The first war - winner takes it all ago
Core concern ago
Right to the core ago
Mutation trepidation ago
The human factor ago
These guys are a serious pain ago
Drawing a line ago
The evolving situation ago
Using the power of the mind ago
Too effective!? ago
Finer things in life ago
Establishing the network ago
Dead...er? ago
Reconnect with my people ago
I can't bear it ago
Crossroads ago
The (actual) evolving situation ago
Chatterbox ago
Birth of the mage ... ant ago
Flex the mental muscle! ago
Mechanic in training ago
The ants new move ago
The gravity of the situation ago
Voluntary Beating ago
Still more to learn ago
Tunnel solution ago
Once more to battle! ago
Splendid Chap ago
Conversation with a mind ago
Breaking ago
Prelude to the second war ago
The second war of the hill ago
The colony flexes ago
Anthony's fight ago
Anthony's decision ago
The family ago
Digging commences ago
Experiments in mechanics ago
Concerning Tiny ago
Storm Kong ago
The great dig! ago
Rising Tide ago
The roar that follows the dark ago
Kong fury ago
The endless battle begins ago
Counter attack ago
Experiments with Gravity! ago
Something weighing on your mind? ago
Temporary reprieve ago
The reality of the wave ago
Interloper ago
The vigil ago
Bleary days ago
Retreat from danger ago
Body of Iron, heart of flame ago
Raid ago
The furious Tiny, the delectable feast! ago
Breaching the surface ago
Cultural exchange ago
Whoops ago
New home ago
Territory ago
Strange new life ago
It all comes back to mana ago
Just so skilfull ago
Embers ago
Core farming ago
Transform and roll out ago
Whispers in the dark ago
Flee from fire ago
Crafting of the JellyMaw! ago
Diggin is the song of my soul ago
Back into the breach once more! ago
Rising! ago
Brawlin' ago
The beating goes on ago
Anthony, beyond human ago
Monster Unleashed ago
The human menace ago
The Queen ago
The path forward ago
Within the mind ago
Talking points ago
Flames rising ago
The mini escapade ago
Small fish, smaller pond ago
The risk, the reward ago
Desperate times ago
The case for cooperation ago
Fall like dominos
A tunnel is always the answer ago
Assault on the surface ago
Premiums are going way up ago
Gateway ago
Into the palace ago
Battle to the doorstep ago
The Queen circumstances Part 1 ago
The Queen's circumstances Part 2 ago
The Queen's circumstances Part 3 ago
The sweetest voice ago
The endless nightmare ago
Those who descend, that which rises ago
Settling new lands ago
Green thumb ago
Combine harvester ago
The finer vegetation ago
Salad ala carte ago
Stairway to Biomass ago
Field trip ends, itching begins ago
Laying the foundation ago
Core, what is it good for? ago
Well behaved ape ago
Options abound ago
Exceed mortal kind ago
Words with the White Wizard ago
Low Rider ago
The work of the mind ago
The pain inside ago
The day that changed Pangera ago
Unexpected company ago
Rumour has it ago
Inconvenient ago
Ape slap ago
The surge ago
Dire lightning storm kong ago
Crinis unleashed ago
Playing with water ago
The Croca-Army ago
The Marsh Expanse ago
Tentative exploration ago
Battling the marsh ago
The next wave ago
A tasty feast ago
Surface situation ago
Humans and their needs ago
Improve thyself ago
Quick! Status report! ago
Spendin' ago
Upgraded and ready to roll ago
The world below part 1 ago
The world below part 2 ago
The world below part 3 ago
The world below part 4 ago
The world below part 5 ago
New dawn ago
The boys (and girl) are back in town ago
Compression obsession ago
The state of play ago
The A(nt) team ago
Farewell surface ago
Assault begins ago
Contact ago
The new Croc on the Bloc ago
Magical Ant ago
Feast of Croc ago
Skirmish conclusion ago
Expeditious retreat ago
Once more into the expanse ago
The wonders of nature ago
More marsh exploration ago
New growth ago
The rebel child ago
The Push ago
Woodstuffs ago
Undying ago
The bigger they are ago
The encroaching doom ago
Eye of the Beast ago
Eye of the Beast 2 ago
Eye of the Beast 3 ago
Eye of the Beast 4 ago
To consume the beast ago
The spoils and return to the surface ago
Discussions ago
Misunderstanding ago
Confrontation ago
The Priest ago
Learnings and Worship ago
Sudden Attack ago
