The Primal Hunter

The Primal Hunter

by Zogarth

Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content
  • Traumatising content

On just another normal Monday, the world changed. The universe had reached a threshold humanity didn’t even know existed, and it was time to finally be integrated into the vast multiverse. A world where power is the only thing that one can truly rely on.

Jake, a seemingly average office worker, finds himself thrust into this new world. Into a tutorial filled with dangers and opportunities. In a world that should breed fear and concern, an environment that makes his fellow coworkers falter, Jake instead finds himself thriving.

Perhaps… Jake was born for this kind of world, to begin with.

 

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5 chapters a week.

Average chapter length: 2500

Tags and content warnings are mainly to give me creative freedom later on. This is my first novel ever, and English isn’t my native language, so go easy on me chaps. Any feedback is more than welcome, of course.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1 - Another Monday morning ago
Chapter 2 - Introduction ago
Chapter 3 - The tutorial commences ago
Chapter 4 - First battle ago
Chapter 5 - Big pig ago
Chapter 6 - Questioning ago
Chapter 7 - Training & rest ago
Chapter 8 - A wonderful night ago
Chapter 9 - Blood ago
Chapter 10 - Reflection & frustration ago
Chapter 11 - Friend or foe? ago
Chapter 12 - A splitting provocation ago
Chapter 13 - Nicholas (part 1) ago
Chapter 14 - Nicholas (part 2) ago
Chapter 15 - Diverging paths ago
Chapter 16 - A bit of hunting ago
Chapter 17 - Loot ago
Chapter 18 - Finding a challenge ago
Chapter 19 - Everybody Loves Blue Mushrooms ago
Chapter 20 - Death & courage ago
Chapter 21 - An impactful choice ago
Chapter 22 - Alchemy! ago
Chapter 23 - Progression ago
Chapter 24 - Palate of the Malefic Viper ago
Chapter 25 - Enjoying life ago
Chapter 26 - More skills! ago
Chapter 27 - Evolution ago
Chapter 28 - Base building ago
Chapter 29 - It's just logical ago
Chapter 30 - Preparations for evolution ago
Chapter 31 - Professional evolution ago
Chapter 32 - A very weird encounter ago
Chapter 33 - True Blessing of the Malefic Viper ago
Chapter 34 - Manipulation ago
Chapter 35 - Blood of the Malefic Viper ago
Chapter 36 - A battle of life & death ago
Chapter 37 - Leave nothing behind ago
Chapter 38 - Broken ago
Chapter 39 - Powershot ago
Chapter 40 - Defect & Meeting ago
Chapter 41 - Clash ago
Chapter 42 - Twin Fang Style ago
Chapter 43 - Big Pig II: Steeltusk Edition ago
Chapter 44 - "Partners" ago
Chapter 45 - Shadow Vault & Instincts ago
Chapter 46 - Unexpected Encounter (1/3) ago
Chapter 47 - Unexpected Encounter (2/3) ago
Chapter 48 - Unexpected Encounter (3/3) ago
Chapter 49 - Enemy of the people ago
Chapter 50 - Friendship ago
Chapter 51 - Meeting old friends (1/2) ago
Chapter 52 - Meeting old friends (2/2) ago
Chapter 53 - Goals ago
Chapter 54 - Class Evolution ago
Chapter 55 - Ambitious Hunter ago
Chapter 56 - Metal Savant ago
Chapter 57 - Metal & Nature ago
Chapter 58 - Herrmann Schmidt ago
Chapter 59 - Stamina ago
Chapter 60 - Idiots ago
Chapter 61 - A bitter end ago
Chapter 62 - Loot 2.0 ago
Chapter 63 - Arrows ago
Chapter 64 - Badger's Den ago
Chapter 65 - Chilling with badgers ago
Chapter 66 - The Notorious B.I.G Badger ago
Chapter 67 - Infused Powershot ago
Chapter 68 - Dungeon = Alchemy ago
Chapter 69 - Augur of Hope ago
Chapter 70 - Excelling ago
Chapter 71 - Dream ago
Chapter 72 - Den Mother ago
Chapter 73 - First quest & Venomfang ago
Chapter 74 - Practice & Ash ago
Chapter 75 - Scales of the Malefic Viper ago
Chapter 76 - Lucenti Plains ago
Chapter 77 - Pondering on ponds ago
