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“The novel is engaging, inventive, and thoughtfully considered. It uses a first-person present perspective that makes the experience that much more immersive. The protagonist is interesting, and easy to root for.”

Dropped into the middle of a swamp, alone and cursed with no memory…

Zavyyn Matrisyan is armed only with his cantrips, a humerous set of internet meme knowledge and crazy titles. He fights dragons and ghosts, learns about wine, fine cooking, immigration and role playing game tropes in adventures into dungeons and in arena battles.With the help his new friends

Muscle wizard Rhynn Taconight, restaurant owner and high roller in town, Dour clown and arena fighter Podlihob Hoblihob, and a curious sickle handed Dr. Tyu,

Zavyyn comes to terms with the consequences of his actions and the reality of his memory loss. This World of Systems book is the first in the series, wherein a verisimilitude of worlds exist for the pleasure of the players.

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Upcoming 2nd Series

Avatars of the Shard!

In the virtual world, trolls troll trolls.

Humanity is old. They’ve willingly locked themselves into virtual reality slumber and live each millisecond of reality as a day of life in The World of Systems. Known as players, they exist as heroes and villains, gods and demons, creators and destroyers, mundane and bizarre, and they have existed as thus for eons.

Many create their own worlds, known as shards, and try to garner popularity with other players to build communities and families. Some shards manage to attract a great deal of interest and popularity, but others do not fare so well.

One shard was remade over and over by six players to attract fame and friends, but only got attention from people who wanted to ruin it. Five of them, disgusted with the folly of their efforts, chose to go their separate ways. One, however, decided to give world creation a final try.

Anticipated Release Date of Winter 2021!

01 Zavyyn discovers a new world

Wake up little one!

What? What is this voice in my head? Shut up, you’re making me sick, I want to sleep.

No can do, there’s things to be done, and you’re the one to do them. Wakey wakey, eggs and bakey.

Could you sound less cheerful? I feel hungover. What happened last… Wait, I can’t remember anything about last night. Or any night.

Now you’re getting it! A gold star for the best boy. You died, kiddo, truck-sama did his job making street pizza and I am here to summon you to a new world of magic and whimsy!

That sounds improbable.

Open your eyes and check for yourself.

I crack my eyes and regret it immensely. A harsh, white light suffuses everything around me; it reminds me of an overcast day requiring sunglasses. A curious figure of twisted geometric shapes floats in front of me, makes an odd gesture, and paralysis sets in on my mental tongue.

I am the god of this world, and I netted you from your world because you looked interesting. Somehow your karmic information got mixed up with a game character’s and ruined your memory. Nothing to do with me. And this game was one of those massively multiplayer online games and max level, in a progression guild, some other stuff I don’t really care about. You’re too powerful. Congratulations! You’re ascending from your old class and starting over as a newbie in this new world to be fair to everyone else. To make up for taking away most of your abilities, you get an Analyze skill. And probably a language skill, I wasn’t really paying attention. I’ve got a video of you turning into a city block of road rash on repeat, and it is hilariously distracting. Have fun, and don’t let the aether hit you where I split you!

