Rin and Toki are teleported by the public teleportation system in Evelyn and are transported about 1 mile from Rin's house. (Only found within the city of Evelyn, this transport system can only teleport within a 20 mile radius and there are limits to where you can go.)
They begin casually pace forward to walk, Toki holds something out of behind her back.
Toki: So what exactly did you want to study in college, I forgot to ask.
Rin: Umm...I'm a bit indecisive right now but I'm leaning toward becoming a game designer like my father.
Toki: Your father? Where is your father? I've never heard you mention him before.
Rin: I-I don't know, I was very young at the time when his disappeared, but he introduced me into this series starting from Battle and I grew to like gamining from that. I know he worked on it himself alongside Sirius, but one night before Z3 he told us he was going to expose something big to the world and never came back, he left my mother and I by ourselves and if he's out there I want to ask him why after all these years.
Toki: Oh, I'm sorry for asking you that Rin.
Rin: No it's fine; I brought it up to begin with. What did you want to go to college for if you're going?
Toki: I'm indecisive as well; my parents want me to become a business woman but I don't think I'm cut out for managing anything.
Rin: Yeah, this transition is really difficult to get a grip on but hopefully it becomes easier with better technology.
Toki: Totally! I've never taken that transport system before but that sure was convenient; isn't that just a prototype?
Rin: Yeah, it was added 2 weeks ago actually; I can't believe the next step in the future of transport is teleportation, technology is sure is advancing at an amazing rate!
Toki: To think humanity was on the verge of extinction due to widespread planetary change just 40 years ago before is insane to think about; it amazes me how we could bounce back in a short amount of time and create a new thriving future like this.
Rin: I've actually never thought of it that way, wow, Toki you always make me think of...
Toki(In mind): of?!
Rin: All new sorts of ways to view the world, you're like a mentor! I thank you for that.
Toki looks down in sadness for a brief moment.
Toki(In mind): I thought too hard about that sentence.
Toki: So, rin, may I ask you a few questions?
Rin: Yeah, sure, go for it!
Toki: What do you think of relationships? Do you have any love interests?
Rin: Huh? Umm actually I've never really had much experience with talking with girls outside of you and Akira to begin with; I'm just not a ladies man, I don't really know how it builds up to that point either, but it would seem kind of nice to have a relationship but in the current moment if that girl did come up i'd just stay friends to focus more on college next year.
Toki: Have you ever, even if just one, have had a romantic thought of an individual?
Rin: I don't really know how to express it that well, but if someone showed me then sure, haha.
Toki's tone of voice gradually saddens with the next questions as they continue to walk.
Toki: Would you ever consider to date a friend?
Rin: Uh that kind of sounds weird but I don't know, I'm just really thankful that I have amazingly close friends such as you guys to keep me from feeling lonely.
Toki stops walking and there's a nice view behind her.
Toki: Would you consider to date a friend who happened to be close by in heart in the recent years?
Rin: I couldn't...it would feel weird between that friend and I though.
Toki face gets sad, her eyes water, she then reveals the gift she had behind her back, throws it at Rin's chest, and runs off with tears gradually falling as she tries to restrain them.
Rin looks concerned and places his hand out.
Rin looks at the gift to reveal that it is a cute stuffed bear holding something, but he doesn't notice it yet.
He picks it up and continues to head home.
He makes it home and opens the door to head to his room.
Ms. Abe: Oh, hey honey you're home a bit early but I'm making your all time favorite again as well as bashu ramen
Rin: Thanks mom, but I'm not hungry anymore.
Ms. Abe: Rin?
He heads treads slowly to his room looking at the bear in sadness.
Jinko: Systems online. Access granted. J-i-n-k-o systems are back, back at it again, to serve is my duty of my manufacturers. Rin, welcome back, also, what is that human expression on your face? It makes me feel even more colder on the inside.
Rin: I'm fine, Jinko, it's nothing really.
Jinko: Aw, you are hiding more of your feelings from me, ergo I am unable to complete my service, hence why my manufacturers created me.
Rin: Jinko, really, I'm fine. I just want some alone time to think please, you are dismissed.
