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Ryan "Quicksave" Romano is an eccentric adventurer with a strange power: he can create a save-point in time and redo his life whenever he dies. Arriving in New Rome, the glitzy capital of sin of a rebuilding Europe, he finds the city torn between mega-corporations, sponsored heroes, superpowered criminals, and true monsters. It's a time of chaos, where potions can grant the power to rule the world and dangers lurk everywhere.

Ryan only sees different routes; and from Hero to Villain, he has to try them all. Only then will he achieve his perfect ending... no matter how many loops it takes.

A Super Hero story authored by Void Herald. It can be found here on the Royal Road.


This story provides examples of:

  • Chekhov's Gun: The orbital satellite that escapes the Carnival's grasp is eventually used by Adam to attack New Rome.
  • Color-Coded Wizardry: There are seven known groups of Elixirs. Each power is associated with a color: Red for Energy, Orange for Matter, Yellow for Concepts, Green for Life, Blue for Information, Violet for Space-time, and White for Meta-powers. And then hidden eighth color, Black for True Chaos.
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  • Eldritch Location: Monaco teleports anyone who enters it into the Monte Carlo, A casino with never ending rooms, Hallways, and various servants that go hostile when the casino "closes".
  • Great Offscreen War: The Genome Wars caused by the advent of superpowers from the Elixirs lead to a war that reshaped the world with a supervillain called Mechron being a major player.
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  • Ignored Confession: Ryan told everyone he met for the first time that he's immortal, but no one seems to believe him anyway. His Catchphrase is "I'm immortal, but don't tell anyone!"
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Fortuna kills two people with one shot during the first attack on Rust Town. Likewise, Ryan sucessfuly shoots a matchstick falling in midair. The latter because of literal decades of practice throughout dozens of loops. The former is just because she's just that lucky.
  • I Will Find You: Ryan dubbed finding his Childhood Friend Len as one of his most important Main Quest.
  • Killer Rabbit: Ryan's ultimate weapon is a rabbit plushie he created in a deep-work trance session while in his underwear.
  • Mass Super-Empowering Event: A mysterious someone sent Elixirs by package to a randomly selected population of the world, giving some people superpowers and changing the world overnight.
  • Mega-Corp: Dynamis, One of New Rome's major factions, is this. They have influence in almost every industry, employs several Genomes, And is frequently mentioned to underpay and mistreat its workers.
  • More Dakka: Ryan pulls out several firearms and uses them all to try and hit Fortuna. Her powers make him miss all shots.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: During his attempts to free everyone trapped in Monaco, Ryan goes on an adventure where he masters particle physics, And builds a device that can create an exit from Monaco using parts of CERN's hadron collider. We don't see the entire process on how he does this.
  • Powered Armor: Vulcan and Zanbato wield one during battle.
  • Really 700 Years Old: A guesstimate from Pluto reveals that Ryan's real age is in the range of 550-1000 years old.
  • The Precious, Precious Car: Ryan loves his Plymouth Fury to the point when Mosquito destroys it he immediately declares the current loop a failure and kills both of them with an atom bomb to reset the loop so he won't be in a world where his car is destroyed.
  • The Shadow Knows: The Plushie's shadow is the shape of a monster with tentacles, appendages, and geometry defying comprehension.
  • Save Scumming: Ryan's main superpower is the ability to create a save point and whenever he dies go back to the point of time where he last 'saved'.
  • Superpower Lottery: Augustus was part of the 0.01% of the population that managed to drink two Elixirs without degenerating into a Psycho. It made him so powerful that he turned his mob into an N.G.O. Superpower.
  • Time Stands Still: The public use of Ryan's power allows him to stop time for up to ten seconds with it having a cooldown of how many 'seconds' time was frozen from Ryan's perspective.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Looping for a long time is making Ryan unhinged and impulsive, sometimes throwing crude jokes at inappropriate times, breaking rules left and right, and intentionally offending his allies and enemies Just For Fun.
  • Also, this is usually what happens when a person drinks two or more Elixirs at once. Sure, they get both powers, but they become raging maniacs, constantly searching for more Elixirs to consume. This is on top of a number of horrific full-body mutations they suffer from.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Adam and Psychock have no qualms with sending orphaned children to die fighting Mechron's bunker.