Realm of Monsters

Realm of Monsters

by Frostbird

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

In a land ruled by vile monsters, where death is common and life is cruel, one outcast endeavors to have it all. When misfortune drags the odd goblin Stryg from his forest home and into the ruthless city of Hollow Shade, he must try and adapt to a world that only sees him as a dimwit savage.

Stryg finds himself embroiled in a school of magic, where an aristocrat's smile is filled with deceit and the simplest of remarks may lead to death threats. Yet nothing will stop him from aspiring to his beliefs of glory: power, honor, and food with salt.

But as Stryg navigates through the muddled grey waters of the Ebon Realm, he will learn that some monsters lurk everywhere.

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Table of Contents
313 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
Glossary ago
Chapter 1: The Odd Goblin ago
Chapter 2: The First Challenge ago
Chapter 3: Moon’s Vision ago
Chapter 4: A Goblin’s Advice ago
Chapter 5: The Ruthlessness of Goblins ago
Chapter 6: The Treasure Cave ago
Chapter 7: A Wish to Live ago
Chapter 8: City Gates ago
Chapter 9: The Commoner District  ago
Chapter 10: Any other Questions? ago
Chapter 11: All Alone ago
Chapter 12: How Fascinating ago
Chapter 13: They Were Wrong ago
Chapter 14: Magestone Test ago
Chapter 15: Names & Drinks ago
Chapter 16: First Day of Class ago
Chapter 17: What is Magic? ago
Chapter 18: The Hybrid ago
Chapter 19: Didn’t I say? ago
Chapter 20: Meditation Class ago
Chapter 21: The Duelist ago
Chapter 22: An Invitation ago
Chapter 23: The Inheritance of Magic ago
Chapter 24: Them ago
Chapter 25: Errands ago
Chapter 26: Feli ago
Chapter 27: A Bloody Lesson ago
Chapter 28: Library Mystery ago
Chapter 29: The Librarian’s Assistant ago
Chapter 30: A Resounding No ago
Chapter 31: Childhood Friend ago
Chapter 32: The Wall of Hollow Shade ago
Chapter 33: Maeve Mora ago
Chapter 34: Tavern Brawl ago
Chapter 35: Feli’s Chance ago
Chapter 36: Late Night Bath ago
Chapter 37: A Loveless Deal ago
Chapter 38: Almost Perfect ago
Chapter 39: Friendly Sparring ago
Chapter 40: My Fault ago
Chapter 41: Book of Dragons ago
Chapter 42: Lost in the Woods ago
Chapter 43: What am I Doing? ago
Chapter 44: Melantha the Blue ago
Chapter 45: A Misunderstanding ago
Chapter 46: A Winter Gift ago
Chapter 47: New Roommate ago
Chapter 48: Wild Knives Gang ago
Chapter 49: Moonlit Brawl ago
Chapter 50: I Know a Doc ago
Chapter 51: A Clinical Conversation ago
Chapter 52: Something About Fate ago
Chapter 53: Academy’s Grove ago
Chapter 54: Awaited Rematch ago
Chapter 55: Rematch’s Conclusion ago
Chapter 56: First Date ago
Chapter 57: Last Minute Training ago
Chapter 58: Last Minute Advice ago
Chapter 59: Friendly Introductions ago
Chapter 60: Family Dinner ago
Chapter 61: The Calm Morning ago
Chapter 62: Duels Final Exam ago
Chapter 63: A Goblin ago
Chapter 64: A Name ago
Chapter 65: What Goes Around... ago
Chapter 66: The Central District ago
Chapter 67: Festival of the Gods ago
Chapter 68: ...Comes Around ago
Chapter 69: I Don’t Understand ago
Chapter 70: My Tribe ago
Book 1 Q&A ago
Chapter 71: Interlude - Aizel ago
Chapter 72: Let Us Begin ago
Chapter 73: The Unlucky Man ago
Chapter 74: First Ride ago
Chapter 75: Rhian ago
Chapter 76: Not What I Expected ago
Chapter 77: A Centaur’s Debut ago
Chapter 78: Stablehand’s Dream ago
Chapter 79: Late Night Visit ago
Chapter 80: Outside the Wall ago
Chapter 81: Dire Bison ago
Chapter 82: Frost-Mist ago
Chapter 83: Frost Wolves ago
Chapter 84: Dullwater Inn ago
Chapter 85: Evening Chats ago
Chapter 86: Sleepless in Dullwater ago
Chapter 87: Travel Supplies ago
Chapter 88: Enhancement Spells ago
Chapter 89: Elzri ago
Chapter 90: Daily Act ago