Jinko: Aw, you can run, but you cannnot hide. I am Jinko Tekina, here to serve at the hands of my manufacturers, I will not leave until you give me some insight on your current . Commencing to play nursery rhyme, "Baba sheep?"
Rin outbursts in anger.
Jinko: Oh dear, my apologies sir, I've just gotten a little carried away, I apologize for any inconvenience I may have caused. I will grant you your alone time now; I wish you a quick resolution to recover your mind.
She disappears going back into the network.
Rin lays down in his bed looking at the bear Toki threw at him trying to figure out what made her get so upset.
He stays in his room for hours all the way to night, he paces back and forth at times to his PC staring at his DMs on GameCore with Toki trying to prep what he will type as an apology, but doesn't manage to send anything.
Rin lays in his bed staring out of his window to viewing the outside to ease his mind, his mom calls him from the outside of his door.
Ms. Abe: Is everything thing alright, Rin? May I come in?
Rin: Yes, I'm just upset about something is all.
The door opens, she walks in with food and places it on his desk.
She then goes to sit on his bed.
Ms. Abe: Aww, what's wrong darling? Lose an important match-up in your game?
Rin: Uh, it actually isn't game related this time for once. (He sits up) I made a close friend in real life of mine really upset today and I can't figure out why.
Ms. Abe: Aww fights are bound to happen in any type of relationship, honey, you get into the biggest fights with people that care for the most. Whatever the reason, I know what happened isn't permanent damage because I know you wouldn't be the type to hurt someone, you're too gentle to hurt someone's feelings entirely. Could be that this person is trying to hold onto something important to them; change isn't easy but you two agreed to make this friendship last, right? Just apologize and I'm sure whoever it is will understand honey. I'll let you clear your head for the night, goodnight.
She walks out out the room trailing her peachy scent.
Rin(In mind): Thank you mother; An apology? I really want too, but I'm not sure how to approach that especially considering I don't know what even happened, I've been friends with her for such a long time and I don't even know what she wants from me, how useful am I? There could be a plethora of things that could have built up to this very moment which caused her to snap after those questions. I want to believe the damage isn't permanent; but the look Toki gave me and the way I keep visualizing it makes me think she genuinely hates me and it makes me sad.
He plops back to lay down his head ends, his ends up laying on the bear with something poking him from it.
Rin: Ow. Hm, it's holding a heart shaped chip of some sort.
He gets out of bed heading to his PC, he moves the food onto another desk. He places the chip inside the tower of his PC where he is suddenly greeted with a message from Toki.
Toki hologram: Hello,"Rinner," I made this to celebrate our near 5 years of knowing one another! I wanted to showcase it through this memory collage I made, I hope you like it and relive some of my favorite times with you again.
A bigger screen plays 2 minutes worth of short various moments of Rin and Toki moments from the past as soft music plays.
Toki hologram: You've helped healed the hole in my heart to make me feel complete after all these years, you've made me feel really happy, you're really special to me, I'd be lost in a sea of uncertainty if it weren't for you, thank you so much for this!
He tries to restrain his tears, but they eventually begin to hit his desk and we see his sad stricken face.
Rin(In mind): What is this feeling I'm feeling? I can't really say for sure, but as I sit here and cry I figured out something, I have to protect Toki at all cost, no matter the circumstances. She opened my eyes to fuel my much needed fire, I will cherish this friendship as much as I possibly can bear it, you won't be let down again, Toki.
He stops crying moments later; he sits down to begin typing on his keyboard to DM Toki.
[Rin: I saw your chip message and I wanted to say I was sorry about whatever I said earlier.
Toki: It makes me even happier that you actually seen the chip in the first place, don't worry about it, I acted rash and out of character.
Rin: Do you forgive me for today?
Toki: Always, I will never hate you, please forget what happened <3
Rin: Thank you for being so amazing as always, gn.
Toki: Gn, Rin :) ]
He inhales then exhales in relief pulling back from his desk before dozing off to sleep in his pulled back chair.
October 11 day of release for Final Frontier.
