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Old January 15th, 2013 (04:45 AM). Edited February 2nd, 2013 by Skymin.
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Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: AU
Age: 22
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Hello! Bonjour! Merhaba! こんにちは! Hola! Ciao! Hej! Здравствуйте! Hallo! 您好! Pozdrav! Hei! Labdien! 안녕하세요!
Welcome to CLOUD!
Hello! Bonjour! Merhaba! こんにちは! Hola! Ciao! Hej! Здравствуйте! Hallo! 您好! Pozdrav! Hei! Labdien! 안녕하세요!

The week leading up to the 21st (or the 20th, depending on what part of the world you live in) has been quite eventful; CLOUD has been bursting with energy with the pre-announcement fuelling the players' imagination drive. Even if you weren't part of that pre-announcement (which you definitely were), live recordings have been streamed everywhere. It also seems that it wasn't just those who came to pre-announcement received the keys as other members who missed it are showing them off too. Nobody knows what the keys mean, though. As far as anyone has speculated, they are an equippable, non-trading item that is unique to each individual player, though equipping them does absolutely nothing. You have your theories, yeah, but nobody is quite sure what these keys do. The announcement will reveal all, they say.
the first day ♫♪
23:59, 20TH december 2012 (JST)
The time has come for the announcement and the entire world is sitting on the edge of their seats, waiting for that clock to tick over. The login portal was closed about twenty-four hours ago, so you can't prematurely log in (but you can still send messages and emails to go crazy with your friends, thank god). The new patch update was sent out last week after the pre-announcement so you are ready for whatever ICARUS has to offer.

5... 4... 3... 2...

00:00, 21ST december 2012 (JST)
A chime rings from your device and you are automatically logged in. Your DAEMON seems to be sitting in... actually, you don't recognise this arena at all. It's impossible to view your map or do anything except look around. The arena is massive, much larger than any other one on CLOUD, and there are so many other members. Millions, hundreds of millions, maybe every single CLOUD member registered! The lights in the dome dim and the DAEMON you recognise as ICARUS appears.

"Greetings, CLOUD members! I am your host, ICARUS, and I officially welcome you to the THUNDER dome, the new arena located within ALTO! Today marks the tenth anniversary of CLOUD's launch. To celebrate this wondrous occasion, we have prepared for you, our members who have supported us for every single second of those ten years, a revolution."

"CLOUD has always worked to meld the line between our online selves and reality and now, what we do behind a screen will have so much more of an impact on our lives than ever before."

"You may recall receiving a special item last week; a silver key which is individual to your DAEMON. Your KEY is no longer just an item. It is your identity. Embedded within the coding of your KEY are your details, and not just your name and birth date. Passwords, bank accounts, social security numbers, credit card details... everything you have ever done is now recorded in one location. Just by equipping and using the KEY as a regular item, you can access all of this. And not just your own. By equipping and using another member's KEY, you are able to access their details just as easily as your own. As they are non-trading items, the only way to obtain another member's key is by killing their DAEMON."

The crowd starts to grow a little restless and try to leave their seats but are unable to. The most they can do is shout but their words are lost under ICARUS' words.

"Other important changes have happened in CLOUD. All levels have been reset to zero and all items aside from your KEY and decorative and wearable items have been removed and deleted from all accounts. Your DAEMON has been reset to factory settings. All restrictions have been removed from all locations which means PvP is allowed in all areas aside from the CLOUDLANDS lounge, which only allows for 10 combined hours of idling a day before you are booted back to the main area, which you must spend at least 4 hours outside of before you can return to the lounges. Also, it is now impossible to log out your DAEMON and death is no respawn. If your DAEMON dies, you have no way to reclaim your own KEY and details yourself. Your identity is lost to someone else.

"So, which has become more important to you? Your online or offline self? Do you protect what you have or rebuild your identity from scratch?"

"Thank-you for your time and enjoy yourselves at our tenth anniversary celebrations. Have a nice morning, day, night and evening."

ICARUS logs out and the locks have been removed from your seats, allowing your DAEMON to move. The arena has now become chaos and it has become impossible to move. Like he said, if you try to log out, it brings up an error and you are forced back to your main interface. As characters begin to take advantage of other players' shocked states or absence by killing them to take their keys, riots form. People panic. Somebody's gotta do something.

DAEMONs have begun to shove yours around and there's not much left you can do. You can fight your way through the digital crowds to try to escape or take advantage of the situation and join the massacre. Or maybe you can walk away from your digital world and try and find an offline solution. Whatever you do, if you idle too long, your DAEMON will die too. So hurry up and decide.
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