Chapter 78 - Introspection ago
Chapter 79 - Moment of Curiosity ago
Chapter 80 - Cleaning up the plains ago
Chapter 81 - The Great White Stag ago
Chapter 82 - No rest for the wicked ago
Chapter 83 - Loot & Healing ago
Chapter 84 - True Protagonist ago
Chapter 85 - Into the dark ago
Chapter 86 - The right way ago
Chapter 87 - Dark Mana & Dark Tunnels ago
Chapter 88 - Many Rats! Handle it! ago
Chapter 89 - Dark Attunement ago
Chapter 90 - Nest Watcher ago
Chapter 91 - A final gift ago
Chapter 92 - Willful Ignorance ago
Chapter 93 - The Balance Broken ago
Chapter 94 - Beers & Exposition ago
Chapter 95 - Of Fate & Destiny ago
Chapter 96 - William & Jake ago
Chapter 97 - Spring cleaning = Loot 3.0 ago
Chapter 98 -Valley of Tusks ago
Chapter 99 - Going with the flow ago
Chapter 100 - The right way forward ago
Chapter 101 - Mana 101 ago
Chapter 102 - A thoughtful touch ago
Chapter 103 - Pigs for slaughter ago
Chapter 104 - Limit Break ago
Chapter 105 - Falling rocks ago
Chapter 106 - Horde Leader ago
Chapter 107 - Next target: King of the Forest ago
Chapter 108 - King ago
Chapter 109 - Eclipse ago
Chapter 110 - Fall ago
Chapter 111 - When the curtains fall... ago
Chapter 112 - Tutorial Rewards: Titles & Math ago
Chapter 113 - Tutorial Rewards: Narrowing down options ago
Chapter 114 - Tutorial Rewards: Getting stuff ago
Chapter 115 - Records ago
Chapter 116 - A Godlike Getaway ago
Chapter 117 - Danger Bath ago
Chapter 118 - Second part? ago
Chapter 119 - Embracing power ago
Chapter 120 - Defiance & Gains ago
Chapter 121 - You know, I'm something of a sage myself ago
Chapter 122 - Homecoming ago
Intermission 1 - Carmen ago
Intermission 2 - Noboru Miyamoto ago
Intermission 3 - Eron ago
Chapter 123 - The Blue Marble ago
Chapter 124 - One Step Mile ago
Chapter 125 - Pylon of Civilization ago
Chapter 126 - The Times They Are A-Changin' ago
Chapter 127 - Monsters ago
Intermission 4 - Matteo (1/2) ago
Intermission 4 - Matteo (2/2) ago
Chapter 128 - Living with the consequences ago
Chapter 129 - Points of view ago
Chapter 130 - Going down ago
Chapter - 131 - Two kinds of people ago
Chapter 132 - Big Blue Mushroom ago
Chapter 133 - Delegating (avoiding) responsibilities ago
Chapter 134 - Construction plans ago
Chapter 135 - First World Problems ago
Chapter 136 - How To Train Your Dragon Wings ago
Chapter 137 - I Believe I Can Fly ago
Chapter 138 - Viewing Party ago
Chapter 139 - Going Up ago
Chapter 140 - A Cloudy Forecast ago
Chapter 141 - Mana Bolt ago
Chapter 142 - Look at Me, I'm the Mage Now! ago
Chapter 143 - City Lord ago
Chapter 144 - Not Again ago
Chapter 145 - Visitors ago
Chapter 146 - Familial Conflict ago
Chapter 147 - Unbalanced ago
Chapter 148 - Incoming ago
Chapter 149 - Anger ago
Chapter 150 - Barely a Fight ago
Chapter 151 - A Bit of Self-Reflection ago
Chapter 152 - Killing Monsters = Loot 4.0 ago
Chapter 153 - An Agreement With the Incompetents(?) ago
Chapter 154 - Clouds & Brimstone ago
Chapter 155 - One-sided ago
Chapter 156 - Skills & Pylons ago
Chapter 157 - Arrow of the Ambitious Hunter ago
Chapter 158 - Why? ago
Chapter 159 - Under Pressure ago
Chapter 160 - Can I? ago
Chapter 161 - Towards the Horizon ago
Chapter 162 - Pecking Order ago
Intermission 5 - Meira ago
Chapter 163 - Helping Friends ago
Chapter 164 - Rituals ago
Chapter 165 - Taking Charge ago
Chapter 166 - Jake & Mystie Airlines ago
Chapter 167 - One-sided negotiation ago
Chapter 168 - Phillip ago
Chapter 169 - The Fort ago
Chapter 170 - The Battle of Fort's Deep ago
Chapter 171 - Perhaps Too Easy ago
Chapter 172 - A Monster To Hunt ago
Chapter 173 - Mental Magic ago
Chapter 174 - Minotaur Mindchief ago
Chapter 175 - A Journey of the Mind ago
