You are walking west. You find a wishing well. You wish for it to grant infinite wishes for every human being on earth. The Universe is now broken. The current weather is apocalypse with chances of fallout and nuclear winter. Also, everyone is dead. Good job.
In the year 2057, the world has become a corporate-run utopia for the super-rich, and a hellhole for all the rest.
Catherine 'Cat' Leblanc is an orphan that is about as far from super-rich as one can be. When the Incursion alarms start blaring and the sky starts raining hungry xenos, it's just another blemish on an already piss-poor afternoon.
A cyberpunk magical-girl alien-invasion LitRPG.
It’s exactly as wild as it sounds.
Humanity once ruled space, building an empire that stretched across hundreds of stars. Now Earth is a cold cinder in the void, its colonies and ships annihilated in an instant. For five thousand years the surviving races have huddled in the dying light of those few stations which avoided total destruction, eking out their existence in the shadow of the long-dead humans who built their homes. When a piece of that lost legacy resurfaces, the few who still remember humanity have one last opportunity to find the truth and avenge the fallen.
Cover by Harry Rowland - https://www.instagram.com/rowl_art_/
A cyborg transhuman escapes her corporate indenture and through unfathomably unlikely circumstances, she ends up in a fantasy world of full of unique magic, angry people with sharp implements, and the whole flavor-spectrum of divine entities. Hilarity ensues.
- No blue boxes or cultivation, this is not a LitRPG nor about martial arts
- Hard-ish Sci-Fi meets hard-ish magic
- Generally trying to keep this "rational"
My primary goal with The Cosmic Interloper is to write something that I myself would enjoy reading. Of course, that’s not the only motivation, but I think it’s the most important one for me to keep in mind, especially as the author. In fact, this whole story came about because after consuming oodles of fiction, I found myself craving a very specific type of story which I couldn’t find many examples of. Then I asked myself, “why not write it myself?” and here we are.
In general, while I’m not writing a comedy, I do intend for this story to be funny and a bit wacky or absurd. That said though, I am using this story as a vehicle to explore some potentially dark topics including (but not limited to) slavery, speciesism/racism, and existential questions of self, consciousness, and identity. Still, I’m going to leave the “traumatizing content” tags off, because I don’t feel that what I’ve written so far (or plan on writing) exceeds the threshold that would be necessary for me to tag it thusly.
Also, [insert your favorite boilerplate “views expressed” disclaimer here]. I shouldn’t need to say this, but the main character can be wrong on occasion (gasp!) and the way she views the world is not the objective truth (if such a thing even exists).
The world is in ruins.
Extreme sub-zero temperatures suffocate the surface, making even simple survival an ordeal. Frozen derelicts of bygone eras span across massive ice wastes. And the elite few hoard any technology rediscovered within.
The only escape from the deadly climate is beneath the surface. But it’s another disaster underground. Monstrous machines lurk in the depths. Unhinged demigods war against them, dying over and over, treating it all like a game. The land itself shifts over time, more contraption than rock. And an ominous prophecy states that the key to everything waits at the last level - but nobody’s ever reached that far.
When an expedition into the far uncharted north goes terribly wrong for Keith Winterscar, he finds himself trapped in a fight for survival. Stumbling upon an ancient power struggle of titanic scale; Keith will have to contend against gods, legends, and the secrets of the realm that lies below.
Author's note: Currently have 60 chapters ready that completes the first arc. Updating Monday and Thursdays. This is a long planned out fic, so I take my time setting up characters for the whammy moments and growth.
[Dungeon-lite and gamelit-lite, though both start being relevant further down the line.]
Waking up alone in a floating wreck, Alex is forced to rely on an artificial voice in her head while she scrambles to put the pieces together.
This is a side project of mine. Releases will come as they are written! You can support me on my Patreon for my other web novel, New Life of a Summoned Demoness, but there aren't any advanced chapters of ShipCore.
I also set up a Ko-Fi page for those who don't like Patreon. ^^
Releasing on SH and RR.
WELCOME TO THE RETROFUTURE!
