Vainqueur the Dragon

by Void Herald

Vainqueur is now available on Amazon! Book 1, Book 2

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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Saffron Heart
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The Haughty and Greedy Dragon. Recommended Read.

Reviewed at: 18: Uninvited Guests

An enjoyable and entertaining read overall.

Vanqueuer is a prideful Dragon whose greatest desire is to accumalate a large, shiny pile of gold and other precious items. Combine him with a subordinate human whose current ambition is to get laid (or "breed" as the dragon terms it) -- and you have a delectable comedic treat. The story is about how the great dragon and his loyal minons go adventuring using a RPG system.

Haven't found any obvious flaws in any aspect yet. 
The dialogue is cool, and fleshes out the interesting character traits of each character. An easy read with no mind-numbing descriptions or superfluous details. Too early to judge the world-building, but it is a standard fantasy setting.

I feel like there are too many skills gained too fast to even keep track of in one person, but doesn't take much away from the drama elements of the story.

As of chapter 17, we are just beginning to see the formation of the plot and the obstacles that our characters must overcome to achieve their goals. The relationships between the dragon and his minions is also being established.

So I'll keep updating this review as the plot thickens.

elbonnyjunior
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i like it, what can i do about it.

it's pretty interesting and i think the strong suit in this series, it's the comedy. the MC (the dragon) grows a bit during each chapter, and his human minion learns to goad it to do less destructive actions. 

there's a whole lot a fun in between. the only thing i'm worried about it's the end game or the final objetive, since i don't really see a clear finish line with the story it could turn repetitive. 

TheMoonsAnEye
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Vainqueur the dragon is a great read with hilarious and likeable characters, satirical spins on genre tropes and a world reminiscent of a tabletop rpg.

I found it to be engaging all the way through and at no point did I not want to read the next chapter!

 

Style

The style of void herald is unmistakable with a more lighthearted tone and plenty of well deserved character development. The wacky world and story does not often lend itself to more heavy topics such as genocide or sincere interactions but the writer knows when to tone down the wacky and zany to make way for touching scenes. 

 

Story

Whilst I won't delve into details to avoid spoilers the plot was great.

Following the titular character through his adventures and learning more about the world of otremonde with enough twists to keep it interesting but subverting twists just as much so that it becomes far harder to predict. 

 

Grammar

Not my strongest topic so this will be brief. 

When new chapters came out there were sometimes misused words or grammar but the writer would always fix these after being informed. 

 

Characters

The characters are very fun and contain elements of the "overpowered MC" trope without seeming forced or like a power fantasy, the characters are flawed enough to have each one given unique challenged throughout their development. As mentioned before the characters don't remain static throughout the story, as is often an issue in other works on this site where characters either remain unchanged or flip on a dime, they receive character development that does not feel forced but is influenced by the events in story that alters or shakes their world view. 

 

Summary

If you enjoy a fun adventure through a world full of wonders and intrigues with a whole cast of fun and quirky characters then this is a must read! 

 

 

 

 

TheReaperKing
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Honestly it's been a wild ride but I waited to write this review until it was completed. First of all it's on my list as a must read up there with mother of learning by many means one of the best story's you will find on royal road and possible top 3 in lit RPG story's.

now why I think that for you curious folks. Style a absolutely phenomenal flip on a common trope that few think of and fewer pull off written skilfully in a creatively drawn world the whole thing was 1 ascension away from being a new style completely. So 5 out 5 on that front. 

Charector arguably the most important sub category of a story. Every single charector has a unique personality woven into the tappestry of the story so well they really feel like natives. Of course there are mob like personality's here and there but that's normal for a story with a whole new world developed. I think possibly they could of added some more variation in the accents and terms to emphasise different cultures but still excellent.

 

Grammer the simplest and easy I found few errors if any at all but I did find some here and there that's why it's not 5 but it's as close and reasonably possible without a crack team of proof readers and in no way impacts the reading quality. 

story the weakest link for the story I believe not because they failed far from it they drew my attention with a fluid and smooth story well written. Although I feel it was a little rushed and could have further depth. It didn't feel completely like the story matched with the world. Slightly like anomaly's In a world.

 

Overall one of the better story's I've read on this website a must read 5 out 5 generous yeah definitely bias most likely but non the less my personal opinion holds equal weight. So I'd advice you give it a good read if you don't like it I'm sorry for your loss.

Voidvortex
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Vainqueur is one of the best LitRPGs that you can find out there. The story perfectly captures the essence of a game world, the characters are interesting, with absolutly great main characters, that feel both unique and still familiar, plenty of interesting secondary characters, and more than enoght character development.

The story doesn't try to be longer than it needs, the progression feels natural, there are no unnecesary filler, there is some filler chapters to lower tension but they are really enjoyable and help to build both the tempo and the atmostphere. The ending doesn't feel rushed, something that is quite common in plenty of stories that don't try to overstrech themselves, but Vainqueur is not one of them.

Beyond that, the System, one of the core elements of a LitRPG, is one of the best and most fleshed out that I have ever seen, if not the best stright up. And the story doesn't fall in most LitRPG problems, trying to explain the system with infodumps or giving it more or less importance than the neccesary one. The system is important, but it is not the main character nor the only piece of worldbuilding.

If I might find a critique to this story, it's the title. It just isn't impactfull enoght given the quality of the story behind it.

This is a really enjoyable read, and one of the best stories in RoyalRoadl. If you haven't read it yet, I strongly recomend you to give it a try.

