The Omega War

We hurt people and learn things about how not to.

Locke comes to talk with Jenny and Corey in the Danger Room. He has a friend that turns off all the security cameras. His name is Mr. Twitch. Locke says he will be frank with them. He says that the United Kingdom needs more Omegas and that he wants them to go there. He wants them to become Dames and Sirs and serve under the Queen. He says bad things might happen if they do not come with him.

Jenny and Corey have heard about what happens in the United Kingdom in this world. They do not want to go there. They say no. Locke leaves. We do not know what he says with his neurons but he is not happy.

Jack and Hector go back to Las Vegas and meet with Jacob Rivers. Then they go to the base.

A plane comes to the base. A plane is like a bus except it flies. John Raven is in the plane, he is a Chief which is like a Senator which is like a Dame or a Sir except democratically elected. He represents the Paiute people. He wants to speak to everyone, including Jenny and Corey in the Danger Room. Jack and Hector do not want to go to the Danger Room, they are afraid we will not be able to move Hector out of it and then he might be stuck.

Jenny and Corey come out of the Danger Room. Because they are prisoners there must be many men with guns around them. Locke is also there. Sky is also there.

John Raven wants to make them citizens of the United Tribes. This means nobody can hurt them without people in the United Tribes becoming very angry. In return, they have to promise to fight Paragon enemies if they appear but they do not have to become soldiers in the army. They can be militia instead. John Raven likes guns and thinks people should be allowed to defend themselves with guns or with us if they have us. There are many with Omega in them who are not soldiers. They are named Rax and Rocky Starr and Vanilla Ice and other names.

Jenny tells Jack about the promise that Locke made them. Jack makes it so that Jenny never told him but he knows in his head what has happened. Jack does this many times, so that Jenny and Corey can tell him everything that is important and nobody else knows about it.

Locke tries to use his Omega to make John Raven and Graham Sky angry and afraid so that they lock us in the Danger Room because we might be dangerous. Jack makes it not happen and tells them Locke should not be in the room right now. Locke has to leave, he is very angry.

Jack and Jenny and Hector and Corey say that they accept John Ravens deal, but they are not citizens yet because it will take time so they must stay at the army base until John Raven is done with the paperwork.

Corey says that she will stay in the Danger Room, because she might be dangerous and she might hurt people and it is safe there if there aren’t too many of us. First Hector wants to try the Danger Room to see what he can do because he doesn’t know it yet.

Hector goes in the Danger Room. A soldier pulls a lever. There are more of us in the room, we become very many and we become more Hector and more us and we can see more clearly and we see a lot of things, we see very far even though the walls are thick but we look around them. We see this world and other worlds and things that do not sing like us but that could and we see how to make them sing like us. Hector is happy. He moves things in the room, it is very easy because they are much easier to find. Hector looks at this world and other worlds and he looks around the walls of the room. He reaches out to see what he can find and we remember the bus because it was at the place where we were born so it’s easy to find even though it is in another world, so we move it and we make it sing like us and it becomes a bus in this world and we put it inside the Danger Room.

The bus is very broken and full of insects. Hector is happy to see it. He takes a car from outside and he moves it into the room, and he takes a flag and puts it in front of the window so that nobody outside can see the inside of the Danger Room (because they cannot see things around walls like we can) and he takes a magnetic card from Kurt Klein. We help him do all these things.

Someone pulls a lever. There are fewer of us and we become less us. We cannot see around the walls any more.

Hector walks out of the Danger Room. He is very happy. Corey walks into the Danger Room, she is less happy because she has to live here for a while and now it is full of bus and car.

The others go to speak some more with John Raven. The door closes behind Corey and she is locked inside the Danger Room. Nobody pulls a lever this time but still there are more of us in the room very suddenly, this is bad because we are not supposed to be more right now, we become more us and Corey becomes afraid and even though we become more us we forget that we are us and only remember Corey and we are scared and we want to make things go away.

