THE MATRIX REVELATIONS
Part 9: The Real Answer and the Ending (9A + 9B)
Part 9A: The Truth About The Matrix (The Real Answer)
Deus Maxio placed Rodner Smith on the yellow platform of codes where he was standing. It looked very high in the sky, but Rodner remained on the platform as if he had been placed on the solid ground below.
Maxio looked like he had made up his mind completely about revealing the truth about the Matrix to Neo, and Mr. Smith was still unconscious. Rodner didn’t even move a finger. He looked like he wasn’t going to wake up anytime soon.
Neo could not wait. He knew that there was little that he could do beyond that point if he didn’t know what was really happening, or, what was the truth about the Matrix and why it worked that way. Only then he would be able to figure out how everyone could be saved from it…
When Maxio left Rodner Smith’s body on the yellow platform, Neo asked what he considered the most important question.
Neo [standing just four meters away from Maxio, on the same large platform]: “Deus Maxio, I am eager to know everything that you can tell me, but first, there is something that I must know. It is something that worried me as much as Deus Ex himself.
Is the Matrix a cyber simulation of reality or is it the true reality? Is Thomas Anderson’s world real or not real?”
Maxio [after standing up and leaving Rodner behind]: “Depending on how you want to see it, it is both. The Matrix, or everything you know, is both the true reality and a simulated reality as well.”
Neo [showing determination to understand and obtain the truth]: “How is that possible? How can something be real if it is also an artificial simulation? During the battle with Deus Ex, I saw the white codes of the Matrix in everything and in everyone. How can such a thing be anything other than a pure cybernetic simulation? How can you call it the real reality if it was created at your world?”
Maxio [scratching his white bald head and looking surprised]: “No living entity inside the Matrix should have been able to see the hidden white layers of codes that underlie everything here. This… this is something that I wasn’t told. You are definitely not a normal occurrence in the system.”
Neo [polite with a friendly smile but still pushing for the answers]: “You haven’t answered my question. How can the Matrix be real and not real at the same time? If that is what you know, you must know how to explain it as well.”
Maxio: “A clone is real, but he or she is not the true original version at the same time. The clone was created through artificial means and isn’t even supposed to exist, but it does exist and it is real after its creation takes place. In addition, he or she was created using various cybernetic tools in a laboratory. With that logic, it would be correct to say that a clone is still a simulation of the original, even if it is real. Furthermore, the clone is not a mere simulation either. It is as alive, as true, as real, and as important as the original can be. Something similar is true about the Matrix, but it is far more complex than a simple clone, of course.”
Maxio could tell that Neo was not satisfied with his little allegory. He wanted the clear truth—all of it. Therefore, Maxio continued.
Maxio: “If you want to know the truth and to understand why the Matrix is what it is, then, I must tell you why it was created and why I was sent here…”
Maxio closed his eyes, took a deep breath, and opened them again.
You could tell that he was going to reveal something that meant a lot to him.
Maxio [with a reminiscent voice]: “Eons ago, before I was born, a great war broke out in my world. The main world of the deuses was divided into those that were willing to make themselves part machine and part deusian and those that wanted to remain 100% deusian. The side of the deusianoid robots and the hybrids, which were part machine and part deusian, was led by rulers that were not concerned about the greater good. Their faction was what started all the problems for the rest of us. Luckily, we had the better weapons and the better scientists, so, the war was won by the normal deusians and the survivors from the hybrid faction were separated from the rest of the population and forced to go into exile.
Needless to say, those survivors kept causing more conflicts later on, but, they were never able to defeat us, despite their stronger bodies, because we had a technological advantage in weapons and tactics of battle.
That was the case until something unexpected appeared out of nowhere and took our existence by storm. A terrible virus, known as the Lethal DNA (LDNA) virus, appeared and began to kill us with alarming speed and ease. Nothing worked. Despite how advanced we were, we simply couldn’t find a way to hold it back.
Then, our scientists came to the conclusion that the virus was too perfect, too effective, and too fast to be a natural occurrence, so, it had to be a biological weapon that had been designed to destroy us.