Join sassy space cat Lee and his Desert Eagle-toting, soda-swigging human partner, Ali, in a future that never was. Board the dynamic duo’s ship, the mythical Kitty, as they bounty-hunt their way through a solar system where the Soviets got to the Moon first; where space is a faceless and lawless void; where cats talk and pizza comes in a can. It’s a historical future as only the 80s could have built it—so lock and load and shout Cowabunga! because it’s crime-fightin’ time!
KITTY KITTY contains 3 books of 8 episodes (24 episodes in total)
• Part 1: Available on amazon right here! - The first episode is free on Royal Road
• Part 2: Episodes 9-16 -- Summer 2021
• Part 3: Episodes 17-24 -- Winter 2022
Want to learn more? Check my website!
Authors: Quentin Raffoux & Aliénor Rossi
Artist: Théo Saragas
On hiatus until May 11th; catch up now so you can start reading serially when the new chapters arrive!
All the cool kids are reading it... How about you?
In a future of robots and CRTs, Atlanta is the most powerful city in the world. And in that city, twentysomething slacker Morgan Harding dreams of being able to live a normal, peaceful life... until they're given cybernetic superpowers and forced to become a hero. Together with a mysterious sentient robot and an overworked college student, they must keep Atlanta safe from the technological threats that arise... pretty much constantly... Sigh.
ATL is divided into several novel or novella-sized stories, and the entire first season is online on Royal Road for you to gobble up like a robot filling up at a power socket.
And if you're itching for more, always know you can read the story at its official website where it updates sooner than here. Don't be late!
Silas--a scavenger living off the ruins of humanity--has spent his entire life fighting tooth and nail to provide for himself and his crew.
But when a scavenging run goes awry and he's snatched up by an android patrol, he finds himself thrown into a cage and priced to sell as a pet.
And when a suitor comes calling, he fears the worst: that he'll be turned into a Domestic, a human lapdog brainwashed into total obedience.
Instead, he discovers an equally disturbing truth: that the creatures who stole his world have created a videogame the likes of which Earth has never seen; a sprawling, game-like theme park where humans are the Avatars and androids are the players who control them.
And to make matters worse, his android guide is as hopeless as they come, having gotten all of her previous Avatars killed in record time.
So if Silas wants to regain his freedom, he'll not only have to fight his way through a world that was specifically designed to murder him in brutal fashion--he'll also have to convince his android guide that he should be the one calling the shots.
Q: Who are you, handsome stranger?
A: I'm Kyle Kirrin, the author of Shadeslinger, book 1 of The Ripple System, published by Portal Books, and I write crunchy LitRPG.
Q: What is Wildling? And is it complete?
A: Wildling is a crunchy LitRPG mash up of Fantasy and Science Fiction. And yup, Wildling is already complete at 64 chapters, or about 120,000 thousand words. You're looking at something like a third draft here--it's fairly polished, but it hasn't been picked over by a copy editor yet nor has my developmental editor seen it.
Q: Upload schedule?
A: 5 initial chapters today (2/15/2021) and one chapter a day for the next month. After that I'll probably slow down to 2 or 3 chapters a week until the story is complete.
Q: How crunchy is it?
A: It's pretty crunchy. I'd put it on the same tier as Ascend/The Land/RSSG, but it might be a bit crunchier than those three?
Q: Is this the first book in a series or a web novel or what? And what are your plans for it?
A: It's currently a standalone with series potential. Full disclosure: this story may head the way of my publisher eventually, but will be available on RR for quite a while no matter what. Likely several months after it's complete with plenty of warning before/if it's taken down.
Q: What kind of build does the MC create?
A: Sword and board!
A: Plenty! Crafting isn't as center stage as it is in The Way of the Shaman, but it's close.
Q: Base building?
A: Two fully separate, distinct bases, both of which play a major role in the story.
Q: VRMMO? Portal? Reincarnation or what?
A: This one's a bit tricky. Basically an advanced race has created a game-like world that closely resembles a theme park. Think Westworld but with copious amounts of loot. And the MC has to fight his way through that to earn his freedom.
