The Arcane Emperor

by Aternus

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content

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
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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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I'm current up to date at chapter 32: There isn't really anything I can harp on as bad in this novel so far. Even with the sexual content which I don't care for I still really enjoy reading this.

Style: the style isn't amazing but is well above average and seems to be improving as the story progresses.

Story: So far the story is just introducing the world and getting the mc to where he needs to be to achieve his goals strength wise but the author has foreshadowed the direction somewhat giving you something to anticipate and allowing for protagonists not to be just there for the sake of being there.

Grammar: I'm definitely not a true authority on grammar but so far there hasn't been anything extremely annoying and I've read published works with worse mistakes even after professional editing.

Character: I like the main character as he isn't the most intelligent, in fact unlike most main characters he doesn't manage to think of everything or succeed the first time at everything he tries, he is learning as he goes and it is pretty nice. As for other characters they are a bit 2d personality wise but acceptably so and better yet they actually have value other dragging the main character into fights as they are actually useful for things other than comedy and putting the mc in bad situations.

Overall: this story and characters show great promise and that is just in 30+ good sized chapters(probably equal to 90+ chapters of most wn). If recommend this to anyone who enjoys watching a character grow and adjust and build relationships as well as strength.


Great read. Impressive characters. Compelling plot and storylines that pull you in. Lots of rich material in world development and MC backstory to be explored. Overall, I highly recommend this novel to fans of the genre.


A Mediocre Review of a Fantastic Story

I am really loving this story. The first few chapters were a little rough to get into, but after a few of them it really sucked me in. There are some mistakes with the grammer but it is still above the RRL average. Overall the story line and characters are fantastic. OP MC's are OP, but he is not ridicously OP so its still enjoyable for me to watch him continue to grow and learn.  


Thanks for the work and I'm looking forward to more updates. 


I found this story a couple of days ago and once I started reading I just couldnt put it down! 


Overrated because of the early chapters

As many of the reviews before this stated, the early chapters are okay, but the later chapters are nothing but:

void and arcane yada yada

XXXX1 Spell level up 

XXXX2 Spell level up

XXXX3 Spell level up

XXXX Experience points for achieving max level XXXX1 spell

XXXX Experience points for gaining the title Boring Shit

XXXX experience for  yada yada.

zero character development

If you DON'T want to read, and want to only look at skills, spells, titles. Try this fic, or better yet, just play a game.

Maou Shojou Areil chan

now...  before you read this please understand that i am giving this a slightly higher score than i would normally give just because i think that this is a genuinly good story just simply not for me.  i personally read up to and including chapter 55 while there are 62 chapters out  so the story might have (i doubt much changed)  changed and gotten better but i will change this review if soo


Style-  personally really like antihero type of style and the Author does a really good job of making a world and general feel that makes you like the fiction itself i have pretty much no complaints for the style itself and like how the magic in the story feels really well thought out.

story- the story itself is quite good, granted the villians kinda just feel like they are bad guys just cuz they can be bad and some ppl may think that makes the story less immersive since they cant immagine them as real ppl but you also gotta remember that the bad guy is a really old lich and we dont know how undeath effects you as a person.  nothing else too really complain or complament here tho i'd say its about as good of a story as "Mythical Conquest" also a descent story on RRL

Grammar- some of the best on the sight that isnt from one of the long time writers on the web site even with how quickly this guy puts out chapters he makes little to no errors and those he does get corrected fast so no complaint

