The Arcane Emperor

by Aternus

Original HIATUS Action Adventure Comedy Drama Fantasy Romance Anti-Hero Lead Harem LitRPG Magic Male Lead Strong Lead
Warning This fiction contains:
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Rainer, an amateur arcanist and college student, sought to create a new spell far surpassing the magic of the few he inherited from his grandfather. Yet the interference of an unknown event during the casting of his spell led him to be thrown through space and time.

Where status screens were accepted as normal and class distinctions were quite clear. Leveling and achieving a class beyond a simple farmer or peddler was an affair of life and death combined with years of hard training. Goblins were not the fodder that they should be, orcs filled bedtime stories in order to scare children into behaving, and a dragon? You might as well pack up and move to another country.

He, however, enters this world with the rare and powerful class of the Arcanist. How will the recently ardent seeker of magic find greater heights, or will he land in deeper depths?

Additional Tags: Game elements, Another World, Mature Themes

Cover Art: by NGT

Current Word Count: 413,193
Weekly Schedule: Long Chapter(s) Every Saturday Night EST

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: New Beginnings ago
Chapter 2: I'm Sorry I Doubted you Grandfather! ago
Chapter 3: The Arcane Scholar ago
Chapter 4: A Fairy and a Broken Seal ago
Chapter 5: Fae Contractor ago
Chapter 6: Run with the Wind! ago
Chapter 7: Resistance ago
Chapter 8: The Arcane Elementalist ago
Chapter 9: Monster Hunters ago
Chapter 10: Winter's Guardians ago
Chapter 11: The Dungeon's Entrance ago
Chapter 12: The First Step ago
Chapter 13: Fallen City of Nalmar ago
Chapter 14: A Change of Scenery ago
Chapter 15: The Fog ago
Chapter 16: An Unexpected Addition ago
Chapter 17: Arcane Power ago
Chapter 18: A Vanquishing Spear ago
Chapter 19: The Horde ago
Chapter 20: Soar ago
Chapter 21: Deliverance ago
Chapter 22: Wyvern's Roost ago
Chapter 23: Domain ago
Chapter 24: Rising Caverns and Falling Flames ago
Chapter 25: Descent ago
Chapter 26: The Return ago
Chapter 27: A Temporary Home ago
Chapter 28: The Hunt ago
Chapter 29: Back to Where it All Began ago
Chapter 30: Standardization ago
Chapter 31: Final Preparations ago
Chapter 32: Advancement ago
Chapter 33: Fruit of the World Tree ago
Chapter 34: A New Wind Blows. ago
Chapter 35: The Low Road ago
Chapter 36: Toward the Tower ago
Chapter 37: A Familiar Sensation ago
Chapter 38: The Mana-Well ago
Chapter 39: Voidwalker ago
Chapter 40: Maiden Elru ago
Chapter 41: A Trade ago
Chapter 42: A Ring's Value ago
Chapter 43: Flame-Touched ago
Chapter 44: Of Mages and Arachne ago
Chapter 45: A Message ago
Chapter 46: Arcane Presence ago
Chapter 47: Druidic Magic ago
Chapter 48: The Ice Wolf Queen ago
Chapter 49: Not Even a Footnote ago
Chapter 50: Arcane Invigoration ago
Chapter 51: Devil King Agmar ago
Chapter 52: An Unexpected Destination ago
Chapter 53: A New Arrival ago
Chapter 54: The Arcane Order ago
Chapter 55: Frozen Sun ago
Chapter 56: Tiers of Magic ago
Chapter 57: The Ball ago
Chapter 58: The Soul ago
Chapter 59: Call of the Void ago
Chapter 60: Abyssal Plane ago
Chapter 61: Creeping Darkness ago
Chapter 62: The Mind ago
Chapter 63: A Serpent's Cry and A Dragon's Help ago
Chapter 64: Lords of the Void ago
Chapter 65: Plunging into Water ago
Chapter 66: The Second Trial ago
Chapter 67: Abyssal Elf ago
Chapter 68: A Difference of Time ago
Chapter 69: Death's Thief ago
Chapter 70: The Memories of a Soul ago
Chapter 71: Arcane Revelation ago
Chapter 72: Another gift from the Divine ago
Chapter 73: Home ago
Chapter 74: To New Horizons ago
Chapter 75: Magus of Cursed Lightning ago
Chapter 76: Of Enchantments and Dragons ago
Chapter 77: White Void ago
