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This Quest is Bullshit

This Quest is Bullshit
by Nixia
STUB
58 pages

The Questing Stones have come to Nowherested, and Evelia Greene is finally ready to receive her life's quest.  Perhaps she'll be a great warrior, or a wealthy merchant, or a brilliant mage.  Perhaps her quest is simply to live a quiet life, constantly honing a craft to the heights of perfection.  

Or perhaps the Questing Stones will grant her the legendary mission of popping over to the next village to pick up a loaf of bread.  

Either way, adventure is out there, and Eve is determined to have one.  

In accordance with Amazon's Kindle Unlimited policy, chapters 3-90 have been taken down. You can read them here.

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Vaudevillain

Vaudevillain
by tetran
ONGOING
1.4k pages

Dylan is your average nerd. He works downtown for an architecture firm during the day and enjoys all manner of games and media in his spare time. But while Dylan likes all forms of sci-fi and fantasy, he really likes the genre of superheroes.

So when an indie company releases a virtual reality MMO where players choose to play as heroes or villains, Dylan immediately buys into it. He has a specific type of character he really enjoys watching, something that always makes his inner child laugh in delight. The Saturday morning cartoon villain.

Yes, those inept, bungling, yet highly dangerous villains found in so many of Dylan's cartoons as a child. He loves how they always come up with strange ways to conquer the world and how they get thwarted every weekend. He remembered laughing at every silly antic, every cliched shout of "Curses! Foiled again!" He loves it so much he decides to take this idea into the MMO.

But to grab a playerbase, the company has announced a promotion that players with a high enough reputation can get contacted to become permanent raid bosses in the game. Those chosen will be paid as if employees of the company. Serious players all hoping to live the dream of playing videogames all day rush to purchase copies of World of Supers!

What will happen when Dylan, someone playing the game for fun, clashes with these overly serious players?

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Just a Bystander

Just a Bystander
by Aefraga
ONGOING
869 pages

Everyone wants to believe they are the hero of their own story. But in a world where prophecies are real, what happens if you're not the Chosen One?

A budding arcanist named Caden enrols in the Academy, entering the same cohort as one of the legendary Chosen Ones, and finds himself caught in a tangle of fate that threatens to unravel the entire Empire. 

Updates Mondays and Thursdays, 10:30 PM (GMT+8).

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Cover art by Fuyu Dust.


30/7/2020
A number of people have asked about how they can support me, so I've started a Patreon page for those who would like to make a financial contribution.

"Just a Bystander" is a work of love and I intend to keep posting it for free on RoyalRoad for everyone to enjoy. As someone who has been blessed with a full-time job that has remained stable even in the midst of a global pandemic, I would like to stress that I am able to continue writing with or without financial support and that you should not feel compelled to put dollars into this. 

I've chosen not to offer early chapters because I'd like my readers to keep apace with each other, and there are time constraints that come with my situation. The best I can offer for now is the promise of special Discord privileges once I get the opportunity to get them up and running in the future.

Thank you for reading my work. I hope you continue to enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. =)

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no evil

no evil
by Farnott
HIATUS
132 pages

An obsessive investigative reporter who knows too much teams up with a washed-up detective to solve the bizarre mysteries occurring in their neighborhood.

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Years ago, an incident occurred. Nora was kidnapped. She was saved. Lightning struck. And ever since, she's been able to hear what other people wish to say but can't.

She meets Detective Daniel Moon, freshly demoted to the substation of their small, rowdy neighborhood. He'd rather be anywhere else than here, and be with anyone else but her, but she's insistent on his help.

Something strange and wrong is happening in Wonsung-du.

With Nora's know-how and Daniel's skill, she's convinced that they have the power to change everything for the better.

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An Advance in Time

An Advance in Time
by realitybend
HIATUS
253 pages

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.

Remember to follow the story by clicking the bookmark icon and add the story to your favorites list!  

Reader comments:

“It’s like those incremental games, but much much more entertaining. I can’t wait to see where this goes, and can’t wait for the next update!” - Reddit user

“Solid prose and an interesting start... I’m always a sucker for industrialization, so I think I’ll be watching this.” - Reddit user

“The story is just the type of story I love reading.” -RoyalRoad reviewer  

Discord server: https://discord.gg/aRQNgR7

[A WINNER of the Royal Road Writathon challenge]

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Undead

Undead
by NineKeys
HIATUS
439 pages

A man has been brought back to life for a fell purpose. He inhabits the body of a ghoul: a lesser undead being. He must kill and eat, both to accrue power for himself and to serve the purposes of the mysterious woman who summoned him.

