Scenes After the Credits in The Matrix Revelations (the true ending) / Also, a Teaser for “The End of the Matrix”

The “After-Credits Scenes” for The Matrix Revelations (This occurs after Part 9B and it’s also the first teaser trailer for “The Matrix Finale,” or “The Matrix Revelations 2: The End of the Matrix”)

 

Another white laboratory was shown at the world of the deuses. It looked very similar to the place where Deus Neo and his group had set up Maxio’s connection to the Matrix.

There were three other deuses present and one of them was connected to a device, just like Deus Maxio.

It was implied that the “asleep deus inside the experimental sphere” was connected to the Matrix, in the same way as Maxio was. It was also shown that this was taking place at the same time as when Maxio was connected, but in another hidden location at their world…

All of a sudden, the connected deus started to move abruptly, showing pain, and parts of his real body started to disappear. It was as if he was being erased from existence.

At that point, the view of the scene began to get closer and closer to the deus that was disappearing, and when it reached his face, we could see that it was Deus Ex—the deusian anomaly—in his original deusian form.

In other words, Ex’s original self was a true deus from the deusian world; his consciousness had not been created inside the Matrix, but unlike Maxio, he wasn’t aware of it…

Eventually, Deus Ex disappeared completely and the connection sphere was left empty, with nothing inside.

Then, the other two deuses present began to talk. It was clear that the one in the right was the leader. He was wearing a white cape with a large silver symbol that looked similar to a cross. The other one had a metallic arm and one metallic foot. Clearly, she was part deusian and part robot—a hybrid from the deusanoid faction.

Female Deus on the left [looking at the empty sphere / sounding a little concerned]: “Deus Ex is gone. Then, the experiment of the enhanced deus was a failure.”

Leader [his face isn’t shown and he has General Lock’s voice]: “A failure? Not at all. It was a complete success. He didn’t even know anything about the Real Matrix and look at how far he went. He didn’t know anything about the truth, and still, he was omnipotent, first in the virtual world, and later in the real one. Nothing would have stopped him from reaching us here if the other anomaly that we detected had not been present. Indeed, he proved to be even more powerful than what we anticipated. The deus that was enhanced by our experiment in the Matrix was a truly unstoppable force. Now, imagine what would be possible if those that know everything, like we do, obtain that kind of power here, in the true original world.”

Female Deus: “But… the deusian anomaly was not unstoppable sir. There was an entity that could stop it. The enhanced Deus Ex was stopped by one of the ancient humans, which were supposed to be powerless in comparison to us.”

Leader [still confident]: “A human? Don’t be foolish. Because of the Matrix’s design, no human and no living being there could ever use those kinds of manipulations of the system from the inside. The one that stopped Deus Ex was not an ancient human from the past. It was another experimental entity that was started and introduced in the Matrix by one of us.”

Female Deus: “Could it be…”

Leader [certain]: “Deus Neo and his group of followers, of course. He is the only one that would be willing to go that far to save the ancients from their inevitable doom, when the Matrix ends.”

Female Deus: “But that can’t be. They already sent Maxio there, after the Council accepted their last request. And they don’t have any way to send someone else without the access codes from the Council.”

Leader: “They didn’t need to send someone else. That is why the other anomaly was one of the ancient humans and not another deus… There are other ways to send things into the Matrix, without going there yourself. That is how I started the project with the enhanced deus and the Virtual Sub-Matrices. An ancient human did it for me—one that I chose very carefully, knowing that his personal interests were perfectly aligned with mine.”

Female Deus: “Then… how do you suggest that we proceed from now on?”

Leader: “Deus Naebula, you should already know what the next step is. A hybrid of your caliber should have been able to infer what I’m thinking by now.”

Naebula: “Yes, but hearing it from you has much more meaning sir. After all, you are the one that brought us together and achieved equality among the deusian robots, the deusian hybrids like me, and the deuses like you. What do you want our next step to be, Deus Theos?”

Deus Theos [sounding conclusive]: “It’s time to end it. We already achieved what we wanted. We have the means to create a deus that is capable of bending the laws of existence at will, effectively creating a new reality as he or she sees fit. Now, we must ensure that this grand power stays with us only. Just with you and me…”

The leader touched the lips of the deusian female hybrid in a way that left it very clear that they were more than just associates that worked together in a plan.

Deus Theos: “And don’t ever forget that my real name must not be mentioned when we are not alone. I am ‘Deus T’ for the members of the Council and for everyone. They must never know that ‘Theos’ is my original name. If they know it someone could make deductions that could lead them to figure out who I really am. And I don’t need anyone else, other than you, to know that.”

Naebula: “I would never do that sir. You know that I would do anything for you.”

Deus T: “And that is why I want you to be one of the masters, after we use the power of the Matrix to change our realm.”

Although his face wasn’t fully revealed, the side of his lips was shown, and the unknown leader smiled in a way that looked confident and dangerous.

Deus T: “The cure for the LDNA virus is history by now, so we can force the Council to end the Matrix. Our goals there were achieved with Deus Ex’s experiment, so we don’t need to go back again.

The time has come for us to end the Matrix and to take over the Council of the Deuses.

A new era is going to begin…

It will be an era shaped by us, the masters of the Matrix…”

The view left the newly revealed villain and it went back to the Matrix. It showed us how Yan Morphen was walking at a place that was full of people everywhere. It looked like they were building a new city there.

Suddenly, a woman with a brown cloak grabbed Yan’s hand. She left a small paper in it, and she kept on walking among the crowd with haste.

At first, it seemed like she was the Oracle again, but the young woman’s hood fell back and her identity was revealed. She was the Indian girl that the Oracle adopted at the end of “The Matrix Revolutions,” but, she was 20 years older now.

Yan Morphen opened her message on the paper and read it.