Chapter 176 - From the Myst They Came... ago
Chapter 177 - To Pursue Perfection ago
Chapter 178 - Names ago
Chapter 179 - Baby Hawk ago
Chapter 180 - Fists of Fury ago
Chapter 181 - Methods of Improvement ago
Chapter 182 - Just Getting a Few Samples ago
Chapter 183 - Important Jobs ago
Chapter 184 - Divine Influence ago
Chapter 185 - Progress For Everyone! ago
Chapter 186 - One Step Closer ago
Chapter 187 - Sylphian ago
Chapter 188 - A Plan Brought to Fruition ago
Chapter 189 - Press F for Fungus ago
Chapter 190 - Sensing the Arcane ago
Chapter 191 - Cloudy with A Chance of Powershots ago
Chapter 192 - Hierarchy & Doubt ago
Chapter 193 - A Cursed Touch ago
Chapter 194 - Grades & Impatience ago
Chapter 195 - D-grade ago
Chapter 196 - Expanding in Scope ago
Chapter 197 - Keep Things Simple ago
Chapter 198 - D-grade Class Selection ago
Chapter 199 - Avaricious Arcane Hunter ago
Chapter 200 - A Sculptor of Haven ago
Chapter 201 - A Brave New World ago
Chapter 202 - An Even More Professional Evolution ago
Chapter 203 - A Heretical Chosen ago
Chapter 204 - The Wyvern of the Desolates ago
Chapter 205 - An Improved Palate ago
Chapter 206 - A Real Shitfest ago
Chapter 207 - Enhanced Splitting Arrow ago
Chapter 208 - Dervish ago
Chapter 209 - Worthy Opponents ago
Chapter 210 - Rules of Monkey Hunting ago
Chapter 211 - Matriarchs ago
Chapter 212 - City/Monkey Management ago
Chapter 213 - Monkey Business ago
Chapter 214 - Enjoyment ago
Chapter 215 - Fragmented ago
Chapter 216 - The Calm Before the Politics ago
Chapter 217 - The World Congress Begins ago
Chapter 218 - World Congress: Friendly Talks ago
Chapter 219 - World Congress: Reunion ago
Chapter 220 - World Congress: A Quick Vote ago
Chapter 221 - World Congress: "Confrontations" ago
Chapter 222 - World Congress: On The Flip Of A Coin ago
Chapter 223 - World Congress: System Events ago
Chapter 224 - World Congress: Challenge ago
Chapter 225 - World Congress: Master Negotiator ago
Chapter 226 - World Congress: Final Talks ago
Chapter 227 - Shopping Spree ago
Chapter 228 - A Question of Morality ago
Intermission 6 - William (1/3) ago
Intermission 6 - William (2/3) ago
Intermission 6 - William (3/3) ago
Chapter 229 - A Healthy Diet ago
Chapter 230 - This Chapter Contains Alchemy ago
Chapter 231 - Man Cave(s) ago
Chapter 232 - Nanoblade ago
Chapter 233 - Evil Incarnate ago
Chapter 234 - Questionable Choices ago
Chapter 235 - Golden Mushroom ago
Chapter 236 - Deepdwellers vs Cave Troll (feat. Jake) ago
Chapter 237 - The Paragon Option ago
Chapter 238 - A Distraction ago
Chapter 239 - Justice From Above ago
Chapter 240 - To Upgrade Or Not To Upgrade, That Is The Question. ago
Chapter 241 - The Morality of Domination ago
Chapter 242 - Righteous Crusade ago
Chapter 243 - Schemes Of An Old Man ago
Chapter 244 - Heartwarden ago
Chapter 245 - Assessment ago
Chapter 246 - Census Taking (Hard Mode) ago
Chapter 247 - Gravity Is Your Friend ago
Chapter 248 - Minor Miscalculations ago
Chapter 249 - Priorities ago
Chapter 250 - Altmar Signet ago
Chapter 251 - Stats, Tables & Gear - all the LitRPG! ago
Chapter 252 - Something Long Overdue ago
Chapter 253 - Leatherworkers ago
Chapter 254 - Personal Improvement ago
Chapter 255 - Temple & Blessings ago
Chapter 256 - Servant & Territory ago
Chapter 257 - Will of the Chosen ago
Chapter 258 - Jake the Corpse Merchant ago
Chapter 259 - Taking Advantage of Mistakes ago
Chapter 260 - Keeping It Friendly ago
Chapter 261 - Introspection & Self-Control ago
Chapter 262 - Sultan ago
Chapter 263 - "I don't like you." - Jake Thayne, Year 1, 93rd Era. ago
Chapter 264 - Executive Decision ago
Chapter 265 - Concessions Today, Profits in the Future ago
Chapter 266 - Sultan Has Wares, If You Have Coin ago

