He Who Fights With Monsters

by Shirtaloon

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy High Fantasy LitRPG Magic Portal Fantasy / Isekai

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Jason wakes up in a mysterious world of magic and monsters. He’ll face off against cannibals, cultists, wizards, monsters, and that’s just the first day. He’s going to need courage, he’s going to need wit and he’s going to need some magic powers of his own. But first, he’s going to need pants.

Follow Jason as he makes a place for himself in a world that is strange, yet sometimes strangely familiar. He’ll meet crime lords and aristocrats, gods and monsters on his path from would-be victim to heroic adventurer. At least, he tries to be heroic. It’s hard to be good when all your powers are evil.

Release schedule is 5 chapters per week, Monday-Friday USA time.

Please note: I am Australian and this story is written in Australian English, so there will be less of the letter Z and more of the letter U.

This web novel is also available at scribblehub.com

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Strange Business ago
Chapter 2: Of Course Magic is a Thing ago
Chapter 3: Local Cuisine ago
Chapter 4: Cannibals and Spelunking ago
Chapter 5: Wizard ago
Chapter 6: Potent Potable ago
Chapter 7: Spoils ago
Chapter 8: Dark Magic ago
Chapter 9: Escape ago
Chapter 10: The Evil Pit of Evil ago
Chapter 11: Dashing Heroics ago
Chapter 12: Sanguine Horror ago
Chapter 13: This is the Part Where We Step Back ago
Chapter 14: Worlds Apart ago
Chapter 15: Outworlder ago
Chapter 16: Rescue Party ago
Chapter 17: A Conservative Pillage ago
Chapter 18: One of Us ago
Chapter 19: I Want a Lava Cannon ago
Chapter 20: By the Power of Grayskull ago
Chapter 21: I Have the Power ago
Chapter 22: Apocalypse Stone ago
Chapter 23: I May have Made a Huge Mistake ago
Chapter 24: Astral Space ago
Chapter 25: Blasphemy is Kind of My Thing ago
Chapter 26: Waterfall ago
Chapter 27: Water, Fall ago
Chapter 28: How Did You All Fit in There? ago
Chapter 29: That's What Adventurers Do ago
Chapter 30: Closing the Door Too Hard ago
Chapter 31: Taming the Beast ago
Chapter 32: Monster Hunting For Beginners ago
Chapter 33: Mistrun River ago
Chapter 34: Waving the Flag for Secular Morality ago
Chapter 35: Greenstone ago
Chapter 36: The Island ago
Chapter 37: A Good Adventurer and a Great One ago
Chapter 38: Just Another Adventurer ago
Chapter 39: Training ago
Chapter 40: Eyebeams and the Ethics of Adventuring ago
Chapter 41: Vulnerable and Exposed ago
Chapter 42: This is the Pits ago
Chapter 43: The Nightingale ago
Chapter 44: Complimentary Ointment ago
Chapter 45: So Much For Atheism ago
Chapter 46: Blatant Manipulation ago
Chapter 47: Mirage Chamber ago
Chapter 48: An Endless, Inescapable Nightmare ago
Chapter 49: A Voice From Home ago
Chapter 50: The Full Keanu ago
Chapter 51: Song of the Nightingale ago
Chapter 52: Pain ago
Chapter 53: Nightlife ago
Chapter 54: Field Assessment ago
Chapter 55: Rune Tortoise ago
Chapter 56: Gary's Gift ago
Chapter 57: Rainbow Smoke ago
Chapter 58: A Man of Malevolent Intellect ago
Chapter 59: Falling Short ago
Chapter 60: Making Music ago
Chapter 61: Trade Hall ago
Chapter 62: Have Some Damn Adventures ago
Chapter 63: Sunk-Cost Fallacy ago
Chapter 64: Take My Wife, Please ago
Chapter 65: Curious Urges ago
Chapter 66: A Stronger Weapon Than the One in Your hand ago
Chapter 67: This is What it Means to Fight Me ago
Chapter 68: Good News For Clive ago
Chapter 69: Dumpling Soup ago
