Prophecy Approved Companion
Qube is an NPC in an AI-driven VR-RPG who avoids her scripted death and blithely continues following the Player, trying to make sense of the normalised nonsense of Fantasy RPGs and accidentally glitching out the world in stranger and stranger ways as she seeks to be the very best Childhood Companion ever.
It’s a loving parody of old school RPGs, high fantasy, and every gamer who has ever thought “what happens if I do this...”
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I've always liked stories from the perspective of the NPC charactors, and Prophecy Approved Companion is no exception. Qube provides an interesting and funny perspective on many of the strange things that are in video game worlds, while also showing hilarious acceptance of other aspects since she is an NPC who has always lived in that world.
THe player charactor creates a fantastic contrast to this by being a gamer that we all know about, but rarely ever see as a main charactor in a gamelit, or VR story. A player who likes to exploit glitches and bugs, mess around with the world, and pretty much try and break the game.
THis creates a hilarious chemistry between the charactors, as one is pretty much breaking the world, while the other believes he is saviour of the world and trys to find the logic in his actions.
THe story is also a fantastic parody of video games, with so many good game logic jokes. I've already had a few belly laughs reading.
All in all a unique, interesting, and funny story. Can't wait for more chapters.
I'm almost positive that this story will hit trending. Granted, most stories with good grammer and dencent characterization will if they're dedicated enough, but this one is great!
I haven't found a single grammer error while reading! The characters feel like actual humans, which is funny for a story about a.i., but still a plus! Both characters have goals and drives while also being relatable.
The fact that they have different goals and drives make interactions feel both genuine and entertaining.
Most of the jokes, (and plot) revolve around video game culture and glitchy a.i., so you may want to avoid this work if those aren't your proverbial cup of tea. Nevertheless, the rest of this story has been so good that i'm sure he'll (or she'll) slip in some good content that dosen't depend on gaming every now and then!
I haven't been this excited for a new work since that one that started off as a system mc story that devolved into bad p0rn, or that one that has a mc get a green system and only get being a unlikeable jerk as a character trait.
Hmmm, maybe I'm not the best at judging early stories, but trust me when I say that this one is a banger. (So far, at least.)
As of writing this, Chapter 4 is the latest entry and this is an on-going series.
I just wanted to drop a quick and brief review to say how much fun I'm having reading this! After the pain I'm sure so many people have experienced with scripted companion deaths in RPGs, the premise of the story is really intriguing and I can't wait to see where the author takes it! I love the satirical take on old school game worlds (that darn prophecy magic!!) and have really enjoyed Qube's characterisation. Her attempts to rationalise the shenanigans she's already had to endure thanks to the Chosen One feel very much like what I'm sure NPCs in my own gaming experience have to go through. Just a few chapters in, she's already so endearing and I want nothing but the best for her. For anybody interested in a story that's going to break the mold of your favourite retro RPG, this novel is going to be right up your alley! And we're just at the beginning. I'll end this here, but I do have one more thing to add.
Chosen One, please… please KEEP breaking the law of physics.
There are many stories that take placein video games, and more than a few explore the intersection between video game logic and real world logic. Prophecy Approved Companion blows all of them out of the water with humor and style. From wall clipping to dialogue trees, from fetch quests to pottery purloiners, the story includes familiar elements to any RPG player without overwhelming the story with references.
Qube is a fantastic character and narrator, and her observations and thought processes bring the world to life. Her struggles to make sense fo the weirdness around her help the readers see the situation from the other side of the screen. From placeholder text to event triggers, Qube gives us a fresh look at how silly the world can be in the pursuit of a good time for the Hero.
On a mechanical level, the prose is smooth and filled with details to flesh out the world and there aren't any grammatical errors to catch the eye and derail the enjoyment of the story. The sentenses flow and carried the story along. Sentence length varied and didn't seem to run on,, and the conversation between characters was well written, as were Qube's various thoughts on events around her. I looking forward to the further (mis)adventures of Qube and the Hero.
At first it seems a bit one note, but as the world develops it gets more and more interesting.
The last few chapters have really caught my interest, as the background characters seem to have started showing signs of life.
The player character seemed like a douchebag, but we see him kind of show that he values our main character, if only due to curiosity, and to see what happens. I.e. for da lolz
This story is so much fun to read. The confusion of a main character who is an AI following an NPC script so far off the rails is highly entertaining. It's a breath of fresh air when compared to most other Videogame based worlds, which seem to still be stuck copying SAO and The Gamer.
Please read this, and I'm excited to see this in Trending soon!
Just finished with chapter nine, and figured I would write a review.
A thus far very fun and enjoyable story of a video game, as looked at from the point of view of an npc, who is actively trying to explain all the oddities in the video game world around them. All while the player character is trying to exploit the game to the fullest extent they can. This setup creates a fun dynamic between the two main characters, and is one I look forward to seeing more of. Every moment that Qube spends contemplating the actions of the Chosen One, is absolutely fantastic, as well as her trying to understand why the npcs around her act like video game npcs.
On a broader note, the overall story is certainly intriguing, and I'm looking forward to seeing where Qube's continual existence leads things. There is certainly a part of me that worries if it is all going to be fun and adventure in this glitched game, and I look forward to seeing if that worry will be actualized or not.
I cannot wait to keep reading, and am a little worried about once I have to wait between chapter releases.
It's basically exactly what it says in the summary. A lighthearted and comedic take on the Skyrim/Zelda/Dragon Age style heroic quest. Qube comes across as a naive religious fanatic that is seeing the greater world for the first time, and it fits the narrative so well.
Rewieved at chaper 18.
5 stars bc I really enjoy this style of writing and cannot recall the last time I was so invested in something. It has truly given me hope in such a dark dark time in my life. Why, this novel has all but cured my depression. I cannot speak highly enough of this novel and it's author, who has a wicked sense of humour, wonder and whimsy.