The Righteous Player(s)


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Annan transmigrated to a new world – the Land of Dense Fog. He had become a rare elite NPC who possessed the player’s system.

However, he had the heart of a player.

I like to stir up matters, and unbridled. But, I’m a kind player. The ally of justice who is favored by this world.

I’m on a main mission. As the righteous player, I’m following my destiny to eradicate you, the evil NPC!

Dear player, I’d recommend you to stop running away. The mission is completed. I’m the righteous NPC now to punish you, the evil players…

In the long dark night, the crimson moon hangs high in the sky.

Hoarse whisper patrols the streets. The brass steam engine is emitting blood mist.

Your brain is in ecstasy; your eyes are enchanted.

With cracked skin, it sprouts new flesh.

In the gray mists, shriek cries come from the flesh wall that consumes thousands of corpses…

“Stop crying, our players don’t bite. They just want to play with you.”

The Solitary Schemer, Number 1 Player, Land of Dense Fog’s Savior, Leader of 13 Saints, Friend of 12 Upright Deity, Pioneer King, “The Righteous One,” Gatekeeper of Forth Disaster, Crownless Deity, the great Annan advised kindly.

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Trolltractor rated it
March 25, 2021
Status: --
For all of you chumps who immediately slam the 5 star and bookmark to artificially inflate the ratings, please. Stop it. The phrasing of the majority of sentences is extremely poor, and there are many logical inconsistencies which, if you think about it, are absurd.

Here are some examples, which are not spoilers, as they are from the first few sentences in this jumbled word-mush.

"A line of glimmering words quietly hovered in front of Annan; each alphabet was ablaze with bright red flames like candle lights." --- seriously? wtf?

"But the moment... more>> he cl**ked on it, he suddenly felt that someone attacked the back of his head with a brick. He fainted as soon as his eyes went dark." --- ok champion, enough with your eyes in the back of your head.

This one I put in a spoiler because it is a bit long:


His body seemed to have fallen apart; his spirit was exhausted. He was in a state where a person with severe motion sickness was tied to the seat, and was forced to endure a two hours drive. After vomiting the stuff in his stomach, he was in a daze. Even lying on the beach, he had the illusion of walking on the ground with his feet.

Annan didn’t want to move, think, or talk. He could only lie quietly on the beach, watching the last few digits dropping as if time was gradually lost...

After he woke up, thirty-two minutes had passed. *After all, he had been counting.* He finally felt a little thirsty.


Wow- the guy is absolutely plastered, he is seeing fairies, can't tell up from down and falls asleep. He knows exactly how many minutes had passed because "he had been counting". Anyone else see the issue here?

In my opinion, the author/translator has butchered the plot with excessive sophistry- dressing himself up in a suit top, while forgetting to put on his pants. As such it is not suitable to read unless you like to remove your brain from the premises of your head.

I am rating this a 2 because despite how tr*sh it is, it didn't physically give me a headache reading-although I probably didn't stick around long enough for it to do so. <<less
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hawlol rated it
April 21, 2021
Status: c33
Lots of tell don't show and info dumps:

Character says something? Here are some paragraphs explaining why he said that. Character did something? Here's why too. Arrived at a new location? How about a full chapter of explanations about the place, even if it's the middle of a battle. MC is making a decision? Yes, a long introspection explanation of why he chose it will follow. And of course, lots of mandatory system info dumps.

As usual, it makes the novel boring to read, even if the premise and plot are interesting.... more>> Translation is also crude, even lacking meaning in several sentences. It's MTL with some editing, and it shows. But I've seen worse and it's at least readable for the most part.

While the MC has a skill to make him not feel some things (explained at chap 1, so not a spoiler), he still comes out a bit too psychopath, killing subdued ppl for xp, being a complete utilitarian, seeing everything and everyone as a means to and end, etc.

The plot sounds nice with some mystery added to it but it moves at snail pace due to the problems above.

So yeah, it's ok for when you have nothing else to read, but nothing that might impress or hook <<less
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Normie Extermination Committee
First of all, I hate listening to everyone who gave this novel a bad review since it made me think that they have a point or are right, therefore I skipped reading this novel multiple times. At the same time, I appreciate the people who gave this novel a bad review since it allowed the chapter to stockpile until I decided to read it.

Also about the previous posts on how the early chapter are illegiable in reading, well dont worry since it has been edited, the first 20 chapters are... more>> the ones that were previously unnreadable, but now is.

This novel is absolutey worth reading, in my opinion, it ranks alongside Lord of the Mysteries, Embers Ad Infinitum, Reincarnation Paradise, Reverend Insanity, tr*sh of the Count's Family, Dungeon Defense, Legend of the Great Sage, Fantasy Simulator, etc.

