Into the Black

by Mirikon

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Sci-fi Gender Bender Harem LitRPG Non-Human lead Strong Lead Virtual Reality
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content
  • Traumatising content

The first truly immersive Virtual Reality system has just been announced. Made by NERV, the EVA-series immersion pods promise a Better Than Life experience, unlike anything that's been seen before. Gone are clunky goggles and wired controls. Now you simply lie down, and the machine does all the work.


Following up on their previous hit games, NERV has created the first true VRMMORPG, a sci-fi offering called Dreams Amongst the Stars. Because of the impressive display he made during the closed Beta of the game, one player has been offered a contract as a paid streamer, and the chance to play the game on the highest difficulty possible. Watch as he forges his own path, into the black.


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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Dramatis Personae (Not a chapter) (SPOILERS!) ago
Book I Prologue - Dying Light ago
Chapter 1 - Abandon Ship ago
Chapter 2 - Interview ago
Chapter 3 - Enter the Game ago
Chapter 4 - Choose Your Path ago
Chapter 5 - Game Start ago
Chapter 6 - Learning Your Place ago
Chapter 7 - The Escape, Part I ago
Chapter 8 - The Escape, Part II ago
Chapter 9 - The Ship ago
Chapter 10 - The Girl ago
Book I Epilogue - Patch Notes ago
Book II Prologue - Trade Chat ago
Chapter 11 - Special Delivery ago
Chapter 12 - Auction Night on Choson Ring ago
Chapter 13 - Rules of Acquisition ago
Chapter 14 - Mindy Lou's Brew ago
Chapter 15 - Public Relations ago
Chapter 16 - Dark Net Connection ago
Chapter 17 - Getting Out of Dodge ago
Chapter 18 - Navy Problems ago
Chapter 19 - Settling In ago
Chapter 20 - Those Who Follow ago
Book II Epilogue - Patch Notes 2.X ago
Book III Prologue - Trade Chat ago
Chapter 21 - Close Quarters ago
Chapter 22 - Fleet Base Bagthara ago
Chapter 23 - Decisions and Retail Therapy ago
Chapter 24 - 'Black Don' Ramirez ago
Chapter 25 - Todea ago
Chapter 26 - Smuggler's Reach ago
Chapter 27 - Poker Night Denied ago
Chapter 28 - Red Orchids Return ago
Chapter 29 - Aggressive Negotiations ago
Chapter 30 - Through the Gate ago
Book III Epilogue - Patch Notes 3.X ago
Book IV Prologue - CNN (Confederate News Network) Broadcast ago
Chapter 31 - Local Color ago
Chapter 32 - Sand in My... ago
Chapter 33 - Smuggler's Blues ago
Chapter 34 - The Missing Harvester ago
Chapter 35 - The Sietch ago
Chapter 36 - Honor(less) Fight ago
Chapter 37 - Tradition ago
Chapter 38 - Return to keen-Arra ago
Chapter 39 - Ambushed ago
Chapter 40 - Ever Onward ago
Book IV Epilogue - Patch Notes 4.X ago
Book V Prologue - Trade Chat ago
Chapter 41 - Quarantine Zone ago
Chapter 42 - Charybdis Station ago
Chapter 43 - The Heist, Pt 1 ago
Chapter 44 - The Heist, Pt 2 ago
Chapter 45 - Return to Charybdis ago
Chapter 46 - The Shipyard ago
Chapter 47 - Shadowdancer ago
Chapter 48 - The Market ago
Chapter 49 - Evacuation ago
Chapter 50 - Exterminatus ago
Book V Epilogue - Patch Notes 5.X ago
Book VI Prologue - Trade Chat ago
Chapter 51 - Concerted Chaos ago
Chapter 52 - Tarpit ago
Chapter 53 - Valkyries' Test ago
Chapter 54 - Spoils ago
Chapter 55 - Dimiya ago
Chapter 56 - Night on the Town ago
Chapter 57 - Upgrades ago
Chapter 58 The Arena ago
Chapter 59 - Preparations ago
Chapter 60 - Sands of the Arena ago
Epilogue - Patch Notes 6.X ago
Book VII Prologue - Trade Chat ago
Chapter 61 - The Fall of Askao VII ago
Chapter 62 - Business Ventures ago
Chapter 63 - The Black Star Fleet ago
Chapter 64 - Return to Choson Ring ago
Chapter 65 - Fallout ago
Chapter 66 - Interlude ago
Chapter 67 - Loyalists ago
Chapter 68 - Family Reunion ago
Chapter 69 - Death's Shadow ago
Not a chapter. ago
Chapter 70 - The Battle of Edena ago
Book VII Epilogue - Patch Notes 7.X ago
Book VIII Prologue - Trade Chat ago
Chapter 71 - Convoy Duty ago
Chapter 72 - Cantina ago
Chapter 73 - Black Star Marines ago
Chapter 74 - Raxicore Base ago
Chapter 75 - Yamato ago
Chapter 76 - Slave Ranch ago
Chapter 77 - Bagthera Falls ago
Chapter 78 - Interlude From the Home Front ago
Chapter 79 - Defectors ago
Chapter 80 - Preparations ago
Book VIII Epilogue - Patch Notes 8.X ago
Book IX Prologue - Trade Chat ago
Chapter 81 - Event Quest ago
Chapter 82 - Ceti Alpha 5 ago
Chapter 83 - Inverse Process ago
Chapter 84 - Stalking Horses ago
Chapter 85 - Mars Attacked ago
Chapter 86 - Ceres Shipyards ago
Chapter 87 - Ravished Venus ago
Chapter 88 - The Battle for Earth ago
Chapter 89 - The Eye of the Storm ago
Chapter 90 - Destroyer of Worlds ago
Book IX Epilogue - Patch Notes 9.X ago
Book X Prologue - Trade Chat ago
Chapter 91 - Complications ago
Chapter 92 - Rite of Luwreni ago
Chapter 93 - Return to Dimiya ago
Chapter 94 - Future Plans ago
Chapter 95 - Tracking the Rats ago
Chapter 96 - Assault on Booty Bay ago
Chapter 97 - An Example ago
Chapter 98 - Preparing the Expedition ago
Chapter 99 - Scouting Mission ago
Chapter 100 - Spatium Incognita ago
Epilogue - Patch Notes 10.X ago
Book XI Prologue - Trade Chat ago
Chapter 101 - Nuevo Edo ago
Chapter 102 - Meeting the Locals ago
Chapter 103 - Trade Deals ago
Chapter 104 - Demons! ago
Chapter 105 - Interrogating the 'Demons' ago
Chapter 106 - Public Exposure ago