At that, everything goes dark.​

02 Zavyyn’s first proper biome is a swamp
Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter! I open my eyes once more. This time, instead of a painful glow, I am in gloomy daylight. Trees tower around me, gnarled and knobby, with their roots prancing above fetid water, while mosquitoes whine. As I focus on one tree, a small glow appears. Focusing further on the glow cause a window to appear in front of the tree.  Just like a user interface in the video games. Cypress Tree: -A typical swamp...
03 Zavyyn’s first combat
Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter!I haven't been making any noise; I don't think it's heading for me. The crashing sounds like bushes and things, so I will probably be safe if I climb a tree? That cypress has a low branch. I nimbly climb, much more smoothly than I anticipate. With this height, I can see through the surrounding branches that the thing coming towards me is... Oh, dear. It looks like a cross between an alligator and a...
04 Zavyyn discovers a person
Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter!The leaf got blown around by some wind, and I just kept going in the original direction. Good night, sweet leaf, and may a flight of fish sing thee to thy rest. I have been walking for a while, and haven't seen too many other beasties so far, making me think this was the heart of that giant dragon's territory. Just my luck. Also, I think I have only a couple more hours of sunlight left, and still no...
05 Zavyyn discovers an error in his status
Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter!Looking down at the murky water, I barely make out a face that looks simian. Moso says I am a troll, and I kind of look like a small ape. I guess apes are trolls here? I must be sure to break the mold by not leaving nasty comments on message boards. At least, I would rather think about that than consider my odds with the ladies, since I doubt many women are aroused by a chimpanzee. Maybe I can learn...
06 Zavyyn practices the culinary arts
Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter!“I didn't realize you could keep pigs in a swamp.” That is a lot of swine. Their skin looks kind of shiny, like they are well oiled. “You just got to pay attention to your drainage and embankments. Daddy taught me a lot of that.” Moso gives a wistful smile; oh no, I feel the waterworks coming on! “And you cleared enough land for some fields?” It looks like he has several dozen acres penned in by this...
07 Zavyyn discovers he enjoys sleeping
Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter!I never want to be woken up like this again. Moso has me torn between remaining asleep and attending to the biology of my body. Such a choice remands the heavenly countenance of my bedchamber to a more pernicious lot, that of Purgatory, with Heavenly Bliss something one can only contemplate. “Get out of bed already, man! You've been in there long enough for the dead to get back up! This food is getting...
08 Zavyyn discovers more interface windows
Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter! This boat ride is boring. Moso has to pay attention to the scenery so he told me at the beginning he would start any conversations we needed to have. Did I annoy him by being a chatterbox? I can't tell. But we have a couple hours on the boat to get to the village. Occasionally we pass another swamp dwelling set up on a particularly large hill rising out of the swamp. A few times we see other boats,...
09 Zavyyn goes fast
Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter! I manage to find a few useful recipes before we arrive. There are some cooking recipes that seemed basic and functional, and, surprisingly, I can make a ton of different guns and explosives. Hopefully they don't immediately get outclassed by this world's technology. There was also a section on clockwork and spring-loaded traps that looked fairly useful, and, finally, I found a section on alchemy and...
10 Zavyyn discovers a plantation
Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter!I am by myself again. Moso was pretty cool; he taught me about making sausages and smoking meat. I was hoping he would stick with me longer, but he has a home and some sort of community, I guess. I got some food, in these lightweight faux ceramic containers. The tech level is weird. People are dressed in leather armor and carrying bows, but an outboard motor? Yeah, sure. These containers remind me of...

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52 Zavyyn engages in character building

Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter! Rhynn and Podlihob are sitting in the living when I come into it. Alba has left, I guess. “Meeting me in the prison cell was planned. What about you, Podlihob? Was meeting you in the courthouse planned as well?” I want these sorts of things in the open. “I got the most votes to help you, since I was the only VR-tuber with access to a lawyer non-player who could assist, and there aren’t many lawyer...

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51 Zavyyn completes a quest

Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter! The light hurts my eyes. There’s not much down here, but what little there is still stings of fresh ultraviolet. This area has some twisted girders sticking out of the concrete like a grove of trees writhing in pain. I see a pack of thugs sizing us up and open a gate to my bedroom. We enter my bedroom, and once all are inside, I banish the gate with a snap of my fingers. I’m an imperious lad. “I’m...

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50 Zavyyn takes a more active role in conversations

Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter! Podlihob and Alba both look a little beaten up, but otherwise everyone is okay. “Well, that wasn’t the Nihilist Imperative. They use berserkers and suicide bombers as pawns. Not Frankensteined kaiju.” Rhynn shakes his head. “I talked to somebody named Kushpok who said they were responsible for the kidnapping because they wanted to talk to me.” Kushpok looked super spooky but did not seem like they...

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49 Zavyyn enjoys conversations by listening

Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter! “Thank goodness you’re safe, we were coming to rescue you.” Rhynn sounds a bit flustered. It’s kind of hard to see their expressions from up here, but I think I should ask my questions from up here in case there is combat. This pipe will be easy to retreat into if things go poorly. “Thank you for the help. I had a few questions about some things if you don’t mind.” “You sure this is a good place for...

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48 Zavyyn goes to a social event

Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter! Your bouncing is remarkable. Just because you enjoy aerobic exercise, however, is no reason to neglect anaerobic training as both provide benefits. “I’ll try to remember that.” I make myself slightly heavier to see if that makes the bouncing any more difficult and bounce much higher than normal. That was different. How do you control that? “I just have the idea and kind of figure out the math. The...

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47 Zavyyn talks to a therapist

Play the song while reading! Comment about what you though in the comments below the chapter! I am back in a disgusting sewer pipe, with only gelatin Tyu and my self-loathing for company. I vomit bile, because that seems to be the thing to do after finally getting reconnected to my physical body. I recommend meditation. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. I think I have a meditation skill. I can use that and see if it makes me feel better. I feel a gooey impact on my forehead. Do not...

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Christopher Ford

About our Author

Christopher Ford

Chris is an avid reader, author, and programmer. He was raised in Saudi Arabia and attended high school in Switzerland, truly getting to witness all sides of humanity. Upon his return to the USA he worked as a Wine Expert for over a decade. He went on to get his undergraduate degree in American Studies at University of Arkansas with a focus on the United States prison system. In September of 2017, his son Alexander was born along with a strong desire to write the novel he had considered for years. During the completion of his first book he began learning programming with a focus on data analysis.