Chapter 78: A Broken Soul ago
Chapter 79: Sacrilege ago
Chapter 80: Gateway ago
Chapter 81: Void-Step ago
Chapter 82: Bard of the Moonlight ago
Chapter 83: Arcanum ago
Chapter 84: Threads of Aura ago
Chapter 85: The Wolf King ago
Chapter 86: Changing of the Guard ago
Chapter 87: Moonlighting ago
Chapter 88: Neutral City ago
Chapter 89: Blood on the Walls ago
Chapter 90: Creature of Shadow ago
Chapter 91: Manipulator of Reality ago
Chapter 92: First Impressions ago
Chapter 93: Elemental Awakening ago
Chapter 94: Of Arcane and Frost ago
Chapter 95: Avatar ago
Chapter 96: Weaknesses ago
Chapter 97: To the Land of Demons ago
Chapter 98: Demonic Dungeon ago
Chapter 99: A Split ago
Chapter 100: Destination ago
Chapter 101: Opening the [Sleep Learning] Space ago
Chapter 102: A World of Mana ago
Chapter 103: Frontline ago
Chapter 104: Reunion ago
Chapter 105: Matters of the Soul ago
Chapter 106: The Strength of the System ago
Chapter 107: Balance ago
Chapter 108: Ready for War ago
Chapter 109: Borrowing Natural Laws ago
Chapter 110: A New Energy ago
Chapter 111: Blade of the Void ago
Chapter 112: Void-Being ago
Chapter 113: Auction ago
Chapter 114: An Unassuming Chosen ago
Chapter 115: Fight or Flight ago
Chapter 116: Receiving the System ago
Chapter 117: Family Gathering ago
Chapter 118: Ancient Aspects ago
Chapter 119: Changing ago
Chapter 120: Seeking New Dungeons ago
Chapter 121: Passives ago
Chapter 122: Arcane Domain ago
Chapter 123: Black-Fire ago
Chapter 124: A Ghost in the Snow ago
Chapter 125: Remnants of the Northern Empire ago
Chapter 126: Remnants of the Northern Empire(2) ago
Chapter 127: Preparing for the Dungeon ago
Chapter 128: A Living Poison ago
Chapter 129: Godling ago
Chapter 130: Celebration ago
Chapter 131: Mage-Fist ago
Chapter 132: Coronation ago
Chapter 133: Seeking a Seer ago
Chapter 134: Manipulating the Body ago
Chapter 135: Gold to Crimson ago
Chapter 136: Sarah's Trial ago
Chapter 137: Let the Hunt Begin ago
Chapter 138: Collecting ago
Chapter 139: Leaderboard ago
Chapter 140: Arcane and Void ago
Chapter 141: Fighting for First ago
Chapter 142: Transformation ago
Chapter 143: The End of the First Stage ago
Chapter 144: The Second Stage ago
Chapter 145: Attrition ago
Chapter 146: Regeneration ago
Chapter 147: Core ago
Chapter 148: A Land of Frost ago
Chapter 149: Soul Resilience ago
Chapter 150: Rest Area ago
Chapter 151: Order of the Elements ago
Chapter 152: Failed Creation ago
Chapter 153: Drifting Isle ago
Chapter 154: Round 1 ago
Chapter 155: Round Robin ago
Chapter 156: Visiting ago
Chapter 157: Final Round ago
Chapter 158: A Life for a Life ago
Chapter 159: A Pairing of Arcane and Void ago
Chapter 160: The Last Fight ago
Chapter 161: Final Reward ago
Chapter 162: Preparation for War ago
Chapter 163: An Empty Field of Grass ago
Chapter 164: Flee ago
Chapter 165: A Light from the Moon ago
Chapter 166: The City of Wealth ago
Chapter 167: Copying Memories ago
Chapter 168: A Changing of Soul ago
Chapter 169: A Third Avatar ago
Chapter 170: A Badge and a Coin ago
Chapter 171: Informant ago
Chapter 172: Transportation ago
Chapter 173: Meeting the Invasion ago
Chapter 174: A New Enemy ago
Chapter 175: Repository of Souls ago
Chapter 176: The Four Towers ago
Chapter 177: A New Guild ago
Chapter 178: Rushing Forward ago
Chapter 179: Runes of Mana ago
Chapter 180: The Worth of a Mage's Life ago
Chapter 181: Of Gods and Empires ago
Chapter 182: New faces, Old Enemies ago
Chapter 183: An Invitation of the Elements ago
Chapter 184: The Second Tower of Conquest ago
Chapter 185: Soul Assault ago
Chapter 186: A Difference in Quality ago
Chapter 187: Swift Vengeance ago
Chapter 188: Violet Death ago
Chapter 189: A Quick Escape ago
Chapter 190: Uri ago
Chapter 191: Weak Training ago
Chapter 192: Stirring the Pot ago
Chapter 193: Gilded Feathers ago

