The Academy 3.8

Alan regained consciousness in his Home, devoid of furniture. He checked his message log:

You have died! Current respawn point: Error.
Due to the nature of your death, no memories lost.
As you died within an Academy non-combat zone your items were gathered and are available for pickup at an Administration Center.
Level loss: 30 levels. You are now level 508. All credits lost. 30 ability points lost.
Skill proficiencies have decreased.
All stats permanently decreased by 30.
Another Game of Assassins: Failed.
Respawn reconstruction: 12 hours remaining.

What the hell, Alan sent to Eve. She didn’t respond.

A hand appeared mid-air. Cerberus.

“What’s going on?” Alan asked.

“You died,” Cerberus said.

“What killed me? Where is my respawn point? Why is there a respawn timer?” Alan asked.

“Unknown. Here. Moving data takes time.”

“Huh?”

The hand tapped an invisible surface. “Must everything be spelled out? Whoever targeted you in the Game of Assassins assassinated you. I set my capsule as your respawn point. The Administrators don’t acknowledge Revenant respawn points. As your levels increase you will gain a respawn timer that grows longer as you level up and become more powerful, especially because of your hacker upgrades.

Standard Administrator capsules do not recognize or acknowledge hacker abilities or augments, thus you’ll find it takes twice as long to revive in one of their capsules. They might question you regarding the unrecognized modifications too. I’d try to avoid such confrontation.”

“You didn’t tell me any of this,” Alan said. “And you can just set my respawn point?”

“You didn’t ask, or check,” Cerberus said. “Revenant capsules are unregulated, their owners can customize them as they like. I personally like to manage the players who respawn here. You should be thankful, your death losses would be greater if you had some other capsule set as your respawn point.”

“Why?” Alan asked. “Shouldn’t respawning be as simple as restoring the last moment you were alive, a simple brain scan?”

“You think that the Game is capable of sending signals to your brain, halfway across a galaxy or further, and then back to the network of servers? No computer network, no matter how fast, would be able to do that simultaneously for the number of players the Game contains. You are in the Game, Alan: your mind, your soul, your very being. When you log back out you return to your mortal shell but until that point your body is empty. You, the being that is here right now, is part of the Game.”

Alan took half a step back. He recalled the Chief Administrator’s words, that the Game was an out of body experience, that his reality would change. He’d dismissed them as rambling nonsense, but now…

“Wait, does that mean that when I die, I actually die?” Alan asked. “Am I simply a copy of myself, reconstructed with the same memories?”

“Enough questions,” Cerberus said. ” I highly doubt the Game deletes your existence and starts it anew, but you are not ready for the answers you seek nor do I have them. The great geniuses of the Institution have wasted lifetimes on similar existential nonsense and have been unable to reach a conclusion.”

“I thought the Revenants were all about the spread of information,” Alan said.

“Information that people deserve,” Cerberus said. “Do you think everyone should possess information capable of destroying the universe or driving them insane?”

Alan took a deep breath. “I want to find answers. I want to be ready for them. I want to join the Revenants.”

Messages appeared:

Faction Change! Title Established.

You are now an initiate of the Revenants, granted the title Revenant Initiate. This is a hidden title and faction. Only players you designate will see the title and faction.

As a faction member, your Faction Standings will be influenced, and your actions will influence your faction’s reputation as well as your own.

Faction Bonus! 10% Discount for all Open Revenant transactions.
Faction Bonus! Increased experience gain while in Open Revenant space.
Faction Bonus! Increased attack damage while in Open Revenant space.
Faction Bonus! Allowed to travel to freely within Open Revenant space.
Faction Bonus! Allowed to interact with many Revenant-only establishments.
Faction Bonus! Increased performance from Revenant equipment.

“Good.” There was a momentary shimmer in the air and then Cerberus appeared. He looked like an Administrator in the flesh, with the exact same bone structure and facial features, except entirely biological. To Alan it was like seeing a statue brought to life.

“Are you an Administrator?” Alan asked.

“No, I am a Teacher,” Cerberus said, smiling. The gesture looked a bit off on his face.