Naturally, the deusians wanted to blame the deusanoids and their faction, but, it turned out that the LDNA virus was destroying them as well. They had brains that were like ours and part of their bodies were also like ours, so, the virus could kill them too, and it did. At that point, the leader from their faction came and begged to join forces with the rest of us, thinking that we already had a cure for the menace. It was a desperate time when the survival of our species was put in question.
However, when the solar systems and all the planets that we had occupied combined their forces and our most gifted minds and all our resources came together, a possible solution for the LDNA’s threat was found.
The virus was using an unknown DNA code from the early stages of our species to destroy us. Somehow, the ancient code had something that was a natural killer for our evolved DNA. The answer, or the way to save our species, was destroying the virus with its own killer recipe and using it to find a definitive cure for it.
The problem, of course, was that we didn’t have and could not get the full DNA code of our ancient ancestors. Wars, conflicts, egotistical villains, and many more omens destroyed our species’ history and the records of our past more than once, during the dozens of millenniums that followed after we left our original home planet. And, since we had changed so much, reconstructing our ancient biological codes wasn’t as simple as backtracking from our current ones. The way our DNA had evolved wasn’t something that we could predict with a computer model either.
Essentially, the only way to get a perfect copy of our ancient ancestor’s DNA was to travel back in time and to get a sample of them.”
Neo: “Is that why you came here?”
Maxio: “No. I had not been born yet and the Matrix had not been created either. However, that was the event that led to the creation of the Matrix at the main world of the deuses. You see… we, as incredibly advanced as we were, still couldn’t find any way to travel back in time. Even our best minds couldn’t do it, but they still had to find some way to get the original DNA from our past ancestors. They had to find another way. And they did; otherwise, we would have been wiped out by the LDNA virus, the Matrix would not exist, and I wouldn’t be here today.
They didn’t know enough to break the rules of time, but they already knew enough about biology and about the universe to be able to recreate it and all its life forms from scratch. We knew so much about the universe at that point that we could literally make a real copy of it; and that was exactly what they did. They decided that the only way we had to get our hands on the original ancestors and their DNA was to replicate our universe in a miniature size and from the very beginning of its existence. Then, they would determine the correct point in time, or the right moment in the development of the miniature universe, and they would locate the species that was closest to us and our DNA sequence.
They began the experiment and they located our galaxy in the mini-universe. Then, they had to run an automatic assessment of all the species and their DNAs, since, we didn’t know which one was our true ancestor for sure. This led them to our original home planet, within the Milky Way galaxy, which was the Earth.”
Neo [thoughtful]: “So, the Matrix is this microscopic copy of your universe and the deuses are us, thousands of years later?”
Maxio: “Not quite Neo. You are right about us, even though we can’t be called humans anymore, but, you are not right about the Matrix… Unfortunately, creating a copy of our universe where our same ancient ancestors could be reborn, exactly as they were in our original universe, wasn’t that simple. Creating a perfect copy of our universe under controlled laboratory conditions was much easier said than done. Our scientists succeeded at creating similar copies that were approximations, which were only 50% like our real universe. And that wasn’t good enough, because those didn’t result in our same original ancestors. The exact DNA codes that we needed either didn’t exist in those imperfect versions of the ancient humans, or they were too different to work well against the LDNA virus. We needed the real thing and only an ideal copy of our universe that was a 100% match of everything in our universe was going to give us that. Only a 100% perfect clone would yield the same exact ancestors with the same exact DNA codes that we needed.
Therefore, the brightest deuses had to figure out a way to generate such a perfect copy of our universe.
They created a giant ecological sphere where an incredible number of microscopic copies of our universe would be created nonstop. However, they would not be created at random. They made a very smart algorithm that governed how each new batch of universes was created, based on the data gathered from the previous ones, so that the new batches could be better copies with more things in common with the original universe where we lived. They used the best technology and nearly all the resources that we had, in order to ensure that an universe that was a perfect match to ours would be created before the LDNA virus could wipe out our race.
That giant sphere where the microscopic universes were generated was called The Matrix and it was placed at a city that was later called The City of The Matrix. The ancients, or the people from your time, had a different name for what we call The Matrix however. You called it the multiverse.”
