The Perfect Run is now available on Amazon Kindle.
Ryan "Quicksave" Romano is an eccentric adventurer with a strange power: he can create a save-point in time and redo his life whenever he dies. Arriving in New Rome, the glitzy capital of sin of a rebuilding Europe, he finds the city torn between mega-corporations, sponsored heroes, superpowered criminals, and true monsters. It's a time of chaos, where potions can grant the power to rule the world and dangers lurk everywhere.
Ryan only sees different routes; and from Hero to Villain, he has to try them all. Only then will he achieve his perfect ending... no matter how many loops it takes.
The Perfect Run updates on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Cover by Vitaly S. Alexius.
If you're one to travel the roads, you may have heard of me. You may have heard my Names in the stories, the songs, and the whispers of the road. Perhaps you've even seen me during my travels, speaking to a bird of blue light, or on a city street, performing small acts for coin and repute. Or perhaps you may know me as the Skystrider, who walked with the wind. Or the Voiceless, a man of song without speech. You may know me as the Tutor, who taught the Lion of Summer how to fight, or the Traveler, who has walked all the roads of the earth. I am all of these things.
And people have branded me a myth.
But people don't understand what a myth is. They haven't heard the songs lost to our tongues, nor have they seen the things I've seen. They haven't gone to the places I've gone.
My feet have walked the plains, the seas, and the clouds. I have spoken languages unspoken; tongues lost to time. I have sung to the earth, held the moon in my arms, and walked the roads that your heroes hesitate to even mention. I have outwitted Demons. I have danced with the Fae. My songs have been heard by lords of wind and ash, and my steps have echoed in the bellies of gargantuan beasts the likes of which you have never seen.
These are what real myths are. And me?
I'm no legend.
I'm just the bard stupid enough to poke the real ones with a stick.
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Art by Steve Goad, taken from Google. You can find more of his art here!
[Disclaimer: Book 1 of this story will likely be published in KU by around the start of 2022, so please keep that in mind. Book 2 and onwards will continue here until they are published as well.]
Cairn is a prince who is already tired of ruling. Faced with an imminent coronation and an overbearing father, he wants nothing more than to drown his responsibilities in cheap liquor and poor decisions. With the help of his sister, he hatches a plan to escape the clutches of the throne once and for all. It all goes terribly wrong, and Cairn finds his priorities shifting in the face of unimaginable tragedy. The change of heart comes too late, however, and Cairn dies. He reawakens to find himself transported ten years in the past. He immediately begins to plan for the future, only to discover his killer has somehow followed him. To succeed, Cairn must unite the kingdom and discover the motivation of his killer, using as many tries as it takes.
I exhausted pretty much every time loop story ever written and decided to write my own. You'll see a few similarities here between this story and some existing stories, at least initially. There's a lot of inspiration drawn from both MoL and Re:Zero, though in terms of pathos and darkness, this story leans more towards the latter. Be warned, it is something of a slow burn. The main character will grow and become powerful, but a theme of this story is that power comes slowly and often at great cost.
Updates Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Cover commissioned from the amazing Viki-Vaki on Deviant Art
For millennia the demon lords known as the Goetia enslaved the human race, until a group of mortals known as the Archons received divine blessings of power and overthrew them. Under their dominion mankind flourished, though the war in the shadows never ended. A thousand years later, sixteen-year-old Leones' family is executed for the crime of heresy. Burned to death for questioning whether the Archon of Flames is a divine being, and whether any of the Archons truly are.
After manifesting the power to control time, Leones survives and embarks on an uncertain journey for power and revenge. But if he is to overcome a god, he may need some help. Along the way he will discover the truth behind the demon lords, time, and reality itself, as he walks along the razor path.
Artwork is used with permission from the creator, @chinfongart.
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 a world of villains and heroes, the Kilborne family moved to the small town of Saint Mary. Their new neighbors, living in the 1888 Saint Mary cathedral, turned out to be a family of supervillains. Martin Kilborne would find school perfectly mundane if it wasn't for Alexa Terranova who is: constantly bothering him with a pocket raygun, demanding he become her minion and threatening to blow up the principal's office in a series of unnecessarily complicated, wacky plots.
The more Martin learns about Alexa, the more dangerous and insane his life becomes as he is dragged into terrible, misfortunate, no good adventures of doom.
A wholesome, slice of life, superhero / supervillain sci-fi comedy, sprinkled with elements of horror.
Participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge - 55'555 words in 35 days!
Dedicated to my daugher who has an unbendable stubborn spirit and my friends at the Silver Pen server who motivated me to write new things!