“A teacher? A teacher of what?”

“Not of what, but whom. If you want answers, you must provide payment. It’s too soon to discuss Revenant matters. You are now a trial member, I will give you an initiation quest when your training at the Academy is complete.

I am busy, but if you wish to master hacking contact me to complete your training. It will take two months and 15000 C, 3000 ability points.”

“What am I supposed to do as I wait here? And where do I get 3000 ability points?”

“I do not know or care. The capsule has the standard Arcade and Market connection. Goodbye.” Cerberus vanished, leaving behind blank white space.

“How am I supposed to access the Arcade or Market?” Alan asked aloud. Two screens appeared:

Do you wish to connect to the Arcade?

Shifting scenes of futuristic battle played forth on the screen, fantastic displays of light and destruction.

Do you wish to connect to the Market?

Displays of wealth flashed on the screen, stacks of rare metals and platinum marks. Exotic goods, weapons, armor and crystals adorned the side.

Eve? Alan sent. It felt as though there was a weak response, but it was unintelligible. She was likely being reconstructed along with the rest of Alan’s hacking abilities. With nothing else to do, Alan connected to the Arcade.

***

With a swipe of his blade Alan slew the dragon. His followers cheered him on as they began collecting the dragon’s hoard of gold. The captured princess smiled at Alan, beckoning him closer. Smiling, Alan began walking towards her.

What are you doing? A familiar voice sounded in his head.

Eve? Well, I’m just continuing the campaign that I started in the RPG before I entered the Game. It’s a thousand times better when you’re the character.

You should be studying or resting, there are 85 days and 8 hours left until our term is finished! Remember that we must master two skills and acquire 8 more rogue commendations before the term limit, the sooner the better, so that we can explore the treasure planet Volta. It’s estimated that a player earns 10 platinum marks for each day they spend there!

Alright, I will rest, just let me finish this quest, Alan sent.

He reached out to embrace the princess. A message appeared:

Adult content costs an additional 5000 credits! Pay now and experience your every desire.

With a sigh, Alan shook his head and exited the Arcade. There were millions of games to play and experiences to be had, but most included a price tag. He had thought that the RPG game was better, but it seemed as though the fees were simply lying in wait.

Alan could easily see himself getting addicted to a game in the Arcade, or one of the movie-like experiences which you could dictate and change to your liking, but the nagging feeling that nothing was actually happening, nothing was really being accomplished stuck with him. He’d stick to the main Game for now.

***

Waking up, Alan saw that his reconstruction timer was done. There were 85 days left. As soon as he exited the capsule, emerging from Cerberus’s Obstacle Course in Aenigma, he was barraged with messages from Sidestep and Aurora; apparently you couldn’t receive or send in-game messages while you were “dead.”

Aurora: Where are you?

Sidestep: Are you coming? Aurora is starting to pace, never a good sign.

Aurora: Where are you?

Aurora: Word of your assassination reached me. Sorry, but we’ll be replacing you on the team. I’ll update you with any information, the Red Tyrant is searching the town with their guards, but they haven’t turned up anything.

Sidestep: Got 3rd in the tourney. Doubt you could have done anything, we were defeated by a freaking Predecessor in the semifinals; didn’t even realize they went to the Academy, apparently there’s one in every other class. My speed and Aurora’s ice did nothing; our third, Apollo, did less than you, and you were dead.

Aurora: Kitana achieved 4th with Ace and Thiago, she said you’re familiar with them. The unlikely duo of S and Luna got 2nd, I swear they teamed up just to spite me. The Predecessor, Seeker, won the tournament. I hear that the same assassin that killed you took a shot at S after the tourney, but S managed to dodge it; everyone in the assassin’s game was on high alert after you died.

Alan: Thanks for the update. I didn’t notice a Predecessor among our classmates, when did they arrive? And who’s Apollo?

Aurora: They were in one of the previous classes. A new term starts every 30-35 days; there are generally three batches of combat students in the Academy system at once. If you’re studying at the Institute you’re here for however long your program lasts, but can’t visit Volta unless you manage some monumental accomplishment. Apollo’s a cousin that was on a randomized team, no one worth remembering.

