2008:Two years ago - CC Corp Programming and Testing Division.
Five desks were arranged in a circle within a fairly large office room, the walls a plain white and decorated with various posters, the most prominent of which were advertisement posters for The World. The hum of computers and the light tapping of controllers or keyboards filled the room. A faint morning light shone through small gaps left by window blinds. Five employees of CC Corp sat at their desks, three men and two women, FMDs mounted upon their face. They spoke to each other frequently about things that would be clearly not present within the room if any outside party had stepped in. The spoke of The World.
The group of workers were slowly moving through a field within The World. The field that spread out before the five players was an old castle suspended high in the sky, numerous stone bridges connecting a slew of inverted spires which spread down beyond the clouds. Looking down they could see a grassy field below, the terrain slowly moving by as the castle floated mysteriously though the sky.
“Man...this place makes me feel dizzy.” The character who was known as Loch, draped in blues and blacks laughed lightly while taking a glance over the edge of one of the bridges before shaking her head.
“Just shows how well the game was made.” The second woman of the group, Tessa in the real world and Soph within the game responded with a light grin. The three men responded afterwards, the group conversing casually and laughing lightly as they went about their jobs of marking down bugs and errors within the unique field.
They continued their work normally for several hours before something strange happened. One of the men stopped at the intersection of several paths, staring into the distance with squinted eyes.
“Hey, wait a minuet. Whats that over there? It looks like the visuals are bugging out.” He said pointing off into the distance at a flickering portion of the skyline. The other four members of the group turned and looked curiously while jotting down notes in the real world. In the next moment a faint chime sounded out through the field, then the crackle of static. The scenery began to jerk and shift abnormally, pieces of the textures appearing to dissolve away revealing a grid pattern behind. The testers conversed in confusion for a few moments before one of the men's sentence was abruptly cut short.
One of the grids had sprang forward and ran the character through, which fell to the ground, the character model flickering before bursting away with another harsh crackle of static. Then two more burst forth not a minuet later, running through another of the men and the character Soph. They each fell and exploded into static.
“Laine, this place is badly bugged, log out!” Hayes, or Daniel Rollins, the remaining man within the group shouted. A moment later Laine logged out of The World and removed her FMD with a perplexed expression on her face. It took a moment for her to eyes to adjust, and to notice that three of their group were laying unconscious, the sound of static coming from their headsets. She quickly stood up and moved over to Tessa who sat beside her while Daniel checked the other two men. Laine shook Tessa's shoulder then removed the FMD, but there was no response. The situation was the same with the other two men.
“Hey, Tessa, C'mon get up already...” She muttered lightly while continuing to shake her friend who laid limp against the desk before looking around the room, seeing the two others in the same state and Daniel on a phone frantically delivering information and calling for an ambulance. Laine merely continued trying to wake her friend to no avail before falling to her knees...
Laine sprang up from her bed in a cold sweat, breath shaky, eyes wide with a faint glistening of tears near the corners. She sat up with a hand clutched to her mouth, breathing heavily before she relaxed with a heavy breath, eyes drooping down into a worn and exhausted expression she had grown all too used to wearing.
“Dreaming again, huh..” She muttered to herself before crawling out of bed and moving right over to a desk which was a mess with random papers filled with notes, notebooks and pens The small room only lit by the faint glow of lights from her computer and monitor as she sat down. On the screen was an email which had been sent several days ago which she glanced over quickly.
Subject: Seeking Assistance
If you are receiving this now you've been selected at random from a list of players of The World. I'm sure everyones heard plenty of rumors going around this game, but no ones managed to find out much of anything about them. I can't confirm anything yet but something in this game isn’t what it seems, I can say I know more about some of these things then the average player, but thats all I'll say here.
Long story short, I'm looking to get to the bottom some of these things. This isn’t some prank or trap, I'm serious about this but I can't do it on my own. If anyone receiving this is interested in finding out just what these rumors are all about come to Ω Sickened Imprisoned Fallen Angel on the day of the upcoming One Sin event. Don't bother if you're not serious about this.
Turn away from the mountain and find a small cottage hidden within the storm. If you can find it, lets just say you passed the entrance exam.
-Sent two days ago at 4:39 AM
Closing the email message Laine opened The World's forums and quickly browsed over the various threads within them. Every forum was filled with threads chattering about the event which would begin in only a few hours.
Community Forum/The World
After glancing over some Laine pulled the FMD over her face and logged into The World. Only a short moment later and Loch was within The World, her vision filled with the ancient scenery of the Lia Fail server. Players clamored excitedly around the chaos gate making it a chore to move through the crowd to even get to the gate. Once there she recited the keywords, Sicked Imprisoned Fallen Angel and several runed rings whisked the character off to the event field.Originally Posted by Stark
Upon entering the players would be immediately greeted by the harsh whipping winds of the snow storm covering the field, the map players normally had within a field becoming blanked out and unusable. Far off in the distance was a massive mountain with stairs carved into its side, spiraling up to the summit, it was the only easily noticeable landmark within the field and the nearly blinding snow storm was sure to conceal a variety of deadly monsters waiting to ambush unsuspecting players. The event field itself was even more crowded then the root town but fortunately the area was much larger. The event had not yet officially begun but players were already spreading out through the area trying to get a head start, despite the warnings of the Crimson Knights, including their leader who was doing less warning and more joking with the players who waited for the event to begin properly.
Loch only spared a quick glance at the mountain in the distance before heading off in the opposite direction to a secluded cabin which was masked by the snow storm. Entering the building she lit several lanterns which would provide a beacon for players nearing the area and then sat herself near a window, watching the outside intently.
“Now we see if anyone will make it through the storm before the footprints are covered up.” she said to herself dryly, giving a faint laugh while watching for anyone with a dull expression.