What was supposed to be a simple delivery ended up taking Jennifer through the depths of the dungeon. A trial of life and death leaves her with a mark seared on not just her body, but her very soul. If that wasn’t enough, when she escapes the dungeon, she finds her city in flames, burning as monstrous invaders slaughter everyone they come across. Including her.
When Jennifer closed her eyes, she was certain her life had taken an unfair and tragic turn. But then she opened them only to find none of it had ever happened.
The only proof she hadn’t gone mad, the mark on her hand, burning with an inner fire.
Note: This story is a first draft and a work in progress.
A random short prompt I wrote on the topic of time abilities which, now I'm writing more of. The story will be updated once every week.
A big thank you to Asviloka for making the cover.
They asked Amber to become a magical girl three times.
That only made her more interesting.
The fourth time, she asked them.
A horrific attack on a crowd ends with tens of thousands dead before Loren Parker abruptly wakes up in his bed, miraculously unharmed, two days before the explosion. Setalite City is on the brink of destruction, famous heroes and infamous villains are being systematically killed worldwide, and an unknown puppet master is pulling the strings. Lucky for him, Loren has all the time in the world to set things straight.
What is my 1000-year-old monster self to do when I’ve failed my immortal ascension? Time travel —accidentally— and wind up back in my 9-year-old body, needing to re-cultivate, of course. But after that? Get REVENGE! Muahahahaha!
But the idiot who killed me —also accidentally— was the main character of the dumb harem Xianxia I transmigrated into. But wait. Wasn’t he only 7 or 8 at this point in time? Well, since I can’t harm a child or the main character without suffering in some way, then I’ll just have to raise him better, faster, stronger, and loyal! Muahahahaha!
This is a Xianxia comedy and satire by the author of Cold Steel Dig and Tome of Stealth. But it is also a series of interconnected and chronological short stories (featuring the same main characters).
Updates Every Thursday.
Twenty years of fighting, an endless struggle for a better tomorrow. Years of bloodshed to buy humanity just one more day. Decades spent forging himself into a juggernaut of steel and bone. One night that all changed.
Suddenly finding himself back at the start, Jack must answer the question, what would you do with a second chance? Would you tread the same path to power, no matter the cost? Would you walk a new path, one full of the unknown? Most important of all, what do you do when the world is set on a timer? Life as you know it will end, no matter what you do, do you let Fate have its way, or do you position yourself to pick up the shattered pieces of civilization?
Jack will grasp his chance at redemption, and protect humanity from that which slumbers, undisturbed for ages past. To do so he will have to be strong, and he will need help. Will he trust any with his dark past or will the burdens of a modern Prometheus prove too much to shoulder.
As the world changes humanity finds it no longer stands atop the food chain, how will it deal with myth and legend made real? A world of pure potential awaits those with the will to see it. While fates worse than death await those unlucky few that delve too deep into the secrets of the unknown. Six paths to infinite variety. Four days till everlasting fame. Welcome to the last game ever played.
Updates on Mondays
Tal is a sorcerer in a world where they are killed on sight, traveling with a man charged with carrying out the task. Every night Tal must pretend to study his spellbook to maintain his disguise as a Wizard’s Apprentice. If his disguise slips and his charade is uncovered, it will be his death. Seeking answers to mysteries that arose after his parent’s murder, Tal must accept any allies, no matter the risks, to uncover his family’s secret.
Despite his best efforts to avoid adventuring, adventure seems determined to find him. The big problems of his past keep being eclipsed by the problems of his present.
This story is an adaptation of a D&D campaign I ran but never was able to complete. I tried to capture the feel of a table-top RPG session —tropes and humor— without relying on the mechanics. This is not a litRPG or gamelit story and no D&D mechanics or system appear in the game. It follows one member of an adventuring party as he deals with the problems with that arise from being an adventurer. Namely, getting roped into adventures. The story has a time loop element, but will eventually move past that.
This story explores the magic systems, the history, and the lore of the world through the lens of Tal's entries in his Spellbook and interludes from other written works in the world.
New entries on Mondays and Fridays.
Credit to JackOfHearts for the cover.
Rejoice our poor MC has awoken in the world of Pokemon! Now its time to exploit his game expertise and.... What do you mean he didn’t play past gen 2?! He can’t even remember his name?!
Well surely he transmigrated with some cool power or cheat system? No?
Maybe he’ll find some super rare OP starter? Don’t get my hopes up?
What about catching them all, Pokémon and ladies? Not his thing you say.