Alan went to the capsule room on Aenigma, and transported to the Administrative Center on the warrior planet. After collecting his armor, damaged from the headshot that had killed him, he proceeded to the coliseum. A guard approached him.

“The Red Tyrant demands your presence, Alan.”

Following the guard, Alan found the Red Tyrant, standing in the center of the coliseum, holding a goblet of dark red liquid the size of Alan’s head. A handful of attendants surrounded the Predecessor, guards holding an assortment of weapons. The coliseum environment was currently set to a dirt pit.

The Red Tyrant turned to look down at Alan; Alan had to stop himself from taking half a step back. He tried to meet the Predecessor’s gaze as calmly as he could.

“I must apologize for the transgression, I thought my realm safe,” the Red Tyrant said. “Find whoever besmirched my name and killed you, bring them justice.”

A quest appeared:

Justice is Served:

Find and kill your assassin. The Red Tyrant gives you permission to kill the assassin while near the Coliseum, permission to perform violence while in other areas must be sought from the area’s leader.

Partial Reward (for finding the assassin): 1 Warrior Commendation.

Full Reward (for killing the assassin): 5 Warrior Commendations. 5 platinum marks.

“I was under your protection?” Alan asked.

“Yes, this is my domain, my tournament. It is I who required your presence here but failed to keep you safe. I apologize for this mistake, and demand that whoever besmirched my name be found. Here, remove your armor and give it to the guard, I will pay for its repair. You are free to question anyone here to discover the identity of your killer.”

“Um, thank you,” Alan said. He began taking off his damaged power armor, handing it over to a guard.

“You have also missed out on the benefits of the tournament, losing time and levels. How might I be of aid?” the Red Tyrant asked.

“Actually, is there a sniper trainer that might train me? They could also be helpful in tracking down my killer, especially if there are a limited number of trainers,” Alan said.

“Yes, there is a single sniper trainer, a so-called warrior by the name of Deadshot; he may provide a fruitful lead. But I find that ranged weapons are inferior objects, perfect for women and cowards. You should not waste your time studying such drivel. Come, I will train you in a true weapon.” The Red Tyrant drained the rest of its goblet, tossing it aside, and began looking over the weapons the guards were holding.

“Um, thank you, but that really isn’t necessary,” Alan began. The Red Tyrant silenced him with a raise of their hand.

“Here, these should do nicely.” Twin laser swords were tossed to Alan, who caught them with Eve’s help. He examined the weapons:

Crimson Blades (Rank B+):

Standard short swords of the Crimson Guard. When activated the powerful crimson laser field that is the Crimson Guard’s namesake is capable of decimating any shield. With these weapons the Haxlard elite are a force to be reckoned with, a single unit capable of breaking through any shielded defense. The technology that powers these weapons is a secret to all but the most revered Ultihaxlard craftsmen.

Regular Damage: 150-200. Laser damage: 1500-2000.

500 Energy. 5 Energy/sec used while laser is activated, 25 Energy/min regen.

(Bonus Ability: Shield Destruction. Deals 10% of a shield’s total energy in damage no matter how powerful the shield. Only usable when all weapon’s recommended abilities have been met. 250 energy cost.)

200/200 Durability. Energy Melee Weapons (Basic) and Sword Fighting (Basic) required.

Energy Melee Weapons (Intermediate), Energy Efficiency (Intermediate), Enhanced Control (Intermediate), Enhanced Movements (Intermediate), Sword Fighting (Advanced), Crimson Guard Reputation: Friendly recommended.

Damn, Alan sent Eve, Two swings of these swords would kill me. The Modified Revenant Scout Power Armor I’m wearing only has 2000 energy.

Yes, the armor’s lack in defense is likely what got us one-shot by the sniper. But the stealth capabilities more than make up for it. We should however remain stealthed at all times from now on; I originally did not wish to offend anyone’s sensibilities, and thought we would have been able to evade an attack in time.

Alan looked up at the Red Tyrant. “Thank you for these swords, but I don’t have the abilities to wield them.”

