Chronicle of the Eternal: Chapter 16

Editors: Templar, Jack Vanatis, genericIntent
Author’s notes: Second (maybe one more) chapter release of Chronicle of the Eternal before Volume 1 is released. I’m hoping to be able to work out a rough word count for the book, which should be able to give me an idea of how many pages it will be.
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Chapter 16 – Mastery

Regal and the rest of his squad easily pass through the first floor of Theore Substructure. Any rats they come across are taken care of with high efficiency. They have improved their combat skill and teamwork considerably since fighting the Frostbite Wolves and the Mutant Rats have become less intimidating. Regal feels like they have gotten slower too, but that is only something he sees from his new perspective.

They come across two other squads while following Regal’s map toward the exit, but they are equally exhausted and intend no violence against the Soulless so their encounters are peaceful ones.

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Chronicle of the Eternal: Chapter 15

Editors: Templar, Jack Vanatis, genericIntent
Author’s notes: First of two (maybe three) chapter releases of Chronicle of the Eternal before Volume 1 is released. The chapters have been considerably long as of late so you can rest assured that the release of the book should have a good page count. Next chapter will come out in a week.
Also, I have been having a terrible time with my google chrome(only chrome). For some reason it doesn’t like my mouse scrolling and scrolls at random speeds, often jumping down or up a page, or scrolling backwards. It is a nightmare when trying to scroll through the edits!
Update change:
~ No more ion weapons. Only alchemy engravings on weapons, various types of bullets, and all combinations of the two.
~ Changed ‘Forging/Beginner’ to ‘Forging – Beginner’. I will revisit old chapters soon.
~ Updated chapter 1 in parents didn’t leave house. All houses are granted by the city/settlement lord/king and the appropriate tax is paid per year to the city guard. Regal’s house is the cheapest in Theore at 1 gold/year. He doesn’t need to pay this yet as he is still young and not graduated school yet. Once he becomes an entitled hunter, however, he will need to pay this if he wishes to remain living in the city. I may revisit this to adjust the word pre book release.

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Chapter 15 – Level Up

Regal’s experience at Atelier Gun & Bullet was a turning point for him. He now knows where his talents lie and how best to train. His decision is to be a crafter, someone who supports others and makes them stronger. If his other squad members can increase their strength, that will be a great benefit to him as well as them.

During the week, he trains his martial and alchemy skills after school. Two times a week, Regal practices ‘Cartography’ with Veronica and Piora and earns four silver coins from that. With the three silver coins on the weekend, Regal’s money problems have been completely solved.

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CotE Decision

This is a relatively short post, but it is something I would like all of your input on. I have changed various things as I am going progressing in the story, mainly because it is Volume 1 so it serves as the foundation for the entire series.

I am currently getting further through Volume 1 and have come across a decision that needs to be decided upon. The energy/ion weapons. I haven’t really included them at all in the story since the beginning of the novel. Should they stay, and become a part of the novel during the latter half, or be removed? Leave a comment below sharing your thoughts on the matter.

This series is aimed at a Victorian Steampunk setting so I have the inclination that perhaps they don’t fit in. I can still have a form of rail gun within the novel by having a positive charged barrel when firing, arcs of electricity jumping off the barrel tip instead of a muzzle flash and all the fancy fireworks still.

P.s. I’ll remove this post after the decision is made to avoid clutter on the homepage.

Chronicle of the Eternal: Chapter 14

Editors: Templar, Jack Vanatis,
Author’s notes: The fourth and final chapter release. I mentioned this a while back, a couple of times actually, but this is the last free release of CotE until Volume 1 is published. I have changed the status of CotE chapters to be a total word count of the books completion (estimated). By the way, chapter 14 is estimated to be half way due to the word count, not amount of chapters.
Big news, we have reached 1 million views!! we actually reached it a couple of days ago. We also had a total of exactly 2000 comments, which makes even me feel slightly OCD over such a clean number. Only another 500 days until we reach 2 million at our current speed!
For now, my mind is weary, so I will have a bit of a sleep, a proper one, not one sitting at the couch with the keyboard across my knees. ^.^

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Chapter 14 – Crafting

The school week finishes quickly, and the weekend begins. Regal wakes up early on Saturday so he can go to Atelier Gun & Bullet. Tanner had requested that he come in to earn some money, so he packs a loaf of semi-stale bread along with some fillings and a metal canister of water into his inventory for nourishment throughout the day. With this, he should be prepared for any situation.

