Title: Defiance of the Fall Author: The First Defier Rating: M Genre: Action, Xianxia, LitRPG Status: On-Going Fandom: Original Pairings: Not much yet Summary: As Zac was alone in the middle of the forest the world changed. The whole planet was introduced to the so-called multi-verse by an unfeeling System or God. A universe where all races and civilzations fought for power and dominion. Seemingly forgotten by the System, Zac found himself stuck in the wilderness surrounded by deadly beasts. Alone, lost and without answers, he must find the means to survive and get stronger in this new cut-throat reality. Link: https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/24709/defiance-of-the-fall I've been following this story for a while now and really like it. When I saw Blorcyn put up three other original LitRPGs that I follow I decided to put it up for review too. The story follows a basic premise that's not all that unusual for LitRPGs. Earth is integrated into the System, which is basically a big training module for cultivators. During the integration geography is randomized and incursions spawn where alien cultivator forces that are already established in the multiverse have the chance to conquer Earth. They get limiters for a time so that the natives don't get destroyed immediately but are still vastly stronger than the average human. DotF fulfills a bunch of tropes of the genres where the main character is extremely strong and can punch vastly above his level, mostly because of the exclusive titles he gets out of sheer luck. However, there are still good challenges and he doesn't always win fights. It's also obvious that his strength is mostly due to the fact that the System makes it extremely difficult for anyone significant to find newly integrated planets for a while. I think what I personally like the most about the story is the world-building. Many of the important characters are from very different worlds and talk about it from time to time. The author has also said on discord that the majority of the story will be on other worlds and so hopefully we'll see a lot of other places in the future. A lot of off-world plots are already being set up. In the beginning the MC was a bit shallow for me but that was mostly due to the fact that he didn't have anyone to talk to for a while I think. The story updates also 6 times a week. I've been following it for months and the author has never missed an update. The updates are each fairly short but in total the output is pretty impressive, especially considering that the quality is still pretty high. For me personally the story is a 5/5 but I think that's mostly because this really hits a lot of points that I like in stories and that the high update rate keeps me engaged with the story. More objectively I can see that it's not perfect and 4/5 is more realistic.