The Red Tyrant smiled. “And who said I was giving them to you?” It walked over to Alan, towering over him. “All weapons must be earned.”

A massive black two-handed long sword the size of Alan appeared in the Red Tyrant’s hand, immediately absorbing the surrounding light and red glow of the Crimson Blades. It had a guard with two small spikes jutting out of it, parrying hooks like a Zweihander sword. It was a soulsteel blade, worth as much as a small fleet of starships.

Alan activated hypercognition.

With a mad gleam in their eye the Red Tyrant swung at Alan, who narrowly dodged the blow. The sword sliced through the air and then through the ground of the coliseum. Alan knew the Predecessor was holding back, or he’d never have been able to react to the blow in time. He weaved through the next series of attacks, trying to back up and get as far away from the Predecessor as he could.

It was hopeless. Each time he took a step back the Predecessor appeared beside him, swinging its massive sword. The Red Tyrant roared, “What are you doing? Are you a dog or a warrior? Fight me. Your reach is far less than mine, you should want to get close to me.”

Alan swung a blade at the Predecessor as he dodged the next attack. He barely scratched the surface of the Red Tyrant’s skin.

“Hah! That tickles. When you strike you have to mean it, want it. Where is your ferocity?” Red Tyrant raised its sword above its head, telegraphing an obvious overhead swing. Alan darted to the side. The sword swung downward with a massive arc, splitting the earth itself, causing Alan to stumble to the side.

Using hypercognition to plan out his next steps, Alan regained his balance, activated the laser fields of the Crimson Blades and stabbed forwards with all his might, letting out a guttural yell as he did so.

The blades thrust forward, stabbing through the Predecessor, and then stopped about a centimeter later. It felt like hitting a wall. With a backhand swing the Red Tyrant knocked Alan to the floor, snapping him out of hypercognition mode.

“Eh, good enough.”

Two messages appeared:

Managing to go head to head with a fearsome Predecessor, demonstrating sword mastery, you have gained two new abilities, Energy Melee Weapons (Basic) and Sword Fighting (basic).
+10 Agility +25 Strength

I demonstrated sword mastery? Alan thought to himself.

The moves I set that you followed were quite masterful, Eve replied. Alan recalled the fight, he had barely recognized that he was following one of Eve’s outlines, like he knew what she would command and thus did it. Almost as though he could access her thoughts.

“Why am I even here again? I can leave when I want,” a voice called out, near the entrance of the arena. Alan looked up to see another Predecessor, taller than him, but only by about a foot and a half. They wore a black suit, a mesh of dark fabric.

The Red Tyrant looked at them. “Breaker, you and all the other children that come here rely too heavily on your natural gifts. Your performance in the tournament was embarrassing, to be of my blood and so weak… you nearly lost in the semifinals, to a group of Ælven.”

“I was playing with them, like you and your games. None of them could have hurt me, it’s not like anyone has a blade of soulsteel lying around.”

Except I do, Alan thought to himself, wondering who this was.

It is one of the Red Tyrant’s clansmen, of its blood, Eve replied.

Why it, not he or she? How do you know that? Alan asked.

From the Academy’s database I have learned Predecessors are gender fluid. I gained this information from their conversation, you should pay more attention to people’s words.

They change genders over time?

Yes and no, Eve sent. At the time of mating the stronger Predecessor is deemed ‘male’, the weaker ‘female’, but any Predecessor may play either role, it simply depends on who overpowers who. They have evolved so that the physical traits of the ‘male’ are more likely to be passed down to the child, while the ‘female’ gives birth and passes down other traits. Predecessors do not think of parents in the traditional sense you think of them, and instead have blood relatives, traced through a lineage of ‘males.’

Wait, what? No, on second thought I don’t want to know anymore. Also, since when have you been accessing the Academy database for information? Alan sent.

Since our arrival, Eve sent.

Oh, well good job.

“This is not the time to be fooling around Breaker, I sense a great war brewing,” the Red Tyrant said.

