Vainqueur the Dragon

by Void Herald

Original COMPLETED Adventure Comedy Fantasy Satire Anti-Hero Lead LitRPG Multiple Lead Characters Non-Human lead Strong Lead

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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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Zethuron
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When a dragon finds out about levels and quests.

Reviewed at: 35: Season Finale

I can assume most readers on this site are familiar with the common premise of the MC setting out on a adventure, fighting monsters, leveling up and getting stronger, gaining treasures and eventually battling great enemies like Dragons, Krakens or the Demon King. But what if its different and the MC setting out on his adventure is a Dragon who loves gathering treasures?

The story starts with a foolish adventurer makes the mistake of going in Vainqueur's lair to retrive a lost treasure, and thus waking up the great red dragon, after a short chat with the would be thief, the treasure-loving Vainqueur discovers that there is more about this world that he did not know, namely the existence of Classes and levels, so Vainqueur decides that he should go for another approach to gather more treasure for his hoard, by slaying monsters and completing quests, meanwhile the unlucky thief is conscripted as a minion and so they set out on an adventure of the kind thats is unseen so far in that world.

Now that volume 1 has come to an end, i can say that this story has gone beyond what i had originally expected of it, and became only better, its seriously such a great fun read.

Vainqueur is like a dragon should be: noble,arrogant and greedy. Yet not unwilling to change a bit to gain more out of that, to add to his evergrowing hoard and be able to brag to other dragons about it.

And then there is poor Victor, our unlucky thief who now finds himself conscripted as a minion of Vainqueur and thus tries to make the best out of his situation, yet that does not always go well.

In general the characters in the story are quite quirky, nicely developed even if they could be more, but i do not mind, as they have such a fun personality, especially Vainqueur The Great himself, Victor also quite grew on me, becoming only better as the story did progress, and then there are all those side-characters!

 

The world is just your average fantasy world with levels. Nothing really unique but still well constructed.

The plot so far has been nice and fun, and also rather wild and sort of unpredictable, it just stays fresh. This story is just hilarious and great, especially with each new stop in V&V's adventure together bringing new experiences, and the story seriously has kept up that, the plot is still going strong as of the end of volume 1, normally stories of this kind do quite get bogged down by their jokes, even if they maybe still are fun to read, they would be less than what they were, that has not happened here, as the story has progressed beyond being a story with only comedy, adding plot development and building out the characters.

Good grammar, no problems spotted so far while reading this story, so all is fine on that front.

The writing style is good, quite easy to read while enjoying it, to understand what is happening in the story. So far the worldbuilding has been nicely done, flowing well with the rest of the story without interrupting it at all. The story reads especially well, a part of the reason is the multiple viewpoints.

This story quite has delivered on what it promised, being a great fun read, especially for a story with a )non-reincarnated) monster protagnist and his human side-kick, i hope volume 2 can be just as great as volume 1 was, maybe even better!

 

A fun unusual story, that can get some laughs out of readers. It shows quite the promise for greatness, as it stays quite simple and true to its core concept, that is being a fun lighthearted story that is good for some serious laughs and brings you to even care for some of the characters. So come read it already, this story is just too good to miss!

 

Mark Long
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It's a good story but I can not put my finger on why. It's like Gintama, weird but good fun. 

Skeleton King
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All hail His Majesty, best of all dragons, Vainqueur Knightsbane

Reviewed at: 153: [Game Epilogue], [Credits] & [Afterword]
Came looking for copper
Didn't know what was in store
I found gold
Which Dragons absolutely adore.
Nyx Wylde
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Love it! Having two viewpoints works for this story.

Reviewed at: 6: Gather the Minions

Pure awesomeness follows when a dragon discovers that classes exist, and decides his old method of building his hoard is outdated.

krebain
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Rejoice manling minions and assorted foodstuffs as you are graced with glorious opportunity to bask in glory of His Majesty, Red Dragon Vainqueur Knightsbane, First of his Name, Great Calamity of this Age and King of the Albain Mountains as he grows his treasure hoard via adventuring.

