What would a Xianxia MC do?
Seriously, what would they do? Asking for a friend.
**WARNING: The following story contains DARK, TRAUMATIZING elements that may not be appropriate for young viewers or those who struggle from traumatizing events. If you're not good with mature content, regardless of your age, this story is not for you. You have been warned. It's nowhere near as bad as GOT but it has dark shit. Again, you have been WARNED. Plenty of other less dark webnovels to safely read. **
**Additional Warning: A minimal amount of LGBT content is included in this story. There is no TAG for this so I'm including it here. If that makes you uncomfortable, go ahead and give it a pass. **
Previously titled: A Maiden's Frozen Heart.
What if you knew the future? But what if that future was not yours?
After a gruesome death, Carina was reborn in Lafeara as Lady Maura, the unwanted “half-blood” of an impoverished noble family. The previous Lady Maura was publicly executed as part of a conspiracy to conceal the murder of Queen Eleanora.
With Maura’s memories to guide her, Carina prepares to follow her predecessor’s path into the palace as part of the Selection to become Crown Princess Eleanora’s lady-in-waiting. Her meticulous years of planning and preparation to ensure her survival, fulfill Maura’s revenge, and avert the oncoming Calamity will require every ounce of courage, cunning, and intellect she can muster.
Because Carina has more than one secret which she can not reveal—her true identity among them—but even more treacherous is her frozen heart and the ice magic that comes with it.
After all, they still burn witches in Lafeara.
The king is dead; his heir is too young to assume the throne. Jarl Vale wants to become Lord Protector, spurred by his ambitious brother Konstans. Jarl Isarn likewise seeks this power; he is aided – or thwarted – by the return of his brother, the knight and war hero Athelstan, whose squire, Brand, hopes to restore his family’s fortunes, cost what it may. Through all of this, an enigmatic traveller makes plans with jarls, scribes, and priests for his own purpose. Abroad, powerful forces sense division in the realms of Adalmearc and make their own plans. It is only a matter of time before schemes clash, plots collide, and conflict erupts. War is on the horizon.
Story updates every Wednesday with a new chapter from the third book of the series. The first and second book can be downloaded as ebooks from my site, where a map of the world or of Middanhal can be viewed. The site also contains other background information such as history of the realms, pantheon and religion, calendar etc.
It is now also available in audio as a weekly podcast from webcereal.
Clandestina is a realm of secrets, fairies, and dark magics. Among the nobles there is talk of a goddess of death, and a forbidden magic she grants to those that follow her-- cræft that can heal injuries that should be fatal or even bring back the dead. But she asks for much in return; blood and sometimes even life itself.
Pierre Salvador has just returned to court after finishing his studies and becoming a surgeon. But as he flirts with his childhood friend Elizabeth Anne, Mora, The Lady of Death, waits for him.
A puzzling encounter leaves Dimitry a beggar with a strange emblem on his wrist. Around him, the people suffer as ruthless organizations, opportunistic nobles, and an overly pious church vie for power in a land under constant siege by some unknown threat. He quickly learns the difficulty of life in this new world.
Even upon acclimating to a ruthless society and finding his footing in the unsavory lands, Dimitry discovers that havens don't remain safe for long. He will have to manipulate limited resources and integrate modern scientific understanding with obscure magics to ensure the survival of a crumbling city.
Can a displaced surgeon become the leader a struggling people need him to be?
On just another normal Monday, the world changed. The universe had reached a threshold humanity didn’t even know existed, and it was time to finally be integrated into the vast multiverse. A world where power is the only thing that one can truly rely on.
Jake, a seemingly average office worker, finds himself thrust into this new world. Into a tutorial filled with dangers and opportunities. In a world that should breed fear and concern, an environment that makes his fellow coworkers falter, Jake instead finds himself thriving.
Perhaps… Jake was born for this kind of world, to begin with.
5 chapters a week.
Average chapter length: 2500
Tags and content warnings are mainly to give me creative freedom later on. This is my first novel ever, and English isn’t my native language, so go easy on me chaps. Any feedback is more than welcome, of course.
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Ever been a god? Well I was! Until I died.... and got judged by the other gods!
Apparently they didn't like the whole idea that my Faith is the only true one! Oh and for the record: The Apocalypse wasn't intentional, ok? Though, I admit that ultimatively, I caused it.