Chapter 70: Rewards ago
Chapter 71: A Bit of Poo ago
Chapter 72: Rat Race ago
Chapter 73: A Grim Sword to Live By ago
Chapter 74: Doing Better ago
Chapter 75: Progress ago
Chapter 76: Preparations ago
Chapter 77: Group Cohesion ago
Chapter 78: Jason Has the Good Biscuits ago
Chapter 79: Sand Everywhere ago
Chapter 80: It's Not Work if You Love What You Do ago
Chapter 81: Crazy Desperation Move ago
Chapter 82: Choices ago
Chapter 83: It makes No Difference to the Ant ago
Chapter 84: Injury & Death ago
Chapter 85: Because I'm an Adventurer ago
Chapter 86: Some Kind of Secret ago
Chapter 87: Can't Lose ago
Chapter 88: The Nature of Absolution ago
Chapter 89: Anti-Pirate Operations ago
Chapter 90: The Path to Bronze ago
Chapter 91: Life & Death ago
Chapter 92: Unusual Contract ago
Chapter 93: Truth ago
Chapter 94: Consequences ago
Chapter 95: Punishment ago
Chapter 96: You Don't Get a Third ago
Chapter 97: Integrity is Sexy ago
Chapter 98: The Point of Money and Power ago
Chapter 99: Someone Else's Game ago
Chapter 100: Legwork ago
Chapter 101: Fantasy World Goodness ago
Chapter 102: You Fight Like Me ago
Chapter 103: Silver Hair ago
Chapter 104: An Outcome That Satisfies ago
Chapter 105: You Aren't in Control of What Happens Next ago
Chapter 106: Something Shady ago
Chapter 107: All The Good People We Can Get ago
Chapter 108: You Don't Have the Strength ago
Chapter 109: The Tyranny of Rank ago
Chapter 110: Help Arrives ago
Chapter 111: Strange Star ago
Chapter 112: The Accumulation of a Life ago
Chapter 113: You Should Work on Making Enemies ago
Chapter 114: Climbing Mountains ago
Chapter 115: Nothing Can Hurt You Like Hope ago
Chapter 116: See You in Court ago
Chapter 117: Six-Month Lease ago
Chapter 118: The Perks of Being an Essence User ago
Chapter 119: This is the Moment ago
Chapter 120: Iron Rank ago
Chapter 121: Getting Stoned ago
Chapter 122: Children ago
Chapter 123: Star Seed ago
Chapter 124: It's About How You Use It ago
Chapter 125: We End Here ago
Chapter 126: Poison Pill ago
Chapter 127: Let's Just Fight Monsters ago
Chapter 128: Damage You Shouldn't Walk Away From ago
Chapter 129: Picking Out the Good Ones ago
Chapter 130: Events Loom Large ago
Chapter 131: What the Geller Name is Worth ago
Chapter 132: Cleansed ago
Chapter 133: It Just Takes Practise ago
Chapter 134: World Building ago
Chapter 135: Fabulous Prizes ago
Chapter 136: Any Team Except Yours ago
Chapter 137: More Than One Clown ago
Chapter 138: Resurrection ago
Chapter 139: Manifestation ago
Chapter 140: Potential ago
Chapter 141: Weaponising a Barbecue ago
Chapter 142: This Town Ain't Big Enough ago
Chapter 143: The Second-Best Adventurer ago
Chapter 144: Arrival ago
Chapter 145: Full Jason ago
Chapter 146: Versatile ago
Chapter 147: I Don't Like This Plan ago
Chapter 148: Impossible to Subdue ago
Chapter 149: The Price We Pay Doesn't Matter ago
Chapter 150: Make the Most of It ago
Chapter 151: Wake ago
Chapter 152: I Cant Trust Any of It ago
Chapter 153: Legacy ago
Chapter 154: A Rash Decision ago
Chapter 155: It's A Good One ago
Chapter 156: The City of Fallen Echoes ago
Chapter 157: Shade ago
Chapter 158: Seriously Hardcore ago
Chapter 159: Mixed Medication ago
Chapter 160: Giving People Choices ago
Chapter 161: A Well-Informed Man ago
Chapter 162: The Danger is Us ago
Chapter 163: Surplus to Requirements ago
Chapter 164: A Worse Plan ago
Chapter 165: No One Has That Coming ago
Chapter 166: Part of Being a Team ago
Chapter 167: Making a Spectacle of Himself ago
Chapter 168: Team Change ago