Chapter 91: Night Battle ago
Chapter 92: The Heart of Dusk ago
Chapter 93: Sticks and Stones ago
Chapter 94: A Traitor’s Tale ago
Chapter 95: Yes, Grandfather ago
Chapter 96: Mellow Bloom ago
Chapter 97: Named Houses  ago
Chapter 98: I Remember ago
Chapter 99: The Unfaltering Shield ago
Chapter 100: Backstage ago
Chapter 101: The Blue Meadow ago
Chapter 102: A Disorienting Morning ago
Chapter 103: Stampede ago
Chapter 104: Seregulus Hunt ago
Chapter 105: An Embellishing Story ago
Chapter 106: Tavern Talk ago
Chapter 107: Singing Willow Troupe ago
Chapter 108: Campfire Stories ago
Chapter 109: What is Your Name? ago
Chapter 110: This isn’t Goodbye ago
Chapter 111: The Seven Potentials ago
Chapter 112: Out in the City ago
Chapter 113: Happy Birthday! ago
Chapter 114: Back to School ago
Chapter 115: New Teacher ago
Chapter 116: Illusion Training ago
Chapter 117: The Wind Chimes Room ago
Chapter 118: Lesson in History ago
Chapter 119: The Frost Pool Chamber ago
Chapter 120: The Tempest Archmage ago
Chapter 121: Just A Dream ago
Chapter 122: Failures ago
Chapter 123: Wait, What? ago
Chapter 124: All of Them? ago
Chapter 125: The Veres Vault ago
Chapter 126: Krikolm ago
Chapter 127: A Friendly Duel ago
Chapter 128: As Our Elders ago
Chapter 129: Necklace Keepsake ago
Chapter 130: Veres ago
Chapter 131: City Docks ago
Chapter 132: First Voyage ago
Chapter 133: Mirror Springs ago
Chapter 134: Skolguls ago
Chapter 135: Just Forgotten ago
Chapter 136: My Father Hates Many Things ago
Chapter 137: Mora Castle ago
Chapter 138: Vampire Party ago
Chapter 139: Drinking in Solidarity ago
Chapter 140: Dream of Fire ago
Chapter 141: Morning Disruption ago
Chapter 142: Who Are You? ago
Chapter 143: The Owl ago
Chapter 144: Black Amber ago
Chapter 145: The Brave One ago
Chapter 146: Under Fire & Water ago
Chapter 147: I Dare You ago
Chapter 148: The Mortem ago
Chapter 149: Silver Eggs ago
Chapter 150: Time Will Tell ago
Chapter 151: The Noir Family ago
Chapter 152: Family Reunion ago
Chapter 153: Dolores Noir ago
Chapter 154: Unexpected Visitor ago
Chapter 155: Enchanted Objects ago
Chapter 156: The Unlucky Man’s Plea ago
Chapter 157: Temple Visit ago
Chapter 158: The Council of City Lords ago
Chapter 159: Wrong Finger ago
Chapter 160: Past Mistakes ago
Chapter 161: The Gambit ago
Chapter 162: Newlyweds Date ago
Chapter 163: I Don’t Know! ago
Chapter 164: Cantrips ago
Chapter 165: Awkward Dinner ago
Chapter 166: True Chromatic Magic ago
Chapter 167: Mock Escort ago
Chapter 168: Escort Test ago
Chapter 169: The One In A Million ago
Chapter 170: Scent of Vanilla ago
Chapter 171: The Shield And Spear Paradox ago
Chapter 172: A Brutally Honest Observation ago
Chapter 173: Without Question ago
Chapter 174: A Siren’s Call ago
Chapter 175: Sleepover ago
Chapter 176: Unheeded Warning ago
Chapter 177: Evening Surprise ago
Chapter 178: Twin Gambit ago
Chapter 179: A Brief Moment of Bliss ago
Chapter 180: Prime Edict ago
Chapter 181: I Don’t Want to Die, But ago
Chapter 182: The Shield ago
Chapter 183: Underneath the Mask ago
Chapter 184: We Meet At Last ago
Announcement/Art ago
Side Chapter: So, It’s A Date ago
Chapter 185: Escape From Widow’s Crag ago
Chapter 186: The Dark Fringe ago
Chapter 187: They Don’t Deserve You ago
Chapter 188: Summer Solstice ago
Chapter 189: A Chat With A Deity ago
Chapter 190: Who Are You, Nokti? ago
Chapter 191: The Damning Lie ago
Chapter 192: Living Nightmare ago
Chapter 193: The Enemy of My Enemy ago
Chapter 194: Midnight Funeral ago
Chapter 195: Sleeping Together ago
Chapter 196: Everything Was Perfect ago
Chapter 197: Prologue ~ Dying Wish ago
Chapter 198: The Naive Hybrid ago
Chapter 199: School Rumors ago
Chapter 200: Aurum Aegis ago
Chapter 201: What Is A Genius? ago
Chapter 202: Amends ago
Chapter 203: A Friendly Dinner Chat ago