Seems like I got sent onto a vacation as punishment! Or so I hope?
Author's Comment: I was asked about reading my work on other sites. The answer is simple: Currently I am not active in any other networks than royalroadl.com. Only here, I correct mistakes and errors. If you read it anywhere else and have to pay for it, or have to deal with an annoying amount of advertisement, You Are Being Betrayed. You would do good if you make other people in that network aware of it. This is a free project of mine for the purpose of having fun. And if people try to make money with it you shouldn't bother visiting their website. The only one whom I actually allowed to have my work on his website is Armaell who invested the time to compile them into pdf. (http://armaell-library.net/author/andur)
This is a reincarnation/isekai story, about Matt (later TreeTree), an overpowered tree in a fantasy world that serves as the battlefield for an ongoing conflict between demons and the heroes summoned to oppose them.
At first a bystander, over a long period of time, TreeTree will learn all sorts of skills, gain levels, and in doing so, build up a forest, train young subordinates, protect a village, and more.
Time skips happen a lot.
As the daughter of a duke, Lady Alicia Senius expected to awaken her latent magical ability during her Blooming ceremony. She was not expecting her connection to the flowers of Fate to awaken memories of a past life, however, and certainly not memories that were somehow inextricably tied with her future. Now, Alicia must find a way to escape the fatal punishment that is the destiny of a villainous noble girl. In doing so, she might even alter the fate of the whole world.
This novel is a steampunk take on the otome villainess genre, heavily inspired by the late Victorian era of England and with a system of magic based around floweral circuitry. If that sounds like your cup of tea, why not give it a shot? It updates sporadically, but hopefully will follow a proper release schedule soon.
(For new readers: LITRPG elements don't take effect until Chapter 12)
At twenty-years, Nicholas has lived his life to fulfill a vow. With the obligation settled, he yearns for answers to the mystery of his own origin. To solve it, he will need to venture to the old continent, the Ancient Capital, and to the midst of the war waged to reclaim it from the monsters that have driven humanity from it, countless millennia ago. He has planned for this, with years of effort in the making.
Yet not all plans survive, and with the advent of heathen invaders, he swears another promise and finds himself alone in the wilderness of the old continent. With enemies, both monster and human, surrounding him on all sides, he draws on ancient powers that may finally provide the answers he was looking for all along.
However, the night is long and he must tread carefully on his newfound powers, because he may turn into something that even monsters fear.
Cover Art Credit: ELEX @ELEXART
Gerald, born a Viscount's son, spent most of his life since he was six as an enemy Duke's 'ward', nothing short of a hostage. Until a shocking letter arrived requesting that he be sent back to inherit his father's territory and title.
Now he has to return and rule the ruin that is his family's lands. Bandits roam and enemies leer. Conspiracies brew and wars rage. Meanwhile, Gerald has to rise with his house from the ashes.
Schedule: Updates 4 times a week--> Monday-Thursday.
Additional tags: Kingdom Building - Strategy - War - Army Building - Minor Wuxia Elements.
Of all the tales in all the lands, there isn't a story more famous and more heart wrenching than the one about the Beast and the White Swallow.
Never heard of it? Then come closer.
For it is about to unfold before your very own eyes.
In a far-away land of snow and mystery, the fates of two bastards entangle.
He is a warrior and a ruler. She is a physician with a tormented past.
Now both of them will have to learn not only to live together but also to fight against any and all that threaten to ruin their happiness. Amongst chaos, schemes, and war, will they manage to fulfill the most difficult task - finding the way to each other's heart and soul?
The path won’t be easy. A dark cult and even darker magic are resurfacing after years of slumber. And while they wreak havoc in the lands of Norden, the Star-gazer’s voice echoes in the night heralding a dangerous future:
When the Beast falls, the Swallow shall triumph.
For the Sun to shine over Norden, the Swallow must be devoured.
Many thanks to @Angry Spider for composing this soundtrack for the story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrzUOUCrMA4
Rozin Kain never wanted a daemon.
In the world of Itrera, the human nations stand united against a powerful magical threat: the daemons, creatures of untold cruelty and destruction. To protect themselves, humans have found a way to bond these creatures to their souls, claiming their magic for their own.
