The Houndsman [Base-Building LitRPG]

by Houndmaster

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

The fae are sick of humankind violating their treaties. Their Wyld armies are taking to the field, and the world is at war.

After serving two terms in the Iron Army's Building Division, Flint Woodson is done with it all. He wants nothing more than to find a remote settlement, work as a guard or a builder, and find a wife. Flint doesn't care about filling his remaining nodes with skill stones or wasting his life looking for a class. Wyldbloods like him aren't destined for greatness.

Flint's plans go out the window when the Universe sends him a Life Quest.

Reawaken the Sleeping Fort.
Protect the village of Lea's Slumber.
Give the Champion of Equilibrium time to grow.

Saying no wasn't an option when the quest involved the word 'Champion'.

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The LitRPG elements will differ from what you're used to.
Since I'm not a fan of stats, I've devised a node system to go with the story.
There will be some action in the tale, but the primary focus is base-building and raising dogs.

This story is also participating in the [RR Writathon] and has 2500 words at the start of it.

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The cover typography is by DragonOfRochester
Check out her story and hit her up for typography work!

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catbearpenguin
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Manlings Best friend.

Reviewed at: Chapter 7

A beautiful fantasy romp with a manlings best friend cant wait to see how the story develops and how all the characters grow, very impressed with the quality of the writing and the story just seems to flow. 

Only complaint is that I cant read the whole thing already.

Theres nothing better than a heart warming story of companship and growth 

Tomolone
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Unique introduction, no hints are wasted.

Reviewed at: Chapter 1

In order to avoid spoilers I will not go deep into the plot and focus more on a general review. 

I'll be honest, the start can be a little confusing. As a reader I had little idea of what was going on until a couple chapters in, even some core mechanics do not get fleshed out until later in the fiction. This does however tie in nicely to something that I noticed a lot in this fiction. Namely that the author has a way to keep throwing you small, subtle hints (not really foreshadowing) of what is to come in the following chapters that make you want to read the next chapter while trying to think about an explanation yourself. In the following chapters these hints get worked out, nothing goes to waste.

To me it is obvious that a lot of work went into building the fiction before actually writing it, and it is written well. No grammatical errors to be found and any problems I have with the writing are stylistic, something completely subjective. I do subtract 1 star for this as a review is also subjective ofcourse. 

The characters themselves have backstory(that doesn't get abandoned straight after introduction!), straight in chapter one you can read history and backstory for the main character at least and in a lesser form for side charactes. Efford has been put into making these characters believable and I appreciate that.

I'll end this by saying that I am extremely curious where this fiction will take itself, can't want for the next chapter!

jesus perez
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I want to see where this goes.

Reviewed at: Chapter 4

 

This is very good. I don't really know what else to say. It's very well written grammatically, the premise is new and refreshing. It would be cool if the dogs had their own thing going for them as well; as I'm assuming there will be more doggos. You should definitely take this the distance.

char11e
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This is a really interesting new fiction, which I have been greatly enjoying thus far. It seems to be heading in a very interesting direction, with a well fleshed out world and interesting seeming plot emerging even at this early juncture.

Style:

The style here is consistent and high quality. It has a good pacing, with solid combat, dialogue, and description. The author has also demonstrated an ability to vary their style, too,  through writing from some unique other perspectives, and the quality of these, combined with the consistency and high standard of the core content, really make this stand out for me.

Grammar:

Very high quality, with very few, if any, errors. The chapters are clearly thoroughly proofread, and kept to a high standard. Not much else to say here, it's solid quality, and seems to be consistent!

Story:

Although this is still early and so we haven't seen much of the story yet, the few bits that have been teased at seem very interesting. The setting seems to have a lot of depth to it, with the setting also seeming to tie into the plot quite heavily. The main story appears to be that which is outlined in the description, of defending a location, but how that will develop, and I'm sure it will, is yet to be seen!

