Real world at Rin’s house still.
Ms. Abe sitting on the couch waiting fot her daily news to broadcast; she has recently tried calling Rin multiple times, but there is no answer, she has also looked at some of headlines of multiple missing people on her phone, but doesn't think much of it.
Ms. Abe(In mind): I wonder why he isn't returning my calls which is unusual for me because he always answers them, I couldn't think of a reason why he wouldn't.
The 10:00 pm news turns on with breaking news.
News reporter: Coming in live right now with quite a frightening yet mysterious story, there has been a mysterious disappearance of a mass amount of people worldwide including: Children, teens, and even adults, with family members reporting they were last seen in their room playing the new hit video game called “Final Frontier,” that was just released today, a vr video game so popular that even school was cancelled for it today. The community for this particular group of video gamers is well known for its frisky jokes; but due to the sheer size of the amount of people that have disappeared, not in the tens of thousands, but millions! It is unknown if this is a prank as no one has been found from the cases related that were reported; the issue is being handled seriously by authorities and a large scale search team will be sent on a large scale manhunt to find these people with little to no evidence of their whereabouts. Even Jinko, the world's assistant AI system, was questioned by authorities but did not seem to have any memory of the times of which the disappearances happened; This has caused a massive outcry by the relatives of the missing that the creator of Jinko himself let out a statement.
Creator of Jinko: “It is unfortunate to hear such a mass amount a people vanish on behalf our systems failing to capture exactly what happened during the moment of the disappearances. It is unknown what may have caused this corruption to happen as Jinko was working perfectly fine before this; but we will work ever hard to see what caused Jinko to corrupt from collecting data in her surroundings around the time frame of the multiple reports and release footage to the worrying families of the world.”
Reporter: Here's what some of the families had to say about their loved ones.
Mother: It was around 3:50 pm today when I last seen and heard him say, “I'll be in my room playing my game now, mom.” About an hour later I went to check on him to see how he was fairing in his new game because waited hours in line for it, but when I opened the door no there was no one in three but a headset on the floor….(Shes starts crying)….he’s only 16, but he's still my only precious child, I hope he's found and ok.
A Dad: He's never been a juvenile, he was always so well rounded and respectful to everyone. I last saw my 17 year old as he was going to his room with his new purchases; I was a bit intrigued by the game a bit as well and went to check on him around 4:45 pm and he was gone. I really hope this sick community is just pranking because I don't find this very funny; I am a worrying parent here!
News continues to play in the background while Ms. Abe takes in all the news she just heard.
Ms. Abe(In mind)(shocked): All of these disappearances are related in the same way?! But why? What's the motive in making relatives jump out of their seats like this? This is nonsense….(She looks worried) Oh, Rin, please come home soon my darling child, I don't want to be alone again…
Near the edge of the 10 mile radius.
An average guild is out grinding in the low-high level monster radius to get stronger, they just got done killing a striker by stabbing it in the head while it laid on the ground unconscious.
Toshiki: Phew, what tiring work grind today! We'll be the number one guild in no time at this rate! You have to really suck if you can't handle a striker!
Asashi: Yeah, I know right! We'll show those top guilds soon why we'll be a force of nature.
Toshiki: The growths are coming in fast too...you know honestly, I don't care about that announcement anymore, I've never had anything going for me in real life anyway, but once we became trapped in this virtual world the possibilities seem almost endless despite having to face these monsters!
Asashi: Dang, I'm sorry about whatever happened to you in real life, I feel like this is a second shot at life. I've always wanted to escape reality, we can hit level 10 and leave this safe zone to explore a world filled with hot women to reward us with rewards and goods, rule our own kingdoms, man that guild one will be begging to join us after that!
They see three hooded robed people wearing masks walk in the distance toward their way.
Asashi: Um, hey, who are those hooded robe mask dudes walking this way?
Toshiki examines them carefully.
Toshiki: I think those are Savinjas; don't worry though they aren't programmed to walk through here though; there's the safe zone barrier, see.
