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The Infinite Labyrinth

The Infinite Labyrinth
by Vincent Archer
ONGOING
1.3k pages

(Book 1 "Shanghaied", 2 "Shortcuts" & 3 "Secrets" now complete - Final Book 4 "Sanction" scheduled to begin summer 2021)

Georgian Era Steampunk alternate history meets litRPG!

For Jonas Sims, apprentice leatherworker, this is a great day in the spring of 1818, when he can spend the day watching the coming and goings of the Professionals, those blessed ones who are able to travel the Zones of the Infinite Labyrinth, along with his best friend.

For Jacques Deschanel, tier seven Professional, it is a good day, when the plans of his master Napoleon Bonaparte are coming to fruition, and a decisive blow is struck by the French Dominion against the British Empire.

For Amanda Cowen, Imposing Knight of the British Scouts, it is a terrible day where she finds that winning a fight does not win a battle, let alone a war that she was not supposed to get involved in.

 

For nearly twenty years since they've opened, the Gilded Gates of the Infinite Labyrinth have brought power and wonders to the subjects of King George III. Fueled by the resources from the place beyond the Gates, the modern age is in full swing across the British Empire. Crystal marvels adorn the streets of London while Aether-powered Skyships patrol the skies. But today, the Gate slams closed, and the Empire tetters on the brink of destruction.

 

For six people who were fleeing death and destruction in London, their lives are irrevocably changed when they find themselves stranded in the strange universe of the Infinite Labyrinth. With little more than half-remembered rumours, they have to figure out the rules which are now their lot. They have to improve their very being, to find out how to escape the trap in which they found themselves. They have to become Professionals on their own and rejoin the Empire.

For the French will not wait forever, and unless the way opens back, their victory is all but assured. And if the British Professionals don't come together, they may fall, and the six may find nothing awaiting them when they find their way back.

 


 

The Infinite Labyrinth is a slice-of-life litRPG set in a real historical setting. It's a hard, crunchy litrpg. Expect blue boxes everywhere, and the system itself is very mathy and ripe for optimization (I use a spreadsheet and a wiki to give me the details - warning, spoilers if you haven't caught up to the current story chapter).

It started life as a serial. I prepared some proper worldbuilding, with enough details and background for lots of different potential story arcs, but as I wrote, I realized the main story needs to have a definitive end. So, there are four books scheduled in total, for a bit under 1500 pages, plus additional side stories, and even maybe a sequel one day.

The publication is going to be slightly irregular, as I'm writing part-time. I'll try to have at least one chapter a week when I am putting in the works.

The Gore tag was added as a precaution because there are a few scenes with some light gore.

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He Who Fights With Monsters

He Who Fights With Monsters
by Shirtaloon
STUB
2.7k pages

Access the discord here.

 

Now available on Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, Audible and in paperback here.

All chapters following book 2 are available here, but due to Kindle Unlimited requirements, the chapters from books 1 & 2, except for the first story arc, can no longer be hosted here.

 

Jason wakes up in a mysterious world of magic and monsters. He’ll face off against cannibals, cultists, wizards, monsters, and that’s just the first day. He’s going to need courage, he’s going to need wit and he’s going to need some magic powers of his own. But first, he’s going to need pants.

Follow Jason as he makes a place for himself in a world that is strange, yet sometimes strangely familiar. He’ll meet crime lords and aristocrats, gods and monsters on his path from would-be victim to heroic adventurer. At least, he tries to be heroic. It’s hard to be good when all your powers are evil.

Release schedule is 5 chapters per week, Monday-Friday USA time.

Please note: I am Australian and this story is written in Australian English, so there will be less of the letter Z and more of the letter U.

This web novel is also available at scribblehub.com

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The Silver Mana - Book 1: Initiate

The Silver Mana - Book (...)
by cerealman
HIATUS
638 pages

I used to be a healthy, young guy with a normal life - I had a career planned in professional soccer, a girlfriend, lots of hobbies, and loads of fun. Until the accident. Which changed my life.

A few years later I had adjusted to my new reality, adjusted to being in a wheelchair, adjusted to having someone take care of me 24/7. And then the world changed. Old people and kids did not make it. And neither was I supposed to make it. But never count me out. If anything, I am tenacious.

