The saying goes that when a man is born the Fates weave his destiny and swaddle him in it. Then one day the man dies, and the swaddle becomes a shroud. Heaven moves on.
It is audacity to question the Fates. Olympus is Olympus. The land of men is the land of men. To transgress that, to cross the line of divinity and scale Olympus Mons? To defy the Fates and cast off their threads?
That is hubris. It’s a mark that every philosopher bears plainly on their soul.
[participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge]
Kobolds cower at the bottom of the foodchain, forced to eke out a meager existence in the most wretched of caves.
Most have made peace with their lot in life; one of eating scraps and carrion. They hide and run from predators, delaying the inevitable day when they aren't fast or sneaky enough to make their escape.
But not Samazzar. Sam is different from other Kobold pups. Traps and caves might keep him and his people alive, but sometimes, just living isn't enough. The blood of dragons pumps through his veins, and Sam isn't willing to settle for mere survival. Whether by claw, magic, or cunning, one day he will soar above the plains, predator rather than prey. And nothing, be it the mockery of his tribe, the hazards of the deep caves, or even the almost insurmountable difficulty of successfully evolving his bloodline, nothing is going to stop him.
Join Samazzar and his boundless optimism on his quest to throw off the shackles placed on his tiny scaled body by fate so that he can claim his birthright once and for all.
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Kobold design by Faewild
Coloring/Everything Else on the cover KrazeKode
Miro was a slime.
Summoned under stressful circumstances and captured by the people hunting down its summoner, this slime has no idea what lies in store for it.
Most likely not.
What is a woman to do after reincarnating? Her cultivation crippled, the realm she inhabited foreign, and even her old name lost to her. There was one familiar comfort left to Daphne in these trying times: shopping.
There were some fates worse than dying Daphne supposed. She could have been poor.
This is a comedic take on the adventures of a xianxia cold beauty.
Read the story tags. Only warning.
Freya presents Chester with a choice: die as he was destined or be her champion and evangelist. Chester chooses life then embarks on an adventure to establish himself in a new life.
Join Chester as he explores his new magical realm, its people, its magic, and the new body Freya has foisted on him.
This is a story about the family we find for ourselves and embrace to face the dangers of a hostile world and how we are better for them.
Fair warning, this work is a first draft that I've put through Grammarly so expect me to add and change the story over time. I'll mention any significant changes in the notes of the latest chapters. If you spot a flaw, point it out, I'll address it. Same with any questions you may have, they will be answered, whether you find it on the first or last chapter, or the day the chapter comes out, or a year later.
Generally, expect about two weeks between chapters. Sometimes I'm faster, sometimes slower.
The first rewrite is at Chapter 21.
(This rewrite is for consistency and grammar. So, it shouldn't impact the overall story or reading experience.)
A young druid boy was betrayed by humanity and, after losing all that he held close to his heart, discarded his humanity to reincarnate as a tree. Using the potent magic he'd learned within his grove of druids, he was able to skip through the cycle of samsara, a feat only possible due to his outstanding talent in magic. Unforutately for him, however, the heavens do not like it when humans encroach on their territory.
After being smited, the young boy was once again reborn as a human and forced to walk the road he'd been assigned. Without knowing why, Feng Jiao was born with the determination to resist the heavens. This time, however, he was going to do it as a cultivator who strived for immortality and the atainment of godhood.
THE STORY IS CURRENTLY BEING EDITED. It was brought to my attention via very rudely worded comments and slightly more eloquent, but still very upsetting for me, reviews that much of the way I wrote the early parts of the story came across as creepy when I meant them to be funny. I do not appreciate personal attacks on me, but I can appreciate that the early draft needed much improvement.
If you catch up to the edited chapters, they are labeled, and still find things that rub you the wrong way, please politely point them out in the comments so that I may address them.
1. This story is more Slice of Life than most xianxia, if you are looking for non-stop action and face slapping, wrong story for you.
2. Once again, this is Slice of Life and Slow-burn. I've gotten multiple comments about how it moves too slowly for a xianxia, yes that is kind of the point.
3. One of the top reviews mention that I've wasted my story on wish fulfillment, this is true. I write this story to fulfill the wish I'd had for a story written the way I enjoy reading one. That is why I write, I am not an author I am just a reader who got bored of seeing the same thing rehashed.
4. In addition, MC is trap(ish) while young *maybe later as well. I won't say that it is for any purpose other than my own entertainment, as obviously I could have written it differently if I didn't think it'd be funny. If that's going to make you puke in your mouth because you can't appreciate the fact that it's supposed to be funny, then don't stop reading.
That being said, I appreciate all readers including the ones who just complain on every chapter, love yall.
5. Many of the tags I clicked may not come into effect for some time, or ever, but are something I am considering heavily when it comes to adding to the story.
