Dungeon Darwinism

Dungeon Darwinism

by Deathless

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity

Dozens of dungeons are born, nestled into the dead bones of an even older one. Only one of them will grow until it reaches the surface.

Ms. Benett needed groceries. Mark liked to help his community. She was an old friend of his family from church. Not that he went much anymore, since college, and moving away. Its just not the same since coming back. But he still helps where he can. A long night working. A short drive home from her house. A dark road. That's all it took for Mark to find himself believing in gods again. Just not any of the ones he had heard of.

A final fight. A confrontation. A magical ritual capable of leveling a small city. A misplaced table and lack of spatial awareness. That's all it takes for Alverost to find himself stumbling backwards, triggering a spell that would see the grandson of a god reduced to ash. And himself reduced to ash by a god in turn.

Of course, the divinities don’t take too kindly to this. They’ve long since agreed to refrain from participating in mortal affairs personally— since the last war, where a dozen gods had died.

So amicably, they come to an agreement. Alverost is given a new body— though not a human one. That would piss off the god of death.

Alverost is taking Mark along with him for the ride.

A Dungeon Core novel where the dungeoncore find themselves at the deepest level of an already dead dungeon, and will have to work their way up while interacting with the societies that inhabit the dungeons corpse. Mark and Alverost are going to explore, exploit, expand, and exterminate.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
C0: Prologue ago
C1: Into the Deep ago
C2: Accidents ago
C3 Alone in the Dark ago
C4: Neighbors ago
C4.5: Valleria ago
C5: Witness ago
C6: Together in the Glow ago
C7: Just rust and iron ago
Chapter 8: Breakfast ago
C9: Rollercoasters ago
C10: Valleria ago
C11 ago
C12: The Third Strata ago
C13: Stories of Above ago
C14: No Dice ago
C15: DNA ago
C16 ago
C17 ago
C18: Reaching New Heights ago
C19: Siege ago
Chapter 20: War ago
Chapter 21: Setting the Table ago
Chapter 22: Loot ago
Chapter 23: A meeting with Valleria ago
Chapter 24: Meat?! Seriously!? ago
Chapter 25: Contact ago
Chapter 26: Dungeon War ago
Chapter 27: Doublespeak ago
Chapter 28: Splotch ago
Chapter 29: A Beheading ago
Chapter 30: Negotiations 1 ago
Chapter 31: Negotiations 2 ago
Chapter 32: Negotiations 3 ago
Chapter 33: Negotiations 4 ago
Chapter 34: Negotiations 5 ago
Chapter 35: Assimilation ago
Chapter 36: Splotch 2 ago
Chapter 37: Assimilation 2 ago
Chapter 38: Beware of Bat ago
Chapter 39: To War ago
Chapter 40: Dungeon War II(for Shadow of Marethyu do not read if you are not Shadow of Marethyu) ago
Chapter 41 ago
Chapter 42 ago
Chapter 43: Dungeon War III ago
Chapter 44: Dungeon War IV ago
Chapter 45: The Fall of the Clan Below ago
Chapter 46: The Fall of the Clan Below II ago
Chapter 47: Epilogue ago
Chapter 48: The Deep ago

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Fun time with morally grey characters

Reviewed at: Chapter 25: Contact

This is a fun dungeon story, I'd been looking for a dual core story since that last one went M.I.A. ...

This isn't a story were the two MC's of different alignments fight & bicker over idealogies untill the reader get's annoyed enough to drop it. Just a neutral evil character MC and a neutral good MC questioning what the other does at times. This also brings out the hope that one MC won't switch over to the other side, and the whole story won't end up as an excuse to preach about why the other side is stupid and irrational. Those are annoying, no matter which side the author prefers.

Anyway, 10/10 would recommend. Some of the different perspective chapters can be boring, but to each their own.

Style is has no real overwhelmimg problems.

Story is great!

Noted no grammer errors... Actually, I think I saw one, but I didn't note it down. Doesn't break reader immersion, anyway.

Interesting characters, seen the dynamic done many times before, but never this well! 😎

Most times the 'good' MC seems rather naive and the 'bad' MC seems like a madman, no matter the intention of the author... Here, both sides seem like real people.


If you like stories where you know the author has build a whole world but introduce it over time, you will like this! I do, atleast!

Changes perspective between diffrent and the writing subtly changs with that, helps give the characters depth. But will the author be able to make the ... deepest characters? Dun dun DUN, read for yourself, lol.

Like the writing and characters but the worldbuilding the most!

David Talon

Creatures of Light and Darkness

Reviewed at: C10: Valleria

Reviewed to Chapter 10)

Before I begin, a disclaimer: I've never read a 'Dungeoncore' style story or anything like it, so I'm seeing this with fresh eyes, so to speak. However, so far I'm really enjoying exploring this dungeon. I'm Old School, and in some ways this reminds me of Roger Zelazny's writing, where his worlds became surreal at times while remaining grounded in reality.

The story opens with a literary device also used by filmmakers, where it begins by showing a wide angle view of the world before steadily narrowing the view until it reaches the spot where the story takes place. From then on, the tale focuses on two people with wildly different viewpoints who are…literally…forced to work together. I like how this was set up, and the strong potential in each one for character growth.

Likewise the minor characters. I’m looking forward to seeing how they continue growing, as well as how new additions fit in to the group. I’m also intrigued by the ‘Dungeoncore’ idea, and how the author takes their time in letting it grow as well, expanding our knowledge as the characters discover more about their new abode.

To me, fantasy works best when it’s grounded in natural laws (which don’t need to conform to Earth-based physics, but do need to be consistent). So far, the story is doing a good job keeping its internal logic straight, at least as far as I can tell. Some might complain there isn’t enough ‘action’; however, I’m finding the tension between the two characters as they work differently towards common goals is driving the story quite well, as are the minor characters as they develop.

Quibbles? I can’t really think of any; the grammar is good, with very few mistakes that I’ve found, and while initially I wasn’t sure about the whole ‘Dungeon as a self-contained (more or less) ecosystem’, the world building makes logical sense (I’m not sure how the upper levels support their populations, but that will be discovered in time, I’m sure).

All in all, so far it’s a well crafted story.


I am very new to reading this genre, but i can say the aithor has made a very enjoyable story here. 

The pacing is really good in the first act so far so I can't wait for the author to write more. 

Easily one of my favourite novels im reading currently!