FuzzyZergling
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Vainqueur the Dragon is a fun and sometimes suprisingly emotional comedy litRPG/isekai.

Starring the morally ambiguous everyman isekai protagonist Victor and the hilariously greedy and vain (its right there in his name, come on) dragon Vainqueur, the story begins as a funny but somewhat shallow parody of litRPG tropes that blooms into a deeper but still comedic adventure.

While the power system is a bit loose for my personal tastes, the ridiculous and lovable cast more than make up for it. The evolution of the main duo's master/minion relationship takes obvious center stage, but the secondary cast and villains are all enjoyable as well. Some of the extended cast are a bit forgettable, but there isn't any character I can say I dislike.

 

Overall, this is a great (and complete!) story that I can recommend without reservation.

Happy Little Misery
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I am adding this one to my hoard.

Reviewed at: 150: Valhalla

I waited for almost 6 months since I started reading for the story to finish so I can finally post a review. And it was worth it.

Overall score 10/5

It is for stories like these that I wish RR had an option to give 10/10.

Style: 5/5

Clean, understandable, varied vocabulary. Unlike other litRPGs, it doesn't water the story down to just numbers. In fact, you can skip that part entirely and savour the story regardless. A big plus is that the author doesn't overexplain and uses the archetype-al terms everyone knows to quickly get down to the core of the story. 

Story: 5/5

You know you made it when you can make meta-commentary jokes on your own story. The only bad thing about this story is that it ends.

It takes you from 0 to 100 and keeps going. I am often surprised that the story always manages to come out unique and break another ceiling. Another funny thing is that despite being a comedy oriented story, there are still 0 plotholes. 

Character score: 5/5

The story boasts an extremely wide palette of characters- you will find anything and everything from talking cats to eldritch gods. All the characters are well written, fleshed out, and fit a certain niche. 

Grammar: 5/5

I gave it 4.5/5 in a review just so people don't say I am biased. I have seen some minor mistakes (which were fixed immediately once commented.) and the author is writing so fast I honestly don't know how the work is so clean. 

Author: 10/5

I have quite a few good things to say about Void Herald. First of all, he is a beast! Posting a fully completed chapter every 2-3 days is honestly god-level writing. Now add to the fact that this is mostly a comedy piece. And that the jokes/punchlines/funny things are bound to the very narrow field. 

He interacts with his readers and answers questions- something I see as a big plus. He posts music, fan art, polls, thanks to his patreons. Engaging your reader-base is important, he does it all. 

Vrelak Gadhur
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Rejoice, reader, as you have found a great novel

Reviewed at: 149: The Last Battle

This novel holds a special place in my memories as the first and possibly best story I have ever read on Royal Road. While I can't say I was here at the beginning, if I recall correctly I started reading before the first volume was finished. As we are drawing to the end of the novel, I thought I should get around to adding a review. One thing I will say is that I will never give a five star in every category, simply because I believe it's not possible to create a book that perfect. If I have in the past, it was an error.

Style. This book Has many comedic moments, and as such doesn't feel as heavy as many other books I've read. However, it does have the necessary seriousness and intensity that is required at certain points. This provides a good balance.

Story. Overall, the story is good and solid, though it does feel weak at certain points. This is mostly okay though, because this book is mainly about the characters in my opinion.

Characters. The characters are good overall. There are likeable and hateable charcaters, with their own flaws and morals. There are many characters by the later chapters, but they get indtroduced gradually, so its not overwhelming. Throughout the book, we see characters develop and change in both their power and personality, which is nice. Too many novels have main characters that only change physically, and not mentally.

Grammar. Grammar errors are minimal and rare, and they all get fixed quickly. Not much else to say here.

Overall, you should definitely read this book, and is one of the greatest novels on this site.

Crap I clicked the spoiler button and don't know how to get rid of it

Oh no, in my attempts to get rid of the spoiler, i made another one

 

Onyavar
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Comedy series poking fun at LitRPGs

Reviewed at: 142: The Yarn Solution

Read this story to learn every trope in isekais, and in LitRPGs. I can highly recommend it.

What is the story all about? Style. It's not my preferred style - the slapstick is a bit over the top - but for sticking to its style of ridiculing anything and everything, the Style part gets its full mark! Onwards to the story itself.

This story is a delightful reread of a story path that has been trodden down many many times before. Every outdated trope is embraced, commented on, and left behind as a burned-down husk. That is my explanation why I'm giving only a three-stellar rating on the story score. While the style is ALL about being originally unoriginally, that same measure hurts the story itself. Because it is unoriginal, unsurprisingly.

A quick summary of the plot itself may be in order in case you somehow read this summary before all others:

The story takes, in turns, the point of view of a greedy, stupid Dragon who somehow manages to become a powerful adventuring Emperor on a conquest to become a God...  And the point of view of his reluctant advisor, who is slowly corrupted and turned towards Evil, while still trying to appease his conscience.

Their sidekicks and their adversaries alike, are good people, bad people, monsters, heroes, angels, demons, gold and lead, and one depressed lich.

Will the main characters attain Godhood? Almost certainly.

With this short plot summary, I think the character score is sufficiently explained: They start as cutout characters, but sometimes develop to gain larger complexity, and complexes.

Oh, the grammar is just fine.

Uuuud Gvaga
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Is amazingly funny

brings me joy and laughter with every chapter

Watch out for unprotected charisma checks