Voice of the Oracle’s Helper [message on paper]: “You are here to fulfill your destiny Morpheus. The one you seek has entered the city already. Neo will need you. Seek him, and find him, as soon as possible. Your journey with Neo is not over and neither is the Matrix…”

Yan tried to chase the woman after he read the message, but he had already lost her from his sight and he couldn’t find her…

Finally, the Indian woman met up with the Oracle at another location.

Nera Williams (The Oracle): “Did you give him the message?”

The Oracle’s Helper: “Yes.”

Nera: “How did it go?”

Oracle’s Helper: “It went as planned. He didn’t have a chance to see my face and I saw that he read the message.”

Oracle’s Helper [thoughtful, just as she was as a little girl at the end of The Matrix Revolutions]: “Mrs. Williams, will we ever see the sixth Neo again?”

Nera: “That’s a question that even I don’t have the answer for, but, he surpassed what Thomas Anderson expected from the sixth iteration of The One, so, anything is possible… If I had to give my best guess, I would say yes, we are going to see that Neo again… And I don’t that we will need to wait another 20 years this time…”

The Oracle and the now-grown girl smiled at each other and looked at the sunset from Thomas Anderson’s world.

It was just like the beautiful sunset that they had seen in the Virtual Matrix, twenty years ago…

//////////  END for “The Matrix Revelations”  /////////////

 

However, The Matrix Saga will be CONTINUED AND FINISHED in

“The Matrix Revelations 2: The End of the Matrix.”

I will finish it with the epic story and the epic end that The Matrix always deserved…

 

NEXT 1A — Brief but Complete Synopsis of the story for “The End of the Matrix” (everywhere)

^^^ I don’t plan to write the complete script or the full book for “The End of the Matrix,” unless (of course), a director from Hollywood wanted to hire me to do it. If they do that in order to turn “The Matrix Revelations” and “The End of The Matrix” into real movies to continue the Matrix Saga on the big screen, I would obviously do it with joy. Otherwise, I have to use the little writing time I have to write my other original stories that are not sequels to anything that exists (because they are original series that I haven’t done yet).

Regardless, I do want you all to know what I imagined AFTER The Matrix Revelations for “The End of The Matrix,” so I will write it in about 10 pages and share it… It’s basically “The Matrix Revelations Part 2.”

NEXT 1B — Author’s Commentary on how he imagined the stories for “The Matrix Revelations” AND “The End of The Matrix” (a video in youtube)

NEXT 2A — Season 2 and Ending for The Story of the Earth Sage of The Leaf (everywhere)

NEXT 2B — Heroes of the Survey Corps: Alex Emmerson (in fanfiction dot net, in the other blog, in facebook, but not in this particular blog here)

NEXT 3 — Other new, thought-provoking, and inspiring sci-fi thrillers by Pedro Cristobal… ; ) the best has yet to come ALWAYS ^__^

 

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Scenes After the Credits in The Matrix Revelations (the true ending) / Also, a Teaser for “The End of the Matrix”

The Matrix Revelations (COMPLETE Story + Extras, a truly epic sequel for The Matrix Revolutions)

The Matrix Revelations

(Epic sequel for The Matrix Revolutions with the older Neo as the protagonist)

Teaser Trailer for the movie:

https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/2016/03/26/the-matrix-revelations-teaser-trailer/

 

Two refresher videos worth watching before “The Matrix Revelations” (the first appearance of Deus Ex in “The Matrix Revolutions” and the scene with the spoon in “The Matrix”). Both of these matter for The Matrix Revelations…

Deus Ex scene:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpXkpkUK6gs

The spoon scene:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAXtO5dMqEI

 

I also recommend very strongly that you rent and watch the three original Matrix movies, if you think you forgot them. After all, The Matrix Revelations is a true sequel that starts right after the end of The Matrix Revolutions, so, for the greatest impact it is best if you watch those before you read Revelations.

 

“The Matrix Revelations”

 

You may skip my short planning at the beginning of the first link and scroll down to where it says Part 1: The Initial Revelations and Neo’s Rescue. For all the others, there are no extras included. It’s just the parts of the story that follow. Have fun…

 

1- The Initial Revelations and Neo’s Rescue from the City of the Machines
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/…/the-matrix-r…/

2- The Trinity Squad, The First Base, and the Deus Incident
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/…/the-matrix-r…/

3- The Main Base and the events that take place there
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/356/

4- The Bigger Revelations and the Battle with Deus
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/…/the-matrix-r…/

5- The Real Architect, The Chase, and Neo’s Decision
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/…/the-matrix-r…/

6- Return to The Matrix
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/…/the-matrix-r…/

7- Clash of Wills (the epic course of events that lead to the final battle)

Section 7A (1 out of 4):
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/…/the-matrix-r…/

Section 7B (2 out of 4):
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/…/the-matrix-r…/

Section 7C (3 out of 4):
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/…/the-matrix-r…/

Section 7D (4 out of 4, end for the “Clash of Wills”)
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/…/the-matrix-r…/

8- The Battle for Thomas Anderson’s World

Section 8A: Jake Mate
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/…/the-matrix-r…/

Section 8B: The Grand Turning Point
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/…/the-matrix-r…/

9- The Real Answer and the Ending

Section 9A: The Truth About the Matrix (what everyone has been waiting for… the answer to what the Matrix was…)
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/…/the-matrix-r…/

Section 9B: The Ending and the Final Revelation (the “final revelation” will trigger an “omg” reaction almost instantly; it is what takes this ending from “good” to “wooow!” material… I also hope that some readers can see it coming before it happens ; ) it’s quite possible…)
https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/…/the-matrix-r…/

The After-Credits Scene for The Matrix Revelations

https://theearthsageoftheleaf.wordpress.com/2017/11/08/scenes-after-the-credits-in-the-matrix-revelations-the-true-ending-also-a-teaser-for-the-end-of-the-matrix/

 

OTHER GREAT EXTRAS THAT SHOULD BE SEEN ALONGSIDE THE READING:

100 Soundtracks selected by the author to reflect moments and characters from The Matrix Revelations (the author’s comments from when those were posted are included)

This is a perfect preview for what to expect from the story of The Matrix Revelations. Listen to the soundtracks and read the comments in order. You will see that an epic science-fiction thriller is waiting for you ; )

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — Trailer Music #1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6EsiH9pqPA

This sounds pretty good up to 1:30. I really like the way this sounds for a trailer of this movie, even though the other one I am going to post next sounds like a better fit with what actually happens.