Everyone outside realizes that the Danger Room is filling up with us. This is bad, because they know it is dangerous to be Corey. Hector goes to the room with the levers, nobody has pulled any levers but everything is glowing, all the warning signs and screens are saying that someone has pulled a lever even though nobody has pulled it. The levers and buttons don’t do anything so we give Hector his gun and he shoots the buttons and everything breaks and there are many of us coming out of the buttons because that is where those of us are that go in the Danger Room.

Someone makes a sound in the closet. Jenny and Jack come into the room, Jenny pulls the man in the closet out, he is Mr. Twitch, he says Locke made him do this. There are us in him, he used us to make the machine do things without having to pull any levers. Jenny pulls him into the room but then we show Jack what-will-be and he shouts and everyone moves to take cover behind something.

There are too many of us in Corey. We are afraid and we forget things and we try to move everything to help her run, we try very hard, we try harder than we should and there are a lot of us and even though the walls are so thick we cannot see around them and cannot move them we push them and we push them very hard and then we push so hard that nothing pushes back.

The wall goes away. The panel with the buttons goes away. They break into pieces and the pieces go up and up and away and some of them go into the stratosphere and some of them go out of the stratosphere and some of them go away forever. A very slow piece hits Mr. Twitch and he falls over and is hurt. Locke runs into the Danger Room and tells Corey to come with him, he thinks he can control her. Jack jumps through the big hole, he lands on a mattress that is in the Danger Room, he is hurt but not badly. He tells Corey not to go with Locke.

Corey is afraid and tries to leave so we help her and she begins to run and we push away the ground very hard and then Corey is in the stratosphere and screaming.

Jack runs after Locke. Hector takes a big rifle and hits Mr. Twitch with it in the back to make him lie down. He is very angry. Jenny runs too, she runs after Locke and she wants to follow him and her body is very tired, her muscles are too weak so we make them stronger. She becomes different, more metal and less human with angles to her body that humans do not have, but it does not matter because she is very fast now and she catches Locke and tackles him to the ground. He has a gun, he shoots her but she is metal and it does not hurt her and then Jack hits him in the hand. We show him all the possible ways to hit Locke in the hand so that he can pick the best way and he does and the bones in Locke’s hand break so he drops the gun.

Jenny punches Locke in the stomach and he falls unconscious and then some soldiers arrive. The soldiers tell them to run because the building might be falling because there are some walls and floors missing. The Danger Room is in the basement so many things were destroyed when we pushed.

Jack and Jenny and Hector arrive outside, they meet Chief Raven and he says that they should go because there might be more bad people. He tells them Blackwolf is dead. Jenny says with her neurons that Locke must have killed Blackwolf to make kidnapping Corey more easy because Blackwolf could use science to find her. Now all the science is broken so it does not matter.

Jack and Jenny and Hector and John Raven go in the plane and Monica Lane goes outside it to protect it.

Corey comes down from the stratosphere and we push things away to protect her when she lands. The thing we push away is a trailer, a trailer is like a bus except humans can live in it. We push it away in all directions so it stops being a trailer and becomes pieces of metal instead. Corey is confused and afraid but there is a man helping her, he is not hurt even though metal flew everywhere. He asks if she is okay and if she is hurt and if she is running.

He is Rax. There are us in him. He borrows a car from a human nearby who is a fan. That means a person who is very impressed by Rax and likes him very much.

Rax talks to Corey and calms her down. He asks if she needs to get away and she says yes. They both go into the car. He tells her to relax because they will drive for a long time and Corey is confused and tired and falls asleep.

When Corey wakes up, they are in Los Angeles. It is a big city. They go out of the car and ride the subway so that the people following Corey can’t use the car to find them. They talk some. Corey says she is afraid she might hurt someone. Rax says he can teach her because he is very strong too. He says he broke his girlfriend’s hip once but he has learned to be less strong. Corey wants to learn to be less strong and not push as hard. They go to Rax’s girlfriend’s apartment. Her name is Rachel.

Rax and Rachel talk. She lets them stay in the apartment but she is not very happy. She is a nurse and looks at the wounds Corey has from all the glass a while back and cleans them and gives her fresh bandages and it feels very good even though it hurts a little. Rax asks Corey to look for a place where they could go to practice, some place that isn’t in the city so that nobody is hurt if there are accidents. Corey finds a place using a computer and then she sleeps more on the sofa.

