The Power of Ten, Book Three : The Human Race

by RE Druin

Successor Book to Power of Ten Book One: Sama Rantha, and Book Two: The Far Future. Chapters began 9/5/2020.

A shard severed from a soul, full of Karma, but needing a body and life of its own.

The first true Rantha Hagbloods.

An Earth that was invaded by magic, struggling to once again see the sky.

Three souls with the full knowledge of Power of Ten on a world in need of something to break the stalemate and suppression of the Shroud of Undeath.

It's going to take gold, and Gear, and Levels, but the undead aren't the only enemies that they'll be facing as they strive to liberate a world, and guide it towards the Light of Heaven.

 Chapters update daily and are ~4 Word pages (around 2000 words).

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Chapter Name Release Date
The Human Race: Prelude and Setting ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-0 – A Slice of Life ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-1 - Take Two ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-2 – Assay and Limitations... ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-3 – Warlocks ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-4 – Inviting Friends to a Humble Fire ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-5 – Double Trouble ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-6 – Questions, all These Questions... ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-7 - Sunstruck ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-8 – These Feet Are Not Made for Walking ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-9 – A New Night ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-10 - Helpers ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-11 – Finding a New Place ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-12 – Running Away ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-13 – Who Wants to be Safe? ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-14 – New Acquaintances ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-15 – The Power of Words ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-16 – Names are Words, Too... ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-17 – Grinding for Karma? Not Really... ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-18 – It’s not True! ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-19 – Losing a Bit of Your Soul ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-20 – Plinking by Paladin ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-21 – Going Wide, Going Deep ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-22 – The Human Tongue ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-23 – Teacher’s Pay ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-24 – Road Trips ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-25 – White and Ivory ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-26 – Traveling Legs ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-27 – Not the Only Black and Silver ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-28 – Warlock Rocking ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-29 – Rats! ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-30 – Fire and Silver ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-31 – Dead Things Still Moving ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-32 – A Talk with Master Fred ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-33 – A Little Lexipedia of History ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-34 – The Shroud ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-35 – The Past ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-36 – And You Don’t Mess Around with Slim... ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-37 – Suppressed Fire ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-38 – Different Roads ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-39 - Riding a Modern Unicorn ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-40 – Death by Kitten ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-41- Golden Orbs ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-42 – The Commander on the Shore ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-43 – Second Times Around ago
The Human Race Ch. 1-44 – Plans Are Made ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-45 – Bed Time ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-46 – Rural Fantasy ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-47 – Providing for Family ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-48 – Silver and Moonlight ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-49 – Talking with Papa ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-50 – Old Trails Uncovered ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-51 – No Affiliations to Declare... ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-52 – Four!... ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-53 – Pleasant Surprises ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-54 – Who is the Prey? ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-55 – Flagrant Violation of Safety Laws ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-56 – Chained Results ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-57 – Burning Chains ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-58 – Stories Around a Fire ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-59 – We Are Coming... ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-60 – An Undesired Visitor Arrives ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-61 – The Hag Curse ago
The Human Race Ch. 2-62 – Gotta Start Somewhere ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-63 – Inquiries... ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-64 – Just a Little Guilt... ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-65 – Sifting Through the Past ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-66 – Somebody is Watching Me ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-67 – Just Some Working Stiffs ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-68 – A New World to Adapt To (Infodump!) ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-69 – Another Wall ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-70 – Just a Little Karma... ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-71 – The Power of Words ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-72 – Boring Repetitious Stuff that is still Necessary ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-73 - Citybound ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-74 - Citybound Guides ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-75 – Goodbye Easy Karma... ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-76 – Points on the Map ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-77 - Required Gear ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-78 – Let’s Take a Ride ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-79 – Chasing an Infection ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-80 – A Graves Matter ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-81 – Gak! I mean, Gaki... ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-82 – Digestion Problems ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-83 – Tomes in Tombs ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-84 – Phone It In ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-85 – Debts and Desires ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-86 – Special Deliveries ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-87 – Traveling Plan, Makes a Lotta Stops, All With a Sword... ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-88 – A Fine Day at the Beach ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-89 – Coming Home to a Place You’ve Never Been Before... ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-90 – Heavenbound Hall ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-91 – Some Introductions ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-92 – Servants of Heaven ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-93 – Noble Thoughts and Goals ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-94 – Speaking Easy ago
The Human Race Ch. 3-95 – A License to Make Money (and the Gods of PoT!) ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-96 – A Hunting Hag... ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-97 – Looting and Scooting ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-98 – A Forging We Will Go... ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-99 – Special Deliveries ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-100 – Falling Down, Down, Down... ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-101 – Past and Present ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-102 – Public Activities, Private Debts ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-103 – Rage Inside the Machine ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-104 – Eating Your Own ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-105 – Tit for Tat ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-106 – A Walk and a Chat ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-107 – Silver Magic ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-108 – Cursed, Branded, and Marked ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-109 – Legal Procedures ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-110 – Blooded ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-111 – Going with the Flow ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-112 – Stumbling Around ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-113 – Run, You Fools! ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-114 – The Owl Woman ago
The Human Race Ch. 4-115 – Vengeance is Best Served ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-116 – Reading Material ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-117 – Levels Passing By ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-118 – To Build Ever More Stuff... ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-119 – Progress in Other Areas... ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-120 – Blood on the Rocks ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-121 – Deadly Decisions ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-122 – Changes are in Motion... ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-123 – Someone has Cabin Fever ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-124 – Those Terrible Threes ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-125 – A Little Project ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-126 - Implementing Plans ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-127 – Einz and Four ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-128 – From Fire to Shadow ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-129 – No Future in This Job ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-130 – Changing Images ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-131 – Contemplations of a Silent Warlock ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-132 – On Our Way ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-133 – Bound and Burning ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-134 – Secrets to Keep, and Miles to go Before we Sleep ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-135 - Damn Bugs... ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-136 - Don’t Swat Them, Burn Them! ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-137 - Out of Darkness... ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-138 – On the Road Again... ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-139 – Shroudzone Killing ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-140 – The Deadzone ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-141 – Guns and Zombies ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-142 – Letting Some Light In ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-143 – The Moon Shining Down ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-144 – A Question of the Heavens ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-145 – What About Heaven? ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-146 – Screwing Over a Sinpact ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-147 - Another Way ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-148 – The Shriners ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-149 – Morale Decisions ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-150 – Wheels Begin to Turn ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-151 – A Different Way to set the World on Fire... ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-152 – One Level and One Stat at a Time... ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-153 – Nine out of Ten ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-154 – First Miraculous Spell, Thank You, Let’s Go... ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-155 – To the Firezone! ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-156 – Into the Firezone ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-157 – Feeding the Fires ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-158 – Fire and Ice ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-159 – It’s the Thought that Counts ago
The Human Race Ch. 5-160 – To the Victor... ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-161 – An Arc of Conversation ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-162 – Playing with Fire ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-163 - Hotfoot and Wings ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-164 – Looking at the World ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-165 – One Fine Summer Day ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-166 – Genius Loci ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-167 – Showing Some Genius ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-168 – We’re in the Army Now ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-169 - Fitting in a Hag Somehow... ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-170 – The Portal to the North (+ Survey) ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-171 – A Road to Damnation ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-172 – A Portal to Damnation ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-173 – A Portal to Slavery ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-174 – The Portal is Closed ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-175 – Buying Opportunities ago
The Human Race Ch. 6-176 – The Price of Fame ago
The Human Race Ch. 7-177 – Grim Outlooks ago
The Human Race Ch. 7-178 – Back into the Fires ago

