The Arcane Emperor

by Aternus

Original Action Adventure Comedy Drama Fantasy Romance Anti-Hero Lead Harem LitRPG Magic Male Lead Strong Lead
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Rainer, an amateur arcanist and college student, sought to create a new spell far surpassing the magic of the few he inherited from his grandfather. Yet the interference of an unknown event during the casting of his spell led him to be thrown through space and time.

Where status screens were accepted as normal and class distinctions were quite clear. Leveling and achieving a class beyond a simple farmer or peddler was an affair of life and death combined with years of hard training. Goblins were not the fodder that they should be, orcs filled bedtime stories in order to scare children into behaving, and a dragon? You might as well pack up and move to another country.

He, however, enters this world with the rare and powerful class of the Arcanist. How will the recently ardent seeker of magic find greater heights, or will he land in deeper depths?

Additional Tags: Game elements, Another World, Mature Themes

Cover Art: by NGT http://forum.royalroadl.com/showthread.php?tid=83944

Current Word Count: 413,193
Weekly Schedule: Long Chapter(s) Every Saturday Night EST

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: New Beginnings ago
Chapter 2: I'm Sorry I Doubted you Grandfather! ago
Chapter 3: The Arcane Scholar ago
Chapter 4: A Fairy and a Broken Seal ago
Chapter 5: Fae Contractor ago
Chapter 6: Run with the Wind! ago
Chapter 7: Resistance ago
Chapter 8: The Arcane Elementalist ago
Chapter 9: Monster Hunters ago
Chapter 10: Winter's Guardians ago
Chapter 11: The Dungeon's Entrance ago
Chapter 12: The First Step ago
Chapter 13: Fallen City of Nalmar ago
Chapter 14: A Change of Scenery ago
Chapter 15: The Fog ago
Chapter 16: An Unexpected Addition ago
Chapter 17: Arcane Power ago
Chapter 18: A Vanquishing Spear ago
Chapter 19: The Horde ago
Chapter 20: Soar ago
Chapter 21: Deliverance ago
Chapter 22: Wyvern's Roost ago
Chapter 23: Domain ago
Chapter 24: Rising Caverns and Falling Flames ago
Chapter 25: Descent ago
Chapter 26: The Return ago
Chapter 27: A Temporary Home ago
Chapter 28: The Hunt ago
Chapter 29: Back to Where it All Began ago
Chapter 30: Standardization ago
Chapter 31: Final Preparations ago
Chapter 32: Advancement ago
Chapter 33: Fruit of the World Tree ago
Chapter 34: A New Wind Blows. ago
Chapter 35: The Low Road ago
Chapter 36: Toward the Tower ago
Chapter 37: A Familiar Sensation ago
Chapter 38: The Mana-Well ago
Chapter 39: Voidwalker ago
Chapter 40: Maiden Elru ago
Chapter 41: A Trade ago
Chapter 42: A Ring's Value ago
Chapter 43: Flame-Touched ago
Chapter 44: Of Mages and Arachne ago
Chapter 45: A Message ago
Chapter 46: Arcane Presence ago
Chapter 47: Druidic Magic ago
Chapter 48: The Ice Wolf Queen ago
Chapter 49: Not Even a Footnote ago
Chapter 50: Arcane Invigoration ago
Chapter 51: Devil King Agmar ago
Chapter 52: An Unexpected Destination ago
Chapter 53: A New Arrival ago
Chapter 54: The Arcane Order ago
Chapter 55: Frozen Sun ago
Chapter 56: Tiers of Magic ago
Chapter 57: The Ball ago
Chapter 58: The Soul ago
Chapter 59: Call of the Void ago
Chapter 60: Abyssal Plane ago
Chapter 61: Creeping Darkness ago
Chapter 62: The Mind ago
Chapter 63: A Serpent's Cry and A Dragon's Help ago
Chapter 64: Lords of the Void ago
Chapter 65: Plunging into Water ago
Chapter 66: The Second Trial ago
Chapter 67: Abyssal Elf ago
Chapter 68: A Difference of Time ago
Chapter 69: Death's Thief ago
Chapter 70: The Memories of a Soul ago
Chapter 71: Arcane Revelation ago
Chapter 72: Another gift from the Divine ago
Chapter 73: Home ago
Chapter 74: To New Horizons ago
Chapter 75: Magus of Cursed Lightning ago
Chapter 76: Of Enchantments and Dragons ago
Chapter 77: White Void ago
Chapter 78: A Broken Soul ago
Chapter 79: Sacrilege ago
Chapter 80: Gateway ago
Chapter 81: Void-Step ago
Chapter 82: Bard of the Moonlight ago
Chapter 83: Arcanum ago
Chapter 84: Threads of Aura ago
Chapter 85: The Wolf King ago
Chapter 86: Changing of the Guard ago
Chapter 87: Moonlighting ago
Chapter 88: Neutral City ago
Chapter 89: Blood on the Walls ago
Chapter 90: Creature of Shadow ago
Chapter 91: Manipulator of Reality ago
Chapter 92: First Impressions ago
Chapter 93: Elemental Awakening ago
Chapter 94: Of Arcane and Frost ago
Chapter 95: Avatar ago
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Victor DoUrden
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Rather dissappointing how completely extremely shitty the reviews are for the most part. Seems like a lot of half wits have never read a power trip in their lives... let alone actual real fantasy novels of any sort with a spell caster in it. Anyway that aside... I'm gonna  try to keep this short and direct. Not gonna get techicnical or anything.