Despite audacity of being born in worst of the worlds (if it can even be called that due to inexplicable lack of dragons) you can still become minion or snack, after all Vainqueur is equal opportunity noble dragon. Learn how the job is done from your manling minion kin Minion (or Victor) as he does adequate job of plannig the dragon's route, picking quests, recruiting minions, collectings quest rewards, collecting and selling loot, negotiating with various nobles and planning dragon's class development.

You know, mundane stuff while Vainqueur Knightsbane applies his noble, majestic persona to worthwille pursuits such as growing treasure hoard, tasting sapients, collecting more gold, major landscaping via application of dragonbreath, adding to the treasure pile and obviously being most majestic and awesome being in the world.

MINION! What are you still doing here? Go and read awesome chronicle of Vainqueur's heroic exploits right now! And bring some cattle for a snack, unless you'd like to be one? Is there even point of having minions if you can't snack on them?

nf_zeta
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Absolutely, Hilariously, Awesome

Reviewed at: 14: Just your average Hometown

Pretty much as the title says. This is a fun fiction which doesn't take itself too seriously, this includes the stat part which is usually my biggest problem with Litrpgs.

All the characters so far are awesome what with this being character driven but the overall story while minimal without a concrete direction is still entertaining and interesting enough to let the characters do their thing.

Grammar is on point for the most part, even if there are errors the writing is good enough to let you skim over them while your brain naturally fills in the right words.

Andrew B. Salmon
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Stands out from the pack -- as a Dragon should!

Reviewed at: 10: The Battle for Haudemer

Good adventure and comedy. I'm pleased to find this story. Highly enjoyable. One of the fictions on this site that I can unreservedly recommend to friends and family. I'm only ten chapters in, but I want to keep reading. It's not a chore to get through, unlike many I've tried on this site, and I've chuckled aloud several times while reading. 

Pros:

  • Unique twist on a tired genre
  • Entertaining and at times genuinely clever
  • Flows well and is easy to read
  • Fully fleshed out level and class system that's actually integrated into the world, rather than feeling like an add-on
  • Vainqueur!

Cons:

  • Grammar and spelling trips up every once in a while
  • PoV is not very consistent; this may simply be my preference, but the story works best when it's limited omniscience, 3rd person 
  • Character development is a bit trite/stale
Kikanolo
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Hilarious Story with Great Premise

Reviewed at: 33: BFF

Vainqueur the Dragon is an extremely funny story with a unique and interesting premise.

The premise of the story is that a human thief in a fantasy world who happens to be reincarnated from Earth wakes up a dragon in a cave, and accidently allows it to discover the level and clss system of the world, which dragons had been exempt from prior to that point. The story then follows the misadventures of the two.

The strongest points of the story are the humor, style, and story choices. The humor is very well woven into the setting, dialogue, and character interactions. The humor is enchanced by some subversions of expectations and satirical takes on standard fantasy world elements. 

The story has largely moved in a positive direction, advancing the plot while taking time for comedy and worldbuilding, and avoiding the pitfall of getting tied up in its own jokes. 

The characters started off as very fun to follow but largely two-dimensional. However, the story has done a good job fleshing out the characters as it goes, and the characters have definitely become more complex and given further room to develop. 

As this point in the story, I am confident in saying that this story has not made the same mistakes as so many of its kind do and never advancing beyond its initial gimmick. This story has had its plot organically develop in a great direction, and I can't wait to see where the author takes it.

I would strongly recommend this story.

(Review as of Chapter 33)

Bastets Chosen
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An enjoyable tale of a dragon that started to gain class levels and the poor sap who was dragged along with him.

The author's got a nice underlying conflict along with various plot arcs to help move character interaction along.  

The main and supporting characters are distinct and well detailed, and refreshingly change and develop as time goes on.  While the dragon Vainqueur pulls double duty as a charater and, due to his various ideas, a plot device, the author balances these well and his actions don't feel arbitary.  Both Vainqueur and Victor, the man, change due to their interactions and travels, with each being pulled towards the other's mindset.

The RPG elements are nicely explained without long bouts of exposition and don't get in the way of the story.  They are also tied up in the world enough that to learn more about the system usually involves learning more about the world.  Also, while there's discussion of optimizing builds and the like, the author doesn't let the story get bogged down in such or allow it to become the characters' focus.

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.