Sooo what can we expect?
Laughs, adventure, fun companions, great battles, multiple regions and a realistic take on the entire Pokémon world set 20ish years post gen 1. That’s something I guess.
Imaginary Interviewer: “But what exactly is the draw in your story? What keeps people hooked?”
Me: “Haha, I’m glad you asked nonexistent press figure. I think the strength of my story is found in its character dynamics. Readers particularly seem to love how the many game elements translate into a more realistic setting without losing that fun charm. Finally the whole thing is laced with a measure of comedy and satire that adds to the narrative without diminishing the occasionally dramatic or even political subject matter. While its important to have a strong protagonist, in this format its best that his story isn’t the whole picture. We’re exploring this brought to figurative life version of the Pokémon world in a style similar to a weekly tv show. Smaller adventures with deeper subject matter or theme exploration. Romance, Parenting, growing up, law, crime, gender roles, tourism, entertainment industries, economics, even genetic experimentation ethics. The Pokémon world in all its aspects is the greater narrative here. The readers are along for the ride with our plucky lost soul of a hero.”
Note: Sadly, this story is currently on hiatus :(
Elizabeth Sayler had lost everything in the bombing of Reaver Stadium. Her career, her fame, her power — all of it vanished the moment she lost use of her legs. Now, she's beginning to lose hope of ever healing herself… until her world integrates into the Void.
When the apocalypse comes in a flurry of System messages, everyone on earth is given a choice: give up what they value most in themselves, and acquire a path to their heart’s greatest desire. Most would hesitate, but for Liz? She has nothing to lose, and absolutely everything to gain. Armed with newfound powers in a world teeming with monsters, she’s determined to not only survive, but to somehow break the Void’s endless assault.
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This is a small note about the portrayal of disability in this story. As much research as I do and as many people as I ask, I will in the end only be able to understand a small portion of paraplegia and similar disabilities. Therefore, if there is anything particularly disrespectful, please do not hesitate to contact me. I always intended to portray disability in a respectful way in this story, but please know that Liz as a character does not start out with a healthy view of disability. This is intentional, and a large part of her character development comes from this view changing as she learns. Disability is not something she simply "discards" at the beginning of the story, but an ongoing theme and a part of her journey.
John Thomson is a regular college student, the kind of average person you cross on the street every day.
Or at least that’s what most people assume, because he’s far from what’s considered “normal”.
After all, a normal person isn’t regularly dragged into life-threatening tribulations involving fantastic creatures, otherworldly beings and people with logic-defying superpowers. Not to mention that he seems to have a knack for sticking his nose into the nefarious plans of secret societies and ancient cults.
But John’s life wasn’t always such a mess: Everything began when he accidentally invented a way to rewind time…
Weekly Schedule: At least a ~3.5k words chapter every Wednesday and Sunday.
[Note: The Eternal Lion is NOT the protagonist of the story.]
The Eternal Lion, Conqueror of the 98th floor, Paragon of Destruction watched in horror as his companions were slain, one by one, by "that" existence. Humanity had made a fundamental mistake from the beginning, for this was no fair trial.
His rage knew no bounds, but alas it was to no avail. The only reason he still drew breath was because of 'that' existences' twisted desire to make him watch as it slowly killed the last of his loyal companions.
He only saw one final glimmer of hope to overturn this accursed outcome, which lay in the reward for completing the hidden piece on the 98th floor.
Allow your knowledge and experience to flow back in the river of time, back to the beginning of the Primordial Tower's awakening on Earth. Entrust the fate of humanity to one of your kind.
Cost of Activation: Erasure of existence from the river of time.
To think that all his efforts would only lead to becoming a stepping stone for another. With a final roar in defiance, he activated the skill.
"Let the roar of the eternal lion tear through the boundaries of time"
Cover credits: I have the best cover, it was drawn by my 12 year old sister on procreate by hand.
When I and every other humans on earth have been summoned to the cursed world of Yvelmore, to serve as a front-line soldier in an impossible war against an invasion of nightmarish creatures, I knew right away that something was going to go wrong.
I was right. The war? Hell, we lost it so much all the nations of the world have been destroyed and all the races have disappeared. Me? I was a veteran who survived until the end. Was I strong? Fuck yeah of course I was, except ... it was useless, I died like everybody else.
The bad news? When I thought it was finally over, I woke up in the past, the moment I was summoned to the beginning of the war. Come on, seriously? Do I really have to go through all that again? What? And everything restarts every time I die? No... are you fucking kidding me? Right?
