The Armorer and the Infinite Dungeon [Progression Litrpg]

The Armorer and the Infinite Dungeon [Progression Litrpg]

by Vitaly S Alexius

Ukrainian urban explorer Yulia Ishenko makes a wish upon the heart of Chernobyl to make a difference in the world. Upon touching Chernobylite she is pulled into the world of magic and is reborn in a chimera village on the Edge of the Infinite Dungeon also known as the Bottomless Chasm.

What are these odd, crystalline-organic chimera? What is the System? Can Yulia macgyver her litrpg System to get ahead in an alien culture, return her humanity and regain what she lost without becoming a monster herself? Read to find out!

A progression litrpg with wholesome characters & plentiful adventures of doom!

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Vitaly S Alexius

Vitaly S Alexius

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Daoist Enigma
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A work of passion

Reviewed at: Ch 9

The armorer and the infinite dungeon is a story that is a work of passion. The author Vitaly S. Alexius is an artist as talented as he is an author, and you can imagine how rare such a feat is. But even beyond that, you can tell that the author really wants the world he has created to live, breathe and feel--- few are capable of exerting so much care and effort into a world, going as far as to provide multiple stunning art pieces per chapter, at times. 

Now I understand that art in novels might not be for everyone, but for me having a piece of high-quality art in a chapter is a visual treat, allowing you to sink into the scene with an amazing level of immersion.

Sure, actual art may break a few rules 'purists' would consider a requirement when it comes to creative writing, but isn't that the point of webnovels? Breaking literary traditions is fun, when you can replace them with LITRPG Tables, art and hell, even ARG's (A recent litrpg actually did this, lol). Point being, who cares when you're having a good time? 

Am I having a good time?

Yes. 

Do you really need to know more about the novel than that?

Not really, but sure if you want. On the scale of uniqueness, I would give the story a 9/10, albiet its slower paced, so go into it knowing. Grammar will be a perfect 10. World building? We've got enough for days. Style/Prose is again unique, since this is one of the few stories that embraces its real world heritage instead of handwaving it away. 

Character is an absolute treat. 10/10, much like this story is overall. 

preadandedit
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Give it a few Chaps, Worth the Read!

Reviewed at: Ch 16

The first chapter is a bit more artistic and passionate than normal, but everything that comes after it is pure gold. After hearing about the author's real world experiences, it actually becomes really understandable!

Style is well executed, you definitely lock more into how the author's thoughts flow after the first chapter or two. The illustrations are gorgeous and definitely add to the story since I'm really visual-based. Honestly, some amazing stuff in here.

This is one of the few stories where the time skipping and plot pacing seems to mesh perfectly. There's a lot of unique aspects to the world and the society that the MC finds themselves in, and it seems like the world and the author's imagination keeps going on forever like a certain Chasm...

Grammar is pretty good, just a few punctuation errors and misspelled words here and there. It doesn't detract from the story however, and a proofread or two more would do it right.

Characters fit with what we understand of their races, and I can't wait to learn more about the ones we know and how they interact with the bonds society places on them. Interesting possibilities with other possibly magical races and ghostly entities too....

Definitely worth the read

NoDragons
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Absolutely Stunning

Reviewed at: Ch 8

There's no story on RoyalRoad that needs art as badly as this one does, and oh, look, it has art. Some genuinely stunning vistas dress and expand on the beautiful prose as you explore a world that is genuinely different. The author has a unique perspective on the LitRPG, one that prioritizes the idea of a system as a knowable quantity, a science of magic, and the way the character's explorations into that system are written is a genuine delight with all the mystery and wonder you could hope for.

Exploring the world feeds into exploring the system-- breaking the system's rules will require breaking the oppressive hierarchy the MC is born into. At the same time, seemingly inane laws turn out to be desperately important to survival under these harsh conditions. Magic feels magical, and the world feels both intriguing and dangerous.

 

Style- Silky and interesting. My favorite parts are the odd asides to Russian history.

 

Grammar - Some small errors here and there, enough to break my flow once, but overall you can tell someone's proofread this.

 

Story - Very much a slow burn, but the journey is joyful and it's yet to become tiring not to have a clear destination.

 

Character - The protagonist is a joy, made very characterful by her constant asides to an ecclectic childhood and life. She feels very 'lived-in'.

Arfoire
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Almost perfect

Reviewed at: Ch 18

The setting of the story lies right on the optimum line between where the comfort of familiarity ends and the overwhelming confusion of the unknown starts

The world is strange, but not TOO strange and is fantastically depicted, with a sense of wonder induced in the reader

Up until now, there have only been 2 noticeable flaws in the story, the first being that the first chapter sounds like it's an autobiography that's entirely too formal for a story line this. The style of the first chapter is completely different from the rest, or, if it is not, then at least it feels like it.

 

The style is appropriate for the setting, if somewhat unnecessily and awkwardly poetic sometimes(not entirely sure about this one)

 

The second flaw is that the main characters' interactions with others and the other characters themselves are rather short and somewhat lack elaboration. There's a stiff shallowness to them, though that might be a consequence of the setting. I don't know if it's entirely fair, but the character score has to be 3.5/5

Filler. Filler. Filler. Filler. Filler. Filler. Filler Filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler filler for 200 words

The rest is really good.

