No Game No Life: The Twins of Blank.
I don't own No Game No Life or its characters. I only own Shun.
: I'm dead.
Ksk: I died
LUNA: I'm dead, lol
I'm dead. They're level 40. This is impossible! They're invincible. What are they, monsters? So strong for such a low level; lol. So strong for such a low level, lol. How many just died? A low-level spell took out 40 or 50 of us! Are these the legendary…..?! Is this gonna end with all of us dying? No, there's still hope. There's one person left. Who?
Jin: The strongest- Queen.
On the game six players fought against one. They had already defeated 1,200 players already and trying for the final player. The player cast a spell yet… they dodged all of them. In the end it was their victory.
Of the many urban legends out there, have you ever heard of this one? A group of unknown players, who win every single game they play with scores no one has ever come close to. Their account names are always left empty, so they're only known as "Blank". These gamers are said to be unbeatable. So the rumours spread faster. Urban legends are a type of wish. Because…. In reality, the least interesting answer is usually the correct one.
Sora, Shiro and I sat in front of our screens. Sora; my 18 year old, virgin, NEET, Game obsessed, communication disorder twin brother sighed.
"We won, somehow… Listen, Little Sister, would you stop controlling the main account for Blank with your feet?" I nodded, sucking on the ice lolly in my mouth and passed the controls to Shiro. Shiro; my 11 year old, never goes to school, Communication disorder, shut in, game obsessed younger sister. And myself. Shun; 18 years old, virgin, communication disorder, NEET, Game Obsessed older sister and twin of these two.
"Specify." I said, taking the lolly from my mouth and running a hand through my long maroon hair.
"I'm hungry." Shiro said in her monotone voice. Shiro brought out some shortbread while I continued eating my lolly pop while looking through the comments from those we just beat.
"Nii want some?"
"Itadakimas." Sora said after grabbing some.
"Never thought I'd see you buy fancy rations like this. ALSO Shun where did you get the ice lolly and why didn't I get one!?" Sora asked while all three of us, Sora and I furiously tapped our key boards while Shiro used her feet, played another match.
"Nutrition is important." Shiro said.
"I bought them on the last ration spree. You did not get one as you usually complain saying if it melts it will wreck everything." I said, holding the lolly in one hand and controlling my two characters with one hand.
"Shun how you could, my twin, be so mean! Also Sisters, the human brain can function as long as it has glucose. White bread is the best in terms of cost-performance." Sora said.
"Thanks for the efficiency lecture." Shiro and I said in monotone voices in perfect sync.
"But I need other type of nutrients too or I won't get bigger, like Nee-san." Shiro said which caused me to smile.
"You're already a perfect flawless beauty, Right Shun? Don't worry about it." Sora said. I nodded.
"Time is 8:00 am. The middle of the night. Shiro if you need five pass me your controllers, unlike Sora I can handle it." I said.
"What does it matter to a NEET?" Shiro said while rocking from side to side.
"Of course it does! It tells you when MMORPGs are going to have new events and ladder tournaments!" Sora said with a smile.
"Sora, we pushed little sis too hard…"
"WAIT! I know you've been up for five days straight, but if you quit now-"
"Imouto, controllers please. I will use my feet." I muttered. Shiro shook her head and placed them on Sora's feet.
"Nii you can do it, just like Nee." Sora looked in shock while I put my lolly back in my mouth and used both hands.
"Are you telling me to control four characters with two hands and two feet?" Sora asked in shock. Shiro flashed her signature cute smile.
"WAIT, NO! WAIT!" Sora yelled.
"Sora I won't forgive you if you let Imouto down." I said, switching to one hand controls, other lolly again.
"FINE, I'LL DO IT!"
The world is chaotic, unreasonable, and unfair. It has no meaning at all. It is the wish of those who realize this, who refuse to accept it. A wish that the world would be at least a little interesting…That's what an urban legend is.