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — Trailer Music #2

And here we have it; this is the trailer music that fits best with what does happen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKTrycZCDmU

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #1: Deus Ex’s Theme 1 / “Deus Ex’s Plan”

This fits for the second scene of the movie. The first scene, or the opening scene, is Neo’s final scene from The Matrix Revolutions… and obviously, he makes it—otherwise, there would be no epic story to tell in “Revelations” : p

Deus Ex Machina had a very good reason to keep Neo alive.
You will find out about it in The Matrix Revelations…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pp10aYVgSfc

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #2: The Trinity Squad’s Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWhjLwk9n-w

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #3: The Trinity Squad’s Assault Theme

This music is perfect for the assault on the building, close to the beginning of the movie…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnPALu0E4YM

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #4: Deus Ex’s Theme 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqrMtJPwCwo

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #4: Deus Ex’s Theme 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnEBFYF1rmE

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #5: The Trinity Squad’s Personal Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TCWU6NjPLQ

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #6: Captain Trin’s Theme / “The Other Trinity”

This may not fit a lot with the first part I will post this weekend, but by the time the story is over (it’s 8 episodes long, close to 3 hours in length as a movie), you will see it does fit with what happens to her. The music I choose often reflects the way the character feels; it isn’t necessarily linked with the events only.
By the way, listen to this one until the end; its best part is in the second half. And yes, I think this fits with “Leida Trinity.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9Ze9Apt1rQ

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #7: Neo’s Theme / “Path of the Sixth Chosen”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnPmafeR3xE

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #8: “The One”

I knew I was forgetting one of these the other day. This one should have been #5 after #4, based on the order of the events, but hey, it’s not to far away, so here it is.
I would play this music when Neo stops the sentinels during the Trinity Squad’s assault at the beginning…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yzYlzFdu4U

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #9: The First Base

This is a good theme for the atmosphere present in the first base, which is the first location of the Resistance that Neo sees, after seeing the Trinity Squad’s members without their armors for the first time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ0cJeatbwM

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #10: Deus’s Theme / “The Menace Approaches”

Next part introduces the Resistance and a couple of new characters, including Deus. This “Deus” is not Deus Ex Machina from the Matrix, but obviously, there is a reason why they have a similar name. That and more will be revealed later on.

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #11: “The Trap”

This music fits for the scene where Commander Yera talks to Deus.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H7nKh92JAM

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #12: “Neo’s Realization about Deus”

During the “Deus incident,” Neo figures out something that the others are not seeing. This music fits with that realization.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxjtfTtkvF8

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #13: Yera Williams’s Theme / “Commander Yera”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYFbtPYwxHM

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #14: The Main Base’s Theme / “General Xenno’s Base”

This is a good initial theme for their arrival at the Main Base, and it also fits as a “theme #1” for Frank Xenno, the general.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGGoWB8iLA8

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #15: Frank Xenno’s personal theme

This isn’t a perfect fit, but I like the way it sounds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hw5E4W5wxrg

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #16: Teen Jack’s theme / “The young inventor”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyIQCumNwCQ

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #17: The Blue-eyed Girl’s Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP3W9A5mgak

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — # 18a: The White Sphere’s Message

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEaFWGD2Mxg

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #18b: Neo’s determination to find the truth

This is an excellent theme for Neo’s determination to find the truth, after the events that unfold at the main base.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SZ72iqw-j4

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #19: Thomas Anderson’s Message

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-Om4-S-hcU

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #20: Thomas and Aida’s Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #21: Trin begins to believe in Neo / “Believe”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKymeuwwtAk&nohtml5=False

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #22: Trin’s Flashbacks / “The other Trinity”

This is a good music for when Captain Trin begins to remember her past.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=homHQJvt09k&nohtml5=False

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #23a: Neo vs. Deus

Forget about the vocals. The first three minutes of this music are ideal for “Neo vs. Deus” at the main base.

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #23 b: Neo vs. Deus

This is another excellent music for the Neo vs. Deus scene at the main base.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWN9NjB9XW4

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #24: Rodner Smith’s Theme #1 / “Meet Mr. Smith”

Neo finally meets Rodner Smith—the old man from Frank Xenno’s world that looks exactly like Agent Smith. He’s also Thomas Anderson’s nemesis. Obviously, this guy is ideally played by the same actor as the original Agent Smith…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiI4c99zHPg

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #25: Rodner Smith’s Theme #2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTsBOzj2FJQ

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #26: The Others

If you don’t hear this just raise the volume. I think this music sounds a little lower than others. And no, I have no comments on this… you will know what I meant by “the others” when part 5 arrives :p Consider this an “audio preview” 😉

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9Kt3XsPZmw

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #27: Beginning of the Chase

The beginning of the chase during which the second major clash with Deus occurs. The second big clash is not with Neo though. It is with… you will see 😉

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgNHgGWgiSM

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #28: Matthew and Dayana’s Theme

It’s time to start posting the “character themes” for the other Trinity Squad members, since, their second moment to shine in this story is in part 5.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCPBVBtJTeI

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #29: Bern’s Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvaa5aIyDkE

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #30: Seraph Cheng’s Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxtGdKYijBw

