ShipCore | A Sci-fi Space Opera ShipGirl Action-Adventure

ShipCore | A Sci-fi Space Opera ShipGirl Action-Adventure

by Erios909

Warning This fiction contains:
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[Participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge!]

Expect a chapter everyday during the challenge!

Waking up adrift in an ancient battleground, Alex is left dazed and confused with no clue how she ended up trapped aboard a failing vessel. With only a mysterious voice in her head to guide her she must act in order to survive.

Every piece of the puzzle she collects only leads to more questions about her origins and why she is trapped around a deserted star.

All she knows is that she could die at any minute.

But she is not going to go down without a fight.

Follow Alex on her adventure as she upgrades her ship, forges new friendships, encounters new enemies, and does her best to balance her humanity with her growing abilities.

Space may be a vacuum … but death still lurks around every star.

Copyright © 2022 by Erios909

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What to expect: an action-packed sci-fi ship girl space opera that’s perfect for readers who love survival, military sci-fi and a sprinkling of progression / gamelit with stakes that grow with our protagonist.

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Table of Contents
71 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
Shipcore - Prologue ago
A1 - Chapter 1 - Awakening ago
A1 - Chapter 2 - Ad Hoc Nightmare (Part 1) ago
A1 - Chapter 2 - Ad Hoc Nightmare (Part 2) ago
A1 - Chapter 3 – Omega Protocol ago
A1 - Chapter 4 – Progress Fleeting ago
Lore Interlude – Shrike II ago
A1 - Chapter 5 - Disquiet ago
A1 - Chapter 6 - Cryo ago
A1 - Chapter 7 - Communication is Important ago
A1 - Chapter 8 - Trust is a two-way street ago
A1 - Chapter 9 - I want this, not that ago
A1 - Chapter 10 - Drone Pod Blues ago
A1 - Chapter 11 - Hunter Killers ago
A1 - Chapter 12 - Losses ago
A1 - Chapter 13 - Salute ago
Lore Interlude - Courage IV ago
A1 - Chapter 14 - Arsenal ago
A1 - Chapter 15 - Omega Authentication ago
A1 - Chapter 16 - Action Stations! ago
A1 - Chapter 17 - The Slip ago
The Art Chapter ago
A1 - Chapter 18 - 92 Pegasi ago
A2 - Chapter 19 - To Ackman Station ago
A2 - Chapter 20 - Above Ackman Station ago
A2 - Chapter 21 - Fog of War (Part 1) ago
A2 - Chapter 22 - Fog of War (Part 2) ago
Lore Interlude - Talon Light Destroyer ago
A2 - Chapter 23 - Vehemently Negotiating ago
A2 - Chapter 24 – Buying Kebabs, Selling Death (Part 1) ago
A2 - Chapter 25 – Buying Kebabs, Selling Death (Part 2) ago
A2 - Chapter 26 – MilTech Arms ago
A2 - Chapter 27 – Exchange of Goods ago
A2 - Chapter 28 – Preparations for Industrial Revolution ago
A2 - Chapter 29 – Security Service Agreement ago
A2 - Chapter 30 – Belt Operations ago
A2 - Chapter 31 – Subcore ago
A2 - Chapter 32 – ANUF ago
A2 - Chapter 33 – A Mission ago
A2 - Chapter 34 – Standing Orders and Transit ago
A2 - Chapter 35 – Enroute to Dedia IV ago
Lore Interlude – Grazhdanin Super Freighter ago
A2 - Chapter 36 – Antagonistic Capital Ships ago
A2 - Chapter 37 – Dedia IV ago
A2 - Chapter 38 – Tifara Landing ago
A2 - Chapter 39 – Skirmish ago
A2 - Chapter 40 – Rods from God ago
A2 - Chapter 41 – Interim Movements ago
A2 - Chapter 42 – Meetings and Understandings ago
A2 - Chapter 43 – Firestorm One ago
A2 - Chapter 44 – Aftermath (Part 1) ago
A2 - Chapter 45 – Aftermath (Part 2) ago
A2 - Chapter 46 - Settlement ago
A2 - Chapter 47 – Grime and Progress ago
A2 - Chapter 48 – Outbound ago
A2 - Chapter 49 – Return ago
A2 - Chapter 50 – Operational Success and Goal Planning ago
A2 - Chapter 51 – Operation Rug Pull ago
A2 - Chapter 52 – Collider Surf ago
Lore Interlude – Starlight Revolution Freighter MK1 ago
A2 - Chapter 53 – Movements ago
A2 - Chapter 54 – Cold War ago
A2 - Chapter 55 – Deep Truths and Fears ago
A2 - Chapter 56 – Outer Ops ago
A2 - Chapter 57 – Collision Course ago
A2 - Chapter 58 – Table set ago
A2 - Chapter 59 – Resist ago
A2 - Chapter 60 – And ago
A2 - Chapter 61 – Byte ago
A2 - Chapter 62 – Purge Protocol ago
A2 - Chapter 63 – Jump point Battle ago

