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Vainqueur Knightsbane is your average dragon: a giant, fire-breathing lizard who loves to take naps on his golden hoard, kidnap princesses for fun, and make the life of adventurers miserable. Vainqueur's only pleasure in life is to watch his treasure get bigger, one coin at a time.

So when a would-be thief turned unwilling minion tells him about "classes," "levels," and "quests," Vainqueur wonders if maybe, just maybe, he should consider a career change. 

After all, why bother hunting monsters for free when you can get paid for it?

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
1: Vainqueur the Dragon ago
2: V&V ago
3: First Quest ago
4: Chief of Staff ago
4x: Human-Sized Loot ago
5: Food Chain ago
6: Gather the Minions ago
7: Interlude: Murderhobos ago
8: Level Grinding ago
9: Gods and Zombies ago
10: The Battle for Haudemer ago
11: Multiclassing ago
12: Looking for Dungeons ago
13: The Event ago
14: Just your average Hometown ago
15: Cult Management ago
16: Vainqueur's Private War ago
17: Job Interviews ago
18: Uninvited Guests ago
19: The War of the Hoard ago
20: Emperor Vainqueur ago
20x: Minions of the Month ago
21: Interlude: The Shining Knight ago
22: The Meat is Life ago
23: The Regent ago
24: Dragon Profiling ago
25: The Demon King ago
26: First Blood ago
27: Heaven's Door ago
28: Interlude: The Chocolatine Factory ago
29: Dragon Guests ago
30: Demon Feast ago
31: The Monsters of Murmurin ago
32: The Bitter Day of Brandon Maure ago
33: BFF ago
34: Bragging Day ago
35: Season Finale ago
0: The Great Calamity ago
36: Interlude: Tales of the Kobold Rangers ago
37: Meet the Dwarves ago
38: Minion Deathcare ago
39: The Ballad of Jolie Dragon ago
40: Tomb Trouble ago
41: The Djinn in the Bottle ago
42: Interlude: God Game Night ago
43: Fool's Gold ago
44: Lawfu Fight! ago
45: The Dragon Wingmate ago
46: Quest Competition ago
47: The Smartest Bandit in the World ago
48: Ghostbusters ago
49: Those who hunt dragons ago
50: Class Struggle ago
51: The Greatest Gladiator ago
52: To the Mooooon! ago
53: Interlude: The Fairy Lords ago
54: Dark Side of the Gold ago
55: Perk Practice ago
56: On Relationsheeps ago
57: The Dragon's Speech Check ago
58: Detective Work ago
59: Fangs in the Night ago
60: Interlude: A Lich's Tale ago
61: Castlevania ago
62: Basement Dwellers ago
63: Bottomless Fear ago
64: Dawnfall ago
65: Don't Wake the Dragon ago
66: Buzz's Jelly Adventures ago
67: Season 2 Finale ago
68: Beware the Orcs! ago
69: Criminal Games ago
70: Heart to Heart ago
71: Vizier Holidays ago
72: Interlude: Interim Chiefs ago
73: Of Witches and Flames ago
74: Victor Dalton and the School of Necromancy ago
75: Pocket Minions ago
76: Graduation Day ago
77: Starter vs Legendary ago
78: The Storm ago
79: Dragon on the Shore ago
80: Swimming with the Sharks ago
81: Goldbeard the Pirate ago
82: Raiders of the Lost Hoard ago
83: The Burning Fields ago
84: A Clash of Kings ago
85: Interlude: Jolie Dragon vs the World ago
86: Advanced Civilizations ago
87: The Trip ago
88: El Dorado ago
89: The Life we Lead ago
90: The Shiny-ing ago
91: The Superboss ago
92: Fallout ago
93: Golden Leaders ago
94: That time I reincarnated as a cup! ago
95: God Game Night II: Good Expansion ago
96: Need a Raise ago
97: The Dragon's Share ago
98: Scaled Woes ago
99: Dice Island ago
100: The Winning Card ago
101: Empathy Training ago
102: Dialogue Options ago
103: Kaiju Day ago
104: The Mermaid's Revenge ago
105: Orknoob Unchained ago
106: Last Minute Merchants ago
107: Kings of Monsters ago
108: Pride and Prejudice ago
109: Minion Recipe ago
110: The Heaven Talk ago
111: Interlude: The Princess Documentary ago
112: Baths and Munchkins ago
113: A Slice of Cat ago
114: Looking for a Farm ago
115: Item Farming ago
116: TPW ago
117: Sleep Disorders ago
118: Home Again ago
119: Prophecy Fulfilled ago
120: Season III Finale ago
121: Breeding for War ago
122: Slimonies ago
123: One for the Team ago
124: The Return of the King ago
125: The Third Way ago
126: Relationship Boards ago
127: Interlude: The Tomb of Furibon ago
128: Opening Salvo ago
129: Retaliations ago
130: Nova Tactics ago
131: The Gathering ago
132: The Dragon Conclave ago
133: Rent-a-Prophet ago
134: Interlude: A Flight of Dragons ago
135: The Last Sidequest ago
136: Dungeon Waltz ago
137: The Plot Armor ago
138: Before the End ago
139: V-Day ago
140: Landfall ago
141: F&D ago
142: The Yarn Solution ago
143: The Line ago
144: The Arrows of Light ago
145: Interlude: Fullmetal Jelly ago
146: The Darkest Hour ago
147: Endgame ago
148: Drifting Lights ago
149: The Last Battle ago
150: Valhalla ago
151: Left Behind ago
152: The End ago
153: [Game Epilogue], [Credits] & [Afterword] ago
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Aria bloodborn
Overall

To be honest, I put reading this off for a long time. However, after actually getting around to it, it's surprisingly good. The two main characters are radically different, with Vain being a VERY stereotypical dragon, and Vic being... Unusual for someone isekai'd. Both characters experiance a lot of growth, and it has plenty of humor.

