Ar'Kendrithyst

Ar'Kendrithyst

by Arcs

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity
  • Traumatising content

A social worker father and his adult daughter crash land on a desert full of crystal plants and little else. City walls rise in the distance, but as the pair hike closer they see those walls are more like mountains, and the mega-metropolis behind them is long dead.

Luckily, the adventuring city of Spur is alive and green, and well outside of Ar’Kendrithyst’s shadow.

Follow Erick Flatt as he tries to make a nice life with new friends in a new home with his daughter at his side, but this land is rarely as kind as its people, and Erick will need to change if he wants to live the life he wishes to live. 

What to expect:

Slow burn storyline, worldbuilding, father-daughter relationship, Erick is the MC, Jane is the side character, slice of life, numbers in blue boxes but also high fantasy, trying to understand magic, creating new magic, living the easy life but forced into dealing with problems, problems becoming very large, massive changes, traumatizing content, and most of all: character growth

Book 1 Completed. 

Book 2 Completed. 

Book 3 Completed.

Book 4 Completed.

Book 5 Completed. 

Book 6 Completed.

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345 Chapters
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TMarkos
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Where to even start?

Reviewed at: 152, 1/2

Hoo boy.  I've been reading this for a while and realized not long ago that it's one of the few stories for which I stop what I'm doing and read new updates, so I figured I should take a moment and put my thoughts down.

Ar'Spellcheck (as it's lovingly been named by some friends of mine) is a sprawling, complex, nuanced exploration of what it would actually mean for a couple of random individuals to be dropped into the classic world-with-a-system environment.  The setting is bog-standard isekai at first blush, but quickly expands into something vast and intricate. 

The detail that has gone into establishing the mechanics and interactions of magic, gods and various powerful entities within the world is impressive - there's a lot of work going on behind the scenes and it shows clearly in the consistency and clarity present in every chapter. 

As amazing as the world is, however, the story ultimately thrives on the strength of its primary characters.  Erick, in particular, is a wonderful, flawed human being who is prone to all of the normal foibles that a person should have while still maintaining conviction and strength where it counts.  His sometimes-paralyzing introspection and frequent need to rely on the supporting characters comes off as more of a strength than a weakness, which is good because I suspect that's how Erick himself would view those inclinations.

I won't detail the supporting cast, but they're each given some time in the spotlight.  Poi's my boy, though, I really like him.  The story isn't quite as strong when it's focusing entirely on supporting cast, but those excursions are at a good frequency and never feel unwelcome when they arrive.

Honestly, I could go on for a while but I'm just damn impressed with the story.  It's constructed well, it's told well, it has a publication rate that makes me cry in a corner when I think about it - nothing but upsides here.  Definitely read this one. 

brave
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A deeply human story of magic.

Reviewed at: 151, 2/2

It's real.  It's raw.  It's deeply human.  This story is everything I wanted from an author, and is so incredibly smart.  The magic is structured, well designed, and thought provoking.  The characters are so real they bleed on the page.  Everyone.  I love each of them, and even understand exactly how the angatonists are broken.  It's moving.  

The story as it moves from one plot point to the next has me leaning on the edge of my seat.  The gritty, dark nature of the world is exposed, and the author also exposes the very best of us in the response of *some* of those characters in reaction.  And for all of this, there is balance.  

There are deeper, longer plot points and feel juicy and far too large for the holding.  There are smaller, personal movements that inspire.  The author never loses the "boots on the ground" mentality that some let go of for other threads.  This piece must have been written either mapped to the very edge of its existance, or the author is one hell of a fabricator.  It has metaphor, allegory, it shows and doesn't tell.

How is this story even here?  All I can say is thank you.  This is a gift, and we didn't deserve it, for free on this part of the internet. 
Devouring nightmares upon you all, gentle readers.  

sicksock
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Easily one of the best stories on RR

Reviewed at: 158, 2/2

Vast is the first word that comes to mind when I think of Ar'Krndrithyst. The world, the characters, the magic, everything.

This story is rich with carefully considered worldbuilding. Deep and varied characters with realistic motivations and reactions to a pair of strange human aliens. A unique and (shockingly) balanced LitRPG system which ties into every facet of civilized life and actually makes sense.

And once you get into the meat of things you can enjoy a nuanced take on modern people thrust into a magical and alien world.

You can't go wrong trying this fiction.

Just remember. Dont talk to shadows.

One Inch Hard
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Once you start you won't be able to stop reading. 1st story on RR that made me go patron to support the author. The way the magic unfold and the way he describes it is some of the best I've read. 100% 🔥.  Can't wait for the next book and  looking forward to see what happens on Veride

Navarre
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Astounding story !

