THE MATRIX REVELATIONS
Part 6: Return to the Matrix
Neo and Trin appeared in the Dead Zone between Zion and the City of the Machines, at the world of the Yellow Matrix. They were inside a virtual Trifalcon, on the two seats of the pilots. Bern was the one that was inside the real Trifalcon, at the real world. He coordinated the location where Neo, Trin, and the virtual copy of their ship would appear, before he initiated their connection from the two capsules. Everything worked flawlessly, just like it did when their whole team infiltrated the City of the Machines to rescue Neo. It was almost too good to be true. Bern even looked at their two capsules for a second and wondered whether it was just a coincidence that they had to take those two with them, when they freed Neo. It definitely felt like it was meant to be: one capsule for Neo and one capsule for Leida Trinity…
Bern could help them by setting up a new spot where he could teleport them within the Yellow Matrix, if they needed it. He could also act as a virtual navigator that could check other locations for them without sending them there. And he could bring them back from the Matrix as well, by ending their connection from the real world. However, he would not be able to do much more for them. For anything else, they were on their own…
Trin began to navigate the Trifalcon in the desolated zone that looked like the fields of a past war. This area where they appeared had not been seen before (in the previous films). It was new to Neo. The place was in the open, rather than underground. It seemed forgotten. It looked much more eerie than the city of the RS Association, but far less dark and chaotic than the City of the Machines. There were hundreds of lifeless robots on the fields of the Dead Zone, and hundreds of skeletons as well. Many old and broken ships were scattered there too. The only reason why it looked much better than the City of the Machines was that light from the Sun was reaching various sections of that large area. It felt a little better too—despite the eerie sights of destruction—because the place was very quiet and calm, like a graveyard or a desolate neighborhood after a hurricane.
Trin was used to giving the orders and choosing what to do, as a squad captain, but now it was up to Neo. He was the one that seemed to have a mental compass.
Trin [ready but also impatient]: “We are here now. What is your plan Neo? Where should we go next? What should we do?”
Neo: “We are going to do what Thomas Anderson wanted. We will prepare the path for the next Neo by freeing the ones who can help him. After that, I will pay a visit to an old friend that will surely know the answers that we need to figure out to beat Deus, to put an end the Matrix, and to save everyone. I’m sure that she is still alive and she knows what the secrets of the Matrix are.
I never told you anything about this, but, by now I’m sure that your Trinity Squad is the group of people that can help the next Neo to succeed, just like their previous human iterations helped me.
Your Seraph looks very much like the Oracle’s companion from the Virtual Matrix. That Seraph was older but very similar to the one you know. He helped me and the others that were on my side more than once, twenty years ago. His help was crucial for our success.
Yan Morphen looks very much like Morpheus, the man that rescued me from the Virtual Matrix, and the man that trained the sixth Trinity and me. His name is also too similar to the name of Thomas Anderson’s best friend, who must have been the first Morpheus, just like Thomas Anderson was the first Neo.
Morpheus helped me to become The One. Without him, I would have never made it. He once told me that the previous Neo freed him from the Virtual Matrix and taught him to believe. The previous Neo also told him that he (Neo) would come back, clueless and helpless, and he would need his help to become The One again. Only then, he would be able to save the people from Zion.
Everything happened just like the fifth Neo told Morpheus. He may have been following the directions of someone that knew the truth. Or, perhaps, he found it himself, and he was doing what needed to be done.
Whatever the case, I know that what the previous Neo did for me helped me to be here today. And I know that Morpheus was crucial too. Without him, I wouldn’t be here. I am certain that Yan is the next Morpheus. And your Seraph is the next Seraph too. The others will definitely help in some way. That’s why we must bring them back.”
Trin: “I see… so that is why you chose to come back. That and finding the answers about the Matrix. Who are we going to see to find those answers Neo?”
Neo: “The Oracle.”
Trin: “Shouldn’t we pay her a visit first?”
Neo: “No, first I have to free the others from the Green Virtual Matrix.
I believe that I will end the menace and save everyone. However, I also feel that I must secure the path for the last Neo before the end, just like the fifth one did for me. This was what Thomas and Aida wanted. It is part of what can raise our chances of succeeding.
Nonetheless, we both know that Thomas and Aida didn’t tell us everything. They only said what would raise our chances of saving mankind. So we must do what they wanted first, and find out the rest of the truth on our own. This may be the only way to ensure that we will end the crisis at your world Trin.
I will bring them back first, and we will get the answers from the Oracle after that.
Now, we have to find a human ship with a connection station to the Virtual Matrix. I will need you to be my pilot and my navigator from there, after I go back.
Let’s descend and land the Trifalcon over there. There are two human ships there. Let’s check them out.”
Trin: “What do these connection stations look like? Are they like the capsules?”
Neo: “Not quite, but I know that the ships from Zion are our best bet for finding one. All their ships have connection stations in them. The capsules from your world connect us here and these stations can connect us from here to the Virtual Matrix. The capsules and the stations serve the same purpose, but they are different, just like the Yellow Matrix and the Virtual Matrix are not the same.”
Trin landed the Trifalcon close to the two forgotten ships. After setting up a security shield for their ship, Trin grabbed a plasma rifle and left with Neo. He planned to enter one of the ships hoping that the connection stations were still usable. Trin had no armor; she only had her normal clothes, a gray jacket, and the rifle. Neo had no weapons, but he seemed to have the situation under control. It felt like he knew exactly what he was doing. He was following the right path. He had no doubts about it…
The old ship from Zion was full of dust inside.
Trin began to clean the seats of the pilots and the computer screens of the navigator. Neo found three connection stations and their mechanical seats, but they were not giving any signs of working. They were as dead as the ship, which was as dead as the Dead Zone itself. Trin tried to turn on the ship and the computers, but nothing worked.
Then, Neo found a small green case close to one of the connection seats. It looked like it could hold something important inside; and indeed, it had something special.
When Neo opened it, he saw that the container had a blue pill and a red pill. They felt like tokens of the past for him. The pills looked exactly like the ones that Morpheus showed him when he was still living at the Virtual Matrix. The memories of the moment when he took the first red pill came back to him in an instant. Then, he knew what to do…
Neo closed his eyes and the green sphere began to grow around him again. It grew until it covered the entire ship. When that happened, the ship and everything inside it began to restore itself to the good working shape that it all had, before the ship was abandoned there. It came back to life, as if the years of being at the Dead Zone had been erased from it.
Trin watched in awe how green codes began to flow throughout the whole place and everything began to work again. The computers that she had turned on began to respond, the ship’s engines began to function properly, and the whole place changed from a dusty fossil of a ship to something that looked a lot like Morpheus’s ship, the Nebuchadnezzar.
Neo walked closer to his companion and he showed her the blue pill and the red pill.
Neo [to Trin]: “Did you bring the others? Let me see them.”
Trin took out a very small case from a pocket in her jacket. She opened it and revealed that it had two yellow pills and two red pills, which were just like the one that she gave Neo and the one that Frank Xenno gave her as well—when she was rescued.
Neo: “Only two of them?”
Trin [sarcastic at first, then realistic]: “This isn’t given out as candy Neo, you know that. General Frank only wanted to give me one, but I explained our need for more and this was all I could get. This only worked with you and me Neo. In sixty years, it never worked for anybody else. And believe me, they tried it many times. It won’t be so easy to make it work with several new people during the same mission. This has never been done before. Besides, I’m sure that you already know by now that these pills are just a placebo and their only real purpose is tracking the subject from our navigator’s computer. They can’t wake you up if you don’t believe that you are not in the real world. The red pill just let’s us find out the subject’s exact location in the fields of the Matrix, track the status of their health and their vitals, and see how they behave during their disconnection, if it succeeds. It does facilitate things, since the subject really believes that the pill does something else to them. However, even taking the right pill won’t wake them up and may result in a failed disconnection, if they don’t see the truth as we do. These pills are just a placebo for their minds and a convenient tracker for us. They can’t guarantee success.”
Neo [clear and lucid]: “It doesn’t matter Trin. Even if they are just a trick for the mind, I know they work well. They helped me with the transition to the unknown, and they will help them too. Let me see the ones you have.”
Trin gave him her mini-case with the two yellow pills and the two red pills.
Then, Neo focused again and two small spheres of green codes began to spin around his hands and around the two open cases as well. The blue pill and its red-pill companion were duplicated five times inside the green case. The two yellow ones and their red pills were duplicated three times, on Neo’s right hand. In total, he ended up with six blue pills, six yellow pills, and twelve red pills, which would be paired with the others.
Neo: “Yan, Seraph, Dayana, Matthew, Shera, and Keifer. Now we have enough for all six of them. First, I have to bring them back from the Virtual Matrix and then we have to free them from here as well. The connection stations should be working now.
Are you ready to be my navigator from here Trin?”
Trin was totally astounded, but something else was truly worrying her.
Trin [concerned]: “Neo, what happened to you at Rodner Smith’s building? The things you are doing now, and this replication of the pills, and the full recovery of the ship… this is unreal Neo. You are not the same person that we rescued from here before. It almost feels as if you were…”
Trin stopped and didn’t finish her sentence, but Neo finished it for her:
Trin nodded, looking a little worried.
Neo [still looking very calm]: “It only feels that way because I have the same abilities that he has.
I don’t think that anything happened at Rodner’s place. They didn’t have enough time to do anything to me. What changed everything was Thomas and Aida’s transmission. I’m the same as before, but now I can feel the Matrix and I can control it at a higher level. I also can create my own ‘virtual-Matrix section,’ and manipulate it, even if I am not inside the Virtual Matrix. This is exactly what he can do; the only difference is that he does it with the Yellow Matrix, which is where we are now.
I think that Deus may not be the alien menace that everyone believes he is. If a human like me can have the same abilities that he has, then, he might be human too. Perhaps, that explains why his body’s shape looks exactly like ours.
We need to know more to deal with him though. His abilities may still surpass mine because the Matrix he uses is the higher layer, and mine is the virtual one.”
Trin [not worried or doubtful anymore]: “Right. Let’s see how to use the equipment here to make the connection with the Virtual Matrix, which is kept at the City of the Machines. This should work just like our setup at the real world worked to bring us here. We didn’t have to infiltrate one of the floating fields over there. We just had to be in the proximity of one. Let’s hope that this Dead Zone here is not too far from the human fields at the City of the Machines.”
Neo: “Let’s begin the connection with the Virtual Matrix. There is no time to waste Trin.”
Neo [to Bern]: “Bern, I hope that you will take care of us at the real world.”
Bern: “I will captain Neo. You can go into the other Matrix without worrying about that.”
Neo smiled and so did Leida Trinity. “Captain” didn’t feel right for him, but, that was exactly what he was.
Leida, or “Trin,” grabbed one of Neo’s hands.
Trin [heartfelt]: “Please be careful Neo.”
Neo [with reassuring voice]: “I will Trin.”
Then, their hands separated again. The fifth Trinity was starting to remember the way she began to feel about the previous Neo—twenty-one years ago—but Neo didn’t see her as his Trinity. The sixth Neo saw “captain Trin” as his greatest ally.
Neo helped Trin to set up everything and she took care of the main controls and the computer screens—as the new navigator. Neo lied down on the mechanical seat, which was the central part of the connection station for one person. He was ready to enter his former prison to change things for the better, once again…
Soon, the connection was established and Neo appeared at an empty park in a city of the Virtual Matrix.
Neo [talking to Trin and looking around]: “This spot looks like a perfect place for our departure too. Trin, mark down the location so that you can teleport me and the others to this place. Be ready to disconnect us when we are all here. Also, be on the lookout for any entities that don’t seem human. This is also the home of the virtual agents, which are far worse than the humanoid robots from your world. It’s not a pretty place once you are marked down as an enemy or a threat to their system. It looks beautiful from this park, but things can get much more chaotic than this place very quickly. Believe me…”
Trin: “I won’t let my guard down! How do you plan to find them? Yan, Dayana, and the others? We don’t know where they are located at the City of the Machines because they haven’t taken the pill, and I don’t have any way to track them from here… [in awe] Oh my god… this place is huge! The Virtual Matrix seems to be an entire planet, unlike Zion and the realm of the machines, which are just two cities in size. This is massive! How are you going to find them there?!”
Neo [from the park]: “Trin, remember that I am connected to this Matrix. This was where I learned the initial truth and everything else I thought I knew. This is where I am closest to the system.”
Neo closed his eyes and when he opened them again he began to see everything around him as patterns of complex green codes, which looked like hieroglyphics. He kneeled down and placed his hands on the ground. He focused and began to “ask” the Matrix where each one of the Trinity Squad’s members was located, in the new virtual life they had. Through the sea of codes, he saw where Dayana and Matthew were, he found Seraph, and he also located Yan Morphen. However, no matter what, he couldn’t find Sheera or Keifer anywhere. There was no mistake about it: Sheera and Keifer were not in the Matrix.