Genre: Action, Adventure, Medieval Apocalypse, Times Loops, Progression, War & Fantasy, Grimdark, Magic, Horror, LitRPG (but RP).
Tone: Despair at the firsts chapters (which makes sense for a story that begins with the end of the world, doesn't it?), and lots of humor and stupid situations after to lighten the tone of the story. (Oh, and the MC is NOT a psychopath, a rapist, a hypocrite, or human garbage, so sorry for those who like that, because I don't like that).
Note: Expect this story to contain grammatical errors and occasional random conjugations. I am learning English, and I have made a lot of progress, but I still have some gaps. So if you're allergic to it, don't read this story, you would inevitably be disappointed.
Abi is a Dungeon Core that's down on her luck.
Previously a human, she awakens to find that she is not the woman she remembers herself to be and is now a gorgeous jade diamond in a small dark corner of existence.
Forced to endure her new life, follow Abi on her growth and expansion as she powers up her new home with the help of her partner, Me.
Will she be ready to take on adventurers willing to test their might? Or any monsters that may enter her?
Will Abi be victorious, earning the chance to live out her second life, or will she succumb to defeat and eventually be destroyed?
Can she uncover the mystery of why and how she became a Dungeon Core in the first place?
With limited options to begin with, only time will tell and this dungeon opens in 24 hours.
Abi had better get a move on if she wants to survive.
Currently releasing 1 chapter per week early morning on a Friday GMT.
Ratings or comments on how the story is progressing will be gratefully appreciated.
Please let me know if you find any inconsistencies and constructive criticism is always welcome to help make the story more enjoyable for everyone else.
Thank you for taking the time to read my work, it means more than you know.
Christopher Bell was floating through empty space, surrounded by brilliant multicolored swirls of light. But nothing lasts, when he wakes up, he is trapped in a doorless room and learns that he has died. Two choices are presented to him, either he can come to the rescue of a world in need, or he will be led to the great beyond.
He learns that the administrator of this world has used their last remaining creation force, to enlist the help of 50.000 souls to save their world. The humans of this world are about to lose their Millennia long war against the minions of Entropy.
With his single unique skill called Bookmark, and the access to a game-like interface, Christopher Bell will have to face an insurmountable enemy force. All in the hopes of saving this one lone world from certain annihilation. Summoned to a medieval world of knights and magicians, as well as one that faces monsters like orcs and goblins, Christopher will have to fight to survive and become stronger.
This fiction is going to undergo severe Editing and a Rewrite over next few months. Here is what it hopes to accomplish:
1) Fix the glaring issues from Style in every chapter 1-31 (Dialogues, POV switches and Head-hopping too much)
2) Add some new chapters in and justify the development between Sofia and Anita
3) Remove the info dumps and make it more organic
4) Finalize the genres that this fiction belongs to
5) Create warning in the synopsis relating to the contents of the fiction.
6) Overhaul and show what Mira's view on Alviona is (slowly)
7) Introduce new characters
8) Show chapters the way they were intended, as clues apparently were not visible at all!
9) Make Alviona a bit more serious.
10) Make me (Author) enjoy reading my own work more (yes! :))
Hi. I have been gone for quite a long while. With heart surgery and such that has happened two months ago, I had not had a chance to log on RR due to being hospitalized. I had some other issues that the admins were kind enough to deal with on this fiction. It's good to see everything in one piece.
The synopsis has been removed. Chapter 1 should be coming out sometimes before christmas. A lot has changed. I hope for the better. Instead of edits, I have re-read every single chapter and found it to be unsatisfying. A lot did not make sense and unless you have previously speculated what Alviona is, many things she does won't fall into pieces. Well then, time to address all of this.
Ladies and gentlelmen, this fiction is undergoing a full scale re-write. While the characters and developments stay the same, it's being done differently. So much that the world should feel darker as it should have been.
For those who have stuck around and know the story: Awesome. I worked hard on this, and hope that you will like my re-write.
For thos that are new: Welcome. Give me some time, as I am super sluggish. I don't know much time is some time, but I gurantee chapter 1 will be up before Christmas.
This said, again, thank you and know that I am back. And that this fiction will be completed. AT ANY COST. I will update synopsis after I post chapter 1.
I might post Alviona (revised, as this current one is far too.... simplified, watered down, and dissapointing version of it) seperately. Those that want this, here. But I don't want to add chapter 40. It won't make sense without the backup and world-building of re-write. It will piss myself off.
Now then, let's write hm?
*This beautiful piece of art is provided by Charee from DeviantArt*