The side characters - Whether they be NPCs or Players, are interesting, funny, smart, cunning, scheming and 3-d. They have their own story, make smart decisions, and prefer logic over emotions.

The MC, Annan, is an eldtrich overgod level op schemer. His schemes are terrifying since he knows how to behave in different scenarios, how to manipulate people's hearts to his benefit whether they are allies or enemies, it is always according to plan. He starts out as a normal person but through politics and schemes he goes stronger, simply put he thrives in conspiracy.

Here are some evidence from chapter 90 that describes his personality -


(1. The more chaotic the environment, the sharper the conflict, the more doubts, and hatred rose between people. Annan's innate talent that could penetrate the hearts of others could be maximized.

2. Annan liked to be more despicable than the despicable, deceiving the liars, hurting those who harm others, killing the mu*derers, and taking away the robber's treasure. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. While the simple revenge mentality gave off a sense of happiness, Annan had to bear pressure on morality.

3. "It's better to have more of these kinds of people. The eviler, the better; the more selfish, the better; the crazier, the better; the more distorted, the better... "

It was like what Annan told the players before.

—Just because evil is present, everyone and everything else is righteous.

If I kill all the villains, then I am undoubtedly the incarnation of justice.


In summary, just read the goddamn book, it is worth it. <<less
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Hawk73 rated it
April 14, 2021
Status: c28
Very entertaining so far. I feel like the other reviewer was extremely harsh because the translation of the first few chapters was a bit rough.

The novel this reminds me of most so far is TNE, except the MC is thrown in without any foreknowledge of the game. Is is also like Praise that Orc, but I suspect that there may be some nation building and deeper plots to look forward to as in RTW and Lord of the Mysteries, which is why I recommended all those novels.

All in all, this... more>> far it is a pretty interesting, though it is more on the potential of this series than of what has happened as of yet. The MC is a bit of a blank slate, but we don’t know what will happen going forward if more will be revealed about how past.

The reason I’m only giving 4 is because the characters seem somewhat shallow and the world building so far has been left on the to-do list, so it’s hard to get really invested in this novel although it shows some promise. <<less
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Ryoujakuda rated it
October 22, 2021
Status: c157
You see sometimes I'm glad to read the Novels without worrying to much about the Negative reviews. I read the Novel as I see the synopsis fit to my liking but hesitate because the earlier unsatisfactory comments on the Novel. I don't ask for the Novel to be perfect at least readable to a certain standard, but to Insult another reader because they gave a good rating for the novel you don't like just seem childish to me. A lot of us came for different reason. For me specifically I... more>> came for the fun to con the players to MC liking.

The translation might be bad sometimes but it is not as worse as having your brain cells dead nor having a headache. I hate the the type of reviews that empathize to much on bad spell rather than storyline, world building, or the character. That just does not make the reviews valid to me.

The story is good nothing to annoying to read and you could read the story for fun. Im not a good reviewer myself and I rarely post a review. But if this novel does caught your eye then just read it. Don't bore too much on people opinions HAVE YOURS. <<less
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ADDDDD4455 rated it
May 23, 2022
Status: c267
This novel is underrated. I think that it deserves 4.5 rating. World is nicely made and Annan (wierd name btw) is very intresting main character. And idea with the "game" and sleeping is new to me. Well maybe Her Summon was close to this. But the genere is diffrent and main character is making this idea more intresting with his plans as an Admin. Like the idea, like the schemes and characters. Recommend it. If I have to say something it would be I don't understend the rules of dungeons... more>> sometimes it is confusing to me. <<less
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Makeshift01 rated it
May 28, 2021
Status: c61
In my opinion, the curses and power system in this novel is a little complicated. There's a lot of information that's being fed to you when it comes to the powers and curses that it's a bit confusing at times, so I've got to say that it comes as an annoyance when reading.

The type of novel this falls under is something I'm interested in, the MC is reincarnated into a new world that is similar to that of a game with 'Nightmares' that are similar to dungeons and filled with... more>> magic and curses. It also features bringing players from Earth to work for the MC as he's building his faction in this new world.

The translation itself has a little bit of a difficulty to read, but it's far from being completely illegible. But there are a few things that become difficult to understand and the immersion breaks off a bit. From the looks of things so far, the MC is going to be using his new identity and the players from Earth to build a faction. There's also a bit of mystery involved as the 'Nightmares' or instance dungeons require more than just killing mobs and bosses like in a game. They require you to find clues and piece together a way to clear it in order to purify them, the more secrets you uncover after completing the 'Nightmare' the more it's purified and the more you receive.