“Ooooh, look at me, I’m the Red Tyrant the great war hero, aid me in finding the scumbag that defiled my sacred ground, the same ground that I can’t leave for another thousand years. There’s always another war, it doesn’t mean you have to fight in them,” Breaker said.

The Red Tyrant shook its head. “This one is different, I fear that the nature of the Game itself may change.”

Breaker glanced over at Alan. “And this is why you called me here?”

“No, no. I called you here to fight.” The Red Tyrant smiled.

“Who? Them?” Breaker pointed at Alan. “I doubt that it would be much of a battle.”

“Yes, well Alan here was supposed to have been part of the Ælven team that almost defeated you. I think they may have even beaten you with his help.”

“What? A human? They’re even weaker than the Ælves, though their comedy is mildly entertaining. You should watch the stunts they play, almost dying, risking actual death for a few credits. They’re heretics, one and all.” Breaker stared at Alan, who stared back. “He does have a certain presence. It’s faint, but there.”

“Yes, if I’m not mistaken he is now of an ancient blood I have not felt in many years. Don’t worry though Alan, I won’t pick your brain apart. Yet.

“Instead, let us play a game. Breaker, if you can disarm Alan before he slices you with either of his blades, I will give you a sliver of soulsteel. Alan, if you manage to even nick Breaker before he disarms you I will allow you to keep the Crimson Blades.”

Breaker lunged at Alan, almost reaching Alan before he managed to activate hypercognition. Alan barely managed to turn the blade in Breaker’s direction. Breaker simply turned his hands to grab from above, faster than Alan could move. Eve showed Breaker grabbing Alan’s actual arms, and calculated the one possible action that might give Alan a chance.

Breaker grabbed hold of Alan’s arms, and was about to pull when the Red Tyrant said, “Stop. You have lost.”

‘What?” Breaker exclaimed. The Predecessor looked down, and saw a tiny tear in its suit. Alan had activated the laser field and tossed both blades forwards, enough to cause the small tear.

“If you had simply snatched the blades out of his hand instead of trying to literally dis-arm him, you would have succeeded,” the Red Tyrant said. “No matter, I would have given you a miniscule sliver of soulsteel.”

Breaker rolled their eyes. “I’ll be in the Arcade.”

“No, you require greater training, discipline!” the Red Tyrant said.

Breaker exited the arena.

The Red Tyrant sighed, looking at Alan. “Teenagers, what can you do? You’d think they’d remove that, but no, it’s an important part of the developmental process… On to other matters, whose presence do I detect?”

Does the Academy have anything on what Predecessors are able to detect? Is this a test or a simple probe? Should I tell the truth? Alan asked Eve.

I am unsure of the answer to all these questions; I do not know the standing of the Lord of the Abyss. They were imprisoned, but it seems as though the Red Tyrant is also a prisoner of some sort.

Well you’re of surprising little help, Alan sent.

I was not designed for social communication, Eve fired back.

“What do you know of the Abyss Labyrinth?” Alan finally asked. The Red Tyrant had been helpful enough, and would likely be able to detect any lie he told.

“Yes, yes that would explain it,” the Red Tyrant said. “It seems I owe you yet another debt, this is a useful piece of information; it would be about that time.”

“About what time?” Alan asked.

“Nothing, nothing. It is of little concern to you, this is but one small piece of the puzzle, of the war that is to come. You may play a larger role than I thought. Is there something else I might help you with?”

Alan thought for a second, then said, “Can you teach me how to hide my presence?”

“Ah, now that is quite the demand. I, however, might not be the best teacher. Return to me after you have found your assassin or a month has passed and I will have arranged for a proper tutor. Now go, another tournament is about to start.”

Alan left the arena, determined to hunt his killer down.

 

55 comments on “The Academy 3.8

  1. Ephemerality says:

    First! I’ll likely use the comments instead of the post for my author’s notes from now on. What do you think of the site? I tried to keep it minimalistic to keep the focus on reading.

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    • OfOther says:

      Site is good. I would like a better way to navigate chapters besides scrolling or scrolling up to the table of contents. Glad your back and doing what you want. Best of wishes. PS I bought the first book and will by the next when it comes out.