Chapter 169: Company Worth Keeping ago
Chapter 170: He Who Fights With Monsters ago
Chapter 171: Irreconcilable Ideals ago
Chapter 172: Meanwhile, Two Weeks Ago in Greenstone... ago
Chapter 173: Take the Loot and Go ago
Chapter 174: Making an Exit ago
Chapter 175: Shallow Earth ago
Chapter 176: Relief ago
Chapter 177: Glory ago
Chapter 178: Display of Gratitude ago
Chapter 179: The Person I Decided to Be ago
Chapter 180: You Have Friends to Help You ago
Chapter 181: Blob Body ago
Chapter 182: Particular Appetites ago
Chapter 183: Domineering, Territorial and Robust ago
Chapter 184: More Shady as We Go Along ago
Chapter 185: Magnificent Entity ago
Chapter 186: I Try to Find the Truth, But That's Your Hiding Place ago
Chapter 187: The Last Reward ago
Chapter 188: Impossible Wasn't Enough ago
Chapter 189: Eclipse ago
Chapter 190: A Question You Don't Yet Know to Ask ago
Chapter 191: Looking Forward ago
Chapter 192: Adventurers Are People Too ago
Chapter 193: Valkyrie ago
Chapter 194: Departures ago
Chapter 195: No Pot of Gold ago
Chapter 196: The Glory of Success or the Price of Failure ago
Chapter 197: Adequate ago
Chapter 198: Trash Bonanza ago
Chapter 199: Strangeness ago
Chapter 200: Full Circle ago
Chapter 201: Regretting it Later ago
Chapter 202: Swat ago
Chapter 203: The Purpose of the Adventure Society ago
Chapter 204: Elven Storage Solutions ago
Chapter 205: Disbanded ago
Chapter 206: The Man Behind the Mouth ago
Chapter 207: Search ago
Chapter 208: Defiance ago
Chapter 209: Hanging Around ago
Chapter 210: What Doesn't Kill You ago
Chapter 211: Lingering Doubts ago
Chapter 212: Scars ago
Chapter 213: I Won't Let Them Turn Me Into That ago
Chapter 214: Putting the Band Back Together ago
Chapter 215: Nothing Speaks Louder Than Power ago
Chapter 216: My Name is Jason Asano ago
Chapter 217: While They Watch Me Kill You ago
Chapter 218: Inherently Corrupting ago
Chapter 219: Beholden to No One ago
Chapter 220: Evil Detector ago
Chapter 221: The World Needs People Like You ago
Chapter 222: I'm Very Big on Cowardice ago
Chapter 223: More Powerful Than We Anticipated ago
Chapter 224: Fate Can't Wait to Kill Us All ago
Chapter 225: Running Towards Something ago
Chapter 226: Greenhouse Flowers ago
Chapter 227: A Man Transformed ago
Chapter 228: The Worst Possible Option ago
Chapter 229: Brave Little Tailor ago
Chapter 230: Terms of the Pact ago
Chapter 231: Trading Safety Today For Death Tomorrow ago
Chapter 232: Stalwart ago
Chapter 233: I'm Sick of Fighting Magic Rocks ago
Chapter 234: Crossing the Threshold ago
Chapter 235: Anyone Can Be Useful ago
Chapter 236: A Series of Familiar Powers ago
Chapter 237: It's Not About Killing Monsters ago
Chapter 238: Sin Eater ago
Chapter 239: The Most Dangerous Thing in the Dark ago
Chapter 240: The Boss Comes to Town ago
Chapter 241: It's Very Complicated and You All Need to Go Away ago
Chapter 242: Strong Foundations ago
Chapter 243: A Valiant Death ago
Chapter 244: Ambitions ago
Chapter 245: Faith and Glory ago
Chapter 246: Thadwick ago
Chapter 247: The True Danger ago
Chapter 248: Forsaken Place ago
Chapter 249: Being What He Needs to Be ago
Chapter 250: A Significantly More Dangerous Entity ago
Chapter 251: Losing the Battle to Win the War ago
Chapter 252: War of Adaptation ago
Chapter 253: The Hero of This Story ago
Chapter 254: Good News, Bad News ago
Chapter 255: Here We Go ago
Chapter 256: Outmatched ago
Chapter 257: The Power of Friendship ago
Chapter 258: A War of Stolen Moments ago
Chapter 259: Clive Takes Charge ago

