Reborn on a Systemless Earth... With a System

Reborn on a Systemless Earth... With a System

by Thedude3445

You know the setup: A young man on Earth hit by a speeding truck who ends up in a generic fantasy world.
 
But what about this: A young man in a generic LitRPG fantasy world hit by a carriage who ends up in modern-day San Francisco, and yet still wants to be a hero anyway? That's how Systemless starts, and boy does it never let up.

Join Eryk Solbourne and his two Earthen friends Francis and Delta as they adventure across the United States and try to achieve the impossible: becoming the ultimate hero in a world where levels don't even exist.

Cover art by the Romantically Apocalyptic Team.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Against a Necromancer ago
Chapter 2: My Life After Death ago
Chapter 3: I'm in a New World... What Is This Place? ago
Chapter 4: Pink Hair, Just Like Me ago
Chapter 5: A Field of Low-Level Enemies, and Farming Destiny Points ago
Chapter 6: My Fight for Destiny Points ago
Chapter 7: Vending Machines Are Confusing ago
Chapter 8: Guiding Me Around, Giving Me Info ago
Chapter 9: Chased Out of a Con ago
Chapter 10: Through the Fire and Flames ago
Chapter 11: Finally, Some Explanations Around Here ago
Chapter 12: I Call This Hamburger... Excellence Incarnate ago
Chapter 13: A Situation Moves Forward ago
Chapter 14: Life, and... Keeping It ago
Chapter 15: Assessing the Situation and How I Can Be a Hero, Even Here ago
Chapter 16: Big Bout with Buddy ago
Chapter 17: The Longest Ride ago
Chapter 18: Delta Momma Blues ago
Chapter 19: Finally, Another Set of People to Meet and Experiences to Have ago
Chapter 20: A Plan to Push Power to the Plimit ago
Chapter 21: Streaming ago
Special: Royals of Foreign Lands ago
Chapter 22: Haunting ago
Chapter 23: Breakfast & Classes & Parents ago
Chapter 24: Driving Out of Town + Convenience Store ago
Chapter 25: The Great Test (Part One) ago
Special: The Class System and a Japanese-Fusion Diner ago
Chapter 26: The Great Test (Part Two) ago
Chapter 27: The Great Test (Part Three) ago
Chapter 28: The Great Test (Part Four) ago
Chapter 29: Three Scenes and Some Thoughts About Various Subjects ago
New Bonus Chapter Poll + Update ago
Chapter 30: Mystifying ago
Special: Delta's Life at the Office ago
Chapter 31: My Next Day For Destiny ago
Chapter 32: Foresight and My Destiny Revealed ago
Chapter 33: I'm Going to Learn Something Known as Boxing ago
Special: The Adventurer's Guild ago
Chapter 34: A Very Dangerous Proposition... For Them ago
Chapter 35: My Brawl Barely Begins ago
Chapter 36: Boy, is This a Battle! ...Is This a Battle? ago
Chapter 37: When Bad Bros Bounce ago
Chapter 38: I Never Knew What Guns Were Until Today ago
Chapter 39: An Aftermath and an Appellation ago
Chapter 40: Level Up! It Only Took Three Extremely Long Days To Accomplish It! ago
Special: Eryk's First Adventure on Mystix (1/5) ago
Special: Eryk's First Adventure on Mystix (2/5) ago
Special: Eryk's First Adventure on Mystix (3/5) ago
Special: Eryk's First Adventure on Mystix (4/5) ago
Special: Eryk's First Adventure on Mystix (5/5) ago
Chapter 41: Good/Not Really ago
Chapter 42: Backlash ago
Chapter 43: Remnants of a Forgotten Dream ago
Chapter 44: How is Everyone Doing? ago
Chapter 45: War in the Pocket ago
Chapter 46: Time Well Spent ago
Chapter 47: Station-ary ago
Chapter 48: Amtrak, Earbuds, and Little Debbies ago
Chapter 49: I Do Not Know What Sweethearts Are, But I Am Probably Not One ago
Chapter 50: Secretive Agency ago
Chapter 51: Arrival in the Land of Grapes ago
