Prologue: Welcome to Grand Quest Online Grand Quest Online, or GQO, is a recently released VRMMORPG that came out only a few months ago, but despite that is already one of the most popular and hardest to get games in the entire world. On this day, five people managed to get a copy of this very hard to acquire, and rather expensive, game. Going home soon after they got it, these five newest players of GQO would soon get home and log in, or set up their Real Game Gear, or RGG, if they had just got one and hadn't played any other VRMMORPG's before. After putting on the gear, one simply closed their eyes and said "Link Start" to turn on the system. They would feel themselves falling asleep, their eyes closing as it would feel as though their consciousness was separated from their body. The new players would appear first in the Character Creation room, which was just a black room with various displays for assigning Stats, Attributes, and performing other aspects of Character Creation. After clicking the 'accept' button their temporary virtual body would become the body of their newly created character and their consciousness would fade once again. When they each next awoke, they would all be lying in a peaceful green field. The sensations would all be real. The green, smooth grass beneath them; the gentle wind that blew through the area. Sounds of birds could be heard in the distance and it was incredibly calm. This sensation was much different than other VRMMORPGs. It all felt so... real. It was hard to even fathom that you all were inside of a game. Even your bodies felt like your own instead of just a virtual body. It was all both incredible and strangely surreal. There were several other new players in the field, this probably being a starting area of sorts. Unlike other games, there were no ID tags or anything else above the heads of other players, a part of the enhanced realism of this game most likely that had several factors, including having to actually get to know people. Each player had one somewhat poor looking weapon made of bronze or wood, some average medieval fantasy clothes, and a sack tied upon their backs. If the players checked their Sacks, as there was no Inventory Window as instead they had to reach in and pull things out, they would find a pouch filled with what was most likely money and a strange leather-bound journal. Just touching the pouch revealed how much money was inside of it via a small window popping up in front of the pouch. After maybe half a minute of getting their bearings, a voice could be heard. It was a powerful, yet far off voice that seemed to resound everywhere throughout the field. It sounded as such. "Welcome travelers. So you wish to enter my world?" Suddenly on the other side of the field a door would appear. It was a rather simple, yet very large, round framed oaken door with runic symbols carved on the outer edge of the door. "If so, you must prove that you are worthy enough to enter. Either with others or by yourselves, step through the door before you. If you are able to prove yourself, a world of wonder awaits you. If you fail, then only death awaits you. Feel free to turn back from whence you came, if you are not willing to take this test". The voice began to grow more far off now. "Well then, young travelers. I wish you all good luck..." With that, the voice faded into nothing, and the door on the other side slowly began to open. All five players would be greeted with a window, each player only able to see their own windows that appeared for them and not the windows of others. Alert (Move your mouse to reveal the content) Alert (open) Alert (close) The Quest 'The Trial of Beginnings' has been added to your Adventure Journal. Do you accept? Yes [Y] No [N] The window was azure in color, and at the bottom were two buttons. One could probably say Yes or No as well, but otherwise they would have the option of actually declining the beginning quest, which probably meant that they wouldn't be able to progress from this beginning area. For those who did press Yes, the window would vanish and a new one would take its place. The Trial of Beginnings (Move your mouse to reveal the content) The Trial of Beginnings (open) The Trial of Beginnings (close) The Trial of Beginnings --Issued By-- ??? Objectives Clear the Trial of Beginnings either by yourself or with the aid of others. --Reward-- 10 XP 5,000 Sens Special Gear --Failure Penalty-- Death --- For those that, for whatever reason, hit 'No' would fall unconscious once again with the message 'You are Dead' flashing before their eyes before they would be greeted with two options. The first was a button that said 'Create New Character' and the other was the 'Logout' button. --- For those that were taking on this quest though, the entrance to this 'trial' awaited them and they could either try and form a Party or simply progress into the Trial on their own.