A: Nope! The MC gets 3 lives to play through the entirety of the game world, and death is extremely punishing, but not fatal.
Q: Harem? Or romance?
A: No and no.
Q: Cursing? Blood?
A: Quite a bit of cursing, yeah. There's blood, too, but it's not a gory book by any means.
Q: How can I support?
A: Instead of a Patreon/donations etc, I'd ask that you consider giving my debut LitRPG Shadeslinger a chance. It's free on Kindle Unlimited and the audio is already out narrated by Travis Baldree. It's an epic fantasy VRMMO where the main character gets 3 days of exclusive access to a new game plus a snarky, talking axe to guide him through it in exchange for agreeing to become the target of a serverwide manhunt once the Head Start period ends.
Q: How's it similar to Wildling? And how's it different?
A. The crunch level is very similar, but Shadeslinger is a much lighter, epic fantasy take on the genre. It's also VRMMO, but without any real world components aside from the first chapter. The MC is very different--he comes off as a bit of a jerk early on and can take a bit to warm up to, especially before his backstory is revealed--but he's also got a talking axe that constantly puts him in his place. Shadeslinger's a much more humorous story in general, and it's a great deal more polished as well.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy Wildling!
After the world ended and reality broke, everyone had different opinions about how it should all be put back together again.
Humanity's solution centered around trying to revive an entity known as the Overseer of All Things, an ancient machine god which was shattered into pieces during the apocalypse. In return for the human's devotion, it gifted them with the tools to fight the monsters which had come to dominate the broken fragments of the world - such as [Classes], [Skills], and most importantly, the ability to [Level Up].
Sláine E. Catháin honestly doesn't give a crap about any of that. A warrior rabbit-girl hailing from a different System, she's decided to come to the human's corner of reality because their methodology has led to them becoming extremely powerful, and even if it's in the foreign land of Arpege, Sláine intends to die a legend. Naturally, she bites off a bit more than she can chew, and when she's paired with a prickly, sarcastic, and mysterious woman named Red, she finds her life soon filled with with drama, mysteries, friendship, love, occasional discussions of how best to hide a body and - ugh - stat optimization.
A dark comedy/drama yuri LitRPG with a heavy focus on world-building, character development, and people talking to each other.
[participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge]
The world has been assimilated by the Celestial Archives, a vast system designed to fight the forces that seek to destroy the universe. For most, it's a holy cause that rewards victory with stats, levels, and skills. For Hunter Gold, it's the start of a nightmare. Even in a system dominated by paths, he finds himself taking the road less traveled.
This is a work in progress. Major editing will be done after the book is complete, so there will be egregious typos and parts that make no sense whatsoever. Please feel free to point any and all of these things out. Chapters WILL get edited, and that editing might break earlier chapters. I will attempt to keep readers apprised of all changes. As always, feedback is welcome and appreciated.
This is kind of something fun I wanted to write after reading stories like The New World, System Apocalypse, and the Legend of Randidly Ghosthound. I don't know how serious I will be about this story, but I just want to try it out. I imagine that it will become a love child between Fable, Diablo, and Devil May Cry. Enjoy!
The Scourge Wars Universe
Evolve: The Scourge Wars Book 1 (published)
Adapt: The Scourge Wars Book 2 (published)
Resist: The Scourge Wars Book 3 (published)
The Othryrian Archives
Advent (Read on RoyalRoad)
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Decades ago, Elcy was a battleship. Her recklessness on the front led her to forced retirement in a human body. Fallen from favor after her last mission, she’s now stuck on Virgo station as a cadet instructor. Eager to return to the front, Elcy accepts a bureaucratic mission that no one else wants to take on. On the way there, an unexpected party approaches her with an offer that is too bizarre to be true.
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Seems like I got a new chance. Better not fuck it up then, since I really want to see what it feels to have a family.
Power is pretty lame alone. Best used to build things and protect people. Did a lot of building 'till now, lots of research stuff and all.
Now, let's protect the people that I love and that loves me back. An enjoyable life with my loved ones. Whatever the cost.
