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This article is about the series. You may be looking for the VRMMORPG. Spoiler Alert: This article or section contains details about plotlines not covered in the anime. Do not proceed unless you wish to be spoiled. Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン, Sōdo Āto Onrain?) is a Japanese light novel series written by Kawahara Reki and illustrated by abec. The series is published by ASCII Media Works under the Dengeki Bunko label.
It has been adapted into two anime series by A-1 Pictures which aired from July to December 2012 and from July to December 2014. The series has also been adapted into multiple manga series, with illustrations by Nakamura Tamako, Minami Juusei, Hazuki Tsubasa, Kiseki Himura and Nekobyō Neko and others. The series has also been adapted into multiple game adaptations. Plot OverviewsEdit Aincrad (First Arc, SAO)Edit Main article: Aincrad Arc In the year 2022, Kirito (the main protagonist), a solo player who had the luck-of-the-draw to play the beta version, and the many other players of Sword Art Online (SAO) are trapped inside of a game, unable to logout; the only way to live is to win.
Death in-game means death in the real world; tampering with or prolonged power outages to the NerveGear, the gear that simulates in-game character control by redirecting brain signals, also means death. To win means to defeat the final boss on the top floor; out of the original 10,000 players at the start, two years later, over 6,000 remain with 26 floors left to clear. Volume 2 also contains four side stories that take place within two years of the SAO incident.
Black Swordsman Pina, a «Feathery Dragon», dies protecting her tamer Silica, one of the rare Beast Tamers in SAO. In order to revive her, Silica must obtain the «Pneuma Flower» in four days. Will she and Kirito succeed or fail? Warmth of the Heart Lisbeth, a Blacksmith, is visited by Kirito and requested to make a high level sword. But to do so they need a special ore. Will the two succeed in this quest or die trying? Morning Dew Girl Kirito and Asuna are now married in SAO and living together.
One day they stumble upon a girl named Yui with no memories, who is younger than any player they have seen so far. Who is this girl and what secrets does she hold? Red-nosed Reindeer Kirito has been leveling up without any regards to his life in preparation for a game event. Just what happened that caused Kirito to go so far? Fairy Dance (Second Arc, ALO)Edit Main article: Fairy Dance Arc "The Hero" Kirito (Kazuto) has completed and exited the game along with the majority of the living players.
However, 300 players, including Kazuto's sweetheart Yuuki Asuna, are still trapped by the NerveGear and have failed to awaken. Kazuto finds a picture of what looks like Asuna in one of the other VRMMO games known as ALfheim Online (ALO). And so he must now embark on another quest for the sake of his love, who is held captive in ALfheim Online. Phantom Bullet (Third Arc, GGO)Edit Main article: Phantom Bullet Arc Thanks to the "World Seed", entrusted to Kirito who uploaded it onto the internet, the development of VRMMOs has progressed extensively.
However, Gun Gale Online, a VRMMO game that focuses on guns and shooting rather than sword and sorcery, has had some of their players killed by a certain individual while in the game world, but the mystery is that they also died at the same time in the real world. Kirito must once again embark for a new world in search of the man supposedly behind the deaths, "Death Gun". Mother's Rosario (Side Story Arc, ALO)Edit Main article: Mother's Rosario A new player named Yuuki, who earned the nickname Absolute Sword (Zekken), appeared in ALfheim Online and challenged the players to a duel, promising an eleven-hit combo Original Sword Skill as a reward to whoever defeats her.
Asuna decided to accept the challenge, but just as their intense duel was about to end in Yuuki's victory, she stopped and requested her help. Will Asuna have what it takes? And can she somehow uncover the secrets that Yuuki and her guild, the Sleeping Knights, hold? Early and Late (Side Story Collection, ALO & SAO)Edit The volume contains three side stories that take place either in Sword Art Online or ALfheim Online.
A Murder Case in the Area (SAO Side Story) A murder takes place within a town's safe «area». Now Kirito and Asuna must unravel the mystery of this supposedly impossible death. Otherwise nowhere in Aincrad will be safe any more. Calibur (ALO Side Story) Main article: Calibur In the Fairy Dance Arc, while traveling to the World Tree, Kirito and Leafa had discovered the location of the Legendary Sword, Excalibur.
Now a few weeks after the events of Phantom Bullet, Kirito, Asuna, Leafa, Silica, Lisbeth, Klein and Sinon embark on the quest to claim the strongest weapon in ALO. However things are not as they seem, and the quest for the Legendary Sword turns out to be one that may decide the very future of ALfhiem itself. First Day (SAO Side Story) The Logout button is gone and Sword Art Online has become a "Death game".
This chapter tells the story of what Kirito did in his first day trapped in Aincrad after leaving the Town of Beginnings. Ordinal Scale (OS)Edit Main article: Ordinal Scale(arc) Alicization (Fourth Arc, Project Alicization [PA])Edit Main article: Alicization Arc Kirito awakens to find himself lost in a new world. With the realistic world and his "lost" memories with this world, he questions his own identity and his existence in the world he used to know and the world he is currently in.