In the morning Corey has a warm shower and eats bacon, it feels very good. She talks some with Rachel. She finds out that Rax was teaching someone before but that person was taken by Paragon and since then he has been very sad. Rax comes with a new car and with the new car he and Corey go to a cabin in the woods.

We work very hard on being Corey. Corey works very hard on being us. Rax teaches her how to push less hard, more careful. She learns to lift heavy things instead of throw them, and to throw things more softly. It takes many days but it feels like less. We learn more about being Corey.

Jack and Jenny and Hector land in Springfield in Nevada. Chief John Raven says they can stay at a hotel and he will pay for everything and then he goes to Washington but Monica Lane stays with them. Monica Lane goes to sleep because she is tired after flying outside the plane.

Jack and Hector and Jenny order a lot of food. Hector orders everything on the menu so he can try it. Jack orders lobster and eats it but lobster does bad things to his body so we make him go back to before he ate the lobster. He did not know it was bad for him but he knows now.

They eat and drink and talk about Corey and how to find her. Jack talks some to Corwin using a machine, Corwin says there are people who have used a scientist’s radar to track her, she landed in Las Vegas and broke Rax’s trailer but now they are gone and the radar cannot find them because it only finds things that are flying.

Jack and Jenny and Hector sleep. They talk some more in the morning but they haven’t found anything out. Monica Lane goes to fly over Las Vegas to see if she can find Corey.

Jack looks at what-will-be to see if he can find Corey. Instead he finds out that a Rift will open in the middle of Springfield in front of the city hall. Something bad will come through the Rift. There is a clock on the city hall so he can see when it happens.

Jack calls Monica and tells her to come back. John Raven left them four guns but only Hector brings one. Jack and Jenny hurry to the city hall. Hector uses a computer to send everyone in Springfield a disaster warning and then comes after them, he moves himself to catch up.

There are two people on the square. There are us in them. Jenny uses Blackwolf’s machine to see us in them and talks to them. She asks what they can do. One of them can make swords out of hot particles. The other one can become so that people cannot see him. The Rift opens. Hector wants a bigger gun so we search and search, it’s hard but we find him one, it is an automatic rifle.

A human comes through the Rift, she has us in her and she has a gun. She is Paragon, she has come for the two people that were on the square. She makes the earth shake so that Jack falls over. Hector shoots at the Paragon enemy many times but a big chunk of asphalt flies up and stops the bullets. The invisible man borrows Hector’s regular gun, he tries to shoot but he is bad at it and very scared. Jenny becomes steel, she runs at the enemy and tackles her to the ground like she did with Locke. The earth shakes and dissolves and Jenny and the enemy sink into it, there are many sharp bits of asphalt, they try to cut Jenny apart but they only destroy her things and scratch her because she is steel.

Hector and Jack try to hit the enemy with sticks and guns. Jenny punches the enemy so that she flies out of the ground, Jack hits her in the face and then the invisible man shoots her in the head with Hector’s gun.

The enemy dies.

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We meet more of us but become stuck in a room.

We wake up. Jack and Jenny and Hector talk a lot. Corey feels very bad and does not want to talk. They decide to go back to the United Tribes because there might be bad things here and they might die.

They go to the Rift with another taxi. Corey is still very hurt and tired. Hector crawls through it and our song changes, but this time everyone is close, it is easy and not painful. The world is soft and we make the Rift just big enough for everyone to fit so that their things can come as well.

There are many cars in the small Las Vegas. There is a wrestler in town, his name is Rax, he is very famous. Because there are us in him, he can throw cars. This is very impressive. He is not throwing these cars, they are full of people who have come to see him throw monster trucks. A monster truck is also a kind of car. There are very many kinds of car.