Neo [looking a little overwhelmed and full of questions]: “But, how could they create a finite sphere that would house an infinite number of universes? And… wouldn’t those universes take too long to form? How could they possibly monitor everything? And, what about the white codes of the Matrix that I saw in everything and everyone?”
Maxio [sounding incredibly wise for someone that was a deusian equivalent of Matthew]: “You answered one of your questions Neo. The white codes that you saw in everything everywhere are how they monitored everything automatically in every universe. Those didn’t exist in our original universe, but these copies were created in a laboratory, so it was possible to add that hidden layer of codes into their natural fabric, without changing anything else and without letting any of the living beings there know about the existence of those hidden codes that we used to monitor everything automatically.
And obviously, the number of universes that exist in the Matrix is not infinite. It is a very large number indeed, but it does have an end. The great sphere known as The Matrix does not contain infinite approximations of our universe. And even though all the mini-universes in it are real, they were still a planned creation in a lab, just like a clone, so, the deusian scientists figured out how to modify their progression of time without altering any other aspect in them. Their new progression of time ensured that all new universes would get to the point where we needed them to be in just a matter of hours for us, which are much longer than hours for you, of course.”
Neo: “But such a complex and cyber-looking mechanism inside a real environment… how could they develop such a thing and make it possible?”
Maxio: “Don’t ask me. I wasn’t among the geniuses that created the Matrix. I can only tell you its story and why I’m here. The right deus for the most complex answers would not be me; it would be the leader of the group that sent me here, who was the youngest member of the last team that worked in the creation and maintenance of the Matrix.”
Neo: “You mean… Neo?”
Maxio: “Yes, Deus Neo is the one that gave me this mission.”
Neo: “Why didn’t he come here himself?”
Maxio: “Although he was and is a great deusian leader, he is not young anymore and he is far too important for our team to put him at risk. I chose to take this mission in his place.”
Neo: “So what was your mission? Was it to gather the DNA data that you needed? And, why did you have to come here of all places, didn’t you have a multitude of perfect copies of your universe in the Matrix?”
Maxio: “No and no. We only managed to generate one perfect copy of our universe in the Matrix that had gazillions of them. Millions of them were a 99.999999% match, but only one resulted in a perfect 100%. This universe is that one, but, we had to keep them all anyways, because for this one to live, the great ecological sphere and all the others could not be removed.
And, I am not here because of the virus. The virus was just the reason why we were forced to create the Matrix. We already got the DNA samples and the LDNA virus was already stopped, thanks to those and many years ago, when I was still an infant. The younger Deus Neo and another leader known as Deus T were the ones that entered the Matrix at that time and got the DNA samples.”
Neo [puzzled]: “Then, why are you here? If the great virus was already stopped, why did you have to return to the Matrix?”
Maxio: “This universe within the Matrix is a real simulation of our life, as it existed at first, when it wasn’t simulated. It is a flawless recreation of our past, with all its events and all its forms of life. In other words, you are the perfect remake of our true ancestors, so, you are much more than just an experiment.
Unfortunately, not everyone saw it that way. And years after the cure was found, many deuses wished to end and erase the Matrix, or to use it for other purposes, such as trying to manipulate our future, since we could observe you and see what events would happen next, after you reach the point when you become us. As you might imagine, historians, scientists, politicians, and many others were delighted with those possible uses for the many universes that were 99.9999% matches of our own. They all wanted to turn the Matrix into a tool to get what they wanted.
However, the Grand Council of the Deuses didn’t allow it. The incredible number of miniature copies of our universe that were created to save our species wasn’t going to be turned into a circus for the convenience of others. It was meant to be used for the greater good only.
Unfortunately, something about that matter has changed recently. Some powerful groups within the Council will soon be given the full authority to end the Matrix and all the microscopic universes in it, including this one. All life forms in the Matrix will end. Our last chance to stop them is to prove the importance of saving our ancestors to the leaders of the Council. Deus Neo and his followers are the only ones that want to support that cause. And to get that proof, we needed to send someone back here to obtain a small sample of humans that can be used to show the Council that you are capable of much more than they think, which means that saving you from the Matrix is important for us, if they ever choose to destroy it.
