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Summary – Level 1:

Delve is an isekai litrpg that follows an average guy who just happened to wake up in a forest one day. He wasn’t summoned to defeat the demon lord or to save the world or anything like that, at least as far as he can tell. The only creature there to greet him was a regular old squirrel.

Soon enough, he meets other people, only to discover that he can’t speak the language, and that not everybody immediately trusts random pajama-wearing strangers they met in the middle of the wilderness. Things generally go downhill from there, at least until the blue boxes start appearing.

Delve is a story about finding your way in a new, strange, and dangerous world. It’s about avoiding death, figuring out what the heck is going on, and trying to make some friends along the way. It’s not about getting home, so much as finding a new one.

Did I mention that there will be math?

 


 Summary – Level 2:

 Okay, but what are you in for, really?

Well, this story is supposed to be realistic, or at least, as realistic as a fantasy litrpg can be. The main character doesn’t instantly become an all-powerful god and murder-hobo his way across the universe. Delve is, at its heart, a progression fantasy, but that progression is meant to feel earned. The numbers in this story actually mean something. Everything is calculated, and if you find a rounding error, I expect you to tell me about it. That said, if math isn’t your cup of tea, there is plenty more that the story has to offer. Characters are meant to feel real, and progression isn’t only about personal power; it’s also about allies, connections, and above all, knowledge. Figuring out how the system works is a significant theme.

 

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What, you want more details? Okay, fine, but this is going to get a bit spoiler-y. Are you sure?

 

Yes!

 

Really sure? I mean, this summary is practically half as long as the first chap–

 

Now!

 

Okay, okay!

The main character becomes a magic user, but he takes a route that is not very popular in adventurer culture, namely that of a support. There is a full magic system with various spells, skills, and abilities, but our MC decides that aura magic is the way to go, and that the only stat worth investing in is mana regeneration. Most people at the Adventurer’s Guild think that this makes him a bit of a dumbass, but he’s playing the long game. We’ll see how that works out for him, won’t we?

Because of his build, the MC levels up fast, at least compared to normal people. There are no cheats, though, and he is limited in other ways. There are some clear and pretty obvious downsides to his build. That’s what makes it fun, no?

Morals? Our MC has them. Again, we’ll see how that works out for him. Realism, remember? Would you be okay with killing someone and looting their body? I sure hope not.

POV? The focus is on the main character, but there will be occasional varying perspectives from people around him, or involved in the events related to the main plot. It isn’t going to jump all over the place.

Tech is standard medieval stasis. No smartphones, but the MC does have a technical background. Computers and their programming might be involved. There might even be a bit of uplifting down the road, who knows? Anyway, it isn’t the focus. He isn’t going to invent the gun in chapter 1 and change the face of warfare.

Is there romance? Not so much, or at least, not as a major theme. Friendships are more the name of the game. Building relationships and knowledge about the world, not a harem. Definitely not a harem.

There is exploration, though not as much of the geographical nature as you might expect. It is more about exploration of the system and the culture.

The pace is slow and detailed, sometimes verging on slice-of-life. The action is meant to be realistic and grounded in the numbers, and it is intended to have meaning beyond simply punching things until they stop moving.

The general tone of the story is grey, and some parts can get quite dark. People die. Sometimes, people with names, but not anywhere near GoT level. There is plenty of light, too, though, to balance the darkness. The world is dangerous, but overcoming that danger is why we’re all here, isn’t it?

Anyway, if you’ve made it this far through the summary, you clearly like words. I hope you enjoy the story!

 


Cover by Miha Brumec

Summary Updated: 2020-06-14

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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
089: Consequence ago
090: Buried ago
091: Essence ago
092: Fracture ago
093: Tomb ago
094: Illusion ago
095: Pressure ago
096: Sanctuary ago
097: Arrested ago
098: Stability ago
099: Calm ago
100: Storm ago
101: Fireside ago
102: Reaper ago
103: Illumination ago
104: Mind ago
105: Connection ago
106: Imprint ago
107: Interface ago

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twigthe1st
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Love it. Interesting world that has a history, unique characters. System and how local perceive it also good. Love the use of maths, sometimes it gets complex! Also the use of the different languages and missed in translation scenarios. Would strongly recommend. Interested to see what happens next.

Pineapple N' Onions
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Good Start, but Tedious Narration

Reviewed at: 31: Gear

Much to my delight, the story attempts to bring in some mathy elements whilst trying to figure out how the "game system" works--since much of the system mechanics are not transparent to the user. At first I got a good laugh out of this and actually thought it was a neat idea. But the continued use of this concept is poorly implemented. It's so bad that I simply skip over these parts entirely when reading a new chapter. The main character's musings should be more concise and less repetitive. We don't need to know everything that goes on in his head. That just puts readers to sleep. Summarize, talk about salient points and expand on results rather than dragging ass on inane musings and what-ifs.

And this is what eventually led me to dropping this story: It’s too much inner thoughts. While I understand that this is a first person narrative, it doesn't have to be a constant stream of the protagonist's consciousness. We don't need to know every little thought. It almost feels like word count padding and adds nothing substantial to the story. Keep thoughts crisp and concise, at least until he has an actual crisis on hand.

nobody9512
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Good Story but the world is bit to ,,nice''

Reviewed at: 38: Geography

I really like the novel, the novel has it s uniqueness with his level system and skill system.

