The Halfwit Halfling: A Bard's Tale

by Woofcano

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Comedy Fantasy GameLit LitRPG Male Lead Portal Fantasy / Isekai
Warning This fiction contains:
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`After completing the epic quest 'Open-Mic Night' Perry returns home with his consolation prize, 'Chips with Cheese and Gravy'. Unfortunately, while completing the daily side quest of 'Taking Out The Trash', he crosses paths with the feared Devourer of World's herald, Miss Purrfect. When his secret over-powered technique 'scritches' is super effective, Devourer of World curses him with the Pacifist Trait and condemns him to the terror of Game World.

How will Perry survive a world of monsters and magic, when hurting a fly can make him weaker than a slime?

Perhaps Charisma is the answer.

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This is a reboot of the light-hearted comedy Order in Chaos. I made an off-colour political arc and approached it too on the nose. The world is going through a rough spot right now, and the jokes might have been too soon. Since the story was still in its first month, I decided to do a soft reboot. The first arc starts similarly but I've made a few changes to the narration and made the arc a little less rushed. The following arcs will keep away from political satire and focus on antics much like those of the first arc.

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The last time I came this early my girlfriend left me

Reviewed at: 1. The Price of Scritches

I have not read the previous version of this story.

The introduction is a good hook. We get a small window into the life of our unfortunate main character, before he's quiet literally corraled into a world he wants no part of. I enjoy this style of story telling, and look forward to a light hearted comedy, even if it's set in a, what seems to be, grim-dark fantasy.

So far there has been a couple minor grammer mistakes, the same ones I make all the time, but the writing quality is top notch.

Traitorman
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What a treat.

This is a portal fantasy with a smart set up. A college musician gets dragged to another world, against his will but rather than taking on the world with incredible cheaty magic or a mighty sword, he only has his wits, guitar and a lot of Charisma.

Charismatic characters can be hard to write. Charisma is often in the eye of the beholder, but Woofcano does a great job of making Perry infinitely likeable. You really feel that this is a character that other individuals would get along with easily.

Between Perry, a helpful elf, a cosmic entity with none of their act together and a needy cat, you have a motley cast to start us off with.

I'm early in the story at the moment, but so far it has the right amount of comedy and tension with a solid goal to direct us and keep us reading. Good pace so far too, which is enhanced by the lackidasical style.

This more reads like a story your friend would be telling you at a bar than a web novel and that's pretty awesome.

As for grammar, I noticed a few mistakes, but nothing that ruins clarity.

I recommend this heartily. It'll put a smile on your face.

Awyn
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A promising story in unique perspective

Reviewed at: 17. Escape From Blacknail's Table

Interesting premise with a good follow up. I like the perspective the author decided to go with and for once to read about MC who isn't OP from the start. (Not that I mind those.) A guy, teleported for Ahem ridiculous reason to another world and becoming a bard. The chapters are engaging enough to keep me reading.

 

Style:
The flow is smooth enough without any hiccups, at least I didn't notice anything. 

Story:
Having a man forcefully moved to another because of a cat is hilarious enough and the comedy keeps coming back in the later chapters. The perspective of the MC where he has to be something else and not a fighter is really refreshing.

Grammar:
There weren't many typos that I saw and the flow of the sentences is good enough for me. No problems here.

Characters:

Engaging enough. They aren't shallow and the reactions and conversations mostly feel natural. Though, it can always be better, the author still did a good job, even for the side characters.

Conclusion:
Isekai story showed in new perspective. Worth checking it out.

memahalo
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Still good and a bit more refined

Reviewed at: 33. No, I Won't Back Down!

Read my title. Story got polished. Its still good. For newcomers, give it a go. Characters, worldbuilding, and plot have been really good so far

spacefather
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Great story - fantastic humour and banter, imaginative and interesting world, and a lovable MC. Can't wait for him to start getting his skills and to power up to see what mischief he, his pet goat, and his friends can get up to!

vca96
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I love the story. It's rare to see one dedicated to Bard, especially one that is not allowed to use violence and thus forced to charisma his way through trouble.

The MC is believable, flawed like any other, has his vices and virtues, and makes mistakes. Some mistakes made him looked like a jerk, and those mistakes he regretted very much. That what I like about him, even when I want to beat him senseless for that one mistake.

Can't wait for more chapters.

bugstomper
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A likeable MC. I look forward to each new chapter

Reviewed at: 31. All You Need Is Flash

My favorite stories recently seem to have in common that they are in the litrpg and Isekai genres, or at least in a magical fantasy world with a similar feel, they find a way of avoiding the most cliche tropes especially the MC going so OP the story has nowhere to go, and most importantly, a main character that I genuinely like. Perry is a laid back musician caught up in a world set up as a virtual reality game, but it is not a game and better not be treated as one. Saddled with the Pacifist Trait he doesn't have the option of powering up as a Warrior or ever succeeding in raw conflict. And that is fine with him as long as he can get by with music and magic and good times with good people. That won't be easy in the harsh and competitive world he finds himself in. I find myself eagerly opening up each new chapter that comes out, looking forward to the next steps in Perry's adventures in this world. It is a story of personal growth and learning a whole new world and set of cultures, not at all the cliche of growths of power and brutal battles. 

NoxAlleric
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The Pint-sized Paragon Returns!

Reviewed at: 1. The Price of Scritches

As an avid reader of the first edition, I was very enthralled with the new take on the story, yet satisfied with the familiar style of writing, characterization, and consistent smooth pace of the story. Overall, I have found little to no faults in this novel and will look forwards for more chapters to ravenously binge.

An applause for Woofcano for delivering another smash hit.

DracoRego
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The first one was amazing. Wish people let you write in peace

agu12h
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The previous version was great and I'm sure this will be the same, if not better even ^ ~ ^.


A book that is worthwhile (especially since few focus on 'charisma). :D