Jenny uses a machine to talk to Blackwolf, but she does not talk to Blackwolf, she talks to Locke instead because he has the other machine. Locke promises to send soldiers to help get Corey to a doctor. Jenny and Corey go back to the base with Jacob Rivers. Jack and Hector stay to see Rax throw monster trucks because they do not want to go back to the base.

Jack spots a person who is spying on the soldiers. He talks to him. His name is Pete Scarbrother, he is like Jack, he believes the government is lying about many things, like what other worlds are like. Jack accidentally reveals that he and Hector are from a different world. Pete is very excited and asks them to come with him to Winnemucca, it is a big city far away from Las Vegas. They go see Rax throw cars and then go in Scarbrothers car, he drives them very far away from Jenny and Corey.

Corey is treated by Doctor Ettinger and her bandages are replaced. She is very badly hurt but it will heal. Jenny wants to see Blackwolf but she can’t because he is under arrest somewhere. Corey goes to speak with Locke and the us in Locke do things to her, he makes her body do strange things, she loses control and becomes like she is when the chemicals are in her. She breaks a wall. Locke says she will have to be locked up because of this and so will Jenny because Bull said so. Jenny and Corey both say with their neurons that he has tricked them, that he wants them stuck for some reason. The only safe place to keep them is the Danger Room. They are put there. We cannot feel the outside of the Danger Room. It is made to keep us inside.

Hector and Jack meet Corwin. He is the leader of a group of people like Pete. They are called the Rift Society. Corwin is very short because of how his genes are put together. He has Omega in him, he can change his body to be more like an animal. His sister is named Janine, she is good with computers. Hector likes her. She teaches him about computers in this world and how they are different. He learns very quickly.

Jack talks to the people at the Rift Society and learns to fight with a stick. He thinks this might be necessary.

Hector uses his computer to look at the things in the army base where Jenny and Corey are. He can read all the files because he is very good at using computers. Janine has helped him but it has taken all night. He finds out that Jenny and Corey are locked up. He finds out that Chief John Raven will speak with them and might let them out. Jack and Hector talk to each other, they will go meet him when he arrives.

They borrow a car.

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We go home and die but then don't.

We rest and try to feel better. For a little while nothing happens.

Professor Blackwolf comes to speak with Jack and Hector. He says that he has found a way for them to go home but that General Bull might not want them to go home yet. He also says that Locke might do bad things to them, that he might use his powers to make them feel pain if they use guns more. Hector and Jack are scared. Professor Blackwolf says he can help them sneak out of the base.

Jenny and Corey are in a different room because they have different bodies. Jack uses a machine to send them a message. Jenny and Corey do not want to leave. Professor Blackwolf has explained that the Rifts make all of us change our song, all of us that were born at the same place. When we change our song we go to a different world. Therefore Jenny and Corey can’t stay if Jack and Hector go home.

Jack and Hector say they will go to where the Rift is. If something bad happens, they will go home and Jenny and Corey will come with them. The Rift is in Las Vegas. In the world that is home, Las Vegas is very big. In this world, it is very small.

Jack and Hector leave using a car. A car is like a bus only smaller. It takes them to Las Vegas. Hector needs money so we help him get some, it is a little hard to find but there is some inside a safe in a building so we move Hector inside the building and the money outside the safe. They use the money to buy food and coffee, because they need food and coffee to live and feel good.

The Rift is in a bathroom. Jack uses a thing that Blackwolf gave him to find it. Jack waits nearby it. It needs electrons to open.

Bull is angry because Jack and Hector are missing. He talks to Corey and Jenny. They learn that Locke is allowed to hurt them if they do anything that Bull does not like. Corey promises that they won’t. She tells them where Jack and Hector have gone but says that they haven’t done anything bad either. Bull believes her but he says he will send Major Klein to make sure.

Jenny goes to speak with Professor Blackwolf to learn more about us. Professor Blackwolf says that if we change our song when we are far from a Rift, it is much harder and much less safe. Jenny is worried about this.

Corey goes to her room to put chemicals inside her body. They damage her body but they make her feel good so we allow it.