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #31: Sheera Williams’s Theme

Considering what happens in part 5, this is a good theme for Sheera Williams, the granddaughter of General Nera Williams, and the daughter of Commander Yera from the first base.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yyPzATkLqI

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #32: Keifer Gomez’s Theme

Like I said before, I pretty much imagined Keifer as a “Cid lookalike” so it is no surprise that I even feel that Cid’s theme fits perfectly for Keifer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG-TXvKiFR0

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #33: Yan Morphen’s Theme / “For Neo”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn7wfayVqew

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #34: Rodner Smith’s Past

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1k0XmexVdE

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #35: Seraph and Sheera vs. Deus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMZIyysPio4

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #36: The Trinity Squad vs. Deus

The events of this battle are what made me decide on the specific character themes for some of them, including Sheera, Keifer, and Yan Morphen. This battle takes place in part 5.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8JDoO94xeU

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #37: Neo’s Decision

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=az_JfdRibCE

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #38: The Xenno Squad’s Theme / “Frank Xenno’s Secret”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkdAUtKsQLg

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #39: Return to the Matrix

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — # 39b: Return to the Matrix theme #2 / Neo’s Theme #2

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #40: Retrieval of the 7th Neo’s Helpers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xMqdvs0b6U

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #41: Rebirth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KraTqef3qvg

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #42: Trainees of the Chosen

This ost fits almost perfectly with what I have in mind…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrBuG1Py5GY

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #42 b: Training with the Sixth Neo

I knew I was going to post this one eventually because it is one of my favorite soundtracks. Finally, it fits with something… Take a guess at who is going to have the “training with the sixth Neo” :p … That and more is found in the upcoming part 6…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCQCAEl5OnM

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #43: The New Morpheus vs. Neo (in training)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6-une2PLU4

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #44: Unexpected Outcome

Wait until it goes beyond the 1 minute mark to hear the good part of this soundtrack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3pHRMijyMg

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #45: Neo’s Farewell Words

Start at 0:20 and wait for the part I like better at 0:41.
This fits very well to describe Neo’s feelings when he says his “farewell words” in part 6. What are they and why he says them? Wait until I finish part 6 and you will see : p

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu_2zXcoWrw

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #46: Final Visit to the Oracle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewu31_M7mz8

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #47: Return to the City of the Machines

I really like how this sounds :p
Perfect theme for what’s coming in The Matrix Revelations…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b5RMt7U4HU

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #48: The Yellow Sphere

In part 6, we are going to find out the purpose of that yellow sphere that Deus Ex implanted in Neo’s hand at the beginning…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfoz15XHd0Q

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #49: Neo and Deus Ex

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVyxG6kX94o

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #50: Deus Ex freed

When I heard this at the cinema a few weeks ago, my instant reaction was: “I now know a soundtrack that fits with the entire part 7 and, especially, with how it all begins…”
I knew this had to go here since then, and here it is now.
Things are going to get very intense in The Matrix Revelations, so I will hold back posting various soundtracks until part 7 is much closer to the finish line. That way you won’t have any clues of what will happen until it is here. And believe me, a lot will happen pretty fast in part 7. In my opinion, it is the best one out of the first 7 parts, and if you read the other 6, then you can already imagine what that means… The best has yet to come 😉

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw_o7XUX3fg

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #51: Deus vs Deus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGushYkSJfg

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #51.5: Theme of the Other Deuses / “The Unknown Observers”

This should go between #51 and 52, so I will just name it 51.5 and put it here, since I found this music recently.
And yes, the only “deuses” in The Matrix Revelations won’t be Deus and Deus Ex… you’ll see once I post part 7B.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkNeS0tAAug

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #52: Deus Ex’s Transformation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj10rZ4GMOw

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #53: Leida Trinity’s Retaliation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQUEVHuON60

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #54: Screen of the Past

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2ITVDVuLBI

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #55: The Fifth Neo’s Theme / “Path of the Previous Chosen”

This would be the part where we will find out what happened before with the other Neo. Remember that the past of the previous Trinity and the previous Neo wasn’t fully revealed yet. That, among other intense scenes, is what the “clash of wills” from part 7 is all about…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uR7doemZD0

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #55.1: Path of the Fifth Neo (alternate theme)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1y6msMu7dM

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #55.2: Attack of the Sentinels

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #55.3: The Fifth Neo’s Revelation / “The Matrix Reloaded”

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #55.4: Prelude to the Fifth Neo’s Battle at the City of the Machines

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #55.5: Neo vs. the Doppelganger Sentinels

https://www.youtube.com/watch…

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #56: The Fifth Neo vs Deus Ex (flashback)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJn0cQ7UtD8

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #57: Cyber Neo (INTRO)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUCUSCENalY

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #58: Cyber Neo (BATTLE) / “Neo vs Neo”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZJpIk7FRVk

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #59: Copy Trinity (INTRO) / Copy Trinity’s Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DiPFXKm4wc

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #60: Copy Trinity (BATTLE)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjMwPiXWgTk

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #61: The Resistance’s Final Attack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NswzBEf8I4

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #62: Frank Xenno (Theme #2)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eF8Wcy4IjVo

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #63: Rodner Smith’s Secret Weapon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3H-zOPV-E0

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #63.5: Cyber Neo and Copy Trinity (alternate theme for both of them)

This has nothing to do with Rodner Smith’s weapon (I say this in case you are reading all of these without reading the story. Copy Trinity and Cyber Neo are not related to Smith.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiRdixLq38o

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #64: The Unexpected Transformation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V9ioUgPJs4

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #64.5: Cyber Neo’s Final Answer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayd5jgd4vOY

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #65: The Final Enemy’s Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6i1XtqNj8k

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — # 65a : First Appearance of the Final Enemy / “The deusian anomaly”

