The Discarded, Half-Eaten Apple Core New Life. An OP Dungeon Post-Apocalyptic LitRPG.

The Discarded, Half-Eaten Apple Core New Life. An OP Dungeon Post-Apocalyptic LitRPG.

by MDW

Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Profanity
  • Traumatising content

[A failed Participant in the January 2023 Community Contest: I forgot to fill the form]

The world ended. Bam! The Apocalypse opened the gates of Hell, demons killed everyone. Including me. But I got a second chance of life. Though it was as an apple. Which was eaten by a starving survivor, not that I fault them. But to toss my half-eaten core into a landfill?

To add insult to injury, an earthquake brought the landfill and everything in it a mile underneath the earth. I guess I'm not in uncharted waters, because good luck finding any nearby.

Not that it would matter. I am pretty sure the apple I was reincarnated as was a GMO hybrid whose potential to germinate was as stunted as the empathy of a corporation CEO. So there's that. Also, no sunlight.

** DING **


Oh, for the love of all —

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Table of Contents
87 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
Reincarnated as an APPLE CORE. How could anyone get THAT wrong? ago
ANNEX I: Sanity-Preserving Glossary ago
This Dungeon is Garbage! ago
Radio Shank Versus Nickel Mice. ago
All that the Landfill touches is your Domain! ago
You Son of a B****, I'm in. ago
Rest In Peace, Ms. Josselyn. You'll be forever remembered. ago
Getting a Kid Sick was the Answer after all. ago
When your kill starts kill stealing, steal the kill from the kill stealing kill. ago
That's a Bad Bet. ago
NOT A CHAPTER: The Errata your Fiction Wished you Smelled like ago
Oh, so that's why they're called Splinter and Shredder. ago
Physics-chan has left the room ago
Abandon all hope, ye who enters here. ago
They won't ever stop tossing people in here, will they? Wait, its that the Dungeon Devotee by Nixia? ago
Yup, just as expected. ago
Yes, it is that dragon. ago
Savanna, Prairie, JQuery, Grasslands, and Hidden Tigers. ago
The Lion Mourns Tonight. ago
This Chapter was brought to you by Michael Bay (no, not really). ago
Pseudo-Interlude: The Weight of Rarity. ago
What the... is this now a 4x GameLit story? ago
Nowadays, cultivating trees is all the rage. ago
In Soviet Russia, Money Chases You. ago
Infinite Monkeys Bending Reality ago
Operation Blackjack Six. ago
Musical Interlude: Chat GPT, what have you done! ago
If our Pains never Return! ago
The Little Artillery that Could! ago
Blimey, it seems that they REALLY like to cultivate trees! ago
Maim one, Get one free. ago
Only my Railgun can make Skyrim Memes. ago
Living here in Jersey (not really Jersey), Fighting Monsters from Beyond. Chicks dig... ago
Go Go Ranger Ork. Only you can get a-Head! ago
Everybody is Gangsta Until the Engines Jam. ago
The Ballet of Steel and Blood ago
All the Dank Memes ago
NaC: Sub-Class brainstorm ideas. ago
Guardians of the Sacred Tree. ago
Welcome, you Summoner's Bitches. ago
You are a Ranger-Wizard, Harry ago
On Cloud Computing and Thrown Gauntlets ago
Hugging Momma Bricks Windows! ago
Episode IV: A new Dope ago
Episode V: The Whale Strikes Back ago
Episode VI: Return of the Fly (why the heck is it "return" when they just arrived?) ago
Meditate on this Zen Koan: "If you find the Buddha on the road, kill him." ago
That's some Dumb Stuff, Larry. ago
In Soviet Russia's 4th of July, Fireworks Shoot You! ago
You activated my Trap Card! I Cast Summon Bigger (jelly) Fish. And only bones shall remain! ago
Doki-Doki Power! Super Puririn Magical Princess Tranformation! Bloom! Apple Blossom Princess Mode! ago
It's time to change the genre (again). Now its a Princess Rearing Social Sim! ago
Raindrops keep failing on my head. But that doesn't mean... something. ago
All shall bow to their new God! Or have a one-on-one with an angry Valkyrie. Choose. ago
Don't say you weren't warned! ago
Such is reality. Yesterday's boss is today's random encounter. ago
Quantum Conundrum ago
Rescues Washington DC / Unless something better's on TV ago
Visit Scenic Post-Apocalyptic New York. The Best Place to Touch Grass! ago
In Soviet New York, Grass Touches You. From the inside out. Yikes. ago
Physics-Chan favors this one! ago
Now Reciting: Reconciliation, by Walt Whitman. ago
When Immortal Slaughter fails... time travel is not an option. At least not here. Deal with it. ago
The Apocalypse after the Apocalypse, the one your Four Horsemen wished your Armageddon smelled like. ago
Once A Jolly Swagger Apple Camped by a Billabong. ago
We are based out of the back of Bourke, but she'll be Apples, mate. ago
Wait. I think I know these people from somewhere... It's on the tip of my tongue... ago
I Hate to Admit it, but Marshall was Right. ago
Instant Wonder: Add "quantum" as a Prefix. ago
You load 16 tons* / and what do you get? / Another day older / and demons be dead. ago
Mecha vs Dragon, Part 1 — Rumble: First Blood ago
Now Playing: Giant Robot Love, ft. Daffy Duck. ago
What? The Discarded, Half-Eaten Apple Core is Evolving? ago
Power Overwhelming! ago
Additional Supply Depots Required. ago
The RECAP episode you (probably don't) deserve, and not the one you need right now. ago
Marvelous Magical Extinction Reversal Bingo and a Suspicious Easel Crossover. ago
Legendary Fixtures? More Like Legendary F***ups! ago
Eternal Ground Pounding and the Third Apocalypse. ago
How to Kite your Boss ago
Khardashev Type 1 Dungeon ago
Martian Antimatter Diplomacy — So Long, and Thanks for all the Chips. ago
Epilogue: Cyber-Dryad Mark I ago
Epilogue II: Astral Ignition — Spreading the Love ago