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This has the potential to be the best science fiction piece on Royal Road. And I don't mean some VR nonsense or mad scientist sci fi. I mean like SPACE! If we can conclude the story, this will definitely belong in the pantheon with Grand Design and Post Human. 

M.J. Markgraf

I am now fully caught up with the story so decided I would switch my basic review to an advanced one.

This story is kind of a mix of Sci-Fi and base-building and it is just a blast to read.

The author does quite a bit with the few characters the story starts out with, and you find yourself wanting to know more. I found myself reading the entire catalog of released chapters in a day just because I couldn’t get enough.

The story flows quite well and you find everything the characters do to be believable. Grammar and sentence structure seemed to be good. I only saw a few minor mistakes.

Each of the characters has their own growth and their own issues to overcome. Sometimes they deal with those issues in a less-than-healthy way, but that’s what makes the characters more real. Instead of an automation that can’t do any wrong.

The world-building hasn’t gone too far yet, but you get a glimpse at how much is out there from the information provided in the story so far.

All-in-all this is just a good read for anyone into Sci-Fi. Not too serious, not too comedic, and just the right amount of science and character interaction.

some total kretin

TL;DR: Shows what you can do with a character slowly building itself up from a small to a larger scale in concert with worldbuilding, settings and stakes. It is interesting and readable.

EDIT: After the start of the second arc (arrival on station) the whole thing is starting to faff about and the previous tempo and flow is slowing. And that reveals one major flaw: the characters and plot of the visit are straining my suspension of disbelief in how the characters act. It just seems ... Somehow simpleminded and shallower then it should where some actual knowledge and experience in character interaction is expected.

As I wrote in the title, this is a nice piece of in-medias res storytelling with characters and settings being gradually and slowly built up.

We're scaling up slowly as the character, who knows very little from the start, learns, and abandon the small stuff organically through the proper acquisition of tools and information in concert with the opening world.

The start is fast paced survival that scales up to the tactical show and tell and builds up the understanding of the world we're gaining through the character. It's gripping with nary a dull moment that always pushes forward.

If you are at least mildly acquainted with modern (and classical) sci-fi you can easily guess where the plot is going - in the well-trodden path (for the grass is green and wanting wear ;) ) of the afternoon TV balance of action and reward that sees our heroine stumbling to a reward through some errors borne of naivete and inexperience that push her character forward towards luck and competence.

Yipee! We have a character arc, some long-term unanswered questions and plenty of short-term and midterm goals that snowball onto each other into a proper causal chain that builds up the world and story as it gains momentum. And it is nice to read! :)


This is a really good story that is fun and fils me up with exitment and a sense of adventure I also is the first Sifi in a while to get me hooked it don't even need space magic it just makes it fun my only issue is I found it to early so now I need to wait for updates and the like 


ShipCore is quite a good sci-fi story, and while it isn't particularly unique in its plot and execution, it works quite well which what it has, including using Royal Road's favourite tropes. Computer Interface with pop up messages does make perfect sense when you deal with actual computer in an sci-fi setting, ever present Dungeon Core do made sense if it isn't fantasy land but actual computer of the ship with its own universal asemblers, and so on. 