All of Celestial guild sit individually in their room talking from the voice chat with their copy of Final Frontier downloading which is almost complete, they all have their new VR headsets on.
Akira: We're literally moments away from gracing the greatest video game ever created on planet earth!
Touma: An event so popular they respectfully cancelled school due to the amount of people stating they would not be attending school on this day.
Toki: I know right! I've never seen a video game be the primary reason for a school cancel.
Rin: Hey it's a first for all of us and also more video game for us! The more I watch this download bar the slower I feel it moves..
Toki: Yuko? Are you here?
Yuko unmutes suddenly.
Yuko: I was talking all this time just to realize I was muted....
Rin: No worries Yuko, we're almost done with this download! 98!......99!......100!!! Alright!! Let's show these newcomers and returning vets why we're going to be the best guild and strongest guild in the game!!!
Toki: Heard loud and clear!
Akira: I'm gonna pee on myself!
Touma: Not in the call please, Akira.
Akira: Not literally you idi-hmph!
The game finishes downloading, but in actuality their brains were being downloaded and placed into their unit along with their genes from their body, they've been transported into the game where they can feel everything with their sense. (Man, Mr. Jaaku wasn't kidding when he said "You won't voluntarily move irl.") (They also inputted everything including: their transfer codes, weapons, classes, etc during the download.)
They are visited by a black screen where their eyes begin to open in the new Square Central called,"Frontier Central Square," or just "Frontier Central."
There are many skyscrapers around with many jumbotrons on them and neon light signs that hang above protrude off the buildings.
Everyone that was transported to Frontier Central Square are in awe about how real everything looks, feels, and even smells while they admire the views.
Random player: Wow!! Not even minutes into the game and it's already insane!! They managed to bridge the gap between VR and reality BECAUSE I CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE ANYMORE!
Another player: At this rate they may as well cancel school for the whole month, it's time for me to start my no life grind!
Toki: Wow what is this place?
Touma: Hmm, it appears to be the remade Square Central from the previous game as this guide states.
It resembles a mixture of Times Square and the Shibuya crossing
Toki: Hey, where is that guide?
Touma: Start, Settings, help&info on your watch projection, madame.
Toki: Ooo, I found the map too, what's this? A safe zone? Oh found it, "Safe zones are only found around the 10 megacities such as this one; These safe zones provide a safe way to grind and level up with a way to replenish resources "without too much risk."
Rin: Hmph. This'll be easy, I wonder what returning monsters are within this safe zone radius though if I can find it on this watch
Akira: Yeah, I can't find that either, but hey a challenge is a challenge they'll be easy though.
Yuko: Hey, I noticed something, our outfits are different from Battle Frontier, I'm starting to really like mine, mine is cute!
Touma: I must admit, mine looks quite fabulous if I do say so myself.
Rin: Alright, guys let's on focus comestics later haha; let's walk around and find the transfer data system to get our things we brought over, I really want my Tenebrosity swords.
Toki: I'll lead us there, I have a map already pulled up, plus I wanna be in front to get my things first haha.
Akira: Heyy! Why go you get to be first?
Toki: You were the first to go in almost everything in Battle Frontier.
Rin: It looks like things are changing this time around Akira.
Akira: Oh shut up I'll be our best unit in this guild this time around at least.
Touma: Are you certain, Akira?
Akira turns her head to the side with the least amount of care to pout.
Yuko: Hey, I noticed our guild tag is already on!
Rin: Huh? Oh hey, that saves us time from having to create this patch again at least; I guess it was from our transfer data? We should probably hide it in cities though-
As they continue to walk some boys from the side see Toki and Akira, the boys begin to fantasize.
Random p1: Celestial guild's charms, Toki and Akira! Aren't they just beautiful?
Random p2: This motivates me to do better in this game, in order to get better things you need to improve yourself; I will win over their courageous hearts and wed them both!
Random p3: They're Celestials for a reason, they're out of this world!
Random p2: WAIT, who is this beautifully timid cat girl? I've never seen her before! Celestial guild has the best girls in the game and I haven't even seen the rest, this is all making my mind bog!