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FreiFire
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So this is more of the groundwork and explanation chapter for those who don't know the mechanics or who have just picked up the series.

 

Gets much better in later chapters and is a really fun read based on more PoT characters that we did not get to see much of.

 

If you can't deal with numbers having meaning and being explained, then this is not for you, but please give it a shot and see if you enjoy it.

OwynBeleforte
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Loved the first two, will definitely read this one

Reviewed at: The Human Race: Prelude and Setting

If you've read the first two books of the series, you know what to expect - a number-chrunching, min-maxing novel full of Good Hags, DnD/Pathfinder/etc like lore, and did I mention  the numbers yet?

 

Style: Numbers. Loads of them. No blue boxes, but expect to google at least 5 abbreviations for hit modifiers or other Pen&Paper terms. I personally enjoy this, some people won't. 

 

Story: Will update as soon as there's 100 Chapters or so, but the other books where coherent, well constructed and gripping.

Grammar: Mostly flawless, a few typos here and there, but nothing major.

Characters: Sama Rantha + Her Fuzzy = best couple. Well written ones.

Eoxdmn
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Really enjoy reading this series, good action scenes and great comedic parts as well. Characters are really fleshed out, can be really number intensive when you go over  the damage and modifiers that go with it. Look forward to reading this every day. Not great with words and I need 50 apparently

Gibster
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Third book, or maybe fourth book in the series.  The author has graduated from forcing acronyms down your throat and has made his writing very accessible.  Great system and world that I am very happy to read about again.  The apocalypse has come to a world and has stalled out.  Now a world apocalypse survivor has come to this new world to destroy the undead and any other unseemly influences.  Is the world ready for the revolution that her ideas will bring?  Let's find out.

rgreads
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"Systems" are a crutch. No blue boxes, no helpful voice, just D20 Modern LitRPG goodness, mixed in with all kinds of Rule of Cool homebrew and more 3.5e Sourcebooks than you can shake a stick at. Less min-maxing and more action than Book I, partly because MC's build is picked for him based on his actions.

Book III sets up a deeper look at the universe than Books I and II, with a fresh MC who needs answers- but first he has to survive long enough to figure out all the questions to ask.

RE Druin has 500+ chapters of writing experience on RR and it shows, with smoother narrative flow, few if any typos, and a hook from Chapter 1 that tells you there's a long rabbit hole to go down before it's over.

todd
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If you haven't, I strongly recommend reading the previous entry in the Power of Ten series by this author, considering it has hundreds of chapters across two effective books and sets the stage for where and what this book will do. Not to mention, some of the core characters and systems (Sama Rantha, Briggs, the Marked) come into being there. Lastly, if you've enjoyed this story so far, you will absolutely enjoy the first two books.