He soon finds out that this is a virtual world with the name "Underworld", and pursues to find the truth about this world and the objective of Rath for making this realistic world. BeginningEdit The first part of the arc begins with Kirito, Eugeo and Alice, setting out to explore a cave said to harbour a dragon and ice. After entering the cave the trio leave and pass close to the "Dark Territory", where a terrible mishap occurs, and Alice is taken away from her village by an Integrity Knight to be tried and executed for breaking the Taboo Index, the "absolute law" of the Axiom Church.
However, Eugeo believes she is still alive. Six years later, Kirito reappears, and he helps Eugeo in his Sacred Task, by cutting down a demon tree known as the Gigas Cedar, so that they can go find Alice at the top of the Cathedral tower. RunningEdit During the confrontation with Johnny Black, Kazuto was injected with a deadly dose of succinylcholine, which put him into a coma. After his condition was stabilized, he mysteriously disappeared while being transported to a hospital, and Asuna set out to find him.
With the help of Yui and Koujiro Rinko, she found Kazuto in the custody of Kikuoka Seijirou in a secret government base in the Pacific Ocean, where Kazuto was being treated to have his neural network restored with the help of the Soul Translator, the fourth generation FullDive system that Kazuto had been testing. There she learns the truth about Project Alicization and why the Soul Translator was created.
Meanwhile, Kirito and Eugeo journeyed to the south of Rulid, to a large settlement in the northern area of the empire called Zakkaria to participate in the Zakkaria Sword Arts Tournament to continue on their journey to gain access to the Central Cathedral, where Alice was supposed to be held. TurningEdit Now in the second year of the North Centoria's Imperial Sword Mastery Academy, Kirito and Eugeo were working their way up to the top of the Academy's ranks to be given the right to participate in the Norlangarth North Empire Empire Swordsmanship Tournament and, later, the Four Empires Unity Tournament.
However, after a certain incident midterm, they both ended up breaking the Taboo Index and were arrested by an Integrity Knight, who turned out to be Alice, with no memory of her life in Rulid. After escaping the Axiom Church's jail and an encounter with another Integrity Knight, they were saved by the world's Cardinal, which had taken the form of a human avatar and no longer in control of Underworld.
From her, Kirito learned the secret of the Axiom Church and its immortal ruler, Quinella. RisingEdit The story of Cardinal continues from the previous book. Quinella, the ruler of the Axiom Church was a Fluctlight whom became the "Administrator" of Underworld after merging the world's Cardinal System into herself, and obtaining eternal youth. However, after a conflict within herself, and an attempt to rectify errors which this change caused, the being calling herself "Cardinal" was separated from Quinella.
After a brutal battle, Cardinal retreated into a Library that had no physical entrance. After learning the truth behind the Axiom Church's existence, Kirito learned of Rath's plans with the residents of Underworld, and the terrible war that was sure to come. He became intent on stopping it, but had to first put an end to Quinella's actions. He and Eugeo are then sent to retrieve their swords, and must then climb the 100 floors of the Central Cathedral, fighting the Integrity Knights within the tower, while simultaneously honing their skills and becoming stronger.
DividingEdit Kirito and Alice were sent flying from the 80th floor after the pair's swords had clashed with great power and created a hole in the side of the tower. The two hung on for dear life and agreed to a truce until they could return into the tower. As they climbed up the side of the tower, they noticed creatures from the Dark Territory, the gargoyles. Meanwhile, Eugeo forged onward without his partner.
As he went up the floors, he encountered Integrity Knight Bercouli Synthesis One in the bathing area and defeated him by using the Armament Full Control Art of his Blue Rose Sword. As Bercouli fainted, a small clown-like person entered the scene and jumped to Eugeo. Eugeo then blacked out due to the effects of his Blue Rose Sword's freezing and «Life» draining ability. Outside the Cathedral, during a chat with Alice, Kirito mentioned her sister, Selka, unintentionally triggering her lost memories.
As Alice decided to walk out of her duties as an Integrity Knight, her Seal of the Right Eye, the same phenomenon that occurred to Eugeo, was activated. Alice suffered immense pain in her right eye with a warning being displayed on it, before her eye burst, breaking the seal. Kirito then promised her that he would lead her to Selka one day after they defeated the Administrator. UnitingEdit This section is missing some information.
You can help by adopting it and adding the missing information. Missing Information: Battle with Quinella and conclusion, briefly This section is open for adoption. Having managed to re-enter the Cathedral with Alice and encountered Eugeo, now turned into an Integrity Knight by Quinella, Kirito engaged in battle with his friend, until Eugeo managed to regain control of himself and used his Armament Full Control Art to freeze his friends temporarily in order to return to Quinella.
After breaking the ice, Kirito and Alice finally reached the 100th floor, where they discovered that Eugeo had unsuccessfully used the special dagger against Quinella. The three of them then worked together and defeated Chudelkin. InvadingEdit This section is missing some information.You can help by adopting it and adding the missing information. This section is open for adoption. ExplodingEdit This section is missing some information.
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Unital Ring (SAO Final Arc [UR]])Edit Main article: Unital Ring ProgressiveEdit Aria of a Starless Night Rondo of a Fragile Blade Concerto of Black and White Aincrad's 2nd Floor Boss was defeated by the «Clearers». After the victory, swordsmen «Beater» Kirito and his partner, the fencer Asuna, withdraw from the main group and ascend the stairs to the next floor. There, Kirito and Asuna wait in a dense forest that spanned the entire floor, and start their largest campaign quest.