Boys crowd up in the background increasing becoming larger as they pass by.
All the boys that grouped: WE LOVE YOU!
Akira gets a irritated look on her face as well as a cross popping vein.
Akira: They're lucky weapons are prohibited out here and are restricted restricted to Vs centers, I'd drive all of them into each other-
Toki: Akira hey! Just ignore it; it's not like they'll touch us or anything.
A boy manages to sneak behind Akira and reaches for a butt pinch.
Touma grabs his hand by the wrist, raises it by force, and looks at him. (Always grinning.)
Touma: And who do you think you are?
Random in background: Brave and stupid fool! Even I have restraints, but to try to mess or even fondle with a guild that calibre?! He's a goner.
Pervert: I was just, ha-ha umm, admiring her golden underwear is all and wanted to get a better view, I swear!
Touma: I'm afraid garments can be seen from a distance my friend, shall I deal with this nuisance on my own?
Akira: No, I got him. If there's anything worse I hate than bad teammates, it's liars...
(Akira gracefully opens her hand creating purple smokes that forms in her palm, she throws forward which surrounds the pervert's neck, when it does she quickly closes her hand making the smoke violently enclose around his neck strangling him. She applies more pressure by the second causing his neck to bend to one side slightly while he struggles choking for air. His health depletes from 100 to 1hp in seconds, she drops him onto the leaving him to struggle for his breath, he has has visible deep red marks on his neck. His new status displays "critcal.")
Akira then angrily shifts her attention to the group of boys
Akira: Stop staring!! You damn perverts!!
The boys all get frightened soon disperse like a flock of birds in chaos while everyone that watched were a bit shaken up that a pro guild member maliciously harmed a newcomer all the way to near death, someone goes to his aid to give him some healing items that put him back to 100 which makes his marks disappear. He is taken away by the bystander who helped him.
Random player: Woah, that injury to his neck looked wicked.
Another bystander: Yeah, my guild will get strong and make the pros think twice before trying that on us like we're weaklings.
Celestial guild continues their walk toward the transfer data system.
Rin: Don't you think that was a bit far, Akira?
Akira: It was justified and all who fail to see it are idiots, I'm no ones play doll for their imagination gone too far.
Rin: I understand that, I just don't want to tarnish our name in front of all the newcomers and have everyone to be at our necks against us, we don't want a bad rep is all.
Yuko: Yeah, they better think twice about putting their hands on me too!
Yuko(In-mind): Did I say something wrong?!
Transfer system, near the beginning of the five mile radius.
Yuko: My legs are killing me for some reason and we haven't done anything but walk in the virtual world..
Rin: I'm sure we'll be able to travel a bit faster once we reach that level, don't tire out already, we haven't even scratched the surface yet. I think after this little grind I'm going to go get some food really quick
He makes his swords form in his hands.
Rin: Now that we have our weapons, let's head out to the forest nearby, I can't wait any longer.
He puts his swords back inside his scabbards and they proceed walk a half of a mile into the forest trail, soon hear screams of agony, gory sounds nearby that sound like a pumpkin getting hit in, and a person running in fear towards their way.
Yuko: W-what was that...
Touma: Whatever it be isn't friendly obviously, those sounds sounded quite unpleasant to the ear.
???: Run! Run back to town! My guild was decimated by these creatures wielding clubs, we tried to log off because it felt all too "real" in the moment, things just happened too fast!
He sprints past them at full speed.
Toki: Lets move forward please, this is giving me anxiety.
(They all walk up more to see monsters with sharp jagged teeth denting in a guild unit's head down into his nose with a club, they also see another person lay dead on the grass floor with a medium sized hole in his chest, there are two females with no limbs being preserved by an ability of of the monster so their hp won't tick down hp due to missing limbs. They have their heads and are very alive screaming and crying in pain, they are carried off somewhere by two monsters who flee the scene leaving one by itself.)
Toki: What the? They sure weren't kidding when they said this game was gonna be "realistic" that looks really sickening.
Touma: The detail in this game is remarkable so far, my oh my.