Mufufu~~ What can I do, my siblings are so cute~~ maybe I'll try having children at some point~?
PLEASE READ THE DESCRIPTION ^p^
This is an extremely slow reincarnation story, with heavy usage of dialogues and diminutive descriptions. Chapter are posted once a day from Friday to Tuesday. Each chapter is around 2k words.
The first arc, Life in Valince, will be at least 50 chapters deep, and the main character won't get to her 1 year anniversary over the span of this arc. As I said, it's a slow, character interaction, dialogue-heavy story.
Lots of feeling, slice-of-life etc, with some dramatic events that shape the rest of the story ^^
AND PLEASE, STOP PESTERING ME ABOUT JAPANESE.
this story contain a very limited amount of japanese words, used in context for a reason and that are part of the mystery of the world
And the bad guys use german (not because nazi buit because german is badass)
And there’s also french. Please be open-minded. I’m not a delusional weeb and this kind of thing, and it would be very appreciated if people could be more polite.
If you don't like it, I don't force you to read it, but a lot of people seems to like this novel nonetheless, so maybe you should give it a shot.
Lux's here! Yeah I know I should work on ToL and ToF but I had another idea, then another one.
So here it is. Story talk about a war vet that reincarnate and can finally know what it is to have a family.
I like engineering, creating things and all, so I'll try putting production scene in this.
Like all my stories, it's about love, be it with family, friends or lovers. I like my coffee with so much love sugar that half the planet would get diabetes. You're warned.
Also, the MC is quite OP, but I keep a progression curb and she still has things to learn, which she will eagerly do.
After all, curiosity is one of her main drives, with a thirst for love and utter hate of loss, be it losing a battle or losing someone she loves.
Ha, nearly forgot. CONTENT WARNINGS AREN'T FOR SHOW.
Sex, of course. I'll try to explore sexuality as a male, a female, and some other PoV that can't be categorised like that, not exactly. Also, beware the yuri/yaoi. I don't limit myself to straight couples.
Gore. A lot. Blood everywhere, guts spilling and all. I don't do censure. The Mc cut a wolf in half? you get the details of what is inside it.
Traumatising content. I dunno. No NTR, no heartbreaking drama. However, some of you may dislike the way I handle bodies and flesh. Got some feedback about body horror on my previous works, but everyone as a different border separating transhumanism and body horror. Mine is pretty high. How high? Go read The Other Labyrthin to have an example. To put it in simple term, I've no problem at all to describe alien bodies, change in human bodies, interactions between differents strange species etc. Expect a lot of tentacle, bio-incubator, spawning pool à la zerg.
Profanity. Well, I think you fucking got it in the very first sentence of this synopsis, ain't right?
THIS IS A WIP (work in progress)! Earlier chapters may get retconned or completely changed, structure of the story isn't set in stone, all the usual stuff.
ANY HELP IS WELCOMED. Want to throw me your idea? Shoot! Spotted an error in the text? Comment! Seen a plothole bigger than the impact zone of a nuke? I'll gladly hear you out and try to fix the problem (somehow ;-;)
John Martin - The Plains of Heaven (c. 1851)
Official Editor: TheZouave (starting from ch25 onward)
List of thanks:
David Talon (Review)
Slee202 (Common Coherence)
NEEDS_MORE_DAKA (First First)
Koooomakimi (Dialogue Flow)
Ellen Taylor (Review)
Elliot Flanders (HUGE THANKS for the re-write of the poem "Tale of Ashen Night" Go check their work, it's good ^^)
Lance Wheeler (Huge thanks for the English edit on each chapter ^^)
(If you think you should be here because you helped me, feel free to ask, pointing the reason, like the comment you gave that could have helped me ^^)
Currently on hiatus due to struggles in my relationship. I promise to pick this back up as soon as I feel that I can maintain my set schedule. - Cedrych (03-02-21)
An archaeologist by the name of Søren Quinn wakes up elsewhere after boarding a plane for Iceland. Now he has to come to terms with a significant loss of recent memory and his apparent death and rebirth, provided he can survive the rigors of the Tutorial on Gateway Station and whatever waits for him after the Tutorial.