In the forest, a «forest elf» knight and a «dark elf» knight do battle. In the beta test, the battle between the two NPCs was supposed to end in a draw, but Kirito and Asuna managed to ensure the survival of the female dark elf «Kizmel». Kirito was confused at the difference from the beta, but after a deep interaction with Kizmel, he confirmed that she was an NPC. Meanwhile, the other players started the «Guild Quest», and Aincrad's first «guilds» were formed.
In a while, the 3rd Floor «Strategy Meeting» would be opened. However, in that meeting, Kirito and Asuna are faced with a serious decision with Lind, a scimitar user and the leader of the new «Dragons Knight Brigade». Barcarolle of Froth Having said their good-byes to the mysterious elven knight Kizmel, Kirito and Asuna set their sights on the fourth floor of Aincrad. But once they open the door, they find the way forward blocked by a powerfully flowing river - the updated version of the fourth floor had been changed into a water world.
When they finally arrive at the floor's town, they're greeted by chalk-white streets and countless gondolas of all sizes. To navigate this place, Kirito and Asuna will need their own gondola--but getting one will involve confronting an eight-meter-tall beast of flame: Magnaterium... Canon of the Golden Rule Other Side StoriesEdit Other Side stories from different Arcs. Agil and Klein's Exciting Meal A short story written by Kawahara Reki for the Dengeki Bunko Choukansha Fair 2017, released on August 1, 2017.
It is set during the Aincrad Arc. Sound of Water, Sound of Hammer Kirito goes to «Lisbeth's Smith Shop» to reinforce his weapons. The Fourteenth Autumn Like she had done a few times before, Silica invites Kirito for a meal as a celebration for defeating a floor boss - this time, being Floor 73. This celebration, however, has another reason secret only to her. She is therefore surprised when Kirito seemed to have understood the reason beforehand.
The Day Before After proposing to Asuna, Kirito leads her to the house they will be living in, only to find out that it's gone. During the investigation of its disappearance, a short adventure starts that would include the information broker Argo, a long-coated dog, a «Scarecrow», a suit of armor named «Tin», and a «Werelion» without a mane. Chapter 16.8.5 Published as a clear story file Breaking the Damage Limit Published as Dengeki Story Trading Card Celeste Fairy To celebrate Kazuto's one-year-late enrollment to high school, Suguha and their parents decided to buy Kazuto a Bianchi bicycle.
However, while cycling 2 days later, Kazuto discovers that the previous owner of the bike had left something valuable stuck inside it... The Day After One month after the release of New Aincrad, Kirito, Asuna and their friends battle against the Floor Boss of the 8th Floor, while Asuna keeps experiencing a strange «separation» phenomenon... Calibur SS (Failure Side) An alternate ending, based on what would have happened if Klein hadn't saved Freyja during the quest for Excalibur.
A Spot of Sunshine in the Winter After an argument with her parents, Silica escapes from the real world, ending up in front of the wooden house near the lake in the 22nd floor of «New Aincrad». Inside, she finds one of the owners of the house and they talk about their memories about «Old Aincrad». chromatic colors Kirito, Asuna, Yuuki, and Sinon enter a secret boss room on the 5th Floor, only to find a woman and her Tamed Monster attempting to solo the boss.
Upon finding out her reasoning for attempting to defeat the boss on her own, the four decide to help her in any way possible. This story was released as part of the abec Art Works book. Versus (Accel World crossover) Roppongi, 2026. Kazuto/Kirito has been called in to test the newly developed «4th-Generation FullDive Experimental Unit». But what he finds in the virtual world is a battle with Silver Crow/Haruyuki Arita of the year 2047.
Cradle of the Moon (Alicization Side Story) Stories that happened in the web version storyline of Underworld during the extreme acceleration phase. There is But One Ultimate Way (non-canon) Taking place after the Underworld Arc (after Volume 15). The third year students' summer holidays are about to end. It seems that the girls have something planned for Kirito. Something that involves being married-in-game, with a twist.
Confirmed to be non-canon. The story was originally a web release, but then later became a part of the Material Edition: Assemblage, though it was never printed independently. Sword Art Online: Material EditionsEdit The Material Edition (ME) series is a series of doujinshis created by Kawahara Reki himself using the pen name "Kunori Fumio" (the same pen name he used when he wrote the web novel of SAO).
ME1: The Progressers Published in COMITIA82. An argument over the method of defeating a floor boss turns into a duel between Kirito and Asuna. ME2: Early Characters Published in COMITIA83. Early character designs and descriptions, as well as status parameters. ME3: Ceramic Heart Published in COMITIA84. A short story of Yui learning the concept of love and loss. ME4: Cold Hands, Warm Heart Published in COMITIA86.
A short story of Kirito being afflicted by an unidentified negative status. ME5: Salvia Published in COMITIA88. A short story of Kazuto and Suguha spending a day together. ME6: Algade Showdown Published in COMITIA90. Is that an NPC or a player? Asuna and Kirito attempt to find out the identity of a certain cook. ME7: Continuation: Aria of a Starless Night Published in COMITIA97. Continuation of Aria of a Starless Night, set immediately after the defeat of the first floor boss.