He isn’t particularly fond of the bread, especially since the soul forming, but it is affordable and he currently only has twenty silver coins in his possession. The money he has earned over the past six months is about eighty silver coins, but the food expenses and the cost of dying once has already cost him three quarters of them.

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Chronicle of the Eternal: Chapter 13

Editors: Templar, Jack Vanatis,
Author’s notes: The third chapter released. Oops, fell asleep while going through the edits! Anyway, going through chapter 14 now so hold your breath.

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Chapter 13 – A New Friend

Regal wakes up on his bed the morning after the practical ‘Cartography’ lesson with a dreadful pain in his head. It is the first time he has ever felt something so uncomfortable. His mind feels woozy, and moving his head causes the room to spin. It should be known that he was given twice as much alcohol as the others in his group, as he appeared to be the most dehydrated.

Awkwardly sitting up, he finds a strange phenomenon affecting his stats.

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Chronicle of the Eternal: Chapter 12

Editors: Templar, Jack Vanatis,
Author’s notes: The second chapter of four to be released. Finally found my email related to my property manager and noticed an email for a property inspection coming up very soon. Going to be a busy body tomorrow by the looks at it, cleaning any cobwebs in the corners and whatnot, I’m sure you know how it goes.
Also, those two editors have left me a bucket load of edits in the next chapter… even though it isn’t all that long… >.<

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Chapter 12 – Practical ‘Cartography’

The next day, Regal arrives at school and enters his classroom with high spirits. It isn’t long before Mr. River also enters the classroom, quickly gathering the students and bringing them outside.

“Class 4 students, group together with everybody else and don’t cause me any problems,” Mr. River points toward a group of students already prepared to depart in front of the school.

Regal is mixed into the middle of the students of class 4 next to Veronica as the class hurriedly joins the rest of the school. The classes gather together as the students form into their usual friend circles. Very few are left standing by, as even Kilde and Astore quickly group together with Regal and Veronica.

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Chronicle of the Eternal: Chapter 11

Editors: Templar, Jack Vanatis,
Author’s notes: The first chapter of CotE to be released. The next three will be released periodically within the next 1 – 3 hours. I’m still waiting on dinner to be delivered, but there is just the final edits to be done.
Changes made to past chapters:
~ Lv. 1 Medicinal Herb is now just become just Medicinal Herb. There is no level attached to it and is just Quality: Bad

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Chapter 11 – Results

The following day, Regal arrives to school as usual. He sees Frederick sneering at him while walking through the front gates, but decides to ignore him. However, dark emotions swirl within his thoughts as Regal mentally labels Frederick as an enemy, and plans to have his revenge when he is stronger.

The next familiar face he runs into is Veronica, who intercepts him while in the hallway outside of class.

“Regal, I’m sorry,” she bows her head slightly.

“Sorry? For what?”

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Chronicle of the Eternal: Chapter 10

Editors: Templar, Jack Vanatis,
Author’s notes: Shortest chapter so far. This was a decision I made to cut the end of it and place it in the next chapter. But at least this chapter is a solution to that greedy cliffhanger I left you with last time. This one has a little more closure.
I am currently writing Chapter 14 of CotE, which will be the final chapter released here for free. At least it will be until Volume 1 is published, in which the initial plan to release the remainder at a speed of one or two a week will be implemented.
There is no chapter plan for this chapter on my Patreon. I am currently only doing the chapter plan for End Online chapters there as I am trying to maintain an average of writing ~2000 words/day(apart from the days I vanish into the void called the internet). I originally hadn’t planned on mentioning this, but I post other things for those who support me by donating $1 or more a month. Everyone who supports me there… already knows this ^.^
Changes made to previous chapters:
~ Removed weapons having their own skill trees.
~ Alchemy and Martial skills usually have 3 – 4 skill paths, Crafting and Miscellaneous usually have 1 – 2 skill paths.
~ Made Piora in chapter 8 a person that the students admire from afar but don’t get close to her. (Consistency for a later chapter)
~ Skills in character info are now arranged alphabetical and not in order of aquired.