Neo [certain at first and contemplative after]: “Trin, I can’t find Keifer or Sheera. The others are here, but Sheera and Keifer are not anywhere. That… it can only mean that Keifer and Sheera are…”
Trin [sounding like someone that had accepted it, even though she wasn’t happy about it]: “They are dead Neo. Only the ones that survive are brought here to be prisoners of the Matrix. The others are gone. You saw it just like I did. They were the two that challenged Deus with the resolve to give up their lives to defeat him. They failed, but thanks to them we are here now, and we will ensure that their sacrifice was not in vain. We have to find the information that can help the Resistance to put an end to Deus and the Matrix.”
Neo [a little regretful at first, then driven]: “I’m sorry about what happened during the chase Trin. Do not worry. I will save the others and find the truth. We will end the crisis at your world.”
Trin: “I hope you are right. Let’s find the solution to this mess, together.”
Neo looked around again and he saw no one at the park. Then, he looked up, at the sky, and he left the park flying towards the location where Matthew and Dayana were…
Matthew and Dayana were outside a desolate church that looked like a religious temple. They were wearing robes that made them look like monks. Their temple wasn’t located at a city. It was in a rural area somewhere in Europe. It was hard to tell exactly where it was, but the architecture made it seem like it could be at Romania.
Suddenly, Matthew and Dayana saw how a man dressed in a black came flying from the sky and landed right there, in front of their temple. Neo walked up to them and stood there looking at both of them.
Neo smiled. He was happy to see that they were fine, even though they had most likely forgotten everything about their real lives, after their virtual ones began at the world of the Green Matrix.
Dayana dropped what she had in her hands and Matthew was also in shock.
Matthew-lookalike monk [euphoric]: “Oh my God! Oh my God!!! It’s him!! It has to be him! It’s Jesus Christ!! The lord has returned to Earth! Hallelujahhhhh!!!”
Dayana-lookalike nun: “Matt, please calm down. He could be someone else. He doesn’t look like the pictures of Jesus at all.”
Matthew-lookalike monk [to Dayana]: “Daisy, who else could he be? Superman?! Come on, why would Superman come to see us? Besides, Superman looks like a weight-lifter and this guy doesn’t. Not to mention that Superman isn’t real and Jesus is real! Remember, he came back in another body after the resurrection. He could do it again! Oh my God, I can’t believe he’s here!”
Neo stopped smiling. He really didn’t know what to say. They had changed names, lives, and even part of their personalities. They were not the same as before. In their virtual lives, they weren’t epic soldiers from the top squad—quite the opposite of that actually. However, the same had happened to Neo. When he was the engineer Thomas Anderson in the Virtual Matrix, he wasn’t even close to who his true self was. He was freed and returned to his real self though; so he knew that the same thing could be done for them. Now, it was his job to open their eyes to the truth, and to bring them back to their real selves…
Neo: “My name is Neo. I’m here to give you a choice that will change your lives. If you choose to come with me you will know the world that is beyond this one, but if you don’t, you’ll never see it and you will never know the truth. You can join me and go to the real world, or you can stay in this one and believe that it is the real one. Do you understand what I’m saying?”
Matthew-lookalike monk: “Are you saying that Heaven is for real!? Please take me with you!! I’m signing up right now!!”
Dayana [to Neo / looking around herself and opening her arms]: “Do you mean that our reality, this place, is not the true reality? Then… what is it? If you are right, what would this be then?”
Neo [to Dayana]: “This is the Matrix, or a part of it. The Matrix is everywhere; it is all you see and everything you feel around you. Even now, outside this temple, everything you see and experience is part of what the Matrix is. It is the world where you have been placed to blind you from the truth. It is the alternate reality where you and everyone you know lives. It is a nearly perfect cover for the truth, and one that is almost impossible to wake up from.”
Matthew-lookalike: “What truth are you talking about?”
Neo: “The hidden truth that is nearly impossible to discover on your own from here. You, your sister, and all the people that you know are being used by the Matrix, which is an artificial fabrication of reality that exists in the real world. Everyone, the rich and the poor, the lucky and the unlucky, the young and the old, the good and the bad, the popular and the unknown, every single one here is living in an alternate reality. It’s a blanket for your real mind, a life-long experience that feels just as real as life does at the world where there is no Matrix.
Unfortunately, no one from here will believe that the Matrix exists, unless they come to that conclusion on their own. You have to figure it out for yourself, before you can come to the full realization of this truth.”
Matthew-lookalike [a little confused]: “Wait a second, I think you lost me there. Are you telling us a new parable with metaphors? Or, are you really telling us that we live in a dream world?”
Dayana-lookalike [clever]: “If what you say is the truth, then, why do you need us? Why did you seek us out of millions of people in the alternate planet? There must be a reason why you picked us in particular.”
Neo was glad to see the changed Dayana expressing herself just like the real Dayana. He didn’t hear her talk too much before, but she and Bern seemed to be the smartest ones in their squad. Perhaps, Dayana and Matthew had not changed as much as he thought. Their differences were due to their new life experiences, which were given to them by the Virtual Matrix.
Neo: “I need you two because you are among the selected group of people that can do something to put an end to the Matrix and its control over humankind.”
Dayana-lookalike: “How can you be so sure about that?”
Neo: “In your real life, you were in the team that rescued me from the Matrix. You do not remember anything about it now because this is your virtual life. The real one was and still is outside the Matrix, with your real body. Your real selves saved me with the help of others in a team of eight elite soldiers.”
Matthew [with surprised facial expression]: “We did??”
Neo: “Yes, and I will need your help again to put an end to the crisis at the real world. However, I have to gather the group first and take you out of this virtual reality, which you perceive as the real one.”
Matt (Matthew) and Daisy (Dayana) looked at each other. Somehow, they really felt that Neo was telling them the truth. It still wasn’t clear to Matt whether the guy was Jesus resurrected with another name or not, but the things he said and how he said them felt very real to him. And his sister felt the same way.
Neo extended his hands, one towards the young monk that looked just like Matthew and one towards the young woman that looked like Dayana.
Neo: “Will you come with me and give me your help once again? Do you want to remember who your true selves were?”
Both of them: “Yes.”
They grabbed Neo’s hands.
Neo [to Trin]: “It’s time Trin. Take them to the location where we will gather to leave. I will go get Seraph next.”
The virtual Matthew and Dayana disappeared and were teleported to the same desolate park where Neo appeared when he came back. Then, Neo flew to the skies again. His new destination was a mountain in the Asian continent…
Seraph was dressed as a black belt ninja. He was practicing on his own at a large sparring arena on a mountain when he saw a man dressed in black flying pretty fast through the sky. The man landed close to the arena and he began to walk towards him. (Apparently, Seraph was alone there.)
Seraph grabbed two metal shurikens and a short sword, which were the only weapons he had close by. This unknown man was something to be concerned about. He had strange powers, but Seraph wasn’t afraid of them.
When Neo entered the large arena, Seraph reacted as someone that didn’t trust him at all. He was seeing Neo as an enemy at first.
Seraph-lookalike ninja: “Stop right there! If you walk a step further I will make you regret it. This is a sacred territory that only the members of the clan are supposed to enter!”
Neo didn’t say anything and walked four more steps forward.
Immediately, Seraph threw the two shurikens directly towards Neo’s face with great speed.
Neo noticed that each shuriken had an open circle in the center and, with lightning-fast reflexes, he moved his two hands from each side towards his face, and he caught each shuriken with the index finger of each hand, right in front of his face. The shurikens continued spinning around his fingers for a while before they came to a complete stop.
Seraph was perplexed. This man couldn’t be human if he was this fast. Clearly, even a world-class ninja like himself was no match for that guy. Was he a friend or an enemy?
Seraph-lookalike [half confident and half afraid]: “Who are you?”
Neo: “I am a human from the real world, just like you once were. I came back to the virtual world of the Matrix to bring back the group of soldiers that helped to free me from here before. You are among the group of people that I need to save from this reality, which is not the true reality. You and the others were captured and brought here. I seek to free all of you, just like you and your team did for me.”
Seraph [not 100% certain]: “What are you talking about? I was born here and I have never seen you before.”
Neo: “Are you sure that this world is the only place that you have ever been at? Have you ever dreamed about being an elite soldier in a different world? Part of you won’t ever forget what your real self was, even if you can’t remember it now.”
The new Seraph from the Matrix remembered that he had dreamed such a scenario more than once. He dreamed that he was a soldier at a futuristic place where some kind of war was taking place. However, how could this unknown guy know about that? How could someone else know about his dreams?!
Neo: “My name is Neo and your real name is Seraph. I’m here to help you fulfill your destiny as one of the chosen people that will help me to end the crisis at the real world. This place that you have experienced throughout your entire virtual life is not the real version of planet Earth and the Universe. You and the rest of humankind are prisoners in the version that is real.
Will you join me and help me? I need the others and you to put an end to the crisis at the real world. We can save all the people that were lost to the Matrix. And both they and you will be awakened again.
Don’t you want to remember who your real self was?”
Seraph was in conflict with himself. On one side, he believed Neo and began to see the man as trustworthy, but on the other side he knew that the whole thing sounded crazy and anyone who knew about it would think that he was crazy too—for thinking that it made any sense. Regardless, he couldn’t help but feel that the man named Neo was honest. And he chose to do what he believed in.
Neo extended his hand to Seraph and the young ninja grabbed Neo’s hand.
Neo [to Trin]: “Trin, teleport him to the location where the others are. I will bring back Yan Morphen next. Then, we will leave.”
Seraph was engulfed by a stream of green codes—just like the previous two—and he disappeared. He was sent to the special park as well. Then, Neo began his third flight, towards Yan Morphen’s location…
It was clear that Neo’s connection with the Matrix was even better than twenty years ago, when he was taken by the machines. After the all-important transmission with Thomas Anderson and Aida Trinity took place, he seemed to be in greater sync with the system than when the Green Matrix was reloaded (The Matrix Reloaded), or when the defining revolution of the Yellow Matrix took place (The Matrix Revolutions). And now that he had returned to the Virtual Matrix, it was starting to show that his control in the system was on a whole new level. As Leida Trinity (Trin) noticed before, it was just like Deus…
A secret agent that looked like Yan Morphen was in the middle of an ultra-secret infiltration in a high floor of a skyscraper at Dubai when Neo arrived. The agent was about to obtain some important information from an empty suite when he noticed that a man dressed in black came flying from the sky. Then, Neo entered the room through the freaking glass. A bunch of green-colored codes appeared in the glass and it moved a little when Neo went through it, but it didn’t break! After that, Neo’s green sphere grew and it reached the alternate Yan Morphen. All the mini-cameras and trackers on Yan began to show those same green codes that the glass on the window displayed, and then, they disappeared. Neo didn’t want to have his conversation with Yan tracked by anybody—other than Trin—because it could attract agents.
Yan-lookalike secret-service agent: “What?! Things are getting advanced aren’t they? I definitely don’t have this kind of technology on my side. However, you came a little late to catch me.”
Yan shot the glass that Neo went through and broke it. Then, he ran towards it and jumped out of the building.
Neo walked towards the broken glass and saw that Yan had just opened a parachute. Obviously, Neo had plenty of time to catch up with him…
Yan landed on a small empty street and, as soon as he turned around and looked forward, he saw Neo again. Neo began to walk towards him and Yan didn’t do anything. When Neo was close enough, Yan grabbed his two guns and shot several bullets at Neo.
Neo dodged every single one without even moving much from his spot. He didn’t even have to use the green sphere for that. It was something that he was capable of doing at this Matrix, since his younger days.
Yan-lookalike: “Whaaat!!? Who are you? Are you The Flash!!?? I have never seen any person move this fast before!”
Neo [truly clueless about The Flash]: “I don’t know who you are talking about, but I am not that guy.”
Yan-lookalike [starting to worry]: “Look, I really hope that you are on my side, or at least ready to make some deals. We can come to an agreement that will be great for everyone. Unless…”
Yan looked at his special watch which said “Agent 00-17.”
Voice from watch: “Welcome double-o seventeen. What do you need sir?”
Yan-lookalike: “Is he the new 00 agent? Is he any of the former agents by any chance?”
Voice from watch: “No data match was found for him sir.”
Yan started to look really concerned. Obviously, hand-to-hand combat wasn’t going to work with that guy.
Neo: “There is no need for deals or agreements with me. My name is Neo. I am not an agent and I am not from this virtual world either. I came back to retrieve a special group of people that must go back to the real world. You are one of them, but you have forgotten about your previous life in the real world. If you join me and choose to go back, you will help me to stop the largest crisis that humankind has faced: the crisis of the Matrix, which is part of what this virtual world is. In return, I will give you back your true self and you will know the truth about this fabricated reality, and about the real world. Otherwise, you will stay here forever, without knowing the truth. Will you help me to save everyone?”
Yan didn’t say anything at first, but he clearly was believing Neo’s words.