A young soldier with a difficult past, Rozin has hated the daemons since they stole her life many years ago. Since joining the great Canavar military, she has dedicated her life to protecting the innocent by any means necessary. So when a routine mission goes awry and she is forced to bind herself to a mythical High Order—a cruel, beautiful daemon so powerful that she cannot be controlled—Rozin finds herself sharing a soul with her worst enemy.
Thrust into a deadly game of politics, Rozin must navigate the newfound perils of royal succession, coming war, a fiery love, and a dangerous realization: that her world's great evil may not be as it seems.
A map of Itrera and a list of the coalitions can be found here, or at the head of every chapter.
DOES contain: WLW/lesbian romance, political drama, sexual content, swearing, diverse cast, enemies to lovers. Please note that this romance does contain sexual scenes.
DOES NOT contain: sexual abuse/assault etc, graphic depictions of gore, homophobia, or sexism.
Posting quick updates because of COVID! Normally, I follow a bi-weekly update schedule.
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What happens when a summoned hero completes their task given by those from up above? When a summoned hero returns back to earth after having saved the world, do they still get to live a normal life?
The answer is actually yes, they usually do. They get married to the one they love, have kids, and then death takes them away.
Of course, that is only usually. There are a select few who choose not to... think the same way.
Some of them find such a life boring, dull even.
They want to taste for adventure once more, feed their drive for exploration! Power, wealth, another life, they want it all. So, what do they do? Why, they do what Quasi does...
They sell themselves to the gods.
This story will contain 2 and 3-dimensional characters.
Sex/ Drama/ Love/ Harem
Constantly Changing POV's
Multiple Main characters.
Messed up shit-- You have been warned.
Link to Artist I Commissioned for Cover:
Only One Apache Helicopter, Grammar Nazi, and a frog named Trinity were harmed in the making of this novel.
The Year is 2150, Chicago is ruled by the elite, upper class, and everybody is monitored by government surveillance.
Desirae Abernathy is the daughter of a rich congressman who wants all personal and extracurricular augmentations outlawed. In a world of technology, this type of ideology can taint a family name and put hit markers on anybody who wears it proudly. Luckily for Desirae, that type of respect is not in her blood.
After a streak of rebellious involvement with minor illegal activities, Desirae finds herself involved with a notorious gangbanger that wants to use her for her father's database of sensitive intel. What was once a relatively innocent exchange turns into a life of stealing, murder, and personal advancements that will turn Desirae’s life on its side.
When she dives into the infamous gang, WiredSec, and explores her options as a street criminal, she finds issues within politics, within herself, and war hidden beyond the artificial neural network that could mean the end of her and everything she has ever known.
In the year 2050, nanotech was invented that allowed humanity to do what it does best: ignore reality. Jason was a project manager at Razor, Inc. where those simulations were crafted and improved every day.
That is, until an accident with a power outage and a poorly-coded backup protocol saw his consciousness transferred to a server and his body in a coma for the foreseeable future.
With the corporate vultures circling around what they see as a new piece of company software, Jason finds himself in one of the simulations he used to design.
If you enjoy kingdom-building, strategy, technological progression and big challenges, you’ll likely enjoy An Advance In Time.
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Humanity is extinct.
In their wake, they left behind powerful artifacts and wonderous relics, most of which are still yet to be discovered.
Alien life flourishes in the ruins of ancient human cities. Hundreds of distinct species and cultures. But they all worship the "Old Ones" as gods, for who else could have created these impossible devices: ships that can fly, droids that can think, and gates that form bridges between worlds.
One power-hungry Empire has learned to use these gifts to conquer and dominate all other alien cultures. With each passing day, they grind the people of Gaiam deeper under the bootheel of oppression.
But when an old, jaded thief stumbles upon an ancient, living secret... a new revolution may be at hand.
This is the story of The Last Human.
Engineer reborn as a dungeon core in a fantasy world.
Ike was a hobbyist clockmaker and former aerospace engineer enjoying his retirement on a habitat station orbiting Saturn. Unfortunately, his hard-earned peace was disturbed by a rapid decompression event and his resulting death.