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Just finished up to ch 90 and this has been a great read.

Characters are built up with their own words and actions (instead of the reading being told how they feel or with very heavy exposition)

The main character has flaws and actually grows. Sometimes I think hes a bit too right but its bearable.

The story pacing is on  point. Chapters dont feel padded for word count. Action is easy to follow and light of exposition blocks. 

This isnt the most important but there have been very few reads that have made me actually laugh at loud. But several times I've had to stop and catch my breath before moving on.

There has been some grammer/spelling issues and while jarring it's not frequent. No issue to me.

Magic system is defined well and fun to see it explored. The system used here was new enough to me that I've not seen it before.

This has been a lot of fun and I've enjoyed it greatly.

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As of chapter 37.


I'm finding this story to be an interesting read, especially with the system mechanics. The story is engaging most of the way through but lately it is becoming a bit dry, although that could just be because I am comparing it to the start.

  • Grammar is great, only a bit of missing punctuation that I can see and very limited amount of spelling mistakes.

We have been getting a bit of world building recently but not enough to make any solid opinions.

The main character is ok I guess. He seems to rush headlong into certain matters that he does not have a full grasp on, acts smug with the fact that he can confuse people when naming his origins and is slightly idiotic with the fact that he has not tested some of his abilities which may help him survive.

The side characters are somewhat fleshed out considering it is so early on in the novel.

There are some plot holes in the story like the coins.

Spoiler: Spoiler

What I would recommend would be to have a certain limit of how many you can use per rank without there being permanent damage.

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49 chapters so far, pretty damn good book

Reviewed at: Chapter 49: A Voice From Home

Above average writing, well done creativity, and just enough keeping you on the edge so that you keep reading without annoying you. 

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Funny, good characters, interesting skills and system. Can’t wait to read more!

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First of all congrats on 100 chapters. I'm really loving this series and I'm starting to hate weekends cause there's no chapters on them. Second, Jason is an amazing MC, he leads the story really well and his sense of humour is also something I myself really enjoy. But the most important part is...finally a MC that's not a wimp and doesn't moan about every little cut and every little drop of blood that's spilled. It's been pissing me of that every writer nowadays spends paragraphs either writing about how the MC can't stand the pain or how sorry he is because he had killed a bandit that was trying to rape and murder a whole village. And you don't do that, which is amazing and I'm so grateful for that. Also the RPG system is pretty neat, the ranks sort of remind me of cultivation ranks and the skills that are being unlocked with different stones are probably the most interesting feature. It might be true that some of the secondary characters blend in a bit too much from time to time but with MC like Jason it doesn't really matter. For people who like humour in the stories they read, this is definitely a series for them. Also, Colin is a great name for a summon and if Jason ever gets a second pet of any kind, you might wanna call it Pharel. 