Overall, the novel is good for me but I wish the descriptions for the curse effects were a bit more coherent. And since it's still pretty much the beginning of the novel there's not much depth for the characters so far other than knowing that the MC values rationality and efficiency. <<less
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dinuooos rated it
September 30, 2022
Status: c414
Highly underrated for a very well-written novel.

Putting it crudely, Annan (MC) is transmigrated into a world with a game-like system that contains dungeon instances called "nightmares". These usually contain a set "quest" for Annan to follow and complete to clear and gain rewards. Do note that rather than our accustomed boss raids or exploration dungeons, "nightmares" are essentially re-enactments (hence, the subtle horror aspect I should say) of a particular moment in time that Annan needs to tackle through wits and scheming as he learns more about the world around... more>> him moving forward. Each action and event has a reason, and will be revealed either beforehand, right afterwards, or even much later on in the story (which may be an element many aren't very fond of).

One thing I noticed that many readers found troubling were the numerous info dumps. Personally, I had minimal problems reading this regardless of what the reviews complain about. However, I can see where readers may find difficult to continue so I will say this now:

If you enjoy a fast-paced novel where the thinking and planning is mostly revealed after the event, this might not exactly be your thing. The story revolves around Annan making use of all the resources at his disposal to survive and grow. Moreover, the author seems to enjoy dropping small hints here and there for the reader to try and figure out themselves as well during the nightmares, a small albeit nice touch.

Of course, there are also your wonderful action scenes of the MC facing his enemies for exp and all those fancy game mechanics. However, the world-building can be quite overwhelming with new concepts thrown into the mix. It's not something as simple as the typical isekai novels that may go 'Go! Fireball, burn thy enemy!' or something like that. Admittedly, this can become rather confusing especially when many of the skills can have very specific properties that can only be used in some scenarios. This would mean you might have trouble remembering some stuff if you decide to go back into the story after a long while (cough, cough)...


For example, the main power source of this world revolves around "curses" which provides the person magic in return for a certain drawback or disadvantage (e.g. your left arm is forever crippled but your right can smash apart a boulder with relative ease. I made this up by the way, you won't find anything this abstract in the actual story.). Then we will have to think about the classes and what those classes branch off into (e.g. Basic Wizard class to Edict Wizard or other specialties...).


Anyway, although complex, the plot speaks for itself. There are many instances where I found myself clicking on the next chapter and reading deep into the night because, well, I had nothing better to do. Give the novel a chance and who knows, you might be surprised to see yourself enjoying it more than you thought.
The novel is also quite moderately paced, but at least you won't have to worry about frying your brain because you have no idea what is going on. Anyway, enjoy the read! <<less
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EmilioRecore rated it
March 17, 2022
Status: c350
Most of the bad reviews here are about the bad translation, it's bad in the beginning but it gets better over time as an editor gets hired. This novel is very interesting, it's like The Legendary Mechanic but if it was fantasy instead of sci-fi with some cosmic horror stuff mixed in. The players are not the extremely dumb muscle head players you normally see, but actual elites and professional streamers. They treat the "game" world almost like the real world. The dungeons (nightmares) are also very good and they... more>> all tell interesting stories. All in all except for the rough translation in the beginning this novel is great! <<less
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Mt Tai rated it
December 13, 2022
Status: c257
It's easily more deserving of 5 stars than 99% of novels that are rated as such. The few people mentioning translation problems are mostly outdated as they've largely been improved. The translation is fine. The story is extremely well written, incorporating several very original and interesting elements. I was genuinely surprised by several interesting twists and all the characters have depth and character. If I had a criticism it would be the generally slow pace. I'm currently at a pretty dry section and it's really dragging, but for at least... more>> 200 chapters I was enraptured by the novel so I can't be too critical. <<less
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icerror rated it
April 19, 2022
Status: c20
It's a mess... The kind that you get for copying from one too many universes.

Sharing the sentiments of that another negative review, I didn't know where the terrible translation ended and the flaws of the writer began. Either there were some major diamonds in the rough vibe going here, or that the both of them took readers for idiots.

I skimmed 20 chapters, before skipping to 100-105, 150-155, and 215. If there was something worth noting here, I believed I would have seen them - there wasn't. Nothing here is new... more>> or exceptional but a rendition of better works.

A bad, ridiculous, and almost humiliating reading experience. 2 star cause this reminded me of experimental log. <<less
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dinoanna rated it
July 1, 2021
Status: --
Excellent novel with cunning/scheming MC with a lack of negative emotions. MC's backstory/memories are slowly revealed along with the world story. We can also see his growth in developing the game as well as his charisma. He's neither an anti-hero nor a hero but he's probably tilted towards being a hero. The mystery is well done and even as someone who doesn't really like horror or dark novels, this was a great read. I highly recommend this, and you should give it a try even if you're put off by... more>> the genre. No hints of romance until he meets the dragon monk Kafni (although it appeared and disappeared abruptly and will likely be only at the end of volume 3) and it's probably single heroine (which is great) and the romance (at least what was shown currently because there wasn't much) is slow but nicely written.

