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Wavebound

Wavebound
ONGOING
234 pages

Ruyo, a small-time merchant, made a deal with a desperate spirit. Now she's the new Goddess of Water! With one barely-working shrine and little idea of what she's doing, can she convince people to give her the worship she needs to grow her powers?

Volumes 1-3 of a high fantasy series about freedom, magic, and being in over your head. You can also find the series on Amazon starting with the free Vol. 1: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08CBJGVCT

New: Patreon account here for advanced chapters: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=5942610

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Liberation Game

Liberation Game
HIATUS
19 pages

Lumina was created as an friend for a man who's now dead. Though she resembles a centauroid deer robot, she's really an AI living within the game world of Thousand Tales. Can she begin to reach out from the game, to make meaningful contact with the world of humans?

A stand-alone story based on the larger novel of the same name, on Amazon.

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2040: Queen of Nowhere

2040: Queen of Nowhere
HIATUS
26 pages

Susumu "Pip" Yamayuchi wakes up as a digital ghost in the year 2040, after being frozen for 20 years. She's invited into the virtual game world of Thousand Tales. She has the chance to start a new life in what she considers the future, but what part of the game will she dive into? And how exactly is she alive at all?

So far, she's chosen a life in the space world of Threespace. But what's next for her?

This story is a complete novel, an intro to the Thousand Tales setting. Feedback and plot suggestions are welcome! This one takes place in the same world as several of my other stories, in the last year of the established canon timeline.

Longer, better edition is now on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07X5MTV2G

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Tower Of Sol

Tower Of Sol
HIATUS
107 pages

One of the last known human settlements gets a friendly invitation from the AI that helped conquer the world. "Come to the new tower in the woods," it says. "Fight your way to the top, and we won't bother you for a year. Equipment provided; safety not guaranteed."

Former soldier Sven heads to the strange fortress called Direspire, to protect his village. When he's drawn into a game of robots, traps and treasure, he finds that there's more at stake than just fending off a zealous AI.

This story is now complete. Comments appreciated! A longer, improved version is also now available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RC2H492 .

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Striking Chains

Striking Chains
HIATUS
26 pages

Magic isn't for peasants like Dominic. But when his owner throws him into battle against bandits, he learns just enough to save his own life. Unfortunately for him, he loses the privilege of being safe and secure with a master who protects him. Instead, he's taken away from home to join the caste of frightening masked Servants who rule the Holy State.

Soon he understands more of the State's efficient, ruthless ways and visits a neighboring land -- a kingdom with an empty throne. He's tempted to tear off his mask and start a revolution. But will he free his people, or is he just a pawn?

A novel of high magic, war, griffins, clashing religions, and deadly bureaucracy.

Striking Chains is now available on Amazon in its much longer and revised form! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NBTSY44 As a result, most of it has had to be taken down from RR. I appreciate readers' interest and support!

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Thousand Tales: Learning To Fly

Thousand Tales: Learning To Fly
HIATUS
148 pages

Wings, Immortality, and a War of Trolls

When aging pilot Andre nearly dies in an airplane accident, he decides it's time to upload. He has his brain removed and scanned into Thousand Tales, a game where ordinary players compete with the AIs and former humans who live inside it. He takes full advantage of his new digital life, becoming a high-flying pegasus and learning the magic of the sky. He's just in time for a strange little war. The digital world seems overly cute at first, but there's more going on than people leveling up.

Spells and transformation are easy in this world, but building a society isn't. Can Andre fight in a way that will get his virtual land taken seriously, and equip his new friends to make a difference in the world of humans?

This story is also available as a book at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071V9B4JX/ ! A complete version of this story is going to be posted here, but the Amazon edition is much longer. Want more free content instead? Try https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NCAER2M/ , a short story collection in the same world, or the preview of "Crafter's Heart" here on RR, or the version of "Crafter's Passion".

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Crafter's Heart (Preview)

Crafter's Heart (Preview)
HIATUS
66 pages

(LitRPG) A young man has gotten a job with Ludo, the AI who runs the video game Thousand Tales. That means he gets to move to a sea-surface colony off the coast of Cuba, working at a VR center with unlimited time to use the hardware himself. He also gets to watch what goes on in the building's lower floor, where rich customers use "brain uploading" technology to enter the game world permanently.

As he grows in rank in Ludo's organization and within the game, will he end up as the cultist of a game-obsessed god? Or will the three brilliant women he meets help him become something more?

This is a preview of a book, which can be found at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JJCC5QL . It's a direct sequel to "Crafter's Passion" AKA "Gleaners' Guild", a version of which is on this site at https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/14593/gleaners-guild . You can understand this story without having read the first one.

(Several chapters are coming here.)

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Crafter's Passion (AKA Gleaners' Guild)

Crafter's Passion (AKA Gleaners' Guild)
COMPLETED
67 pages

2038, California. Stan is doing his mandatory "volunteer" service years on a collective farm when he encounters Thousand Tales, a game that offers immortality to the super-rich. He can't afford to have his brain uploaded like those elite customers, but maybe he can turn a profit out of the game instead of just playing it. Not as a legendary swordsman or a brilliant wizard, but as a dealer in the junk no one else seems to want. If he plays his cards right, he can draw the attention of both the farm's supervisor and the game's ruling, meddling AI. Should he, though?

LitRPG. Part of the world of "Thousand Tales", a novel series on Amazon, though no knowledge of it is expected. This story is around 12K words long. I'd appreciate feedback to help write a much longer version! Updates every few days. Cover art from game-icons.net, by Lorc, CC-BY.

Update! This story was originally called "Gleaners' Guild". It came out on Amazon under the name "Crafter's Passion" and has many reviews there, thanks in part to the support of RR readers like you. Thanks! It even has a sequel, "Crafter's Heart".

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A Small Hoard

A Small Hoard
COMPLETED
15 pages

A college student hiking across Colorado finds some unusual stones, and he finds one in particular growing increasingly fascinating.

(Done as a commission. Complete short story, to be posted in two parts.)

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Fairwind's Fortune

Fairwind's Fortune
HIATUS
16 pages

In 2038, Gail is a player of Thousand Tales, a game run by an AI. When she's not playing games she manages the offices of Mountain King Ice Cream. Her real and fantasy lives collide when she gets the chance to have her brain permanently relocated to the game's world. Is digital heaven too good an offer to pass up?

Story is complete at 10 chapters, about 24K words.

A revised and longer edition of this story is now available on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079KZVZKS/

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Ivan and the Black Riders

Ivan and the Black Riders
HIATUS
31 pages

Petrov the Dragonlord rules an ambitious new kingdom from atop a mountain. It's said he and his sister were once fully human, and that he can grant youth and the body of a wolf to those who prove their loyalty. Ivan is willing to kill in the Dragonlord's name, but is there a limit to how much "glory" and "progress" he can stand?

(Contains violence and other disturbing moments, but not explicit sex or gore.)

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Phoenix

Phoenix
HIATUS
31 pages

Phoenix isn't dying anymore, not ever. After having his brain uploaded to the game world of Thousand Tales, he woke up healthy and living in a world with... well, not very much yet besides his wings and a desert tower. It's time to go exploring! This virtual universe is still new, so maybe he'll be one of the ones who gets to shape it. If he gets his homework done, at least.

[i]Part of a collection called [url=https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NCAER2M/]Extra Lives[/url].[/i]

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