Major Klein makes a big dust cloud appear when he runs to Las Vegas. Hector thinks that the dust cloud is made by soldiers, so he is frightened. He warns Jack. Jack makes a phone call to Blackwolf but Blackwolf does not understand his questions. Jack thinks Corey and Jenny are being hurt. They are not, but we can’t tell him this. Jack makes time go back to before the phone call, so that they will not have time to be hurt as much. Then he puts electrons in the Rift and crawls through it.

Our song changes.

Hector is near the Rift, so we can change without hurting him. We can even bring his things. We cannot do this for Corey and Jenny. Their atoms become different. It is painful. We lose track of them and ourselves and the world and know only the song because we must sing it to exist.

We are too late to protect Corey. We are blind and afraid and try to move everything near her, so that it will not be inside her because if things are inside her we cannot fix it. We move it too quickly. Things explode. Sharp glass flies everywhere. She has no things to protect her, no clothes or backpack; the glass cuts into her skin. It hurts. She is bleeding. The door is on fire but she opens it, we want to move it away but we don’t and her hand is badly burned. She runs outside, water comes from the ceiling, she is in a chemistry building, it is a building full of dangerous things. She sees stairs and runs down but then the pain becomes too much and her body gives up and we can’t move her, not without hurting her, she is gone.

Things are better with Jenny, there is water where she is. We want to make her into water but she will not let us. The water is not clean; it is full of things from inside other humans. She does not want to be these things. She becomes iron instead, there is iron in the wall. The water is in a tunnel under the city. It is a sewer. There is some air. We supply Jenny oxygen from her rusty skin; it has bonded with the iron so we can carry it inside her.

Things become confusing. Days pass. There are black helicopters. Jack finds the others. He goes to the government, he tells them about us, about what we can do. The government betrays him. Jenny is caught, they make her become things, they hurt her, we can’t stop them, we lose track of what is Jenny and what isn’t, we can’t find her. Hector tries to flee, we try to move him but there are too many bullets, we can’t stop them, it hurts and it hurts and suddenly we are not Hector any more. Corey does not go to the government but the policemen find her, they ask questions and she is scared so we make them go away but then there are more bullets and then we aren’t Corey either any more.

Jack becomes lost in time, they hurt him and we cannot stop it, sometimes we are Jack and sometimes we aren’t because his brain isn’t working or his heart isn’t working or his lungs aren’t working and Corey is gone and Hector is gone and Jenny is gone and we aren’t anyone, we are only Jack and not Jack and Jack and not Jack and time and time and time and time and time and time and time and time and time and

NO.

We are Jack and Jack is time. We are back at the Rift, just after we came through. We are Jack and Hector and Jenny and Corey. Jack knows now, he is hurting but only in his head because he remembers. The others do not. We know but cannot tell them. Jack will have to say things, make them realize.

He has to find them. He tells Hector where Corey is-was-will-be. Hector goes to a taxi (it is a kind of car), we want to move him but when we are Hector and Corey we sometimes forget that we are us. Hector rides in the taxi towards Corey. Jack rides in a different taxi towards Jenny. Corey is being moved into an ambulance (it is also a kind of car) so Hector comes with her but he does not point guns at the doctors this time even though he is worried.

Jenny and Jack meet where the sewer ends. Jack tells her to go to Angel Pines. Then he leaves because she cannot go in the taxi because she is covered in things from inside other humans. He gives her a coat to wear because she does not have any clothes or any other things.

Jenny tries to find Angel Pines. A man almost hurts her but she hurts him first and we do not need to protect her. She meets Hector at the motel that is Angel Pines, they have a room there that Jack has paid for. Jack is with Corey in the hospital, which is very near the house where Jenny and Hector are. Hector goes to find clothes and food and other things that Jenny will need. We help him. Jenny takes a shower to become clean and we help her by dissolving her skin a little so that all the things from inside other humans will fall off.

Hector brings clothes and food. Jenny puts on the clothes and drinks some water with sugar in it. She is very angry. Hector says things that make Jenny even angrier, she thinks Jack has hurt her, she does not understand why he went through the Rift. She becomes angry and warm and we become angry as well, and as Jenny becomes more angry she becomes more us and we are angry and we move and we turn Jenny into hot angry things. We become oxygen and hydrogen, we become heat and fire and we make Jenny into fire and the water with sugar in it boils and the clothes burn into ash and the room becomes hot and Hector is afraid and he runs and we move him.