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Gateway is a portal/isekai style LitRPG novel, but it has two main lead characters and will eventually have a small cast of minor lead characters to support them. There will be elements of base building / kingdom management added as well over time.
Gateway really is a slow burn that takes some time to get going unfortunately, but I hope you find it's worth the wait.
I have thirty years of experience with various rpg's, crpg's, wargames, boardgames, and too many mmo's to count and hope to leverage that knowledge, years of reading GameLit/LitRPG novels, and personal experience to create a work of fiction that I hope you will enjoy reading.
Rakna wasn’t normal. No, unmistakably not. Whether it was his appearance, his personality, his abilities, his identity, nothing about him was normal. But he was trying to be. He was merely but a tormented soul doing its best to live the life it had been taught to enjoy again.
Would being collected by a glorified system bring something out of him? Would he finally learn to breathe in the pool of blood that suffocated him?
The Harvester does not sow, he only collects. All he has ever known to feel was loss and the only thing he can do now is take. He will devour their hearts and drink their blood if it is what it takes.
Updates: everyday minus Sunday (9 PM Universal Time)
Jack crash-landed on a planet where the natives are seven-foot-tall carnivorous cat-lizards currently somewhere between stone and bronze age. The good news is the natives think the ship that crashed into their mountain is a dragon and are steering clear of it. The bad news is they just left one of their own as a sacrifice to appease the beast. No matter what Jack and his AI co-pilot decide, his life just got a lot more complicated...
ATTENTION: This is soft sci-fi rather than hard sci-fi, hence why I chose that tag. For those of you unfamiliar with the distinction, here's what Wikipedia had to say.
1. It explores the "soft" sciences, and especially the social sciences (for example, anthropology, sociology, or psychology), rather than engineering or the "hard" sciences (for example, physics, astronomy, or chemistry).
2. It is not scientifically accurate or plausible; the opposite of hard science fiction.
Soft science fiction of either type is often more concerned with character and speculative societies, rather than speculative science or engineering. The term first appeared in the late 1970s and is attributed to Australian literary scholar Peter Nicholls.
When a serial killer emerges on the robot-populated planet of Zynima, a few machines form a group of vigilantes to end what deceptively seems like a simple open-and-shut case. Join Aural Automaton and Shock System as they uncover the ugly truth behind this string of murders.
Krahie's AUU-16 series:
#2 – Diamond People
#3 – The Departure
#4 – Night Game
It is an age of wisdom and prosperity. The world has been at peace for two centuries, all things are available in abundance, and the human lifespan has been extended further than ever before, with many living for five centuries or longer. In this strange era, a class of gifted young arcanists are invited to attend a conclave that pursues the secret of eternal life, but one of the guests, Utsushikome of Fusai, has an ulterior motive for attending. Soon, however, a dark truth is unveiled, and a tragedy unfolds at their hidden refuge.
And all of them must ask: What can be found in the world, that is truly eternal?
The curtain rises on this, mankind's final battle with entropy, and the outcomes are death, and a slightly later, more complicated form of death. Please try to enjoy yourself.
This story is a time loop mystery with a slow pace and a focus on psychological elements.
When you let the mind wander, there's no telling where it's going to end up. This collection of short stories is the fruit of that wanderlust. Science fiction, mystery, and even a fairy tale can be found here, each with it's own subtle twist and an undercurrent of humor. Your imagination can take you anywhere. Start your wanderings here.
This short story collection is now complete.
Puck Mallory has devoted his life to the thrill of gambling. When a round of poker with members of a planet-dominating crime syndicate goes wrong, he finds himself forced into a new kind of game - LimeLight.
Puck thought he was going to be forced to fight to the death for the viewers' sick amusement. He was wrong. Something far more sinister was lurking beneath the competition's surface.
Genetic alterations and cybernetic augmentations are commonplace in the galaxy, but rumor has it LimeLight takes them to a whole new level - using failed competitors as their test subjects. Will Puck bite the dust on live broadcast for the entertainment of millions and end up a lab experiment, or score the jackpot of his life?