Original ONGOING Action Adventure Drama Fantasy High Fantasy LitRPG Magic Male Lead Portal Fantasy / Isekai Slice of Life Strong Lead
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity
  • Traumatising content

What would you do if you woke up alone in a forest in nothing but your pajamas?

This is a story about a man trying to answer that question as he navigates a world of monsters, magic, adventure, and numbers going up. It isn't all fun and games, though. Survival is tough when you are alone, and the dangers of this world are not to be underestimated.

This is a world governed by a system of stats, skills, and dialog boxes. It is vital to know how the system works if you want any chance of having a life of meaning. Too bad someone forgot to include the instruction manual.

 

Fundamentals:

 

Cover by Miha Brumec

 

  • Overall Score
  • Style Score
  • Story Score
  • Grammar Score
  • Character Score
  • Total Views :
  • 3,521,435
  • Average Views :
  • 40,016
  • Followers :
  • 11,998
  • Favorites :
  • 4,654
  • Ratings :
  • 3,651
  • Pages :
  • 1,401
Advertisement
Remove
Go to Table of Contents
Rate it
Fiction breaking rules? Report
Advertisement
Remove
Author
SenescentSoul

SenescentSoul

Achievements
Word Count (14)
2,500,000 Views
The Days after Christmas
10,000 Followers
350 Comments
The Cake is out of the Oven
Top List #3
Advertisement
Remove
Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
001: Woodland ago
002: One on One ago
003: Pothole ago
004: Statistics ago
005: Alone ago
006: Skill ago
007: Slime ago
008: Clarity ago
009: Commerce ago
010: Broke ago
011: UX ago
012: Class ago
013: Party ago
014: Math ago
015: Mine ago
016: Cleanup ago
017: Return ago
018: Rescue ago
019: Succor ago
020: Outcast ago
021: Smith ago
022: Search ago
023: Paralysis ago
024: Answers ago
025: Clay ago
026: Gratitude ago
027: Hunted ago
028: Plan ago
029: Practice ago
030: School ago
031: Gear ago
032: Well ago
033: Reunion ago
034: Kin ago
035: Dream ago
036: Focus ago
037: Modded ago
038: Geography ago
039: Arrival ago
040: Lair ago
041: Maze ago
042: Guesswork ago
043: Fall ago
044: Beast ago
045: Signal ago
046: Light ago
047: Core ago
048: Crucible ago
049: Downtime ago
050: Baggage ago
051: Completionist ago
052: Specialization ago
053: Forward ago
054: Adventure ago
055: Armored ago
056: Noble ago
057: Restored ago
058: Charge ago
059: King ago
060: Snow ago
061: Spree ago
062: Complication ago
063: Assessment ago
064: Exposition ago
065: Ring ago
066: Encounter ago
067: Footrace ago
068: Departure ago
069: Hangover ago
070: Skating ago
071: Perspective ago
072: Preemption ago
073: Inflamed ago
074: Elevation ago
075: Adaptation ago
076: Meeting ago
077: Chill ago
078: Heatsink ago
079: Slumber ago
080: Trapped ago
081: Breakdown ago
082: Intent ago
083: Boon ago
084: Entry ago
085: Guide ago
086: Explosion ago
087: Pet ago
088: Casualties ago

Leave a review

Reviews
Sort by:
flriley
  • Overall Score
  • Style Score
  • Story Score
  • Grammar Score
  • Character Score

Portal/LitRPG done well

The premise is one that can easily be found on Royal Road.  The main character winds up in another world and finds himself with a status screen, and oh yeah, magic works.

What makes this different from the others in this genre, is that the Main Character doesn't come with the knowledge of how to speak the language, how to min/max his skills, how his skills work or magic work, or have even the basic survival skills.

His life is as much just trying to understand and survive as it is gaining levels and stats.

This ignorance is refreshing, and perhaps the most realistic narrative of what would happen if a person were dropped in a strange world with different rulesets. 

Amazing 5's across the board.  

Grammar is on point, and the author is responsive and quick to fix any mistakes that are pointed out.

Zethuron
  • Overall Score
  • Style Score
  • Story Score
  • Grammar Score
  • Character Score

A great realistic adventure in the making

This may just seem another story of the transported to a Fantasy world with LitRPG type, but quickly shows itself to be different, and it improves on the genre standard by so much.

I honestly did not expect much when i started to read this, but now its one of my actual favorites. I have been totally impressed by this story and how enjoyable it is to just keep reading, the story is also very entertaining with all the situations the MC gets in. I just loved every moment of reading this.