This new world was different. People could do magic. And there were monsters. 

And what about me? I had mana as well, silver mana. Which no one else seemed to have. The only problem was, I did not know what to do with it.

Until I really needed to. 

 

Author's note: This is the rewrite of Silver Mana. The first bunch of chapters (until I will have caught up to level 2 of the dungeon) should be quite familiar to people that have read the original. There are some changes in content, but the story follows the original fairly closely for at least the first 150-200 pages. Most of the changes are in the writing, and some of the details of how things work. A few of the side characters get a bit more attention too.

 

Some general comments to avoid disappointment:

1. The MC likes to swear. If you object to reading the word "fuck" at least once and usually multiple times each chapter don't read the book. "Fuck" is such a great, allencompassing word... fuck that; what the fuck?; fuck me! Fuck! one word, expressing so many nuances. And, frankly, the people I know that use fuck as a swear word.. they often use it a lot. 

2. If you are looking for immediate progression, rapid advancement of the story, etc.... read another book. This one takes a bit.

3. I am NOT Pirateaba (who is writing The Wandering Inn) or anyone close to that level of productivity. If you expect to read 10k words every 3 days, or even just once a week... sorry. I've got a busy life. This is for fun, I have no patreon, paypal, anything, so I write when it is fun and however much is fun. Not more. And sometimes that turns out to be a decent amount, sometimes nothing. I have another book (Marrow) so that complicated things - basically I switch between the two whenever the muse strikes me.

 

 

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Though the Heavens Should Fall

Though the Heavens Should (...)
by ClearMadness
HIATUS
513 pages

An action packed twist on Xianxia from the author of The Iron Teeth.
The Heavenly Empire expands ever onward. Its loyal and disciplined soldiers march forth to conquer and destroy all of humanity’s enemies while its priests preach the word of the Archon, the long-ago ascended incarnation of God.
Verus is a simple young temple ward whose natural talents have earned him a chance to travel to the provincial capital and learn to cultivate ki among the disciples of the Great Wind Sect. Competition is fierce within the sect, but immortality and incredible power await those that triumph.
However, nothing is as it seems. Hungry spirits lurk at the edges of reality, treacherous forces swear themselves to dark gods, and there are even greater threats. Evidence of an ancient injustice lies within Verus’s own soul, making him the key to secrets that many will stop at nothing to keep hidden. 
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Defiance of the Fall

Defiance of the Fall
by TheFirstDefier
ONGOING
5.1k pages

Soon on Amazon/Kindle Unlimited/Audible! Preorder now!

Zac was alone in the middle of the forest when the world changed.

The whole planet was introduced to the multiverse by an unfeeling System... or God. A universe where an endless number of races and civilizations fought for power and dominion. Zac finds himself stuck in the wilderness surrounded by deadly beasts, demons, and worse. Alone, lost and without answers, he must find the means to survive and get stronger in this new cut-throat reality.

With only a hatchet for his weapon, he'll have to seek out his family before the world collapses... or die trying.

 

Release Schedule:

6 Chapters a week; Mon-Sat.

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Deeper Darker

Deeper Darker
by mooderino
ONGOING
2.4k pages

Sci-fi dungeon crawler.

Set in the far future when humanity has reached the stars and finds it is not the first to do so. Alien technology has been left behind by a long dead race. Ancient cities, abandoned starships, temples and fortified bunkers all contain artefacts and devices far in advance of what humans have been able to produce. Technology that feels more akin to magic, so powerful it can allow a single person to dominate a star system. But these relics of another time have been left well-defended and behind bewildering and impenetrable security measures. 

There are those who are compatible with the alien technology, who can augment themselves to face the evermore extreme protocols in the depths of the alien ruins, and by doing so attain greater power. And there are those who just want to sell what they find to the highest bidder.

The rewards are high, but you have to be prepared to go further and risk more to discover the greatest secrets of a civilisation that vanished long before the first human walked upright. Secrets that could irrevocably change humanity's future, or end it.

 

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Street Cultivation - a modern wuxia/litrpg hybrid

Street Cultivation - (...)
by SarahLin
COMPLETED
163 pages

In the modern world, qi is money.