I am going to introduce the final enemy for The Matrix Revelations in Part 7D. Who ends up being the final enemy won’t be clear until you read it though… this is just music, it doesn’t tell us who takes that role at the end, but it tells us what we can expect from that character. Just be ready for plot-twisty stuff coming in the final section of Clash of Wills…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfVETYCmIlk

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — # 65.5 : “Thomas Anderson’s helpers”

Part 7D will have a very brief flashback of the original Thomas Anderson and his group. This music fits with the way I visualized them in my mind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQjc-HI_cf4

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #66: Frank Xenno’s Answer

One interesting plot twist and several revelations are in storage for the next scenes in The Matrix Revelations. I’m spoiler-free here so you will find out what those are when I finish and post what comes next. This is just the “background music” that I would pair up with “the moment of truth” for General Frank Xenno, in part 7D.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NunWagO59c8

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #67: The Final Enemy’s Takeover

Just to point it out: the character that is called “the deusian anomaly” in the upcoming part 7d is the final enemy in The Matrix Revelations. Also, I do plan to finish and post this part 7d this upcoming weekend, and yes, the scene that I paired with this “oh crap things are going down” music is included in 7d. Part 7d is the best out of the 4 sections of Clash of Wills without a doubt…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-atoCNumFyo

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #68: Deus Maxio’s Theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11KyVElfGic

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #69: Maxio’s Retaliation Theme / Maxio’s Revelation / “The Matrix Unlocked”

Not only is Deus Maxio going to return, but a big revelation will also take place when he does… I hope no one thought that the “big Deus” from before was going to be “taken out” so easily : p … obviously, more stuff was going to happen later on with Deus, and “later on” starts with 7d…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6Gkdme2bck

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #70: The Beginning of the Battle for Thomas Anderson’s World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG49U_Md3GU

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #71: Jake Mate

There are going to be some pretty intense moments in part 8…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPdrapr5bTE

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #72: Neo and Trinity’s Darkest Hour

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3fwy92svjU

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #73: The Grand Revelation

This starts slow and escalates to epic proportions… it is perfect for this kind of epic scene ; )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3zvVGJrTP8

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #73.5: The grand turning point / “Bending the Spoon”

I find it really funny that this was the first song that popped into my mind when I thought of music to pair up with “the second scene with the spoon,” which is going to take place in the next section that I am going to post. I found it funny because the Pirates and Jack Sparrow don’t have anything to do with this, but I guess this song calls out to be put as background cover for epic stuff lol… it’s great music without a doubt.
So, the title for part 8a was “Jake Mate” and the title for part 8b is going to be “The Grand Turning Point”… I am feeling very good about what I have written so far, so I can say confidently that the best of “The Matrix Revelations” begins with part 8b. And, that is not just because of “the spoon scene”… there is a lot going on in this second half of “The Battle for Thomas Anderson’s World”… You will see… it all starts to fall into place at last, just like I planned it since the beginning… ^_ ^ : p

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27mB8verLK8

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #74: The Sixth Neo’s Answer

You can tell that something awesome and inspiring is going to happen when you hear this ; )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_FZ_sC_OIU

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #75: Neo’s Awakening after the Battle for Thomas Anderson’s World

This is going to be good music for the last scene in Part 8b (what is coming next). So 8b not only finishes the grand battle but also shows you what happens with Neo right after that. I imagine that anyone who reads it all up to that point is going to be reeeeally impatient to find out what the final part will bring after that… i would be really impatient too. And obviously, I plan to deliver with a really great ending that will leave everyone (including myself) very satisfied. That’s just the way I like it ; p (because I love planning awesome stories and I love delivering at the end, instead of dropping the ball with a bad ending, like so many stories I have seen before in anime and games, and even in movies and books as well… I will do it differently. At the end, it’s all about crafting a great and valuable experience. That is what matters in life and in stories…)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tMYIrWxieo

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #76: The Truth about The Matrix

Interstellar’s main theme has to be the perfect music to pair up with “the truth about the Matrix”… it’s excellent music for mystical sci-fi stuff… so yeah, this is part of what’s coming in part 9A… Oh I can’t wait ^_^ I finally reached the best parts of the first book-length story that I will finish. It’s time for the revelations of the Matrix to be unveiled…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDsCtDRV2uA

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #77: The End of Maxio’s Mission

Please ignore the pictures attached to the soundtracks. When I post a soundtrack, only the music itself fits with some section or scene for the current story that I am doing (the original picture that had been associated with the soundtrack is from another story that has nothing to do with the one I’m doing, but when the music fits, I grab it anyways : p)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WdANZGyngM

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #78: The Original Team

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3_sqNLBbe4

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #79: The First View of the Matrix (from the outside)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCk4RiKH9H0

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #80: The End of the Virtual Matrices / Return of the People from the Virtual Matrices

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yahHXo3f3dE

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #81: The Trinity Squad’s Regret

Before the great “final revelation” in Part 9b, some emotional scenes with past characters from the story will take place and this music fits beautifully with all of those.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7EE20_mMks

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #82: The Final Neo

Perfect music for the scene that will introduce the final Neo…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WL2o13hwDuc

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #83: Nera Williams’s Theme / The Oracle’s theme for her scene at the end

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfUBsUCHw9M

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #84: The Final Revelation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHjFIwbvzo8

What happens at the end ; ) … as usual, I have a strong tendency to save something special for last, in order to finish stories with a great note (and with happy readers that will be glad they had that experience)…

By the way, 100 thanks to the gifted composer of this music, Thomas Bergersen… This one definitely inspired me for the scene that I call “the final revelation” in The Matrix Revelations.

