The Archaic Ring

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An original story inspired by wuxia and western fantasy.

After two mysterious existences stumble upon a beautiful planet on the edge of Infinity, they decide to temporarily set up shop for a few thousand years...

At sixteen-years-old, Nolan spent most of his time skipping class and playing videogames, though he'd been getting into more fights lately than he cared to admit. His once record-high academics were nearing the end of a gradual decline, a byproduct of a growing indifference that began to fester after his parents' divorce. All of his worries dissipate like smoke in the wind when he inexplicably wakes up in another world, only to be replaced by a wider spectrum of vexing problems, all of them much worse than any he'd previously known. After a terrifying first day in the wild, he begins a long journey of assimilating into this perverse new reality, a brutal land where right and wrong are decided by strength, not logic or morality. He discovers that this world is alive with a strange and pervasive energy which its inhabitants can take into their bodies and also manipulate at will through the practice of mysterious martial arts that seem to form the basis of all society. Unfortunately, since he grew up in a completely different world, he doesn't have a shred of this peculiar energy in his body.

After countless near-death experiences within the first few weeks of his unexplained relocation, Nolan chances upon a strange old ring that may just give him a shot at surviving the hostile conditions that lurk at every turn. Who knows? Maybe he'll even carve out a bit of a legend for himself on the side.

*The prologue isn't necessary to one's understanding of the story, I just included it as food for thought.

*Posts are now in 2,000-word incriments

*Thanks to LS for the first book's cover!

I'd like to sincerely thank everybody who takes the time to read this story, and I hope that you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. I'll be aiming for at least one chapter a week. I may not respond to many of the comments but I read and appreciate all of them. Cheers, and thanks again for reading!

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The Archaic Ring 55-1 Chapter Fifty-five: The Two Masks (Part One) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 54-4 Chapter Fifty-four: Dreams in the Darkness (Part Four) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 54-3 Chapter Fifty-four: Dreams in the Darkness (Part Three) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 54-2 Chapter Fifty-four: Dreams in the Darkness (Part Two) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 54-1 Chapter Fifty-four: Dreams in the Darkness (Part One) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 53-5 Chapter Fifty-three: Hard Times (Part Five) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 53-4 Chapter Fifty-three: Hard Times (Part Four) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 53-3 Chapter Fifty-three: Hard Times (Part Three) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 53-2 Chapter Fifty-three: Hard Times (Part Two) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 53-1 Chapter Fifty-three: Hard Times (Part One) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 52-3 Chapter Fifty-two: The Palace of Greed (Part Three) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 52-2 Chapter Fifty-two: The Palace of Greed (Part Two) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 52-1 Chapter Fifty-two: The Palace of Greed (Part One) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 51-3 Chapter Fifty-one: Hell (Part Three) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 51-2 Chapter Fifty-one: Hell (Part Two) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 51-1 Chapter Fifty-one: Hell (Part One) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 50-2 Chapter Fifty: The Floating Man (Part Two) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 50-1 Chapter Fifty: The Floating Man (Part One) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 49 Chapter Forty-nine: A Perilous Fall RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 48 Chapter Forty-eight: From the Ashes RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 47 Chapter Forty-seven: The Spark Explodes RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 46 Chapter Forty-six: The Spark Catches RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 45 Chapter Forty-five: Starless Sky RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 44 Chapter Forty-four: Troubled Times RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 43 Chapter Forty-three: Farewell for Now RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 42 Chapter Forty-two: The World Beyond the Glade RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 41 Chapter Forty-one: Taken RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 40-2 Chapter Forty: Growth (Part Two) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 40-1 Chapter Forty: Growth (Part One) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 39 Chapter Thirty-nine: A Spark in the Night RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 38 Chapter Thirty-eight: Life from Death RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 37 Chapter Thirty-seven: Three's Company RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 36-2 Chapter Thirty-six: Uncle Grey (Part Two) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 36-1 Chapter Thirty-six: Uncle Grey (Part One) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 35 Chapter Thirty-five: The Opening Months RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 34 Chapter Thirty-four: Unexpected Development RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 33 Chapter Thirty-three: Dead End RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 32 Chapter Thirty-two: What's Your Name, Boy? RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 31 Chapter Thirty-one: Preemptive Strike RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 30 Chapter Thirty: Interrogation RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 29 Chapter Twenty-nine: Core Disciple RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 28 Chapter Twenty-eight: Slave Auction RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 27 Chapter Twenty-seven: The Merchant Heir RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 26 Chapter Twenty-six: Post-secondary Application RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 25 Chapter Twenty-five: Honing in RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 24 Chapter Twenty-four: Mortal Enemy RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 23-2 Chapter Twenty-three: Behind the Green Walls (Part Two) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 23-1 Chapter Twenty-three: Behind the Green Walls (Part One) RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 22 Chapter Twenty-two: In Pursuit RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 21 Chapter Twenty-one: Remus the Merchant RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 20 Chapter Twenty: Tagging Along RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 19 Chapter Nineteen: Bandits RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 18 Chapter Eighteen: Begins the Journey RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 17 Chapter Seventeen: Looming Threat RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 16 Chapter Sixteen: In the Clearing RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 15 Chapter Fifteen: The Road from Here RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 14 Chapter Fourteen: Do or Die RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 13 Chapter Thirteen: He's Alive! RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 13 Chapter Thirteen: Reunited At Last RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 12 Chapter Twelve: Intense Battle on the Hilltop RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 11 Chapter Eleven: To Redfox Village! RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 10 Chapter Ten: The Youngest Daughter of Patriarch Ravenwing RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 9 Chapter Nine: The Ancestral Body Technique RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 8 Chapter Eight: The Netherwolf Tribe Arrives RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 7 Chapter Seven: The Glade RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 7 Chapter Seven: The Cabin RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 7 Chapter Seven: Hopeless Situation RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 6 Chapter Six: Hopeless Situation RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 6 Chapter Six: It Gets Worse? RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 5 Chapter Five: It Gets Worse? RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 5 Bleak Outlook RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 4 Chapter Four: Bleak Outlook RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 3 Chapter Three: Another World? RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 2 Chapter Two: Through the Looking Glass RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring 1 Chapter One: Five Hundred Dollars RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring Important Announcement RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring The Grey Ghost, Epilogue RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring Prologue: Heaven's Greed RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring Another World? RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring Through the Looking Glass RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring Five Hundred Dollars RoyalRoadL
The Archaic Ring Heaven's Greed RoyalRoadL