6. I usually have one to two grammatical errors per upload, minimum. It's not because of my lack of command over the english language, but because my editing program, microsoft word (I know, I know) is equally bad at detecting my grammatical blunders as I am. I patch them as I see them (comments are cool, enjoy the +rep) but sometimes I am a little slow.
7. I wear many hats and do not always write frequently. I'm sure this will get regular updates during the new story high, but I do not know where it will go from there. This is my first time attempting to write xianxia and I am doing so to practice my writing craft and expand my skillset. Story probably gets updated once a week when its active, maybe more or less often over on patreon.
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!
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.”
Aristeia has always dreamed of one day leaving the desolate planet she calls home. The daughter of a single father who works as a recycling centre engineer. She spends her days salvaging in the scrap yards, hoping to save enough credits to fund a move to a more populated planet.
After uncovering an old flight simulator among the scrap, Aristeia finds herself with a new goal. To become a pilot and claim the stars for her own.
When her estranged mother, an admiral in the United Astrum Federations space fleet, presents her with the opportunity to achieve the one thing she wants most. Aristeia jumps at the chance to take the entrance exams for the fleet's most elite academy. Only if she passes her exams and basic training can she hope to join the pilot training program and one day reach the stars.
Check out my website, OutBackQuill for exclusive extra content and news on upcoming books.
(Coming soon to my site - Kelras Chronicles charater concept art, by KickAssRenderStock.)
Book one, Striving for the stars Chapters 1-32 As of 21/5/21 Book one, will only have 10% remaining on RR, to comply with Amazons Kindle Unlimted requirements.
Book two, Seeking the stars chapter 32-ongoing
The Kelras Chronicles is an ongoing series with 8 books currently planned, book one is complete and undergoing revisions along with professional editing.
Participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge
Lilla, a vedalken raised among the Gruul Clans, joins the Legion as a double-agent in her search for revenge. Maverick, son of a famous skyknight, seeks to prove his worth beyond his lineage. During the parade celebrating the new year, Mav and Lilla come face-to-face with Rocman, a fictional vigilante come to life. This masked 'hero' turns the city upside-down, taking the law into their own hands, exacting vengeance according to their own twisted goals. Mav, Lilla, and their comrades work to uncover Rocman's secret identity and bring them to justice.
Rated: M - Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: The Gathering Ravnica. M/F, F/F
"The War of Fog is over. Now the true period of strife begins."
- Unknown Soldier
The world's great heroes have slaughtered one another for the ideals of their countries. Amidst the post-war struggle for survival, a towering figure emerges from the Exclusion Zone. She aids a trio of disgraced soldiers in crossing the border to their homeland, and soon takes up the mantle of a beast-slayer in one of the last sovereign city-states remaining. But tensions from the war remain, and soon trouble comes knocking at the gates...
The continuation is up: Retribution Engine
NOTE: Chapters 02 - 19 are currently slated for review and rewrite following the Conclusion of Act I. Please bear this in mind!
When tragedy strikes Arcturus Valoura, he is ripped from his carefree existence and thrown into a world of politics and peril, where today's friend is tomorrow's foe.
Bereft of the knowledge and skills needed to survive in his new reality, he will need to find his place within a realm that mixes magic and science in impossible ways.
He will need to learn the secrets of the mysterious System that allows him to guide his potential for growth even as he struggles to unlock the powers needed to keep himself alive.
In the darkest, and most desolate places of an ancient land he will have to find the answers to forbidden questions, and terrible secrets long purged from the histories of mankind.
And in so doing, shake the very foundations of reality itself.
Release Schedule: Tuesdays (I may post on off-days if I get a lot done).
Advanced Chapters available on Patreon starting May 4th 2021.
Discord Community: https://discord.gg/3tHKHAx7Ye
The Vitaean Chronicles are a debut LitRPG High Fantasy series written with the intent of filling a niche I've yet to see filled anywhere else. This is my first novel of this kind, so please be patient with me.
Throughout this story, I will endeavour to create an evolving and expansive narrative anchored around believable characters, compelling plotlines, and a consistent and sensible magic system.
The purpose of this work is to create what I believe to be a relatively unique piece of fiction, drawing inspiration from many great stories that have come before from the likes of Tolkien, Jordan, Hertbert, Goodkind, Pratchett, Martin, and several others.
My goal is not to create a masterpiece, but simply to create a story that someone can read and re-read with the same joy, same frustration, and same investment each time.
This story will contain violence, politics, Shakespearian drama, tongue-in-cheek references, adult content, and well-crafted relationships of both platonic and romantic natures.
I will not promise you will like every choice I make.
I can only guarantee that I will do my best to create a story I, and you, can be proud of.
As I progress, I will have room to incorporate fan-made characters for those interested in making their mark within the tapestry of this tale (with the customary disclaimer that they do so while waiving any rights to future profit, lol).
Thank you to Royal Road for giving me the platform to do that, and thank you dear readers past, present, and future for choosing to come on this journey with me.