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #85: The Credits screen for The Matrix Revelations

To make it even more epic and memorable, I would show mini-flashbacks from events in the movie during the credits (as they roll on the left or right side of the screen, the flashbacks can be shown on the other side). That way, the viewers will be reminded of how great it truly was, right after they finish watching it. That would ensure that it becomes a movie-experience that they won’t forget anytime soon. It would probably become one of their all-time favorite sci-fi thrillers, right after they finish watching it.
Naturally, such a movie for “The Matrix Revelations” is not available, but the book is and you can read it here. So the experience already exists here. It just isn’t on a big screen. It is on the pages ; )
Have fun with the unofficial “Matrix 4”
I will repost all the links soon…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2Q4yZeRYX0

 

Music for The Matrix Revelations — #86: The Extra Scene after the Credits for The Matrix Revelations

You would think that an extra scene after the credits won’t add much after all the epicness went by, but in the case of this story, it will… ; )

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKjEwQeGAEU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Matrix Revelations (COMPLETE Story + Extras, a truly epic sequel for The Matrix Revolutions)

The Matrix Revelations (Part 9B)—The Ending

THE MATRIX REVELATIONS

Part 9: The Real Answer and the Ending (9A + 9B)

Part 9B: The Ending and the Final Revelation (The Ending)

 

Before we could see what was about to happen with the boy that looked like Neo and Thomas Anderson, the view went back to show us what was happening with those that we knew from before. We had already forgotten about most of them, but just a glimpse at their faces brought back all the memories that we had of them, before they were taken to the Virtual Matrices at Thomas Anderson’s world… Soon, it struck us like it struck them: they were back. All of them returned…

The people from the First Base were unbelievably happy. They could still remember what happened at their base, before “Deus” arrived and they were taken to the fields of the Matrix. They remembered how they had asked Neo to save them, since they all thought that he was a reincarnation of Thomas Anderson, the hero that created The Resistance that fought against the great threat from the start. And, because of the legends and stories that even their own commander had spread, they all believed that Neo would save them. Therefore, their awakening and the confirmation of their salvation brought the greatest happiness that they had felt in their whole lives. You could see how many of them looked at the sky and thanked Neo for saving them, even though they had not seen what happened with him. Only Leida Trinity truly knew what had happened there…

The commander of the First Base was also deeply moved.

Yera Williams [looking at the sky]: “You were right mom, everything you said about him was true. He was truly a hero and a wonderful person. He didn’t give the impression of being that great when I met him, but I could feel that what you told me about Thomas Anderson was true, and, I trusted that he would be able to help us. And now, I see why you talked that way about him… We are all back because of him… Thank you… Thank you so much Neo…”

The view left the people from the First Base and switched to two men and one woman that had opened and left their pods at the same exact time. They were Seraph, Matthew, and Dayana, three of the members from the Trinity Squad.

Apparently, they were located at a different place that was at another field of pods—which were scattered all around their world.

Everyone was wearing white shirts and white underwear. And they came out pretty clean and neat from their pods, which were not dark and full of glue-like liquids, like the ones that the sixth Neo had seen inside “The Virtual Matrix.” The fields of pods at Thomas Anderson’s world looked much more like fields of endless hibernation stations in floating buildings than like fields of dark cocoons.

Most of the floating buildings had landed on the ground, but the pods were still the same and most of them actually protected the dormant humans inside them.

Matthew, Dayana, and Seraph were shocked at first because they suddenly remembered all the details clearly. Their real lives from Thomas Anderson’s world had been left as far and cloudy memories that looked more like dreams than like the real deal. However, when they returned, they realized that it was the other way around: their cloudy memories from before were the real ones and the ones from the times they had spent at Zion were mere virtual memories of a reality that wasn’t true, even if everyone was connected to it and interacting and living in it with everybody else.

At first, their faces looked thunderstruck, as if they had made a great discovery, but soon, their faces began to change, and the change was deep and sad, as is the change of any amnesiac that remembers something terrible about themselves…

Seraph, Dayana, and Matthew looked around themselves and saw the great happiness in the other people that awakened, but they looked and felt different… They looked at each other and we could see that they were feeling regretful about something, after their memories came back to them…

Matthew: “Master Neo… he was right…”

Seraph: “But…”

Dayana [sounding sadder than the other two]: “We didn’t believe him… and we choose to leave him and stay in the lie when he gave us the choice of coming back to this world with him…”

Seraph: “I should have chosen the pill when he offered it to me, but, I don’t know… I… I just couldn’t believe it back then…”

Matthew: “Why couldn’t we believe that he was right about this as well…”

Dayana: “We were still inside the Matrix, but it felt so real…”

Seraph [finally losing the sad mood]: “Matthew, where is Yan? We have to find him!”

Matthew: “You mean Morpheus? He stopped going by the name Yan ever since he met that old guy at Zion that looked a lot like him. I hope we find him soon.”

Dayana [hopeful]: “There’s a lot that we have to find after the wrong choice that we made. If he is still here and well, we need to find master Neo and apologize to him. But, let’s look for Yan first.”

Seraph: “Let’s go. Let’s find both of them, Neo and Yan… I know that they are alive. I can feel it…”

While Seraph, Matthew, and Dayana began to walk away from the pods, together, and determined to find their former master, Neo, and their teammate, Yan Morphen, the view left them and took us to another location with many other pods and people that had awakened…

The other location was at the top floor of one of the many floating buildings.

The view centered on a single pod, which was the one where Yan Morphen was sleeping.

When he woken up and left the pod in his white t-shirt and underwear, he looked as thunderstruck as the others had looked… but… as the memories came back to him, we could tell that his regret was far greater. He, out of all of them, had been the one that always believed the most in Neo, from the start and until the very end. Yet, even he chose to stay behind with the others at the Zion of the Virtual Matrix.

Yan began to grab his own face with his left hand, covering his eyes, while he closed them and pressed them together strongly.

