The Arcane Emperor

by Aternus

Original Action Adventure Comedy Drama Fantasy LitRPG Romance Anti-Hero Lead Harem Magic Male Lead Strong Lead
Warning This fiction contains:
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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
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MrStala
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Curious mage in a magical world

One of the best novels I've read.

The characters feel verry alive and the way the MC acts and reacts to his enviroment is really belivable. The characters are well written ant they are unique and there is a good amount of info in presentating them to give you an understanding about them.

The pace is good and keeps you immersed in the story and you always want to get that next chapter as soon as possible. Tho you know that the wait is worth it.

The mindsett the MC has about magic and his curiosity about everything magical is wonderful to read about and this is one of the main reasons I look forward to the next chapter. What new magics will he find/develop and how will he use them?

infamouszombie
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Honestly, I love this story and ravenously wait for the next update time after time.

Style- The way that AE is written is flawless to my amatuer expert eyes, and keeps me entertained and doesn't dawdle or use bush-league level prose. It flows well and reads smoother than a player's pickup lines. The organization of AE with its litrpg elements is superb even with the lack of fancy tables.

Grammar- As a not-quite-but-pretty-damn-close grammar Nazi, this has my stamp of approval. 'Nuff said.

Story- This story, while not being overly clichĂ©, takes the idea of transmigration and litrpg and turns it into something that has great progression, transition, perpetuity, and freshness; things that typically plague stories of the genrĂ©. It's well thought out and manages to build anticipation while remaining unpredictable beyond the short term.

Characters- Being the only category that I'm taking half a point from shows the level of the story. The characters are great and make readers get attached to them, and avoid the stupidity of those in other stories, alleviating the readers from slapping their forehead from binge reading subpar cookie-cutter xianxia. That being said, AE doesn't get the full 5 stars because of the lack of a defining character, a Michael Corleone or Hannibal Lecter or Meng Hao, or hell even someone like Saitama from Onepunch Man (despite his gag nature). While this is not really a gripe, cultivating a character like this, even as an ancilliary character, would really put this on another level.

Overall, I would be willing to say that this is likely the best story on Royal Road Legends, and even though there is a significant amount of rubbish on RRL, being the best means quite a bit.

DraconisM
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One of the best stories on RR

After over 60 chapters of this story I can say that it is one of the best stories on RR and certanly the 1 or 2 best LitRPGs on the site.

Storywise the author has managed to keep from massivly overpowering the characters  and keeping the power creep to a resonable believable pace. The characters remain engaging and there have not been any deus ex machina so far.

darkseven
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The Best Lit-RPG I've read so far

The Lit-Rpg mechanics are fairly complicated and leave a lot of room for experimentation and surprising revelations but the system is consistent.

 

I've read a multitude of Lit-Rpgs, and this is by far the best.

 

If you want to read about an intelligent hard working protagonist learning to build powerful magicks and fight fiersome foes, this is the story for you!

ThreePointsShort
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Arcane Emperor is one of the most addictingly written novels I have read in a long time. I don't know exactly what it is about it, but I find myself hungering to read the next chapter after each session in a way that I'm not used to.

Arcane Emperor has excellent pacing. Rainer Nvos is powerful, but not too powerful, and he grows strong quickly, but not too quickly. While the audience gets the satisfaction of watching him grow, he still struggles frequently as he finds himself running into enemies from every direction. These struggles then let his character develop.

One of the best qualities of the author is his ability to write good characters. Rainer makes a lot of friends wherever he goes, each with their own histories and personalities, and while some characters feel a bit flat at first, they quickly gain depth as the story progresses.

While there were few characters that stuck out for me greatly, overall I was very pleased with all of the background characters introduced, and one of the great pleasures of the series is reading their varied and well-written interactions. Gunthar in particular,

Spoiler: Spoiler

 

 is probably my favorite character at the moment.

Some of the earlier chapters have semi-frequent minor spelling and grammar errors, but those disappear as the editing/proofreading quality increases. They do not detract from the story or writing quality otherwise.

Reviewed as of chapter 77.

bor902
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I want to leave a serious review too, maybe help the author make this already somewhat amazing story even better.