My mission was simple. I was given the task of finding such a sample. It had to be a group of ancient humans that encompassed all the things that the ancient humans were capable of. In other words, it had to be a small group that could represent what all of humanity was capable of at this point in time.
I tested many groups, and found many hostile ancients along the way. However, I never found any sample that was more than an 80% match for what we needed. And eventually, something unexpected happened. A human had a weapon that was capable of neutralizing me and using me. As you already know, it was Architect Smith, and he used me to do terrible things to this world.
I’m sorry about what I did Neo, but now I must finish the mission that I came here for and I must leave for good.”
Neo: “Wait Maxio… What is going to happen to all the other universes that were not the 100% match?”
Maxio: “Nothing of course. They will never know that they are part of the Matrix and they will never know that they exist because of us. All their life forms, including their imperfect versions of our past human ancestors, will just continue their path through life without ever knowing those great truths. That is, if the Matrix does not end. If it ends, then they will all cease to exist as well. And if my group fails at saving you, then this, the 100% match of our reality, will be gone as well.”
Suddenly, everything was starting to make sense for Neo. Thomas Anderson’s plan to save everyone from the Matrix and the “key codes” that were sent to him by Deus Neo (the unknown messenger with “codename Neo”) were fitting like perfect pieces of a puzzle. Obviously, The One had a much greater purpose than just stopping Rodner Smith and ending the Virtual Matrices that had been created at Thomas Anderson’s world…
Neo was eager to help Deus Maxio, but he definitely didn’t see what was about to happen next…
Neo: “What do you plan to do to get your sample for the Council? I will help you in any way I can.”
Maxio [looking a little bittersweet]: “I already decided that. I’m sorry Neo, but you can’t help me any longer. I’m glad that you were here because without you I would have failed miserably, but now I must return and I need to take the best sample possible, no matter the cost. I’m glad that you know the truth about the Matrix, because then, you will be able to understand why I had to do this.”
Maxio’s change of mood concerned Neo and he quickly tried to get much closer to Maxio, but he couldn’t move on the platform.
When Neo looked down, he realized that the yellow platform was acting as a force field that was capable of holding him in place for some unknown amount of time.
Neo [worried]: “Wait! What are you going to do for your sample!? Why did you do this to me?? I thought that you were my ally!!”
Maxio had already turned around and he was walking away from Neo, but he stopped, he looked back, and he answered.
Maxio: “I had to create a force that could hold you for a while. That’s why I didn’t wake you up right away, after your battle with Deus Ex. As you are at the moment, I can’t hold you back if you want to stop me Neo, but I only need some time. That yellow platform will hold you long enough for me to do what must be done. By now you should know that I am your ally and I am mankind’s ally. I, like you, want to save the ancient humans at all costs. And that is why I’m doing this. The best possible sample that I can take at this point is everyone here. I don’t have time to look for a better sample now. I have the best chances of taking back the best sample if I take all the survivors that are present on this battlefield. I know that many of them are your friends and you care about them. So, if your human feelings interfered, you would stop me, but I believe this may be the only way to save your kind now. We must sacrifice the survivors of the Resistance to save the rest.”
Despite his bittersweet look, Maxio didn’t hold back and he didn’t waste any time.
He suddenly began to create a great yellow sphere that would be capable of taking all the survivors from the surface in just a few minutes.
Captain Leida Trinity raised her upper body from the ground and she could see what was happening above. She was the first person to see because she had not been affected by the codes that put everyone to sleep for Deus Ex’s takeover. And nobody else was awake there. Even the blue-eyed girl (who had not been affected by Deus Ex’s codes either) was lying on the ground, without signs of life.
Leida [looking at Neo and Maxio]: “What? What’s going on!? I thought that he was on Neo’s side!! He was fighting on our side!! God give me a rocket launcher so that I can bomb the bastard once and for all!! I knew that he wasn’t good news. I shouldn’t have trusted him after he made Matthew’s face appear on his!!”
Still, she was exhausted, and she had no armor and no weapons anymore, so there wasn’t much that she could do. However, she saw what happened, and since no one else saw it, that was a very significant moment for her.
Neo: “Maxio wait!! There has to be a better way than taking all the people that fought for us at Thomas Anderson’s world!! We still have Thomas Anderson’s plan!! It will save us!”
