Bad Karma

Things don't just happen in this world

The Non Player Character

I awoke from my break, exactly where I had been standing previously. I spoke to the woman standing outside the cave. Her words streamed on and on. I didn’t even need to pay attention to what she said. They never seemed to care whether I did so or not. As soon as she stopped droning on and on an arrow appeared on my map. I immediately started moving in that direction.

Sometimes there are enemies I need to kill.

X AIR!

X FIRE!

X Y EARTH!!!

Most of the time I kill them. Sometimes I die. It’s not a bad game. When we die we awake with a spring in our step and run travel straight back to there. I feel so confident in full health.

We are humans, and we are the most dominant species in this world. We are the only beings who have evolved fast travel. We are so efficient with our minds we have a subconscious mind that can put all the lower level mind into the background. So far we are the only beings in this world who can use teleportation. Sometimes even in entirely other different locations. We just stop thinking, and we suddenly appear where we want to be. It makes dying not so sad.

I saw a guy this one time. His textures were amazing. I knew he wasn’t an enemy because he looked no threat at all to me. His idle animations showed a great deal of weakness. I spoke to him, and I couldn’t understand what he was saying.

HE MADE A TERRIBLE NOISE. Bass boosted static. What the hell is this guy a joke? A glitch? I better record this.
LISTEN RIGHT HERE I HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY! My worlds crippled him, and he covered his earth and fell to the floor. I knew my words had hurt him. His health bar dropped to 96.66666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666%.
He grabbed my quest diary.
WHAT THE HELL. He is not supposed to be able to do that.

He wrote in it and handed it back to me.

I AM FROM EARTH. I HAVE BEEN SENT FROM ANOTHER WORLD. MY PEOPLE COME IN PEACE. PLEASE. DO NOT SPEAK OUT LOUD. SOUNDWAVES WORK DIFFERENTLY HERE, AND MY EARS ARE FRAGILE. I CAN SEE ENGLISH IN THIS WORLD IT IS SO BIZARRE. WHERE DOES ENGLISH COME FROM IN YOUR WORLD?

I started jumping around freaking out. Doing attacks. To see what he would do. But he just stood there doing a crying animation. Bass boosted static.

WHAT IS THE HELL GOING ON? DOES THE GAME NEED TO BE RESET?

WHAT THE HELL IS THIS

The next day he looked like he might be dying. He retook my diary and wrote in it, but he didn’t tell me where to go. I need to either go to a location and get something and either bring to him or to another person. Or he needs me to kill something without dying. He sure is funny.

His texture are very high definition. I stand very close to him and stare at him. He looks like he has given up exploring the map. Completely exhausted. He has drawn the entire routes of the game on the ground; in a somewhat crude manner with bullet holes. He wants my diary again.

YOUR WORLD IS VERY SMALL. THERE ARE INVISIBLE BARRIERS EVERYWHERE. WHY DO YOU LIVE TRAPPED INSIDE THIS ZOO. WHAT IS OUTSIDE THE FORCEFIELD. I WANT TO GO OUTSIDE THERE IS NOTHING FOR ME TO EAT IN HERE.

How long can he keep talking like this? Food is so cheap. I eat some right in front of him, and my health starts to regenerate. I begin to do attacks and causing explosions. He runs away from the noise holding his ears screaming.

I ran off to do a quest to kill a boss. And He was waiting there for me. He retook my diary. He told me he’s afraid to go to sleep. I never sleep. He must be on of those people. The dull ones. They only have a few short phra…

IS THERE A FUCKING HACKER ON MY COMPUTER?

…ses that never amount to anything. They just stand around all day doing idle animations.

After I killed the boss, he even walked in on my victory pose.

If he doesn’t get away from me, I’m going to kill him.

He tells me I’m in a game.

Of course, I’m in a game.

All of life is a game isn’t he stupid?

At night time when that non-people go to bed. He’s in the town screaming for help.

Listen to me, I told him.

TELL ME WHERE I NEED TO GO?

I’ll fucking find out where it is without the map.

He asks for my diary again he asks me what happens when I die?

I told him I need to wait a little while and I come back. Sometimes I don’t come back for a long time.

He screams in pain from my words. I need to be careful. It looks like his health doesn’t regenerate. I might get a reward for figuring out what this guy wants.

He asks for my notebook again.

CAN YOU WRITE IN THE NOTEBOOK? DO YOU BELIEVE IN OTHER WORLDS. DO YOU BELIEVE IN ANYTHING OUTSIDE OF THE GAME?

Yes, I can. He reels in shock as the words appear in the diary instantaneously.

WHAT THE FUCK

Some of us believe in some stupid made up lies that people who never come back, I said. If we keep coming back all the time. Why we never indeed die. It has never happened since the beginning of time. We always come back. Because God stops playing their game. It keeps stupid people in line. Doing their jobs. Standing around all day saying their few phrases and not running around and causing chaos everywhere.

He asks for my diary again.

I tell him some lore from the game about a man who was not from our world.

There is a part of the game he probably doesn’t know about, but you can go into other worlds with each human. This is where he can find other humans. This is my world. He retakes the diary.

I CANT INTERFACE WITH THIS WORLD. YOUR WORLD IS LIKE A VIDEO GAME. WE MADE A HORRIBLE MISTAKE TO SEND ME HERE, BUT I KNEW THE RISKS WHEN I TOOK THE TRIP. MY HEALTH IS GOING, AND I THINK I AM GOING TO DIE.

You have the sleep status effect.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

In our world when we sleep, we just can’t move for a few seconds. Your animation looks very similar.

LOOK AT THIS GUY!

Another group of human ran up to us. We all started to inspect the strange NPC together. I asked the other humans if he had ever heard of people from different worlds. They tell me there is the talk of NPCs from different worlds who appeared in another humans game great efforts where being done to prevent them from dying. He came immediately to see if it was right there was one in my game. When he had confirmed it himself, he told me the latest on how to keep these people alive.

I knew exactly what I had to do. I wrote in his diary.

YOU COME FROM ANOTHER WORLD. FROM A LAND WHERE WHENEVER YOU SLEEP YOU DIE. NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU FIGHT IT. YOU WILL ALWAYS DIE. EVERY NIGHT YOU WILL DIE. ONLY TO COME BACK ANEW AGAIN EVERY DAY. IN YOUR WORLD WHEN A PERSON SLEEPS, HE IS DESTROYED AND RECREATED IN THE MORNING. IN YOUR WORLD YOUR LIFE STARTS AT 100%, AND YOUR HEALTH DRAINS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE DAY. NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU FIGHT THE SLEEP YOU WILL EVENTUALLY DIE.

I left out the part that one of the religious nuts was telling me to say to him about that in his world whenever his god stops playing his game that’s when he stops coming back. I didn’t need to confuse the guy any longer. This was really something weird happening with these strange NPCs.

He stood there silently.

FUCK THIS GUY!!!

X AIR!

X FIRE!

X Y EARTH!!!

In my long sleep between lives, I couldn’t stop thinking about that man.

I would come back anew.

We awoke and listened to what those dull NPC’s who told us what we had to do. We never needed to even pay attention. Our spacial positioning device orientates us in the rough direction we want to go. Sometimes there are enemies.

We kill them.

Sometimes we die.

May God protect us from dying forever.

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