WARNING: This novel is not suitable for underage or otherwise susceptible readers. Take the tags seriously.

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An Old Man's Journey

An Old Man's Journey
by Allanther
COMPLETED
357 pages

 

Charles was an old man.  A widower.  Retired.  He spends his days watching old movies and waiting for his kids and grandkids to call.  And doing that is all he wanted to do in the short time he has left.

Then his long-time friend Bert, one of the last living ones he has, reaches out to offer him a chance to play a game.  A virtual reality simulation that could give him another way to spend time with his family.  So he seeks to find a place within the game, a place for his family to visit.

With a magic stick levels above what any starting player should have, Charles sets out on a journey to find the perfect place to entice his family to visit. But the game and the players have other ideas.  Set up as an NPC quest giver to some, and antagonist to others, how will Charles find his place and what will he have to do to get there?  

 

This is a work of fiction, any similarities between etc. etc. etc.  Please don't sue me.  

 

This is Vol 1 through 4 and is intended as a series of Novellas and a light read.  Thanks for checking it out!

 

Temporary coverart from pixabay. 

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Loot Mule

Loot Mule
by SecretMortician
ONGOING
27 pages

Dungeon crawl. Fight monsters. Loot. Drink. Repeat. This was the life cycle of an Adventuring Miner. Many pitied them. Cooper envied them.

Adventuring Miners have claimed the Drunkard’s Colic tavern as their local watering hole—much to the dismay of the keg-runner, Cooper—who has the delight of servicing their ferocious appetite for cheap, throat-burning ale.

While taking a much-needed moment’s respite, Cooper is greeted by an enigmatic party who offers him a one-time deal: Carry their loot and earn some coin. Of course, nothing is ever as simple it seems; and if he knew the troubles that lay ahead, he would have asked for payment upfront.


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Apocalypse Born

Apocalypse Born
by artifex
HIATUS
471 pages

The world as we know it ends in the year 2000. Over the course of a week, billions die and the survivors are faced with a reality that no longer makes sense. Can they fight back against wizards, monsters, and robots in a world where none of the old rules seem to apply, and their only ally is a mysterious heads-up display that reads like a particularly uninterested narrator?

Well, that part of the story's mostly done.

Hunter, instead of being alive in the age of heroes and martyrs, bravely fighting for the future of his entire planet, is born in 2003. By the time he can walk and talk, humanity has already fought back the worst of its demons and settled into its new status quo. What's an easily bored kid supposed to do in the Midwest when there's all this magic and nothing to do with it?

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Truck-Kun's Adventures in Isekai-land

Truck-Kun's Adventures (...)
by Luna The Ghost
HIATUS
256 pages

When a truck gets run over by a random man, it was reincarnated into another world with the power to send anything it runs over to earth.

There's going to be a lot of chaos...

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(Release schedule: 1 chapter every 2-4 days)

The story is mostly in 1st pov, but it switches to 3rd pov occasionally, mostly for scenes taking place on Earth.

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A Journey of Black and Red

A Journey of Black and (...)
by Mecanimus
ONGOING
2.1k pages

Where am I? What is this! I... I don't remember anything. I am in chains? Why am I in chains?! And why am I so very...

Thirsty.

 

 

This is a story of vampires as I believe they should be, with their strengths and weaknesses, with their remnants of humanity and the beast inside. Updates every Friday. Mind the tags. 

Cover by Antti Hakosaari: https://www.artstation.com/haco

Special thanks to Svensonsen for getting me started, as well as Omi Nya, Jemima, my patrons and you dear readers, for the support.

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Vainqueur the Dragon

Vainqueur the Dragon
by Void Herald
COMPLETED
1.7k pages

Vainqueur is now available on Amazon! Book 1 (Audiobook 1), Book 2 (Audiobook 2). 

Vainqueur Knightsbane is your average dragon: a giant, fire-breathing lizard who loves to take naps on his golden hoard, kidnap princesses for fun, and make the life of adventurers miserable. Vainqueur's only pleasure in life is to watch his treasure get bigger, one coin at a time.

So when a would-be thief turned unwilling minion tells him about "classes," "levels," and "quests," Vainqueur wonders if maybe, just maybe, he should consider a career change. 

After all, why bother hunting monsters for free when you can get paid for it?

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