To Play With Magic - A Forerunner Initiative Story

by Draith

Original ONGOING Adventure Fantasy Psychological Female Lead GameLit High Fantasy LitRPG Magic Portal Fantasy / Isekai Supernatural
Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Traumatising content

"Hi, my name is Alexis," I say into the camera, as I attempt to calm my nerves. 

"And I'm Sab," I hear my best friend say from beside me. 

"I'm trying to focus," I tell Sab as I look into the camera. Will anyone even watch this? 

"What, just cause I didn't get sent to another world, where magic and dragons are real, I don't get to be a part of this?" she says. I can hear the hurt in her voice. I really wish she'd been there. Things might have been... different. I can't believe I thought it was a game. If it had been, she'd have been the better choice. 

"I said I was sorry. It's not like I knew I was going to be kidnapped by the system," I lamely apologize. She deserves more, but this is important. 

"Coming soon, to an earth near you," she might be making light, but I can hear the fear in her voice. 

"It's not funny Sab. It really is coming," I can't help but reply to her words, even though I know she didn't really mean it. 

"Come on Lexi, it's a little funny." she says while chuckling nervously. 

"Sigh. Look, can we just get back to telling them?" I ask, pointing at the laptop. 

"Sure, but first you should show them some magic," Sab says while waving her arms around. 

"I told you. It's not that simple. I only showed you because you could tell it wasn't fake. They'd just think it was special effects," or come after me to try to lock me in a basement. 

"Yeah, well they're not going to believe you anyway. It sounds pretty crazy, even to me. And I've seen what you can do," she proclaims. I didn't think it was that special, but she was really impressed by my magical abilities. 

"Maybe, but I have to try. We don't have much time left," I state as I stop the recording, before starting a new one. 

"Hello, my name is Alexis," I say projecting as much confidence as I can at the little camera. 

"Remember, the world ends on a Tuesday."


*This is a litrpg, with attempts at humour, a bit of psychology and a lot of magic. This is a "System apocalypse" novel where the protagonist is sent to another world prior to the apocalypse. It will almost exclusively follow the perspective of Alexis as she makes her way through her journeys. 

Guaranteed updates on Friday. 90% chance of updates on Tuesday. Occasional random updates due to user error. 

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sandro530
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It got me hooked after the first few chapters, the way it is written and how the characters are and how they react makes me want to read more of them.

hmdrake
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I'm a big fan of this story. An interesting premise, some cool powers, and complex characters are all shaping up well from what I've read so far. The author is still trying to dial in a few plot points, so we're seeing some edits in response to (deserved) criticisms of character interactions in earlier chapters. Definitely worth a read, or at the very least a bookmarking to come back and check it out after the the story is polished. This one has the framework for something special.

Kelvas
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Great story with depth!

Reviewed at: 1.23 Connections

I have read many stories on RR and few grabbed me as quickly as this one. I feel that if one is looking for a light fluff story they should be aware this is too good for that. This story and author deserve a certain amount of dedication since that is what they give to us, the readers.

d0m1n1c
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MC spawns in her cat onesy and her friend spawns in a pink bathrobe, but the old guy spawning in a pajama suit is too much, he is creepy and not deserving of the potentially life saving information that she has to share, so she's not going to share it with anyone, because he's just that creepy (to her).  The old guy isn't actually described as being any creepier than any of the other characters.

She'll risk death before associating with he-of-the-pajama-suit, and people will ask him for help and immediately attack him for being too friendly.

If you can stomach overtly unlikable characters who are fawned over and praised by everyone in the cast, then by all means, the story might be readable for you.  If you're alright with the author's prejudice leaking into the story, then also, pick it up.

The writing is well done, the prose is good, the premise is pretty cool, and the general frame of events is all right, but the MC is such a terrible human being, but the author seems to absolutely adore her, and thus, so does everyone else in the story.

claws8367
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I see 3 reviews that are negative because our mc isnt really mature in the begining. 

That has a reason which is explained and fixed later in the story. 

So give it a read. 

LimitNacho
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Read Far Enough to See Character Development.

Reviewed at: 1.23 Connections

Some other reviews talk about how the main character is terrible mainly because of how she treats others. At the beginning of the story, I agreed. However, when the main character's backstory comes into play, her bias makes much more sense.

FlashBangMaster
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Once you open the box there's no going back

Reviewed at: 1.26 Time to Pause

A story about Pandora/Alexis  who likes magic although it seems familiar and she quickly grows skilled in it. She may have her own issues though as you'll soon find out when she sees someone and remembers things she wished she hadn't. Part of her early issues are her own fault, seeing a challenge and assuming only benefits, though it harms her a bit she grows from it and is forced to confront her past. There hasn't been much character growth for the other characters yet but slowly you'll learn about her past and how she'll deal with the present. You'll also see through snippets of memory some more about the other characters. An entertaining story, one that personally I found hard to put down though it is the type of story I enjoy. There are a few grammar errors but I find myself enjoying the book more and more with each chapter. I don't know if I'm just bad at interpreting social things but the authors note on 1.28 confused me. Either way welcome to your new magic filled world you'll have to live in because you can't put the things in the box back.

Soldieratarms
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As the name indicates, the early chapters have been revised. Many of the early reviews complained about the attitude of the mc, but as I came through to read it later, I don't find any of the issues that were mentioned. In later chapters the author mentions that he has rewritten much of the early dialogue. Don't let the intro push you away, despite the generally immature tone it takes, the book itself doesn't fall into the trap of mental introspection, and manages to keep a good pace.  Overall this is a well written story, interesting and engaging, and definately something I recommend.

BinLox
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I want more! I demand it! Right now!!

Reviewed at: 1.26 Time to Pause

Love it! Alexis is a well-written character that has a traumatic background. I really want to know what this facet is!!!

Rikimaru
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Funny characters and interesting system

Reviewed at: 1.24 Reunion

I like the characters, they aren't dooshy, and the system is interesting with complexity and the magic system is cool. Characters are also not cut-outs of each other.