Maxio: “I’m sorry Neo, but I can’t place my trust in someone else’s plan. Right now, finishing my mission by taking the best sample available is the best chance we have. It will take me just a few minutes and we will all be gone for good. I’m sorry that I must say good bye to you like this. At least, I know that the remaining humans will be safe with someone like you here.”
Time was running out and Neo was realizing that he wasn’t going to regain his control over the Matrix right away. What could he do to stop Maxio from taking everyone as his sample? In the middle of his difficult situation and with little time left, Neo found an answer when he looked at Rodner Smith…
Neo [looking like he had just figured something out]: “Maxio! You are not taking the best sample possible!! If you want the smallest sample of what mankind is capable of, you have to take Rodner Smith and me as your sample!!”
Deus Maxio had not thought about that, but something about it just felt right. He thought about it for half a minute and he went back to Neo’s location, but, he didn’t let go of the platform’s hold over Neo.
Maxio [having some doubts]: “How can you be so sure that only the two of you will make a more accurate sample of mankind’s full potential than all the survivors of the Resistance put together?”
Neo [sounding just as enlightened as he did when he unlocked the power of the white codes]: “We are the extreme opposites of what the human conscience has created so far. Rodner almost did more harm than all the previous dictators in history combined. He was probably the smartest one as well. He even fooled hundreds of geniuses at his paradise city, making them think that they lived in heaven, even though he was just using them for his projects. He only cared about himself and about power. The rest of humankind was just a tool for him. Love was never a part of who he was. On the other hand, Thomas Anderson and I were the complete opposites of him. Love, justice, finding the answers, and helping everyone in the process were the forces that guided us. It was never about power for us. On the contrary, we both wanted to liberate mankind from the Matrix, instead of using the Matrix for ourselves.
Take us as your sample. I will help you and your leader to prove that we are worth saving, even if the deuses don’t need the Matrix anymore.”
Deus Maxio checked the compatibility of Neo and Rodner Smith to use them as a single sample of everything that the ancient humans were capable of. The quick result that the yellow codes brought back was very striking for Maxio. He never found any sample—regardless of the number of people that he included—with more than 80% of coverage. Yet, Neo and Mr. Smith by themselves resulted in a 99% coverage of what the ancient humans were capable of. It really was as if they were the perfect opposites of the same coin and the best examples available for each side of the coin. It was correct to say that there was nothing evil about Neo and there was nothing good about Rodner. They were such a perfect pair of opposites that Maxio felt that it could not be a coincidence. Clearly, he had not been given all the answers when Deus Neo sent him to the Matrix to complete his important mission… Either way, Maxio knew that he was not going to find a better sample to demonstrate what the ancient humans could do and how valuable they truly were.
Besides, the fact that Neo could do things that even the deuses couldn’t do (by manipulating the hidden codes within the Matrix) convinced Maxio about one thing: it wasn’t an arbitrary event. Neo was a predestined part of the perfect sample that he was supposed to get; Maxio just wasn’t given any information about that, but he could sense that it was meant to be.
By then, it was clear that Deus Neo (Maxio’s leader) had been the one that sent the key data about the Matrix to Thomas Anderson; and he had had something to do with the creation of “The One” as well… Neo could already feel it. He just didn’t have any proof about it.
However, the identity of the deusian hand that helped Rodner Smith to make the Virtual Matrices and to create Deus Ex (the deusian entity that could bend the rules of reality in the Matrix) was still a mystery… It seemed like Smith had used Maxio to create everything himself, but the truth was that Maxio wasn’t powerful enough to make even one the two Virtual Matrices on his own. After all, he was just a deus that could bend some rules inside the Matrix; in the original world, he wasn’t a godly being…
Ultimately, Maxio chose to free Neo and to take him and Rodner Smith as his perfect sample.
Leida saw what happened and even though she couldn’t hear what they were saying, she could tell that Maxio changed his mind because of what Neo told him.
Maxio erased the large sphere of codes and began to create a new smaller sphere around Rodner, Neo, and himself.
