Still flattened from getting paperwork filled out on Saturday, so… have a ficbit I’m hoping to finish soon. (My hope is that a small bit that’s not very plotty will get sore brain back into the groove to get back to the plotty stuff!)
Summary: Going to Eldora changes you. He should have known it was too good to be a game.
It’s the avatars. Although they don’t know that until later. The avatars change everything.
GBN’s new update is everything the hype claimed. The VR worlds are more detailed. The sensation of having a physical body is more solid. More real; to the point that if Hiroto thinks about it, he can feel the pull of his avatar’s hair tie holding back dark blue strands.
It’s odd. Even a little distracting, at first – though not enough to interfere with his missions. Nothing ever is.
So if the temple Freddie had summoned them to seemed truly ancient, if the dimension seemed so painfully real, from the youngster’s hot-fur scent to the shattered moon with its belt of debris like white diamonds in the sky-
It was GBN’s first Story Mission. Of course the programmers would have put their hearts into making it perfect.
(So perfectly, breathtakingly imperfect; sand shifting underfoot to turn unwary ankles, Freddie’s half-stammered admission that maybe there weren’t twenty One-Eyes after all, the heart-stopping blue of the sky streaked with clouds. Eve had wanted to go beyond the galaxy. If any remnants of her electronic soul still lingered in GBN….
He has to look. He has to try.)
Not to mention they’d all been thrown out of the Mission almost the moment the first battle was over. Leaving him no chance to explore the new dimension. To look at that sky, and drink in that perfect, jewel-deep blue. There was no way he’d let that stand.
So he keeps going back, no matter how odd the Story turns.
After all, he has no reason not to.
I’m just a wanderer. So long as it takes all four of us to enter the Mission… I’ll wander with them.
At least, that’s how it starts.
Then, things… get subtly odder.
Little things. Like not being able to summon their Gunplas to a battlefield. Fortunately, they check that bit of game function before they try to defend the village.
It’s annoying, but Hiroto can see how that would add to the story part of the mission. It is, as Kazami might say, more Gundam-like. They can’t just zip in and out of Gunplas as they see fit. Like any UC Gundam soldier, they have to have their machine with them to pilot. Otherwise, they do a lot of walking.
Hiroto doesn’t mind the walking. After all, you can’t get physically tired in VR.
Except they do. A little. Which just makes it a better match for reality, if you can feel the burn from climbing yet another hill, and stop to catch your breath at the top. It’s worth feeling a little tired when he gets out of VR, for that sense of being there.
A/N: Re:Rise canon, injuries to the avatars on Eldora transfer to the players. Bunnies looked at that, and pointed out, exercise is a low-grade “injury”, that’s how you build muscles. So… that goes interesting places!