Hermythic
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One of my favourite royal road stories ever.

The premise is simple but the execution and humor elevate it to another level entirely.

Its so well planned out and theres rarely a joke or pun that isnt funny.

The characters are well fleshed out with their own quirks and their interactions are handled masterfully.

I wish i could forget this series so i could read it all over again

Valinor89
Overall

Sadly there are very few completes stories that were as as consistently good and fun as this one, and I am very glad I picked this story.

Plenty of "meta" jokes and just enought OP characters to keep things both interesting while not overdoing the drama.

Definitely a must read.

namesarehard
Overall

If you are fiending for that next great story on RoyalRoad and have not given this story a shot, shame on you!

RuneSlayrr
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It's a good novel, and the comedy lands really well at first... Then it just becomes annoying really annoying and as much as I liked Victor in the beginning, he has become a character with next to no change and is wierdly passive.

knork14
Overall

A Nice paced story, character growth,silly memes

Reviewed at: 153: [Game Epilogue], [Credits] & [Afterword]

I put a lot of emphasys on a story pace, on whether or not the events happening make sense whitin the story and are reasonable with the current world building. I tend to be less strict when it has element of comedy and pop culture references,  after all somethings are there to just make us laugh arent they? And thats where Vainqueur the Dragon enthraled me and made me its minion, because while it would have been fine if things were a bit more forced and rough(because you dont expect much with such heavy comedy, and silly gags) this novel was SMOOTH, almost too smooth for a fantasy parody, and it's world building to character development was pure gold.

The way that Victor is a massive man whore and horndog, but stills suffers the consequences of his actions and reflects on , but only start to really feel it when one of his biggest lies make one of his friends turn his back on him, and said friend never comes back until the end really sell  that character growth

 

The events that take place make sense whitin the narrative, the characters are at the same time true to themselves and capable of change(something really hard to pull of), overall a great story, the Adventure&Fantasy element is good enough on its own, but when mixed with the Comedy it is like it turns from Lead to Gold.

English is not my first language, so i strugle with the grammar otherwise i could really sell it to you how great this novel is

Khalaenas
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I like it. Isn’t sure what else to say.... Meep!

Neinka
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The dragon centric story you have been waiting for

Reviewed at: 153: [Game Epilogue], [Credits] & [Afterword]

Wow..I am honestly speechles. Vainqueur the Dragon is the first full story I read on RR. And I think there is no other that could top it. You gave me hours of pure joy reading it. From a young age I loved everything related to Dragons. I read all the books and watched all the films where there were even a little. I love games, both tabletop and pc, I do not disriminate. And in them I always find most fun in the "evil" clases even tho I myslef are not evil at all :) but necromances, udead in general and all kinds of monsters are all my favourites. So you can imagine how happy I was when I stumbled on your story. I basically searched best rated stories and hoped that there will be something in there for me, and boy there was. Your amazing story checks all my favs. And its comedy as a bonus! You created such a briliant world. And Vainqueur and Victor catapulted at the top of my favourite characters. I just cannot thank you enough for sharing their journey with us. I had such a blast. I cannot rememeber when I last lauged out loud when reading a book.
That reminds me will there be and option in the future to buy all of them in book format, paperback or hardback? I would love to have them in my library.
I am also so glad it ended with happyend. I am done with the "bittersweet" ending and subverted expectatios book and tv series autors adopt these days. I am sure I am repeating myself but I am on such a hype train because of this story, on one hand I am sad it ended but on the other I am so happy it ended like it did.
The only thing that I predicted that didn't happened was that Victor would turn into full dragon either by spell, perk or something. I would love to see Vainqueur thoughts on that. And not only because I am one of the small percentage of people (know that because of the poll :D ) who ships Victor and Vainqueur :D.
Anyway thank you a thousand times for this story. If there ever be some spinoff in Outermonde I will gladly join from the beginig. Take care! Nela

Reader Nr. 10
Overall

Good Gold (with a capital G, he can tell)

Reviewed at: Vainqueur being pirated (and colored)

This was amazingly paced and the comedy was good from start to finish. The smaller details were brought up again and again and suprised me to the point where you'd think the author keeps a note of every single thing and references it every chapter. Overall an amazing read and the end was really damn good. 

flowerpower6286
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Enjoyed this story very much.

Vainqueur Knightsbane, First of his Name, Great Calamity of this Age and King of the Albain Mountains, simply known as Your Majesty to minions. That's with a capital Y and M, mind you, he can tell. 

Victor Dalton, failed thief, reluctant Chief Of Staff and the other half of newly formed V&V Adventurer Company. Together they form a formidable team and Victor is safe as long as he can keep hiring more minions as backup rations.

Original and humourous read with decent pacing and new characters, creatures and concepts. Expect to be entertained!

It goes on for quite a bit, namely 153 chapters, so it is quite an epic.