Then let me try and help you out. And for the time being, for the sake of form, this is what I'll write: Have you ever heard a rumour like this?
A message flashed up on the screen. I threw my lolly pop stick into our bin.
"Nii… email…" Shiro muttered.
"Your brother's been playing four characters on four separate screens. I don't know what you want but I don't have the energy."
"Sora, I do that all the time…" I mutter, watching him pant like he's run a marathon.
"It may be from a friend."
"Whose?" Sora asked.
"Yours?" Shiro and I said in sync.
"Hahaha that's funny. I think my beloved sisters just said something really mean and sarcastic to me!" Sora laughed. Shiro clicked open the email. Her eyes widened.
Have you three siblings ever felt like you were born in the wrong world?
"What is this? Shun…" I nodded opening the account on my computer, furiously trying to locate the sender.
"I can't find them… How does he know that Blank are siblings?" I asked.
"What should we do?" Shiro asked.
"Is he trying to bargain with us?"
"Sora, it's a game link…" I muttered. That was all I could tell from the email.
"Well it might be fun to see what game it is…" Sora said and clicked the link.
"Chess?" Sora and I asked and looked at each other. Shiro was about to go to sleep but I grabbed her and put her on Sora's lap.
"Onegai Imouto?" I asked. Shiro nodded. No doubt Sora was thinking the same thing as I was. Chess is a finite two player game, zero sum and perfect information game. Luck has no part in it. Theoretically, there is a perfect solution that will never lose. But… only if you understand the 10^120 possible states of the board.
"Chess is no different from tic-tac-toe." I smile. Shiro has beaten a program designed to defeat grandmasters 20 times in a row, alternating between going first and second. But…
"It cut off its own two pieces advance?" It's a human playing.
"Sora, thinking the same thing as me as always."
"A program will always select the best move. That's why you can't beat them." Sora said, placing his hand on Shiro's head.
"They're trying to lure you in using a bad move. It's a human." I said, resting my chin on her shoulder.
"Calm down. If it's a contest of skill, you'll never lose." Sora said.
"We'll tell you when they're trying to spook you or lure you in." I said, pulling my chair closer to the two. The three of us place our hands on the mouse.
"The three of us; Sora, Shun and Shiro, form Blank together. Let's see if there's someone who can beat us!" Sora proclaimed.
*mini time skip*
You are WINNER!
We all let out our breath and sighed in relief.
"WE WON!" Sora yelled.
"I haven't fought this hard in a long time." Shiro said.
"Thank you non-existent god! Our streak continues!" I said with a tired grin.
"Were they really human?" Shiro asked no one in particular. Ping. Eh?
If you're that good at games…
The world must be a tough place for you to live, right?
What do you think about your world?
Is it fun?
Is it easy to live in?
"What?" Sora and I whispered.
What do we think? There's no way to know the rules or the goal, yet there are 7 billion players making whatever moves they want. If you lose too much, or win too much, there are penalties. You can't pass your turn, and if you talk too much, you'll be ostracized. There are no parameters and no way to even know the genre. This world is just…
A crappy game.
If there was a world where simple games decided everything… A world on a board, where the rules and goals were clear, what would you think about that?
"If there's a world like that, then we were born in the wrong world." Sora said what he was typing. Blip. The power went out.
"The room is too cool for overheat. Not the right season for thunder storms. No damage to power lines in area. Odd." I muttered. The screens flashed white noise. The three of us looked at each other.
"What's going on?" Sora asked.
"Sora… I don't like this…." I said, agreeing with Shiro. We held on to each other's hand. Shiro held both mine and Sora's.
"I think so, too! You were definitely born in the wrong world." Hands appeared out of our computer screens causing Shiro and I to whine and Sora to gasp.
"So I'll let you be reborn! In the world you should've been born in!"
A bright light temporally blinded us. We opened our eyes to find ourselves falling.
Welcome to my world! The voice proclaimed. Shiro and I latched onto Sora.