Chapter 204: Tastes of Jade ago
Chapter 205: Purely Hypothetical, Of Course ago
Chapter 206: Diverse Training ago
Chapter 207: The Girl from Dullwater ago
Chapter 208: Secrets And Goals ago
Chapter 209: To Be Your Friend ago
Chapter 210: A Drunk Party ago
Chapter 211: Noir Ball ago
Chapter 212: Orphan Goblins ago
Chapter 213: A Broken Promise ago
Chapter 214: Stryg, I Need Your Help ago
Chapter 215: The Rat Snake’s Misfortune ago
Chapter 216: I Don’t See A Coward ago
Chapter 217: A Cautionary Tale ago
Chapter 218: Disturbing Report ago
Chapter 219: Ask Me Nicely ago
Chapter 220: Not Listening ago
Chapter 221: Last Minute Dating Advice ago
Chapter 222: May I Have This Dance? ago
Chapter 223: Broken Friendship ago
Chapter 224: Duel of the Noirs Part 1 ago
Chapter 225: Duel of the Noirs Part 2 ago
Chapter 226: A Dangerous Proposal ago
Chapter 227: The Shield & Snake ago
Chapter 228: Not Enough ago
Chapter 229: A Memory of Snow ago
Chapter 230: Kamilo ago
Chapter 231: A God Walks Into A Tavern ago
Chapter 232: Preliminaries Part 1 ago
Chapter 233: Preliminaries Part 2 ago
Chapter 234: Preliminaries Part 3 ago
Chapter 235: Preliminaries Part 4 ago
Chapter 236: Preliminaries Part 5 ago
Chapter 237: Council of War ago
Chapter 238: The Sunken Temple ago
Chapter 239: Cinder Brood ago
Chapter 240: Dark Secrets ago
Chapter 241: Realizations ago
Chapter 242: Departure ago
Chapter 243: Confrontations ago
Chapter 244: The Hunters Guild ago
Chapter 245: The Hunters Standoff ago
Chapter 246: Pillar of Light ago
Chapter 247: A Dark Beginning Part 1 ago
Chapter 248: A Dark Beginning Part 2 ago
Chapter 249: A Dark Beginning Part 3 ago
Chapter 250: Glimmer Grove ago
Chapter 251: The Melodic Moment Alehouse ago
Chapter 252: Fight For Me ago
Chapter 253: Ancient Mural ago
Chapter 254: The Welcome Party Part 1 ago
Chapter 255: The Welcome Party Part 2 ago
Chapter 256: The Welcome Party Part 3 ago
Chapter 257: The Rose Throne ago
Chapter 258: What A Silly Thing To Say ago
Chapter 259: Opening Ceremony ago
Chapter 260: The Fae & Flower Part 1 ago
Chapter 261: The Fae & Flower Part 2 ago
Chapter 262: The Fae & Flower Part 3 ago
Chapter 263: Sunset Return ago
Chapter 264: Midnight Invitation ago
Chapter 265: Live, Dine, Cry ago
Chapter 266: In The Dark Woods ago
Chapter 267: Shadow Lake ago
Chapter 268: Scream of Agony ago
Chapter 269: The Challenge of Pillar & Sea ago
Chapter 270: Who Am I? ago
Chapter 271: The Return ago
Chapter 272: The Aspirant ago
Chapter 273: Holo Alliance ago
Chapter 274: The Challenge of Spell & Steel ago
Chapter 275: Friendly Negotiations ago
Chapter 276: Unlikely Allies? ago
Chapter 277: Evelyn Katag ago
Chapter 278: Matchmaker ago
Chapter 279: Lynn VS. Diane ago
Chapter 280: A Fateful Blizzard ago
Chapter 281: The Ebon Lords’ Dream ago
Chapter 282: Your Dear Friend ago
Chapter 283: Votum ago
Chapter 284: Duty & Honor ago
Chapter 285: Morrigan’s Son ago
Chapter 286: The Thorn’s Sacrifice ago
Chapter 287: Monsters & Pie ago
Chapter 288: dai-Morrigan ago
Chapter 289: True Blue ago
Chapter 290: Life Isn’t Worth Living Anymore… ago
Chapter 291: The Infirmary ago
Chapter 292: Cal & Kal ago
Chapter 293: To Be A Veres Part 1 ago
Chapter 294: To Be A Veres Part 2 ago
Chapter 295: One Minute ago
Chapter 296: Pride, Meet Hubris ago
Chapter 297: Golden Chance ago
Chapter 298: Reldros, The Amaranth Fury ago
Chapter 299: The Stemme Interview ago
Chapter 300: A Morning Swim ago
Chapter 301: Try To Keep Up Darling ago
Chapter 302: Three Fears ago
Chapter 303: Weapon of Choice Part 1 ago
Chapter 304: Weapon of Choice Part 2 ago
Chapter 305: A Visit To The Infirmary ago
Chapter 306: You’re Brilliant, You Know That? ago
Chapter 307: You’ve Changed, No… ago
Chapter 308: The Fang Of Fraxinus ago
Chapter 309: A Clash of Swords ago