 

Style: The writing style is in some ways awkward, but it is a style that is easy to read, some authors start writing trying to formulate huge and complex blocks of text which they simply don't have the skill to wield.

The short and succinct style makes for a smooth reading experience. A lot of improvements will be necessary before I deem it 5/5, but you are on the correct way already without many fatalistic mistakes making the rating easy to reach as long as hard work is applied.

 

Story: I honestly don't know what a story score is even supposed to be, to me it sounds like a weak synonym to the overall score. Never the less I imagine the creators of this system thought it to be a scoring for the world creation and story progression.

Okay first world creation, great job with some refinement I would imagine this world being something that I find in professional works, sadly some of the cliches are, cringy, well executed but still lowering the overall rating. Other than that mistake I believe the world you write about engaging and entertaining, with only 24 chapters to go on you might still mess up, but hey, that's life.

Story progression is in some ways too fast and in some ways to slow, these two managing to balance out a bit. The gaining of skills and the escalation of conflict done in a way that ensures you will either have to rewrite significant parts of the story or end it prematurely. One of the only great stories I have read with a similar escalation of conflict is Worm by Wildbow and some Fanfictions I would rather not mention. But the thing about Worm is that it reached your level of escalation at what I think were 500 k words.

 

Grammar: Not really much to say here, the uses of the times are horrible at some points other than that the things that bother me most are the common comma mistakes.

 

Character Score: The characters are at most times nicely fleshed out and have an apparent personality, sadly some of the personalities are cliche as well. To be quite honest I think the best fleshed out character is Leaf, yes Leaf, the level 3 scrub wannabe blackmailer.

In most stories the main character gains an enemy, the enemy then proceeds to dog our hero until the end of time until dismayed, turned via humiliating defeat, or more often death.

Leaf after realizing there was no conceivable way actually to blackmail Rainer and Kara(?), simply decides not to do it showing a thought process reminiscent of an actual human and not of a mere caricature only there to progress the plot. 

 

Overall it's an entertaining story, although lacking a proofreader, sorry for the insult if you do have a proofreader.

I think the world you created has much potential just as you, the writer, yourself.

Practice makes perfect

Karmagator
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Just my kind of power trip

TL;DR: It is bloody good - [LitRPG, OP MC, focus on small group so far, good - though not excceptional - characters, interesting world, mild 18+; updates weekly, long-ish chapters]

For starters, this is a fantasy LitRPG with a not overly "balanced" (in terms of power) protagonist and a dark-ish tone (not a tragedy, though). There are harem elements, but not to the point that it becomes annoying (it essetially only means that there will be multiple female love interests). It is also quite graphical in both violence and 18+ content. If that is not your thing, well, too bad for you. You are missing out. I am a bit biased on this topic, because LitRPGs and overpowered MCs are two of my favourite two things. But that's just me.

If you do like this sort of thing: oh boy, you are in for a treat. Mild spoilers (or maybe not even that) ahead. Also, profanity. And rambling... . Basically the most unfocused and probably unhelful review you will ever read.

- Progress as of the time this review was written: Chapter 67 -

Characters

The protagonist, Rainer, is a bit of a (magic) nerd. He can literally learn things in his sleep. Because that is fair and balanced.  He is a nice guy, but not your typical "I am the dense good guy and don't want to hurt anyone" MC. Thank bloody fuck. More of the (not so) average, decent university student / magical scientist / possibly slightly murderous kind of nice. There is also a certain ruthlessness, pragmatism and "grey morals" streak in him - very good. All in all, a decent, relatable character, not a cardboard cutout. Not the most complex or deep personality, but it is more than adequate. Not a lot is really known about him so far - in terms of backstory - about his time before his little accident.

The (main) support cast (if that is a thing.... you know what I mean) is on the smaller side - so far at least - compared to other WNs and is focused on a small group of "people". I can't say too much apart from that they all seems to be pretty good, albeit not most complex, characters. This is not a (very) character driven novel, but the relationships/interactions feel natural and make sense. Everything else would be a major spoiler. Some of the things you really won't see coming. A certain dungeon, everyone?

Also, adorable "pets" are adorable.

Grammar

Some mistakes here and there. Nothing major that would disrupt your flow.

