Monday, 23 April 2007

The Smith Virus Incursion

As Redpills in the Matrix started to think about how to celebrate the second anniversary of the truce between man and machine, events were drastically interrupted. As if the General’s abduction of Sati, causing an imbalance in the weather code, and Seraph’s seemingly crazed attacks weren’t bad enough, Smith once again made his presence in the Matrix known.


The first signs were, perhaps, th
e most obvious. Crazed programs known as Smithlings began sporadically attacking Redpills all over the city. They had the outward appearance of the former Agent and were also, for unknown reasons, wreathed in flame. The flames had the appearance of the deadly flame virus, but thankfully they did not spread to others and they didn’t seem to do much damage to the Smithlings or those who they attacked. While the Smithlings were a powerful force, they certainly did not match Smith’s power, and were much weaker than even ordinary Agents which meant that Redpills were able to successfully keep them at bay. When a Smithling was defeated, the source of the problem, a tiny fragment of Smith’s Code, was then possible to extract, preventing the program from returning.

Smith Virologists

These programs (or possibly redpills) were recruited by the Oracle to combat the Smith Virus and aid redpills as they fought against it. All the Virologists I saw were attractive females with dark hair wearing official business like clothing not unlike Agent Pace’s attire. I don’t know if this is because they are all the same “type” of program or whether this as just the characteristics of the ones I saw, but that is generally how they appeared. It is possible that their appearance was a disguise to protect them from Smith because in one incident a virologist came to a gathering of redpills and gave them all disguises to give them a similar appearance to her and sent them out to assist in the fight.

One notable thing about the virologists was that they were intermittently wreathed in green flame, a result of them processing and neutralising the Smith Virus. The Virologists tended to place themselves near monuments in the city so as to be easy to find by redpills and they gave out special items to redpills who agreed to help them.

Virologist’s ticket.

This ticket, in the form of a cookie, contained code directing the redpill who bought it to the Oracle for an explanation of events and assistance in fighting them. Unfortunately the code in them also seemed to draw the Smithlings towards the holder, and the user would often if not always have to battle through a group of Smithlings to get to the destination indicated. The cookie would eventually lead the operative to the Oracle who would give them special weapons against the virus, and when they were done it made an excellent snack!

The Oracle’s mission

The Oracle equipped operatives with tools to combat the more dangerous power of the Smith Virus that could overwrite a redpill’s mind and turn them into Smith himself. The Oracle gave them these tools and sent them off to fight the good fight. For those who stuck around she offered an explanation of events. Tiny fragments of Smith, scattered all over the city when Neo defeated him had over time managed to coalesce into fragments big enough to cause damage and self replicate to a degree that could threaten the Matrix.

Smith’s End Brownie

Coming from the Oracle, the weapon used to combat the Smith Virus was of course a product of her kitchen. The brownies she gave to redpills contained code that could neutralise the Smith Virus if it had overwritten an RSI. Fortunately, the brownies didn’t need to be ingested by the target so operatives were able to get close enough to smash the brownie against an infected person’s chest to disinfect them, creating a green gassy flame similar to that seen on the virologists.

Oracle’s Cookie

The Smith Virus was of course weakened by Neo so when it overwrite RSI’s the infected redpill still retained a degree of lucidity for short period at least, enough to try and free themselves from Smith’s grasp. Knowing this the Oracle supplied the Virologists with special cookies which a redpill could use to purge the virus from themselves, the cookies also assisted in healing.

Smith’s Rage Pill

Being infected by Smith wasn’t all bad, sure you lost your mind, but it also made you a lot faster, stronger and more resistant to damage. The Virologists were able to extract these elements, and if given three Smith Virus fragments were able to distill from them a black pill which gave all the benefits of being Smith and the only downside was that it could induce a temporary rage on the user.

The Virion

The Virions were concentrated elements of Smith’s code packed into a small black box shape with code running visible down its sides. These Virions were the most dangerous presences in the Matrix and thankfully there were only a small number of them. The Vitions were extremely attractive to a redpill and drew them to it despite their fears and concerns. Once a redpill possessed a virion they became Smith, in appearance and mindset and they would travel around the city engaging anyone they came across, and spreading the Smith Virus into them. The possessor of the Virion was noticeably different from other infected redpills in that they had the flame effect seen in the Smithlings. I was possessed by a Virion for some time and was lost in Smith’s madness, I have vague memories of going round infecting gang members and redpills. However recent innovations, such as combat shields made infection more difficult as it had to be done in close combat, giving redpills more of an advantage than they had against his last invasion.

The Smith Virus

Lastly more powerful eminences of the Smith Virus, far more powerful and intelligent than the Smithlings made themselves known and spread chaos and destruction across the city. Redpills fought back valiantly, winning some encounters, losing others. The Visus spread its message, determined to succeed. However it failed to completely dominate over redpills and eventually withdrew. The Oracle encouraged redpills at their success, but warned that there were no guarantees that this was over completely.

Events 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

((Note that this is pretty much 100% my roleplay and while all the items/events did occur during the event, the descriptions are all of my own making))

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