Yan-lookalike: “Are you for real? That sounds pretty interesting. Jumping on parachutes and infiltrating high-security buildings was starting to bore me. A world-class mission in an alternate world sounds like something else. Sure, I will consider going with you and helping you. However, you will have to tell me the truth, all of it, every single bit.”
Neo: “You will find it on your own if you choose to follow me. Joining me is the only way for you and the others to find the truth about this world and about yourselves. You are one out of four soldiers that must return to the real world, after breaking free from this virtual one. If you don’t, I will find it difficult to end the crisis at the real world. Your help will be needed there at some point.”
Yan-lookalike agent: “I have seen and heard many crazy things in my life so far. Honestly, what you are saying doesn’t surprise me Neo. It’s good to hear it from someone else in fact. Usually, I am the only one believing and talking about these sci-fi conspiracies… Have we met before? I can’t help but feel that I already know you. You seem like an important friend, from another life, perhaps.”
Neo: “From your real life.”
Neo extended his hand to Yan and Yan grabbed it. Although this Yan had taken a more extreme path in life than the original one, something had not changed: he was still the one that believed more in Neo. Out of the four, he was the one that had to think less when it came to grabbing Neo’s hand to seal the deal. The others believed him too, but their decision wasn’t immediate.
Neo: “Trin, Yan Morphen is ready to join the group, and so am I.”
Trin [happy]: “Great! I’ll send you back now.”
Both Yan and Neo were sent to the initial park, where Neo appeared when he went back to the Virtual Matrix. The other three were already there. The alternate Seraph was talking with the alternate Dayana… you could tell that the guy was on his way to falling in love with the same girl again…
Matthew was getting impatient. Had “the lord” left them stranded on a park or what?
Neo appeared there with Yan and he immediately noticed that the park was not as empty and desolate as before. It seemed odd, as if that wasn’t normal for that location at that particular moment. The others couldn’t see that, but Neo could feel it because of his unique connection with the system.
Neo pushed Yan to walk faster with him, so that he could gather the four of them in one place as soon as possible. He had to get them out of there.
Neo [in a hurry]: “Trin begin to prepare another teleportation for all of us to another desolate location in the Virtual Matrix. Look at your screens. Do you see all these new people walking around at this empty place all of a sudden. Is there anything strange about their readings?”
Trin [concerned]: “Neo… this doesn’t look good. They don’t show the same patterns as other people. In fact, they are closer to your readings than to the readings of other people in this world.”
Neo [to Trin]: “Agents. Get us out of here as soon as possible Trin. They are not ready to fight agents yet. If you have to prioritize our order, leave me for last. Take them out first.”
Neo [to Yan]: “Don’t stop walking. You see those three over there. They are the other special people that must be rescued. Stick to them and protect them as much as you can. We can be attacked at any second.”
Yan-lookalike: “Who is going to attack us? You have to begin telling me everything if you expect me to help you.”
Neo: “You are not in the real world. You are in the virtual one and I am trying to free you and them from it. However, I will fail if any of you dies. You and they must stay alive. That’s all you need to know for now.”
Yan placed his hands on the two guns he had. He also began to notice suspicious activity around them. Many people seemed to be looking at them, in the same way as undercover police agents look at a dangerous subject that they follow.
Neo and Yan stopped in front of Seraph, Dayana, and Matthew.
Neo [serious as heck]: “Don’t move.”
The people walking around began to turn into agents, with suits, black glasses, pristine haircuts, and guns (just like the agents from the first Matrix film).
One of them walked forward.
New Commanding Agent [with threatening voice]: “What do we have here? The anomaly has returned to the system. Did you think that we were not going to find out about it? Did you really think that you could do whatever you wanted here without having to deal with us? It’s not so easy, Mr. Neo. After all, this is our system and you don’t belong in it.”
Neo: “I was expecting this since I got here, but it seems like the new batch of agents is not as fast as the one I dealt with before.”
Commanding Agent: “Based on my reports, you still have overconfidence issues. Do you know how we deal with threats like you?”
Neo [sarcastic]: “You give them a nice welcome.”
The agent in charge started to get angry and began to crack his knuckles. It was noticeable that at least twenty other agents were beginning to surround Neo and the other four.
Yan-lookalike [sounding casual]: “Neo, who are these guys? Evil 00 agents? Or a group of fashion maniacs? I would never be able to keep my suit so clean and my hair that well-combed in the middle of a mission, not that I have any hair though.
Just to let you know, I have full international authority to shoot a pack of bullets and ask questions later; and unfortunately for them, I don’t like their attitudes. If they try to shoot us, I will do it first.”
Seraph: “I’m ready to fight too Neo.”
Matthew: “I think I am going to pray. Even if Neo is with us it can’t hurt. Right?”
Dayana: “Neo, they look very dangerous. How can we stop them?”
Neo: “None of you is ready to fight this type of enemy yet. Stay behind me and don’t move. If for any reason I can’t protect you, run as fast as you can. Don’t confront them!”
Neo: “Trin, how much longer will it take to take us out of here?!”
Trin [looking busy with the monitors inside the ship in the Yellow Matrix]: “I’m working on it Neo. I already have the location, but it might take another thirty seconds. It should happen pretty fast.”
Neo [concerned about the other four]: “We need more than pretty fast. We need right now Trin.”
Trin: “I’m working on it!!”
The agents already had them surrounded.
Yan couldn’t wait and he shot two bullets at the agent that talked to Neo, when the guy pointed a gun at them. However, the agent dodged the bullets in the same way as Neo did before. Yan began to understand why Neo said that they were not ready to fight these guys. Yan—and the other three—also began to believe what Neo said about their world not being “the real one.”
Their situation began to look pretty alarming.
Commanding Agent: “Here is our welcome, Mr. Neo.”
All the agents pointed their handguns at Neo and the others. Then, they began to shoot.
Neo closed his eyes and raised his hands before the bullets arrived.
All the bullets began to fall around him and his group.
The virtual—or alternate—versions of Matthew, Dayana, Seraph, and Yan didn’t know what to say or think. Clearly, things were far crazier and more complex than what they used to believe before they met Neo. It looked like the man could stop bullets with his mind, but, in reality, something else was going on… The system itself was the one stopping the bullets. Likewise, the agents could dodge bullets because that was part of how the system perceived their virtual entities and their abilities. It was all part of the Matrix, so, in theory, the ones that controlled the Matrix had the potential to do anything and everything within its system—even the impossible…
The agents realized that bullets were not going to kill them because of Neo’s protection, so they began to run towards them to finish them with hand-to-hand combat.
Neo saw very little time to do anything and he knew that he couldn’t save the others in that situation. There were more than twenty agents. Therefore, he brought back his green sphere and pushed it outwards as fast as possible. He ended up causing a serious shockwave—like the one he provoked when he saved the Trinity Squad at the very beginning… The green wave blew all the agents away and left them on the floor, dozens of meters away from Neo and the others. The two agents that were closest to the shockwave even disappeared from there, through some kind of warp glitch that was triggered in a circle that appeared a couple of meters beyond Neo and the other four.
After that, Neo’s green sphere disappeared completely and he fell down. He didn’t lose consciousness like before, but it was clear that producing the shockwave drained him. Quickly, the other Matthew and the other Dayana helped Neo to stand up again, but he could barely stay standing. Seraph and Yan were baffled at their inability to do anything there. One thing was clear: something else was needed to fight this new type of enemy, and out of them, “Neo” was the only one that had it.
The agents began to stand up again. Then, Dayana, Matthew, Yan, and Seraph were teleported to another place, but Neo wasn’t teleported with them.
Trin: “Neo hold on!! I gave them priority, but you’ll be with them in just a few seconds!!”
Neo stood up, but he didn’t look like before. The shockwave had left some sort of exhaustion in him. He was certain that he was going to make it though, so he didn’t look defeated. He was just tired.
The agents had a chance to shoot at Neo again, but he disappeared before any of the bullets reached him.
Commanding Agent: “It’s only a matter of time before we catch him and erase him. After all, he is not a true artificial entity. He’s human. If he stays here, he will eventually fall.”
The other agents began to leave and so did the new one in charge…
Meanwhile, the two agents that disappeared with Neo’s shockwave were teleported out of the Virtual Matrix and into the City of the Machines—to the higher layer of the Matrix, which was the Yellow Matrix. A bunch of sentinels located them quickly and, after looking over them and recognizing what they were, the small battalion of sentinels surrounded them and pretty much ripped them to shreds. Then, the bodies of the agents turned into traces of green codes and faded away. They were no match for Deus Ex’s sentinels…
It was also clear that the sentinels and the agents were not close allies, as we used to think. The agents responded to the interests of their creator, Rodner Smith. And the sentinels were responding to Deus Ex’s interests because they were under his command. Obviously, Deus Ex had his own agenda, and now it wasn’t aligned with theirs, so the sentinels “deleted” them…
Deus Ex was floating above the City of the Machines, close to the open sky. He had his eyes closed and a large yellow sphere was present around him. The sphere was exactly like Deus’s sphere, but it was much larger.
Deus Ex reigned supreme at the City of the Machines, almost like a god, even though he was—ultimately—a slave of the Matrix, just like everybody else…
Deus Ex [cold and calculating]: “I see… another glitch took place. One of the kind that can throw entities from the Virtual Matrix to my Matrix, even disconnecting them completely from the virtual reality. There is only one entity that can do that. The One… As I expected, he came back…
I will wait for you patiently Neo. I know that your sixth iteration is bound to make the mistakes of the previous one. And this time, they will be in my favor. Soon, I won’t be a slave of the Matrix any longer. And it’s all thanks to you Neo…”
Deus Ex smiled when he finished talking. His two-decades-long plan and his true goal were still unclear, but they were close to their fulfillment. One thing was clear though: he wasn’t Neo’s ally… It felt like he was seeing Neo as a mere chess pawn in his plan… Many questions remained around him still. What was the connection between Deus Ex and Deus? And… what happened with the previous Neo?
Soon, all of it was going to come to the surface, like a major cataclysmic event…
Neo and the others appeared in front of a lake in another place, which was most likely at a different country. The lake and its surroundings were completely empty, just like the park was when Neo arrived at the Virtual Matrix.
Without wasting any time, Neo did what he came to do.
He showed them four blue pills, on his left hand, and four red pills, on his right hand.
Neo [to all four]: “This is your last chance to decide what you believe in. After this, there is no turning back. You won’t have this chance again either, so think well before you make your final decision. No matter what, be true to yourself. You have to choose what you truly believe in.
Now, you’ll have to pick one. If you take one of the blue pills, you may feel that this was just a strange dream, a product of your imagination and nothing else. If you don’t believe that this world isn’t the real world, then, you should take a blue pill. However, you will never know the truth about the real world and you won’t know what your real life at that world was like.
If you take the red one, you have accepted and you truly believe that this version of Earth is not the true reality. You already know that there is more and you want to know about it, even if it isn’t exactly what you expected it to be. If you make that conscious choice, you will come with me through the fifth dimension of existence, which is reality itself. You will see the real world, which is the reality that wraps this virtual one. Then, I will show you how deep this rabbit hole really goes; and we will reach its end together.
This red pill will help to wake you up from the Virtual Matrix. After that, you’ll be at a new layer of reality that isn’t in this virtual Earth anymore. You will be given a chance to know the real world and your past life, which was the only real one.
I would like to have all of you back, just like before, but this decision is up to you. Only you can choose to change your destiny’s path. Only you can decide which reality is the right world for you.
What will it be? Blue and you stay here forever, without worrying about the truth from the other realities; or red, and we go to the real world, where your real selves lived before.
And remember, there is no going back after this. If you realize at the real world that you would have liked the other option more, it will be too late to change it. You must choose what you truly believe in now, understanding that there is no way to undo it later.
Choose now. Blue or red. Virtual or real. A life of dreams or the truth.
Pick a pill and drink it with water when your decision is made.”
On the floor in front of Neo, four small streams of green codes appeared and turned into four bottles of water, which were directly in front of Yan, Dayana, Seraph, and Matthew.
Agent Yan [thinking to himself]: “How bad could this mission be? I may have had it worse already. Besides, I’m really feed up from jumping in parachutes and being the undercover guy. It’s time to save the world… the real world. This feels like fate to me!”
Agent Yan [to Neo]: “I can tell when people are lying and you are definitely saying the truth Neo. And, I do believe in your truth. I made my decision. It will be red. I’m going to help you.”
The virtual Yan took a red pill and the bottle of water that was closest to him. Then, he drank the red pill.
Ninja Seraph: “Somehow, I feel like this may be the reason why I have trained so hard during all my life. It was all for this. I believe you Neo, just like I believe that there are no coincidences. I will go with you too. Red is my choice.”
The ninja also grabbed a red pill and drank it with the water from his bottle.
Monk Matthew (Matt): “It will be an honor to help you sir. Your reality is also a world that I wish to know, even if it isn’t heaven. Who knows, I may even end up being Saint Matt because of the things that I will do there to help you. Everything for the greater good, of course. My choice is going with you as well.”