 

Style

It is written from a third-person perspective, usually Rainer's, though it feels more like a first-person perspective.

This is a LitRPG, so expect massive tables, many "skill aquired" messages and the like. Even more so than in other novels of this type. This disrupts your reading flow a bit - as is to be expected.

The style is very "technical" and rich in details when it comes to explanations concering skills, attributes and all that jazz. Might be a bit dry at times for some people, but I like it. Nothing tickles my gamer-itch quite like half a page worth of explanation of all the new shinies the MC just got. And I mean that.

When not talking about skills or shinies, the only thing I can say about the style is that it is "good" and that I quite like it. Not the most amazing ( in terms of structure/ descriptions) or fluent read ever, but then again, what is? Don't ask me, I have no clue concering the details. Sue me...

 

Story

The MC accidentally teleports himself to another world. A fantasy world. Who would have thought? Not the most original premise, but that is all the bad things you can say about that.

The world is more complex than your typical fantasy/game world in terms of systems, relationships and races. And all I can say is that it might not be the only world he will visit, although I guess by far the most part of the story will take place there. Not that much has happened in terms of major events on a kingdom-wide, much less global scale. But that will change very soon, I imagine. But I guess we won't get a lot of conquering, empire-building or "saving the world" (intentionally that is), which I like.

If you want to know what will probably the focus of the story later on : Spoiler

 Rainer starts out as your typical lvl 1 punching bag without any real power, but that changes changes not too soon after. And at a certain point it escalates rather beautifully. And again at a later point. And probably again and again... god I love this. It is basically his personal power trip, but without the "hey look I'm soooo cool and awesome (*cough* annoying *cough*)" part.

During his adventures he meets a couple of interresting "people" that become his companions - including female ones. Not quite a harem story (yet) and probably won't have a lot of those elements. His female company is not the focus anyway, but rather the relationships between all members of the group and other people, and - equally important - lots and lots of of new shinies and skills for our favourite magical nerd to play around with. Not that he does a lot of the latter, as he is pretty serious.

 

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Well that concludes this particular trainwreck of a review.

Thanks to the author for writing this! Now, if there was only more of it..... :( (yay for unrealistic expectations).

 

 

rubycona
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Compelling, with issues

This is a fun romp, and I've really enjoyed the read. Unfortunately, while the story itself is just as delightful as when I started, it seems like a lot of the quality is diminishing. The technical skill seems to be diminishing, to my surprise.

I would absolutely love to see this work get in the hands of a good editor, and find its way to proper publishing. It's got excellent potential - a truly fantastic story. And the characters are fun, too.

So much of the conveyance and technical writing skill is lacking, however, that I can't fully recommend it. I wonder what this story's future holds, and while I wish that it were presented better, I'm glad the story is ultimately doing well.

Monsoon117
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The Arcane Emperor excells in creating compelling circumstances that draw the reader in, all the while making rules that are mysterious yet enticing. 

Style - The style is simple with a splash of flare. The analogies and comparisons are spot on, embroidering the otherwise gray writing. A little more umph during pivitol scenes would make the heart pounding moments that much better. Overall, excellent.

Grammar - Spotless. Notices 1-2 errors over 1400 pages. 

Story - The story's strongest draw, the story has numerous plot threads all coming together. As the reader, your curiosity of the world is acted out by the protag's own curiosities, creating an immersive experience. The fighting scenes are set up so well that my hands would sweat and my heart would pound with adrenaline. So many unknowns are set up with just enough tantalizing bits to keep you on edge, thinking about the world long after you've stopped reading. As a fellow writer, I was impressed.

Character Score - This is the fiction's biggest weakness is. The character's grow on you slowly with their antics, but they never quite pop off the page. They are servicable, but the story is what keeps you reading, not any charming characters. Still, they never devolve into cliche's or unwanted nusances. I'd reccomend sprinkling in more character building moments, like elaborating on backstories, motivations, or perhaps testing them. When do they break? Do they rise under pressure or falter? Etc.

Overall - 5/5, A compelling plot and world, written rather well with characters that don't detract from the wonderful magic, scenes, or fights. Well done, especially considering the sheer volume of words written. From one author to another, I give you props and look forward to the next chapter.

 

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.