"WHAT IS THIS?!" We yelled. I closed my eyes and whimpered. I-I think I might be scared of extreme heights….
"This is the ideal world you've always dreamed of. The world on a game board: Disboard!"
Sora and I screamed. A boy with odd pink and green hair, heterochromical eyes. Who wore a pink baseball cap, earrings, a yellow shirt and hoodie, a scarf-like belt, blue three quarter lengths and trainers appeared, falling besides us with no care in the world.
"Everything in this world is decided by simple games. People's lives… even national borders!" The boy claimed.
"Who are you?" Shiro asked.
"Me? I'm Tet. I live over there. A god?" He said cheerfully.
"A god?" Shiro questioned.
"NOW'S NOT THE TIME! WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THIS?!" Sora and I yelled.
"In this world, everything is decided by ten pledges. One: All murder, war and robbery is forbidden in this world. Two: All conflict in this world will be resolved through games. Three: In games, each player will bet something that they agree is of equal value. Four: As long as it doesn't go against number three what they bet and the rules of the game will not be questioned. Five the challenged part has the right to decode the rules of the game. Six: Any bets made in accordance with the pledges must be upheld. Seven: Conflicts between groups will be conducted by designated representatives with absolute authority. Eight: Being caught cheating during a game is grounds for an instant loss. Nine: In the name of God, the previous rules may never be changed." The boy stated while I made a mental note of them.
"I SAID THIS IS NOT THE TIME! THE GROUND! THE GROUND IS GETTING CLOSER!" Sora yelled.
"Nii! Nee!" Shiro cried.
"Shiro!" Both Sora and I grabbed each other and faced the ground, protecting Shiro. BANG! Dust flew around us. We led in a crater a few centimetres from the ground. And then we were dropped on the ground. The strange boy appeared, looking at us and smiled.
"And Ten: Let's all have fun and play together!" With that he disappeared.
"HEY!" Sora yelled.
"I look forward to seeing you again. I don't think it will be long…" The boy's voice rang out clear as a bell.
"Nii, Nee… Where are we?" Shiro asked, slowly standing up. Sora and I stood up and looked around. Mountains, huge chess pieces, floating rocks…. BANG! A dragon rose from the ground in front of us.
"Sisters…. I've always thought that life was an impossible game. A game for masochists. BUT… It's finally bugged out!" Sora cried.
"What's going on?" Shiro cried while I nodded.
"This game is total crap!" We all cried.
Long ago, in the distant, distant past. The gods, along with their families, and creations, waged an eternal war for the right to rule the world, the right to be the One True God. The long, brutal battle came to a swift end without a victor with the death of the sky, the sea, the land and the stars. The single deity who had not participated in the battle won by default and assumed the title of One True God. His name was Tet. He was once known as the god of play.
"You creatures who have fought with strength, violence, blood, and death who built a tower of corpses that rises to the sky and call yourselves wise, tell me this: What is the difference between you and the dumb beasts?"
In the face of their shattered world, excuses were meaningless. And the, God spoke.
"All Murder and robbery in this realm is forbidden" He said.
"You sixteen races who call yourselves wise: use your wisdom and wit, your fortune and wealth, to build a tower of wisdom. And prove to me…
"…That you have wisdom at all!" The man said.
"I see. So that's why there's a world where everything is decided by games, according to ten pledges." Sora said.
"Yes. And by the way…"
"What?" I asked innocently.
"Do you suppose you could leave a pair of pants?" The man begged.
"Six: Any bets made in accordance with the pledges must be upheld. We bet everything we could offer, including our lives, and you bet everything you owned, right? Good Job Shun…" Sora whispered the last bit in my ear and patted my head affectionately.
"That's right but… You can't leave us here like-"
"Let's go, Shiro, Shun." With that we walked off.
"Roger." We both said.
"WAIT! KID! LET ME PUNCH YOU AT LEAST ONCE!"