Chapter 52: Pablo Rosas of Paso Robles ago
Chapter 53: A Destiny Point Gauntlet and a Sudden Non Sequitur Cliffhanger ago
Chapter 54: A Not-so-Anticlimactic Resolution ago
Special: Francis and the Phone Call ago
Chapter 55: Hotel Fun ago
Chapter 56: A Memory and a Rest ago
Chapter 57: I Think We Will Decide To Exit Stealthily ago
Another Bonus Chapter Poll ago
Chapter 58: I Ponder My Worries; Delta's Secret is Revealed ago
Chapter 59: Entering the Hot Springs, I Notice Something... ago
Chapter 60: A Nice Hotsprings Bath (Fanservice Chapter) ago
Chapter 61: Being Naked and Examining My Achievements Board ago
Chapter 62: An Escape While Still Naked ago
Chapter 63: Listen, I Didn't Say We Were Smart ago
Special: Julie Rafati, Associate Professor ago
Chapter 64: Miss M's Retribution + My Predicament ago
Chapter 65: A Cult of Karens ago
Chapter 66: I'm Very Upset at the Fact that Beverages Don't Give Destiny Points ago
Chapter 67: Our Ultimate--Hic--Escape ago
Chapter 68: Another Day, Another Fire ago
Chapter 69: Eryk Meets His Match ago
Chapter 70: The Tragic Life of One Pablo Rosas ago
Chapter 71: The 5:55 ago
Chapter 72: I'm Dreaming Again ago
Chapter 73: A Rare Occassion ago
Chapter 74: War in the Pocket 2: Electric Boogaloo ago
Special: A Train-Bound Life (Feat. Delta) ago
Chapter 75: Awake With My Destiny ago
Chapter 76: The Simple Pleasures ago
Chapter 77: Loot ago
Chapter 78: So, Uh, Yeah ago
Chapter 79: Arrrrr ago
Chapter 80: I Forgot to Mention ago
Chapter 81: Meeting the Locals, and Soon the King Too ago
Chapter 82: Our Path to Santa Barbara Castle ago
Chapter 83: This... This is King Bodhi?! ago
Chapter 84: A Beast of a Man ago
Chapter 85: Barb Bucks ago
Chapter 86: We Haven't Gone Shopping In a While... Or Was It Like Two Days Ago ago
Special: Francis Rants About Video Games ago
Chapter 87: Watching the Games ago
Brief Hiatus (like two weeks) ago
Chapter 88: A Slow Night ago
Chapter 89: Dare to Dream ago
Chapter 90: About My Tomb ago
Chapter 91: Systemless ago
Chapter 92: Jump Ultimate Stars for the Nintendo DS ago
Special: The Santa Barbara Zoo (The Otter Chapter) ago
Chapter 93: That Was Fun. Let's Head Back. ago
Chapter 94: I Show Off a Little ago
Chapter 95: Another Audience Allowed, Allelujah ago
Chapter 96: One Night of Training ago
Special: Two Best Friends ago
Chapter 97: My Sweet One ago
Chapter 98: Before Sunrise ago
Chapter 99: A Great Summoning ago
Chapter 100: The Surf-Off ago
Chapter 101: Time to Increase My Rank! ago
Chapter 102: I Show Off ago
Chapter 103: Zoo Again (April Fool's) ago
Systemless Returns Update ago
Chapter 103: Crowning the Champion ago
Chapter 104: Francis, No! ago
Chapter 105: Battle Prep ago
Chapter 106: The Greatest Assault Ever ago
Chapter 107: The Greatest Assault Ever... Continues ago
Chapter 108: I Never Trusted Economists ago
Chapter 109: Oh, Francis... ago
Chapter 110: Saying Our Parting Farewells to Santa Barbara ago
Special: The Agency ago
Chapter 112: News Report (Live From Simi Valley) ago
Chapter 113: Catching Up on Stats ago
Chapter 114: The Dream Warriors ago
Chapter 115: Hoisted: Rare's Gambit ago
Chapter 116: Thunder Whip ago
Chapter 117: The La-est of Lands ago
Chapter 118: Limousine Tour ago
Chapter 119: Taylor & the T-Swift ago
Chapter 120: Canyon + Butlers ago
Chapter 121: Vapid Terrible Luncheon ago
Chapter 122: With Francis ago
Chapter 123: Meeting the Mixtape Man ago
Chapter 124: Let's Sit On the Pier and Watch the Sunset Like "Bros" ago
Chapter 125: Empathy ago
Chapter 126: Blaze Blitzer and the Waifus ago
Chapter 127: The Awesome Adventures of Clone Eryk ago

