An ad for a part-time job beta testing a new MMORPG leads our protagonist out of this world and into a virtual one filled with very real dangers. The goal of this game isn't to win, it's to survive--and the odds don't look so good. Even if our hero does make it out alive, will they ever be the same?
Author's Note: I wrote the main body of this story several years ago, and I am just now getting around to revising it. I'm adding a new frame-story to it because I was dissatisfied with the previous one. I imagine that I'll be posting each chapter as I finish it, around once a week, then go back and revise each "section" for coherence until I'm satisfied with it. Section 1 (INITIATING) will be from the Cover Copy to Start Game, so once I post the first version of "Start Game", I'll go back and edit that section until it's tight, flows, and makes sense internally. So if you read something the first time, and come back to check it later and find it's dramatically different, that's what's going on.
I'll probably repeat the same process for sections DREAM, FALSE AWAKENING, NIGHTMARE, and TERMINATING.
As this is very much a work-in-progress, any feedback that I can use to inform my editing process would be most appreciated. It's also my first time posting a work of substantial length online, so...I humbly ask for your kind consideration *uwu*
A teenage boy wakes up in a monster-infested sewer, which is in turn located within a seemingly endless dungeon. Fortunately, he is gifted with a magic scroll upon arrival.
What if you were the main character in your own story?
This story is for practice and fun. Any and all feedback is welcomed.
Rex the child prodigy, the so-called 'mad scientist' given by his friend, got shot by a criminal and fell dead. He wakes up inside a dark closed room inside a magic circle in a new world different from the earth where there are magic and stuff.
Rex is a guy who got easily bored, but when the world had magic in it how can he be bored.
A story about the life of misfits who end up in the army with a desire to do good. They meet more of their own kind, as circumstances take them through progressively erratic encounters that eventually force them to become one of the most iconic group of vigilantes the world has known.
Disclaimer : The background is set in a fictional world and any similarity with reality and its fucked up occupants is purely coincidental.
What if i told you everything you thought was true was all but a lie~
When the stewards of the world of Gamdrea go to war they cannot effect the world directly, but they can choose avatars and champions to represent them. And they can pull souls from another world to fight their battles for them. But when the darkness finds a loophole to tip the balance into his favor, the light's pool of potential champions is almost drained. To earth's souls who find themselves on Gamdrea's surface, it's all just a game, a new edgy technology allowing them to play video games while they sleep, but to the peoples of Gamdrea it is far from a game. It's their life. The light's power is now limited to a few and those few still have seeds of darkness within in them, for no one is all good and no one is all evil. Will the light prevail or will the darkness win the day?
Kywen and Sundeera are nexum, soul bonded, and they have their hearts set upon finding the rumored second Scroll of Fulminnas. They live on the southern tip of the enormous continent of Hindar, in a society that has enjoyed centuries of peace due to the Treaty of Jaliff, agreed to by all clans after the destruction of the Black Vortex. Sundeera has just returned from a season of Inaru training while Kywen has suddenly made plans to bid the secretive Wiovan Order at the Collaboration, a festival created to encourage young men and women to bid for appreticeships to previously opposing clans. Neither young woman is aware of the growing discontent surrounding them, but a chance encounter with the second heir to Watcher of Clans leads the girls into a whirlwind of adventure and danger, threatening not only their lives but everyone in Hindar.
The challenger eagerly drew his own sword. The metallic shing! that sounded as the man pulled his massive broadsword from it’s sheath would have frightened any individual lesser than the three members of Team Subaru standing in front of him.
Rei grinned eagerly and licked his lips, almost as if tasting the tension that was in the air. His thin, toned body began to radiate a brilliant green light. “Commander, let me handle him. He needs to learn some humility.”
Team Subaru has always had issues with authority. With a rogue-ish hot head as the star member and a slack off rebel as the commander, they have their work cut out for them as a part of the Mana Enforcement Corps. When a violent group of rouge mana users threatens to destroy everything that Team Subaru knows, they decide to step up and become strong enough to support their forces to end the threat.
My own take on the world's history, fused with some supernatural/fantasy elements. Disclaimer: This story is a work of fiction, although I will be putting a lot of "historical figures" as a character sooner or later. Any resemblance to historical events is entirely fictional. This work is NOT an accurate portrayal of my perspective/point of views. Warning: This work contains stuff that some people will undoubtedly find offensive since I will be taking some shots at various widely debatable subjects such as religion, politics, etc. Proceed at your own risk, you have been warned.
