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

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Kellopyy
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Surprisingly good story that made me understand why gacha mechanics might be fun in a game. If only playing games were as much fun as reading stories.

 

Jason is a pretty good character - his strengths and weaknesses make him entertaining. He has failings and is impacted by events in a story. He still is exceptionally lucky and gets powerful friends.

 

Not world shatteringly good story, but it's good to read fun stories too.

About11
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They are so unrealistic. I recommend you stop reading before you meet some out-of-minded girl named Sophie. I think the author should learn how real people think.

LikoPilio
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It's great, it's awesome. The world building is fantastic, I especially love how there is arc of adventurer assessment, it give a great imaginative depth  of how a good society maintain it's due dilligence (not all sword-carrying blokes who storm in to receptionist deks accepted as adventurer material)

However for all that is good (there's need to be a but somewhere, right?). I decided to drop of the series in 40ish chapter. 

Why?

I meant no offenses, but people have personalities; plural. And despite all the wonder and enjoyment it brought me, I can say with absolute certainty that all of the characters in the story is just, well... Jason with another name.

I don't even differentiate between the team mates; Gary, Rufus, and Farrah until the later chapters because how their personalities written is so similar, at least until the training arc happening, which the author give the characters peppery flavor like Rufus is the cautious, overprepared-one, Farrah is someone with brooding past, and Gary is a muscle head.

But then, the noble cames. Crashing. People just don't trade witty repartee! At least not the one with heavy subtext and full comprehension on the other party personality at their first meeting! Introduction. Polite remark. A little snub. An unmentioned implication is fine and dandy, but not everyone have the same style. They could be Jason 2 and Jason 3 for all I see.

Beside the lacking of characterisation however, it's a very good story

juanito
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Interesting system; uninteresting MC

Reviewed at: Chapter 35: Greenstone

Fun enough start and an interesting system had me bingeing but after reaching chapter 35 I've noticed enough flaws that I'd rather spend my time reading something else. The interctions between characters where mostly fun but I find it pretty hard to 'root' for the MC. More than uninteresting he is somewhat unlikable although at the beginning it was fine. The Australian English confuses me as well although that might be my fault 

Also, how come there is no WARNING for Gore and Traumatising content? At least the gore one is obviously needed.

In any case, there are better and more enjoyable ways to spend one's time.

Cestarian
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Wuxia tropes and exposition dumps

Reviewed at: Chapter 24: Astral Space

The story starts out quite allright like a somewhat unique litrpg take with slightly misplaced yet still funny humor...

And then as soon as the action slows down we get a massive 5+ chapter exposition dump and a weird, 100% meaningless wuxia trope insert (the impurities bullshit, whatever that's supposed to mean, next thing I know I bet he'll pop a pill and sit under a tree for a year in a lotus pose to become god or something when this nonsense inevitably ramps up...)

That aside there's just a whole lot of waste text riddled with bad jokes and wordy explanations of mundane stuff.

 

It had some promise, but ultimately turned out to be boring to read.

Soldieratarms
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This is a great story with a very strong character focus. The Mc has a very complex personality that drives this story and all his interactions. Some may find this character off putting but I find it quite refreshing compared to the cookie cutter mcs that plague the genre. It all sits in a bed of a well thought out and unique system, and a cast of rich background characters, both their stories and their growth. It is a bit slow in the case of the overarching goal, but it is still a great read I definitely recommend. 

claws8367
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Read it you probably won't regret it, unless you care about characters.

Reviewed at: Chapter 94: Consequences

Like go ahead and read it, its fun. 

That said i have serious issues with the characters. 

The mc is fine, but is a bully. And i feel like the author has after the fact made the victim of the bullying more evil then he really was, in response to my and other peoples feedback. Just to justify the mc being a totall dick for his own benifits against him. 

Besides that, i really dislike how the romance was handeld in this story. While i saw people praising the way it was handeld, i feel like those people generaly just hated romance. And would rather skip all dates, conversations etc. etc. that comes with romance. It literally went from: hi> thanks for escorting me to a auction> to waking up after having presumed having sexs 20 chapters later. With no contact, date or anything between.

Not to even mention how she is the sister of the bully-victim/forced bad guy. I mean really! WHO THE **** SLEEPS WITH THE BULLY OF ONE OF YOUR SIBBLINGS. ( they don't even hate eachother, the siblings i mean) 

But besides these points, its a enjoyable read. 

MrO
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200 Chapters In -- Exciting Possibilites Abound

Reviewed at: Chapter 200: Full Circle

Huge props to Shirtaloon for getting us to 200 chapters. The author posts regular, quality updates with only very minor grammar mistakes. I end up feeling almost constantly immersed in this story and world.

Characters/Style: There's a lot of hate in reviews for the main character. I encourage you to start this story and see for yourself. There's consensus in reviews that Ch. 1-35 are well worth it. After that, see if Jason's (the MC) socially-disruptive non-sequiturs and brash, ironic self-aggrandizement suit you or rub you the wrong way. I have not tired of his style at all and I commend the author's choice to use him as a foil for the established culture and aristocracy. It's satisfying as a reader to see him champion the common folk and run circles around the entitled. He experiences setbacks and punishments and eventually rebounds.

I do hope to see the supporting characters deepened and developed. Most of their "on-screen" time they are reacting to or talking about Jason. Each member of his adventuring team has their own niche and interesting back-story, but little progress or change has happened to their characters in a while (besides leveling up their power). Again, if the MC suits your fancy, he pops enough to keep the story engaging.

Story: We have a vast conspiracy, inter-dimension conflicts, underwater battles, trips to the opera, and a rune-covered tortoise. Story keeps me coming back. I can't recall many in the way of fluff-only chapters.

Overall: This story deserves its presence near the top.

Eric Ferguson
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Chapter 146 was everything I could have asked for and more. 11/10, would buy pottery.

Pete
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I gave it 20 chapters to give it a fair chance, then read three more to finish the scene. It is decent, I suppose by royal road standards it could be considered good which explains the high average I suppose.

Writing is decent, well mostly. For instance it isn't always particularly clear on what they are doing while talking, take a section beginning with this "They found a rocky outcropping to rest in the shadow of, Rufus helping Jason along.

The others fetched out bronze spirit coins while Jason sipped at his water, laying back on the warm rock." At the time they are under some time pressure, and after this they have a long talk and I am starting to wonder whether they might not want to hurry up, maybe leave the MC behind to catch up later. But then there is a line where they see their goal and I wonder when they started walking again. 

Spoiler: Spoiler

 

But grammar and spelling are fine and the general style is decent.

Setting seem decent too, pretty good even. The humor of the story doesn't work for me but humor is a matter of taste so others might like the whole thing more than I do if they find it funny. I suppose a handful of lines were amusing. Anyway it seems like it will be high on banter but not banter I would enjoy and that they will be doing it even if they should focus on something else (not uncommon in stories but if it goes to far it starts to annoy me).

Character at this point are so so. The annoying thing is that everyone acts like an idiot. You will find comments on the early chapters about the MC being stupid, then the author answering that he isn't thinking clearly because he just got teleported to a different world and later got a concussion. Fair enough but everyone else from the antagonists to the adventurers he meets is acting kinda stupid too.

Also no egrogious instance has happened yet but I have the suspicion that it will be one of those stories where MC gets an unnecessary amount of praise from others, which tends to be annoying and since a reviewer that read till later mentioned something like that the worry is probably justified. 

As you can see from the ratings some like it quite a bit, personally I wouldn't bother. But it is not like you know whether your taste matches mine.