It is the Virtual 2040's. Our protagonist wakes up face-down in the sands of the Shores of Awakening - a starter area of their favorite VRMMO, Another World Online: Mundane Phantasy Historia - as avatar Deedee Yeowoo, a foxgirl Cleric of the vulpine wind god Sylphan. Something's wrong - she can't log out, and as part of the lategame raiding guild, Dungeon-Crawling And Chill, shouldn't be at first level. Moreover, she's not alone - at least some of her friends in the guild, as well as the relatively innocent streamer Ace Striker, are along for the ride.
How can they survive such an adventure friendly - which is to say, violent and monster-filled - world? Why are they here? And why does this avatar feel more comfortable to Deedee Yeowoo's player than her real life body ever did?
Volume 1 of a queer cyberpunk MMO isekai story about a gamer just realizing they're transgender.
I/O is by Talia Belser and the Other Worlds Tourism Bureau, made available under a Creative Commons 4.0 BY-SA-NC license. Cover image by Quantum Vaudeville (https://quantumvaudeville.tumblr.com/commission).
The sequel, "Isekai/Online Volume 2: Expedition to the Lost Temple of ($NULL_POINTER_ERROR) is now live on Scribblehub!