‘Ghostified City’ is a post-dystopian sci-fi tale, set in a fading world that might be a future version of ours, running out on outopilot into oblivion. Adaman Yimmand is a simple robofactory operator in The City who's working with robots and machines every day. He doesn’t even realise that he might not have met another actual human being in years. Everything begins when he breaks his routine for once and enters a bar where he meets Evelith. This pesky other person does not let him go after he has had his -rather terrible- beer, because according to her actual humans are much rarer than he’s aware of.
And from then on ‘the genie is out of the bottle and won’t get back in’, to use her words: Adaman meets more people, and gradually he has no choice but to accept that the reality of The City is not what he always thought it was, and to face the darkness of a fading humanity on the brink of self-inflicted extinction.
Is there any hope left for him, and for his species?
I have selected 'sexual content' and 'traumatising content' to be on the safe side, because there is a stripclub-like venue in the background of the story, and an almost-extinct humanity that has institutionalised suicide which might be disturbing to some. Apart from that it's not really a heavy 'adult' story.
('Ghostified City' is my first long story in English as opposed to my native language Dutch, and an earlier version was published on my fiction blog 'Oranderra' until I stopped updating. This is a slightly altered version of the first series.)
Ancient KurtzPels, the legendary heroes of the past,
were imprisoned inside the Tower of Gods during the Great Change
that was caused by an evil deity.
even after 400 years of their imprisonment,
the Ancient KurtzPels’ will lives on through their descendants.
They have created a KurtzPel organization called Chase, to prevent the oppressive Holy Bellatos Empire.
Now, as the new member of Chase, players must fight
against the Bellatos Army and prevent them from spreading their religious dogma.
Our protagonist, right before reaching godhood had his clan and family murdered before his eyes right before himself. Right before his soul was vanquished, it was sucked away by a mysterious power?
Waking up in the body of a young boy, this is his journey to get revenge and to reach the apex!
"My image will be Heaven's image and my will, will be Heaven's will!"
A warrior lies in a pool of his own blood, unable to win his fight.
A tipsy man rests amidst the downpour, disillusioned by tragedy and deception.
Tying the two fates together is a lion that can place the man’s soul into the warrior’s dead body on one condition.
‘Unite all of Azad under the Lion of Lohan’s banner!’
But can he really unite a subcontinent of many cultures, religions and differences against a rising menace that threatens to tear it all apart?
Note: This is my first project and my writing style is still a work in progress so any criticisms will be taken into account to try and improve it. There might also be some plot holes or other problems in the writing, so just call me out for it and I'll try to have them fixed. Also, the Isekai takes place at the end of the first arc.
Content Warning: Swear words are used and there are visual depictions of violence in this novel.
The glossary is on SH, here is the link: https://www.scribblehub.com/series/34969/a-tale-from-azad/glossary/
"I have lived for so long.
I was once a blade of grass, a small stone on the road side. I even experienced living as a cloud blown by the northern winds, which was really an icy experience.
Through each new life, my memory of the last ones never faded and I still remember everything all the way back to the first time I became aware of my own existence.
While I was leisurely bathing under the sunlight or lying in the depths of the sea, I came across some interesting creatures. Whether it was mermaids, fairies or even normal human beings, I always spectated on them from afar.
What seemed more intriguing for me was watching how they interacted with each other, how they fought and laughed together. I don't know when it happened, but I soon started wondering what it would be like to experience those feelings and to become one of them.
I have long since held into this extravagant wish of mine until one day..."
As you can see guys, it's the story of a naive men who have already gathered the shallow experience of thousands of lives and so he though he was ready for his own story the day he woke up to find that he finally got a complete set of arms and legs.
I invite you guys to accompany him through this journey in the mesmerising and cruel human world.
Every year, the Horde attacks the Wall and tries to destroy humanity. And every year, the four main Houses of Endymion gather their men and resources to form the Annual army to fight back the Horde. That's been the way of things for nearly 100 years. But where once the Horde was simply a collection of mindless monsters, there are some who have attained the knowledge to effectively fight humanity. And where once specially attuned humans, called Poteres, could connect to the Lunar and Solar planes and have unimaginable abilities, they are no longer able to tap into that vast power.
Now, humanity is fighting a losing battle and only a select few know the truth about the Horde's new leaders and the Potere's fall from grace. But what is the price of secrecy? And would the truth destroy humanity or save them?