Reviewed at: 133, 1/2

The author is doing a great job with this story and I think it isn't much of a stretch to say that this story is one of the best, if not the best, of RR.

The world building is so intricate, each character is well thought and has its importance. The plot is so damn smart made for the long run, something alas less and less common on RR. It the good mix between epic battles, magical experimentation, slice of life and politics. And I like those politicals parts even if on a daily basis, I hate politics.

If you are looking for a typical Lit-RPG with a over-powered Gary-Stuart MC, don't read it. If you want a fresh take on the genre, with really thought out inter-characters relationship and great magic theories, come here.

Erick isn't perfect, far from it, and that's what makes him so lovable ! He has growth, he questions himself about his actions and his environment without invalidating everything different. And that's great ! We love an empathic MC. And for the Alphabet Mafia on Royal Road, Erick as well as other characters are part of the family ! And it's well written, what more could you ask for ?

 

To conclude, read it 'cause it worths every second you spend on it !

Trev
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Do yourself a favor and read this story. One of the most beautiful, entrancing, and (ironically) real stories to be found on this website, up there with MoL. I can't fully express how much I love this story and Arcs for creating it, and even with the advance chapters from supporting his Patreon I'm still a chapter fiend waiting for those Sunday updates.

Noob_adventurer
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Pretty good! Quickly became one of my favorite stories. Liked how the treatment of the hostages reinforced and reminded readers that the shades are not good, especially the old lady shade Fallopolis. Horrible and horrific. The magic system and world building is also well thought out, I like how many races and creatures there are. I'm not so good at math, cool system. Looking forward to seeing if Erik travels more.Hope you're doing well ~

Nightdrift
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This novel has quickly become one of my favourites, and for good reason.

The grammer is good, different characters have decently defined voices and are interesting, the scale of the story is large but well pulled off so far. The world continues to be well built and fleshed out as the characters explore it.

If anything the author is visibly improving as he goes along, and the POV chapters are really well written instead of being distracting fillers like you find in many lower grade novels.

To summarize, if you like fantasy/Isekai/Game Systems then read this book, it does all three really well.

Slayn
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 Interesting pov on the isekai/litrpg genre. The system is great. The characters interactions are kind of well built. I find the main character kind of naive at the beginning, but is growing. 

Good job to the author for making a living world. The pace is slow, but it allows the reader to fully immerse in that universe.

Neablis
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Unceasing escalation of characters/worldbuilding

Reviewed at: 200, 1/2

Do you know those stories where the hero defeats the villian, and then there's an epilogue where everybody lives happily ever after? Ar'Kendrythist isn't like that. That happens, and then the story keeps going. There are more problems than one in the world of Vierd, and Erick solves as many of them as he can. They can't all be fought and killed, so Erick talks to people. He asks them what they want, and figures out how to give it to them so that people can live happily, in peace. He solves insurmountable issues with magic, diplomacy, and, when necessary, unstoppable violence. 

This story is what it looks like when you have a main character who truly wants to do good, and has explored the implications of what that means.

Style: The writing style is verbose, but charming. You will follow Erick's thought processes in great detail. The style feels authentic, the way he occasionally overthinks and pulls himself back, or decides how to prioritize various things. 

Story: The story and plotting are fabulous, and I'm still in awe of some of the planning and foreshadowing in this story. There are times it is slow, but it's more of a slow burn where important details and characters are established, the world is built, and the tone is set. Despite all the incredible twists and turns of the plot, this story has slice-of-life elements where characters have breakfast, and talk about their day. I think it adds depth and character. 

However, the lion's share of the attention needs to go to the worldbuilding. First, you learn the things that everybody knows. Then, you learn some things that are secret. Finally, you learn the deep underlying truths to the world. In Ar'Kendrithyst, you learn all of these things from multiple perspectives, and see what various people believe that make them act the way they do. The level of detail and thought are incredible, and the history is deep, logical and fantastical. The Cosmology in particular. 

Grammar: Excellent. There's a dedicated squad of patreon readers who catch not just typos but awkward phrasings and consistancy issues. 

Characters: The characters are varied, mostly atypical and excellent. A central pillar of Ar'Kendrithyst is definitely character growth. It happens slowly, but consistantly for multiple characters. Erick is a fabulous main character, and I really enjoy the way he is calm and decent in most situations. He grows over time in capability, thoughtfullness and charisma. His daughter Jane changes as well, but differently, in ways that match her struggles. 

All in all, definitely give this one a read, especially if you just want a story where a main character you enjoy takes on a difficult problem every book or so and just... solves it, before moving onto the next one.