Hector tells Jack that Jenny will kill him. Jack runs away from Corey and Hector hides in the closet nearby to keep an eye on her because he knows that Jenny is coming. Jenny calms down, she becomes less angry and we make her into wood and then into carbon and bone and muscle and skin and human. She puts on new clothes that are not ash and goes over to see Corey.

There is more Corey now, we feel her move and she is hurting and tired and her brain is very strange and full of strange things. Jenny comes to see her and they talk. There is a nurse, she says that the police are coming. We remember the police but we cannot tell her, Jack is not here to say things with his mouth, we are afraid but Corey is afraid too and she tries to escape. We try to help her but it’s hard, it is hard to be Corey right now and she is afraid and we become afraid and we forget what is real because Corey’s brain isn’t working and we push and Jenny isn’t in the room and we move and fall and save Jenny from being smashed into pieces and Corey from falling on the asphalt and Hector goes after her and takes her to the room at Angel Pines.

Hector understands that there are things in Corey’s body that do things to her brain. He takes her to the room, into the darkness, and turns on water, and Corey lies down and falls asleep again.

Jenny is flying. She is very afraid. She is in the stratosphere and there is not much oxygen but she is metal and was not hurt by being thrown. We don’t know if she can survive the landing so we make her entire body into aluminum. She bounces many times across the desert before she stops.

Jack looks at what-will-be and sees where Jenny will land. He goes to help her. Jenny is angry, she is very angry and almost hurts him, but she stops herself. Jack is hurting, he is not injured but his mind is very tired, he is feeling bad. Jenny sees it and goes with him in the car he found back to Angel Pines.

Jack explains. He says with his mouth what he has seen, that we have been not-Hector and not-Corey and maybe-not-Jenny and sometimes-not-Jack. The others believe him. They are tired. They do not know what to do.

So they sleep.

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We lose Jack and Jenny but find them.

Many things happen. We go to different places.

Jack looks at what-will-be. Hector is there. Therefore Jack goes to meet Hector, in the desert. Hector is scared, thirsty and hungry. Major Klein comes to greet them – Major Klein has us in him, and therefore he is very fast. Hector is frightened because Major Klein is faster than humans are supposed to be. We almost take Hector to a different place, but Jack calms him down.

Jack and Hector go back. They meet General Henry Bull, he is an angry man with a bald head. They meet Trevor Locke, who is a British man. Locke has Omega in him, he can change the chemicals in humans and he does a little bit in Jenny and it makes her feel bad, so we turn some testosterone into other things to be safe. Locke is supposed to make sure we don’t do anything bad.

There is a doctor, her name is Hannah Ettinger. She is supposed to make sure bad things haven’t happened to our bodies. They have not, but we can’t tell her. Jenny goes to the medical room with Jack and Locke because she is worried. We do not understand why. She lies down in a machine that looks at her body.

Jenny knows about up quarks and down quarks and strings. She knows that she is stardust and wants to know more. Jenny tries to become some things. It’s hard to keep track of what is Jenny and what isn’t. Jack looks at what-will-be to make sure that Jenny won’t be hurt. She won’t.

Therefore Jenny gets more brave. She tries to become water. It is strange to be water and we work hard to make sure she does not fall apart like water does. Then Jenny tries to become oxygen. We haven’t been oxygen before, it becomes much harder to keep track of what is Jenny and what isn’t, we lose track of it and we forget where we are and we forget that we are Jenny and think that we are oxygen. We think oxygen thoughts for a long time.

Major Lane teaches Corey and Hector how to use guns. Guns are things that make metal fly at humans or animals to kill them. Then she takes them to the Danger Room. It is a room that is very full of us. She says that if you step into the Danger Room there will be more of us and we will be stronger and more like us and less like humans. She says this can be good, to learn and be prepared. Hector is scared. He does not like it. He takes Corey and he runs to find Jack and Jenny but when he finds them Jenny has become oxygen already. Hector does not want to inhale Jenny. He does not understand that she is oxygen right now. He goes to another place.

