Cowering in Communications
God, I can't see anything. Better turn on my flashlight.
Player turned on his flashlight and sees Veteran right infront of him. The both of them coincidentally say what the other is saying as they're startled at each other's presence.
AAAAAAH! Wait. Shhh. Don't you know that Novisor's on the loose? He'll kill us all! Hey. Quit saying everything that I'm saying. Me? You're the one who's copying. Okay. I'm gonna say something totally random to get us out of sync. Jellyfish. Angelica Houston. Blacksmith statues and contract tournament restitution 2012-2013. Wow. I'm not even mad anymore. This is just insane at this point. But seriously, stop. No you! Seriously. Dude, stop!
Both of them stopped. Veteran spoke up first.
Fine. But mostly because I'm terrified of Novisor hunting us down and trapping us in this game forever.
So the rumors are true, huh? There really is a ghost wandering the halls of the Skeld looking for new victims?
Yeah. And not some regular ghost that helps do tasks and stuff. A real legit ghost. A forgotten soul that wades here between our world and the afterlife.
That's too spoopy, man.
Thing is, he wasn't always that way. Novisor used to be like a regular guy just like you or me.
Really? I've never heard that part of the story before.
Aiden finds a laptop
Flashback starts as Veteran narrates the story. Aiden is seen strolling and stops at a shop-stall where a table with a laptop, with its cover closed, was displayed.
It all started with a young college student named Aiden that was doing some shopping out at a flea market. See, this guy didn't have a lot of money, but he needed to find a working PC for homework and other stuff.
Like video games?
Aiden wipes off the dust that was on the laptop's cover.
Right. He thought that he might be able to find something for a decent price there. Too bad in the end, he paid the ultimate price.
Wow. Look at this piece of junk.
Duncan appears from the back of his stall, behind an large carboard box that was placed upside down.
It may not look like much, but this thing has many of the latest advancements in gaming technology.
Uh, cool. So you're the guy that's selling this thing? What kind of computer is it? I don't see any branding.
That's because there is none. It's 100% custom-made. I tinker on the weekends, you see.
Hmm, that's cool.
Duncan opens the laptop with its screen shown to Aiden.
Yes, it is. Go ahead, try it out. Play the new hit game Among Us.
Among Us? Never heard of it.
Player interrupts him. And so, the flashback is paused.
He'd never heard of Among Us before?
This was 2018, Player. Nobody had.
Yes, yes. It's going to be big one day. The biggest game in the world. Go on, put it up and play it.
The laptop turns on, showing the menu screen of the game.
Huh, this looks cool. Kinda violent though.
Duncan closes the laptop's cover.
Of course, it is. Among Us is a game about deception and murder. Someone plays as the Impostor, trying to eliminate all the Crewmates one-by-one, while the rest of the players work together to figure out who is responsible.
So it's multiplayer? That's pretty sweet.
It is, it is. You know what? You seem like a nice young man. Why don't you take it?
Wait, really? You're just giving this thing to me?
Of course, go on. You'll have much more use for it than I ever will. Please, consider it a gift.
Wow. Well, thank you mister-
Duncan. Duncan Swearinger Cortez O'barclay Gottenheimer.
The two of them does not speak for a few seconds.
I was raised by a polyamorous quadruple.
Cool. Well thanks again, mister, uh, Duncan. Guess I'll see you around.
Aiden walks away from Duncan's stall and from the view of the camera. Duncan remains in the scene. His stall seems to have gradually disappear as he spoke.
Oh, I don't believe you will, Aiden. In fact, I don't think you'll be seeing anyone ever again! (laughs maniacally)
In Aiden's dorm
Veteran tells the next scene of the flashback in the background.
So Aiden takes the laptop back to his dorm, right? He was supposed to go to some crazy party that night, but he got so excited to get his rig set up that he ended bailing instead.
Punk is seen in Aiden's dorm, who was busy spraying his mohawk with a hair spray while looking to himself at a mirror. Aiden arrives moments later, placing the laptop he had brought at the desk.
So you're seriously not going, bro? It's the biggest party of the year. Gotta be a lot of hot babes there.
How can you even tell? Everyone looks exactly the same in these space suits, dude.
(looks at Aiden) Bro, you can tell.
Well, I guess I'm just not feeling it tonight. I'm gonna hang inside and play some video games.
Alright. Whatever you say, man. Don't wait up for me. My band's gonna play tonight, and we're gonna kill it.