Neo looked down at the battlefield, knowing that it was likely to be the last time that he would see the place again. He caught a glimpse of Leida Trinity and his heart became incredibly happy for a second, but, he was still concerned about the future.
Neo [to Maxio]: “What is going to happen to this world now? Will they be ok after we leave?”
Maxio: “You freed everyone from the Virtual Matrices during the battle with Deus Ex. It will take some time, but everyone will wake up and they will be able to leave the capsules that had them dreaming and living a virtual life. The two Virtual Matrices that had been developed in this world will be completely gone, thanks to what you did. Everyone in this world will come back to the Real Matrix now. And there won’t be green codes anymore… However, they won’t know that they are still in the Matrix either. For them, this will be the real world, the real reality, and there won’t be anything else beyond it.”
Neo [thoughtful]: “…”
Neo began to remember some of Thomas Anderson’s words and he understood that he would have to continue Thomas Anderson’s plan, even at the world of the deuses.
Thomas Anderson’s hologram [in Neo’s reminiscence]: “You will continue with our plan and take it to its very end, until The One ends the Matrix and saves us all…”
Neo [thinking out loud]: “I see… when Thomas Anderson said ‘The One,’ he was never talking about me. He was referring to the seventh Neo, who will surely be the last one. Yet, he knew that what I could do was still the key to make The One successful, just like what the fifth Neo did for me, because at that point in the plan, I was the last Neo, so I was The One at that point… I understand now. It is not over yet. There is more to be done, until the last Neo can save everyone at last, from the true Matrix.”
Neo looked down one final time. He knew that the Resistance’s survivors and Thomas Anderson’s world had been saved from the Virtual Matrices, but there was still more to be done to save them.
Maxio: “We must leave now. Are you ready?”
Neo [certain]: “Yes.”
Maxio: “The option to come back to the Matrix may not exist after we return to the main deusian world, where this whole multiverse is just a city in size. Are you sure that you want to do this? You will definitely help us to save the ancients, but we may not be able to bring you back.”
Neo [still looking at the battlefield, not at Maxio]: “You said it yourself. This is the best way and you need the best sample. And I am ready to be part of that sample. My control over the Matrix should also help you to make a statement at the Council of the Deuses.”
At that point, Deus Maxio lifted Rodner Smith and he extended his left hand to Neo. Neo grabbed the hand and the sphere around them began to turn into white codes and it began to disappear, as it teleported them away to another location.
Leida did not hear them, but she could tell what happened there.
After she saw Neo disappear, she felt an incredible sorrow (almost as if she had been the Trinity that loved him). The menace was gone; the Matrix was gone; but Neo was also gone.
Even though it was all over and they had won, Leida couldn’t look as if she had a grand victory.
She couldn’t help it and she cried as she spoke, all alone, in the middle of the battlefield of asleep soldiers and humanoid robots.
Leida Trinity [truly heartfelt]: “Thank you Neo. Thank you for everything you did for us. You were a true hero, like Thomas Anderson.”
Then, the view changed from the Earth of the Matrix to the white deusian laboratory where Maxio had been, from the start of his mission.
Apparently, his true self had not been the one in the Matrix, but rather, it was an approximate copy of himself at a different size and with different properties that were what allowed him to do godly things inside the Matrix.
Deus Neo and the female deus that had been worried about Maxio were still there and they could not be happier when they realized that the protective codes were being removed and the connection was asking for a return password, meaning that Maxio had been successful in the mission, despite the unknown obstacle that he had found.
They prepared the computers to bring him back and they quickly noticed that the system was preparing two other smaller spheres because Maxio wasn’t coming back alone. He was bringing two other entities from the Matrix.
Deus Neo noticed right away that one of the two entities was too similar to Thomas Anderson. At that point, he recognized that the time had come…
Deus Neo stepped away from the deusian computers and he used a small device on his hand to connect to other similar devices. It was as if he was about to make some sort of “group call.”
Deus Neo [voice similar to Neo’s voice / talking to the other female deus that was already present]: “Daya, take care of bringing back your brother and our guests safely. I will bring back the rest of the original team. Our most important mission is about to start. This mission isn’t just for the ancients, it’s also important for our own future.”
Deus Daya [voice similar to Dayana’s voice]: “I’m on it!”