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Lewisdsr
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I stopped at chapter 30. I tried to keep reading but it was not my cup of tea. 

It's well written and has some funny parts, but over all it's kind of boring in my opinion. 

There's just no driving story to it I guess. Its slice of weird life. Still worthy of 4 stars because of how well it's written but doesnt have anything to capture my attention. 

HarkenBoy
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Takes a few chapters to find it’s rhythm, but once the tone and main characters get set in stone it really hits its stride. Don’t expect anything serious or heart pounding, as this story largely focuses on slice of life comedy, like one the good Adam Sandler movies.

For me, the characters are what keep me coming back. They seem as though they should be annoying on the surface, but they have a unique charm and character that really endears them to you.

In summary, this story is wacky, light hearted and really doesn’t take itself seriously, but which makes it a delightful read.

hi&hello
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Not entirely sure how to rate this story; it's funny, it does what it sets out to do, but I also got pretty annoyed while reading it. I think that stem largely from the main source of humour being misunderstandings and those misunderstandings at least seeming easily avoidable. I'm waiting for the characters to stop for a moment and properly sort out the situation except I have no hope of that happening. I would say that kind of humour gets old except I still kept reading and laughing each chapter. 

What this means for me is that unless the story changes in some way, I can't really se a future for the story as something I would keep reading. That doesn't mean this story is straight up someone elses ally and it's probably read better spaced out over several days rather than read all at once the way I did. 

Besides that it's well written with a constant style and a lack of any typos that I could see

authorwriterbard
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This is a slice of life story, and as such, not exactly my cup of tea. But it's well-written, both from a technical and craft standpoint. It does what it is trying to do and it does it well. The humor is misunderstand-humor in most situations, which makes some people uncofomfortble and others love it. I straddle that line.

It does turn the Isekai tropes on their head, and I greatly appreciate that. The idea of the system carrying over is pretty great. I like the MC, and I appreciate anyone who can produce compelling personal problems like this.

All told, if you like slice of life, give this one a go, you won't be disappointed.

GamblingDice
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Systemless earth is just really, really fast pace they jump from one place to another constantly and is (to me) focused on humour. At first I expected it to be an overpowered Mc on earth but that isn't really what's going on. There's good fights, good humour, good grammar and an actual  story behind it. Who knows, maybe some romance aswell!

jmassat
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Systemless is hilarious.

What starts as a fish-out-of-water story becomes a big genre mashup: road trip, fantasy, strategic gamelit, and the character-focused comedy that glues it all together. It becomes a little like National Lampoon movies and a little like Scott Pilgrim—but, surprisingly, still has an epic scope. That's what makes it feel fresh, original, and super-endearing.

I'm gonna break down my review categories in the order that makes most sense to me:

Character: Systemless is a comedy first and foremost, and if you want a good comedy, you better have good characters. Luckily, this is the story's strong suit!

We very quickly gather a threesome: the pompous but good-hearted wannabe hero Eryk, internet funnyman Francis, and snarky, bitter Delta. They balance each other well, and their exchanges are hands-down the funniest bits of the story. (I mean, seeing Eryk happily punch through a vending machine just to grab the snacks is one thing, but I can never forget the moment when Francis heard "his ding.")

It's also refreshing that Francis and Delta aren't just along for the ride. They have their own long-running plots alongside his. All three of them are developed enough that they shift from comedy to occasional dramedy seamlessly. (And if you don't like the sound of dramedy, remember that Scott Pilgrim would lose all its soul if it didn't have some grounded drama.)

Style: Most of the story is told from Eryk's perspective. The Special chapters (which are NOT optional and ARE good) are all distant third-person narration giving other characters some much-needed spotlight.

Eryk's system also comes with UI elements, which I find clean and easy to read.

I have no problems with the style, and while I like Eryk, I also like getting peeks into other characters' lives.

Story: So much of the plot is so strong. The core of it is that the only sound way Eryk can keep leveling up on Earth is by...going on a road trip! It's the perfect setup for goofy and varied adventures.

Eryk gets a second storyline that mixes things up even more. It's a major spoiler, so be warned:

It turns out that Eryk, unbeknownst to himself, could either be the destroyer of his homeworld Mystix (and Earth!) or its savior. This really ups the stakes and throws a wrench into what is otherwise a pretty lighthearted romp. This is why I said above that the story somehow preserves the epic scope we tend to associate with fantasy.

And the lead-in to this reveal is...wow. If the Eryk/Francis/Delta exchanges are the funniest, his OTHER adventures that start around chapter 40 are on one hand the most dramatic parts, and on the other hand the most pure-ass fun I've had reading. It's just so fun to puzzle out this mystery over Eryk's shoulder.

That part of the story is excellent. I'm taking off a star because the direction the road trip takes is...well, it's fun, but it's not my favorite.

tl;dr: it gets progressively sillier. You might love that, though. If you're curious enough, open the spoiler:

When the story opens, Eryk is the only truly silly element on Earth. This changes bit by bit. I think the sweet spot is the wrestling mini-arc: it's plausible, but just silly enough to make the laughs outrageous. The arc after that has some fun Hot Fuzz-esque elements and a ridiculous conspiracy that did make me smile—I just didn't like it as much.