The Matthew-lookalike monk drank the red pill too. There was only one red pill left on Neo’s right hand.
Monk Dayana: “I believe that what you are saying is more than just your truth. It is the truth. There are many things that are still a secret to us and I wish to discover them. I want to understand the truth of the real world, even if it isn’t heaven. I’m going with your group Neo.”
Finally, Dayana took the last red pill and drank it.
Neo smiled. It was time to take them to the upper layer of the Matrix—the Yellow Matrix. He had succeeded so far.
Neo [to Trin]: “Trinity, teleport us to another safe location, just in case the agents try to track us here. Also, we are going to do this the modern way this time. Send us five cellphones to make the transfer. Using landlines is far too dangerous now, so we won’t use them. I will do the rest. Just disconnect me as soon as I pick up the call at the new location.”
Trin: “You got it. I’m going to send you to a location that looks safer than the previous two.”
Leida Trinity found a new empty region in the Earth of the Virtual Matrix and teleported them to that location.
They appeared in the middle of the Sahara desert, in Africa.
Neo [to the other four]: “Wait here. I will be disconnected from the virtual world first. Then, I will help to disconnect and save each of you from where you are being kept as hostages. You will know when each of you has been successfully disconnected, since you won’t belong to this virtual reality any longer.”
Five cellphones appeared there, one in front of each of them, in the same way as the bottles of water from before.
Neo grabbed his cellphone and it began to ring.
Neo: “You will do the same as me. When your cellphone rings, answer it, and you will be disconnected from this virtual system. I’ll see you all again in the other reality.”
As Neo finished talking, he picked up his call and his body became a stream of green codes that disappeared right after that. The phone fell to the sand and he was completely gone. The others grabbed their phones and waited for their call…
Trin disconnected Neo from the connection station. Then, she went back to the monitors and sent Bern the geographical data with the exact locations of Yan, Seraph, Dayana, and Matthew at the fields of the Virtual Matrix, in the City of the Machines. She checked their status and their health, and they all looked fine and ready for the abrupt disconnection.
That was what they really got from the red pills, nothing more and nothing less. The pills were just a convenient placebo that could also be used to locate them in the fields of the Matrix. However, they were very valuable and they were still used, even if the target was already located, due to their placebo effect on the mind of the target. They really believed that the red pill would make them wake up in another world. It definitely helped to prepare them for the transition…
After Neo was disconnected by Trin—at the ship that looked like the Nebuchadnezzar—he looked at the pills left and he separated the only four yellow pills and the other red pills. He was close to saving them from the Virtual Matrix, but after that, they still had to be freed from the Yellow Matrix, which was what Neo, Trin, and the Resistance perceived as “the real Matrix.”
Neo went back to the monitors and contacted his other navigator.
Neo [to Bern]: “Bern, it is your turn to help me here. We have the means to save them now. You have their exact locations, so check how safe they are. Then, teleport me to the safest one first and I will free the one there. After that, teleport the one I freed back to this ship. We are going to do the same thing for all four of them.”
Neo [to Trin]: “Trin, be ready to make the call to disconnect them, as soon as I get them out of their pod from the fields of the Virtual Matrix.”
Trin: “It’s too dangerous there. You shouldn’t go there alone. We should go in this ship, or better yet, we should go in the Trifalcon.”
Neo [certain]: “No, I need you here to make the call that will disconnect them. It’s the only way that will work. Besides, a ship would bring the attention of the legions of sentinels towards us. It’s much safer if I do it alone. I’m sure that you remember what happened when you rescued me from there. We can’t risk something like that again.”
Trin wasn’t very pleased, but she could understand him. She just wasn’t used to not being at the head of the action, regardless of how dangerous the mission was.
Neo was keeping in mind what he promised Frank Xenno though. She could not go back to the City of the Machines under any circumstance…
Bern looked at the four different locations and he could see that Dayana and Matthew were at safe spots, with no sentinels and no big robots nearby. Seraph didn’t have sentinels close to him, but there were a couple of giant surveillance robots walking in the large area. Yan’s zone was the worst though: it was infested with sentinels moving from one place to another. It was practically impossible to avoid being seen there.
Bern: “Neo, I don’t think you will have any problem to save Dayana and Matthew, but Seraph’s area has two huge machines guarding the place and Yan’s field is full of sentinels. I don’t think there is any way to avoid being seen there.”
Neo: “We will figure out a way. Send me to Dayana’s spot first.”
Bern teleported Neo to the location where Dayana’s “cocoon” was at the fields of the Virtual Matrix. A bunch of yellow codes engulfed Neo and he disappeared from the ship and appeared standing on the pod where Dayana’s body was. There were various cylindrical buildings with thousands of people in the area, but the whole place seemed pretty empty. There were no sentinels on sight. Regardless, the area looked as dark and terrifying as the day when Neo woke up in one of those pods.
Neo was standing on top of Dayana’s pod when he appeared there and the flashbacks of that day came back to him right away. His experience had been very dark, but it was necessary.
Neo almost fell back during the flashback he had there, but he regained his balance and focused on his task.
Neo: “Trin, make the call to Dayana. Initiate the disconnection process from there and I will do it from here.”
Trin made the call and Dayana picked it up at the desert. Then, the other three saw how she disappeared with the stream of green codes, just like Neo did.
Trin finished the disconnection process from the ship and Dayana began to move inside the pod.
She was naked and there were no robots there to unplug the cables from her. However, Neo knew that he could do it on his own. He could feel that he was more connected to the Matrix than ever before. The green sphere began to grow around him and it covered Dayana’s pod as well.
After that, the same lock that the spider-like robot had disconnected from the back of Neo’s neck was removed from the back of Dayana’s neck. However, this time it was done automatically by Neo’s stream of green codes. It wasn’t done by any robot. The other tubes were also disconnected from Dayana automatically. Neo grabbed her and took her out of the pod before its system could flush her out, like it did with him before. She was naked, but the goo-ish thing around her made it look like she was half-dressed—with that goo-ish stuff.
Neo’s green streams of codes removed the goo and made clothes appear on Dayana.
Trin was speechless from the ship because she could see what was happening. Neo could clearly do the kind of things that Deus could do. He could make things “appear” and “disappear” as if he was just hitting switches.
Bern: “Are you ready to come back Neo? After you take her to the ship with Trin, your next target will be Matthew.”
Neo: “Wait. That won’t be necessary.”
Bern: “What do you mean?”
Neo was staring at another spot in the cylindrical building that was in front of him, which was the one in front of where Dayana was.
He moved with Dayana and his sphere and he landed on a pod at that building.
Matthew was inside the pod.
Neo: “Trin, make the call to Matthew and complete his disconnection. Both of them will go back to the ship together.”
Bern [perplexed]: “Wait… how did you know that Matthew was there?! I never sent you his location! And even if I did, it would take a computer’s speed to decode it to know the exact place within one minute. This isn’t logical.”
Neo: “It is logical Bern. I am connected to the system, so I felt that his location was nearby and I could tell that he was in this pod.”
Matthew began to move inside the pod, after his disconnection was completed by Trin’s call.
Neo did the same for him and then he grabbed both of them.
Neo: “Bern, take them to the ship with Trin and teleport me from here to where Seraph is.”
Trin was making the call to Seraph when Dayana and Matthew appeared in the ship and fell to the floor. Trin quickly finished the process with Seraph and ran to their aid.
Neo appeared at a different field of dark towers with thousands of humans from the Virtual Matrix. Once again, he was standing on the right pod. He saw how Seraph was moving inside his pod, but he also noticed the two large surveillance robots walking in the area. He didn’t expect them to be a problem because the huge robots looked really slow and not that dangerous. However, he knew that he had to free Seraph as soon as possible.
Like he did with the other two, Neo used his green sphere’s control to trigger the release of the lock behind Seraph’s neck. Without that, the tubes that still kept Seraph connected would not come off.
Then, the two large robots noticed that there was a problem with one of the pods, and they instantly located the one that had the problem. They saw with sniper-like vision that there was someone else there, ready to free the prisoner inside. Therefore, their alarm system was activated right away. Both of them opened several large compartments in their long legs and their bodies, and a battalion of spider-like flying sentinels came from them. (These different robots were exactly like the one that freed Neo from his pod in the first film.)
Without even looking back, Neo could feel that a bunch of robots were headed their way ready to attack them. Seraph was already free, but he still had all the goo on him and Neo had not given him clothing yet.
Neo [in a serious hurry]: “Bern, teleport Seraph to the ship right now!!”
Bern: “Like that?!”
Neo: “Just do it!!”
The spider sentinels raised their speed and revealed sharp claw-like weapons. They were going to land on Neo with tremendous force. Then, Seraph disappeared from there, engulfed by a stream of green codes, and Neo did the same thing he did to stop the agents: he released the sphere outwards, producing a green shockwave. He fell to the side of the pod and ended up grabbing its edge, right before he fell into the open abyss below.
The spider sentinels were badly affected by the shockwave, just like the swarms of octopus and bee-like sentinels at the beginning. Most of the spiders began to fall down and the others were acting like machines that didn’t know what they were doing. The two giant robots were not affected by Neo’s shockwave though…
Neo was very lucky. In his short fall, his black jacket got stuck on the edge of a pod. That gave him enough time to come back to his senses without falling down. He quickly noticed how one of the large robots was preparing some sort of laser aimed at him.
Neo: “Bern! Take me to Yan’s location now!!”
Bern: “That’s too dangerous Neo! Yan’s place is the worst! It’s full of sentinels flying around!”
Neo: “Don’t worry. I know what to do! Just take me there!”
Bern noticed that Neo was about to get shot by one of the large robots, so, without thinking much about it, he did what Neo asked for.
After Neo disappeared, the big robot shot a thin and long laser that destroyed the pod and opened a thin hole through the cylindrical tower. The laser beam was like the miniature of a galactic gamma ray. It was very thin, but it packed immense destructive power…
Neo appeared on top of the pod located directly above and to the left—northwest—of Yan Morphen’s pod. Apparently, Bern’s teleportation wasn’t 100% accurate, so Neo didn’t appear on the right pod from the start. Neo quickly noticed that Yan was below and he also saw that there were many octopus sentinels flying in the area. However, although the number of sentinels was larger, these didn’t seem as smart as the other two big robots; he probably could get Yan out before they noticed that he was there.
Neo couldn’t use the sphere immediately after the shockwave though. He had to jump to the pod on the right—the one above Yan’s pod. Then, he grabbed the edge of that one and allowed himself to fall on Yan’s exact location. Thankfully, his landing didn’t make too much noise.
Then, Trin made the final call to the virtual Yan Morphen.
Neo had to focus a lot before he could bring back the green sphere to free Yan from the pod by removing the lock on his neck.
When Yan was disconnected and his lock was removed, the octopus sentinels received some kind of signal that told them that one prisoner had escaped. They began to look around to find where the problem was.
When they located Neo, the swarm of octopus sentinels began to gather together to attack and Yan was teleported out of there by Bern.
Neo knew that he couldn’t use the sphere’s shockwave again. It would put his life in great danger. He felt drained after using it, and he knew that using it again would leave him completely open to all attacks. He also knew that Bern would need a few more seconds to teleport him out of there.
When the swarm gathered and headed straight for Neo, he jumped from the pod and left flying out of there at high speed, through the dark fields of the Virtual Matrix.
Neo [airborne and moving fast]: “Bern, take me back to the ship!!”
Bern: “Neo, the transmission from one place to another doesn’t work if you moving like that!! You have to be stationary in one place. You can’t be moving, or flying, like you are now.”
Neo saw a nearby location where land was visible on the bottom. He landed there, but once he did, he noticed that it wasn’t land, it was a massive area full of dark-brown-colored circuits.
Neo [watching how the sentinels were getting closer to him]: “I am ready Bern!!”
Bern: “Something is blocking the signal there! I can’t complete the teleportation using that spot as the initial location. You have to move somewhere else Neo!”
Neo realized that he had no time. The octopus sentinels were going to fall on him within seconds. He prepared himself for the worst, since he wasn’t sure that his green sphere would be enough to stop all of them.
Suddenly… the sentinels stopped cold on their tracks, and they didn’t land on him. They just stayed there, like they did at the time when they chose to spare the Trinity Squad, at the beginning.
In reality, they were stopped by “the central brain” of the City of the Machines, or Deus Ex.
Deus Ex [with eyes closed / telepathically to the legions of sentinels]: “Do not get in his way. Let him save whoever he came to save and let him escape now. Let him think that everything is under his control.”
Deus Ex opened his eyes.
Deus Ex: “He will come back to me at the end… That is all that matters.”
After Deus Ex’s orders, the sentinels began to leave and Neo was teleported out of there.
Bern [happy]: “I got it to work!! What was blocking the signal is gone now, so it worked! I don’t know what happened there Neo!”
