The world message that appeared on the Alive and Sense gear was considered the number one hot topic on the web and the news around the world. Nothing escaped the media about the game of Growth or the world game tournament. Never in history were the world’s diplomatic problems going to take place place in a virtual reality setting. One could say that it was a dawn of new technological advances, and the creation of a second world in a virtual world. A new world to conquer in a digital age. New technology to exploit that has never been touched before.
Already there was speculation on how the open land of Noriene would be divided. More and more people had bought the Embryo gear to take on the challenge to pioneer the new lands. Already there were pro gamers alike from all over the world being recruited into a special task force in winning for their country.
The deadline was set. The time for the first battle royal will take place on the same day as the deadline for the first Yami Hikari game competition, June 11, 2055. More people took interest in the game of Growth because of the world media buzz that was going on continuously. Sales skyrocketed to the pinnacle for the Yami Hikari company and an explosion of players continually rises.
“Welcome. Welcome! To the Eleventh hour gaming webcast show. This is Brian Jackson and Jennifer Hong giving you a live coverage on the up-to-date gaming news on Eleventh Hour gaming broadcasting show,” said a lightly colored skinned male and a beautiful looking asian female wearing animal cosplay.
“What an interesting end to the Real World Quest: Alpha Division. This quest had created so many different stories and endings. We heard news that the world of Norine’s curse had been dispersed.There is no more threat. Supposedly the curse was that the spiritual dimensional tear was causing negative and dark energy to slowly be released exponentially in certain areas. These areas created an increase of dark activity around the area creating more bloodshed,” cutely replied Jennifer.”Supposedly the threat of high ranking demons have been thwarted from crossing over. Rumors stated that if the deadline had not be accomplished than the world in Noriene would have been in trouble.”
“That in itself sounds like a disaster, but at the same time I would’ve loved to see another fight.”
“I agree with you Brian. What an epic scene it would have been. The only problem is that a couple of kingdoms might have fallen.”
“That would put people in jeopardy if that were to happen. A couple of different scenarios of the end of the world of Noriene would make living in the game a lot more difficult than before. Our talk of today is what is really happening in the Real World Quest.”
“Ah yes that. I was surprised to see such videos from such a large numbers of players. Why don’t we show a couple of them.”
“That would be a great idea. The first video we will show you is from PeopleNation. Each of these videos has not been tampered with. Quite an interesting story to tell.”
A video replaces the screen and the screen turns black. Soft blue light enters and creates a soft atmospheric perspective. A young female who looks to be around eighteen enters an abandoned church with a group of friends. The church still looked partially refurbished with a broken down cross in the middle of the room. Soft giggling sounds of children could be heard in the background.
The closer the the group of young adults came to the fallen cross, the louder and louder the voices of the children became. A particular song with definite words could be heard in the voices of the children.
“Ring around the rosy.”
The voices of the children laughed. Strange small shadows appear around the cross dancing around in circles. “A pocketful of posies.”
The shadows kept dancing as more keep appearing around the cross. “Ashes. Ashes.”
With fear in their voice, the group of young adults huddled together closer, thinking that it would help keep the strange shadows away. Their whispers were loud with worry as they were wondering if it were actually children or ghosts. They seem to hold onto small pouches in their hands as they were watching the whole scene before them.
“We all fall down!” The shadows disappeared. The screen goes black and screams of horror erupted. Silence followed after and scene changes back to both Brian and Jennifer.
“I must say that one gives you a strange shiver down your spine.” Brian replied. His hands were rubbing against each other as if he was trying to scrub something off. “Do you know the story of the Ring Around the Rosy rhyme?”
“Well the nursery rhyme originated from the Great Plague of London in 1665 or even before when the first outbreak hit england in the 1300s. The symptoms of the plague included a rosy red rash in a shape of a ring on the skin. Pockes and pouches were filled with supposed herbs like posies which were carried due to the belief that the disease was transmitted by bad smell. While the ashes to ashes represents the cremation of the dead body. The death rate was over sixty percent and it was halted by the Great Fire of London in 1666 by killing the rats which carried the disease via water. There are other variations of the children rhymes as well.”