AngryKoi
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Reborn as a monster inside a dungeon

Reviewed at: Ch 13

Wonderful premise with unsettling undertones and hidden mystery and threat. Initial impressions of a coming of age fiction focusing on rebellion against a rigid caste system slowly gives way to hints of something deeply wrong with the world that the MC inhabits. The twists are minor but handled well, without sacrificing prior worldbuilding or character motivations. Definitely one to watch.

 

Style: unobtrusive with good flow, a small percentage of the asides do however read more as factoids than reminiscence. excellent scene setting and overall plot points overall

 

Story: wonderful premise with an interesting world and magic system, feels like there's still so much more to discover

 

Grammar: no complaints, minor errors do not compromise readability

 

Character: interesting and believable character. she is a treasure to follow through the story but I do find the almost reflexive social contrarianism slightly at odds with the risk she faces given the rigid caste structure and the otherwise stated willingness to throw those who don't belong or fulfil their roles into the chasm

 

Overall: a treasure to read with great art. definitely one to follow, even if you want to wait for a few more chapters since with the pacing of the story it is better when binged (though still excellent even piecemeal)

Nightdrift
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An exceptionally promising novel

Reviewed at: Ch 13

I highly anticipate further chapters from this novel, it has a lovely take on monster reincarnation and it's magic litrpg system is interesting and well thought out.

Characters are interesting and believable, and the world is fleshing out quite nicely so far.

Added to the seller writing is the absolutely gorgeous art that punctuates scenes and characters.

All in all, this is a lovely read. Keep up the good work Wordiculturalist!

J Pal
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Reincarnation In Technicolour.

Reviewed at: Ch 5

I typically don't enjoy stories where the protagonist is reborn and starts their life over as an infant. Monsters don't bother me so much, but near-human species mostly bore me. I find it creepy and manipulative. Fortuantely, the story successfull avoids such issues. 

Our protagonist doesn't have that issue. She isn't quite human but close enough that such isssues could still persist. The author successfully skirts any such problems and paints a beautiful world and interesting family dynamic. The community has its own culture. Individiauls have seperate roles in society and then there is the mystery with the chasm, too. 

We don't have an overprotective mother incessantly fawning over their infant, but a tough cave mama that needs their child to get in gear or shove off. I like the hints that the protagonist isn't the only one that's experienced the rebirthed or 'risen from the world of the dead' which makes them special. 

There's a lot going on in the story and look forward to seeing where this story goes. I'm super interested in the protagonist's species unique qualities, too. The project has lots of uniqueness to it and the art certainly makes it more entertaining. I'm impressed with the AI generated artwork, and I'm tempted to have a go at it myself.

dragonfiremule
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Unique Viewpoint, fantastical

Reviewed at: Ch 15

Easy stuff out of the way; this story has very few grammatical or spelling errors, and flows really nicely.

Beyond that though, I find the viewpoint of the main character fascinating, especially since it's informed by the author's own experiences/the experiences of their family. I've never been in an abandoned building, or explored old soviet-era sites. Its as foreign to me as the chasm itself, but since its actually real it adds a layer of dimension.


The fantastical elements of this story are fantastical, and beautiful. The art the author sprinkles throughout the story is well done and really drives the point home. Its etheral and terrifying and beautiful, depending on the art.

I don't think the main character- personality wise- is particularly unique, as of yet anyway. I do really appreciate that the chimera culture is distinct enough from humans to be palatable. I've read many a story where the mc is a monster only for it to not matter at all since their whole society ends up not being distinguishable from humans anyway.

Overall, can't wait to see where this story goes. Review written at ch14

anherac
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Original and intriguing setting, a great start

Reviewed at: Ch 14

It is rare to find a truly original work here, one that has not been done a dozen times already. And it seems that this story may be one of those. The reincarnation trope is cliche, sure, but using Chernobyl for it is a first. The world is fresh and tantalizing, with great hooks for later exploration.

 

The style is pretty nice, with gorgeous illustrations that add quite a bit to the storytelling. It feels sometimes a bit cold and detached though, and struggles to convey strong emotions. It does wonder and fear quite well however.

Grammar seems to be error-free and without issue (is there more to expect about grammar ?) .

The characters are nice, but still pretty flat and without many own goals ; hopefully it stems from the early point in the story, especially since the settings will probably move once more. The moral debate at the current point is great to cause tension, hopefully it will stay as a main plot point in the story and won't be resolved too easily by an author handwave. Having nuances of grey in the morality compass is always a boon.

The eastern Europe start is a very nice touch that adds quite a bit of personnality to the story. It's hard to tell if it will be kept in the future, but hopefully so ! The Chernobyl control room as a Status/attribute management tool is one of my favorite detail ! 

Overall, a potential gem to follow closely !

Brightwater Juniper
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I'm loving the story so far! It feels like a d&d meets Made in abyss sort of world building(without all the creepy stuff MiA has) rolled up in an isekai with the reader learning things along with the main character. The story has lovely pacing and I enjoy that and she doesn't start overpowered, she has the knowledge of a grown woman her body grows and slowly removes many of the limitations she was stuck with. I enjoy stories of strong women proving archaic systems wrong, I also enjoy how much details put into the world building, the aapects both I and her disliked about the society she was reborn into is explained very well, and it keeps you from being angry with the other characters who go against her ideas because it illustrates what they understand very well, it means no ones really a bad guy and I enjoy that. Everything is mysterious enough to keep you on your toes and the main character is refreshingly smart, it feels as if she learns and realizes things nearly the same time the reader does, so there' sitting on the sidelines cursing her for not realizing something simple. 10/10 for the sparkly hair, can't wait for the next chapter let's go!