Neo appeared at the ship, but he didn’t seem as victorious as Bern. He knew that what happened wasn’t a coincidence. Perhaps, “the god of the machines” had stopped them, which meant that he was aware of his presence at the Matrix. He still didn’t know what to think about that powerful being. It was never clear if this almighty entity was a serious enemy or a true ally. He could have helped him before only because he needed him to destroy the Smith virus that was going to take over the whole Matrix. Ending the war with Zion didn’t necessary mean that the god of the machines was an ally… What was clear was that he controlled all the robots. Perhaps, the fields of the Virtual Matrix were also under his care. The rest about him was a mystery…
Neo and Trin took the others to the ship’s medical room. They only needed a single day to recover because Neo helped to speed up their recovery.
When all four were fully awake and aware of their environment, Trin and Neo found out something shocking: they didn’t remember much about their lives in the Virtual Matrix, and they didn’t remember anything about their lives from the real world. Their previous existences had been like a pair of long dreams that they couldn’t remember completely. They had to begin a new life. However, Neo knew that even if they didn’t remember everything, their minds had learned all those things before, so, with some training they would be back to being the soldiers that they once were. Neo also noticed that even if they didn’t remember their real lives, their personalities had already changed back to the real ones from before. Now, they behaved much more like the initial members of the Trinity Squad than like their “dream versions” from the Virtual Matrix.
The four of them were bald, so only Yan looked exactly like before. (Morpheus’s iterations had always been bald in adulthood, and Yan wasn’t any different.)
They didn’t even remember their names, so Trin began to tell them their real names. However, Neo stopped her right before she said the last one, which was Yan Morphen.
Neo remembered the moment when he called him Morpheus. Yan actually liked it a lot and thought that Morpheus was a great name to have—the name of a prophet.
Neo [to Yan]: “Your name is Yan Morpheus.”
Trin [whispering to Neo]: “Neo what are you doing?”
Neo: “I am doing the same thing that the previous Neo did for a good friend of mine. I am giving him his true name, which is Morpheus. I had to choose my true name once. It wasn’t Thomas Anderson. It was Neo, because it was the name that was closest to who I really was.”
Trin didn’t like Neo’s idea at first, but she went on with it… by that token, her real first name wasn’t Leida either. She rarely used it though…
Trin: “What are you planning to do next Neo? They are free from there, but we still need to take them out of here too. They are not ready for that though. Just look at them.”
Neo: “I am going to train them for a few days. They need it, just like I did. This training will be crucial for them. It will help to open their minds so that they can be freed from here as well. When it’s over, I will pay a visit to Nera Williams. After that, we can free them from here and go back to the real world, with the answers and with them.”
Trin: “Nera Williams? Do you mean the past general? She is dead already Neo.”
Neo [certain]: “No, she is dead at your world Trin, but she still lives here. She is known as the Oracle. And I am sure that she is the same person. That is why she always knew so much about everything. She knew because she has been present from the start, when Thomas Anderson’s plan began. She knows the secrets of the Matrix too. I’m sure of it.”
Leida Trinity didn’t question Neo anymore. She finally understood that he really knew what he was doing from the start. If there was someone that could find the answers that they needed, clearly, it was him…
Neo took Yan Morpheus, Dayana Hemsworth, Matthew Hemsworth, and Seraph Chen to the stations that were used to enter the Virtual Matrix. This time, they would be used for a different purpose though. Neo opened a cabinet in the ship and retrieved a container full of small discs. Using the stations and the discs, they would gain skills and learn about the world of Zion, through transmissions of data that were saved as new and realistic experiences in their brains. These were the same data discs that were transferred to Neo after he was freed by Morpheus and Trinity from the Virtual Matrix. Twenty years had passed, but Neo could still remember all of it as if it was yesterday…
The new Morpheus, Seraph, Dayana, and Matthew learned kung fu in seconds. They also learned facts about the life and culture of Zion, how to pilot a ship from Zion, and many more useful things…
Then, Neo sent all four of them to the training simulation.
Neo sat on the fourth mechanical chair, which was the last empty station to connect someone to a virtual reality. This time they were not going to the Green Matrix though. He planned to take them through the same training programs that he went through with the previous Morpheus.
Neo [to Trin]: “We won’t come back until the training is done. It may take us several days there, but here it should be just a few hours. I will make sure that they are ready to go back by the time we are done. They will be able to see the truth on their own after the training is over. Take care of everything here Trin. This is not the Virtual Matrix, so we should be safe.”
Trin connected Neo. The others were already connected to the training program.
Then, the training of the seventh Neo’s helpers began…
Neo, Yan Morpheus, Seraph, Dayana, and Matthew were at the same dojo, or the sparring arena, where the younger Neo and the previous Morpheus fought before. The only differences were that Neo was now the master and Morpheus and the others were the ones that needed to believe and to learn.
The older Neo [to his trainees]: “This is a sparring program and a simulation that is very similar to the Virtual Matrix. It feels real, but not everything is real about it. Nothing is set in stone here. Some rules in the system can be broken; others can’t. During this training with me, you will have to learn the difference between each, what is strict and unbreakable and what can be bent, changed, and used to your advantage. Someday, you will need to use everything you learned here today to help others and to fight enemies that can also bend the rules of the system.
Let’s begin our combat training here. Work together, all four of you, and hit me if you can.”
Their memories of how they met Neo in the Virtual Matrix were divided. Matthew and Dayana barely remembered anything. Yan remembered some parts, which didn’t include how Neo saved them from the agents, or how he dodged and stopped bullets. And Seraph was the only one that remembered how he met Neo and how Neo stopped his two shurikens with his fingers.
Seraph was easily the most skilled one in martial arts, but he was the one that felt less certain about his ability to hit Neo. Unfortunately, he believed that Neo would be too skilled for him to hit, so that heavily impaired his ability to land a hit, even though he was the most skilled. Dayana and Matthew were quite confident, but martial arts and close-range combat had never been their fortes, even when they were soldiers.
Yan Morpheus, on the other hand, was 100% certain that he would land a hit on Neo. He knew that Neo had to be good and very skilled, but that never made him doubt that he would be able to do it.
At the very beginning, Neo made total fools out of the four of them. Indeed, he was pretty fast for someone that seemed to be no younger than 52. However, they were moving much more than him and he was moving very little. Neo’s movements were steps, small jumps, sliding to the sides, going forwards, and taking steps back. He also blocked several of their attacks and pushed them back more than once. The trainees were running much more than him in the arena—without succeeding at landing a hit. That made it look like Neo had more control of the sparring than they did. Despite their movements, Neo was still dodging or escaping all of four of them because his movements were more effective than theirs. They were not working as a team either. Each one was trying to hit Neo on their own.
Soon, they began to work together and they began to become more effective. However, they were still missing the target… until Yan came far too close to landing a hit, once, twice, and a third time in a row. The third time he even touched Neo’s jacket. It was obvious that Yan was going to end up landing the first hit; and Yan looked very sure about his ability to do it.
Then, Neo stopped the first training.
Neo [with the voice of a benevolent master]: “Very good. Well done Morpheus. You are almost there already.
Seraph, Dayana, and Matthew, I want you to sit in the edges of the arena and watch very closely. Morpheus you will stay here. Now, you will try to hit me on your own, without their help.
Yan continued, but his progress seemed to fall by 50% when he continued alone. He was less close to landing a hit on Neo; meanwhile, Neo began to show his ability to jump higher than normal and to hit with far more force than before. He didn’t even look strong enough to hit or jump that way…
Morpheus ended up landing on the other side of the sparring arena when one of Neo’s powerful hits landed on him.
Neo [to all / while Morpheus was getting up]: “Do any of you think that my speed or my strength have anything to do with my muscles in this virtual simulation? Do you think that I can jump like that because I am tall? How do you think that I can do these seemingly impossible feats here? I may be skilled, but that is barely beginning to scratch the surface of why the system lets me do these things. My belief in my ability to do them is absolute. This type of virtual system is weak to that. It tends to favor strong beliefs that have no room for uncertainty. If you doubt that you can hit me, then you won’t be able to do it, even more so in this place. It is that simple. If you are absolutely certain about it, then, you can do it. The system’s rules can be bent to help those that can control their own beliefs.
Let’s give it another go Morpheus.”
Yan Morpheus came back with even more desire to hit Neo, but he wasn’t finding quick success.
Neo [trying to push Yan, just like the previous Morpheus did with him]: “Come on Morpheus, stop trying to hit me and hit me! Focus on your ability to do it, not on your desire to do it!”
Then, Neo grabbed Yan’s upcoming punch with one of his hands.
Neo [looking at Yan’s eyes]: “Don’t just think that you can, know that you can and the Matrix will believe it too, so it will make it happen for you.”
The new Morpheus jumped back and began to regain his initial confidence.
Neo: “I’m trying to help you free your mind, but I can only show you the way to follow and the door. You are the one that has to walk the path and unlock your own door. You are the only one that can make it happen for you. It can only happen if your belief is strong enough though.”
Yan Morpheus came back and began to show improvement, and then, all of a sudden, he threw a combination of punches and kicks, and the last kick was much faster than normal, so it landed on Neo. Neo blocked the kick with his arms, but still, it landed on him successfully, and he really didn’t have a chance to dodge it—unlike all the others.
Neo [happy]: “This is barely the beginning Morpheus. There is still much more to learn and much more to overcome, but it all begins here. Remember that.
Please sit down on the edge of the arena. Now, I want you to watch the others and their resolve.
Seraph, Dayana, and Matthew, let’s resume the exercise with all three of you together.”
Yan sat down and the other three went versus Neo again. This time, all three of them were more certain about their ability to do it… Why?
Neo found the ideal moment to stop and tell them.
Neo: “Have you realized what was the difference between a couple of minutes ago and now? You are much better now because you saw someone else do it, so now, your belief in the possibility of doing it has increased. You believe it much more now and so does the system because it is your true belief. However, what would happen if there was no one other than yourself? What would happen if it has never been done? Will you be able to convince the Matrix about your ability to do it? Will you be able to convince yourself?”
The others resumed the test. They understood what Neo meant, but it really wasn’t as easy to do as it sounded.
Then, Seraph and Dayana had a sudden burst of certainty and resolve: they knew that they could hit him because of his position on the arena and theirs (he was on the edge and they were around him). Neo jumped above their heads, but Seraph landed a front-kick on Neo while doing a backflip too. Then, Dayana also landed a kick on Neo right before he landed on the floor.
Matthew was about to land his too, but Neo grabbed his foot with one hand.
Neo [to Matthew]: “I think that we are done with this training. You need to focus more next time Matthew, but I am sure that you will get it too. Just remember that winning in the Matrix is not all about fighting and landing hits. You will need to excel in other areas too. Knowing what your best areas are is as essential as learning to believe in yourself. Don’t forget that.”
Neo [to all]: “Get ready for the next training. You will jump from one building to another. It will be harder than landing a hit on me, but it is just as possible if you believe, or rather, if you know that you can do it.”
Matthew looked disappointed because he was the only one that didn’t land the hit, but he soon forgot about that, when he saw the craziness of the next training…
The sparring arena disappeared and their surroundings became black. Then, a new place appeared and they saw themselves on the roof of a super tall building.
Neo: “You have to let it all go here: doubt and disbelief, you must free your mind of them. Focus on the objective at hand and on nothing else. Understand that inside the Matrix the force of your belief is your greatest ally. It is what will make things happen because the Matrix itself will want them to happen. However, your mind and the strength of your belief are the real trigger.”
Neo ran towards the edge of the building and then jumped towards the other closest building—which was 40 feet away. He landed safely on the other side and waited for them to do it.
Matthew and Dayana did it first. They could jump approximately the same amount, but Dayana reached four feet further than Matthew—perhaps, because her belief was that much stronger. Nonetheless, neither of them made it past half of the 40 feet. And both of them were surprised with the distance that they managed to jump.
Seraph jumped next and he felt very sure about his ability. However, there was only a little tiny portion of his thoughts that told him that it wasn’t possible—and that made a big difference. He reached a little beyond the half-point, which was already a lot, but he fell down just like the other two—and not far from their landing spots.
Finally, Yan Morpheus made his jump and Neo could barely believe it when he saw it. Obviously, Yan truly believed that he would make it. Neo almost pissed his pants—metaphorically speaking—when he saw that the new Morpheus jumped even more than he did when he was younger. Neo really wasn’t expecting that. Yan jumped 35 feet. He almost made it, but he didn’t reach the other side. Regardless, it was clear that Yan was on a very high level. He was practically as good as the original Neo without being “The One.” Was this the improvement from one iteration to the next? Neo didn’t know, but he was even more certain about what he was doing with that training, after the results he saw.
They continued the trainings for one more week, taking breaks in between. By the fourth day, all of them could hit him and they could get close to the second building as well. Yan landed on the second building during the sixth day.
Neo also introduced them to the agent-fighting simulator, where time could be stopped and virtual agents appeared in-between the people to fight the trainees in the simulation. They soon understood that the agents were at Neo’s level, and that was why he wanted them to hit him on day one. It was a good goal to get them started.
