Varnoth: The Black Blade (A LitRPG Story)

by Lavelle Jackson

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-fi GameLit High Fantasy LitRPG Non-Human lead Portal Fantasy / Isekai Slice of Life Strong Lead
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity

What would you do if you awoke crucified and dying?  This litRPG story follows Varnoth, a strong and agile shadow panther, on his journey to discover who he is and explore the world of Albattara.  Varnoth: The Black Blade is a heavy litRPG containing all of the elements you've come to expect from the genre -- XP, leveling, crafting, dungeons, skills, abilities, quests, NPCs, monsters, world exploration, fleshed out side characters, ingredient gathering, and LOOT!  

Fans of The Land, The Elder Scrolls, The Dark Herbalist, and Dante's Immortality will feel right at home reading Varnoth: The Black Blade.  

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Hasn't decided what kind of story it wants to be

This is a summary of all my comments I posted on chapter 18, it worked pretty well as a review though so I copy and pasted it here and just kept adding to it, mostly so people like me who see three vague 5-star reviews will have some warning before reading the story. There aren't any real spoilers cuz I don't get too specific (except when I do), but it is mostly just a list of complaints from the 18 released chapters, and it is not brief.

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  I guess a third suggestion would be try to have an actual plot, one that happens within a story that has real characters in it. That sounds meaner than it is, here's what I mean:

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That's all I got for ya I think most of this is pretty constructive, definitely at least highlighting some areas you could work on. My reviews always spiral out of control as I add more and more stuff. Hopefully there's something usefull in here and you don't just think I'm a jerk, and the low score hasn't hurt your feelings. The way I see it though, you're not getting anything out of those 5 star reviews because this definitely isn't a 5 star story (yet!), 5 star means it's the best of the best, who's gonna hit a home run the first time they step to the plate? 

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quite the addictive story

Currently at chapter 6 , quite the addictive story even if a little hurried in my opinion. 5 stars for the big black cat .

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GIve it a read! You won't regret it.

It's addictive, and you can't wait for more. Even though it doesn't end in cliff hangers. You still want to read more, and anticipate the next chapter!

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Cringy Dialogue and Endless Critical Hits!

DNF (Did Not Finish) at Chapter 17. The bulk of this review is from my comment on that chapter, and contains most of my gripes and issues with the story as a whole. Minor spoilers ahead!

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For those who want a spoiler free review, I will say this. If you don't mind pointless fetch quests, an OP as hell MC, cringy dialogue, Critical Hits every 30 seconds, an MC lacking a personality or backstory of any kind, hollow NPCs, and a plotless story where things just kind of happen, then give this a read. It's the kind or story you can turn your brain off and enjoy without thinking too far into it. Besides, who doesn't want to read about a Shadow Panther ripping a guy's throat out??

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Non-stop Action; No Annoying Stuff

This is exactly what I look for in a web novel: non-stop action and no annoying characters/sideplots. I dislike constantly switching POVs, I hate sycophantic side characters, and I absolutely loathe harems. If you feel the same way, give this story a try.

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This is my first review but I've been around this site for quite some time now. I fancy myself as a lover of fantasy if anyone one has followed the same stories I follow, so we all love a good start to a story with a character build up. 

For Varnoth, he is essentially an isekai hero placed into a world he is unknown to. The start of the story keeps you focused on the character and not so much as to the why but this simply the start to a worldly adventure. He isn't quite the overpowered MC as one would expect but he does fall into a couple of cliches that the author quickly hashes out but introduces some minor cliches which are acceptable in a grand adventure. The characters don't quite feel 2D and bland as they are developed through the chapters.

Although the chapters are short the story is only beginning so I would highly recommend giving Varnoth a shot and maybe his tale can attract you enough to stay and join the journey to find out when he truly earns his title and why.

Mister Bill
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Good, action-packed story

Good story so far. It has a neat quest for a unique class, good MC, lots of action, and the MC has a different race, to boot. Well written and well worth reading.