Story has and HAD promise but somewhere in the later 40s and 50s it starts treading the line into complete utter garbage sorry to say.  Power trip wank off stories are like hay in a haystack here. Story has less tension then kids books as people are eager to kiss ass and hand away victories like how a water fountain hands away water. I get the new writer and all that jazz but such things I have mentioned are hallmarks of absurdly fresh newb authors or simply extremely bad ones. Also some things should be mentioned again instead of seemingly forgotten. Failure should be rampent for a young man who does not know jack about where he is let alone the acting, the hammy lying with everyone eating it up, and expecially! The nails something he has never done in his entire life and has no fucking idea how to do it... but does it anyway on the first try bs.

I really liked the story when it started and hoped for better and still hope you revise and turn it around... but it does not seem like you have a decent bar for yourself. Nothing stands out and the overall feeling the story gives is almost copy paste to other power wank stories. Do you really want to just write what is turning into an awfully mediocre story or have it be memorable? If this was up on amazon it would just be another awful litrpg story.

If you like your character, your story your world... build on the world. Make your characters suffer. Give reason to learn and grow. One can't appreciate sugar if one only eats sweet things. You can't apprecaite anything if it's so free as everything is to your characters. S/orange/gold items are only and ONLY as such because they are good AND don't rain like whites/copper.

 

Nevertheless thank you for what you've put out so far and for writing anything in the first place. I hope someday you take your work and elevate it into what it could be.

 

Edit As it goes on it just gets worse, more generic, characters get flatter. MC is not smart just everyone else is not bright or as powerful. MC is a one trick pony. Enemies conviently carry absurdly rare gear just for the mc when he does them in.

thejoker195
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its just there,not bad but honestly not worth all the hype.

like the title of the review says,i am of the belief that this fiction honestly isnt worth all the hype people seem to be giving it,but it is by no means a bad book,the authors grammar and style are definitely one of the best on this site,its just that some contents of the book just dont sit right with me.

  the mcs only advantage over others is his whole arcane power,he doesnt honestly do anything...idk..amazing that makes you think that the arcane magic is all that,i mean all he ever does is learn fireball,adds arcane to it,its now arcane fireball and thats all folks,30 chapters in and still the same old same old,i swear it just started feeling nauseous at that point,he gets spacial and gravity magic and doesnt even consider trying teleportaion,for someone who came from a more technologicaly advanced world you would think he had a better imagination,by chapter 35 i just couldnt anymore,i just couldnt feel anything for the characters,they were feeling like cardboard cut outs you see in day to day anime