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Good story, the world is interesting.  But... Do you know what levels are?  More levels, more levels, skills, perks, skills, more and more of whatever the fuck the system has.  Our MC wins at an insanely fast speed (from the reader's point of view).  It gets to the point where it's tedious to read, so I just skip the hundreds of system screens.  

For you to have an idea, the mc has 8 subclasses until this chapter that I'm reading, it's not even "OP" anymore, it's something more childish like super strong invincible superman comics.


Very very few stories I've read goes as hard with skills,perks,traits and whatnot as MDW, it's one of the things that sold me on In Loki's Honor and it's done well here too. Many cool abilities! Many awesome perks and a whole lot more litrpg goodness is exactly my kind of guilty pleasure. 

And who doesn't love to see alien invaders get blown to oblivion with unlimited artillery barrages and giant rockets?


This was a fun romp full of meta humor but the story is all-action-no-substance, and that wears out after awhile (for me, around chapter 40). Like if Lord of the Rings was written by the makers of Borderlands and directed by Michael Bay. There are some funny scenes and some good action, but without character development to break it up, it loses its punch and you begin to question the motivation behind the characters and the whole facade falls apart.

If that's your shtick, you'll probably enjoy this, but I was left waiting for the MC to show a shred of humanity or growth and never got it. At best, I was given the barest of hints before they moved on to the next action sequence; at worst, brutal torture and unjustified murder swept under the rug without a second thought.

Beyond that, it is written with care and detail, just not my cup of tea. Enjoy!


While not the most thought out and meticulously crafted story, it is fast paced and interesting enough to see what comes next. Most dungon core seems to take forever to get anywhere while min maxing everything they can. This one tends to ingnore the power ups and go by rule of cool. 

Characterization and character interaction is minimal and the meta references break immersion for me, but it's worth a few hours of your time.


super fucking cheeky , i love it

Reviewed at: Physics-chan has left the room

I think this is my favorite dungeon story thus far. It is a total fucking satire and knows what it is doing without taking itself seriously

I think what takes the icing of the cake is the 4th wall breaking , cheeky , thumb in cheek main charecter. I just love reading his proverb and I also love that he doesnt give a rats ass about anything except his own survival and power ups.