Asashi: Woah, they really do look terrifying like I've heard, I've never seen one, well...not this close at least.
Toshiki: Pfft. I've fought plenty of them in Battle Frontier so they are nothing now; they're lucky that we aren't allowed to pass through until level 10.
He goes up to the 10 mile radius barrier and smacks his butt at them while taunting; the Savinjas are still creepily approaching.
Asashi: Uhh, shouldn't they have turned around by now? Now this is getting scary...
Toshiki: Aww, are you chicken? They'll turn around soon, they're probably coded to go close to scare us, see.
The 3 Savinjas are almost near the 10 mile transparent barrier!
Asashi: Umm...I’m gonna go now I’ve tested my luck enough!
Toshiki: Hey where are you going!? RR, you can’t trust anyone, but yourself huh….oh….shit...
The Savinjas are literally placing their hands inside the barrier and begin to struggle through it and fall down on the ground on the inside.
Toshiki backs away with his sword up, the savinjas get up slowly but very creepily they then proceed to stare him.
Toshiki(In mind while still backing away)(Trembling): So this is true fear huh, I'm such an idiot, I didn't think it would feel any different from Battle Frontier. Crap, what do I do? I lied about the whole Savinja thing.
The Savinja in the middle tilts his head to the side and blazes toward him, it doesn't move it's legs, and it stops right inches away from toshiki who is terrified at the point trying to control his breathing staring at it face to face.
Toshiki(Adrenaline): YOU DON'T SCARE ME BASTARD! I'LL KILL YOU ALL AND RULE THIS LAND!
Toshiki goes for a sword swing and feels some pain in his stomach region not a lot, but noticeable, we go to his point of view for a bit where we seen his screen shifting down diagonally, his upper body slides off and hits the floor and his legs fall to the floor too, he then disintegrates.
We look back up and the Savinjas have vanished!
We go to Asashi who is currently running for his life.
Asashi(In mind)(Terrified look while running): Crap crap crap, I knew this was a bad idea, I thought beings and monsters outside the radius weren't allowed in!
He looks behind him and sees a savinja casually running behind him in the distance; Asashi’s heart begins to race.
Asashi(In his mind)(Still looking back): CRAP! Looks like I'm gonna have to fight, but there's two elsewhe-
Asashi runs into a sword that pierces his chest and he coughs up blood, the other Savinja stopped in front of him while he was looking back and placed his sword in front of him. The Savinja slowly lifts him into the air with his sword and quickly slices down his midsection down to the legs (intestines+other things and blood fall out.) The corpse lands in a split and the savinja throws a preserve ability on it for others to see their work, they disappear.
We go back Celestial guild is who are walking from the restaurant.
Akira: Funny, how the best food I’ve ever tasted came from the inside of a video game.
Toki: I've always wondered what serpent’s fillet tasted like, but I sure am tired after eating, even in the virtual world we have to manage sleep too? Aww.
Yuko(sniffs): Guys....something smells like a its decaying.
Rin(Places hand on back of head): Uh, haha, seems like we have to maintain hygiene too now that I smell it.
Akira: Ew, you need some soap and a shower!!
Rin: Hey, might as well get used to our new reality now; there's no use in complaining about smell if blood spills on us or whatever, but I wonder where we could stay for the night so I could take care of that...
Notification buzzes and some gurgling is heard, they all ask what it was and get an answer seconds later, Touma looks at his watch.
Touma: Oh it was me, truly sorry, but my poor stomach seems to be feeling the wrath of the spicy food I've eaten.
They all get “…” expressions.
Touma: Hmm, it appears as a top guild we have a hotel suite in the city free of charge, it's name is “House of the Mark.”
Yuko: Really? Well let's hurry there now so we can rest!
He speed walks forward.
Akira: You don't even know where it is you walking cat-astrophe!
Yuko freezes as he thought they would speed up as well and begins to slowly back up and goes be behind them and lowers his head in embarrassment.
Touma: Well let's see here, it's on grand avenue about three miles north from here, apparently “there's a big sign you can't miss it,” Follow moi.