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The author did a great job during the survival phase of the story, but then failed to transition into something else.

Most stories need an extra push once the MC becomes OP, since there are fewer dangerous problems. The author experimented with a harem, then considered an empire-building approach, and lastly reverted back to a power creep story. As a result, the story became a disjointed mess.

The author should treat this as a good learning experience in what he is good/bad at, and transition to a new project.

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Excellent concept, poor execution

This is a very interesting idea, but there are too many technical errors to overlook.  One persistent issue is the lack of consistent tense throughout.  Past and present tenses are used, sometimes even within the same sentence.  This makes reading the story difficult.

The second issue is that the characters are two dimensional.  They come across more as a loose collection of traits than as actual people.  There is also the issue of how they interact with the protagonist.  I feel like I am reading the literary equivalent of a cookie cutter light novel anime adaptation.  The only thing missing is the cure little sister character, but I’ve only gone through the first thirty chapters so they might show up later.

If you like the LitRPG genre and can overlook the grammar issues, then there isn’t any reason not to check the story out.  That said, it is a work in need of a good editor.

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Started strong, but loses sight of main conflicts

The story was good for the first 50 chapters. Rainer leveled up, he had a quest, and there was actually a chance that he could have died. Then he finished the quest, got tier 2, and that's where I dropped then story. Unfortunately, the author was releasing longer and longer chapters. Now, that may seem like a good thing, but not if the plot slows to a snail's pace. This mini arch was not good for the novel because Rainer's character development halted. The skeletons, Kara, and Luna were not further developed. With no character development, no major problem to center the plot around, the story stumbled to a halt.

Rainer's abilities even began to feel tedious. He learns all these new spells, but never actually uses them. Every chapter began to boil down to: "He wants something? Oh, let him have it, and if it is a skill, then at max level too. We'll just write it off as the sleep learning skill."

So with no character development, each chapter made me wonder, why is it in the novel? Is it simply to force the plot? A chapter should exist because the plot needs it to exist. Chapter 55, for example, could easily have been reduced to a time skip, where Rainer's new skills are just listed. Then, we could have a shorter, more focused chapter on whatever the heck Rainer actually wants from the Faeries

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Good Start, But MC's Power Doesn't Feel Earned

The Arcane Emperor is a portal fantasy litRPG that starts off strong, but then falters due to poorly done power progression and scattered plotting.

From the start it becomes clear that the MC will be OP, and for the early parts of the story that is fine, but then at some point, leveling skills becomes as easy as:
Think about/apply skill for 1 min => Skill level 1 => sleep => Skill level 10.

As a result, the power progression doesn't feel earned, since the MC just seems to be gaining obscene power without any effort, solely via a class and ability that no one else can possibly have or replicate.  The rapid power jumps also impact the plotting, causing the story and plotlines to rapidly spiral out of control as the author tries to contrive situations to challenge the MC. Despite that effort, the MC barely ever even struggles. 

At around Chapter 150, nothing the characters gained felt earned to me, and the story was scattered across a bunch of plotlines, so I dropped the story.

While the story is decent as a wish-fulfillment power fantasy, I would not recommend it to anyone looking for a well-crafted story or characters.

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Not going to go in depth here, but I feel like the author didn't know what to do after chapter 80~. The power creation and skill leveling (the most entertaining aspects of the story) go way down and is replaced by boring manager stuff. I enjoy the idea of building a magic school, but as far as I've read, it isn't done well.