Akira: Hey, that's a Striker! Easy killing! Those guys must have been new or something if they couldn't take out such a weak enemy.
The Striker sees them soon after and picks up a decently sized rock, it bats the rock at fast speeds toward them.
It heads in Yuko's direction, but Rin jumps in front of it cutting it into two with his blades cleanly splitting rocks as the split past Yuko. Rin gets a semi-sinister face before running fast speeds toward it..
Rin: You're mine!
Akira: Hey no fair!
(Rin goes in for a direct stab, the Striker blocks with his club at the nick of time, Rin is too fast for the striker who is aimlessly swinging trying to hit him, Rin cuts through the Striker's upper chest from behind it with his swords in parallel of each other causing the Striker's chest and head fall off then his body/cut limbs disintegrate. Another one appears behind him, but Touma throws his lance at the Striker's face, the lance passes through with some of its brain on the lance, it disintegrates.)
Rin: Phew! Touma, you're a real life saver, thanks.
Touma: Easy as pie old friend, It appears we've gotten the first growths of the Celestial guild.
Rin: That's totally what the aim was for haha.
Akira: No fair! You took him from me! That looked so awesome though, this game's gore make battles look 10x as cool!
Toki: It was, uhh not the gore part though, but I wonder where those other two Strikers went.
Yuko is frozen by what just happened.
Rin: Wherever they are they carried away something with them and I don't want to know what it was either. Say, lets head back to town really quick before we fully grind to see what the commotion was all about, something doesn't feel right.
Yuko: Yeah, haha, uh let's go...now!
Yuko(In mind): How the hell am I supposed to match what I just saw? Dammit at this rate I'll be left behind again even though Toki and Akira haven't even fought yet!
He speeds walks away.
Akira: You little baby! Get back here!
There is a lot of commotion going on with some people horrified about what happened to their guild or recently formed guild.
Random player: Man, I hope they fix this log out problem soon, I have to use the bathroom.
Another random: I wonder what bugged the system, also heard some peoples guilds got brutally destroyed by some monsters, man this is all happening too fast.
Celestial guild walks through town hear ing about a big first announcement coming out soon.
Another random player: M-my friends were attacked by Monsters....they haven't respawned back in yet, what's going on??
Older random player: I don't know man, but I don't remember Battle Frontier having these issues day 1, guess the game is too massive or something.
Yuko: What's with all this no log out nonsense?
Toki: Yuko, check your watch, you were so keen on sprinting out back here and missed us talk about it. There's going to be an announcement of it soon along with some other things.
Akira: I thought you liked nature.
Yuko: The nature I walk through doesn't have big scary monsters trying to kill you at least! mm!
Yuko sticks his tongue out but Akira has flames in her hands to scare Yuko.
Akira: Keep talking and I'll turn you into the purrfect roast!
Yuko: I'm sorry!
Toki: Guys knock it off, the presentation is about to start soon apparently, behave for once.
Akira and Yuko stick their tongues out at each other and the presentation starts all over Frontier Central with a message on all screens, "It is urgent everyone watches this."
Sirius: Hello Fnl gamers, lead producer, Sirius here. I am here to inform you about the issue of the log out button being missing or not working as intended; recently millions have requested a report of the log out feature not working; but I can assure you that this was an intended feature we had planned and it is working correctly how it should. We want all of our players to experience the game in its true form with an expected time to beat just shy of 4 years, but with that being said, there is a log out for everyone after defeating the final boss at the end of the game. I do have some unfortunate news to tell you as well, players killed between the last hour or so will not respawn, as we stated this game was not for newcomers. I will now give a population report, current player population right now is about 190 million with numbers steadily increasing, even after the presentation has ended I will make this visible on some signs across each individual Mega City. Now for the "Sirius" part, please try not to get killed as you will be killed for real; you do not exist in the real world anymore, if you die you die like anyone that has within the past hour and will not come back, thank you and enjoy our game!
Presentation ends and mass panic ensues.
Rin's eyes widen as he remembers what happened not too long ago with the Strikers.
Rin: So you mean to tell me, those were real!?