MINI-READ First Installment
This first mini-read installment ran for two weeks from 05/09/19 to 17/09/19 which features the introduction and first two chapters of Participant In Entropia by Andrew Jenery.
Participant In Entropia
Follow some of the fantastic and surreal past adventures of the alter-ego or in-game persona of someone who spent much of his time in the amazing, ever persistent, three-dimensional computer generated arena or world called Entropia Universe.
I miraculously re-materialise next to the revive terminal just a few moments later, realising that the Argonaut Scout must have scored a critical hit on me. I ponder the point and the bizarre moment as I continue to stare almost in a daze at the giant pyramid throwing a beam of light up into the above. But surely this is Fort Argus, but now I'm not sure. So I did a quick check on the map of Planet Calypso's most populous land mass, Eudoria - and true enough, the indicator said I was certainly in Fort Argus.
Actually, I realize that I am standing just outside the main entrance and so decide to investigate this new landmark more closely. Pressing 'R' for 'Run' on the keyboard, I attempt to run around to the other side, thinking that there must be more to this pyramid than meets my virtual eye. Such as, and with any luck, an entrance.
Unfortunately, after a few split virtual seconds, I suddenly have to dodge quickly to my left due to a renegade herd of Exarosaurs that have decided to pay a visit. I recall that Exarosaurs often did this.
Exarosaurs are noisy, bad-mannered, clumsy, oaf-like, four-legged herbivores of various maturities and sizes, that can be found munching on grass all over Calypso and in astro-turfed domes on an asteroid in outer virtual space.
Luckily, they are busy with other citizens, which enables me to avert any real confrontation, and so I don't have to be cruel to animals. Then, coming to a halt, I see it. I am staring at what is in fact a bank!
The Pyramid Bank
I logged back into Entropia Universe again and waited for a few moments to get my bearings; then realized that I must have slept out in Fort Argus even though I have an apartment somewhere else. Once again I clock the giant pyramid and then remember why I am standing here in the first place.
Fort Argus is not actually regarded by Entropians as the first place; a hubbub called Port Atlantis is, but whatever, this is the place I was in. Entropia Veteran's Bank is imprinted on the front of the new giant monolith for all to see. The letters are so big that even one of these berserk Exarosaurs 'ee-awwing' a few yards away from me, couldn't fail to see it. I make a quick visual check on what must be the entrance and go on into the bank without further ado.
There are two types of banks in Entropia. The first type is one that you have to sometimes run down at great speed as a last ditch attempt to escape a terrifying creature, often resulting in a swim, although this does not always save you as many of the creatures are very good swimmers. The second type of bank is something relatively new in Entropia, recently introduced to entropians by the 'Entropia General Council'. These banks are one's that you can go into, unlike the first type of bank that you run down. Their purpose is to enable colonists to acquire a loan in Project Entropia Dollars, or PEDs, which is the in-game currency linked to the US$ at a rate of ten to one.
Once inside the bank, I take a look around and quickly notice an auctioneer and technician standing behind the central counter. Only then do I look up at the top of the pyramid, which is glass, quickly realizing that there is not in fact a teleporter up there at all, something I had considered when first seeing the beam of light from outside.
The interior is impressive stone and marble throughout and had PEDs written all over it.
I discover a spacious shop there with no stalls, meaning there were opportunities here for the future. Not my future, but someone's future. In the end, I decide to leave the futuristic marvel to go and hunt some Fouls on the huge continent of Amethera.
End of this mini-read installment. Click here for the next chapter or chapters of Participant In Entropia which runs from 29/06/20- 13/07/20.