Style - Story's style is clean, and straight forward, easy to read, and aside the single info-dumpy chapter it doesn't have any obvious apparent flaws I would pick up on. 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Grammar - As always, Grammar should receive 5-stars from me regardless. 

Story - There isn't much of the story. A protagonist wakes up on the failing ship and tried to get it back up and running. Nothing much happening, however that little which does happen do make sense. 4.5 out of 5. 

Character - Non-existing. We don't know anything about the protagonist, and she only interacts with the ship''s AI which itself is very robotic (which isn't a flaw, it's AI). I'll rate it 4 star due to the absence of anything I could use. 

Overall, it's a good sci-fi and I would be fine with the new take on fantasy formula transferred into the new genre. I can't give it 5-stars due to its current, unfinished state, but would be happy to follow it should it be taken out of the statis.


Not a whole lot to the story or character yet, but what I have seen so far from this story and author in general gives me a good feeling that both will not be found lacking.

The details are really well done and do well to immerse you in what is going on.

Hope to get more story and character development soon. So far it's mostly been focused on the initial stage unsurprisingly with how few chapters are out yet.

Grammer is great, no issues.

The dungeoncore like aspect that seems to be being alluded to via the narrative is interesting and it seems to be going along a rather unique route to that development. 

I am definitely interested in this series ongoing and I feel if Science Fiction type LitRPG interests you, you would not go wrong here.


he de decir con claras letras y buenas palabras que sus escritos abundantes de buen gusto y amplio conocimiento en el campo empírico de las cosas, con una experiencia abundante en el tema y un modelo de escritura prolifico digno de los.mejores escritores... he de decir... ta piola. así es como ha de terminar/ concluir / acabar /llegar a su fin etcétera etcétera, mi clara /consisa / valerosa / increíble / inimaginable/impresionante reseña


aida salleh

if you like space journey, tech stuff, a whole lot of tech jargon and especially futuristic weaponry that sound badass then you have come to 1 of the right place. 

have a bit cliche gaming system during subcore creation but wont be something like rpg stuff or the like.

thx and good work author. love your creation



A beautiful and detailed Sci-fi novel.

The simple and direct style allows it to be readable for a wide audience. Words are always in the right place and syntactic tenses help the reader to understand what is going on. This alternates with more detailed pictures of the world we find ourselves in, the author taking charge of inventing futuristic technologies and describing them in the best and most comprehensible way possible, at the same time maintaining that scientific and "digital" tone when necessary. The changes in the linguistic register are always justified by the situations and the characters, which gives a more realistic tone to the reading despite speaking of a fictional world.

In the reading I did not encounter any grammatical problems and the choices made by the author in the tenses and dialogues further aid a calmer reading that allows the reader to immerse himself more easily in the story.

The story is compelling and exciting, inspired by other works of this type, it retains its uniqueness precisely because of a mix of the author's creativity and the multiplicity of works that influenced the situations and world building. (Also revealing the author's passion for reading this type of novels)

The characters are personally what I loved the most, even though they are often the most complex part of running the story, I feel that the dialogues are handled well and the story stages gradually reveal the profile of its characters.  The author does not get lost in a trite and rhetorical descriptive exercise of the characters, but rather takes the time to allow us to discover who they are and how they think.

I also appreciate a lot all the arts that the author provide to the readers, I think that arts always help the reader to immerse a little more in the universe created by the author.

This is only the second novel written by this author, I have not read the first, but I can feel the passion he puts into writing ShipCore.


Wonderful Insightful SciFi Book on Par with Anthing Written by the Late Charles Sheffield.

The Story Has the Feel of a Action Movie Based on a Future History waiting to happen! Cybernetic Hero That Might Be Humanty's Greatest Evil! Its About Everlution and the Will to survive ! And of Murcy and about what it might be best about Humanity in someone that might not be Human at all!