PS I'm reading this through mtl and raws so some information might be inaccurate but overall it was a great read. <<less
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December 12, 2022
Status: Completed
I really enjoyed the story and MTLed the rest of it.

However, it suffers from a rushed ending.

There were a lot of places that were mentioned, that the author actually said that they would write about, but just wasn't. Or if they did, then that wasn't enough at all. I mean, just saying that you are in the place does not amount to much at all!

Also, I would have liked it if Annan's relationship with the gods were explored more deeply. Except for the few gods who appeared early in the... more>> story, the others simply had two or three lines of explanation. I mean, the Silver Sire, was a huge help, and appeared often, but the others? Barely any characterization.

My favourite part of the story was Ellie's story.

How she usurped the page of betrayal from her father and completed the book with another page, the page of atonement to atone for her father's sins was so amazing. The best and most well made part of the story.


In conclusion, I want to see more about the gods and Annan's past. Even though the story is complete, I'm not satisfied at all... <<less
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kelicant rated it
July 27, 2022
Status: c45
I get the feeling that the author is autistic and has written the MC in as a version of himself. The story is constantly giving long expositions about the MC's traits as if they're great positive qualities; things like not being emotional, great memory, not caring about relationships with others, overly punctual, etc.

The translation can be rough at times so a few mistakes can be assumed to originate from that. But there are logical flaws in the story past that as well. One very early on is that the MC... more>> gets s**ked into the game with a countdown till players arrive, but the MC is the one who gets to summon the players and only has "slots" to do so after finding a hidden piece from the first nightmare. So the early premise of the setting relies on an optional achievement he did to function. Then he "somehow" infers things out of nothing, like when he didn't recognize the names of the players so he instantly knew they must be from a different world than him and the game must be getting players from another world in the future.

The story is OK. It's worth a casual read if you can ignore the grammar, inconsistencies, and logical jumps. But there are better stories about playing an NPC in a game world, worlds with cursed powers, and worlds where the MC's power is summoning players. <<less
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Ner0 rated it
November 20, 2021
Status: c189
This novel gives a Lord of Mysteries vibe but it's much more chill.

The MC is a game planner who wake up in another world, inside the body of a boy in his teens. The world is fantasy with a deep background extending to past eras that affect the MC situation in the present (delving into deities past and large scale events that shaped the world).

The magic system is kinda like Lord of Mysteries. It's complicated and a bit mechanical in how it is described. There are a lot of details... more>> put into it and in essence this is how the whole story could be described.

It's a complicated story with a lot of thoughts put into plot, background and characters setting but the major flaw is that this is a Chinese story.
Thus the large skeleton this story is built from is translated into info dump that is irrelevant to the current progression and break the immersion of the reader.
And the author likes to use info dump to interrupt the flow of the story so he can stick more words into his chapters.

It's a real waste because the author is competent as a writer. The story is entertaining and has a deep immersive plotlines.
But the repetitive info dump is the only thing preventing it from being top quality.
That and the awkward translation in the early chapters. Though, it gets better later when the translator was helped by an editor. <<less
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Accult rated it
August 6, 2023
Status: c154
While the NPC part interested me the writer didn’t do much that I found particularly interesting with that concept personally, but I could tell how it would attract other people interest more.

Personally I don’t really understand the complaints on the phrasing. Like the examples from Trolltractor made perfectly enough sense and gives a decent visual with what’s happening, while there might be more descriptive words used than needed I wouldn’t call it a word-mush.

While it does get tiring to read all the fluff you can just scan it and you’ll... more>> about get what it’s trying to say. I just find it not something that would entirely ruin my reading experience to the point where I would rate it 1 or 2.

Overall some faults but enjoyable experience nonetheless. <<less
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Jarked rated it
December 11, 2021
Status: c10
One of the premises of the story is so poorly thought out, that you can only imagine that the rest of the story is just as shallow.

Read this, if you want a story that sets up a very different kind of universe, where having power is punished, except for those with plot armour.

... more>>

The author did not think through the whole "negative emotions" thing. For one, there are NO negative emotions! They're all there for a reason!

No fear = you can get caught unaware and would be obscenely overconfident

No anger = You wouldn't care if anything negative happened to you

On the other hand, no positive emotions would be WAY more deadly, though you'd probably kill yourself :P

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