Contrary to his expectations, Ike found himself reincarnated as a handicapped and supposedly-man-eating dungeon core in a fantastic realm of wonder, magic, dragons, and wizards! Faced with a luckless start in this hostile new world, Ike will have to employ his new-found near-perfect recall of his past life experiences along with ingenuity to survive and manifest his ambitions while struggling with morality.
Hello! I've included this section to list a few of the elements which my story currently includes or will include in the future. As a reader, an ambiguous synopsis has never much appealed to me. I've always wanted to know what I'm getting into ahead of time, even at the cost of spoilers. Frankly speaking, this site's content tags are not enough to convey that information.
Another thing I wish other stories did more often was publicly outline drawbacks/deterrents to the story. It makes sense that they would not do this as it might turn potential readers away. But here's the thing, I'm writing this story for my own enjoyment, so the amount of readers isn't really that important to me. No, what is important to me is that those who do decide to give it a try, enjoy it. I'm a fan of transparency, this is my attempt to act on those beliefs.
I don't want people to read something they won't enjoy, so if any of my listed cons are significant to you, please do NOT read Dungeon Engineer!
> Good grammar, or so I hear
> Main character has morals
> Realistic physics, applied universally (This is a story about engineering, after all.)
> Main character has extensive knowledge
> Lots and lots of ants and plants
> Speculative evolution (How might life evolve to abuse magical rules?)
> Main character performs genetic engineering and selective hybridization
> Nuanced ecology, strange subterranean ecosystems
> Main character completes infrastructure projects (With a special emphasis on fluid mechanics)
> Weird civilizations, above and below the surface
> Main character engages in magic experimentation and theorization
> Supply chain economics
> NO ADVENTURERS
Note that this stuff will likely take ages to complete.
> Exploration, above and below the surface, but mostly below
> Non-trivial industrialization (Industrialization is very difficult, I will go out of my way to not oversimplify it.)
> Military technology
> Magitech that makes sense
> Mechanical marvels (The main character has some incredible prior experience.)
> Kingdom building (but with a twist)
> Self replication
> Space exploration and conflict, again with an emphasis on semi-realistic physics
> And I really don't want to reveal any more beyond this.
> My first time writing creatively
> Numerous info-dumps (I like worldbuilding a little too much.)
> Gets very off topic at times (The universe has hard rules which must be quantified for believability and immersion.)
> Hidden satire (Some fantasy tropes are just plain stupid, they will be violently deconstructed.)
> Technical concepts and nomenclature (I refuse to trivialize complex topics and handwave details.)
> Extremely slow story pace (Though it is not slice-of-life.)
> Inner monologues (The main character likes to think to himself and explain his actions.)
> Flawed main character (He is prone to occasionally making mistakes. Perfect recall does not mean someone is immune to forgetting to do or take into account certain things. Even so, mistakes have consequences.)
> Overpowered main character (His advancements will be logically justified, which is part of why the story pace is slow.)
> Detailed technology, physics, and biology (Consistent rules)
While the inheritor of a primordial power fights an endless war with the Elder, ancient beings whose origins predate existence itself, his children are sent out into the world in order to grow.
The sequel to The Void Wolf.
A/N: Reading The Void Wolf won't be necessary to understand the story but it may help.
What would you do if your life, memories, and feelings were suddenly tied to another person?
Six people. One life.
A spoiled prince haunted by a ghost. A big city swindler with a knack for illusions. A cold soldier with a sharp eye. A pirate with a few screws loose. A chieftain’s bookish daughter with carefully bandaged hands. A peacekeeping agent with an eye for vengeance.
After simultaneously knocking on death’s door, these six find themselves psychically connected across national lines. Tensions rise between them and between their respective countries, which are recovering from a long war over the mysterious vitae—an energy source harvested and utilized in weapons and engines called conductors. Loyalty, memory, and sense of self blur as conspiracies encroach.
Assassination attempts, underground weapons dealings, border conflicts, tales of terrifying beasts, and a terrorist organization called ELPIS.
—Everything is connected. Nothing is coincidental. The spark has ignited…!
Part I: The Synchronized Six [COMPLETE]
Part II: The Illusionary Six [COMPLETE / (Deep editing)]
Part III: The Fragmented Six [ONGOING]
In-depth blurbs for each part within.
Contains found family, magitech, parallel plotlines that converge, conspiracies, morally gray characters, Chekhov's guns, and a lot of character development.
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