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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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Maxime J. Durand (Void Herald)

Maxime J. Durand (Void Herald)

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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
Vainqueur being pirated (and colored) ago

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Golden Mistake
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Finished this and i have to say, this is one of the best written litrpg stories out there. Foremost its a comedy with great style and absurdity, but it can be serious when it needs to be, its perfectly balanced. The characters are the main star of this show, especially the two main protagonist progression, interaction between eachother and their character development is in my opinion one of the best part of this fiction. The world building is good and solid, althought the story doesnt focus too much on it. 

I also love that the author didnt drag his story too much, like i have seen with many other stories, they go on for too long and lose their direction, not this one, the author does take his time from time but the story isnt too dragged out by the slowed paces in some parts.

This story is a litrpg fantasy story, but its pretty oubvious from the beginning that the litrpg part isnt taken too seriously, this story isnt about min/max stats or all that other jazz.

Overall a very fun and one of the best stories on this website. If you enjoy fantasy that doesnt take itself too seriously, get in nerd.

STOPwithHAREM22
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Just a very enjoyable ride. If you are reading this mostly for leveling up, i reccomend not to, because that isnt the main focus, its just a dragon and his minion going on shenanigans, with a plot line on the side, which in the later half becomes the main focus.

Manticore
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This is literally how I got here, LOVED the book and when I bought it on amazon, so I type it in on google to see if theres like a squel or something, and I was introduced to Royal Road. this was on a different account and happened back when this book had like 700 pages. Then I got into writing too. Justt an amazing story and I can't stress it to you enough.
Read It.

Slappa
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Worth the read and then some

Reviewed at: 122: Slimonies

Honestly, while there were some iffy bits here and there, they were very rare. No story is perfect, but this one came pretty close to perfection in its chosen field, which is comedy and some surprisingly deep characterization/fleshing out of characters. Read it, you won't regret doing so! It's honestly a story I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to any fans of comedic fantasy, or comedic stories and/or fantasy ones in general.

The Sleeping One
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This story while not having that many original elements in his world does take all those tropes and makes something out of them, this can really be seen when it makes every single dragon stereotype into a funny and interesting characterization.

It might not be complex but it does answer all the opened questions and is not a forced narrative with the characters having to be passive for the majority of the story, the protagonists are for the great part moving the plot forward and actively starting events, not just being dragged around by them. 

Overall this was a funny and enjoyable read and if i could i would give 6 stars to the story because even if not too complex it still flows very well and i have rarely seen novels with such a good ending, which in my opinon is a great factor, many stories can be ruined with a bad ending.

The characters where all likeable and even if some had more superficial characterizations the main characters and villains had their own clear identity with their own problems and prospective on things.

I voted the style not too high because nothing original was done with it and even if his the author choice where to focus the story i think it would have been more interesting to see others pov on Vainquerer actions or too see some events aftereffects, the kingdom reaction to him for example is said to be big yet there is not even one chapter about it from their pov or some interesting interaction caused by that.

Old_Man
Overall

an exceptionally brilliant comedy about ignorance

Reviewed at: 29: Dragon Guests

Not once in my life have I read any piece of fiction which so naturally, thorougly, and broadly shows us the very ignorance and dysfunction with we are constantly and thoroughly surrounded with. The author shows us these most unfortunate facts of life in an only slightly exaggerated and always-comedic fashion. The author's talent with this is by a significant margin the best that I have encountered. It is a brilliant piece of work.
I believe that this good-hearted author has done well to identify and personally disregard most of this dysfunction in his personal life, and I salute him enthusiastically for this accomplishment at wisdom.
I have only made it to chapter 29 and I could be missing some important aspects, but I nevertheless must state that the only popular misconception that I fear that the author is guilty of is having fallen to accepting the propagandized definition of capitalism, which is in actuality CRONY capitalism. As such, I suspect that the author mistakenly uses this fiction to argue against capitalism, when in fact he ought to be arguing against mistaking crony capitalism for true capitalism.
Our popular understanings of "systems of economics" and "systems of governance" typically retard (IE it is truly misinformation) the development of legitimate understandings of what historically named types of governance and economics in actuality are.
Anyway, enjoy your dynamic fantasy RPG adventure through ignorance and dysfunction.
It is natural, non-preachy, wise, witty, fun, silly, and special.
enjoy.

Draconis Rex
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I can't think of many stories I have read of this caliber, it was quite enjoyable, it took me four whole days to read, it ends at a very good point, while the story is still at the top of its arc. The grammar is perfect, the characters are memorable, the comedy is funny and wonderful. I laughed so hard at many times during my read.

 

 

P.S my being a dragon has no bearing on my review, I'm not biased. No really.

precinctomega
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LitRPG is a genre ripe for the kind of slapstick humour that Vainqueur embodies (both as a webfiction and as a dragon) so it's surprising that there isn't more of it (there's lots of humour in LitRPG, but not so much wacky farce).

Anyway, this is a rare thing: a long-form LitRPG with an actual sense of plot arcs and story that builds to a tense and satisfying conclusion.  It's unpretentious fiction that I suspect was as much fun for the author to write as it is for us to read it.

Style

Void Herald's style is confident and professional but unfussy.  It makes reading easy and unchallenging and it lends itself well to the humour of the piece.  Great literature it ain't, but that's not what Void Herald is aiming for, I suspect.

Grammar

Nothing wrong with it.  Spelling, grammar, word-choice are all absolutely fine.  Nothing radical or experimental.

Story

Void Herald knows story.  Not just Vainqueur, but their other works make it clear that this is an author who understands the pacing and the idea of weaving compelling narrative arcs together into an overall whole, greater than the sum of its parts.  I can definitely learn a thing or two from reading this.

Character

The characters aren't one-dimensional and they definitely have development arcs but, if the story falls down anywhere, it's that the characters are clearly characters participating in a humorous fantasy tale, without much in the way of emotional depth.  Void Herald can clearly do emotional depth (and is doing it very well with Quicksave in The Perfect Run) and it could be argued that this story doesn't need it (and that the absence of it is, in some cases, part of the story's charm).  All the same, this isn't a story that's going to teach you much about constructing a deep character.

Summary

This is an engaging, funny, lively piece of fantasy LitRPG lampoon that deserves its place in annals of RR legend.  Great literature, it ain't.  But it also isn't a waste of anyone's time to read it.

Ayuman2007
Overall

A already OP Dragon learns about skills.

Story is great, world building is good. All in all, I would say that I would recommend this story, if someone were to ask me for a pleasant story, not necessarily as the first story, maybe as the ninth.

In short, very pleasant story, entertains but doesn't draw in like with Mother of Learning or the Hobbit.

Dub_Jax
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The dragon the world didn't know it needed

Reviewed at: 97: The Dragon's Share

The reviews speak for themselves. Dragon gets the [class] system. Hilarity and dragon shenanigans follow. Writing is nice, story is nice, pacing is good, and the characters are well put together. The story has since concluded. Everything seemed to wrap up pretty well.

The only gripe I have is it was over so soon. If the author ever started a go-fund-me for a comic I would probably donate.