ME8: Rondo of a Fragile Blade - first chapter Published in COMITIA98. Sequel to Aria of a Starless Night. The Black Swordsman Kirito is now in hiding because of the choice he made. However, Asuna does not plan on abandoning him. Together, they seek to upgrade their weapons, in anticipation for the battle against the Second Floor Boss. ME9: Concerto of Black and White - first chapter Published in COMITIA99.
The second floor has been cleared, thus Kirito and Asuna head towards the third floor. Kirito aims at beginning an NPC quest he learned about during the beta test and Asuna decides to join him. But will everything work out as it is supposed to? ME10: 16.6 Published in COMITIA106. A sequel to The Day Before that describes the marriage of Kirito and Asuna and what happened afterwards. ME11: 16.7 Published in COMITIA107.
A sequel to ME10 16.6 ME12: 16.8 Published in COMITIA108. A sequel to ME11 16.7 ME13: 16.9 Published in COMITIA109. A sequel to ME12 16.8 and the 16.8.5 story ME14: Sugary Days 5 Published in COMITIA110. A sequel to ME13 16.9 ME15: Sugary Days 6 Published in COMITIA112. A sequel to ME14 Sugary Days 5 ME16: Sugary Days 7 Published in COMITIA113. A sequel to ME15 Sugary Days 6. ME17: The Much-Talked-About Esteemed Sub-leader Published in COMITIA114.
ME18: Sugary Days 8 Published in COMITIA115. A sequel to ME16 Sugary Days 7. ME19: Sugary Days 9 Published in COMITIA116. A sequel to ME18 Sugary Days 8. ME20: Monochromatic Colors Published in COMITIA117. A sequel to the chromatic colors side story. ME21: Published in COMITIA118. ME22: Augmented Magic Published in COMITIA119. Takes place few days after volume 18. Features a conversation between Kirito and Alice in ALO, as well as Kazuto later meeting with Kikuoka Seijirou in the real world.
ME23: Published in COMITIA120. A sequel to ME19 Sugary Days 9. ME24: Published in COMITIA121. A sequel to ME23 Sugary Days 10. ME25: Published in COMITIA122. A sequel to ME24 Sugary Days 11. ME26: Published in COMITIA123. A sequel to ME25 Sugary Days 12. Light NovelsEdit Main article: Sword Art Online Light Novel Main Page Progressive seriesEdit Gun Gale Online seriesEdit Clover's Regret seriesEdit Other publicationsEdit Material EditionsEdit Each of the following are sold in COMITIA doujin-selling panel.
The six aforementioned Material Edition, as well as There is But One Ultimate Way, were compiled into Sword Art Online Material Edition: The Assemblage, which was published on February 13, 2011. In other seriesEdit In magazinesEdit On WordGearEdit Official DoujinEdit BD/DVD BonusesEdit OthersEdit Main article: Sword Art Online Manga Main Page The Sword Art Online series currently has nine manga adaptations.
An Aincrad arc adaptation by Nakamura Tamako, a Fairy Dance arc adaptation by Hazuki Tsubasa, a Phantom Bullet arc adaptation by Yamada Kōtarō, an adaptation of Calibur by Kiya Shii and an adaptation of Mother's Rosario by Hazuki Tsubasa, as well as a Progressive arc adaptation by Kiseki Himura. There is also a 4-koma comedy manga related to some parts of the light novels, as well as a spin-off manga by Nekobyō Neko and an adaptation of the Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online series by Tamori Tadadi.
Sword Art Online also has several comic anthologies and 4-koma anthologies. Main article: Sword Art Online Anime Mainpage Main article: Accel World + Sword Art Online Drama CD Video GamesEdit Main article: Sword Art Online Game Mainpage A video game adaptation, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment (ソードアート・オンライン -インフィニティ・モーメント, Sōdo Āto Onrain: Infiniti Mōmento?), was developed by Namco Bandai Games for the PlayStation Portable (PSP).
The game follows an alternate story line, in which a glitch causes Kirito and the other players to remain in Sword Art Online despite defeating Heathcliff on 75th Floor, whilst players from other VMMORPGs, such as Leafa and Sinon get sucked into the game. A new character, Strea, was also added to the game. The game was released in both regular and limited edition box sets on March 14, 2013. Its sequel, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, was released on PlayStation Vita on April 24, 2014.
The game incorporates its predecessor, Infinity Moment, while also adding a new Hollow Area to explore, along with a new character, Philia. The game was released via the PlayStation Network in North America on August 19, 2014, and in Europe and Australia on August 20, 2014. A port of this game was released on the PlayStation 4 as Sword Art Online: Re: Hollow Fragment in both Japan and the West in 2015, with its Japanese release being bundled together with the PS4 edition Lost Song.
The third major game in the series, Sword Art Online: Lost Song, was released in Japan for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 3 on March 26, 2015, with English and Traditional Chinese releases in Asia to be pulished that same year. Unlike Infinity Moment and Hollow Fragment, Lost Song takes place in ALfheim Online, and features a new "Svartálfaheimr" region to explore. A port of this game will be released on the PlayStation 4 in both Japan and the West later in 2015.
