© 2008 Socks Furrotica
The "FAQ" of sorts
Just for the record, let me state these things.
#1, yes this borrows heavily from a few other story ideas. Namely
"No More Fakes" and "Xanadu". I'm just updating the concepts, and
putting a new spin on it. This isn't limited to people in one
location, but to people all over the world who happen to be in the
right place at the right time. (Or wrong, either way)
#2, yes, this is "SL". Why not call it SL? They have
lawyers, I don't. So it's called "Altered Reality". Much of
the slang is carried over, MUCH of the concepts (if not all) are from
SL. If it's doable there, it's doable in Altered Reality.
And just like SL, the time difference is -7 GMT
That being said, the story takes place at 10:00 PM game time on June
20, 2008 (Friday night). At the "moment of impact" there are
roughly 47,000 accounts online. This includes bots, people,
secondary accounts, everyone. The incident runs for 16 hours, and
the effects are, as far as anyone can figure, permanent.
Rules of TF
Much as in the other two universes, how far someone changes depends on
1) Everyone changes into a real life version of their avatar.
They won't be "pixilated" unless that was the intent of their
avatar. Furries will have fur and not skin. Quads will lose
their hands and feet to have paws. Horns, hooves, and all other
strange attachments become real, smooth, and functional. This
includes whatever the avatar was wearing at that moment. If
growth is involved, the writer may allow for "clothing rip"
moments. Genders may also change.
2) "bits" are assumed to exist. Seeing as you can choose
your "package size" it's assumed that something is there. So even
if a member had no bits attached, it's assumed they do have
something. Again, if the intent was to have an avatar without
genitals (Barbie doll), then the person will not have them.
However, if the person was wearing scripted attachments (Xcite, for
example) they work in the real world the same way they did I the
virtual one. So anyone can bring the person to orgasm from a
3) The TF can be instant, or slow in developing, writers can play
this any way they want. They may also have time to change avatars
before they get "hit" if they know its coming. Some may learn how
to change into other avatars they had in their possession, but we'll
cover that in a moment.
4) they are changed into the avatar they were using at that particular
moment. Not one they may have liked. Possible exceptions
are those who log in, and have a few moments to change avatars before
the spell finds them.
5) depending on the person, they may have access to "possessions" their
avatar had. This includes other avatars, items and objects,
possibly even clothing. It's possible that the person's actual
clothing (in their drawers, suitcases, whatever) transforms when the
spell effects work form the virtual to the real world as well, writer
has freedom to do it or not. Those who can do it usually won't
admit it out of fear, or they want to keep it to themselves. And
unless the person is VERY extraordinary, they can not "create" objects
out of thin air. Some may also be able to fly at will, if they
dedicate to learning how or their new form allows it with wings or jet
packs or similar. They can not "teleport". Not going to let
This clause also covers changing their appearance. If they
dedicate time, they may learn how to pull other body types. This
is not meant to be easy to do by any means. Not everyone will
instinctually know how to do this, and most won't even know it's
possible. What happens, and how it happens, is up to the writer.
6) They may also gain skill and knowledge along with objects. If
they enjoyed riding motorcycles in the "AR" universe, they may gain
knowledge on how to operate a motorcycle in the real world if they did
not know already. This is left to "artistic freedom" for what
would make a better story.
7) What happens to the RL computer is up to the author. It can be
"fried", or it can work normally. Artistic license.
8) And finally, the timeline below is more of a global timeline of what
happens up to, during and after the event. I'm trying to leave a
lot of freedom within the timeline by leaving the events "vague" enough
so that there's no single event that everyone has to see or be at in
order to validate anyone else's story.
Timeline, local server time (Pacific Standard Time)
8:00 PM : Owner of the online hangout club "Furpilie" Peter Kottlow (In
world known as "WolfShaman Magic") logs in. He's on using
wireless broadband just outside of Sedona Arizona with is friend Steve
(in world "Sonic Hare") also on wireless. Peter had researched a
spell that was supposed to transform all within a radius to whatever
costume they were wearing for a total of 3-4 hours. He figured
being near a place of Earth Power would help it work. What he
does not know is that he's parked directly over an "Earth Node", which
amped up the spell's power.
10:00 PM : "WolfShaman" runs the script in world. The spell is
woven into the script. The spell, now being run on a computer,
works over 1000% more efficiently than its creators could imagine nor
design for. WolfShaman's computer becomes a conduit from the
Earth Node to connect to the AR grid and servers, and once the
connection to a land line is established the power simply feeds into
10:00:20 PM : All avatars in the club are hit with the spell. The
spell begins to take a life of its own, and with power and efficiency
it begins to roll through other sims in the same server rack. The
spell is not running from sim boundary to sim boundary, it's going
through the servers one at a time. Anyone logging into a "hit"
server will be affected either instantly or within a few minutes.
10:07 PM : The first technician at "AR" is hit with the spell. By
this time about 5% of the system is under effects.
10:10 PM : Many technicians try to shut the servers down, but can
not. The physical plug is pulled, and the servers keep
running. They try to pull the LAN cable, but after three are
injured /electrocuted they decide to stop.
10:20 PM : over 50% of the system is now affected. The number of
logins and logouts skyrocket as word spreads "off world" as to what's
10:30 PM : 75% of the system is hit
10:35 PM : 100% of the system is now under the effects of the energy /
spell. All users currently logged in are affected, and all users
logging in now will be affected.
10:50 PM : US Government, and several other governments, are convening
to figure out what's happening. They determine it's not a
terrorist attack, but militaries all over the world are placed on high
alert and several unplug their computers from the internet for
safety. Over the evening, they eventually do stand down but
remain in heightened alert.
11:05 PM : "AR" technicians attempt to remove power sources, and still
fail. Around this time the main computer room begins to glow, and
a force ejects them all from the main server room. People may
still log in or out, anyone who logs in is affected. Internet
news sites are starting to get on this story, causing spikes of
interest through the evening.
(Saturday, June 21)
4:00 PM : The mysterious glow ebbs, and the spell fades having run it's
course. Government technicians run through the "crime scene" but
eventually find nothing. The servers are completely fried, and
there's absolutely no data to be found anywhere. The spell erased
all traces of itself. In all, it's estimated almost 250,000 were
affected world wide. AR is also completely crashed, and is not
That afternoon : Many affected people are rounded up by local law for
questioning, but after time it's determined they're victims and have no
clue what happened. Law Enforcement turns to finding who started
it, but has no leads.
In the following weeks :
Governments attempt to somehow "regulate" these changed people, but
most can not do so legally under discrimination laws. Some do
try, and lawsuits are filed quickly. Several militaries try to
round up all the affected as a measure of "national security", but is
ultimately stopped fearing a "PR nightmare" as many military personnel
are also affected. Plus rounding up that many people can simply
not be done unnoticed. It's determined to "keep files" on them,
and watch them carefully. The US government forms a unit of the
FBI to quietly do this.
People attempt to sue the corporation behind "AR" for damages, who
declares bankruptcy and folds like a card table.
The media dubs the victims as "Nettizens"
Over time, life does go on. Many TV shows are aimed at trying to
figure out what happened, many scientists try to decode how it happened
or even how it's possible. Within a year, life returns to what
feels like "normal" when the world figures out that most of the people
just want to get on with their lives.
Beyond that, enjoy yourselves!
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