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree ago
The troops arrive ago
Battle of Unity ago
Gathering thoughts ago
Changing Ways ago
Changer of ways ago
I mutate, therefore I itch. ago
Hey big spender ago
The ancient itch ago
The new Crinis ago
Getting down to work ago
Preparations continue ago
Check out my skillz! ago
Grinding all day, grinding all night ago
Time advances rapidly ago
The day draws near ago
The feast, the grind, the spend ago
The final preparation ago
First words of a new era ago
Another voice from the dark ago
Training day ago
New rules ago
The waking monarch ago
The new colony takes shape ago
The beast slumbers no more ago
Lining up those ducks ago
The second phase ago
Diving into the depths ago
Back from patrol 1 ago
Back from patrol 2 ago
Triumph of traning ago
Naming the Twenty ago
The first Council ago
Purpose going forward ago
Anthony sallies forth ago
Delving once again ago
Aphid Association ago
The grind of battle ago
Modified Aphid ago
Counting the gains ago
My finest creation? ago
Feast averted ago
The Queen has a new pet ago
The second council ago
Scouting report ago
Surface Situation ago
Deflect ago
The impact ago
Colony building ago
The surface is just so draining ago
City under attack ago
Bird is the word ago
Salvation? ago
Flexing profile ago
Just barely ago
The children of the beast ago
Bring down the commander ago
The stuff of nightmares ago
Leap of faith ago
Mind War ago
Chapter 302 - The Fall ago
Don't mess with Momma ago
The sound of the inevitable ago
Regroup ago
Stealth ant rides forth, status update ago
Return to the others, the plan ago
Spending and patrol ago
Making motions ago
Settling in ago
Approaching Liria ago
The opressive sense ago
Over the wall ago
The beast itself ago
Flight from Liria ago
The escape ago
Advance ago
Fleeing south (again) ago
Reunite with the family ago
Mother of Planning ago
War Council Part 1 ago
War Council Part 2 ago
Crinis Evolves ago
New Crinis, Spending up ago
Belonging ago
Consultation ago
The forward HQ ago
The first ambush ago
The first ambush part 2 ago
Musings ago
Regroup ago
Stepping forward ago
Crafting the future ago
The third ambush part 1 ago
The third Ambush Part 2 ago
The third Ambush Part 3 ago
Third ambush part 4 ago
Third ambush part 5 ago
Revel ago
All revved up and.... ago
Ant + Simian ago
Hatching a plot ago
The never ending ambush ago
Planning is hard ago
People Helping People ago
Tussling with Mage Slaves ago
Angry Wizard Lizard ago
Ride the lightning ago
Cradle of the end times ago
Dignity of the Eldest ago
The final stretch begins ago
Tempting fate ago
Go Time ago
Timely Intervention ago
Lightning Crashes ago
Dangerous Games ago
Council Councils ago
At least stamina is levelling up! ago
Get 'em ago
C'MERE ago
Level 40 ago
Return and Nest ago
Wrestling with the core ago
Crushed ago
Evolution Begins! ago
Rounding out the evolution ago
Sinking ago
The soldiers life ago
War Queen ago
The Dark Army ago
The approaching tide ago
Contact ago
The boldest soldier! ago
Pushes and pulls ago
The Queen strode forth ago
The Queen Effect ago
Her time will come ago
The Patient Ones ago
A new perspective ago
Fight for your life ago
Croc around the Block ago
The Leeroy Initiative ago
Shadow Offensive ago
Mosh Pit ago
Gotta go fast! ago
Dreaming ago
Stand against ago
Shaping Up ago
Stay Away ago
The Paragon's Fight ago
Twisted Mind ago
Communal Will ago
Attack the mind ago
It's gettin' hot! ago
The person within ago
Dialogue ago
Sacrifice ago
The Boom Times ago
The Beast Falls ago
The Conclusion, The Feast ago
Heat is falling, heat is Rising ago
Food Coma ago
The church of Anthony ago
Unexpected meeting ago
Conversations with a Wizard Lizard ago
Let's get back to business ago
Aphid Time, Spending up ago
Hello again my old friend ago
Search for the Sophos ago
Tunnel Time ago
Shadow Flower ago
The Sophos village ago
Formo Returns ago
Day Spa ago
The real art of core shaping ago
The Fires of Industry ago
Road to recovery ago
Hospitality ago
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SJ Reaver
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Light-hearted, action-filled, monster evo story