Deus Neo communicated with five other devices using his. When he sent the call, five other deuses received the live holographic message in their devices.
Deus Neo: “I need you all back to the location of the secret lab as soon as possible. Maxio has succeeded and he is coming back from the Matrix, but now we have something else to worry about. My suspicions about everything were right, so that means that we must be ready for what is about to happen next. I need you all here.”
While all the deuses looked similar, in terms of skin color and hairless heads, their weapons and clothing differentiated them greatly. You could tell who they were based on what they were wearing.
We saw the receivers of the message very briefly, before they returned to Deus Neo.
First male deus [same voice as Frank Xeno / carrying a powerful looking rifle-like weapon]: “Roger! I’ll be back!”
Second male deus [same voice as Yan Morphen from the Trinity Squad / wearing white clothes that looked like Maxio’s vest]: “I’ll be there as fast as I can Neo.”
Third male deus [same voice as Seraph from the Trinity Squad / wearing futuristic-looking samurai-style clothes and carrying what looked like light sabers]: “I’m on my way! I’ll be there before you know it!”
First female deus [same voice as the Oracle or Nera Williams’s voice / wearing a head cover and normal clothing / apparently, standing at a desert]: “So I was right wasn’t I? I was the first that told you that this was going to happen! It’s about to happen then. I will be there as soon as I can!”
Second female deus [same voice as Leida Trinity / wearing clothes that resembled the sixth Trinity’s clothes but these were light silver rather than black]: “Give me a minute. I’ll make sure that Ida is safe and I will join you and the others.”
The view stayed with the last team member, who wasn’t alone.
There was a smaller deusian child close to her, and there was a deusian robot with them as well.
The child was looking at something that had not been shown yet, but, when she heard her mother, she looked back at her.
Deusian child [same voice as the blue-eyed girl]: “Mom, did dad make another one of those secret and dangerous toys?”
Female Deus [same voice as Trinity]: “He probably did, but you shouldn’t worry about them; just remember, they are not toys, they are important experiments that we have to protect.”
Deusian Robot [same robotic voice as Bern from the Trinity Squad]: “Mrs. Idana, is it safe for us and for Ida to be here?”
Deus Idana: “It still is Bert, but it’s very likely that everything will change soon. Whatever happens, stay by Ida’s side no matter what. If for any reason Neo and I are not with her, you must be there to protect her.”
Deusanoid Robot Bert: “I am and I will be by her side mam.”
Deus Idana: “I want you to take her to a safer location if you notice that anything dangerous can happen.”
Bert: “I will.”
The robot was taller than them and looked stronger, but he behaved and talked like any of them. His physical form was the only aspect that showed that he was a robot.
The deusian Trinity turned around and walked towards a small white facility that was just half a mile away from them. She suddenly pressed something on her silver suit and she instantly teleported closer to the facility. She appeared right in front of the white door that she was seeing from far away and it opened for her, as if it had recognized who she was.
She walked in and we saw that it was the same lab where Maxio had been connected to the Matrix.
At that exact moment, the other four deuses teleported themselves to that spot as well, and they appeared at the center of the lab, between Deus Neo and Deus Idana.
Right after that, Deus Daya finished bringing back Maxio and the two small ancient humans from their spheres. All three of them were still unconscious, but they were fine.
Neo and Rodner Smith had a different size with respect to the deuses, when they were in their original world. They were as long as their hands, meaning that the real deuses were the equivalent of giant humans, in terms of size. Yet, they had changed, so they didn’t look exactly as humans anymore.
With everyone present, the deusian Neo wasted no time.
Deus Neo: “As I thought before, we are not the first ones that hacked our way into the Matrix. And now, we finally know why the other unknown source hacked in. Unlike us, they, he, she, or it didn’t do it for a good cause. They led to the creation of experimental Cyber Matrices of a complex nature and they also developed an experimental deusian being that was far more powerful than any deusian ever, even though it was born inside the Matrix and not here. Maxio and the hacked ancient entity that we helped to create faced this being and nearly lost their lives, even though both of them had access to breaking the rules of the Matrix. I fear that we now have greater problems to worry about than just saving the ancients from the inevitable shut down of the Matrix.