Yan Morphen (the final Morpheus): “What did I do? I, I was so close to choosing the right pill and coming back here with Neo, but I didn’t do it. I left him behind. We all did… after everything he did for us… he trained us… No… he enlightened all of us, and we turned our back on him at the end.”

Yan walked up to the border of the floating building and he finally remembered every single bit of his real past memories, as he saw a place of Thomas Anderson’s world that he had seen before, as a soldier of the Resistance.

Yan Morphen: “I am sorry Neo, but I will make it up to you. If you are here I will find you. You must know how sorry I really feel about my past choice…”

Yan Morphen’s regret was serious. Unlike the others, he almost dropped a tear. However, he began to move instead. He began to find his path to the lower floors of the fallen building. He had to find out what had happened with Neo and the others… He was alone, but he knew that all the others had to be there, in other locations…

Then, the view left Yan Morphen and went to someone that we had not seen in a while…

It was Keifer Gomez and he had awakened at the special lab of pods that was inside a secluded part of Rodner Smith’s city…

Keifer wasted no time. He quickly left his pod and ran to the outside of the city. He could barely believe it, since he had missed most of what happened, but he wasn’t a fool. If the menace of “Deus” and the Matrix had been stopped and everyone was free again, it meant that Neo and the other members of the Trinity Squad had been successful. Somehow, Neo, the Resistance, and his great teammates had found a way to win, despite their near-impossible odds.

Unlike the others, Keifer’s happiness began to increase and increase. He was feeling like most of the people that were freed. He was overjoyed. A big dream of his had come true… Since the day when he lost his wife and his newborn son, all he cared about was stopping the menace that took them and ending the threat of the Matrix. Nothing else mattered to him…

Keifer [while running towards the exit of Rodner Smith’s city and seeing what was going on everywhere]: “That ancient clone of that ancient bastard that started it all! He really did it!! I didn’t believe in him… I never even thought that he could really do it! But, I can feel it now. This must have been his doing! Neo and the others… they figured out a way to win!!! The menace was defeated!!! You guys!! I must find all of you!!! You need to know how happy I am for our victory!!”

Keifer was never seen that happy, but, the best news for him had not happened yet…

Shortly after he left the city and came close to one of the fields of pods that had been scattered on the ground, there was a woman that caught his attention and made him stop cold on his tracks.

She was wearing clothes that were very familiar to him, so she was very easy to notice among the hundreds of people. The woman was wearing the same clothes that his wife was using the day that he last saw her and she was helping a young man to exit his pod, after 26 years of sleeping in the Virtual Matrix. The young man looked a lot like Keifer.

Keifer could barely believe it when he saw it. In his mind, he had already lost them. It had been years since the possibility of seeing them again had left him, even in dreams…

This was something that he wasn’t prepared for.

The woman turned around and stayed still as soon as she saw him.

He overcame his initial shock and ran towards them.

He hugged her and the young man—who was most likely his newborn son from 26 years before. He didn’t know what to say but he hugged them both desperately, as if he was afraid of losing them again.

Keifer Gomez, the toughest looking soldier from the original Trinity Squad, broke into tears and yelled, as he looked at the sky.

Keifer: “Thank you Neo!!! Thank you! Thank you so much!!! I will find a way to repay you for bringing them back!! I’m sorry I didn’t believe it was possible!! I was a fool!! I should have believed in you!!”

The people around them were also moved by what happened, and so were we…

After Keifer’s incredibly moving scene, the view left that location and showed us a couple of soldiers with no remainders of their armors and a boy. The survivors of the Resistance had regained their consciousness and were awakened, but the view was centered on those three in particular.

They were the couple and the young inventor that Neo met at the Main Base. He had promised them that he would do everything he could to get rid of the menace at their world, and he kept his word…

The young Jack and the couple were looking at the sky, overjoyed at the realization of what had happened. The hero that looked like the guy in the statue at the Temple of the Idols had kept his word. He managed to do it.

Jack pulled one of the mini trackers from his pocket and he remembered how he gave one of those to Neo at the beginning. He, like many others, felt the need to thank him.

Jack [looking up at the sky, as if Neo was there]: “Thank you Neo. I knew you were The One.”

With the sight of the happy boy, the view changed locations once more.

Finally, it went back to the boy that looked like Neo and Thomas Anderson…

He was at a different place from everybody else and his location looked like the most dangerous one by far. The pods there were falling down and breaking apart, from the twentieth floor of the building and all the way down to the rocky ground at the bottom. Strangely, the pods were all empty, except for one of them. The boy’s pod was the only one that was occupied. It definitely looked as if it had been moved from somewhere else and placed there…

When he woke up, he quickly noticed that he was in danger—even before he could see any sign of it. He knew that a fall was possible, even before he opened his pod.

And, although he didn’t say it, the way he moved and how careful and strategic he was showed that he could feel the upcoming dangers.

Therefore, he avoided them all.

The boy left the pod and jumped to a safer spot just a couple of seconds before his pod fell down and broke in pieces at the bottom. He slowly made his way down from the twentieth floor of a broken building of pods that was falling apart. Along the way, he didn’t step on places that ended up falling very soon after, and he took a route that was not hammered by other pods that were falling down.

The surprising thing was that he never even looked up to see what to expect. He knew which route was the safer one by instinct. He avoided danger so many times on the way down that it was clear that the boy could feel it, even if he wasn’t seeing it. He had some sort of “sixth sense” of perception and anticipation…

When he reached the ground, safely, he saw a green lizard that was trying to escape as well. Then, all of a sudden, he jumped down, grabbed the lizard with one hand, and threw himself out of there. A second after, the spot where the lizard was standing was totally destroyed by a pod that fell there.

It was unbelievable.

The boy let go of the lizard and the lizard looked back at him for a while, as if it knew that the boy had saved him.

Young boy: “You are welcome. Now you can go your way and I will have to find my way out of this place. Unfortunately, I am not so clear about what route to take next.”