This story is the best type of popcorn flick. It is an incoherent, adventure packed ramble by a mildly insane MC who becomes an ant, loves his colony, adopts a lightning shooting ape, and end up spewing out gravity bombs with the help of his second brain.

The writing is serviceable. There are frequent grammatical and structural errors, but the breezy narration and fast pace mean you’re not lingering on the prose. The MC might be cunning, but he completely submerges himself into the mindset of a monster ant fighting for survival in some mana-fueled battle-royale. This leads to rationalizations that don’t make much sense from a human’s viewpoint, but that always manage to pull the story forward.

There are constant hints of world-building. The break into human perspectives are enough to flesh out the world while not being too much of a distraction.

It’s probably one of the most charming and fun stories I’ve run across on RR, which more than makes up for its flaws.

 

Hales
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Font size changes continually

A fun afternoon of reading, except for the formatting problems. The font size changes every couple of chapters, even when the override formatting option is turned on. Can adjust manually, but it's still an unnecessary interruption to do so.

The style is appropriate for the type of story, few significant grammar errors(a couple of missing letters and I-s). The general story is the very bog-standard Human->Monster reincarnation so go eat and grow while using human mind powers for advantage over the competition, the long-term interest is in the eventual reconnection and co-operation with the colony instead of forever being alone and unique. Human interludes provide greater world context and plot hooks, I have great hopes for the development of your Legion of the Dead.

lithit`
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A surprisingly good casual read

I'll try to keep this short.

Chrysalis is a pretty interesting transmigration novel that manages to elude any of my attempts to rate it.  It starts off with a distinctly Japanese light novel feel*, before branching off into a somewhat unique tale of a giant monster ants rise to power.

Having binge read all 482 or so pages already released of it, I fail to put into words what kept me from dropping this novel to go to bed. 

The plot while interesting, often comes off as decidedly average. The first-person presentation of the novel leaves us rooming with Anthony, a roommate partial to bouts of rampant annoyance. And whilst not rife with them, the novel does have it's fair share of spelling and grammar errors (not anything immersion breaking, mind you)

And yet, there's just something charming about this novel I can't quite put into words.  Almost like a younger sibling, you're left unable to ignore its frequent and annoying faults, but something about the way it all comes together just leaves you smiling with a warm feeling in your heart.

Chrysalis. the tale of Anthony the ant.  It's not going to win any awards, but it's an interesting read I wholeheartedly recommend you give a try

 

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Just be a little patient with the first few chapters, those honestly are a bit of a slog, even on a second pass.

Zethuron
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Light-hearted enjoyable read, many issues.

I sorta do enjoy reading Chrysalis, but there are just many issues that make me sort of dislike it as a story.

The main character is the biggest of those problems, he is simply said, stupid and insane, and i dont mean that in a good way. He goes in utterly irrational decisions, all for his hive, he like has no sense of self after joining the colony.

Theres is the 'Gandalf' thing that has beaten to death already, through it is appearing less and less at this point, so it does not annoy me anymore.

I will be fair that not all is bad, theres the human side of the story with the Deep Legion part, and thats actually well written, and thats also the part where the story does truly shine, for the author has made a well thought out world with some interesting idea's used.

The best written part of this story is the world, even if it aint completely unique it is well constructed for a story of this quality, for example the Legion Abyssi, or the entire Dungeon.

Grammar also has massive problems, there being a ton of grammatical errors, and even missing words, and after all this time, despite many readers pointing out those errors, not even a single one has been fixed so far, this does get disheartening since it shows the author is not interested in making the story easier to read for new readers, though it also could be due to the fact that the author has no time to edit the story thoroughly.

The formatting is a plain mess, it switches font size a lot, with the majority of time it being a huge font size which is hard to read, but again, this is barely a problem with the newer chapters.

For those who dont care about the quality of the story, that just want something enjoyable and fun to read, this may be for you. However if you want a well-written story, turn away now, you will not find that here.

 

Kikanolo
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Good Story With Serious Problems

Chrysalis is a pretty good story set in a very well-built world that is dragged down by a very poorly written MC and a few other issues.

The story starts off very strong, with a human being reborn as an ant in a fantasy world with a litRPG system. He uses that human intelligence to survive in situations where he's out of his depth, and focuses his skills and developmental path accordingly. His actions are rational, strategic, and well-thought out. The style is fun to read, with well-integrated humor and puns.