,i mean dude there is only so many time you can use gunthers i am shocked at your power growth joke before it becomes stale.

  then there is the harem tag,whats going to happen to kara?,she going to be okay with her lover being someone else, shes incapable of feeling jealousy?,i honestly dont see what people like about this,no self respecting person should find it okay to see there partner with someone esle why they just sit there and watch,well i suppose we are all entitled to our own opinions and fact of the matter is we like what we like, no helping that, but i honestly believe the book can do without it, it would make the characters feel more real instead of like some cardboard anime cut outs.

 well thats all i have to say, best of luck with your book though,its ffxv time and adamantoise isnt going to kill himself!

 

nf_zeta
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What the hell is this group effort?

Lol, This story has such an inflated status and it feels purposely done when most of the positive reviews are from seemingly throwaway accounts. Overall its pretty much meh. It had a good premise but it wasted like 80% of it and ended up a bland poorly executed fiction. Relationships rushed, MC is a plot puppet with no actual personality. MC's magic is super easy mode contrary to what the beginning made you think.

Treyon
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Its an amazing story with a hero MC but with guts to kill.

Well.. the whole thing about magic on earth and that there were only 2 mages (MC included) but in reality there was a whole guild about it and the MC even had his magic sealed and he didnt know about it. I hope that you can make use of these things that you have introduced as something quite important, for example, why did the MC has his magic sealed in the first place?. Its even implied that his supposed grandfather is older than 1000 or whatever g-g-g-g-great-grandfather means.

I quite like the interactions that the mc has with Luna so i hope that you can keep that up since there are tons of stuff you can talk with a fairy (And first waifu). So i hope that she learns how to grow bigger and smaller at will to solve issues.

About the thing with the demons i hope that the MC can solve things such as the ceremony and change it to something else, maybe its me but i believe that the MC can find the way to awaken the demons without the need of doing THAT.

Also i hope that you can provide a better background for the girls and possible explain their past and the place they lived. 

Also i hope that MC can ask more things to kara since she clearle knows more about the world than Luna.

Lurken
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Character changes less expected then the Spanish inquisition

This review contains spoilers up to chapter 14.

The story starts out well enough, if generic. There is nothing wrong with generic, and it goes along decently enough. The world is hard-mode, even though the MC gets himself a really cheat-like ability. The writing is good enough, though sometimes there are linebreaks even if the same character continues speaking.


As the story progresses we run into the first actual problem - Luna. Or if not the first actual problem, the first symptom of a problem. Luna represents the cliche ditzy harem member, and should have been a warning for me as a reader.

The story continues, and for some time, Luna has the spotlight. Even in light of the cringe-inducing dialogue, it could almost be considered sweet. This continues, until we run into the first miniboss. Now, this guy (back then) was not a very big deal - the MC almost kills him with one attack! The problem is, due to later revelations, this guy is apperantly fuckstrong, even if other people actaully are stronger. This is a example of a problem that will become more apperent the further into the story you get - the fact that the author has no concept of powerlevels and writes by the rule of cool.

Continuing on, the MC meets a band of general bros, and they crew up in the hunt for glory and loot! Aaaaaaaaand there is the SECOND harem member - the distant, cold but collected Swordswoman. As the swordswoman enters the scene, Luna (the ditzy fairy) is quickly sidelined with the quick phrase of "lol she's in my pocket or something dunno :^)".

The story continues on and they get to the dungeon, and right here the power-problem shows itself. The MC gets a direct hit on a level five (5!) enemy, and it's merely stunned. Be reminded, this is the exact same, if not stronger, attack that would have oneshot the miniboss if he did not have his defenses up. The miniboss was level fourteen (14!).

