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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.
What, you want more details? Okay, fine, but this is going to get a bit spoiler-y. Are you sure?
Really sure? I mean, this summary is practically half as long as the first chap–
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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A litrpg series with a min-max style character who follows a support style unorthodox build.
It is mathematics heavy and seems completely unnecessary for plot progression other than to just reorganize tables so far.
The lirpg elements are extremely flexible unlike the magic system which leaves limited room for the MC to get creative with the magic system itself.
Overall, not bad but certainly not for everyone especially given how the MC 'fights' or rather, doesn't.
Really nice story overall.
Too much infodump and theorycraft for my liking.
Great grammar with only a few mistakes.
Characters have depth, secondary cast have a well defined life and characteristics even if most of them seem cliches.
Author, please, use spoiler boxes for the excess math/infodump. It's a hassle to skip text to find where the story continues. It won't matter for people that like it and will improve the quality for those that don't.
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.
Not much I can say that hasn't been said, other than that this is the story that you get when the System of a LitRPG is actually well thought out. There's history and health points, classism and classes.
For a reader on this site, what more would you really want?
It seems like a lot of effort goes into the system and math. I appreciate the effort. MC has access to possible skills, and there is usually debate on his best build. If you enjoy theorizing builds, you will like this. The story seems to go slowly sometimes, but I still enjoy reading it.
My favorite part of the story was the beginning, when the MC had a language barrier. It helped to relate with the MC, trying to figure out what other characters wanted from him.
Fantastic story so far, my only complaint is that there is not enough of it!
I'm not one to give 5 stars across the board. That said, this is one of my favorite stories ever written on RR.
I was so immersed that, unlike other stories, where I'm just disappointed when I reach the end of what's written, I felt outright upset that there wasn't more.
This story is remarkably refreshing. The characters make sense. The world makes sense (within the limits of the genre, of course :P)
I'm amused at and loving the min max stuff - they go into the details in the story, but basically, most characters go for things like survivability and being well rounded, whereas the MC goes straight up min max.
He's got limits - serious limits. He needs to achieve a notably high level to even begin to achieve his aims. Most characters are nice and useful builds every level. MC? Nope, it's end game, all the way. Small benefit now that can explode out of control, given huge amounts of training? Let's do this, baby!
It starts to pan out quickly (since growth speed is a priority in his build), and he's approaching the threshold of power. You can see the OP Godhood around the corner. Sure that corner is a ways away, all the way at the horizon, but you can see it, and damn, it's pretty.
I think that's why I was so upset at crashing into the end of the latest chapter like a brick wall. I felt like I was approaching that glorious, mouthwatering end alongside the MC.
Join in for a beautiful ride, folks.
And SenescentSoul? Write more!!!!!!
I love the story and the characters. The MC adapts well but not too quickly to his situation and he utilizes an unique class with simple but powerful benefits. My only complaint is the auther only posts a new chapter once a week. I know life is a priority and writing is hard. I guess I'm just venting a little. Anyway, it's a must read.
It’s a common premise but done better then almost any other version I’ve seen to date. It also has some very novel features and plot events that I’ve rarely, if ever, seen in the genre. Definitely one to watch, I’ve enjoyed it immensely so far!
I hate Cliché...
Thus I really, really enjoy this story. It had many "realistic" moments which glued me to its plot. A character which is not magically able to speak the native language is quite of a challenge to write down. But the author has done it.
However, I am afraid that the story might run off the cliff soon (as of chapter 26), as the MC might quickly -in 20 or so chapters- become OP while the number of skills he has grows to the extreme. At that moment it all often becomes simply too complex to follow, something which often happens to this kind of stories. Also, a bunch of plot-stuff happened a bit too quickly... I guess the author is trying to make all of it more exciting. But in my opinion that is not necessary, it is the small, human "realistic" things which make this story shine so much. Not flashy powers.
Hope the author manages to keep the simplicity his first 10-15 chapters had. As it was brilliantly done.