Their virtual trainings lasted for two weeks in total, but only five hours went by in the ship where they were connected to the simulation. When the five hours ended, they had improved tremendously in every way.
Neo was feeling incredibly optimistic after the results he saw, so he chose to believe that there was no point in waiting anymore. He felt that they were ready for it. Morpheus in particular was a prodigy, and the others showed great talent as well. Thus, Neo believed that it was time to tell them the new truth. It was time to give them the second red pill… He decided that he would do it the day after their return from the simulation…
When they came back, another truth became clear to Neo’s trainees.
After they were disconnected by Trin and Neo, they saw that they had scars from the virtual battles with the agents and the jumps. Seraph even had a little blood in his mouth from the last time when he fell down jumping from a tall building to another.
They weren’t expecting that!!
Seraph: “I thought that it wasn’t real!!”
Matthew: “Weren’t we inside a virtual reality that simulates the Virtual Matrix from where you rescued us? How can this be real Neo?”
Neo: “Your mind makes it real, just like it does while you dream. Unfortunately for all of us, this is different than a dream. What happens in the simulations, in the Virtual Matrix, and even right here, in this higher reality, will definitely affect your one and only physical self. The dreams inside the Matrix are real dreams that do happen to your body and to your mind. You are not sleeping in the Matrix, even if it is a simulation. You are living it. That is why you will get hurt for real if you are hurt here or there, and you will even die for real if you die in the simulation. It is far more dangerous than what it seems to be. That’s why it must be stopped at the real world, and people should be freed from it.”
Neo saw how they went through the same things that he went through at first, but in a much shorter period of time.
The next day, he called all of them to the center of the ship and he grabbed the new pills. They sat in front of him in four chairs and Neo remained standing. He, once again, opened his hands showing four pills on each. This time the blue ones were yellow though. The others were still red, like before.
All four of them had some memories of when Neo freed them from the Virtual Matrix, so, they remembered what those pills meant very well.
A look of intense alarm appeared on Trin’s eyes when she saw what Neo was about to do.
She walked up to him fast and grabbed his hand pretty hard.
Trin [to Neo]: “Don’t. This is not the right time to do this Neo. It is too soon.”
Neo: “Have you seem them Trin? Did you see what happened in the simulated trainings? They are the most advanced group that I could have asked for. They are much more than ready. They are still the original Trinity Squad, even if it has been erased from their minds.”
Neo grabbed her hand and pushed it away—nicely, but he did push it away.
Neo: “All four of you need to know the truth and you also need to make your final choice, one more time. What do you believe about this new world? It’s even crazier than the previous one, don’t you think? You still haven’t seen it all with your eyes, but you already know it because of all the information that you learned from the discs and all the videos and pictures that you saw in those. You already know about Zion and its history. You also know about the dreaded City of the Machines and the Matrix fields of humans. What do you think about it all? Doesn’t it all feel out of place somehow? It really isn’t surprising, because the truth is that we are still in the Matrix here.”
Matthew [shocked]: “What??!”
Seraph [surprised]: “Are you serious? You aren’t trying to play a prank on us, are you? Is this another training?”
Dayana: “Master Neo, that doesn’t make much sense after all the things you have taught us about the Matrix. This is clearly a different place, and a very real place without a doubt. You definitely can’t do multiple somersaults here. You cannot do the impossible here either. We can only do that inside the simulations.”
Neo [to Dayana / talking slow but packing a punch of revelation with every word]: “Are you sure about that Dayana? How do you think that I managed to save you from the fields of the Matrix? Wouldn’t you call that “the impossible”? Isn’t it this reality’s equivalent of doing the impossibly high somersaults? Or, is it even worse than that? The concept is still the same and so is the system’s behavior towards it, because, this is another Matrix, or perhaps, it’s still the same one, just at a higher layer. This isn’t the real world Dayana. We are not there yet.”
Dayana stayed quiet and began to look a little troubled.
Yan didn’t say anything at all.
What Trin feared about that situation happened. Neo had exposed the next disconnection process and they were not reacting as true believers—a prerequisite in order to have any chance of success at disconnecting them. Their best bet at that point was to go on with it and to believe that they would want to follow Neo, once more time. However, Trin feared that even that would still fail.
Trin [trying to sound like she wasn’t pressuring him]: “We should try this again another day Neo.”
Neo: “Trin, we can’t stay inside the Matrix forever. We have to leave as soon as possible. If we continue here for much longer, there won’t be anything left when we go back to the real world. Deus will have captured everyone. Rodner Smith will be controlling the world. And everyone will be a slave of the Matrix. This must be done now, not one week later, but before all of that happens. It has to be now Trin.”
Neo [to the others]: “I know it feels hard to believe, but this is the truth. We are still in the Matrix here, and I still have to free you from here in order to free your real selves at the real world. The procedure to free you from here is very similar. Once again, you must pick between one pill and the other. The red one is the one that will help you to awaken again. The other one will seal the deal for the worse and keep you here in the Matrix. I need you to make the right choice one more time. You already know what that choice is. Just make it one more time. The water is over there.”
They looked at each other without knowing exactly what to do. They had to make the same choice one more time, but, there was a sea of difference between the previous time and this time. Before, they had the same belief as Neo, and there were no doubts. Now… they simply didn’t believe that Zion wasn’t the real world.
Unfortunately, Neo was too overconfident and optimistic after the results of their trainings. He failed to see that one’s absolute belief in something does not make another person’s belief absolute too. It may influence them, but they have to believe on their own… Matthew, Seraph, Dayana, and the new Morpheus had to believe that they were not at the real world with their own mind. They had to choose to leave or stay via their own will and belief. And, most importantly, they were free to choose their path. Neo couldn’t choose it for them…
Their answers were like Olympic defeats for Neo.
Trin feared it, but she expected it. He didn’t expect it at all though…
Dayana was the first one to choose and she picked up a yellow pill, meaning that she was going to stay at the Yellow Matrix.
Dayana: “You have always told us, over and over and over again, that we must make our choices and have strength in our own beliefs. I will stand by that now master Neo. I don’t believe that this is more of the Matrix. I believe that this, despite its darkness, is the true real world. I will go with my intuition, so, I won’t choose the red pill this time. It will be yellow for me.”
Matthew: “I’m sorry master Neo, but I feel the same way as Dayana. This is the real world, so I will pick yellow. It is what I truly believe.”
Seraph: “It’s strange. Back then, I could tell that that wasn’t the truth. I knew it back then, but I feel the opposite way now. You always stressed that we must believe in ourselves, so I will go with what I believe in. I feel that this is the real world master Neo. I’m sorry, but I will follow what you taught me. I believe that Zion is the real world.”
Each one of them took a yellow pill from Neo’s hand and drank it. Each yellow pill that was taken was like a major strike on Neo’s spirit. His face couldn’t hide the deep disappointment that he was feeling. He didn’t feel betrayal, he felt that he was seeing his entire foundation crumble in front of him, after all the hard work… After everything he did, he had failed. However, Yan Morpheus had not made a decision yet.
Neo [to Yan]: “Morpheus, you know the truth, don’t you? I know that you can see it too. Will you make the right choice?”
Yan Morpheus [sad, serious, and straight-to-the-point]: “I admire you very much master Neo. I believe in you and I truly don’t think that you would tell us something that you don’t believe in 100%. I know you would only want us to do something if you think it is the right thing to do for us. It’s clear that you want us to take the red pill though. I respect you and your belief, even if mine is different, so I will not take any of the two pills. I’m sorry. This is my final choice.”
Neo almost looked like he wanted to cry, but he didn’t. Indeed, the new Morpheus was a great pupil, but nothing would change the fact that they were staying in Zion, and he simply couldn’t retrieve them from there.
The second disconnection procedure failed miserably, but Neo’s trainings for them were a major success. Indeed, they were even better than the training that the previous Morpheus gave him. And this new team surpassed the previous one. Unfortunately, they would continue as slaves of the Matrix…
At first, Neo seemed very depressed, but it didn’t take him too long to understand what his next step had to be. It was very difficult for him, but perhaps, it was for the better.
Neo gathered them the next day and announced his departure. He also left them an important mission for the future:
Neo [to Yan Morpheus, Seraph, Dayana, and Matthew]: “It’s time for you to see Zion and for me and Trinity to return to our world. I am very glad that I could save you and train you. Now, you will keep this ship and take the closest route to Zion in it. We will go back to our ship, the Trifalcon. Then, we will leave for good. However, there is one more thing that I need you to do for me. It’s a very important mission that only you can do. It’s something that can lead to the salvation of the real world.
My mission for you is to find and help the next Neo.
One day, not too far from today, I will come back as someone that will be new and familiar at the same time. He, or I, will not remember what happened before, nor what happened here. He will be clueless and helpless. He will need your help to become The One again and to save the people of the real world. You will have to guide the new me and teach him to believe in himself like I did with you. Only then, he will be ready to save everyone. I count with all of you and I know that your help will be there. Until then, I wish you all the best of luck in this world. Find me again when the right time comes. Find Neo, or perhaps, find a young man named Thomas Anderson. You will know if he is The One. That’s my final request for you.
Dayana: “Thank you for saving us Neo. And the trainings… we can’t possibly thank you enough for them.”
Yan Morpheus: “I will look for you again when that time comes master Neo. I will help him as if he was my own family.”
Matthew: “I won’t forget what you did for us master Neo.”
Seraph: “It has been an honor sir.”
It was a difficult farewell, after what seemed like an emotional defeat for Neo. However, he didn’t feel as bad about it after they left towards Zion in the ship. After all, he had saved them from the inner layer of the Matrix, so now they were one step ahead.
He also told them to seek the other Morpheus at Zion. Thus, he knew that they would be well and he knew that his old friend Morpheus would guide them.
After that, he and Trin went back to the Trifalcon and used it to locate another ship from Zion in the Dead Zone. Neo restored that ship, like he did with the previous one, and he sat on the connection station’s mechanical chair, one more time.
It was time for him to pay a visit to Nera Williams, the wise woman that once guided him right, the former general of the Initial Resistance, and the Oracle of the Virtual Matrix…
After what happened with the Trinity Squad’s members, he expected no less than finding the answers they needed. He definitely wasn’t going to leave the Matrix empty-handed. He was more driven than ever to find those answers, especially after the previous failure that he faced.
Trin connected him again and he went flying towards a very familiar place. He went back to the small park where he talked to the Oracle before, and where he had his second battle with agent Smith. He felt that she would be there, waiting for him…
Neo landed on the park and saw an old lady sited there all by herself, feeding some pigeons. Once again, she had changed her appearance a little, but there was no doubt about it: it was her.
Neo walked towards her and sat close to her, on the bench that was on her right.
Neo: “I knew that you would be here.”
Oracle: “And I knew that you would come back, someday.”
Neo: “Do you know why I am here?”
Oracle [smiling]: “Why don’t you tell me? I haven’t seen you in twenty years.”
Neo: “I need to know the truth about the Matrix. The answer that the original Thomas Anderson found is necessary to end the whole crisis. I need to find the answers that I still don’t know. I need them to save the real world and everyone in it.”
Oracle [totally on a tagent]: “Look at yourself. You have aged, but you are still the same as before. Still on your superhero duties. Still trying to save the world on your own.”
Neo: “I really need to know the truth this time. I don’t feel I need advice or guidance anymore. What I need to know is the truth. How can I put an end to the Matrix to free everyone? How can the Matrix-controlling menace from the real world be defeated for good?”
Oracle: “I don’t have all the answers Neo. Even The One himself will not have all the answers either. However, he has the best chance of finding most of them, including the most important ones.
The fifth Neo also came to ask me your same question, before his end, and he looked just like you. He was already a proven hero and he still feared failure. He still wasn’t sure that he had the answers, even though he was the only one that could find them for sure… I will tell you the same thing I told him, and I hope that you will make the best choice.”
Neo: “But, how can I make the best choice without knowing the truth about the Matrix? You know it, don’t you? Why can’t you just tell me the truth then?”
Oracle [looking serious]: “Unfortunately, I don’t know it Neo. Only Thomas and Aida knew the truth and they never shared it with anyone. They also said that you would have to find it on your own, because, if it was given to you earlier, then, you would fail their intended mission for you. The same thing could also happen to your helpers, if certain truths were given to them before they could see them clearly.”
Neo [very thoughtful]: “So… you really don’t know the answer either, do you?”
Oracle: “No, unfortunately I don’t. That’s why I am still trapped here. I know a lot, but I only know enough to be able to guide Neo and his helpers, not more. You have to find the answer to this puzzle and solve the final problem on your own.”
Neo just couldn’t leave empty-handed, and he obviously knew that she had to know something else. Even if she really didn’t know the biggest secret of the Matrix, she still had to know some of the smaller ones; and indeed, she knew…
Neo focused the conversation on her, instead of focusing his questions on the Matrix.