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    • MissedThisStory says:

      Firstly, HYPE HYPE HYPE new chapter and more releases.

      Second, I like the site, easy and smooth reading. Only thing might be on phone the link menu list feels wrong but that might just be me, I think a border or a different background shade/color would be better.

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    • I love the site! Your novel was always one that I never wanted to miss, so the ability to subscribe to your wordpress is amazing. Please keep writing! The world building you have done in this story is one of the best that I have ever read, and I want to thank you for the amount of effort you have invested into it. It makes the story one that many many people will want to read. Thanks for the chapter, and good luck on the rest of the story!

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    • Prosper says:

      The website’s design looks great to my untrained eye. I’m looking forward to seeing more chapters (and ebooks) from you. Best of luck in maintaining your dream!

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    • Gauntlet-KI says:

      More of a fan of reading on a black background if you can give me the option, otherwise it seems nice.

      3000 points? Dang! Now I’m Really a fan of that Skill Wiki Talent, (and maybe the Discount Skill Talent, though it should have probably been bought at the start to get the most out of it). If machine lord is a fairly unknown class then having that skill will be of great benefit for finding hidden skills, like Data Interface. But hey at least all he needs now is Sword Mastery to at least have the skill required for a soulsteel knife.

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    • Gauntlet-KI says:

      They payment system. This guy has a fair way of going about it, Though I would prefer having an option to not support at all. It is a great way to allow one time payments instead of monthly ones. http://mahanenko.ru/en/book/book-3-mystery-dark-forest.

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      • Ephemerality says:

        Eh, I’m against ever putting chapters behind a pay wall. Part of the reason none of the incentives are extra chapters; instead people who can afford to support me can/will if they want to.

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  2. Vlad Miskevich says:

    My dreams have come true! I was just sitting here thinking “Hey, Ephemerality could probably make a killing if he just continues his writing career” and here I get the announcement that you are writing full time! I’ve been addicted to this world you’ve created ever since I read the first book and I am really looking forward to what you have in store for us. It was agonizing having to wait so long for chapters!
    Good work keep it up man. Being a mechanical engineering student myself I wish I could just say screw those internships start my own writing career full time.

    Regarding the site….
    Aesthetics: I’d recommend moving the entire site up by about an inch if that makes sense. There’s a bunch of empty wasted room at the top you don’t need. Since we’re going with a space themed story, I’d put some epic space related art as your background.
    Functionality: It would be helpful if you added the chapter titles in the table of contents as well as the separation by books. IE: Book 1 covers arcs 1 and 2, book 2 starts with arc 3. It is a bit hard for people to navigate to what they are looking for if they cut off partway in RR and moved here for example or finished book 1 from amazon and are looking for more here. Additionally, I’d recommend copy and pasting the synopsis from the RR page and putting that somewhere (probably the “about” tab).

    If you need any opinions/help/editing (albeit you have impeccable grammar compared to some authors on RR), leave a response and I’ll see what I can do.

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  3. menga says:

    WOO new chapter! its 2am my time i should comment with more but tired. i hope the dream works for you.

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  4. Vlad Miskevich says:

    Also! Another note about the site, I have no idea if my comment actually got posted since I don’t see if after refreshing the page.

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  5. David says:

    Glad you’re chasing your dream, good luck.
    I’m not sure how it looks on mobile, or if it can even be viewed with a phone.

    Only two things to comment on really. If you could change the rrl chapter names, or include the chapter names you used there to here, it would be easier for people to find where they left off, for present and future readers. (i.e., “A Hacking Good Time” was the last chapter I read, but it was Academy 3.7 here)

    This next ones just personal opinion. Including the whole chapters rather than a short blurb on the main page seems… obnoxious? Or maybe I’m just OCD about random crap. Whatever, do what you want, shooter preference and all that jazz.

    I like that you’re having the viewers focus on the reading rather than a cool background. Although everybody appreciates a nice background as long as it doesn’t interfere with finding what we want (chapters, ways to support author, etc).