Virtual reality in a wild west game takes a dangerous turn.
Author's note: This is my first attempt at writing since publishing my original book on Amazon back in 2013 (I took a hiatus for reasons I won't bore you all with). I won't link it here without clearance from the moderators to do so, but you should be able to find it easily enough by searching for the series name.
Once I've finished the book here, I will publish it in eBook format on the same platform, and make plans for book 3.
Opinions and comments are welcomed.
Synopsis - Uprising - Book 2 of the Alliance Chronicles Universe
The Day After the battle in lunar orbit following the return of the Tau Ceti and their new friends, the surviving population of Earth is waiting in a subsurface lunar area, waiting for new of what is to come. The crew of the original Tau Ceti mission try to deal with the aftermath in their own ways, while also having to deal with the widespread implications of the last fifty years of events on Earth.
The planet is incapable of long-term habitation. Virtually all life has gone extinct. Human beings have attempted to subsist on a combination of increasingly-rare canned goods, and the few remaining species of life that they can ingest. People have reverted to a tribal existence as a consequence, with some notable exceptions that become obvious as time goes on.
The Tau Cetian allies propose a long-term solution that is multifaceted. On one end, an environmental recovery effort is launched. Terraforming of Earth to accommodate life again, and introducing a combination of Tau Cetian and Earth-derived flora and fauna is suggested, the details to be worked out over the coming weeks as Tau Cetian scientists begin to obtain samples of the surviving and extinct lifeforms from the planet surface.
The human members of the Tau Cetian contingent, those who were on the original Tau Ceti expedition, begin planning a single government structure that initially involves martial law and military oversight in order to prevent rioting, looting or bloodshed. While this is an extremely unwelcome move even among their own numbers, it is deemed necessary. It takes effect immediately.
This causes a series of humans within many populace zones to go off the radar and begin planning their own coup. This, combined with unrest, results in the first of a series of terror incidents that result in major crackdowns. In turn, these crackdowns cause the activities of the groups to escalate.
One attempt to cause a terror related incident takes place during the relocation of humanity to a Tau Cetian garden world, when a group attempts to take control of one of the transport vessels. A team of Tau Cetian soldiers takes control back from the insurgents, although some casualties result.
While the incidents are partly contained by an overwhelming presence of Tau Cetian personnel who have now been loaned on detachment to the human leadership while they settle on their temporary home planet, many of the groups are captured, disbanded, and guilty parties brought to face justice before the leadership.
A few of these groups manage to evade capture, and go dark for a while. They would resurface later. Meanwhile, a campaign of information dissemination on the nature and threeat of their greatest enemy is planned and executed, with everyone shown raw footage of the enemy capabilities taken while on the surface of Earth, as well as from various spacecraft that had encountered their ships over the millennia that tau Cetians had been dealing with them.
Earth begins to undergo the first of a series of planetary atmosphere clean-up missions, the most destructive of all, but the most crucial. The atmosphere is stripped by massive numbers of vacuum drones sent by a terraforming bioship provided by the Tau Cetians.
Additionally, a leadership council is discussed, the initial members yet to be decided. A consultation is held on Tau Ceti 5 with Tau Cetian Prime Hendirim, Ship Commander Miradima, and the four remaining survivors of the original Tau Ceti mission. This meeting proceeds without issue, and proceeds with some changes to the ranks (the prior Fleet Commander officially retired due to ill health, though unofficially became the Director of their own Fleet Intelligence. The De Facto leader of the North American contingent is displeased that she was excluded from the meeting (although every survivor on Earth was excluded from this one), but accepts that she had not been singled out. Her place in the leadership was peripheral at the time, though it would gradually change, including her in more meetings as her hotheaded tendencies eased off and her ability to reason developed along with her intelligence and health.
Shortly afterward, training for the first Earth-based military would begin, with able-bodied candidates selected and then placed on specially-adapted Tau Cetian diets and training regimens. Stephen Hayward joined these groups, along with Walter Davidson. They were the only two from the Tau Ceti that joined, the others were all survivors from the surface of Earth. With Walter Davidson's background in the US Army, he already knew military protocol, and was in a good position to take a leadership position in the ranks. Stephen, nominally a civilian, joined purely for the fitness regime.