“That’s a very dark song for a child to sing.”
“Yes it is.”
“Where was this video filmed anyways?”
“Where do you think?”
“I don’t know.” Jennifer shrugged.
“London, England. The story of this rundown church was that it was once an orphanage. The Orphanage was burned down in the Great Fire of London and the church was built on top of it. Supposedly it hasn’t been ten years since the church has been abandoned as well.”
“Creepy.” Jennifer shuddered.
“Yes it is.” Brian nodded agreeing with what she said.
“What was the quest even about?”
“I heard they had to walk through the church for a good hour with pouches full of posies and some random trinkets. Supposedly each pouch was different with sweet smelling herbs.”
“I see.” Jennifer went quiet for a moment thinking over what Brian was saying. “It feels like someone had made a small clip of a supernatural horror film.”
“Well if you don’t believe, how about we try another tape? This one gets weirder and weirder.”
The scene once again changes to black and a different opening scene is present. This time the scene around them was a young asian man that looked like he was a mix of two different cultures with black hair. He is seen walking by himself entering into a playground. He goes around each area where he dropped a stone with writing inscribed on it. As the young man continued, he placed the stones in designated areas.
At first only one white cat appeared following after the young man. As he continued to go through the playground area, more and more cats followed after. Finally the young man was swarmed with a different variety of cats. Loud screams of cats meowing could be heard as they continued to sing their song. The wind blew more viciously as black silhouette shadows appeared pacing around the young man like a hyena.
A large cat fight between the black silhouettes and the cats began. It was truly a strange sight to see. The cats were going through the black shadows creating large holes, while the young man was chanting. It was a chaotic display of cats, black shadows, and the young man’s voice each interlooping with one another. When the final word was said, all the cats ran away back into the woods. Even the black shadows were gone. The scene once again changes to black.
“Wow,” said Jennifer. No words could describe the strange scene before her.
“I know right. This truly is an odd sight to see.”
“Where did all those cats come from? I think there were more than fifty of them present.”
“I don’t know but they all scattered at the end of the verse.”
“Don’t you think that the cats were protecting that young man?”
“Yes I do believe so.”
“This is the second time shadow people appear in the videos. I think we have about ten or more of these shadow people appearing in other videos that we have received. A couple of them also had strange orbs flying around like flies.”
“The Real World Quest is becoming stranger and stranger.”
“Even though in a good ninety-five percent of the real world quests nothing happens, but the rare five percent supposedly something happened.”
“Wow. I didn’t expect such a number. Where are each of these places even taking place anyway?”
“To be more exact it’s not just one place. It seems to be around the world. Major capitals, cities, and sometimes even out in the country.”
“What are the hotspot locations of these videos taking places?”
“It seems most of these videos are taken in highly populated areas. There are a rare few where the quest takes place out in the country.”
“I see. Then what do you think about the new update? Some kind of big tournament is going to be going on the same date as the Yami Hikari’s event. I wonder if they are going to work together or do their own separate thing.”
“Wait.” Brian went quiet while he was reading his message on a personal cell phone. “I can’t believe this. We have a new update right this moment as we speak. Both the tournament will be held together with the Yami Hikari’s event. Apparently this tournament is only a prelude to their main event.”
“So it’s not a main event? Can they even do that?”
“It’s their game, so why wouldn’t they be able too? ”
Both Brian and Jennifer were surprised at what they just learned.
“Then what do you think will happen in the Yami Hikari event?” asked Jennifer.
“The only news that I know is that the event is going to take place in ten different countries: USA. China. India. Indonesia. Brazil. Pakistan. Nigeria. Russia. England. Japan.”
“That’s quite a lot of different places.”
“Well it is difficult to have so many people in one place. I wonder what kind of event they would be hosting besides the tournament. I’m not sure. All we can do is wait.”
“Yes. That would be the way to go wouldn’t it?”
Brian nodded his head. “Thank you for viewing the Eleventh hour gaming webcast show. I hope you have a wonderful evening! We’ll see you again on our next show. Both Brian and Jennifer waved goodbye and the screen faded to black.