Before I continue about the MC, I'll take a moment to discuss the other POVs. The story mostly follows the Ant MC, but often spends time with a variety of human characters, including a legionary, adventurer, priest, and queen. Those chapters are consistently excellent. They do a great job expanding and fleshing out the world, as well as putting the events of the story in a larger context. 

Returning to the MC, there was a lot of great stuff about him and his POV, but the moment he meets the ant colony all of that great stuff dissapears. His intelligence seems to reduce itself to a fraction of its previous amount, and he just becomes an idiot who runs around willing to die for random unintelligent ants and screaming "For the colony!". This shift is explained by the claim that the MC didn't really have a family on Earth, so hes super into this ant family, which is pretty weak logic to justify the degree to which his behaviour changes. This logic is also reiterated and repeated every other chapter.

The MC's personality isn't the only thing that suffers at this stage. The writing style that was so enjoyable to read early on is much less so after this point. That well-integrated humor and those puns that were funny early on? Those same 5 jokes and puns are repeated over and over and over and over, despite the fact that they switched from funny to annoying a long time ago.

The plotting of the story has been decent, with the general plot moving in a good direction despite the MC losing most of his independence and personality. The pacing can be a problem, depending on how you view it. The story generally releases 4-5 chapters a week, each less than 1k words. The short length of chapters causes the pacing issue, since the highly repetitive style leads to very little happening in a given chapter. This means that a single fight or event takes multiple chapters, and really slows the story pace.

Just to reiterate, the human POV chapters are excellent and very well done. It's feels like the human and ant MC chapters are written by different authors due to the difference in quality between the two.

Overall, this is a decent story with great worldbuilding that really suffers from an idiot MC and a repetitive style.

(As of Chapter 340)

 

Vintearis
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For the power of White Bearded One!

One of the best stories with non-humanodal, non-bipedal MC where author delivers and don't go hiatus after 20 chapters on his readers. And updates daily. And probably the only one story where monster MC strives for community rather being loner.

I'm mentioning it, because writing story fantasy story with human MC using western'ish culture is easy. Authors have entire legacy of literature, stereotypes, values to back on. But writing story about other species that is not elves, dwarfes or other bipedals is really hard without going into bull*** or burning out after few chapters.

Balra
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They are just ants

I got up until Storm of Blades, and to be honest I was really enjoying it. The journy of an ant gaining power to try and find his colony was pretty entertaining, up until he actual found it. It wasnt a drop in quality or story that turned me off it, but the mc. Once he found the colony he seemed to fall into a 'for the hive' mentallity where he threw himself into protecting the hive, even going as far as to make almost suicidal decisions to potect said hive. But they are just ants. There is no super intelligent ant he can talk to or build a connection with, there is no bond that could expain his thoughts. They are just ants he keeps throwing himself infront of in order to protect. It would be like me fighting a bear to protect a duck, sure I'd be sad if it died, but its only a duck. 

Can someone explain this to me, because it really brought down my enjoyment. 

Mistwit
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Interesting premise, poor MC development.

The premise of a person being reincarnated as a monster and embracing the new life wholeheartedly was enough to get me though a large portion of this story. The method and though behind monster progression here are also quite interesting

 

However, there are some massive problems with the characters in this book. The main one being that because of the fact that this is a person being reincarnated as a monster with human intelligence, there are vast stretches of this story without interaction between intelligent beings. As a result, RinoZ has the MC constantly voicing an inner monologue to himself, which is entertaining for a while but gets old since there is no development of the MC’s personality. Once you get tired of MC’s thought process there is little to keep the story interesting because the plot pretty much boils down to different versions of “kill monsters to evolve in order to protect the colony.”

Hasome
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Mediocre due to lack of thoroughness

This can be an entertaining story, but you must not care about format, grammar, word choice, repetitive fallback jokes, or inaccurate litrpg.

I still read this story as a fallback, but it's quality is severely hampered by the lack of attentiveness from the author.

Seventh Sage
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Straight from the business district

I really enjoyed it at first. Interesting concepts, and I can’t wait to see how some of the world’s mysteries are solved. My problem is, even with daily releases (bless you RinoZ), it seems like the story is being drawn out too much, and with short chapters where it seems little happens. I still enjoy it, but I’m going to let a backlog of chapters build up before I continue. 

 

Plenty of jokes. Anthony’s business district seems to be over used, give his commercial zone a break, or the market will be over saturated with product. 

 

Overall a good read.