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NSFW Young Goblin trying to achieve his dreams

Reviewed at: Chapter 75: Rhian

I like this story. It follows an antiheroic young goblin trying to achieve his dreams in a Realm of Monsters. Stryg is not an idealistic hero who is always brave, idealistic and ethical; but neither is he an Edge Lord who thinks that he is the centre of the universe and anyone who says otherwise or looks at him funny should die. What he is, is a young goblin interested in obtaining power and sex, who has a rather ignorant but pragmatic and somewhat self-centred approach to life. He is realistic enough to know when fighting authority figures much more powerful than him is a bad idea; but still quite willing to hold a grudge and desire to get even with his attackers, particularly if they tried to kill him. Smart enough to bide his time, even if he is not always wise enough yet to judge when are the best or most appropriate opportunities to strike back. Somewhat naïve and ignorant due to his young age and lack of exposure to the greater world, outside of what little his tribe actually taught him. A rather simplistic and barbaric tribe that does not seem to have high educational standards and reside in an area that is sparsely populated by society. He learns and grows more capable as he gains new experiences.

The story starts with him at the end of his “childhood” and reaching the age at which the tribe considers him an adult. He is a bit of an outlier in his tribe as he does not fit in well with the rest of them and is weak in a society that values strength. As he grows in strength and knowledge, he becomes more capable but never to the point where he is OP and far stronger than all around him.

He also eventually goes to ‘magic school’ to become a mage, but not until more than a dozen chapters.

The other characters are interesting and have their own complexities that make them feel more real. This is not a Gary-Stu story where the entire world and characters revolve around the MC. They have their own lives, goals and ideas that drive their actions and make them more rounded and believable.

The writing style is clear and engaging. The worldbuilding is also quite good. The author has built a cohesive and quite expansive world populated with different people, races, and organisations; without falling into the trap of providing walls of exposition that make you feel like you are reading an encyclopaedia. There is also a glossary that contains much of the worldbuilding information revealed in the story, so you don’t have to rely on your memory of refer back to an earlier chapter.

The spelling and grammar are generally good. There are a few minor errors, but most of them seem to have been found and mentioned in the comments and corrected by the author. Being willing to read and act on these comments meant I gave the book an extra star on the style score. And as far as I can tell, the author seems to have noted and responded to most comments where someone has spotted an error (or what they thought was an error). Hope this helps.

