Epilogue

Date: July 20, 2031 22:22 Location: Doctor’s Office, General Hospital Recovery Ward, The Hague, Netherlands “And that brings us right back to the beginning.” I said. I took another sip of water. All this talking had made my throat sore. Right at that moment, a man busted into the room. “What the hell do you think you’re doing with this boy?” my father shouted. “You know full well you’re not allowed to interview him yet!” “We have a warrant for this, sir.” the left detective, DeWild replied. “And so you drag him out of his hospital room for an interrogation...

Chapter 12: Return to reality

Date: July 15, 2031 17:00 Location: Mid-dungeon boss room, Dark Castle, WOL Without sparing another glance, I turned and started for the mid-dungeon boss. But before I could make more than a few steps, loud cheering erupted from the group. A second later, the boss disappeared. Relieved, I sheathed my sword and walked up to the rest. As soon as they noticed me, they started cheering even louder. “We beat him!” someone yelled. “I can’t believe it. We did it!” “It’s finally over!” “Do you really think so?” a voice came from behind. Startled, I turned around. Artie was standing...

Chapter 11: The final battle

Date: July 15, 2031 16:00 Location: Mid-dungeon boss room, Dark Castle, WOL Moments later the pain subsided, as no new pain signals were sent to my brain. It still lingered though, as if I was shot for real. Suddenly, I realized the paralysis effect was gone and I had, unconsciously, grabbed my shoulder. “Hurts, doesn’t it?” Before I could react, I was hit by another dart, this time through my left leg. Another surge of pain shot through me and I screamed once again. “Bah, this isn’t fun at all if I can’t hear you scream.” Artie pouted. Again, the...

Chapter 10: Assault on the Dark Castle

Date: July 15, 2031 06:27 Location: Jace’s house, Endless Sea, WOL I looked around the house for the last time. Whatever would happen today, I was sure I wasn’t going to see it again after this. The past few days, Arties challenge echoed through my mind. Beat him and free everyone, lose and everyone dies. I’ve spent a lot of time debating whether he would truly do that, but considering the fact he is already responsible for over 9.000 deaths, it’s highly likely he would. That was the main reason I didn’t charge after him as soon as the paralysis...

Chapter 9: The mastermind revealed

Date: July 12, 2031 09:48 Location: Haunted Glacier, Chillwind Tundra, WOL The level up message flashed in front of my eyes again. I finally reached the highest level, level hundred. I checked the clock. The assault on the sixth dungeon should be well underway by now. The assault I shouldn’t know about. Unfortunately for Artie, Sabrina told me about it as soon as he made his plans known to the officers on the guild, two weeks ago. This time, he wanted the raid to be Frontier members only. I still wasn’t sure how he managed to convince enough members to...

Interlude: Pressing

Date: ???? Time: ???? Location: ???? “So you’re telling us DeJong came to you personally to tell you a rogue A.I was behind all of this?” the left detective asked. “Yes, that’s exactly what I’m telling you.” I answered. “And you believe him?” “At first, I didn’t. I asked him more questions, but he refused to answer any of them. Of course, I assumed he was lying at the time.” “But you changed your mind later, didn’t you?” the right detective asked. I nodded. “The days after that talk, I started to recall a few other details. I dismissed them...

Chapter 8: Dark origins

Date: May 20, 2031 10:00 Location: Jace’s house, Endless Sea, WOL “You’re going out scouting?! In your condition? Have you finally gone insane?!” Sabrina yelled. “Would you mind yelling a little less loud? My head still hurts you know.” I answered. “And that’s exactly the reason why you should take it easy for a while!” It’s been a week after we managed to clear the fourth dungeon. Over ten people died during the fight, and the three of us were nearly killed as well. But somehow, despite our reckless actions, we all managed to pull through. But in my case,...

Chapter 7: Instinct and Focus

Date: May 10, 2031 12:00 Location: Jace’s house, Endless Sea, WOL “Are you really sure about this?” Sabrina asked. “Yes, I am. He is hiding something and I won’t stop until I discover what it is.” I answered. I invited Sabrina and Lionel over to my place for lunch. Since Artie had decreed that none of the members of The Frontier were allowed to contact me, Sabrina had to sneak out early in the morning to get here undetected. Lionel never joined the guild, so he had no troubles. “I don’t know. To me it sounds like this has grown...

Chapter 6: Identity crisis

Date: May 2, 2031 14:21 Location: Dark Pass, Coal Mountains, WOL The paralysis effect was finally starting to wear off. I used the limited mobility I gained to examine my cage in more detail, but still wasn’t able to find any weak spots. What kind of trouble did I manage to get myself into this time? I was simply training in the field when I got hit with the Paralysis Effect. At first, I thought it was a monster that had managed to sneak up on me, but then I was dragged off to this cage. Since monsters were incapable...

Quick apology

Hi guys, Thanks to some unforseen circumstances, I wasn’t able to post the latest CyberCrimes chapter at noon cest as I usually do. Instead, it will go up just before midnight today. Apologies for the inconvenience… Mike