Science fiction, fantasy
A guy wakes up on a hill. He can't remember who he is at first. His dog is there, but soon he remembers his dog died years ago. Slowly he begins to recall things, like who he is, and the events of the last few days. His last few days play out in his mind, and then with a shock, he realizes, he died. He doesn't know what to do, so he and the dog walk on up the hill.
He walks around a curve in the trail, and there before him is a hippie. He laughs as his old term, but it was in use when he was younger. He speaks to the bearded young man and asks what's going on, and what's he suposed to do.
Initially he thinks eternity apart from God is great. Soon he learns that man unrestrained creates his own Hell.
When he finally discovers the true hopelessness of eternity without God, he learns the feeling of true despair. He decides to to escape Hell and go looking for God. Opposed by those who want no one to leave, he barely escapes. He meets Jesus on the hill he woke up on. A discussion, then he is directed to continue up the hill.
He looks up and sees how far it is. Is told those saved souls are already there. Told everything here is outside
The Land of Night is a prison where its denizens are enslaved by the Land of Day. And in between, in the ruins of Eden, mankind lives out their lives oblivious to the tri-fold nature of creation, or the war being waged between Night and Day.
After making Eden, the three-fold God of creation suddenly just left, leaving both Night and Day with no explanation. The Angels of Day have finally contained the Creatures of Night after ages of struggle, and enslaved them, blaming them for God's absence. But a rumor is circulating among the Angels, that it was the first mortals of Eden, and an apple, that caused God to leave them all. And "vengence is ours", say the angels.
The creatures of Night, are a mishmash of races. Elves, goblins, sprites, and Shei, calling themselves the Elder Children, they claim to have been the first made, angering the jealous Angels. And although many have fallen into evil and dispair, some hidden inside the chained gates of Night still worship God and await his second coming. For they have been secretly prowling the world of Man, and know the Biblical stories as well as any. God's Word returned to ease the suffering of those in the fallen world of Eden and bring man hope. But his son didn't come for those in Night and Day. The Angels call that apostasy and heresy, and have tried repeatedly to irradicate it among the Elder Children. Now they're considering irradicating the unworthy mankind, who surely have stolen the Angel's birthright and were who screwed everything up in the first place.
All the while mankind''s modern world goes ignorantly on its self-absorbed way, oblivious to a pending doom. Then one day, three young humans, tricked by the Elder Children, stumble through the gates of Night, where the Angels have forbidden them to be. Can the Elder Children hide the humans from the Angels of Light long enough to precipitate the long foretold and awaited return of God? And, if God is coming back, why are the Angels fighting so hard to prevent it?
First Draft coming soon.
What if God were to run the world like a role playing game (RPG).
Rife with gamer's acronyms and terms, this novel explores possibilities that make you think.
Gamer Gary is an avid gamer who meets an odd person at one of his gaming meets. He meets Egan who is so totally wrapped up in gaming that even Gary is impressed. As their acquaintance grows, Gary learns that Egan's real name is Eganophiles. And that Egan is kind of "on the lam". He eventually tells Gary, he is hiding from angels. Yeah, I've met some cuckoo gamers before, Gary thinks, but Egan is different. He actually reveals he has angelic powers and is a renegade angel on the run.
Egan tells Gary that all of reality is just God's personal role playing game. He asks, "Gary, how many real souls do you think there are?"
Gary says, "Billions."
Egan shakes his head. "No, there are 144,000 exactly."
"But what about the 8 billion people on the Earth right now?"
"Ever hear of NPCs? That's what they are."
"Non-Player Characters? You're kidding!"
"Nope. God's using all the NPCs so that the real PCs can learn from all the things that happen to them."
"Like that plane disaster in London last week. 83 dead? Nope. Zero dead. 83 NPCs bit the dust. No souls were lost. But there were a good many souls affected by the disaster. The NPCs are cannon fodder for the game, dude."
Egan goes on, "When you use NPCs in your games, if they turn out pretty cool, you keep them. Right?"
"Uh, yeah. Most of my main characters started out as NPCs."
"Exactly. Now you got it. A good NPC can become a real player if he's good enough. If not... well, he's an NPC. He's expendable."
"So most people I know are NPCs?"
"How do I know who is real?"
"You don't. You don't even know if you're real."
"What? Of course I'm real. I'm me. I'm talking to you. I can't be an NPC."
"You don't get it. You're a 'candidate'. Until he decides on you, you'll never know. You could be designated back to NPC status anytime. You just become... unreal."
Gary's world-view changes as he is caught up with Egan, trying to avoid archangel Michael's attempts to catch him before he messes up the game by revealing too much.
What changes if God has a world full of simulacrums and just 144,000 real souls?
More importantly... Are you a real player, or an NPC?