    Anyhoo, best of luck. God knows I can’t seem to find the motivation to be an author. I have 4 different starts to four different books, but it seems I don’t have your commitment🙂

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  6. necroaura says:

    The site is dank af

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  7. necroaura says:

    Also great chapter. Good luck with your full time endeavor

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  8. fighnjaci says:

    Well, I don’t mind the simplistic type of sites.

    If I had one thing I’d like to change it would be an option to change the color.
    I prefer dark background and white letters personally.

    Anyway, I’m glad to know we’ll be getting more updates, I wish you luck.

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  9. Naoki says:

    Thou looketh nice in thy profile picture, and thank thee for amusing me in my times of longing.

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  10. Gask says:

    It’s easy on the eyes Ephemerality.

    Minor correction:
    “the Red Tyrant silenced him with a raise of their hand.”

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  11. Droma says:

    The site is good and clean and easy to navigate. Not sure about other screens but the “Enter The Game” in the title box at the top of the site can barely be made out. I’d consider altering the colors.

    I’m also glad you decided to start writing full time. This is one of favorite stories so it’ll be nice to read updates more often.

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  12. Sean Penrod says:

    I would prefer a double link through the home page of the site. I say this so that the entire chapter does not post itself on the home page. This annoys me a bit because it makes it harder to see if I missed a chapter or what.
    Also I am a huge fan of the series and am very happy that you have decided to start writing full time.

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  13. Anonymous says:

    A color change would be sweet. The bright background when reading gets tedious. Maybe a theme changer. I like dark backgrounds and light letters. Easier on the eyes

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for the amazing chapter. I’m glad that your back.

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  15. Nick Nicholson says:

    Loved the chapter and I’m stoked to hear you will be writing full time! On another note, there is a LitRPG group on FB you should check out, has quite a few authors and everyone there loves The Gam3. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1030147103683334/?ref=bookmarks

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  16. Love your work says:

    I would like to say a thing about your patron system, instead of having so high “lowest tier donate reward” you could add like an option 1-3 $ month to read X ammount of chapters in advance.
    Meaning when you write these chapters you hold few back for backers and wait a while till you write more and then release few more to non backers.

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  17. Dustin says:

    Great start for your new site. I’m excited to have fresh updates and for the story to continue on.

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  18. Jacob says:

    Love your book, keep it up man you have an amazing story and characters! After Russels 3rd book, the litrpg series has been very dry, and it’s great to see you keeping the genre alive

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  19. frozendeva says:

    Glad to have you back, and thanks for the chapter

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  20. starfyre7 says:

    Some errors:
    could of
    less then you
    would of

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  21. Anonymous says:

    Whoa, so happy to see you back to posting chapters! Glad to see your making a go of writing full time:)

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  22. aredaera says:

    out of body -> hyphens?
    I am busy, but -> perhaps add an opening quote
    in their eye -> in its eye
    another debt, -> I think a semicolon would be more suitable here, and a period placing the one that comes later

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  23. Anonymous says:

    does the -30 charisma mean he has negative charisma now?🙂

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  24. Anonymous says:

    in chapter 3.6 – Kitana: I have formed a team with Ace and Daisy.

    in this chapter it was Kitana with Ace and Thiago who got 4th place

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  25. ShadowOfHavoc says:

    Sweet a new chapter! Thanks! I wonder what Alan is going to do once he is out of the academy, I just hope that Aurora will play a prominent role. It is important that he have companions for what is coming he can’t always be a loner.

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Aurora: The Predecessor, Seeker, won the tournament.

    later he was introduced as Breaker by the Red Tyrant.

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  27. Gazza says:

    Just found your site. Enjoyed your first book and loved the chapters posted here hope you keep writing. =)

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  28. Gauntlet-KI says:

    Good Lord Man, so the price for losing a fight between predecessor is getting impregnated.

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  29. Aner says:

    Thanks for the chapter, can’t tell how exited i am about the prospect of regular chapters!!