But i think the MC and the story need something like a wake up call because the story/world is a bit to ,,nice'' to be a medieval world and the MC is a bit to naive  at the moment. This teammates have said themselve that the Mc is a bit of a joke as an adventurer.
So what to do? kill some of this Teammates/Partymembers, i know it s hard to kill someone where you invested so much time and thinking in, but if it is not done i think the story will become to momoton and life is cheap in a medieval world and this is something that the author has not really shown. 

Next thing is what many authors forget about is that in a medieval world food is scare. And people are undernourished. Now some say there is magic but to get acess to magic you need to kill monster.

 

But i really like the story, i really hope the story reamins on this quality till the end

Makin
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Pretty good, bogged down on details

Reviewed at: 37: Modded

An excellent litRPG, with a very original powerset.

My main issue with it is all the math, it isn't very fun to read when it gets REALLY detailed, especially in the last few examples.

There are other minor issues, like the language barrier contrivedly becoming irrelevant, and the characters being somewhat undefined, but it is an extremely addictive story nonetheless.

Worth following.

Monokoi
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Ok... First off, im the type of reader that reads a few hours every night before bed. I don't typically get angry at what I read beacuse I find most thing enjoying but, Delve just made me hate my night as I feel like I had wasted my time.


The reason why i score this novel so poorly is because of its synopsis and character. The synopsis alone tells us a story of struggles and survival, of death and life, but no. Instead, what we got was a tale of level ups and a whole misleading synopisis. In this case, Deleve's MC purpose is to "survive" in this world. Find shelter... find food.... get money.... and by himself. In this case, it leaves a openly bland taste. Loner protagonists are cool and all, but first, they need a personality. Nothing propells the MC to move forward BESIDES himself in the need to "survive" or level up. If the loner is going to be a alone, he needs personality and taste to fill in the void of having no other important characters to move the story forward... Grimgar for example is a great example of a tale of struggle and survival that Delve is missing.


Next, the progression of this novel is a mess, chaotic in fact. I don't mind slow-progression novels as they can build and bring life to the world, but, in Delve's case, the slow progression screen time is put onto the MC leveling up making it very bland and boring.

Spoiler: Spoiler

I can also see that the author wanted Delve to have a "realistic" feel to it, but in the end, NOTHING can be realistic if the world itself is DEAD. The purpose of many isekai novels is to give MC a purpose and a reason to drive him/them forward. If not, show them a whole new world of events, tales and many mystery. In this case, Delve's MC purpose of being isekai is to find his basic needs of life. Delve dose not have a PLOT or a meaingful story that will make Delve think twice about himself or the world. What Delve need is the MC to be propelled by the event of the world, not him propelling himself. Nothing is coming into the MC's way to move him forward and explore the world besides his own self needs.

The languge barrier was also what the author had used to try to give the world a "realistic" feeling, but, instead, it just made it look like the MC was in an age-progression isekai novel of a 4 year old trying to learn a new languge and finding himself in a new world. If the author was going to include a LITRPG system into the world, it becomes unreasonable for there to not be a translation system in one of the many skills that randomly expands by itself. At first, it had appeared that the MC skill trees are base of what he "sees" and "knows" but what happens is that his skill tree randomly expands by itself. The languge barrier did not bring life into the world, but instead, it was what the author used as an excuse to bring the MC to be alone making the world very boring...

The reason why many isekai novels suceed at what they do is beacuse they all have a plot and something to drive the story forward, demon king, demons, and war. Delve as of right now to where I read to has none.

Excused me if what I mention dose happen later in the novel.
Droped @ around chapter 10

bruno237
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i was captivated by this book. i realy enjoyed it. but around chapter 22 i felt the super weak MC was only alive bc of plot armor. and im not expecting an over powered MC either. 98% of his exp is from general skill use, very few encounters. but the story was so rich and the characters were so good i realy didnt mind, for a while. but full disclosure i have a loot and level craving i've been trying to satisfy lately. lol. still loved it, and maybe i'll come back when some more chapters are here and see if the hero is a lil' stronger.

comandergummybear
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This sotry is only at chapter 11 as of this but I'm egarly awaiting the next one. I can relate with the main charector and can't help but thinking what I would do in his place. I've only seen one grammer error so far witch is a great deal better than some of the other stories i'e seen on this sight so far. All that said, I just finished my 6th drink and am working on my 7th... Shut up, I'm not an alchoholic. You're an alcholic!

Aspartame
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Realistic, (near) infinite power with clearly defined costs. LitRPG at its finest. All self respecting murderhobos know the path to (near) infinite power starts in a sewer.

Varkt
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Wish I found this sooner

Current chapter 26.  

Love this novel.  Its so realistic and it doesnt play into the usual tropes that other novels go towards.  I love the style and the blue boxes.  They give the novel more realism.  I love the novel and wish I found it sooner.  Keep going!  20 Chapters a day please!  Need more!

White Wind
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This story is amazing

When I think of this story, I can't help but compare it to The Wandering Inn, which is another gem in this website. Despite the fact that the chapters don't have the same length, I can't help but think that this is going to be a long ass novel. The attention to detail minute things that the MC decides to do are what I love the most about this story. Its not just "I went to get clay and came back 2 hours later", but the author really focuses on the process and what's going on in the MC's head. I really like it, though I understand if its not everyone's cup of tea.

I would like to have some more descriptions every now and then about characters that are important to the story. Not just "he is tall" "he has muscles". So as to get a better picture of the characters.