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Itkovan
Overall

The story have so far (chapter 159) been decent paced and so far i've been back several times a week to check for updates.

In the early stages, we get to know the MC, which is not the outward stereotypical "happy go lucky" hero-type that many stories have....

Yet, we're given enough time with the MC to glean some insights and perhaps find him to be "not so bad at all" for someone who we might've seen as an introvert.

I find that there is a lot of details for the personalities of those described in the story, insofar that you start to like or dislike several of them and might mourn a minute for some of those that don't make it.

There's enough humor in some of the interactions to keep the darkness at bay, and at times enough to make one smirk at some of the perceived dark moments for some characters.

 

Personally i think this story is in my top 10 of the near 60 stories that i check up on regularly 

rburns139
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Great MC and progression framework

Reviewed at: Chapter 53 - Goals

Really enjoying the story to date.

The MC's character is strong, well developed, making consistent and internally logical and thought out choices.

There is a sense of purpose behind the story. Progress has been slow but steady and I get the sense that the author has a clear direction forward but is not rushing to get there. My favourite balance.

The system and rate of progression has been well thought out. It is definitely a progression fantasy but so far it has been extremely well paced which seems to be quite difficult to achieve.

Looking forward to more. 

Aivean
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Embellished combat log from the mediocre RPG

Reviewed at: Chapter 1 - Another Monday morning

Disclaimer: I truly hoped that the story gets better, but my patience ran out and I dropped the book after 74 chapters.

In short, this is your typical litrpg, composed entirely of the well-known tropes. Don't get me wrong, lit-rpg genre per se, as well as good tropes, can be interesting and incite emotions, unfortunately, this is not the case with this book.

MC is not very bright (not sure if this is Author's intention), reckless for no reason, but cowardly when it comes to interacting or standing up against other people.

The story so far (up to ch 74, that's like 1-2 conventional books) consists mostly (≈80%) of  the slightly embellished text description of grinding mobs. Again, mob fights can be interesting, but not in this books. Fights are repetative, there is no risk (we know MC will win), there are no costs, no clever tactics, no struggle. MC just uses couple of his best skills and overpowers the enemy. Mobs are clearly depicted as big animals with videogame-like AI, so fighting them is as exciting as target practice.

Another 15% of the content is related to skill grind and inventory management. MC reads books and unlocks awesome unique skills, and also uprades and repairs his equipment after mob battles. So exciting!

The remaining ≈5% of the content is PvP and social interactions. I wish Author would explore this venue more, but MC is presented as a "loner", so he purpusefully avoids social contacts. Again, not sure how intentional, but I view such avoidance as covardice:

Because of the MCs passiveness and conflict avoidance, lots of innocent people died. Could that be that he was not strong enogh to make the difference? Perhaps, but he didn't even try, so we won't know.

 

MC growth is depicted only in terms of stats and skills. There are no new emotions, psychological or social insights, new relationships. Just some abstract numbers are constantly going up.

As I pointed out above, MC is an average human. He's not very smart, not very strong, below average socially. Yet for no reason he's randomely dealt ULTRA MEGA UNIQUE skills and becomes THE CHOSEN ONE. Frustratinly for the reader, MC doesn't even need to think when utilizing his overpowered skills, thus most fights are utterly one-sided and boring. Almost everything gained by MC, be it unique skills of overpowered equipment, is not the consequence of his actions, but rather "random" chance. MC doesn't act of his own will, he's nudged around by random events and he happily floats along, grinding numbers along the way.

There are other characters in the book, beside MC. Unfortunately, very few pages are dedicated to their development, so, with minor exceptions, reader doesn't develop deep connection with them. Almost every character is immature (that includes supposedly immortal ancient entities) and driven primarily by revenge or power hunger. Most characters act irrationally, or, at least, author doesn't explain why they are choosing this particular action, when reader can see better alternatives available.

The writing style is rather dry. It does the job of communicating ideas well enough, but nothing beyond that. Non-action descriptinos are rather bare. E.g., suppose the character enters the forest. Ideally I'd like to feel the environment through the perception of the character. What is it like to be in the otherworldly forest? What stands out, what does the character feel? How does it smell? Is it comfortable? There are so many things to make the scene living. However, in the book you get just bare minimum: maybe time of the day, height of the trees and some other minor details. Not nearly enough for immersion.

Grammar is good. Language is probably better than most of the books on RR, but it feels plain compared to the renown professional writers.

Summary: unless you're into zero-play rpgs where 80% of the content is mindless grind, skip this book. Or go play diablo insted, it ticks most of the same boxes, but does it tenfold better.