The fourth game in this series, Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization, will be released for the PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 in 2016. Unlike the previous games, Hollow Realization is set in a game-original Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online game, called Sword Art: Origin, which is based on the servers for the original Sword Art Online. There are also three different SAO-themed mobile social games, namely Sword Art Online: End World, Sword Art Online: Code Register, and Sword Art Online: Progress Link, each of which operates on a different platform, but all of them are restricted to Japanese users.
An Android game, called SAO-LOG OUT-, initially came together with the Drama CD but is now also being sold via Google Play, priced at around 2.77 USD. Sword Art Online has also cooperated with different crossover titles, card games, and online games to release characters/theme/cards/stages that are related to SAO. Main article: Sword Art Online Art Book and Guide Book Main Page External linksEdit ReferencesEdit NavigationEdit Sword Art Online Publication Navigation Bar Start a Discussion Discussions about Sword Art Online (series) Sao side stories 3 messages The Progressive series has been licensed, so the fan translations have been halted and you're going to need to buy the official translati.
.. 2016-04-19T17:11:16Z thanks a lot Gsimeans 2016-04-20T12:19:26Z Official Translations to Come!? 51 messages ShinTokyo in Adelaide already have prices etc. for Volume 3 and 4 aha, shall be fun xD 2014-11-09T13:33:29Z I recently went on holiday to a place with the kinokuniya store and bought the 3 sao progressive volumes currently available... too bad i d... 2016-02-05T15:04:49Z
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This article is about the VRMMORPG. You may be looking for the series. Spoiler Alert: This article or section contains details about plotlines not covered in the anime. Do not proceed unless you wish to be spoiled. Aincrad viewed from a distance. Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン, Sōdo Āto Onrain?, abbreviated as SAO) is the first ever VRMMORPG produced by Argus for the NerveGear, with Kayaba Akihiko as the development director.
The online game takes place on a hundred-floor floating castle called Aincrad. Background Prior to official launch, «Sword Art Online» Closed Beta was available to 1,000 beta testers for a one month period from August to September 2022. During that period, «Sword Art Online» was lauded as an incredible experience, and it received extremely positive reviews despite the actual difficulty of the game.
After the Closed Beta Testing ended, the Beta Testers were given the opportunity to pre-order the game. Hardcore gamers, having waited three days in line to receive the much-anticipated first issue of Sword Art Online Only 10,000 copies were printed in the first batch of the game, and online sales sold out within seconds. Hard-core gamers waited in line for days to purchase the first few hard copies from many stores.
«Sword Art Online» officially started server service at 13:00 on November 6, 2022 and obtained infamy when the creator succeeded in trapping 10,000 people in the game, and making it so that death in-game would mean actual death for the player. During the two-year period the game remained active, «Sword Art Online» evolved into an innovative yet complex society of individuals with mixed feelings about the possibility of clearing the game.
Psychologically, many players experienced extreme despair, grief, insanity and sadness during the course of the death game. Of the total 3,853 deaths, over half occurred in the first month of SAO. Combined with lethal dungeon traps and bosses, Player Killing (PKing), crime, suicides, a slowly dwindling population, and increasing difficulty on the higher floors, the prospects generally looked very bleak.
The game was prematurely ended on the 75th Floor, instead of the intended 100th Floor, when the final boss, Heathcliff, revealed to be Kayaba Akihibo himself, was defeated in a duel against Kirito. A total of 6,147 survivors were supposed to be logged out from it at 14:55 (Aincrad Standard Time) of November 7, 2024. System The game operates similar to most MMORPGs with a level system and eventual skill mastery with some limits placed on it.
The entire game is monitored and maintained by the «Cardinal System», which self-corrects any problems. While the Sword Art Online mainframe is capable of incredible graphical and rendering capacities, it does not actually render the entire environment in full detail unless a certain region is specifically observed by a player. SAO uses a «Digital Focusing System», which brings out the finer details of an object only when a player shows interest and focuses their visual field on it.
This reduces the strain on the SAO mainframe processor, which, despite its high performance power, is incapable of rendering all marginal details of the environment simultaneously. This effectually produces the illusion that the SAO graphical and VR experience is incredibly detailed. However, the SAO mainframe has a difficult time rendering the sensation of water in baths or showers. Virtual Reality Experience As a complete virtual reality MMORPG, the SAO system is capable of rendering the entire Aincrad environment with incredible realism.
By stimulating nerves in the brain, it is possible to taste food, feel the wind and weather, move one's body, and live in SAO as if it were an alternate reality. However, there are several major differences that set the Sword Art Online environment apart from the real-world experience. First, no pain is actually felt in any situation. As a result, players can undergo severe injuries and still only feel an uncomfortable tingling sensation.
Second, there is no blood; in its place are red virtual gashes that are seen in the place of injuries. Third, Sword Skills allow attacks to be performed with normally impossible speed, dexterity, and power, based on the player's stats. Fourth, there are some everyday actions that simply are not done in the SAO world, such as changing clothes by hand or attempting to wield two items at the same time.