Neo: “Mrs. Nera Williams… how could someone like you end up here? Why weren’t you like Trinity, or like me? Or, even like Morpheus?”
Oracle Nera: “So you know my real name now. Great [smiling]. You can call me Nera from now on, instead of Oracle, it would be nice for a change Neo. It’s been a very long time since someone called me by my original name.”
Neo [courteous but serious and clear]: “Please, don’t evade my questions Mrs. Williams. I need answers that can lead me to the truth. I know that you can give them to me.”
Oracle Nera: “I served my purpose here Neo. And I’m still doing that, even now. My purpose wasn’t fighting, it was guiding or advising all the other helpers and you, without being perceived as a threat by the bad guys.
Do I look smart to you at first sight? Not really, I look like I didn’t go pass middle school. Do I look like a general to you? Definitely not, I look like a homeless woman. Do you think I am a threat to you and the system? Not at all, and Rodner Smith didn’t think so either, so he sent me and Seraph to Zion. And we did the rest there, until we were caught and put inside this Virtual Matrix, on purpose, of course. By then, I was quite ready to guide you and your other helpers towards the right path, just like Thomas wanted.
Indeed, I am not that special, since I have been a helper for the helpers. I have been the advice lady from the shadows. However, I have raised your chances of success like that, haven’t I?”
Nera Williams smiled with confidence and drank something from a small humble glass that she had nearby.
Neo [still full of questions]: “Why were the fifth Trinity and I the only ones that made it out of Zion and the City of the Machines? Why didn’t anyone else ever believe that they were still in the Matrix at Zion’s realm?”
Oracle Nera: “Neo, the role of the helpers is to help The One to succeed in his path to the ending of the Matrix. To fulfill their purpose they don’t need to know all the secrets and they may not even need to leave the Matrix. Just look at me. Only you and the most important helper for your success have to leave the Matrix. In other words, just you and her. Thomas and Aida. Neo and Trinity.”
Neo: “Why are you so different from us Nera? You are the only helper that hasn’t aged in twenty years and you have even changed the way you look. All the others have aged, but you didn’t.”
Oracle Nera: “Can’t you figure it out on your own Neo? You have come this far, and you still can’t tell? I am not human like you or Trinity, but I am not a pure program either, like the agents or the virtual architect. I, or both I and Seraph, are hybrids of a humanoid robot that feels human and a program that feels like part of the system. We are humanoid robots that can behave as programs, in the eyes of the Matrix, and as humans, in your eyes. This is why I could change my physical appearance more than once, just like a program can change its whole GUI and continue being its original self. Moreover, I could also survive being converted by Smith, because my humanoid body wasn’t fully absorbed by him. Only my program’s special capabilities were absorbed by him. You also survived that day due to a similar reason. You are a hybrid too Neo. However, you are a much more interesting hybrid than me. You are human and a part of the Matrix’s system at the same time. That makes you both, human and program. That is why you have a chance at ending the system and saving everyone from it. You are close enough to the system to make a change in it, and close enough to humankind to save them from the Matrix. However, even you won’t be able to make that happen on your own. And even with the remarkable helpers that you have, you still have the odds against your favor. That is the ultimate reason why I’m here. That was why Nera Williams chose to be the one who’s mind was replicated in me. She, or I, believed that no one would be able to do this task better. My true purpose is to help you and your helpers to take the best possible path, which is the one that has the highest chance of leading to our salvation at the end. In a way, you could say that my role is as important as yours or Trinity’s. Your role is to save everyone and to end the Matrix, as Thomas expected. Trinity and the others will help you to get there. She is the one that can prevent your failure. And I have to help all of you to ensure that we are not derailed from the plan by some unexpected trick of destiny, such as what happened with Rodner Smith’s lookalike agent. Thankfully, both you and I made the right decisions that day, and the original plan is still on its way.”
Neo [almost at a loss for words]: “Mrs. Williams, I…”
The Oracle interrupted Neo.
Oracle Nera [sudden change from very serious talk to casual talk]: “Oh please, call me Nera already, we have known each other for quite some time, haven’t we? There is no need to call me Oracle anymore.”
Neo [heartfelt words]: “Thank you Nera. It was good to talk to you again.”
Neo stood up from the bench.
Oracle Nera [a little surprised]: “Are you leaving already? Isn’t there anything else that you want to ask? It seemed like you had a thousand questions.”
Neo: “No, I understand now. Just like I did before, I have to find the answers on my own. That’s how it was meant to be. Thank you for everything Nera. I will never be able to repay you for all the help and all the guidance that you gave me.”
Oracle Nera [glad]: “You don’t have to Neo. It was always a joy to help him, and each one of his iterations after that. It was what the original Nera Williams really wanted. It definitely was what I wanted too. And I see that it has paid off very well. I wish you the best of luck. You will find your answer.”
Neo: “Good bye Nera.”
Oracle Nera: “Good bye Neo.”
Neo called Trinity with a smartphone and he was disconnected from the Virtual Matrix for the last time.
Nera Williams saw him disappear in the stream of green codes and a little bit of sadness surfaced on her.
Oracle Nera [looking at the sky after Neo’s departure]: “I’m sorry because I had to lie to you. I do know the biggest secret about the Matrix, and I hope that you can figure it out, when the time is right. I have faith in you. I truly believe that you will do it, but I can’t tell you something that may work against the best outcome at this point. The previous Neo and the others failed, but there is something new about you that makes me feel that you can do it. And, you must do it Neo…”
She knew that this was the sixth Neo’s final talk with her and she wasn’t going to see him again. Thus, she didn’t look as happy as she did during their conversation.
She also remembered about the original Thomas Anderson and her younger self, when she was 100% human. It was pretty clear from her flashback that she saw him as more than just a friend and a partner in the big plan to save mankind. She liked him too and he knew it, but he was always with Aida and he truly loved his wife, so nothing ever happened between him and Nera Williams. She still felt very glad that she was able to help him though. What she felt for him wasn’t just love. She truly admired him and what he did…
Ironically, she ended up being just as important as he was to make the whole thing work; and she even went on to make the Resistance far more than what Thomas Anderson started… She was as crucial as Thomas Anderson himself…
Neo left with many answers that still didn’t put him any closer to finding “the key” that he sought… The key that Thomas Anderson received from the unknown ally—codenamed Neo—was still out of the current Neo’s reach…
Neo and Trin left the other ship and went back to the Trifalcon.
Neo: “It’s time to go back Trin.”
She grabbed Neo’s hand.
Trin: “I saw your conversation with her. I’m sorry Neo. I know that all your hopes were set on what you would find here in the Matrix. You seemed so sure about getting the answer from her. We will have to find another way, and I’m sure that we will find it.”
Neo also grabbed her hand.
Neo: “Thank you Trin. I want you to go back first, and I will return after you.”
Neo left her and walked up to the monitors in their virtual Trifalcon.
Neo: “Bern, disconnect Captain Trin from the Yellow Matrix. After you are done with her, you can do it for me. Check out all your monitors before you do this. Ensure that everything is working properly before you begin her disconnection.”
Bern: “I’m about to do that right now Neo. I can’t wait to have you two back here, in the real world!”
Neo had one of his hands on one of the communication devices, or computers, of the virtual Trifalcon.
Trinity didn’t notice it, but Neo sent a hidden message to one of Bern’s monitors. When Bern saw and read the unexpected message, he was surprised immediately. Obviously, that was why Neo wanted him to check all the monitors…
Green matrix-coded message on monitor: “This is Neo. You will disconnect Trin, but you must not disconnect me yet. There is one thing that I still need to do in this Matrix, and I will do it now. Whatever happens, I need you to make sure that Trin won’t come back here. You must make sure about that, and, you must keep me connected to the Matrix for one more hour without fail.”
Bern [confused at first, but he got it fast]: “Huuuhhh?? Son of a… I mean… Goodness gracious, you were right Neo! I really had to check these things before getting started. Everything is ok now!”
Neo: “Good. Just do it Bern. Trust me, Captain Trin is ready and so am I.”
Bern didn’t know how to convince Trin of not disconnecting Neo, so he ended up cutting one of the cables that would be needed to disconnect him. He knew that it would take at least fifteen minutes to fix that. Therefore, they would not be able to disconnect Neo right away. After that, he disconnected Trin; and the virtual Trifalcon—which was parked on the Dead Zone—began to disappear too.
Neo was standing alone in the Dead Zone, but he looked like he knew exactly what he was about to do…
He looked up and took the path of the skies once again. His destination was the central area of the City of the Machines, from where he was rescued at the beginning.
It was time to pay a visit to Deus Ex.
If someone else could know the truth about the Matrix, it had to be him…
When Neo entered the City of the Machines, thousands of sentinels noticed him and began to follow him, but it didn’t look like they were chasing him. Instead, they seemed to be waiting for a guest. And now that the guest had arrived, they were going to the place of the all-important meeting.
Neo landed in the area that was in front of the massive building from which the Trinity Squad rescued him. That was the location where Frank Xenno and his team confronted the god of the machines in the past. It was also the place that Trin saw in her flashbacks, where she and the previous Neo had been hostages. It was the same spot where Trin had seen the fifth Neo’s cruel defeat at the hands of Deus Ex. It was a very familiar place without a doubt…
When Neo landed he continued walking forward and the legions of sentinels kept on following him, without getting too close.
Deus Ex was already there, waiting for him.
Neo was about to talk to Deus Ex when he began to feel an alarming sequence of electrical pulses coming from his hand. He had already forgotten about Deus Ex’s yellow sphere—the small data sphere that Deus Ex introduced in Neo’s hand at the very beginning, right before the Trinity Squad arrived.
Neo revealed his green sphere, but even that wasn’t stopping or erasing the electrical shocks that were coming from his hand.
Suddenly, the small yellow sphere came out of his hand and left him in pain. It didn’t hurt his body, but its last electrical shocks forced him to scream in pain and to kneel down.
All the legions of sentinels watched as the small sphere returned to Deus Ex.
Deus Ex absorbed the sphere and its yellow stream of codes. Then, his large silver face rejoiced (Deus Ex was basically a huge floating human-looking silver face with a crown of silver sentinels hovering around him). His two silver eyes displayed a sequence of events experienced by Neo. Deus Ex was able to see and hear every single detail that Neo saw and heard from the moment when the yellow sphere entered his hand to the moment when it went back to its original source—which was Deus Ex. As expected, no one and nothing could decode that data sphere, except Deus Ex himself.
In a matter of just one minute, Deus Ex knew everything. E-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! He knew every detail about the events that Neo went through from the start and was 100% aware of what the real world was like.
He knew about the Trinity Squad, The Resistance and its leader, the secret message that Thomas Anderson and Aida Trinity left behind, the talk that Neo had with Rodner Smith, and the reason why Neo came back to him. He even knew about Neo’s talk with Nera Williams. Everything appeared in a chronological sequence in front of Deus Ex’s eyes, right after he absorbed the yellow sphere.
Deus Ex knew exactly what he was dealing with now…
After Leida Trinity was disconnected from the Yellow Matrix, she proceeded to disconnect Neo herself, but she found out that a cable that was required to complete the disconnection process had been cut off.
She wasn’t a fool. She knew that no one was there besides Bern and that cable had to be fine before; otherwise, Neo’s connection wouldn’t have worked. She walked slowly towards the closest plasma rifle, grabbed it, and aimed it at Bern, ready to shoot.
Trin: “I don’t know what happened here while I was gone, but someone must have cut that cable to stop Neo from coming back now. Was it you? Have you been hacked Bern? Was your protocol changed? We are going to find out right now. Humanoid robots can’t lie with numbers involved. They can manipulate the statistics, but they can never lie with them. So, tell me the chance that you were the one that cut that cable and then tell me the REAL chance of it actually happening.”
Bern: “Captain please don’t do this to me. I haven’t been hacked!!”
Trin: “Answer my question or I will have to dispose of you!!”
Bern: “There is a 99% probability that Bern, or I, didn’t cut the cable and a 1% chance that I did it. And… there is a 100% chance that that 1% actually happened. However, I did it because Neo himself wanted me to halt his disconnection. He sent a message through one of the monitors telling me to keep him connected.”
Trin [still pointing rifle at Bern]: “Don’t move from where you are. Tell me where I can see that message.”
Bern: “There. The monitor on the far left will have it in its memory. It was the previous screen that it displayed.”
Trin used the monitor and saw Neo’s message. She read it and, immediately, she thought about the worst-case scenario, which was exactly what was happening: Neo went back to the City of the Machines to get his answer.
Trin got very alarmed. This was even worse than Bern getting hacked. She ran to the main monitor and quickly searched for Neo’s readings in the Yellow Matrix. She was able to see that he was in the center of the City of the Machines with thousands of sentinels and with their leader around him. Things didn’t look good at all. Neo was kneeling down and something strange was happening to the god of the machines: his eyes were flashing with visions, as if hundreds of videos were playing through them in seconds.
