Title: The Humble Life of a Skill Trainer Fandom: non - it’s its own fandom I suppose. Author: Alstonsleet Rating: T Genre: LitRPG Status: WIP Library Category: General Pairings: Snowy/Josh OTP <3<3<3<3<3 Summary: For Joshua Still, Skills were the lifeblood of his business. He wanted to understand them, collect many of them, and teach a few of them. Which was a problem because while his profession of a Skill Trainer was perfectly legal, it was frowned upon by most of the kingdom. After all, it wouldn't do for a non-tailor to teach Tailoring. Or, so says the Tailors Guild. The same could be said by the Blacksmiths, the Bakers, the Butchers, the Candlestick Makers, the Mages, and every other Guild with enough money and clout to complain. But still, Skill Trainers provide a valuable service, and so he has managed to start his business and keep it under the table. To a degree. With many a bribe. But his quiet anonymous life of research, practice, and training was about to change. When the Baron demands you pay him a visit, you have little choice. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- The last of the bunch, another 4/5 LitRPG from me. Like Seaborn, this is the story of someone born in situ and raised in the world trying to make his way. Except, from the start, his way is a little more dishonest than sailing. He's a torturer for money, basically. He teaches skills, but most skills that you go to a shady skill trainer for are the stuff that people don't openly teach. Poison resistance, pain resistance, controlling some darker skill you already have. We join Joshua then, just as he finds himself entangled in an adventure that pulls him into the light, and all his careful performance as a 'skill trainer' is stripped back, and he is left oddly unsuited for being 'himself'. Plot: The inciting incident comes relatively quickly, and he finds himself plucked from a relatively underground trade into a very visible and very endorsed job, by the local feudal Baron, who rules the borderland in which Joshua lives (seemingly quite unilaterally, a bit of a In-name-only King so far). I can't really spoil this, because it turns and it turns quickly, but it's got reversals and the situation he thinks he's in changes rapidly, several times, over the course of about ten chapters until he gains some relative measure of constancy again. Character: This is where the magic of this lies, I feel, though it has a healthy plot to pull it along. I love Snowy and Joshua's early interactions and both are very quickly apparent to have chemistry. I really enjoy the fact that she's a 'big woman' and that she's not some warrior wafe, it just tickles me. Joshua is a well-developed MC. As we learn more about him, his parents, his vocation and his new life-altering skill we get a better and better sense of what it is he wants out of the world, and increasing sense of the danger that this guild he keeps alluding to will obviously end up presenting, now that he is officially 'out' as it were. I will say as a product of what he's gone through in the first twenty chapters, and an introspective nature, he's being a bit emotionally labile now that he's in relative safety again, but I don't think it'll last for long as he's pretty well able to subsume himself in his work and I think he's almost worked through it (and I think it will be relevant to the skill and vice versa, it's not entirely for itself, it's going to serve multiple story-purposes) Setting: The system is a little more apparent in this one, by the very nature of his vocation and his interest. In a world where skills are normal, and no-one seems to care, he's one of the few people challenging orthodoxy and enjoying figuring things out and teaching them other people. And that's the thing, he does enjoy teaching. It's rare to see an MC where it's not a side-product of some exploit for themselves. It's quite an interesting setting. People don't have a skill for shaking their dick after pissing, it's not that sorta LitRPG. If you were a piano player, you'd have piano playing, and not a ton else, perhaps. People prefer to focus on one thing rather than have a dozen things going on. The skills aren't intuitive and a lot of what he enjoys is the puzzling things out, and this is expressed well. It's another Pseudo!Feudal European setting. It's got some tribes alluded to, and although I don't think we've seen them, I think there might be other non-human races out there somewhere. It's unclear. The kingdom and its politics are gearing up to make a bigger role, now that he's on the stage, and he and Snow are now divided by society once more. There's some pretty exclusive magic, in the form of a mages guild, and a relatively well-developed skill economy. Its local geography is quite clear at this point and we're learning more about the city's major players at the current point.