Punk leaves the room.
Inside the Skeld
Aiden is left inside to open the laptop. He tries to change his in-game name.
Alright, time to finally check this game out.
Hmm, better change my name. What kind of noob scrub idiot would keep their name as Player?
Once again, the flashback stops. Player questions Veteran's insult thrown to him.
Okay. There's no way you actually know that's what Aiden said.
Dude, would you let me finish the story?
Flashback resumes. Aiden wondered what caused his in-game name to automatically change. He then went inside the lobby.
No-Visor? What kind of name is that?
Weird. Must be some kind of glitch or something. Eh, whatever.
Aiden goes inside the lobby, completely alone.
Wait, this can't be right. What's going on here?
He checks out the the game's character customization options.
No cosmetic options? Pfft, lame.
Six in-game characters, less of a visor, joins the lobby Aiden is at. He opens the lobby's chatbox, only to see them communicating with the words "No Visor".
What the? Okay, something is seriously messed up. I should just exit and restart in a different lobby.
This game has voice chat?
After opening voice chat, he hears chilling whispers repeating the name of "No Visor".
Okay, that was a mistake. Great.
The game starts and it assigned his role as Crewmate. The laptop taunts him by making the screen glitch. Finally, he was inside the game.
This place is freaky, but atleast my model is fixed.
Looks like I need to go over here for a couple tasks.
He tries to go through the halls, but he was trapped in some sort of loop.
What the-? How did I-? Ugh. Let's try this again.
So this is some kind of loop. Is this part of the game?
The hallway that he crossed were stained with splatters of ink on the walls and floor.
No, no, no, this isn't right! How do I get out of here?
He exits the hallway and sees himself with shackles chained in his feet, unable to move. No-Visors started to surround him.
Huh? What are these?! Get them off of me! (grunts)
No, no, no. Come on! Not like this! (screams in terror)
Aiden closes his laptop just as the No-Visors covered the in-game version of himself.
I think that's enough for tonight. Mr. Duncan didn't tell me this was a horror game. And it doesn't look like I've missed too much of the party... Guess I'm heading out tonight after all.
Aiden's unfortunate fate
After leaving his dorm, Aiden went to Punk's concert, crowded with people. Punk is at the stage, holding a microphone in his left hand.
Oh yeah, this is much better than that stupid Among Us game. I should've come out earlier!
Thank you, thank you. Now, before we play our next jam, I have a very special surprise for my best friend and roommate.
(points with his free hand to where Aiden is at) Come up here, Aiden.
Yeah! Why do you think I was being so pushy about you coming out earlier?
(opens his right hand and does it as a gesture) Come on up!
Uh, yeah...sure! Okay.
Aiden goes up to the stage. Punk pulls out an envelope, holding it between his middle and index finger, as if he does a peace sign with his hand, and gives it to Aiden.
Here you go. Read this to all the people out there.
Dude, what is this?
Punk holds down his microphone, away from his face, so that only Aiden could hear him clearly.
Just open it up and read, man.
(opens the envelope) Wait...
Aiden sees a piece of paper inside the envelope with the words "No Visor" written in it. He looks at the audience, who are now turned into No-Visors. Punk, who wasn't really Punk but rather a clone, pushes him off the stage. Aiden screams as clones swarmed him, covering the camera's view.
Back to Veteran and Player
The flashback stops, going back to the present time.
Wait a minute, he was still inside the game? He never left?
That's the big twist. According to the legends, he was in the game the entire time.
Yeah well, they say some sort of missing code that has been left in the game since its inception. Innersloth keeps trying to patch him out, but Novisor finds a way to survive–and to kill.
What do you mean?
Well, it's rare to see him. Nobody has figured out what causes Novisor to show up. But if you're playing on the Skeld, there's a small chance that he's lurking about, stalking you like prey. And if he catches you, he turns you into a hideous Novisor and curses you to haunt these halls just like him.
Lights are turned back on just as Veteran stopped talking.
Hey, look at that. The lights are back on.
Oh, thank God. I can't believe we got so worked up over that story.
Yeah, I know, right? I mean, I'm not scared of some silly ghost that's probably not even real.
Yeah, me neither.
Suddenly, Novisor appears to Player and Veteran.
(in a voice similar to Aiden's) You should be.
Novisor grabs Player and Veteran, going through the wall in the background, away from the camera's view. The episode ends, leaving a cliffhanger to what will happen to the both of them.