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Shirtaloon has written an MC who has honest (and uncensored) reactions to his apparent teleportation to a new world. 

Follow him on his journey to clothes, magic and fucking shit up.

Loving this tale, wish more authors would give us raw untamed reading like this!

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Funny and comfy isekai with interesting litRPG system

Reviewed at: Chapter 28: How Did You All Fit in There?

(as of chapter 28)

'He Who Fights With Monsters' tells the story of Jason who suddenly wakes up in a world where stats, magic and monsters are normal. Through luck and panicked perseverance he manages to survive the cultist den he was transported to and meets helpful adventurers who explain the world to him. Avid RRL readers know this kind of story and will think: "Now with such a successful start, he'll surely become the next great hero like in all the other stories on this site!" Well, in theory yes and the MC tries, but the ability domains he receives start with "dark" and "blood" and then do not exactly get more good/pure/holy...

Style/Grammar: The story is told in third-person internal style from Jason's point of view. The descriptions are good (but not too wordy) and the literary devices are varied, letting you binge the story without hiccups.  There are few typos in the later chapters, just some slips of the pen or missing words (some of which could also be Australian slang?).

Story: While many things are similar to other isekai stories, some stand out positively in this story. One thing is the litRPG system: As usual there are system messages and stats and skills, but they are more on the descriptive side rather than raw numbers ("casting cost: medium amount of mana per second"), leading to a more relaxed atmosphere and smoother reading compared to the often-seen long long boxes full of numbers and "X has increased by 0.1" mentality (while that is not bad per se, this variation is very welcome). Progression is less grindy as well because it uses special magic items instead of just XP. The messages are unobtrusive grey text instead of blue boxes and they are rather snarky. In general there is a large amount of humour, be it in the descriptions, in the MC's thoughts or in the dialogue. 

Characters: On one side Jason is a lighthearted and friendly fellow, taking many things in stride, a helpful guy with his heart in the right place. On the other hand, he is thrust into a very brutal situation in a hard world. This combination usually doesn't end well, but here it's looking good so far. Jason has a reasonable moral compass and killing doesn't come easy to him (as is expected from a normal person), as yet he has been able to keep his personality, which we have seen described nicely, intact. The other characters are also shown to be well thought out, with different personalities that are mostly likeable. The bad guys are a bit cliché though.

I really like this story and I can recommend it wholeheartedly. After having read more than a hundred stories on RRL alone with a large number of them isekai stories, I often get a feeling of "same old, same old". In this story, the "lighter" take on the litRPG system and the strong humorous elements (I even laughed multiple times) make for a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

Mad Mardigan
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I’ve been scouring Royal Road for months and this is one of the best stories i’ve read.  Read this one you won’t be disappointed : )

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When I first started reading this work it didn't really stand out. It was pretty ok, interesting magic, solid release schedule. Like clockwork, it keeps coming out and I keep reading it. Yet as time goes by and each character becomes more fleshed out, and the world feels more real this work has steadily risen in my esteem. Most of the writers here seem to have a story idea but once they have written all the cool stuff they thought of it peters out. This work keeps going and it seems like it hasn't even truly hit its stride. This I feel is one of the few into another world novels that really looks at the human aspects of the genre.  I highly recommend keeping an eye on this adventuring Australian.

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Slow progress, but you don´t want to miss a word!

Reviewed at: Chapter 26: Waterfall

What you have here is an Isekai- and Summoned to another World-story, by a guy who clearly knows what people like and what clichés you just can´t stand anymore.
Without trying to spoil too much, you have a Protagonist, who, instead of jumping head-on into risks without because he´s the "Protagonist", but a guy from around the corner, with rational mind and human thoughts and emotions.
As I mentioned in the headline it´s quite slow, but that doesn´t diminishes the experience, rather, it enhances it!(who gets the reference?! XD)