The story is still relatively new, so I will update my review as the story continues. If you enjoy this genre, this is a very entertaining story and you should at least try it out. The only caveat being that you have to be willing to read a story with 'dark' elements, such as: slavery, gore, profanity, and sexual (possibly traumatising) content.

Review initially written when Chapter 52 was the latest chapter. Updated when Chapter 75 was the latest chapter.


Holy shit. I just went on a 19hour binge reading session from 11am to 6am. And I was pretty confused and sad when the 'Next Chapter' button was greyed out. And then I went to sleep immediately and now that I woke up I just had to leave a review. Great story! Can definitely recommend reading it!


Stryg is a monster, a half goblin from Vulture Woods whom gets abducted by a slaver and starts his adventure in the city with the greatest mage academy in history. Now anybody can come up with this idea, replayed thousands of times on this site, but the execution was clean. Above highschool level grammar, and 21st century writing style with little to no useless text. 

"ENGISH MOTHERF***ER, DO YOU SPEAK IT?" And finally we hit that rare 3% on this website where the answer is a resounding: YES.

5 stars accross the board. Stryg has a no nonesense personality that doesn't start to change until the early chapter 200s, but this presents itself as a strength for saving text space in developing a large cast of side characters with some relevance. 


Great story and worldbuilding.

Reviewed at: Chapter 250: Glimmer Grove

The only problem with this is that I caught up and the wait for new chapters is painful.

I hope Stryg gets some closure about being a "bad omen". The magic system is okay. But the introduction to lifeforce as an offensive tool seemed a bit abrupt. I hope the interplay between magic and lifeforce comes into focus as Stryg trains with Gale.


These are just my opinions about what I would like to see in this story, but I also acknowledge that the story is developing in a decent direction as is.


Excellent non lit-rpg non-human MC in Magic-school

Reviewed at: Chapter 92: The Heart of Dusk

I don’t have much experience with advanced reviews but I wanted to leave one for this fiction, as it is very good. If I had to give you a quick idea of what kind of story it’s this so far, I’d say it’s about barbaric goblin outcast of his tribe gets stranded in a ‘civilized’ city and cultural differences are made evident quite fast. Now many stories would make the goblin a slave or relegate them to the lower social strata and I was worried the story was heading in that direction when he gets to the city, fortunately it’s not that kind of story, as just as he was about to be made a slave the authorities discover he is a mage born and lucky him this city seems to sponsor every mage born and offer them scholarship in exchange for serving for 10 years once graduated, and raising his social ranking to just a bit under the nobles. After that the story continues with our MC adapting to the Magic Academy and the city Hollow Shade and progressing in his path to become a powerful mage.


The style is straight forward but descriptive enough with the characters and scenes that you can picture them clearly. It doesn’t get in the way and it’s not awkward. Good sentences and formatting. No complains here.


This seems good too, didn’t notice anything sticking out while reading so 5 stars.


It’s nothing new, but in general I just really like magic school stories when they are well executed, combined with underdog MC who is not a wuss it finishes elevating this fiction to for me. Other things to praise are that the world building seems really interesting and developed while not being overwhelming with exposition, which I commend the author on. And while we are still just starting to learn about the magic system it also seems to be quite in depth and well developed kinda hard magic system. I also like that it’s not a lit-rpg as it feels more immersive like a classic fantasy story.


I feel like the main character is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, as he is after all born and raised a goblin. You won’t get a kind, power-of-friendship, shounen protagonist. Stryg is ruthless, doesn’t mind killing when he feels threatened, resorts to violence quickly, he kinda sucks at dealing with people, has anger issues, etc… But I gotta remark that he is not an anti-hero or straight up asshole. You can understand why he act’s as he does and he doesn’t come across as unlikable which is a delicate balance to achieve with this kind of MC. You still root for him and want to see him growing as a character. I think he has good potential character growth ahead, as he slowly learns how to treat with people in a reasonable manner and that maybe goblins CAN have friends. Also I’m invested in seeing him get stronger and become a badass mage after he starts of so weak.

The side characters are also colorful and interesting, to the point that when a POV switch happens (not that frequently) I enjoy reading their perspectives and seeing their reactions to the small barbaric goblin roaming the city.

Final thoughts:

If something of what I said sounds interesting to you give this fiction a try. I’d say give it at least until he gets into the city before considering dropping it as it has quite a different feel than the first 8 chapters. I’m loving the story author-san, keep up the good work.