Finally, just to cover myself: This work is Copyrighted to the Author herein known as 'Hannibal Forge', and recreation, distribution, or re-release of any material herein in a commercial or public capacity absent permission from the Author can and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the Law.
Family, love, a promising military career - Ragna Griffin's life was perfect. Well, it was, but when her kingdom brands her a terrorist, it all falls apart. Caught in the center of a conspiracy, she's forced to flee.
Thus, Ragna sets off on a journey to clear her name. Unfortunately, she'll soon realize the cruel and brutal reality of the real world. Each day, her mind and convictions drift closer to their limits.
In the end, will she persevere or break?
What happens when a man desires a pancake and tendies but receives only existential dread?
Johnny will soon find out.
When the Passivity Precept takes over the world it snuffs out all brutality, leaving its MMO-like Violence Simulator as humanity's only source of physical violence. Knowing how much she can make from selling epic gear, Grace Winston enters the simulation and discovers that it's more than just a game. Somewhere in there are the answers to who started the fire that killed her father.
For far too long, Lorevinel Silvercat has been stuck as the Ravenborn clan’s free-roaming prisoner. They’ve held a grudge against his clan and have used him to vent their hatred. Having planned his escape for several years, he has everything ready, but he needs a specific artifact from the Rogues Guild to finally start his journey.
Will Grace find her answers? Will Lore gain his freedom? Can these two unlikely people, both alien to each other, find common ground and work together while dealing with an unasked for soul bond?
ToS is a Lite LitRPG (meaning very few stats with a focus on story). Expect cursing, sexual tension, descriptions of breeding dungeon rats, and a little gore.
Updates every Wednesday and Saturday between 10 PM-1 AM PST. Each chapter will be between 650 and 2500 words.
He never had a name.
People had names, not lab rats. The reason for his existence was to further science and die somewhere along the way.
"Subject Five" was what they called him. Under the name of science, they tormented him and derived a sick pleasure from his pain.
His dark life had a single solace in the form of his brothers and sisters sharing the same fate. Helping them escape cost Five his life, but he was happy knowing he did something for himself.
After waking up, he finds himself as the son of a noble in a marvelous world filled with magic. In his second chance at life, he vows to protect himself and his family from anything that threatens to destroy his peaceful life. Follow Five on his path to supremacy.
This is a LITRPG novel, with the system playing a crucial, but supporting role. It isn't omnipotent and has definite origins which I'll explain later in the story. Another important aspect is world-building and crafting. I'll go into quite a lot of detail on both of them.
Red was a weapon spirit, birthed by the gathering of Essence and lifeblood, that learns of a world in tatters. To grow, he must help the humans, must take their form and work with them. Together, fighting as one, they vanquish monsters, devils, and, at times, humanity itself.
But sometimes, he really wishes he had better allies...
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The Weapon Spirit updates regularly on Wednesday/Saturday.
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Cover created by KrazeKode @ https://www.deviantart.com/krazekode
Reborn to Rescue a Video Game World! After dying during a worldwide pandemic, ordinary college student Asteria was given a fresh start in the world of a popular video game. Her mission: to protect mankind from a forgotten danger. However, shouldn’t the original main character of “Tales of Vesterland” be given his chance to shine? Now, armed with ALL the cheats, she’s decided to let the hero do his thing while she saves the last boss and gets rid of the real villain who’s been hiding behind the scenes. Join this OP adventurer in her hilarious candy-fueled quest to befriend the hero, save the villains, and kick ass!
Also starring: Sariel. He thinks he's hot stuff because has it all - looks, superhuman abilities, and a great fashion sense. Too bad that the process that gave him superpowers has a secret side effect...
Note: Multiple POV characters (male and female)
Cover: Sukmayukimura (commissioned custom art)
When Jake was offered the chance to become a hero in another world, to escape his dull life, he only asked one thing, “Can it be livestreamed?” only for a Mom-entuous mistake to cause him to Ms his journey.
ISEKAI TITLE - It seems I've been reincarnated as a heroine in another world. Yeah, how about no?
IMPORTANT NOTES - While the story is not allergic to wholesome moments, I would like you to understand that this is the story of a villain, not an anti-hero protagonist. Depression, psychopathy, dark themes, uncensored violence, horriffic suggestive themes; these are all a mainstay of the series. I would strongly advise anyone who wants to experience "Dr. Feelgood" to go look elsewhere.
Summary - Kamiyama Nori is many things; a bully, a delinquent, gamer and fanatic of all things martial. What she is not however, is anyone's 'hero', and she will do everything she can to rid herself of that title, even if it means the deaths of many, many other people. Her jaded, manipulative and opportunistic nature, combined with a 'noble', divine birthright is bound to quake the hearts of any whom would dare to stand in her way, good and evil alike.
Cover - not mine. Lappland fanart is good civilization, as well as a good referrence for the main character's physical appearance.