im looking for a novel where the protagonist could be considered to have good talent maybe barely a genius. if they were middle aged it would be a plus. time skips are okay as long as nothing to major happens and it not more than a year or two. i don’t want him to kill someone who is several times his strength through direct combat because of a sudden power up he pulled from his ass. if its through tactics and it makes sense that it worked, or skill if they are someone with low talent and are just much older that fine. though nothing like in the sense of cultivation more the enemy being two realm above them. a modern setting with magic or cultivation would be interesting. i wouldn’t mind if it’s a vrmmo. as long as it has action with some kind of magic or energy. no harem forming due to ‘reasons’, or top class beauty falling for him with no build up. it’s fine if it actually has a good build up and they meet in a reasonable way.