The MC is just, realistic, even if he may act stupid at times, this is mostly due to him not knowing near enough about the world and its inhabitants, sadly for him, that includes language differences, which has proven to be a major problem for him. He does have quite some flaws, such as being impulsive, and that makes me only like him more as a character.

 

The world so far has been well-constructed, but due to certain reasons, not much has been revealed yet. So far it has been shown to be a pretty standard Medieval Fantasy world, with there being no major differences from the usual standard.

The author has written one of the most well-constructed LitRPG Systems i have read so far on Royalroad with this story, its very different from the LitRPG systems used in other stories and really thought out, with there being no easy shortcuts to becoming powerful, its basically all how you plan your stats, skills/skill trees and classes and then act accordingly.  There are even alternative ways of earning exp aside from combat/crafts.  But the greatest difference is Customization, and thats quite hard to explain. I personally like the fact that even though the status screens appear on most chapters, they do not hinder the reading experience at all.

Good grammar in this fiction, with there being barely any grammatical errors or typo's, and even if there are, they are easy to detect and do not hinder the reading experience at all, the authors use of grammar remains very consistent throughout the story, not only that, the author has a good gasp on the English language, with correct word usage in his sentences.

Great pacing for this story, the flow of the story just keeps you reading the whole time. The story as a whole feels realistic, with no forced stuff or weird plotholes or anything like that.  The author has done a great job at making this story as detailed as possible without detracting from other aspects of the story. There is also a good balance between  adventure, humour, action and worldbuilding (what there has been so far).

Ill be honest that i just cannot find anything specific to criticize the story for,  it is just that good.

 

I have to applaud the author for all the work he has put into making sure this story is of high quality while also making it enjoyable to read. I have faith the author will be able to make something truly great with this story, considering what he already has written so far for this story.

I wholeheartly recommend this story for any fan of Fantasy, this has been a story of really high quality so far and there is just so much potentional to be explored here. So thus, start reading this story already!

Bizmatech
  • Overall Score

Min-Maxxing for Dummies

Reviewed at: 33: Reunion

I ended up dropping this one, but more out of personal taste rather than from any lack of quality on the story's part.

 

Why you may like it:

It's a very in depth LitRPG, and the author has clearly put a lot of work into the system.

Unlike most LitRPGs, the action scenes are nicely detailed. Aside from the main character's internal monologue, people don't just go around shouting the names of their attacks. The author actually takes the time to tell us what's happening with descriptions.

I dislike the LitRPG subgenre because many writers either care about their system more than their story, or use the system to help cover up lazy or sloppy writing. In Delve, it's clear that the author hasn't skimped on the prose, and is genuinely working on giving us an actual story... even if that story is about the system.

Why I dropped it:

Too much G, not enough RP. The main character is basically obsessed with figuring out how the system works and making it his bitch through the power of mathematics. Very large parts of a lot of the chapters so far focus on the MC sitting around with his notebook as he looks for the best way to optimize his skill points and daily experience gains... And every bit of it is written down for you in glorious/horrific detail.

Do you want to know what his mana regeneration will be if he puts a skill point into Ability A as opposed to Ability B? Do you even care? Will it affect the plot at any point in the future?

No. Probably not. I highly doubt that a character's life and/or the fate of the world will ever be determined by a single misspent skill point.

But what if it was two points?! Think of the possibilities!

No. The answer is still no.

Overall:

If you're a fan of a series because it's a LitRPG, you'll love Delve. If you enjoy a series despite it being a LitRPG, you probably won't love Delve.

If you don't feel to strongly either way, then, at the very least, it's worth giving a try.

HURGMCGURG
  • Overall Score
  • Style Score
  • Story Score
  • Grammar Score
  • Character Score

Mathematics and LitRPG

Reviewed at: 49: Downtime

Delve is possibly my favorite story on this site, though that's probably not because of the plotline. Delve is a slow going story about a man named Rain who has been dumped into a litRPG fantasy world for reasons unexplained to us. We follow his story as he attempts to understand the system that he has to work with while learning the language of the natives. 

The system the world runs on has to be one of the more original ones I've seen from a litRPG. It is highly mathematically inclined, there are no cheat skills available, and everyone must build up their own abilities carefully. Rain has carefully crafted a build that he thinks will be extremely powerful, but we'll have to see whether or not that will hold up in the end.

The story doesn't have much of a plotline, being mostly character driven at the moment, though that doesn't mean it's uninteresting. There are many things Rain and his companions have been doing, it's just that the story lacks an end goal or overarching plot right now. 

Despite this, it is still an interesting story, dragging me along by the nose for the entirety of its length. Give this story a read if you like math and adventure.

victorfw
  • Overall Score
  • Style Score
  • Story Score
  • Grammar Score
  • Character Score

Grammar is great; story is getting boring; style is... roundabout?