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Once upon a time I enjoyed this story, then came the endless wondering.

The story and all the plotlines that were prepared fall apart after chap 98. New plotlines are brought up without resolving the old ones and villains lurking in the shadows become irrelevant. Due to lack of checking his old material the author probably forgot those plots, or remembered he forgot them; at which point he proceeded to throw them out..

Everything after ch.98 is a filler. Characters all become one dimensional yes men who are only there to gawk at MCs supposed awesomeness.Now the story is completely stagnant to the point where NOTHING happens, and no one would honestly care if aternus decides to drop the story at this point.

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Good potential marred with grammar mistakes and boring repetitions

I decided to read Arcane Emperor for a change of pace from my usual readings. The story starts off decent/mediocre mainly because it spent so much of it's storytelling on game stats, level ups, and grinding instead of building an intriguing plot. Honestly, who likes to grind in a game, much less reading about a person grinding in a game? So yes, it starts off as mediocre read.

However, what really grind my gears is the grammar. I suspect the author is not a native English speaker and that's fine. However, I just can't stand reading story with shifting tenses and weird structures. One moment, the characters will talk in the present tense and then switch to the past tense within the same context. It absolutely drives me bonkers.


Example at Chapter 25:

“We’ll use our left hands since it's the way the dungeon would least expect us to go and therefore have the most likely exit.”

“Sorcerer, would a dungeon even suspect such a strange thing.”


C'mon man. I know a lot of author uses "I'm trying to improve my English" by writing a story but a lot times, these stories continue to make the same mistakes over and over WITHOUT much improvements at all, which really ticks me off.

Secondly, the story is really boring and repetitive. Like I said earlier, who really wants to read about grinding and leveling up over and over and over and over and over and over?

Moreover, the author has a whole canvas of ideas and materials to work on: a new game-like realities with demons, elfs, and all the other fantasy races. However, with the constant description of grinding for more levels...the author decides to make it even more boring, by starting a school!!!

Overall, very disappointing.

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That's a rhetorical question.

It's popular because it's bog-standard power-fantasy author-SI dogshit of the exact kind that appeals to tweens and manchildren the world 'round.

The characters are vapid, shallow toys for the equally dull protagonist to play with. The story is an endless sequence of powerups and sex scenes. The technical execution of it is good enough to satisfy  the half-literate chimps that enjoy this sort of self-indulgent dross.

There's your answer. If playing an RPG is too hard and you want to read with a hand in your pants, this is a good story for you.

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Good start...then meh

I read up to chapter 81 of the story. It started out pretty well, the main character's power was building up a bit fast, but it didn't serve to degrade the story at all. The main character seems to want to keep a low profile to stay out of touble, but it turns out that keeping a low profile was the reason he was caught up in so much trouble. Besides that and the pretty one dimensional characters, it was an enjoyable read until the MC's sister was introduced to the story. For me, this is when the story started to dramatically drop in quality. Adding the sister dissipated any speck of tension the story had until that point. Why? Because now, instead of there only being one OP character in the story, there are two. Alongside the sister being introduced was a series of really boring chapters about travelling to the north that just made reading anything after exceedingly tedious to read. Seriously, you're going to put the part about building his own school and all that boring managerial stuff after torturing your readers through a boring ass travel montage where the MC is just teleporting around doing mundane tasks.

I also want to add how underwhelming every antagonist is in the story. Every villain is built up to be this hidden force that threatens to kill the MC at any time. But then, the villains appear before the MC and get their asses kicked or put in a disadventagous position. It's like antagonist blue balls, all that buildup and then nothing happens.

By the way, the sexual content tag might as well be removed, since all you get are suggestions on what is happening. Author wants the sexual content to happen in your imgination.

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The MC is OP, which is expected, as this is - like many others - wish fulfillment.

Reading this, while chapter by chapter, it's not that good, but also not so bad. Just like instant noodle. While knowing that it's not very good, you like it anyway.

The story dive too deep into the inner working of the MC's power, his thinking process. The author praise the MC for his stunning discovery/powerup seeming because of his being smart. But since nobody can do what he does, so there's no comparison. Like, there's only one Excalibur and he has it. So whatever he thought up, it was just Excalibur +1, +2, +3 and not because he is smart.