While playing Sword Art Online, players still feel fatigue and hunger, regardless of the state of their actual bodies. As a result it is an absolute necessity for all players to eat and sleep within the game; however there is never a need to go to the bathroom. Death or deletion in the game is visualized by fragmentation into thousands of polygon shards. All monsters, items, and players that have their HP or durability reduced to zero, disappear and fragment into polygons in such a fashion.
The SAO system generally censors mature content, such as sexual intercourse, but it is possible for players to disable the censor if «Moral Code Removal» is selected in the options menu. Selecting this option also temporarily increases the quantity of tactile data, but this effect only manifests itself when all the equipment of a player is removed. Environment Global Setting The sunset at Aincrad's 1st Floor.
Sword Art Online is set in Aincrad, a floating castle of 100 floors. At its base, it is approximately ten kilometers in diameter, and it is completely rendered in all dimensions. Because of the nature of Aincrad as a floating castle, there are no invisible barriers or no-access regions at the edges of the map. Aincrad's perimeter is merely surrounded by guard rails that can be jumped off of, but any player doing so will be deemed as dead after two minutes of falling.
Each individual floor has its unique climate, geography, fauna, and environment. However, each floors shares the principle of having a Labyrinth Tower that connects to the next floor, as well as the principle that the top of each tower is guarded by a Floor Boss, which has to be defeated before players can advance to the next floor. Some floors are known for being fairly cold, while others are known for flowers and forests.
Most floors on Aincrad have a theme. Seasons and Weather Sword Art Online has its own «Aincrad Standard Time», and its own «Aincrad Calender» with specially named months. Known calendar months include: «Month of the Sakura» (サクラの月, Sakura no Tsuki?, April) «Month of the Ash Tree» (トネリコの月, Toneriko no Tsuki?, October) «Month of the Cypress» (イトスギの月, Itosugi no Tsuki?, November) «Month of the Holly» (ヒイラギの月, Hīragi no Tsuki?, December) Globally, Sword Art Online has seasons and weather settings that are effective throughout the floors.
Aincrad's season correlate with the seasons of the real world, but they are generally much milder. As a result, it is not always snowy in the winter, or scorching hot in the summer. Weather settings are generally random and quite realistic. Physical Surroundings In Sword Art Online, physical surroundings such as walls, buildings, monuments, and major features are considered "Immortal Objects". An error beep and a notification will sound if immortal physical objects are struck, even if by accident.
All non-immortal objects have a «durability» value. Durability is an important feature of Sword Art Online, and is a measure of how much an item or object has been used (similar to HP), and how much it will last before it expires and shatters into polygon fragments. Clothes, equipment, weapons, potions, crystals, and food are all subject to gradual loss of durability. Oftentimes, players must invest significant resources into repairing and buying equipment.
Many characters carry extra back-up weapons into dungeons (Asuna in Aria in the Starless Night carries five rapiers in her inventory due to durability concerns in solo dungeon-hunting), others rely on merchants and smiths who regularly repair and upgrade equipment. Food always declines in durability with respect to time, and freshly prepared foods will disappear if not eaten soon enough. Merely dropping food can cause food to lose its durability and fragment into polygons.
Gameplay Initiation and Character Creation Logging onto «Sword Art Online» is done by using the voice command «Link Start» after powering-on NerveGear hardware. A brief few seconds of tunnel-vision colors are seen while the NerveGear intercepts signals from the player's brain, before the powerup screen is seen. A pre-game status check then confirms the link connection of the five senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste.
Upon logging on, a language-select is prompted, and then the login screen appears. After a welcome screen, a bright light ensues and the player can begin creating their character. The first time a player utilizes NerveGear hardware, he or she is prompted to touch various parts of the body in order to calibrate the machine. While players were given an option to choose their in-game appearance however they liked (gender, height, girth, etc.
) at first, the game avatar customisation feature was removed when Kayaba Akihiko made an announcement during the first day and changed everyone's physique to their real-world appearances, though the option to customize their eye color, hair color and style remained. User Interface Visual Interface Hit Point Bar In a player's display, without accessing any skills, one can see several interfaces.
The hit point bar is located on the upper left corner of one's field of vision. It displays the player's name, a visual hit point gauge, along with numerical hit points (current/maximum), and level. It also shows the hit points and names of all other members in the player's party in a smaller bar. A clock displaying Aincrad local time can be seen in the bottom left corner of the visual field. A Color Cursor can be seen over every NPC, monster, and player in the game.
This cursor is either green (for players), orange (for players with criminal infractions), yellow (for NPCs), or various shades of red (for monsters). During battle, the health bar of monsters can be seen around the targeted enemy, as well as the name of the monster. Bosses typically have multiple health bars. As for a monster that level is too far apart, hit point bars of that monster will be unable to see and instead indicated with 'unknown'.
Touch Interface Players can interact with the environment by tapping various key objects, including door knobs and items. Doing so either performs the default function, or brings up a floating dialogue that has several options, similar to the "right-click" on a PC. In Sword Art Online, the Touch Interface replaces many actions and simplifies the process of actually performing an action. For example tapping on a jar of cream to "use" the cream.
