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In an alternate reality Earth, where a mysterious organization of superhumans fights eldritch horrors taking over people's minds, Erind Hartwell, a first-year law student with psychopathic tendencies and obsessive compulsion to follow an inexplicably arbitrary set of Rules, seemed normal in comparison. And that is what she is going for. Society frowned on different—especially her kind of different.

Rule #4: "I wouldn’t bother the world as long as it didn't bother me."

Unfortunately, the world bothered Erind's normal life. On the brink of death, an entity came offering powers to save her. Left with no other choice, she accepted it, changing into a new form—the first of many that'll help her survive this dangerous world. 

This story aims to accurately depict a psychopath as its main character and thus differs from the usual presentation in popular media. A 'psychopath' is not an official diagnosis, the true definition in psychiatry being Anti-Social Personality Disorder. That said, the main character, Erind, will not be portrayed by basing her character on a checklist of ASPD signs. It is a spectrum after all, and my intention is for her to organically grow as a character. And since this is a spectrum, Erind is not representative of all psychopaths; she fits in normally with society (as most psychopaths do) until the events of this story forced her to act otherwise. She has many psychopathic traits but likely has other disorders as well. Be aware that it might not be a good idea or might not be possible to self-insert with this character. 

REND is a twist on the superpowered human genre combined with eldritch horror, but its main emphasis is character development and exploration, as it is, first and foremost, a psychological story. Hence, it might be considered slow-paced in places compared to most web novels. Overall, REND offers a unique reading experience, which can be good or bad depending on how open a reader is to trying out new things. If you're looking for something different from the mainstream, then this story just might provide the experience you didn't know you were looking for. 

Also, volumes are usually structured with the first half of it as more focused to world and character building (giving it a slow-paced vibe), and the latter half more on action. There is a gore tag and the story fully uses it, so be warned.

Cover is part of a wallpaper art commissioned from CristianAC.
Chapter release every five days. Also published on RoyalRoad

Antihero Protagonist Apathetic Protagonist Clever Protagonist Cunning Protagonist Dark Demons Evil Protagonist Female Protagonist Hiding True Abilities Hiding True Identity Monsters Non-human Protagonist Psychopaths Race Change Transformation Ability
Table of Contents 170
  1. 5.75 hours ago
  2. (Spin-Off) Erind/Deen – 4.54.4 – 2May 21, 2022
  3. 5.6May 21, 2022
  4. 5.5May 17, 2022
  5. (Spin-Off) Erind/Deen – 4.54.4 – 1May 14, 2022
  6. 5.4May 12, 2022
  7. 5.3May 6, 2022
  8. 5.2Apr 28, 2022
  9. 5.1Apr 21, 2022
  10. Author’s Retrospective – Arc 4Apr 17, 2022
  11. 4.53.4 – Epilogue IVApr 13, 2022
  12. 4.53.3 – Epilogue IIIApr 8, 2022
  13. 4.53.2 – Epilogue IIApr 4, 2022
  14. 4.53.1 – Epilogue IMar 29, 2022
  15. 4.52Mar 24, 2022
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      New BDF2
      Status: c4.41

      This story is radically proficient at keeping consistent character values, information, and motivation in how they influence their actions.  There is magic/supernatural stuff going on, but the human/society reactions and growth around and into that stuff is extremely convincing.

      Throughout the story I keep expecting the standard story notes, only to be surprised with something out of left field.... which I would've seen coming if I instead asked how a real city/population/mob/person would act given the circumstances.

      The multiple POVs help reinforce this because things never stop happening, even if they're not on screen... until BAM someone crashes through a wall or something an hour after you last heard from their POV because there largely is no pause button.  So much happening off screen really lends to the feeling that the characters are alive. Enough to keep you on edge and paying attention, but not enough to be disorienting.

      Great writing, cool characters, interesting situations, fun powers. Good stuff.

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      New sam9501
      Status: c5.1

      Very well written, with proper grammar and excellent storytelling. What really gets me excited for its chapters is its large cast of unique characters, its ever-expanding entwined plots and peoples, and the stories unique premise, lore, and world-building. 

      Looking forward to more of the world of REND. 

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      Status: c3.12

      Rend introduces us to an alternate-history earth, seen through the eyes of the protagonist, Erind. Erind is a very unique girl who follows a set of mysterious, self-made rules throughout her daily life. As we slowly learn more about her rules and motivations, a strange picture starts to form.

      I was greatly surprised by the level of detail put into creating this massive alternate earth. A good part of my enjoyment comes from slowly unveiling the mystery of it all. It's definitely a concept that I havn't seen done before.

      Erind is likable protagonist in an unconventional way. She understands that she is different from others, but does her best appear normal to the people around her. Her morality is based heavily on efficiently getting the things she wants, not being evil for the sake of evil, like other third-rate villains.

      My only complaint is that the story starts off a bit slow and meandering, but once the author understands the direction they want to take the story, it quickly gets to it's feet. And then it starts to run.

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      Status: c4.4

      This book is amazing. It has re-arranged my views on what a good book should be, and this is it. 

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      Status: latest

      Incredible read, great characters, world building, has a unique plot, I only have praises.

      It is difficult for me to find faults in this novel even if I want to.

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      Status: c4.12

      In this story, the author has set out to portray a world as seen through the eyes of a genuinely insane and deranged individual, as opposed to the usual edgy antihero version of psychopaths you see in most novels. And they have succeeded, albeit not exactly in the way they intended to I surmise.

      The MC is someone who has a very strict set of rules by which she lives her life, and she strictly adheres to these rules, no matter what. At least that's what she thinks she does. What you'll see however is an extremely emotional person, as opposed to the usual description of psychopaths, that breaks their rules all the time and just keeps making excuses about it, though admittedly, her emotions are a very distorted version of what ordinary people feel.

      Now, why would this be a problem for the story? It's because the MC throws all logic out the window whenever she decides to do something. She does not act in her own interest at all (or anyone else's for that matter), and always chooses the option that provides the most immediate fun and satisfaction, even if it would end up killing her. Frankly, the only reason she's lived long enough for the story to have this many chapters is through the very obvious application of thick layers of plot armor, which makes for a frustrating read.

      The world is interesting, the characters are interesting, all the mysteries moving in the background keep things interesting, and then comes in the MC derping around, casually forgiving mortal enemies, killing random people, and taking nonsensical risks for no benefits when she's nowhere near strong enough to be messing around like this.

      It's still a good, well written story that's worth a read, but it could have been a lot better.

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      Status: C 5.1

      Just incredible, I don't even know what to write as a review because of that 

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      Status: c4.37

      The beginning of each arc is really slow but that is my only issue but once it reaches the second half it becomes more fast-paced and you become more invested in the story. I also like how the MC actions are all based on efficiency and not morals like so many other MCs of other storys.

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