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The avatar is based on an exceedingly aggressive corporate executive, one of the founders of a pioneering information technology company, and who served as its CEO for many years. He also was an adventurer in the midst of the First World War, who had a distinctive ethical code somewhat divorced from religion, although he respected Christianity. The avatar sets a goal suitable for the particular sattva, and then discovers that he cannot achieve it by ordinary means. He then turns to serious gaming: tactical choice of actions within a virtual environment, intended to achieve the user’s goals but potentially violating the game’s design principles.
Eight switches are found here and there on the island. They must be counted and seven of them put in the up position. In a library, four books can be opened and read, each one being the diary of an explorer who visited a quartet of strange “ages” that the player might later explore: Channelwood, Mechanical, Stoneship, and Spaceship. The first book describes Channelwood: “Water covers this age as far as I can see except for a small rocky island. Elsewhere, there are only trees, which grow directly out of the water.
Junior’s first major arkfall happened when he had reached EGO level 64, perhaps five miles down the highway from his starting point. On the game’s map, he could see five red icons representing arkfalls, within a larger red circle maybe a mile across. This was a cluster of falls, of a sort he would see many times in his future. He rode his off-trail vehicle to one of the five arkfalls, where he and a score of other players destroyed one meteor while battling alien hellbugs of various kinds. Once all five minor falls had been eliminated, a huge one appeared to which all the players rushed, where they battled bugs of many kinds, primarily a gigantic Mature Hellbug Hellion whose death ended the mission.