    No native English speaker, but when referred to the predecessors, shouldn’t “its” be its instead of “their” and “it” instead of “them”, even having fluid sexuality its a single being. Besides if Alan is the narrator, shouldn’t him refer to the predecessors as “he/his” before he learns of their fluid sexuality?
    Some instances that happens and other minor errors:

    Faction Bonus! Allowed to travel to freely within Open Revenant space. (second “to” shouldn’t be there)
    the Red Tyrant is searching the town with their guards, but they haven’t turned up anything. (its guards, as Aurora is talking and she probably knows about their sexuality)
    The Red Tyrant silenced him with a raise of their hand. (“his” as Alan doesn’t knows yet)
    They wore a black suit, a mesh of dark fabric.
    The Red Tyrant looked at them (“him” because Alan still doesn’t know)
    “Yes, if I’m not mistaken he is now of an ancient blood I have not felt in many years. Don’t worry though Alan, I won’t pick your brain apart. Yet. (forgot to close the “”)

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    • Ephemerality says:

      So something that I did that may have been a bit too complicated was switch over slowly from Predecessors being “its” to Alan to “thems” as they become more human to him and less alien. So in the entirety of the first book they were all “its” as aliens. Also, “they” can actually be used as a genderless singular pronoun: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singular_they

      Edit: Also a rule for dialogue. You don’t close it if the same person is continuing to speak, so because the Red Tyrant is still talking in the next line, the dialogue isn’t closed with “. This has been a useful guide to dialogue grammar that I’ve found: http://theeditorsblog.net/2010/12/08/punctuation-in-dialogue/

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  30. Gauntlet-KI says:

    Oh I hope this comment area wont just be filled with grammatical (if wrongly assumed) corrections.

    To Ephemerality: Any idea on the rank for Diluted Predecessor (it seems to me predecessor is both singular and plural, @#% grammar) blood would be? as well as general status enhancement?

    if hacking (lets assume basic for the moment, for its not listed yet) will only be completed after going to volda, then what do y’all think will be advanced to Master status? I’m thinking Enhanced Control (advanced) and Sniping (advanced). only a few skills can be upgraded between basic, intermediate, advanced, and master. The only other one that isn’t at basic it Sneak at Intermediate, but maybe this Hiding your presence will help upgrade it to master.

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    • Anonymous says:

      “Feel free to criticize, point out errors, note things I should improve and whatnot” I would assume this would include grammar.

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  31. George says:

    Love the new site, is there a way to sign up for an email notification when new chapters are posted?

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  32. Anonymous says:

    “All stats permanently decreased by 30”. with 8 different stats at the moment: Strength; agility; intelligence; willpower; charisma; perception; endurance; luck. That is 240 ability points lost, as well as the 30 unused ability points; 270 ability points for a death at level 538. Dang!! even if you level up 30 more times, it would only give you back 30 ability points (plus another 6 for gifted and skilled if available), that is a hit of 270-42=228 ability points for a death at level 538. DANG!! and he would have lost all his armor. Dying is harsh in this game. Plus you forget talents that you might have bought (unless you can’t forget talents you can only buy, idk), which is more ability points.

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  33. Just found this story yesterday and I absolutely love it.
    Glad that Alan is going to focus a bit on his melee capabilities as with the talents and abilities that he has it would be a waste if he didnt.
    Kinds feels like you are rushing Alan through everything not giving him proper training time. In the tutorial Eve said that she could teach him the basic abilities given time and now you are just rushing him from one place to the next without giving him time for anything. On the other hand maybe that is just me craving training montages as next to epic one on one fights like the one with Sidestep they are my favorite parts and I implore you to include more of them.
    Thank you for writing an amazing story such as this.

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  34. Oak says:

    thanks for the chapter,
    glad to see you feel comfortable/confident enough to strike out on your own.
    Best of luck!

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  35. Gauntlet-KI says:

    Was he actually level 538 or is that because of his hacker upgrades?

    “As your levels increase you will gain a respawn timer that grows longer as you level up and become more powerful, especially because of your hacker upgrades.Standard Administrator capsules do not recognize or acknowledge hacker abilities or augments, thus you’ll find it takes twice as long to revive in one of their capsules”.

    I wasn’t sure if his level was being misrepresented because of the hacking ability.

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