Characters: 

Really solid so far. The characters all feel solid and fleshed out, and act in a manner which seems true to who they are. The author has done a really good job with the main cast as well, fleshing out both our MC and the others we have encountered so far very well, especially through the alternate POV chapter.

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All in all, a really solid fiction so far! I'll definitely be keeping up with this, and I'm excited to see where it might end up!

Fair disclaimer, I do know the author and did beta read some of this fiction, and so that may colour my view somewhat. But I do genuinely like and enjoy this fiction so far, and do think it is of really good quality!

astinhus
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Interesting plot, good style and nice grammar. By now, great in every aspect.

 

I don't like to write reviews (maybe one or two so far in like 5 years around), but I think this one really deserve a good score. So, give it a chance because the writer deserves it.

UnstoppableJuggernaut
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Come for the Woof, Stay for the Rest

Reviewed at: Chapter 8

Okay, this novel is about dog raising. Enough said.
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What you need more?

Okay, then how about the intriguing set up: a war between humans and the fae of the wyld, which is a surprisingly rare concept you see. Lots of 'humans vs. demons' and 'humans vs. monsters' but the fae are a rare opponent for a novel to set up.

The main character, however, leaves to establish a life for himself, to build a base/home. I love the relaxed tone this novel picks up, as it kinda perfectly matches a story that's really about raising doggos.

I like the style, which is smooth and easy to read. Only small criticism i have is that there is some parts of the opening battle that confused me a little. Aside, from that excellent.

Grammar is good and doesn't screw with your reading.

Story's good so far, in that everything makes logical sense and that it hooks you with a few hints of a pretty significant potential twist at the beginning.

Finally, the characters are fun. MC is likable and his dog, Maya is a loyal sweetie. As someone who loves dogs, that's enough for me.

I'd give it a shot, if I were you. It's good, clean fun. Oh, and the system is unique. It uses a series of nodes that level up over time. It feels a bit more organic than a usual litRPG.

Beserker-boy
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I’m truly enjoying this story so far dispite how few chapters there are at the moment. The grammar is good and the storyline flows well. 

The leveling system seems to have a base inspired by the leveling system in ‘He Who Fights with Monsters’  yet still retains several  distinct sub-systems uniquely it’s own.

The character themselves are well written and defined for such a young story, and I find myself already falling for, let’s be honest here, our main female lead (cainine) Maya, what a good girl. 

I’m looking forward to reading more and to hopefully give a far more accurate review down the line.

Dogs forever.

Darwinning
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Very promising start!

Reviewed at: Chapter 21

I have absolutely zero complaints about the story so far. The characters are well written, the unfolding plot is interesting, and the premise is unique over other litRPGs.  One of the more promising stories I have read in a while, and the author is poised to have a new RR staple. I can't wait for more! 

Simian king
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The style: The author is using the omniscient third person narration style from from two different angles of immortal and mortal lives. The readers are able to experience the thoughts and emotions of the character's of the world of monsters, and see the world through the eyes of the various characters. Greatly done.

The story: It followed the tales of Flint who served two terms in the Iron Army's Building Division and then hoped to find a remote settlement, work as a guard or a builder, and find a wife. His beautiful dream was shattered when he was sent on a dangerous quest. A unique and entertaining story that keeps on developing without deviating from the plotline.

The grammar: Top quality grammar. No noticeable errors that could affect the flow of the story. This is highly commendable on the part of the author.

The character: This is one of the strongest area of the story. The author is able to invent highly intriguing but simple characters that are highly relatable. The character of flint is absolutely a joy to read. The same for the other characters. They are well written and defined. Not everyday you see writer's get it right with characters, especially in an expansive fantasy novel like this one. 

Well done, author. Keep up the great work.

Lazy incompetent
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I have enjoyed the story so far. I don't know how write reviews so I will just I have like the story, the characters very much. I like the mc, other characters so far a re good too. I can't support the author any other way. So I hope a good review helps too.