UltimumEques
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Overall The Primal Hunter is a fairly standard, enjoyable addition to the "System Apocalypse" genre.

Positives:

The main selling point for me is the unique class combo the MC has (Archer + Poison). Most stories tend to go the melee or magic route, so it's kinda neat to see the rogue/ranger build explored. 

The world is pretty standard system stuff, but it does lean heavily into the gods aspect of things. It makes for some intersting dynamics and dialogue, but it does kinda hampre your view on the power scale of things.

Grammer is solid. I see a couple mistakes per chapter, but nothing major and fairly easy to read over.

Negatives:

The MC is decently likable and very relatable. He's a strong introvert, which in-and-of itself isn't a bad thing, but it does lead to a lot of the dialgue being short or nonexistent. That lack of dialogue makes oganicly building the side characters very difficult and requires more exposition than I would personaly like to flesh them out.

Gods being so ever-present and tangible also kinda wrecks the power curve a bit. A lot of the strong characters feel like they are strong purely off the backs of their patrons, or at the very least in large part due to them.

There is also not much driving motivation for the MC, and no reall overarching plot to follow as of yet. After the initial objective to "survive", all external pressure to improve vanishes. The story after the tutorial seems a bit directionless. There's no looming threat, no family to save, no reason to progress other than progression itself.

 

Overall I do like the story, and it is very much worth reading.

Spud McStud
Overall

I have enjoyed this series so far, as the main character is interesting enough as hes both relatable in some ways and a savage in others.  The storys pacing I have enjoyed its a slower pace that I enjoy but you get decent progression as well.   Through the interaction in the comment section the author seems to have a good idea where this story is going not sure how far out he has planned but It seems like this story will have a good future.  

Kenopipuu
Overall

Read until chapter 8 end to see the story blossom

Reviewed at: Chapter 54 - Class Evolution

The beginning chapters before getting to the tutorial zone, almost put me off from the story. But once in the tutorial, the writer hits his stride and the action and style of characters and writing becomes excelent. So I would recommend reading atleast until chapter 8 end to get the feel of the story :)

RollingPanda
Overall

Great LIT rpg novel some minor complaints like I've seen Jake grinding exp so much I haven't gotten a great feel for his personality the side characters have more written about their inner mind than the MC has. But the writing style and world building is reall amazing. I love the combat scenes there really well done and perfectly paced. 

Fenrir_070
Overall

Kraven the Hunter Move Over..here comes Jake

Reviewed at: Chapter 75 - Scales of the Malefic Viper

Ever since I first played "paper and dice" D&D back in the 80's I've loved playing an archer / ranger character and this story definitely resonates with me. The MC first comes across a bit too practical and driven but stick with it as his behavior is IMO a reasonable response for his life experiences...may not be in the norm but it is reasonable. The only other thing I can say is to not let the "negative" reviews make your decision for you, read a bit of it for yourself and make your own judgement. I'm really enjoying the characters both good and bad, the action is well done and the storyline itself is interesting...and they haven't even gotten out of the tutorial yet which (so far) is two entirely separate "lands". As long as Zogarth keep writing I'll keep reading. 

zhbrown
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I wanted to take the time to write a more in-depth review for a couple reasons. The first is to congratulate the author on a fantastic story that has drawn me in with the depth of the world-building and characters. There hasn't been a single chapter or direction you've taken the story that's been anything less than stellar. Please keep up th excellent work. Secondly, this is one of those slice of life stories that you find yourself slowly drawn into and then completely hooked on. There's a great balance of RPG elements while still making the MC work for what he's got. This story avoids the usual tropes and while the MC might be considered slightly OP it's only in the sense that he's worked incredibly hard to have abilities that others don't. Nothing is handed to him or really anyone else, you either work hard for what you have or you die a mediocre death. I greatly look forward to more chapters of this story and encourage everyone to take the time to read this. There is A LOT of potential here and for anyone criticizing you can just fuck off and write your own story, leave this one to the talented author and fans of the quality work. 

TheGreenKraken
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I like it. Other reveiwers are saying its tropey, (it is) but they arent mentioning the tropes that are being subverted. At first I thought it would dive into the "psycological" damage that would occure after his party "betrayed" him after find out he is better at killing or something but it never happened. Then it gave the MC the impule to go off and do his own thing while the author fleshed out what was going on with the other people of the tutorial. The Pov swaps kept linear time going without having to get boring and I'm okay with that. I hate when stories have the mc go do something and come out a badass and then summerize the timeskip when the MC is about to wreck something. This is much more palatable. 

All in all a story that definitly has room to grow and I enjoy it.