This story is predicated on a litrpg system built on DnD/Pathfinder systems, with a core tenet of rooting out Evil in all its forms (corruption, cruelty, divine) and burning it out from wherever it takes root. On top of that, rather than having everything handled by a single cast of heroes, there's a great deal of time invested in building up Good structures, empowering normal people to change and fight for the little slice of world around them. It builds a sense of momentum as each story starts small before gradually building up a group that becomes an organization that becomes an army. If I had one word to describes this series, it'd likely be momentum.

Style: Straightforward, only taking detours into the leveling system when relevant to the story. It stays on track with the narrative and never slows down to navel-gaze.

Grammar: There are errors, though notably fewer than the last set published by RE Druin. Whether experience or an editor, this story's rather well done compared to many on Royal Road.

Story: This one primarily follows Traveler, a fragment of a soul cut loose and popped into the body of a recently dead woman. From there, she struggles to grow in strength while providing information from her relatively more advanced Earth (within the system, not our Earth) to improve the fighting ability of those around her. Sama Rantha and Briggs also appear from the previous Power of Ten books, though in new incarnations, though the focus is definitely on Traveler this go-around. It's still in the early stages of power growth, which is funny given the 124 chapters already written, but momentum is steadily building as Traveler lays the foundation to build up the forces aligned with her goals. It's no less satisfying for it though. There's a real sense of improvement, leaving each place a little cleaner and better prepared to keep it that way. Avoiding spoilers, all I can really say is that the point of direct action is rapidly approaching and if the last Power of Ten is any indication, that will be when things really start to kick off as victory builds on victory.

Characters: I will say that the primary characters are a bit cut from the same cloth. Relentless, cheerful about making waves, and hard gold souls, everything they do is in the pursuit of making the world a better place where they can. Which is far less flowers and rainbows, and more bloody retribution and better weapons. What's more important is that they're all satisfying to follow along with, kind of like a sweet grandma with a rifle and a plate of cookies. Everyone gets one or the other depending on their actions. That said, the characters do feel and act like real people with their own goals and aspirations even as they're drawn into the orbit of the main characters. Villains aren't mustache-twirling types, rather they're mostly just the result of the selfish or ambitious scrabbling for power. Despite the seeming constraints of the alignment chart, it's well humanized here.

Overall, much like the last story, this makes for another grandly involved growth and progression run. The setting is more involved than the first, and there's a greater focus on improving the world as well as the people much like in Book Two. Though Sama Rantha isn't the primary in this, I think it's a fairly safe bet that if you enjoyed the last two books, you'll find more of the same to enjoy here. If you've started here and enjoyed it, I'd definitely recommend backtracking to Book One and coming up through the story proper.

OskarSalt
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Very Good series, would highly recommend

Reviewed at: The Human Race Ch. 1-9 – A New Night

I don't understand how the author pumps out as much content as they do, but they do, so if you enjoy shorter stories this might not be for you. The book itself is, at least at the moment entertaining, and judging by the previous books will continue to be so until it's end.

I love D20 systems, I enjoy reading sourcebooks in my spare time and it's really fun to be able to recognize some of the things from those sourcebooks in this novel. The only slight detriment to the story is the volume of information, and the lack of a wiki or database listing the different feats, masteries, spells, classses, etc. and their effects, but the relevant details are usually mentioned, if not in an as detailed manner as when it was first introduced.

All in all, great series, would reccomend, although for newcomers the amount of chapters might seem a bit daunting, it's a very enjoyable binge.

Guciec
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I honestly love this story as much as 2 previously published books. It is exactly to my tastes in light literature. 

To fulfill advance review requirements, I will move point by point describing my opinions related to particular aspects of the story.

1) Style is compelling, easy dilougues mix with an appropriate amount of descriptions. All in all depicting complex vibrant world/backstory in which characters are living.

2) Story is superb. Basic promise of universal forces fighting with each other for domination while our main characters sway the results of age old struggle to their side.

3) Story is properly edited and beta red. While reading I am not noticing any gramatic errors.

4) Background characters are solid sometimes recurring sometimes not, they are not what makes this story great. Main characters on the other hand are it. They move the plot along, grow stronger and become force of change in the world around them, stereotypical taking no bad attitude from anyone practical heroes who get the job done.

I would like to thank the Author for creating such a wonderful world and stories within, encompassing 3 different books and 3 different genre settings. (Book 1 - fantasy world, 2 - syfy cyberpunk galaxy, 3 - post apocalyptic, zombie world)

NeroTheHero
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The story is rely good and I enjoy it. You should definitely give it a chance. The story is rely though out I loves it very much. The author post every day. The grammar is very good I don't think I've noticed any mistakes in like 700 chapters. Only thing is I some times get lost with all the hardcore litrpg tabletop terminology but it's not that bad. Definitely read 

Batcard
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If you enjoy the authors other works of power of ten Sama Rantha you will enjoy this series. Can't wait to learn more about the mc.