Nothing is more grating than reading lack of self preservation dungeons like ahem some rr stories that shal not b named that end up becoming "humanoid" and "interact with towns" and "negotiate " with humans or worse, REWARD humans for beating their dungeon. The whole concept of humans reincarnated as dungeons dropping loot after other humans kill their monsters made to protect them is absolute lunacy, and im glad this mc has more common sense than half of the written royalroad stories.

mc is def big brain, and the powers and dungeon dynamics are super unique and creative. Im glad he is exploring the world instead of taking the trad dungeon troupe route.

i like how he gave the humans a chance without being cringe about his morals and as soon as he realized they werent on his side he stopped caring about them.

Overall, it is a super fun and thrilling read. I love satire esp when it is well done. I highly recommend you read this book and anyone who gives anything less than a 5 is prob trash that needs our dungeon to recycle :')

Soft foam

It's my first review/rambling so yeah

Reviewed at: Epilogue: Cyber-Dryad Mark I

 Good read , I have no qualms about the story the grammar is good ( not that I'd fully know I'm not that fluent in English mid you ,but it was a smooth read nonetheless),

The writing style is good ( in my preferences at least or perhaps not just mine , meh to each there own i suppose), the characters and the antics of our mc is funny ( or perhaps it was the writers antics I dunno).

All and all I enjoyed,love and relished the story ,and there's a lot of technical/techy things I don't know so there's all that , meh I enjoyed it nonetheless, thank you for the story, you've done good author San .



it's a good story and i like the humor in it. i also like how the system lets the MC take a lot of subclasses, and he uses the classes in interesting synergy with his previous ones. in a story with many different important characters that all have classes, i would definitely call the amount of variety he as a single character can manage overkilll but since the story basically only focuses on the protagonist it's welcome. taking a star away for excessive weaponry description that just amounts to numbers i automatically skip over but if you know a lot about guns and shit then the detail might be cool.

also when i read the story i picture skip looking like a gem apple from super kirby clash. in that game apart from gem apples being currency, kirby can eat gem apples to restore "vigor" which you need to go on quests. it makes me wonder what skip would taste like. at the point of the story where i've read to, skip has lost to a giant jellyfish, but i think kirby could beat that jellyfish. kirby could also beat skip and eat him. kirby would probably get the eugenics copy ability or something


This book has a dungeon premise.  We have a demon apocalypse, and a benevolent group if aliens gives earth a "system" to help them survive (but doesn't actually intervene, humans have to save themselves).

Our MC has a bad first day, and ends up with his spirit stuck in an apple, and eaten, ending up as an apple core.  the alien system gets confused and turns the apple core into a dungeon core (and tries to push it to making an orchard dungeon)

It's quite funny and enjoyable.


what to expect from the story  

unique main character with a bit of meme 

great setting and world building 

funny plots and non and human interaction 




I am a big fan of the story but one thing that attracted me to this story was the apocalypse category and I feel like I got what I came here for. On the comment section I've notice someone talking about the main character and how interacts with other character is justified because for him, he isn't human anymore as such he does not have the morals of a human. sure, he can related, feel or used them but he doesn't have to. this is my full opinion on the story  


the main character is a unique person whether it be he's decision throughout the story and he interaction 

the setting was perfect justified, but the Ragnarök ark feels kind of off for me so that's why there isn't a full five stars 


It sounds absolutely bonkers and if you ever actually use your logic this novel would be an absolutely fail and yet it can entrap you.
The suspencion of disbelief doesn't trigger at all, it is really well written to avoid that and keep you interested. Kudos to the author.

The novel on itself is interesting, an MC reincarnated into a half eaten apple going in a powertrip to saving post apocalyptic earth. There is some degree of morality and yet is not overblown. There is stupidity for the sake of humour and also for the actual sake of simulating an actual thinking person.

While parts of the plot are obvious most of it is actually original, well though and while it doesn't seem planned it gels toghether incredibly well.

Again the most surprising part is that many of the things when poorly done would trigger the suspencion of disbelief and make you question what you are reading.
Many good and great novels have issues with this regardless of the topic and yet this one manages to thread the needle, grab your attention, say stupid shit in an interesting manner (like really, magical girl transformation frase?) and it feels logical.
Easily the best aspect of this novel, IT IS INTRINSICALLY LOGICAL, even more counting that most of it feels like a joke and it fits.

All in all the most surprising find of this year 2023, hoping that is not the last one but it sets the bar quite high.