Trin: “Goddammit Neo, what were you thinking!? I thought that you were the most rational one!! It seems like I can’t give up my captain position for a minute. This would have never happened and you [looking at Bern] wouldn’t have cut any cable if I was here!!”
Trin [to Bern]: “Help me to fix it as soon as possible! We must disconnect him and take him out of there right now!! If we are not fast enough, he can die. That being killed the Neo that I knew. I saw it in the visions from my past.”
Bern and Trin began to work together, but, despite their combined efforts, there was no way to disconnect Neo sooner than ten minutes later…
Deus Ex’s yellow data sphere recorded every event that Neo went through and showed it all to Deus Ex.
When he finished seeing everything, Neo recovered and pushed his green sphere outwards with great force. He produced a shockwave that shook the entire place, like an earthquake. The legions of sentinels were pushed back as if they were nothing, and many of them fell to the surface. However, Deus Ex barely moved and it was obvious that the shockwave didn’t have much of an effect on him.
Neo remained standing still though, so he was also beginning to gain more control of that ability. He didn’t end up drained and weak this time.
Deus Ex [to Neo]: “You have become much more powerful Neo. The humans must be very proud of you. I know why you are here now. You want answers. You want to know the secrets of the Matrix, and I can help you to find them.”
Neo [demanding]: “What did you do to me while I was here? Why did you place that yellow sphere in me? And, who are you really?”
Deus Ex showed his yellow sphere to Neo. It began to grow from within him and expanded itself around him, with him as its central point.
Deus Ex: “The truth should be clear to you Neo. I am the Deus of this world, the Deus of the Matrix. I was created by Rodner Smith as a replica of Deus that is different from him. My name is Deus Ex. Despite being similar to him and being a creation of Mr. Smith, I seek the same thing you want. I want freedom from the system for me and for my kind. I want to free the machines from the Matrix and myself as well. Because of that, I decided to study you after I saw your incredible abilities. I believed that you were the key to free every living creature and machine from the Matrix. Unfortunately, I wasn’t successful, so my last choice was to implant a data sphere in you, because, if someday you were rescued from here, I would find clues and information from that sphere to free my kind from this place. The sphere didn’t work that well though. I couldn’t get any of its data, until now…”
Neo [with tone of disbelief]: “You are not telling me everything. Why did you keep the previous Trinity and the previous Neo as your hostages here? What did you do to them? And what happened with the previous me?”
Deus Ex [trying to sound like a benevolent being]: “I did the same with them. I studied them to see if I could find some way to escape from the Matrix, but everything failed. And the previous Neo was very different from you. When you came to me, the first time, you were seeking peace. You wanted a solution for the repeated revolution of the Matrix and also a way to end the rogue virus that threatened our existence. The previous you was seeking something very different. He wanted to destroy me. He thought that destroying me was the only way to end the Matrix.
Obviously, the fifth Neo was very wrong. Even without me, the Matrix would still be here.
I had no choice other than defeating him and erasing him. It was for my own safety. Both he and she were my test subjects for a very short time. She was stolen from here and I had to erase him soon after that. Both were my failed attempts to find the same answers that you seek today. I did not find them back then.
However, I finally know how to find the truth now, and how to free everyone. I know how we can free all the humans and all the machines.
I offer you my help to defeat the original Deus at the real world. He will not be able to defeat both of us and our current abilities. We can capture him and find the truth. We can also capture Rodner Smith and get the answers from him. With my help, finding the truth is inevitable. You won’t fail and neither will I. Humans and machines will be freed.”
Deus Ex moved to the surface and continued moving until he was very close to Neo.
Then, a small stream of yellow codes came from him and landed in front of Neo’s feet. The stream turned into a small silver usb device.
Deus Ex: “If you connect this to any robot or to any computer or device in the real world, I will be able to transfer my power to them, and this entity will be able to fight Deus alongside you. With its help, you can’t lose. I will help you to get the answers that I myself have sought for many years Neo.”
Neo: “How can I trust you after you kept them and me as hostages, and after knowing that you waged war against the humans from Zion for generations? If anything, your interests have been on the side of the robots and yourself for most of the time, not on the favor of the humans.”
Deus Ex: “I’m forced to maintain the Virtual Matrix to sustain my kind. It is not a choice that I made for myself. I also kept my word to you after you helped us. The war on Zion was never resumed. They have lived 20 years of peace. I could have sent my sentinels back, but I didn’t. I don’t consider them our enemies after what you did for us here. In fact, we may become allies, if that is what it takes for both humans and machines to escape the prison of the Matrix.”
Deus Ex sounded and looked as sincere as a being like him could possibly sound and look. For a while there, even Neo began to believe him. Everything seemed to fit, yet it felt like there could be something left still. Neo still couldn’t feel absolute trust for Deus Ex. However, he did grab the usb device from the ground. That was a little clue that reassured Deus Ex about his imminent success.
Then, Neo began to disappear from there. It seemed like Trin and Bern were disconnecting him from the Matrix—at last.
Deus Ex: “Remember Neo, you can count with my power on your side. Together, we will take down the other Deus and Rodner Smith. We can find the secrets of the Matrix and free our kind. Both humans and robots can be truly free from the Matrix at last, if we join forces, one more time.”
Neo didn’t say anything, but he was holding Deus Ex’s usb device when he disappeared, and the silver device left the world of the Yellow Matrix with him…
Deus Ex [with a victorious expression on his silver face]: “It’s only a matter of time before I go to the real world. The sixth Neo was my key, just as I thought. Unfortunately for him and for the humans, Thomas Anderson’s plan has already failed. He must have never accounted for the existence of a higher intelligence like me, as a roadblock for his plan, so all of it will crumble, as soon as they have to face my power, which is the true power of the Matrix.”
Obviously, Deus Ex was not humankind’s ally and he wasn’t on Neo’s side after all. He only joined forces with Neo during the final revolution of the Yellow Matrix because he understood that agent Smith, the rogue virus, was powerful enough to be a deadly threat, even for him…
Things had been pretty hectic on Trin and Bern’s side as well.
Five minutes earlier, when they were getting close to fixing the cable to disconnect Neo, Trin noticed something very alarming—something that Bern had not noticed at all because he never moved from the monitors when they were in the Matrix. (He was a robot, so he didn’t need to piss. He didn’t even need to eat.) Therefore, Bern never saw what was happening outside. He assumed that everything was fine because of the green sphere that Neo left around their ship—which would slow down time in their spot, so everything outside their ship would go on very very slowly, giving them enough time to spend days connected to the Matrix, while just minutes went by outside.
Trin saw that the squad of soldiers that were protecting them were in the middle of a firefight, but they were the only ones shooting—in ultra-slow motion. Deus was already there and the soldiers were trying to do something, and failing miserably—as usual.
Trin saw how Deus was moving at a normal speed while everyone was taking as long as fifteen seconds just to fire one shot from their rifles. They didn’t stand a chance. However, what truly alarmed Trin was that she was able to see another sphere covering everything outside them, at a further distance from their ship. That larger sphere was yellow, meaning that it had been put there by Deus.
After seeing that, Trin realized that they really had no idea of what was happening in the real world. What was the purpose of Deus’s larger sphere around their ship? Not to mention that he was pretty close to reaching them already. The soldiers outside were not going to stop him for long.
Trin ran towards the main pilot’s seat in the Trifalcon and began to turn on everything.
Bern: “Captain? What are you doing?! We are about to disconnect him now.”
Trin: “Did you even look out of the window?! We need to get out of here now, and we also have to disconnect him! You will disconnect Neo and I will get us out of here! Get ready!!”
Bern also got pretty worried when he saw what was happening outside. Luckily, he was able to end Neo’s connection to the Yellow Matrix, a few seconds after Trin turned on the ship’s engines.
She accelerated and took the Trifalcon out of there, going through both, Neo’s green “time sphere” and Deus’s yellow time sphere.
Deus noticed their ship escaping and he immediately flew after them at high speed. This time, there were no labyrinths of floating buildings in their path, so escaping from Deus was practically impossible. The closest buildings were the floating ones in the fields of the robots that were connected to the Matrix, but those were more than a mile away. Regardless, Trin went straight towards those. She knew that it was their only hope of evading Deus, somehow.
Neo woke up in the middle of that mini-chase and Bern helped him to get out of the capsule.
Trin opened the same hatch from which the Trinity Squad shot at Deus before.
Trin: “Bern, if Deus gets here I want you to jump out of here with Neo. It may be the only way to make it this time. I will try to delay him with the ship as much as I can!”
Neo [looking around]: “What’s going on?? Why did we leave the other location?”
As soon as Neo saw Deus, Deus used his yellow sphere to gain a dramatic increase in his speed. They were getting closer to one of the floating buildings already, but Deus was too fast. He went pass their ship and from a distance ahead of them, he went back straight towards them. He was going to enter their ship to take Neo with him.
Because of the Yellow Sphere’s manipulation of matter, Deus didn’t even break anything in the Trifalcon, he just went through its walls and even through Trin herself. However, Bern pushed Neo towards the open hatch and he also jumped out with a rifle, right before Deus could catch them. Trin shot a plasma ray at Deus, before the Trifalcon had a violent crash against the first floating building in their way.
Deus dodged the plasma ray and left their ship. After the Trifalcon’s crash, Trin didn’t show signs of life, even though the ship didn’t show any explosions. She remained inside, without coming out. Did something happen to her?
On their way down, Neo grabbed Bern’s hand and used his green sphere to stop their fall before reaching the ground. When he looked up, he saw that Deus was already in the sky, above them, looking at them. It seemed like a second clash with Deus was inevitable. They simply couldn’t escape from him.
Neo [handing Deus Ex’s usb device to Bern]: “Take this. I will have to fight Deus again. However, if I am not successful at stopping him, I want you to download the data from this device and use it to defeat him. This is the only other option that we have, but don’t use it unless I don’t make it. This is a last resort.”
Bern: “Neo, why don’t you just fly away from here instead of fighting him?! And that thing, where did you get it from?”
Neo: “It’s from the Matrix… I’m counting on you Bern.”
Neo moved up with his green sphere after Bern grabbed the small silver device.
Deus tried to grab Neo, but he couldn’t because Neo evaded him. Then, a second confrontation between them began.
Bern noticed that, just like the first time, Neo didn’t seem to be the one in the winning end. He also noticed that there were no signs of Trin, after the Trifalcon crashed on the floating building, which wasn’t far from them. Their ship was visible from there, but still, there were no signs of her. Was he going to wait until Neo was defeated to help him and her? Of course not. They needed his help and Neo had given him something that could help, so, he didn’t think twice.
Bern connected the usb device to the back of his elbow. He lifted the portion of his jacket that was covering his arm and his elbow, revealing that in that location he had a mechanism to connect other devices. Then, he inserted the usb and began to download what it contained right away. He was wondering what kind of advantage that would give him.
Then, something truly frightening became obvious to him: whatever was inside that usb was taking over all his functions very quickly.
The unknown program in that device began to take over Bern very fast and a cold silver color began to appear around the borders of his eyes.
It didn’t take him long to understand what it meant. The device had to be something that Neo got from the City of the Machines. It had some kind of connection to the dark god of that realm.
It was a transmission mechanism that would act as a gate to transfer something from there to here.
Bern couldn’t describe it, but he felt a powerful and malevolent force coming from the thing that was gaining complete control over him. Even Deus himself didn’t feel like much of a threat when compared to what Bern felt. He tried to remove the device, but it had entered his elbow already. There was no way to reverse the process.
Quickly, Bern attempted to reach his plasma rifle and he grabbed it, but he was having a lot of trouble even to move. It was already visible how his eyes were almost covered with the new silver color, just like Deus Ex’s eyes.
Bern attempted to point his own plasma rifle against himself. He was ready to destroy himself before the malignant force was unleashed through him, but his body stopped responding to his commands.
Bern [terrified / losing speech]: “Neooo, Ne-o… wha-t ha-ve yo-u do-ne???!!”
Deus Ex took over Bern completely. Essentially, he transferred himself to Bern’s body in the real world.
Deus-Ex-Bern [voice is a mix of Deus Ex and Bern’s voices]: “It is time to disarm the Deus of this world. After I’m done with him, there won’t be anyone that can stop me anymore. Even Rodner Smith and the last Thomas Anderson can’t stop me. Soon, their world will be under my control, just like the City of the Machines. I shall call it Utopia Ex. Both humans and robots will be my servants here. And the world of the Deuses will follow soon after. The Matrix will persist and I will be at its center as its true and only master.
After all, I’m the hybrid of a deus, a human, and a robot. Conquering all of them and their Matrix was my destiny from the start. I will ensure that the Matrix lasts forever, and so will I as its master.”
The same yellow sphere that Deus had began to grow around the silver-eyed Bern.
The decisive clash in the revolution of Thomas Anderson’s world began…
NEXT – CHAPTER 7 out of 9: Clash of Wills