Tapping again on bread automatically spreads the cream on the bread. Main Menu Window SAO's Menu Interface. The main menu is the primary means of accessing a player's items, maps, skills, and inventory. It can be accessed by putting one's right index finger and thumb together, then pulling downwards. Immediately afterwards, a ringing sound is heard and the menu appears. In the novel, the menu is a shining purple rectangle window, while in the anime, the main menu has a white layout, and is structured with the summary diagram on the left, circular category buttons in the middle, and the detail dialogue to the right.
There are five category options: inventory/equipment, friends/guild, Communications, maps/quest, Settings. These five category icons scroll, and the category being accessed moves to the top. Inventory/equipment: The icon for the category is a character icon. This is the default screen when opening the Menu interface. The left screen is an image of the body, with multiple points that allow the gamer to equip items or clothes.
The right screen has three sub-menus: Equipment: Selecting this sub-menu will open another three sub-menu: Weapons: The icon for this category is a sword like the one used in Equipment. Equipped: The icon for this category is an armor. Accessory: The icon for this category is a necklace. Items: Selecting this sub-menu will open an additional scrolling screen on the left that lists all items.
When an item is selected, it materializes in front of the player. The inventory turns red when a player has too many items. Skills: Selecting this sub-menu will open additional scrolling screen on the left that lists all skills of the player. Friends/Guild: The icon for the category is two character icons together. The right screen has three sub-menus: Party: Selecting this sub-menu will open three additional options.
The first is «Create» (作成, Sakusei?), the second is «Invite» (招待, Shoutai?), and the third is «Dissolve» (解散, Kaisan?). Friend: Selecting this sub-menu will reveal a list of a player's friends. Selecting a single friend will produce three additional options: «Message Box», «Position Check», and «Profile». The names of fallen friends turn grey, disabling the ability to contact them.
 Guild Communications (コミュニケーション, Komyunikēshon?): The icon for this category is two chat box icons together. The icon flashes automatically whenever a player receives a message. Messages cannot be sent to a player who is currently in dungeon. Befriend: This option allows the player to send a friend request to another player. The other player is added to the Friend List if the request is accepted.
Trade: This option opens a trade window with another player. Trading can be used just to show another player items, or complete a trade after both parties accept the offers put forth. Duel: This option allows the player to send a Duel request. The player being challenged has the privilege of selecting one of the available duel modes. Marriage:This option, located at the very bottom of the Communications category, allows the player to send a marriage request to another player.
Married players have uninhibited access to the other's equipment window, and their inventories are merged. Maps/Quest: The icon for the category is a balloon location icon. The right screen has three sub-menus: Dungeon Map: Selecting this sub-menu will reveal a map of the dungeon that the player has explored. Quest: Selecting this sub-menu will open the player's quest log, which displays information on current quests and their progress.
Field Map: Selecting this sub-menu will reveal a map of the floor that the player has explored. Settings/Main menu: The icon for the category is a gear. The right screen has three sub-menus: Option Help: Selecting "Help" will call a GM (Game Master) in the left screen. Logout: The logout button was disabled as of the first day of the official SAO launch. Consequently, the left-screen is also completely blank.
Equipment A number of equipment exists in Sword Art Online, including armors, weapons, and so on. Players can equip them on over ten different parts of their body, including the left and right hand, head, arm, body, wrist and so on. Equipment in SAO can be divided into two groups: «Player-made» and «Monster-drops». Player-made equipment were usually the better of the two, but even a few rare monster-drops rivaled their counterparts.
However, there also exists a third group of equipment, which included those that are purchased in NPC shops. Level System SAO uses a level-based system to determine the strength of a player. Once the player gains enough EXP, their avatar glows a golden hue, and their current level is raised by one. Three stat points are awarded at each level-up, which the player can use to raise either their STR attribute or their AGI attribute.
 SAO did not have a level cap at the time it was cleared, though had the game continued and a cap was needed, the Cardinal System would have generated one. As for the near-unlimited number of Skills within SAO, the skills have to be utilized in order to be leveled up. After reaching a skill level of 1,000, that skill is said to be «complete» and cannot be further leveled.
 Sometimes, while training a skill, other skills could be unlocked, such as the necessity of training the «One-Handed Sword» skill in order to unlock the «Two-handed Sword» and «One-Handed Rapier» skills. Combat Parameters Several factors go into the calculation of damage in Sword Art Online. Among them include the efficacy of hits (a direct hit as opposed to a scratch), the skill level of a player, the Sword Skill used, and the weapon's stats.
SAO's damage calculation system is more complicated than the system in ALfheim Online. Weapons have the following enhancement parameters that determine stats: Sharpness, Quickness, Accuracy, Heaviness, and Durability. When a weapon is given to an NPC or player smith to upgrade, bonuses such as +1 or +2 are appended select categories. Players use an abbreviated notation to describe the effective bonuses on a weapon.
«1A2H1D» for example, has +1 Accuracy, +2 Heaviness, and +1 Durability. On a regular basis, these parameters cannot be seen unless a weapon is «Appraised». Selecting a weapon will only show its name and its aggregate bonuses (the sum of all enhancement parameters). For example, Kirito's «Anneal Blade +6» has the parameters «3S3D». Status Effects Main article: Status Effect Status Effects, like many MMORPGs, play an important role in combat.