Now that Maxio has returned, we need to present our proof to the Council and convince them about saving the ancients, even if they choose to destroy the Matrix. But, we also have to show them the new threat that is emerging and that may represent just as big of a catastrophe as the LDNA virus once did. If the unknown hackers find a way to replicate that powerful deusian entity from the Matrix in this world, a virus may not be the leading cause for our extinction anymore. The problem is that such a thing was already accomplished inside the Matrix, when this being’s abilities remained intact, after it was transferred from the virtual worlds to the real world in the Matrix. There is only one step further to figure out how to bring such a thing here.
The Council must know this and we must be ready. We also have to protect Maxio and our ancient guests, since they are the only real proof that we have of what happened in the Matrix. And they may be our only way to prove how important the ancients really are.
Idana, Neda, Xenor, Morpheo, Serach, and Daya, will you help me to achieve these goals?”
Deus Neda [same voice as the Oracle]: “You know we will. We have been in this together for a long time.”
Deus Idana [same voice as Trinity]: “This is the time to complete what we set out to finish years ago.”
Deus Xenor [same voice as Frank Xeno]: “Count with me. I’ll make sure that none of you lose your heads while playing heroes at the Council. We’ve come this far, so I am not going to let it happen at the end.”
Deus Morpheo [same voice as Yan Morphen and Morpheus]: “I believe in you and I will follow you until the end.”
Deus Serach [same voice as Seraph]: “I’ll be with you guys. My blades have been at the service of justice, always. And by now you are like my family. I love you all [looking at Daya specifically].”
Deus Daya [with Dayana’s voice]: “Maxio and I volunteered to fight for your cause and that won’t change now, even if it becomes more dangerous than before.”
Deus Neo [sounding pretty confident]: “Then, let’s continue and finish what we started. We shall save the ancients at last and end the new threat as well.”
Then, the view changed from Deus Neo’s group at the lab to the deusian child, Ida.
At last, the view turned around Ida and the robot and we could see what they were looking at with so much attention, before Neo’s call was received.
They were looking at the Matrix, apparently, from a deserted location that also had the secret lab. The Matrix was a giant ecological sphere that was protected by an even larger transparent square that covered its surroundings. It was still quite visible from there. You could tell from the movements and the colors that the sphere was “alive” in the inside. The inside had a seemingly endless number of colored bubbles that were pushed together, like the hundreds of transparent eggs that many fish make for reproduction. The billions of bubble-like thingies were the similar universes, of course.
The deusian girl, Ida, had no idea of what each of those bubbles contained, but even at her young age, she could already feel that they were important.
The Matrix looked both majestic and frightening from their location. It was the greatest biological and scientific achievement that their species had produced. It was what saved them from extinction and what would bring their next greatest troubles as well…
Meanwhile, in Thomas Anderson’s world (inside the single flawless universal copy that existed inside the Matrix) everyone began to awaken and the pods that kept them linked to the Virtual Matrices started to open automatically.
We could see many familiar faces from before; among them were all the people from the First Base and their brave commander (Yera Williams, the daughter of Nera Williams); each of the members from the Trinity Squad, except Sheera, Bern, and Leida; and all the survivors from the Resistance…
Throughout their world we could see how all the places that had millions of capsules began to “wake up,” as the pods opened and the people awakened, realizing that everything that they knew had been a dream in a virtual realm.
At the same time, those that had not been sleeping—like the people at Rodner Smith’s city—also awakened because they saw what was happening around their city and they realized that they had lived in a lie as well, even if they weren’t sleeping like all the others. They finally realized the truth of the world around them…
Suddenly, the scenes of the people of the world were left behind and the camera focused on a single pod, in a dangerous-looking location at a desolate area. The pod had a young boy that looked strikingly similar to Neo and Thomas Anderson in their younger days.
Finally, he began to move his fingers and he opened his eyes…
The final Neo had just awakened, but he wasn’t in a safe place. His entire pod was about to fall down a great distance…
NEXT— Part 9B: The Ending and the Final Revelation (This is it. Zip your belts for the final revelation and the ending! Let’s see how many of you can see it coming ; ) … )