The days of traveling martial artists and mountaintop masters are over. Power is controlled by corporations, modernized martial arts sects, and governments. Those at the bottom of society struggle as second class citizens in a world in which power is a commodity.

Rick is a young fighter in this world. He doesn't dream of immortality or becoming the strongest, just of building a better life for himself and his sister, who suffers from a spiritual illness. Unfortunately, life isn't that easy...

(Author's Note: After the first book's successful run on Amazon, I'm posting the sequel chapter by chapter here as well for all the fans who supported me.)

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Life of Numbers

Life of Numbers
by sryanr
HIATUS
798 pages

Everything in life can be measured, and everything in life is measured. Each person who has ever lived has five Numbers on their arm, defining the five primary attributes of that person. Throughout someone's life, these will increase with time and effort, and all of society revolves around these Numbers.

What happens when this natural system of Numbers, the basis of all of society for all of history...changes? 

 

My first fiction, so I appreciate all reviews and feedback!

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Mother of Learning

Mother of Learning
by nobody103
COMPLETED
2.9k pages

Zorian is a teenage mage of humble birth and slightly above-average skill, attending his third year of education at Cyoria's magical academy. He is a driven and irritable young man, consumed by a desire to ensure his own future and free himself of the influence of his family, whom he resents for favoring his brothers over him. Consequently, he has no time for pointless distractions or paying attention to other people's problems. As it happens, time is something he is about to get plenty of. On the eve of the Cyoria's annual summer festival, he is killed and brought back to the beginning of the month, just before he was about to take a train to Cyoria. Suddenly trapped in a time loop with no clear end or exit, Zorian will have to look both within and without to unravel the mystery before him. And he does have to unravel it, for the time loop hadn't been made for his sake and dangers lurk everywhere... Repetition is the mother of learning, but Zorian will have to first make sure he survives to try again - in a world of magic, even a time traveler isn't safe from those who wish him ill.

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If anyone is interested, I have a story-related worldbuilding site that can be found here. I don't update it as often as I should, but there is a fair amount of content there already. It also contains a page with all the fanart, fan translations, audio books and the like - you can reach it directly by clicking this link.

I have a patreon account for those kind people that want to give me money. It also contains info for those who want to donate via paypal.

The story was originally posted on fictionpress, back in 2011. When I reached chapter 91, I started uploading the story to RoyalRoad, one chapter per day. The story will continue to be updated on fictionpress as well as here, and can be reached by clicking on this link if somebody is interested, though at this point there is nothing there that isn't also on RoyalRoad.

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The cover you see on the side has been made by a fellow RoyalRoad user Sydorow. Thank you for your time and art skills.

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Rise of the Lord

Rise of the Lord
by Thunder Surfer
HIATUS
641 pages

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.

 

Maps: Tellus Viscounty - Asura Continent

 

Additional tags: Kingdom Building - Strategy - War - Army Building - Minor Wuxia Elements.

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The Scourged Earth

The Scourged Earth
by Mirrored
HIATUS
1.1k pages

 Derrick is no ones hero.  He is barely dealing with his mundane life when all of humanity is forced to confront the extraordinary. Overnight, all across the world, mysterious machines appear. They offer people the chance to purchase almost anything they can think of. Weapons, medicine and even super human abilities are offered, seemingly for free.

But following these machines, come the Scourges. The most dangerous creatures, diseases and machines that infest the universe. Ever growing and battling, these empires of horror and hunger will overhelm and devour the Earth and its inhabitants. Unless Derrick and humanity can stand against all the horrors that battle between the stars.

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My first Story, an attempt to turn the standard fantasy litrpg apocalypse into a Sci Fi. Trying for a slower build to power for the MC, so don't expect him to have cheat powers. I delight in helpful crticism so no holding back plz.

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Brimstone Fantasy

Brimstone Fantasy
by stern trooper
HIATUS
678 pages

Given his first weapon when he was still a child, Edward Lee lived a life full of violence in a nation torn by war.

Tormented by the demons of his past, he believed Death would free him.

But through the games of beings beyond his understanding, his death turned out to be the starting point of a new life in a strange world of magic and monsters, as a young teenager.

Beyond simply finding a way to survive the dangers of his new life, Edward will soon realize that there is still a price to pay for his past actions.

 

 

Cover art isn't mine.

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