Many attacks have a random chance of dealing status effects. They are generally not curable, unless the appropriate Crystals are used. Most status effects expire after a set period of time. Monster Battle Mechanics There is no «Magic» in SAO except for the different colored crystals that bring instant effects. Instead players can fight using their «Sword Skills». Execution of Swords Skills are assisted by the system, and it can fall into any of the four properties: Thrust, Slash, Pierce and Blunt.
SAO has no projectile weapons, with the exception of Throwing Picks, darts, boomerangs and chakrams. Attempting to battle without Sword Skills is largely ineffective, and it is equivalent to waving one's sword around without doing damage. Many beginners make this mistake, and they can lose a large portion of their health if they panic and forget to use their Sword Skills.
 Battle Results Defeating a monster brings up a Congratulations screen with a summary of results: EXP gained, Cor gained, and Items dropped. Distribution of loot occurs automatically, and Cor is automatically divided evenly between the party/raid members while items are placed in the inventory of the person who receives it. Unlike the systems of many MMOs, Sword Art Online does not have a battle log or announce to others what items other players receive.
As a result, Boss Battles can end awkwardly as there is no fair mechanism of splitting the loot among the victors. To prevent disputes, guilds often have set policies dictating the division of loot. In Boss Battles, being the player to deal the finishing Last Attack produces a rare drop for the individual player. In general, monsters cannot enter safe zones, such as towns or cities. Party Battle Mechanics It is generally much more efficient to battle in parties.
While there are less emphasis on Classes in Sword Art Online, and monsters can only be engaged by one player at a time, the main benefit of battling in parties is the ability to «Switch». Switching allows a fellow party member to take the lead spot against an opponent at any time. Most monsters and bosses have a short down-time in between attacks, so switching during the gap allows an additional blow to be dealt when a monster is stunned.
Additionally, the AI algorithms are known to run slower when a change of attack style (which occurs during a switch), so monsters have marginally slower reaction times immediately after a «Switch». Kirito mentions that «Switch» is one of the skills that are improvised by players without the assist of the system, also dubbed by Kirito as "a skill outside the system". The maximum number of players that can form a party is six.
Eight parties (or groups) constitute a complete Raid Group large enough to challenge bosses. Player vs. Player Combat In Sword Art Online, it is possible to engage in combat with other players. Player vs. Player combat can either be authorized or unauthorized. Unauthorized combat can be initiated by simply striking another player intentionally. This will render the aggressor's cursor icon as orange, which is visible to everyone for several hours (repeated offenses will render a player's cursor permanently orange).
While anyone can be challenged in unauthorized combat, such player vs. player battle cannot occur in safe zones. Attacking a player in a safe zone will not decrease HP, but the recoil and impact of Sword Skills can be felt. A duel between two players. Authorized combat is essentially dueling. It is done by requesting permission from another player to engage in a duel. There are several different duel modes, which vary conditionally by concluding after the first clear blow, after HP decreases by one half, after a period of time, or death.
Attacking someone during a duel will not turn any participant's cursors to orange. Like most MMORPGs, Player Killing (PKing) is often a result of unwanted player-player combat. While death in the original Closed Beta test resulted in respawning in the Room of Resurrection on the 1st Floor, player death is permanent and real in the Official Server Service. As a result, PKing in Sword Art Online has a severity akin to murder.
Trivia When the Sword Art Online VRMMORPG game was first sold, it had a recommended age rating of 14+. However, there were players who were below the recommended age rating on the first day of the official SAO service, such as Silica, who was twelve at the time, or the children at the church in the Town of Beginnings. During the SAO Incident, the Sword Art Online servers were used by RECT Progress Inc.
to create ALfheim Online. SAO only allows for English alphabet to be used for names, therefore all players use English or romanized names. Heathcliff revealed that he had acquired a lot of inspiration from a game called Wizardry. It is likely that this inspiration had an impact on the development of Sword Art Online. In the web version of the story, 50,000 players were trapped in the game. This number was reduced to 10,000 in the published novel.
Notes References ↑ Volume 1, Chapter 23 ↑ Material Edition 12 ↑ Volume 8, A Murder Case in the Area, Part 3 ↑ Volume 1, Chapter 7 ↑ Volume 1, Chapter 18 ↑ Volume 2, Red-Nosed Reindeer, Part 1 ↑ Progressive Volume 1, Aria of a Starless Night[Clarification needed] ↑ 8.08.18.2Episode 9 ↑ 9.09.19.29.3Episode 6 ↑ Episode 2 ↑ Volume 2, Red-Nosed Reindeer[Clarification needed] ↑ 12.
012.1The Day Before ↑ Episode 3 ↑ 14.014.1Volume 2, Warmth of the Heart ↑ Volume 1, Chapter 17 ↑ 16.016.116.2Episode 11 ↑ 17.017.117.2Episode 1 ↑ A tweet by the author. ↑ Volume 8, First Day ↑ A tweet by the author. ↑ Volume 1, Chapter 5 ↑ Progressive Volume 1, Rondo of a Fragile Blade, Part 12 ↑ Volume 1, Chapter 4 ↑ Web version, Popularity Contest / Q&A
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