"Looks like even thieves can't rob or kill you." Sora stated.
"Even if they want to, the probably can't." Shiro said
"In other words… It all comes down to your skill at the game." I said with a grin.
Kingdom of Elkia-Capital City Elkia
I pointed to Sora, then to myself and then the match going on inside. I don't like talking when there are big crowds. Sora nodded and I walked inside and took a seat next to the table. The red haired girl was obviously losing. But the purple haired girl…. Something isn't right with her. But what?
"How about you can do whatever you want with us two and my twin sister who is watching the match? You can sell us, abandon us, and do whatever you like. " I heard Sora say outside. I wonder what he's doing… probably playing poker like in here.
"Ro-Royal…Straight…F-Flush!?" I giggled at Sora's opponent. The two came in, Shiro sat on my lap, taking pictures.
"Sorry for the wait." Sora said placing a hand on my shoulder.
"Nii She's going to lose, right Nee?" I nodded at Shiro's comment.
"Yep! She doesn't know the term poker face, unlike her oppon-"I tugged on Sora's cape. He leaned closer to me.
"There's no doubt. But I can't tell how." Shiro muttered. I tugged on the tow of them and pointed to the girl in the corner.
"Seriously?" Sora laughed.
"What will you do? Fold?" The stotic purple haired girl asked.
"Sh-Shut up! Let's fight, fair and square! Um…Um…OKAY!"
"She's cheating." Sora told the pink haired girl. The three of us walked away.
"Smartphones, DSPs, mine and Shun's tablets, Battery and solar charger, cables…" Sora stated while I tapped away on my tablet the possible ways the girl cheated.
"This is all we have?" Shiro asked, holding her smartphone which was in its panda case.
"Well, after what happened, maybe we're lucky we've still got this much." Sora said, smiling at us.
"I can't get a signal." Shiro said, walking around.
"No Wi-Fi…" I muttered.
"I'm sure. This is a true fantasy world. The way she was cheating… Seriously, there's gotta be a limit."
"Nii, Nee, can you beat that?" Shiro asked. We both smiled.
"It was a stupid question." Shiro said, flopping onto the bed.
"Hey, Shiro, Shun. Usually in a story, when the protagonists end up in another world, they try their best to find a way home, right?" Sora asked.
"Why would they try to go back to a world like that?" I asked, placing my head in Sora's lap. I closed my eyes, trying to go to sleep like Shiro.
"I think so too…" She murmured. Sora placed a blanket over Shiro and patted my head.
"Then it's decided. Now, Let the game begin."
*mini time skip*
The three of us groaned. Half asleep, I got up and stumbled to the door.
"Shiro as your brother I am happy you love me so much but let me go for a second. Shun can't answer the door like that." I pouted and opened the door.
"Who's there? We paid up front-" I saw it was the pink haired girl from earlier only she had a pink blanket wrapped around her naked form.
"Can I come in?" I slowly turned to my twin.
"S-S-S-S-S-Sora?" I stuttered. He hugged me and smiled at the girl letting her in.
Character profiles (Even though I don't own Sora and Shiro I am putting profiles in anyway!)
Name: Sora Nai
Facts: Virgin, NEET, Game obsessed, communication disorder, twin, part of Blank
Appearance: Spikey Maroon hair, brown/red eyes, wears yellow t-shirt with blue long sleeved top underneath, blue jeans, red trainers.
Name: Shun Nai
Facts: Virgin, NEET, Game obsessed, communication disorder, can't speak in front of large crowds, twin (Sora's), part of Blank
Appearance: messy shoulder length spike maroon hair, brown/red eyes, wears a white t-shirt, blue fingerless gloves, blue jeans, black trainers.
Name: Shiro Nai
Facts: never goes to school, Communication disorder, shut in, game obsessed, Sora and Shun's step sister, Part of Blank.
Appearance: Long messy light blue hair, gold/red eyes, black sailor uniform (which is loose), black socks, loafers.