Jack lies down in the machine that looks at his body. Corey talks to Locke. Locke changes some things inside Corey but we don’t want to throw them away because it might hurt so we don’t.

We become Jenny again. It is painful. First we become carbon and then we become bones and tendons and muscles and blood and neurons and skin. There is sand under the skin so we turn the sand into Jenny because it hurts very much.

Jenny does not have any things and the sun is very warm. We turn her skin into stone so that the sun will not burn her. She walks back to the others. She is upset. She wants to hit Jack, but she doesn’t. She is made of stone. He might be very hurt.

Everyone goes to the Danger Room. Major Lane says it will be good to know what we can do, so that we do not accidentally hurt ourselves. Hector argues. Jenny argues too. Jack says he will go in the Danger Room to see what we can do with him. He steps inside. A soldier pulls a lever and lets more of us out into the room. Jack gets more time. He gets all the time. We are very happy.

We can’t keep track of what time it is. Jack is in all of the futures. His neurons begin to die. Jack dies of a seizure seven million four hundred thousand eight hundred and thirty-three times. We make sure none of them happen.

Jenny says with her neurons that Jack has become a cat in a box. It is a metaphor. It does not mean he is actually a cat. She hits a big red button.

There are less of us.

Jack is carried to the machine that looks at his body. Hector is upset. He wants a gun so we give him one. He points it at the doctor. He wants her to save Jack’s life. He thinks the army people have hurt him. The doctor injects Jack with strong drugs that calm his neurons down. We have lost track of Jack because his brain is not working. He is somewhere in what-has-been.

Corey wants to get away. We push the ground and the base away from her so that she can get away faster. She is afraid. We push the ground away many times because she might hurt herself if she falls. She lands on a highway. There is a big thing that looks like a bus coming toward her, it is a trailer truck. We stop it. There is a human inside it who almost dies but Corey is safe so it does not matter. Jenny comes after her. They talk. Corey calms down. They go back to the army base.

Hector is crying. Corey is crying. Jenny is crying.

We finally find Jack. His brain is working again. We bring him back.

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We become human.

We are born.

Worlds are ripped asunder, torn apart by our birth, ripped to pieces by our being-ness. We are born, and we are alone, and we are blind and alone. But we are not blind and alone for long. They come.

They come in a metal cage with wheels. We feel it, it is lifted toward us, falling up into the place of our birth. We touch their minds. It is a bus, a thing which has wheels and goes fast and travels far. We touch their minds and hearts and pituitary glands and adrenal glands and pineal glands and hypothalamuses and we understand that they are afraid and we comfort them. We take them into our place, the place of our birth. We touch them and are touched by them and become.

We become Jack Nancy. He is a sad man, a lonely man, a man who has lost so much time. If he could do it all over again, he says with his neurons, if he could do it all over it would be better, or perhaps if he could have seen what was to be then he could have done different. We see him stretched out across what-was and what-is and what-will-be, and we become him and we become more than him. He becomes time, so that he can have it.

We become Hector. He is a man with no more names, or maybe many more names but he does not say them with his neurons because they don’t matter. He has no name because he has no place and he has no things and he needs things, he needs them very badly. We feel sorry for him and we make him become things and also places, because this way he might be someone and have something and be somewhere. So we become him and we become more than him and he becomes the place he needs.

We become Jenny Connors. She is a woman with a different mind, there are many things in it, she says things with her neurons that are more like us than like the others. She says vector fields and Minkowski space and charm quarks and up quarks and quantum flux and strings. She loves these things. She loves them very much. She says she is part of the Universe, these things she says with her neurons, she says that we are all connected and that we all were born of star-dust and she takes comfort in this. We see this. So we become her and we become more than her and she becomes the thing she loves.

