Title: Vainqueur the Dragon Author: Void Herald Rating: M (maybe T?) Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Satire & LitRPG Pairing: Fandom: Original Universe Chapters: 97 Worlds 270k+ Updated: May 5, 2020 Published: August 11, 2019 Status: Work in Progress Link: Royalroad Authors summary: Vainqueur Knightsbane is your average dragon: a giant, fire-breathing lizard who loves to take naps on his golden hoard, kidnap princesses for fun, and make the life of adventurers miserable. Vainqueur's only pleasure in life is to watch his treasure get bigger, one coin at a time. So when a would-be thief turned unwilling minion tells him about "classes," "levels," and "quests," Vainqueur wonders if maybe, just maybe, he should consider a career change. After all, why bother hunting monsters for free when you can get paid for it? ------- Despite what the summary might suggest, the focus of the story is on the "would-be thief turned unwilling minion" Victor. All dragons in this fantasy universe are immensely strong, charismatic and self-centered, but not really all that smart. So Victor, as Vainqueurs new minion, now has to handle a dragon that is already stupidly strong, but now also levels up in the classic LitRPG way. The story is very well written with few grammatical errors (that I spotted). The world-building is both interesting and well integrated into the rest of the story. The characters have actual depth and they grow throughout the story. As noted at the top, this is meant to be a satirical story, that tries to poke fun at some of the tropes of the genre. But it also just in general a very funny story, with some well thought out (but silly/immature at times) humor. Sometimes it goes a little too far in my opinion. The story has some quite heavy handed references to stuff from the real world, which in most cases is totally fine and funny, but other times they fall a bit flat. This could for example be Vainqueur having a "minion battle" that references Pokémon. Or the Kobold Rangers that are based on Power Rangers, at least to start with. The story is mostly lighthearted and not meant to be taken to seriously. There are a few serious points throughout the story, but not enough to "drag down" its lighthearted nature. The story starts out being pretty good, but then it just keeps getting better in my opinion. I would rate this 4.5 rounded up.