It’s Monday – that means it’s Metaverse Day! Join us tonight at 6PM PT for the latest episode of our original RPG livestream, MASTERS OF THE METAVERSE, exclusively on http://twitch.tv/zombieorpheus!
If you’ve never seen the show – don’t worry! This is the perfect time to jump in and experience the ZOE storytelling you’ve come to know and love. And if you’re hankering for more backstory, check out the ZOE Wiki and the Masters Of The Metaverse section for a complete crash course in all things Metaverse related. After the show, come by the ZOE Discord to chat, ask questions, and hang out with other ZOE fans.
Last Monday, we went back several months and learned more about Nick’s time away from the pilots.
After Xerates’ island sank, Nick hid inside the mind of Jebediah Lexington and managed to escape. Commandeering a new body, he found his way back to The Founders, only to be met with a chilly response. Frustrated with their lack of trust and cooperation, Nick slipped his leash and went on the run. He began receiving mysterious text messages on a burner phone that suddenly appeared, with messages from an anonymous source who wants to help him recover his missing team. He enters a coffee shop and meets two men, Patric and Bruno. Patric is a demolitions ex-pert while Bruno is ex-military/spec ops – and seems vaguely familiar to Nick. These men have been hired to help him rescue his friends and the three set off to a Program safe house that Nick found in Jeb’s memories. Arriving at the safe house, Nick uncovers the armory which they raid. Nick receives a message on his phone saying that the pilots will arrive in one week’s time in New York City.
Arriving in the city, they get the address of a Founder’s safe house. Approaching the front door, they hear the sounds of muffled gun fire and discover agents from The Program and The Founders in a protracted gun fight. Nick, Patric, and Bruno intervene and help the Founder’s agents to escape, retrieving a thumb drive from one of them first. Nick questions the renaming Program agent who reveals the existence of something called Project: Metaverse. Patric fills Nick in on the details, as well as pulling up information about the missing pilots who all went missing at the same time, about a year and a half ago.
It is also discovered that pilots from Project: Metaverse have connections back to the original pilots. Wyatt Maxwell was in the same prison that Jenika worked in, Maddox McPhernon worked security for Aquamarine, and Brony was the rival of Crash. Only Andi Jaymes has limited available information, almost like someone made sure it couldn’t be found. The thumb drive they obtained reveals a report from Tessa to the Founders, stating that her informant TOM has come across information that either Rosie, Jenika, Aquamarine, Thomas, Crash, or Nick are compromised and actually working for The Program. Nick struggles to comprehend all this when he has a memory flash – standing in a room with a drink and a cigar, and talking to a much younger Jebediah who says, “So you see Mr. Krieger, this is exactly what we need to do.” His phone buzzes with a grainy picture of Rosie standing with Nick in Times Square, dated 26 hours ago. After some research they discover that another Nick Krieger has a hotel room downtown. Arriving outside the hotel, Nick convinces Patric to rig him to explode just in case – as a cab pulls up and another Nick gets out and goes into the hotel.
A few minutes later, several black SUVs pull up and a tactical team enters the building. Nick approaches the front desk and obtains a room key, while also using the courtesy phone to call the hotel room and warn the other Nick of the impending attack. Nick, Patric, and Bruno take the stairs and make their way up, fighting off Program goons. They make it to the hallway outside Nick’s room and the door opens, revealing a second Nick who immediately starts to flee. As Patric and Bruno attempt to deal with the Program team, Nick jumps into other Nick’s mind to try and convince him to come with them. Nick refuses, insisting that it’s all a Program or Founders’ trick. He tells Nick to meet him at the mountain with faces if he really wants to learn more, and then leaps out of his body. Nick is left to flee with Patric and Bruno as emergency services close in. His phone buzzes once more when a text from the anonymous number: “Pilots arrive tomorrow. One is compromised, trust no one.”
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MASTERS OF THE METAVERSE is an RPG set in a world completely designed and created by Zombie Orpheus Entertainment. In it, players control two characters: a pilot and an avatar. Each one gives the players different skills and abilities – but the catch is they can only access one at a time. The setting is unique and changes with each story arc. So far, we’ve visited a city of superheroes, an old west setting with zombies, magical space princesses, an alien invasion, and even spent some time in the world of Fartherall.