Reviewed at: 076: Meeting

First of all, as some have already stated, this novel has top grammar. Punctuation is very well utilized, slang and mannerisms is kept to dialogues and moments of introspection. Now, on to the review, per se

  • For the story, about a third of it has been noteworthy... His interactions with the smith and the silverplate have been probably the most memorable, but that's it, kinda. There's a bunch of dips*** characters who are sh***y just for the sake of being so, or being bad for being bad, so on and so forth. There doesn't seem to be a driving force, some kind foreshadowing or reasoning. It seems they are there for the sake of forwarding the page count, and some later get 'retconned' into being nice.
  • The idea about killing monsters, lairs, adventuring is cool -- that's why I picked up the novel. But all he does is kill slimes and clean stuff wherever he goes. There's the occasional mob who isn't a slime, but those were maybe 6 chapters in total? Not sure, but can't have been many more than that.
  • When the MC isn't killing slimes or purifying stuff, he is micromanaging his build. And, honestly, the whole blue screen thing is being overused. Every chapter, there's a good 10% 'wasted' with copy & pastes of his stats, learned and maxed skills (useless info eight times out of ten). I say 'wasted' because it doesn't really subtract from the chapter's length, but it does inflate the novel's page stats.
  • Then there's the whole obsession with math, which is what drove me to write this in the first place. Honestly, if someone did the math (...heh) and found out that a fourth, or maybe a third of the novel is just MC doing math, I wouldn't be surprised. While it is nice seeing some of the author's focus seeping into their work, some chapters end being a deluge of numbers and formulas. Example scenario: instead of MC thinking "If I compress my aura's radius while empowering it and channeling more mana, it will do more damage!", he goes on a tirade of "If I compress my aura by 80%, I'll get a 1,8x buff, coupled with empowering it for another 100%, giving me a resulting 3,6x buff. I can also channel more mana into it, but then the efficiency might drop by about 50%. In any case, the resulting damage can be expressed by (ca.ea).(ch/eff)=dmg, which would be a bazillion damage points." It gets old fast, especially when repeated so so so many times throughout the chapters, and sometimes on the same chapter. 
  • Honestly, thinking about it while writing this, little stands out as straightforward storytelling. It is better than a lot that's available, as proven by being on the trending page, but sometimes it just feels like meaningless filler.

I mean, it's good if the author enjoys themselves. It's their novel, their writing, they're the ones who have to like it most, but still. I hope the new arc feels better.

WisdomKing
  • Overall Score

First of all, i would like to say that the Author knows his stuff, the characters, the world-building, just well written and chances are you might actually like it.

But...  my "low" rating comes from the fact that the story seems to go nowhere, no plot, the Mc's just hanging around, basically doing nothing, talking to his friends, doing maths, or else viewing his character sheet, which sometimes takes 1/3 of a chapter (Blue screens, blue screens and more blue screens, believe me, it's annoying).

Beside that, the Mc seems to be a push over, he's too.... cautious? nice? lack of self confidence? or maybe lack of self respect? people disrespect him "all the time" and he does nothing about it, and it's so frustrating. anyway, that's not the type of Mc i'm into.  

And last, I really hoped for some adventures/thrills but that doesn't seem to be on the menu. So, (I have not decided yet) i might drop this novel soon.

Ferone
  • Overall Score
  • Style Score
  • Story Score
  • Grammar Score
  • Character Score

It's good in a very niche way

Reviewed at: 075: Adaptation
  1. How I feel about this story is complicated. And I will try to outline why I am dropping it at chapter 75, a good bit in.

 

I don't mind the tables and the min maxing but I feel it doesn't fit with the character.

Let me explain. By the way there will be some minor spoilers. 

 

So we have a guy who appears in a new world which is like a game, pretty standard stuff. But this guy I was obsessed with min max character games in his life on earth. So he as a crazed gamer starts working out each point he can put in each skill and does the maths before putting a point into a skill, weighing the pros and cons. And he records it all meticulously. Then once he has put in that single point he then rigorously tests the effects and records it meticulously... again. All of which we read. And then he tests how that single point increase affects his other skills and records every detail. Which we, again, read. 

 

This is OK for a new skill but we get this for each point and rank of each skill. It becomes very tedious reading, at least for me. It should be noted however that I don't play many games and those I do play I do so casually  no mathematics involved.