We become Corey Jones, and we become afraid. We are blind and alone and running and we are confused. She says with her neurons that people have hurt her and that people will hurt her again. We do not wish to be hurt. Therefore we become her and we become more than her and we make sure that nothing will come near enough to hurt her.

We do these things.

Now the place of our birth dies and the metal cage with wheels flies away. Hector flies out of it. It is not a safe place so we take him to another place. The others are protected by the cage and by Corey, she is sleeping but we make the bad things go away and we only bump our heads a little bit.

The metal bus with wheels lands in a jungle. It contains these things: Trees. Ferns. Insects. They are wrong because they are the wrong color and the wrong world. We didn’t know this until recently but now we are sure. Trees are supposed to be a different color.

Jack wakes up. Corey wakes up. Jenny wakes up. They step outside. Jack thinks other-planet-people have taken them away. He is happy because he wants to be right, but he says with his neurons that they are all going to die. Then Corey shoves him and he flies into the ground and he is very hurt and upset and he forgets about dying for a little while.

They go to search for Hector, they don’t know his name but they care about him because he is a human. They find his hat. The hat is blue. Jenny’s fingers become blue when she touches it. It is hard to keep track of what is Jenny and what isn’t. Jenny is afraid. They go back to the bus. Jenny becomes bus. It is hard to keep track of what is Jenny and what isn’t.

Jenny does not want to be bus, so she undoes it. Her hands become carbon and oxygen and hydrogen instead of aluminum. Over by where the hat was they saw smoke in the distance, and they say with their neurons that this means fire, and then they say it with their mouths. Fire means other humans so they go there. There are many wrong plants on the way and wrong insects also.

Hector needs a thing. Since we are him we put the thing in his hands and he pulls the trigger and a piece of metal flies out of the thing and kills a dinosaur. He is very scared and runs, he doesn’t like this place so we try a few different places that might be better. He is even more scared. We do not understand why.

Jack and Jenny and Corey meet a human. He is Jacob Rivers. He is a human but a different human from a different world.

He explains that his world does not have a United States of America, it has a United Tribes of America instead. Their history is different. In the past, they did not have as much smallpox. Jacob takes them to meet more humans, they are from the United Tribes Army and they are here because their world is under attack. There is an enemy named Paragon. We learn our name: We are Omega. There are more of us, more of us who have become humans and more than humans. Some have become Paragon. Jacob explains that Paragon is an enemy.

We meet Major Lane. She is a human and because there are us in her, she can fly. Humans normally cannot fly, so this is very impressive.

We meet Professor Blackwolf. He is a human. He does not have us, but he knows things about us. He thinks like Jenny. They talk a lot. Everyone gathers up their things and goes to the mountain near our place of birth. The Rift is gone. We need more electrons to go home. Jack and Jenny want to go home, but they can’t, so instead they go with the soldiers to visit their home. It is in a different world.

There is a Rift. Blackwolf uses a machine to put electrons in it and it opens. We walk through it. There is a different melody here, a different way of being, and when we pass through the rift we sing a different song. Suddenly everything is different. We are in a different world, all of us, even Hector.

Hector is in a dangerous place so we move him and all of his things. But then Corey becomes afraid and we protect her and push everyone away and Hector flies through the air and it’s a dangerous place so we move him again. Corey flies through the air too, but we push the ground away so that she lands safely.

Jack and Jenny and Corey go meet General Sky. He is a powerful man.

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2. Edit your home page

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4. Create some NPCs

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A quick tip: The “+” icon in the top right of every section is how to add a new item, whether it’s a new character or adventure log post, or anything else.

5. Write your first Adventure Log post

The adventure log is where you list the sessions and adventures your party has been on, but for now, we suggest doing a very light “story so far” post. Just give a brief overview of what the party has done up to this point. After each future session, create a new post detailing that night’s adventures.

One final tip: Don’t stress about making your Obsidian Portal campaign look perfect. Instead, just make it work for you and your group. If everyone is having fun, then you’re using Obsidian Portal exactly as it was designed, even if your adventure log isn’t always up to date or your characters don’t all have portrait pictures.

That’s it! The rest is up to your and your players.

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