character-  this is the part of the story that throws me off of the story.  so as i said earlier i quite like the antihero genre however i found myself disliking rainer more and more throughout the story and thus found all of the lackeys that ended up following and non-stop complimenting him increasingly annoying.  for a while i couldnt really find out what it was that annoyed me about him but then i thought about it and realized.  He is simply too perfect, i mean dont get me wrong i understand that he isnt phisically the greatest but he has his squad of bi#$% all over the place to tank and heal for him and i never really feel like he will lose any of the fights he was in even if he ended up in a coma i knew the whole way through that he will get out with some scrapes maybe a slight curse or 2 (that will go away) and a bunch of level ups then he will go back to sleeping and getting stronger.  however this in and of itself isnt what made me dislike him its more that whenever a character is introduced into the story he is always hostile for no real reason even if they help him he will be hostile and no one really finds any fault in that within the story sure maybe he will warm up to them after 10 chapters or so but the same thing will just repeat itself in a few more chp and i feel like this is the kind of guy whome the author will just make everyone like regardless of what he does.  however in the end i am also well aware of the fact that my opinion of him is not particularly fair but i honestly cant help but hate him more and more.  

all in all i would definetly recomend at least giving this story a try if you like this kind of story and lets face it this is royal road so if you dont like this kind of story your on the wrong website.  Also if you can like the characters (Luna is best grill btw)  then you will prob fall in love with the story so at least give it a try


Just wanna say Good Job 👏


Let me start off by staying that I liked this story. It had an interesting plot, and it was actually the first novel I read on this site. Now, having said that, let's get into the specific aspects of this story.

Style: The author is pretty good in a lot of ways here for the most part. I will say that occasionally the author will go a bit too in depth and expect the reader to remember everything that was written, but I can look past that. However, my main problem is that Rainer constantly has a solution to every problem he faces. This makes it very difficult to get invested in the characters, because Rainer has never, not once throughout several thousand pages, failed in a major task or in a meaningful way. There isn't any suspense.

Story: The story is fun, even if there isn't necessarily a central plot. It is mainly a slice of life with a few eventual goals that the main character slowly works towards. However, the slow pacing and roundabout way of moving the plot forward makes it a bit tiresome at certain points. For instance, there have been entire chapters dedicated to what Rainer does during Sleep Learning times, which is actually more interesting than it sounds, but does little to push the story along.

Grammar: Not much to say here. Very good grammar, and I only give it a low score if it becomes unreadable. In this case though, I haven't noticed any errors, or if I have they've been few and far between.

Character: The characters in this story are fine, but they oftentimes have predictable reactions and character development often gets put to the side in favor of explaining a new skill or something. Since they have first been introduced, the main characters have had very little development or evolution. Rainer is still a clever person who always has the answer, Luna is the clingy fairy who doesn't help a lot but provides some entertainment, and Kara, the more independent girlfriend who still relies a lot on Rainer to make items to push her forward and also manages to argue with Rainer over a lot. And Gunthar doesn't really have a purpose besides being the tank and another male to react to the females. However, they are still fun to read about most of the time.


Edit: After coming back from hiatus, the author is much improved. The plot is moving along at a faster pace, Rainer is gaining strength, and there is finally someting resembling an end goal. Great to have you back! 


The Best Lit-RPG I've read so far

The Lit-Rpg mechanics are fairly complicated and leave a lot of room for experimentation and surprising revelations but the system is consistent.


I've read a multitude of Lit-Rpgs, and this is by far the best.


If you want to read about an intelligent hard working protagonist learning to build powerful magicks and fight fiersome foes, this is the story for you!


A great start, with a solid writing style

The story has an excellent pace to it. The writing style is stellar and grammar is near perfect. There are a few incongruities at this point, but I'm hoping that with enough time and more chapters they will be addressed. The story has a nice setting to it, with likeable characters. At this point it is still too early for an incredibly detailed review, considering that the author promised 5 chapters/week and that the plot is still in its infancy. 

The one complaint that I have so far is absolutely nothing is known about the origins of the protagonist. But I don't think that this is a big issue, as the author seems to be going for a gradual reveal of the protagonist's past instead of an info dump. That is also fine

As for other readers looking to get a sense of the novel from the reviews, without spoiling too much, this is a summoned to new world story with a twist. So far so good, with enough action and a good deal of humor. I'm leaving it at 4.5/5 for now, as it is too early. Will come back in the future and amend my score.