But by the time they get to Santa Barbara, I have to put my foot down: California surfer-dude pirates are stopping their train. And they built a castle.

If this sounds amazing to you, READ SYSTEMLESS RIGHT NOW.

Basically what I'm saying, though, is, I feel like I just watched five TV seasons.

Grammar: Generally great, no huge mistakes. There are typos now and then, but it's always readable.

 

Overall: Systemless is a quirky, quality romp with more than a few dramatic twists. Read a comedy off the beaten path! Try it!

Houndmaster
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I didn't know what to expect when I started reading this story.
I'll be honest, a part of me had second thoughts from the get-go. First, the system got me intrigued, then the character grabbed my attention. When the protagonist tried to wage war against the horrid monsters known as cosplayers, I knew we were onto a winner.

The best part of the story has to be the character. He starts off naive and clueless enough to grip the reader's attention. As a result, the story gets full marks in that department. 

As for style and story, personally, it starts a bit slow. However, that's not always a bad thing. It took me a few chapters to get into it, but I think that can be fixed with a strong hook.

Sharkerbob
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Systemless is a silly and amusing yarn that solidly flips the usual isekai story on its head, bringing a fantasy LitRPG hero to mundane Earth, while retaining his ability to use his video game like powers. While perhaps not the most original twist on the idea, TheDude3445 manages to do it right.

While there is plenty of situational humor just from the expected clash of cultures you'd normally see in a "fantasy warrior shows up on modern Earth" premise, the fact that his RPG power system carries over, and it's very nature incentivises him to keep trying to be an adventurer in a world that doesn't particularly want or need one, forces Eryk to adapt to Earth while still being forced to work with his game system. It makes for an interesting dynamic that I haven't seen done in stories like these; usually the "fantasy warrior on Earth" gimmick has the heroes also battling enemies from their world that likewise made the trip over, giving them an external threat to face. Systemless presents the hero with an internal challenge he can't just stab away.

This review is being written as of Chapter 20, and the chapters are nice and short for quick catching up. So far, the characters are solid, but we're still in the earlier stages of getting to know them. Overall, though, it's a fun, quick read, and I recommend it for fans of the lighter side of the isekai genre.

HRJohnson
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I really enjoyed reading the first several chapters of this story. It starts off with a bang and everything is fast moving. It doesn't stop to hold your hand at all and tell you what's going on, allowing you to learn along the way which is something that some people may be turned off by but i enjoyed it and prefer it that way.

It's one I will definitely keep reading as it pulls you into this crazy world right at the jump, giving you no time to breathe.

I did feel like I was reading a video game which is a good thing imo. The dialogue is short, crisp and too the point. There isn't any flowery words or fluff, everything is just what it needs to be. There's action from the get go and no lulls keeping you down. Overall if that's your cup of tea, then you will definitely enjoy it! It's definitely got plenty of video game and RPG elements. Not sure what it is but I kept getting Disgaea vibes. I may be off my rocker, but that's the atmosphere i got from it, even if the gameplay systems weren't the same. Maybe its the very vibrant cover art and characters.

Overall great writing and look forward to seeing where the story goes. 

Thanks for the writing!

YAK Edge
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In the wide sea of Isekais and LitRPGs that are flooding this site, Systemless certainly shines thanks to its unique premise.

Story 4/5

The premise is simple. Your standard LitRPG protagonist dies and instead of this super awesome world gets reincarnated into our world. Right in the middle of a convention. And hijinks ensue. After ten chapters, he can include illegal weapon possession, property damage, public harassment and arson to his list.

Especially interesting is the reincarnation system that is tied to the overall cosmology. There is certainly some potential there.

Characters 3/5

Eryk is your standard LitRPG protagonist. You have probably met many others like him before. What makes him unique is the situation where he finds himself him. As such, he gets bonus points for developing into an atypical direction. Not to mention that his typical way of thinking just won't work in a systemless wok. 

As such, after chapter ten, he is neither too bad not too good. He is likable enough that one can follow him and there is a lot of potential that he will develop into a truly unique protagonist.

The other characters are okay as well. They aren't too developed for now, as the main focus is on Eryk. But they are nice enough that one enjoys reading about them.

 

Grammar 4/5

The grammar is at a high-enough standard. It is not perfect but there aren't any major issues and it won't diminish the reading experience.

 

Style 3,5/5

In the beginning, the author uses what I like to call "Light-Novel-Prose". The ration of showing vs telling is skewed towards the telling side and descriptions and atmospheric writing is sparse. That being said, there is some noticeable improvement within the first ten chapters already.

Overall verdict

A fun little story. Fans of LitRPGs and Isekais who like a fresh breeze in the stale land of these two genres will enjoy this story.