A new short story offered by New York Times Bestselling author, Mark Cheverton, this story is the prequel to the Gameknight999 series of unofficial Minecraft novels that have been published around the world, with over a million copies in print. It documents how Gameknight999's epic adventure really began . . . and how the legend, and the nightmare, were both born.
A virus was launched into the Minecraft servers. It was not just any virus; this one was the spawn of artificially intelligent software. It's purpose was to spread out and destroy. But the designer of that virus didn't plan on their lethal viral code interacting with the game in such an unpredictable way. Instead of just penetrating the digital defenses of the Minecraft servers and laying waste to the computerized universe, it instead modified the software ever so slightly, awakening all of the villagers. And now they were alive, as was the virus. Confused and scared, the virus and the villagers must come to grips with their sudden spark of life. The sense of freedom and joy were incredible, but so were their fears, for now they could be destroyed.
Tensions from the past still run deep as the villagers have faint memories of the monsters of Minecraft. The virus changed everything, but now felt a loneliness that began to eat at his soul like a malignant tumor, causing anger and hate to fester and grow. Will the virus find a place to fit in with the NPCs, or will he make his own place, with the edge of a sword?