Osiris Grim

Art of getting readers to theory craft.

Reviewed at: Chapter 173: Without Question

One sad lonely night, I was looking through the trending page to find something to fill the void when suddenly I found a story with barely 4.5 stars, and I though why not? 

To be honest this story took me by surprise. How many times do you find a random story on royal road to turn out to a well thought out saga filled with mystery and actual character progress? Not many I recon.

As the author have said many time that he has a clear picture how the story will progress so hopefully it will not get dropped anytime soon. The lore is big with some original monsters and unique cultivation. The world is realistic enough and some arguments that you put up gets fixed or are given an explanation on.

The characters are not one dimensional, even the side character. Every side story makes us empathise with them more and more (to the point that author would be getting death threats if he was remotely influenced by GRRM). You can easily feel the character growing throughout the series (well sometimes some characters backpedals and do dumb stuff, looking at you Loh.). 

I do find some grammar mistakes once in a full moon but full moon is the time for supernatural stuff so wouldn't be surprised if the author got influenced by the monster in the dark.

Overall, the story  is annoyingly good with enough mystery to not put everything onto the platter but enough lore to get the nerds theory crafting. The MC is has a unique perspective which is always enjoying to read, and most definitely not OP (yet). 

But beware is your heart is weak because the story gets haunting sometimes. The tags stay true to their names.


I like this story, a bit of a social misfit tribal goblin making his way in a civilized society with lots of action and excitement.

Grammar is good so far, I love the writing style and the story so far. The characters are decent, and the side ones get filled out before/when they get their limelight. The author makes excelent use of forshadowing. 


The Only Goblin In Magic School

Reviewed at: Chapter 17: What is Magic?

The author has done quite a lot of work setting up the setting and laying out interesting characters. The main character is a well-developed outsider who clearly does not fit in, in any society. He is not strong enough for the barbaric culture that raised him and he is too barbaric fr the civilized lands he finds himself in. The side characters are all well thought out and have solid characterization. Overall I would recommend, I find it quite enjoyable.


Decent plot, dislikable characters.

Reviewed at: Chapter 69: I Don’t Understand

The plot of this story is alright. It's got some moderately original worldbuilding, at least as far as the magic goes, including how that affects society. It has some drama, which is occasionally satisfying, although more often just frustrating.

The MC has really, really strong 'chosen one' vibes. I mean, his village doesn't burn down, but he's disowned by his tribe, he's looked down on and bullied, he gets a big break when it turns out he's special, etc. etc... yeah. It's basically goblin Harry Potter blow-by-blow. The reason I'm reviewing at this chapter is because one of my two predictions for his specialness was confirmed, and I'm a bit exasperated by it; I was thinking for a while that of course he'd

have all the colors of magic.

given his background tropes, and sure enough, here it is.

Oh, my second prediction is:

He's a dragon half. He probably has all the elements of magic, too, as well as all the colors. That special sight? He's seeing magic. The reason the dragon didn't kill him? Yeah.

So that's a bit dissapointing, honesly.

Well, the other thing that bothers me... all the main characters, and most of the side characters, are unpleasant people. The main the trio is basically an idiot, a psychopath, and a rotten noble. The barmaid is a gold digger, and moreover has no plot relevance. Plum was decent, but is probably gone after an event seemingly designed to highlight how awful everyone is. There's hints of character growth, but it's mostly just angst, and it's probably not going to remedy the situation anytime soon.

I don't think everyone in a story needs to be likable. But I have a hard time reading a story where no-one is likable. The plot has made up for it somewhat, but it's starting to feel predictable, so I'm beginning to get bored.

The story's alright overall, I guess. It's not unreadable, but it's no longer fresh, and the bits I dislike are beginning to show through.

The God Of Boredom

Stryg was a very interesting character at the beginning; I saw a lot of room for character development.

At first, it was a real pageturner that I couldn't stop reading.

Now, though, it's getting a bit stale for me with the ark about emotions and "power of friendship". I don't really see how else Stryg would be able to develop, but even so, it's getting stale.

I'm also a bit disappointed that Stryg is just somehow always the best and most overpowered now. It showed a lot of promise at the beginning, and it still does now, but it's just not my cup of tea. Might be someone else's, though.