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Chapter 10 – Fatherly Advice

Within the Temple of Life, Regal continues to bask in the golden radiance of the light within the chapel while calming his inner thoughts. Eventually, he wanders out the entrance with glazed eyes, as if he is lost in the world.

For the first time in his life, Regal looks up at the bluesteel ceiling of Theore first floor, three thousand feet above him, and thinks to himself, ‘The sky is so high. I wonder what the true sky outside this city is like, and how high it is. Is it twice as high as this? Ten times as high? A hundred? Such a thing is unfathomable.’

Lost in his curiosity and self-reflection, he wanders through the streets aimlessly. Eventually, he enters Market Street and his questioning of who he really is comes to an end.

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Chronicle of the Eternal: Chapter 9

Editors: Templar, Jack Vanatis,
Author’s notes: And that is all for this effort. More chapter(s) coming in about a week/or a little more.
Longest chapter of the release bananza. Also, updating on the status of CotE and releases. As I mentioned a while ago, I will stop releasing these chapters at some point and wait before posting the rest, at a speed of 1 chapter/week, mayber 2. I plan to start withholding chapters once Volume 1 becomes 50% complete. So far, it is guesstimated to be about 25 – 30%, so there will still be a few chapters, I’m just reminding you all ahead of time.
There is no chapter plan for this chapter on my Patreon at the moment. There will be a single release on what changed between planned and written for all chapters posted today later. Editing, sleeping, and writing to do first.
Editor’s notes:

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Chapter 9 – Rebirth

Following the fight with the first mutant rat, the four member squad is guided by Veronica away from the corpse in case the gunfire attracts multiple monsters, or other squads. Shortly after disappearing into the white mist, another squad emerges from the other side of the path.

This squad is comprised of six students from Class 4, the same class as Regal and the others. The squad captain is Frederick Dennen, a person Regal had defeated in a duel previously and whom also holds a strong dislike toward the Soulless. Frederick is the type of person that likes to bully others, often targeting Regal and the other three Soulless. They outsmart and escape Frederick too often though, coming across a teacher, or disappearing from sight, with seemingly uncanny timing.

The sound of Veronica’s squad’s footsteps can still be heard in the distance, but the echoing makes it difficult to discern how far and in what exact direction.

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Chronicle of the Eternal: Chapter 8

Editors: Templar, Jack Vanatis,
Author’s notes: Just when you thought it was over, a longer chapter of CotE and even MOAR coming.
Updates in header of chapter 5. Also, updated how the skills are displayed in the player status. Chapter 1 has also been updated, but it is only a visual update. As this is litRPG, consider it a graphics patch!
Editor’s notes:

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Chapter 8 – Theore Substructure

Regal’s days at school pass by with a repetition of study and duels. Gradually, the students who were afraid of the pain of being shot or struck by alchemy during duals become more desensitised to it. Their hearts harden and they stop flinching when struck, but a few tears still fall when someone is hit with a critical or a surprising blow that goes beyond what each has already experienced.

The classes have fallen into a consistent pattern after the initial excitement of beginning school. Everyone has finished forming their circles of friends, with a few stragglers not associating with others. The entire student body, however, seems to be split into two factions. Those who think Piora is stronger, and those who favor Hazel. Perhaps the teachers organized it deliberately, but the two queens of the school have not dueled each other once.

Outside of school and interacting with his three Soulless friends, Regal doesn’t waste any time either. With the influx of money from helping Veronica practice her skills, his finances are no longer decreasing but slowly increasing instead. Regal still continues to sell cases of ‘Ice Bullets’ to Aqua at Atelier Gun & Bullet, sometimes even staying at the shop after the transaction because Aqua asks him to stay so she can talk to him.

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