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Love the premise and characters

So far the characters have been interesting and I look forward to were the story will lead. If I had any completes it's that it's so short but I can't take away points for it because it usually feels like each chapter is complete. I wish their were more space based stories like this.

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If you liked Frozen Soul and/or Void Traveler, then you'll probably love this, The system and characters have more quality and depth than the others in my opinion.

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What i love is that this is a very rare Sci-fi,gender bending,vrmmo story. Fantasy storys along this line are a dime a dozen.

What i dislike is pretty much everything else... the gender bending is so non existant that it mights as well have never have been included in the fist place. The character himself is a total Mary Sue, nothing really goes wrong and the character just smashes through any problems with his overwelming awesomness. There really is no character development at all, as women are just his toy's and men die horrible deaths.

It's an interesting story, so dont get me wrong.. but overall i feel the author needs to scale back on the how good the MC is. Afterall he's supposed be playing in nightmare difficulty wich should have a metric ton of nerfs instead of buffs.

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Start is good rest is in my opinion not very good.

Been a while since I've done a review.

But this one deserves it.
The start of the story was promising, the world building something I enjoyed immensely. I even liked the random parts where they players talk "out of the game".

Sadly as seems with his other stories, he simply wants his harems and his dominance over female characters, in addition, everyone who is not MC becomes dull uninteresting side characters that are only there to satisfy the author's sex lust. All side characters become: yes chars and have no feeling behind them.

Thus I have to say the first chapters are good rest is garbage.

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More Plot Armor that a Xianxia novel

 This novel starts badly, totally ripping off the prologue of Vikken's "Universe Online". Almost identical Beta, conversation with manager, and an offer to "a special start" Then the MC gets an absurd amount of points to customize his character and starts a supposedly "nightmare mode" where he gets two weeks to train his skills as a genetic experiment of the most stupid military ever.

He then proceeds to escape, win a ship, rescue a princess, and get away. Oh, and he tells everybody she's on board through the game forums.

At this point I wasn't able to stand the stupidity of the MC and the plot holes so I stopped reading

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It fills my deep black void

great theme, good enviroment, mc overpowered, understandable motives and action, reasonable science mumbo jumbo and it fills the void for other novels(the gam3).

now lets hope it doesnt disapear anytime soon.


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MC is OP

All balancing handicaps are completely negated early on.

MC is made inteligent, by making every one around him stupid.

NPCs are wholly unprepared for the simplest tactics which are contantly mentioned to be common in this universe.

MC is malicious and mean, having all the characteristics of a spoiled brat such as:

Overleveled weapon he gets for free

Never loses

Harem of desperate yes girls

Takes undeserved moral high ground

Moral bankrupty thinly disguised as pragmatism

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I enjoyed reading this

I enjoyed reading this....

im at chapter 18 

you should try reading this too...

although it seems like the author wrote some of these chapters before relieving their sexual needs...

it is good and I will be reading the next chapter (when it comes out)


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Chapter 6 being the most recent as of this post

Alright let's address the elephant in the room this is very clearly based on Universe online. On one hand this is sort of off putting. On the other we have all had those moments where we loved the ideas behind a story more than the story itself and, or, wished things went in a different direction. To the authors credit they didn't try to hide this fact at all and even made some joke references to it while indicating they'd be going in a different direction. They also have made references to their other work Rules-Free VRMMO Life, which I enjoy. All that said and done, so far so good. I'm really enjoying the story. It's still in the setting the tone stage at this point but so far so good. This author is good at story telling, world building, and character development. The story is about to leap into things and it's got me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens. To the point I am constantly checking for updates for the past few days. Really excited for this story. Cough cough hint hint* not to pressure the author or anything. If you liked universe online and or Rules-Free I suspect you'll like this.

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Fast paced Action novel

Honestly it is a great story, its easy to compare it to other stories of the genre such as tidal lock but that doesnt do it justice. Its diffucult to find faults (and believe me I tried) so far I've enjoyed the depth and description that so many lack. Although based off an already made idea the author's not afaid of pointing this out and enhances the experince with believable concepts that wouldn't stray too far the realm of reality.  My only complaint is I want more!!!!