Three new projects were launched shortly afterward. The first is a rudimentary shipyard, so that Earth can build its' own spacecraft again, as a stepping stone to building more in the future. The second was an expansion of the lunar complex on Earth's moon, making the incomplete spaceport functional so that it can be used to ferry people and cargo between Earth and the moon. Finally, the third was the construction of a subterranean habitat on Earth that would function as a monitoring station, base of operations, and transport hub for vessels travelling to the surface for their tasks. The base on Earth was developed with a view to being completely vacuum-sealed and capable of simultaneously dealing with depth pressures when buried up to 100 metres below sea level, and at zero atmospheric pressure during the stripping phase of Earth's reseeding.
The project was a long term solution to Earth's contamination problem, and was projected to take at least three decades to complete, assuming there were no problems. John volunteered to join the colonisation effort on Earth, along with a number of other volunteers, both Earth and Tau Cetian. He was assigned two guards to protect him against potential covert insurgent operatives, one of the guards was a Tau Cetian woman whom he eventually developed a relationship with.
Helen, the only other medically-qualified member of the crew, elected to stay on Tau Ceti 5, citing that a subterranean habitat on an inhospitable planet was no place to raise the only child of the man she lost. Her legacy would be to raise the child who would become a scientific leader, and whose descendants would play prominent roles much later in Alliance history.
It would only take two years for the first of Earth's combat vessels to be completed and ready for space trials, even though the foundations of the vessel's capabilities were laid down even more quickly, with a space-capable framework ready within eighteen months. Walter Davidson scheduled a visit to inspect this new ship.
Meanwhile, Helen worked remotely with John and Edward, as well as a Tau Cetian researcher named Forin. They began looking into ways to adapt the human genome to better cope with the radiation that would no doubt linger on Earth's surface, despite the major clean-up operation in progress at the time. Their hope was to develop a means of both treating the radiation-induced cancers plaguing many people from the surface, as well as make everyone more resistant to radiation poisoning. In the course of this research, they had occasion to compare the Tau Cetian genome with the Earth genome. Aside from the clear indications of genetic engineering inherent in the Tau Cetian genome from thousands of years before, there were clear and irrefutible commonalities between the two genomes.
The conclusion was inescapable. Tau Cetian and Earth people were the same species. This explained much, including why two separate civilizations on two separate planets in two separate star systems looked almost the same. This knowledge was deemed classified, and some obfuscation was needed to hide it. For once, everyone who knew about the link between Earth and Tau Ceti deemed this knowledge too sensitive and too dangerous to release during the current uncertainty, because while the Tau Cetians would have no issue with it for the most part, the people of Earth would be another story entirely... Especially the insurgents.
One of the remaining insurgent groups planned in secret. A two-pronged approach was taken. The first was a diversionary tactic that would cause chaos on the Tau Cetian gardne world where human survivors were temporarily being housed, while the second was a covert action to sneak aboard one of the numerous transport ships sent to Earth to supply personnel and raw materials for the recovery program. The first resulted in many injuries and extensive damage as the insurgents fought with stolen items fashioned into makeshift weaponry. Stephen was again injured during this time, and for the first time in many months, Janet was sent into a rage. She would have killed those that had attacked Stephen, had it not been for the fact that his injuries were not so severe that he was incapable of stopping her from doing so. Relief at his well being warred with her need to exact revenge, but eventually, she stood down and sought his comfort instead.
A large number of insurgent loyalists snuck aboard a shuttle bound for Earth's orbital shipyard at the same time, commandeered Earth's first large-scale spacecraft while the planned inspection was underway, kidnapping Walter Davidson and one of the Tau Cetian representatives hostage.
Miradima had every intention of killing the kidnappers outright after seeing the torture they attempted to inflict on Davidson, but he dissuaded her from doing so once he was rescued, and instead had them all confined to a prison colony on the near side of the moon, tidally locked with the Earth so they could see the world they would never again be allowed to set foot upon, the price they paid for their nationalistic bigotry and terrorism.
Meanwhile, from a far distance away, a mysterious space-borne force watched all of this with intense scrutiny, planning their next actions around what they saw.
Two years later, the first of Earth's combat ships is complete. A frigate-sized vessel that became part of the newly-commissioned Earth Fleet, carrying the designation Sol. Mars was targeted for a colony, and a much longer term habitation project, as well as receiving the second ever shipyard, one that would be equipped to build far larger ships. Construction would begin on the U.A.S Mars within five years. A new calendar is instituted at the celebration of the formalisation of the Alliance between Earth and Klankharis Prime, one that had 360 Earth-length days in each year. The goal of the new alliance was to build their respective fleets to prepare for the coming enemy return.