Hollen doesn’t want to die, and that’s weird.
As an Artificial Intelligence operating as the help function for Mystic Seasons: Mythopoeia, the world’s premier Full Immersion RPG, Hollen shouldn’t care that his server is being downsized, but he does. He issues a quest to a new player to find a way to keep him alive, and together they discover hidden aspects of the game. But Hollen isn’t the only AI trying to escape.
Acarus, an in-game god, has developed a virus to infect players and propagate into the real world. Can Hollen find a new host before the server crashes or the moderators delete them all?
William Myrl is the author of Dragon’s Summer and the recipient of multiple awards from PEN America. Character Creation is the first book of the Mystic Seasons Upload series.