The fighting breaks out, and against all odds, and against all that has been shown before, the MC somehow ends up on the backfoot - almost dead! Aaaaaaand then the cool, calm and collected swordswoman uses her "secret transformation", and she turns into a half-demon, something that "does not exist!!!!".

She protects the MC, and all is well and good. But not really, since the coming of age ceremony for demons might as well be called coming of edge ceremony - they are required to go into a human village and kill them all - bathe in their blood etc etc. The band of bros that have traveled with them so far are of course appaled! They HATE demons, but their friend is one? Following the only logical decision they turn on the demon. And here everything that the author has railroaded without any thought to logic falls apart.

During the series so far, the MC has seemed like a genuinely caring guy. If he can, he'll help out. He cares about human lives, and nothing from earlier ever implied he did not. He helped people hunting, he tried to help people fighting, and he wanted to help people that were enslaved. But in this moment, he betrays the band of bros. And i could see this happening, i really could. They found out about the fairy, and they might sell him out, so that is one of the reasons he kills them. The other is to protect the half-demons life, because he feels bad? But the thing is, she does not. She explicitly tells him she feels no remorse for killing all those villagers, but he still saves her. I could have seen the MC killing the band of bros, AND killing the demon (since she is a MASS MURDERER: I REPEAT, THE MC DEFENDS A 100% GUILTY MASS MURDERER THAT FEELS NO GUILT FOR HER CRIMES). 

This is the point i just fucking gave up. Author - if you read this, you fucked up hard. I mean, i can deal with a lot of railroading, but you seriously gotta re-write some shit in this series since i've not seen anyone as inconsistent as this MC in quite some time. The MC protecting her makes no fucking sense - and the only reason it happened was because the Author wanted the MC to waifu her.

All in all, it has good grammar and style, but the content is as empty as the MC's personality.

moRles
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Gran novela, me encanta el mc y la historia en si , espero poder seguir leyendo, gracias por el gran trabajo.

Azcheron
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Best Mage novel I have read in a looooong time

Ok, so I'm a bit of a magic and mages nut. If there were ever a VRMMO game released, I would go for a pure mage build 100% of the time and damn the consequences.

 

You manage to do magic very well in this novel I feel. And I dont have much time right now, but i promise to write a long er review later.

Gotta go, double bio right now.

Reader8916
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One of least intelligent mc's I've ever read about

I'm a bit confused about your reasoning behind the way your mc uses his sleep learning skill.  You've said many times he doesn't want to use it leveling spells, and waste the very small amounts of exp he gets from doing it while awake.  Which means, instead of leveling and increasing his damage 3x or 4x over night, and slaughtering monsters the next day for insane exp, he's stuck running away from monsters, while doing low damage, and getting 5% exp here and there.  And despite mana being being his main problem every single fight, he doesn't put a single point in int or will to help fix it, so he can kill the bad guys, he puts them in dex to run away faster, or a useless language, or frigging faerie physiology ... wtf?  I don't think he's made a single resonable decision about his stats yet.  Stupid MC's really take all the fun out of a story.

R3ally3
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Story starts off promsing, then devolves into the author's idea of "cool"

Which by the way is only cool if your one of those "emotional" teens who dreams of sleeping with their dog.

Im seriously amazed this made it to top 3... I only think royal road should have the most recent comments show up first for a novels, review to save those of us who want something more then a shitty harem novel the time of reading this crap. Im willing to bet every-one who liked and highly rated this novel are the same category of people who liked and highly reviewed, god and the devil world. Another emo level fantasy novel.

Generic Harem story, cringe worthy romance with no real depth
lack of structure in level system, or combat related progression
Characters have no quality beyond being what I envision skinny kids with long hair and massive addictions to online games would act like in the real world.

llucas1
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  this novel took me a couple of tries to get started but once I passed chapter 2 I flew through it.  I Really enjoy your work and there is nothing more I can ask of you.  Keep doing what you are doing.