 

Now this would be bearable however the point of min maxing is to get the most out of your points and he creates a glass canon. You get the most out of each point to be as strong as you can possibly be. But our guy here seems to just want to live. He doesn't want to get stronger and seek out new challenges, in fact he actively avoids them. He can pretty much destroy a city with his range of damage and kill thousands, under ideal circumstances, but he sticks to killing slimes because he is scared for his life. If he is so scared he would put points in some vitality to survive. If he has no interest in being the biggest baddest guy there then why go min max? He is so fragile a stray breeze could kill him  He is going for maximum op wide range damage but has no decent motive or drive to do so. He is too fearful and has no real motives other than survival.  If he wanted to get stronger he should seek out a monster to kill once he reaches his skill cap. But instead he tries to get very slow money by taking the least dangerous jobs that none of the stronger adventurers take. Cleaning buildings from dirt with magic and cleaning the sewers of slimes. He would be better off investing in a more balanced build if he is so afraid. If he has such a desire to avoid danger and death he would go more balanced but he doesn't.

 

This is what is making me drop this at about chapter 75. I tried because I liked aspects of it. But it becomes increasingly difficult to read with more tables than story and he is even calculating how strength works despite no interest in it nor in investing in strength ever for fear of losing min max buffs.

 

His motives and decisions don't mesh with his actions and the tables he is trying to figure out are becoming more complex even in attributes he cares nothing about. 

Stultus
  • Overall Score
  • Style Score
  • Story Score
  • Grammar Score
  • Character Score

How to never poop again

 Meet Rain. Not Falling Rain, the Undying Savage, just Rain, a normal dude.

Until he is taken to another world for no explicable reason?? Only, instead of being able to y' know, just do magic and kill stuff or build an epic kingdom from a few goblins he found in the woods, Rain can do not much, but probably die of starvation.

Luckily he is saved by some... Hobos? Oh wait, one of them has a sword, so it's definitely a fantasy world. Thankful for the rescue, Rain manages to get over being treated like a captured assassin, and luckily, also learns magic! 

Watch as Rain carves his mark upon the world! Or more likely, just get along helping other people out.

Style Score

Delve does not particularly stand out in terms of the author's personal touch. The author does not sprinkle the story with references, or quirky jokes, nor does the author re-enact his dark and twisted self-insert fantasies. The story is told as a story, and the author makes it clear that he is only the writer, not a character within the story.

Story Score

Let's be honest here. "Delve" is not a unique story idea. A man is taken to another world, how will he survive is a question that numerous people on this website have answered, and it is invariably, either "comfortably" or "seated upon a throne of bones, drenched in the blood of his enemies, and his enemies enemies, and then their enemies too, just for good measure." However, that doesn't mean that Delve is a bad story. The cliche is fine, as long as you do it well. 

Grammar Score

A large thing that makes me scream on this website is good story ideas ruined by immersion-breaking grammar. I might seem quite pedantic and fussy when it comes to grammar, but that also means good grammar is almost a guaranteed follow and review from me. Thank you SenecentSoul, for editing your work.

Character Score

Once again, let's be honest. Rain is not a unique character. He is average, and as such, a bit of an "insert-self". However, he a well written, and clearly defined and described character, who wanders around cleaning everything within ten meters of himself. He interacts with other characters, and also absolving them of their need to poop. He does not control or order anyone, but instead barters and converses with other characters, and we see a person, not a puppet walking around.

Conclusion

Overall, Delve is a good story. It does not strike out as a unique bestseller, but it certainly should not be forgotten by the way-side. Delve has found its place as one of those stories that you do not use to get your friends into Royalroad, but as a story that you come back to once you have read all the headline acts. The characters are funny and interesting, the story is mellow and smooth, and the grammar is not messed.

I definitely recommend you read it.

fanobody
  • Overall Score

An isekai well made

No cheat skill

No god that help you

No japanese stupidity

Original system

No talk with the system to explain you the world

No exposition

Original character

No waifu

Hard work

No demon king yet

No bad guy that attack the mc for no reason

I think it will be the best Portal Fantasy i ever read if it don't stop

Gunslider
  • Overall Score

very frustrating to read

Reviewed at: 80: Trapped

very naive main character.

reading his inner thoughts was very frustrating as he should be around 25 years old and thinks like that but even after realising that some things shouldn't be done he acts like a child who doesn't know anything about society and bring himself unnecessary troubles because "he wants to save the wold".

many times he doesn't have money even to buy food but goes and acts like a samaritan going around helping people with thing like cleaning their actual shit or being someones tool for some political bullshit.

why not try to help yourself first in a world where there is death in every corner by making yourself stonger then worry about others. go kill some monters and level up first so you can stop shaking in your boots when some random villain shows up. as I said it's very very frustrating that after many near death experinces he still does not realize that strength is every thing in that world and do something about it.

80 chapters in and dropping it.