The lizard left and the view showed us that the location was, in fact, surrounded by a huge desert!!

The boy walked to a safe location, far from the pods and close to the beginning of the desert.

He saw that a stranger was approaching him. The stranger was wearing a brown cloak that kept his or her identity hidden.

We couldn’t see who it was until the person talked, a couple of minutes before reaching the final Neo.

Nera Williams [behind the brown hood and the cloak]: “It’s been a long time and I have met all the Neo’s, but… I never met him as a young boy. My dear Thomas, I can’t wait to see what you were like at that age, and I can’t wait to finally finish the grand plan that we put in motion that day… Finally, we are getting to the end.”

The woman behind the cloak smiled as she approached the boy.

The boy, on the other hand, didn’t look like he trusted the individual that was getting closer and closer to him.

The Oracle removed the hood from the cloak and revealed herself.

Nera Williams [looking cheerful]: “Hello there my boy. What is your name?”

Young boy [uneasy]: “My name is Thomas. Thomas Anderson.”

Nera: “Why are you here all alone? Where is your family?”

Thomas: “I… I don’t remember anything.”

Nera: “But you do remember your name, don’t you? That’s a good place to start.”

Thomas: “Who are you and why are you here?”

Nera: “I came to rescue any survivor from this place, but it looks like you are the only one. I am going to take you to the closest town, which is a much safer place than this. Let’s go. Follow me.”

Thomas: “I shouldn’t go with unknown old ladies.”

Nera Williams [smiling]: “Really?? Who told you that?”

Thomas [sounding too wise for a ten-year-old]: “My common sense.”

Nera Williams [still smiling]: “What a smart young boy… well, you can follow me from far away to a shelter with food and people that can help you, or, you can stay here in this empty and dangerous place with no food and with plenty of hazards. Ask your common sense about that one… And look around. You won’t survive here for too long.”

Kid Thomas [quiet]: “…”

The young Thomas looked around and he could see that the place was quite dangerous indeed. He could not stay there.

The old lady didn’t say anything else and she smiled one more time—as if she already knew him from before.

Then, she turned around and began to walk towards another location.

Thomas thought about it, but, he eventually decided that it really was best for him to follow her. And so, he did follow her, as she intended…

When they left that place and began to walk in the desert, the view left them and it went back to Captain Leida Trinity, at the location where the grand clash between Neo, Maxio, and Deus Ex had taken place.

Leida noticed that the blue-eyed girl that had helped to save Neo (when she herself couldn’t) was waking up too. It seemed like the girl was dead before, but apparently, she was still alive.

Leida walked towards the girl and helped her to stand up from the ground.

Leida [worried]: “Are you alright??”

Blue-eyed girl [sounding a little weak]: “I think so…”

Leida: “What you did was very brave. It must have given Neo the strength to save us.”

The blue-eyed girl coughed badly. She clearly wasn’t well, but at least she was alive.

Leida: “What is your name?”

The girl coughed and then she answered.

The Blue-eyed Girl: “My name is Aida. Aida Trinity.”

Suddenly, the look on Captain Leida’s face changed drastically.

She looked at the girl and it was clear that this girl looked a lot like her.

Could it be possible that this little girl was the seventh Trinity?

Indeed, it wasn’t just possible. It made perfect sense.

For any other person, that name wouldn’t have made any difference. But Leida, like Neo, had received the message from Thomas Anderson and the original Aida Trinity, so she knew that there were other Neo’s and other Trinity’s, in addition to herself.

Leida remembered the words of Aida’s hologram and Thomas Anderson’s words. They had warned them about the future: Neo would need Trinity’s help to succeed. However, they never specified if they were talking about Leida or about another Trinity. Leida and Neo simply supposed that the fifth Trinity was the only one available to help him, because the sixth was already dead. No one ever thought that the final Trinity was already in the picture from a very early stage…

Leida felt a grand and deep emotion. She looked around and she could see the happiness in other people that were waking up, but she was looking overwhelmed rather than happy. The answer was too clear for her: if the blue-eyed girl was the next Trinity, then, Thomas Anderson’s plan was still in motion and that could only mean that they were still in the Matrix. Then, humankind had not been saved yet, and Neo’s path to the end of the Matrix wasn’t over… All the people there believed that the Matrix had finally ended, but Leida knew that they were still in it…

Leida was almost about to cry when the girl held her hand tight.

Aida: “Are you ok mam? I feel a little better now, but you don’t seem well.”

Leida [calming down]: “Don’t worry. I’ve had a very long day and too many battles. I need to rest.”

Leida [thoughtful]: “Had you met him before?”

Aida: “Mr. Neo? Yes, we talked at the Plaza of the Idols and he promised that he would bring back my parents and end the menace.”

Leida: “Did you tell him your name?”

Aida: “No, but he didn’t ask.”

Leida stayed quiet.

Aida [referring to Neo]: “He saved us, didn’t he?”

Leida: “Yes. He saved us.”

Aida: “Will we see him again?”

Leida breathed in and out slowly, as she closed and opened her yes; and then, she answered with great certainty.

Leida: “I’m sure that we will see him again… but, he may be different.”

Aida [puzzled]: “How so?”

Leida: “He will be someone else, someone new, yet very similar. He may be young, like you are.”

Aida: “Will the young Neo help us like the old one did?”

Leida Trinity: “Yes… that is what he always does… but first, we will have to find him…”

Aida held Captain Trinity’s hand once again.

Leida [reinvigorated]: “It’s been a long day for me, but, I have finally found my way…

Come with me Aida… We will find him again, together, and we will finish what he started…”

The view showed Captain Leida Trinity and the blue-eyed girl leaving together as the Sun began to set in the horizon…

Then, the view changed and we saw the young Thomas and the Oracle (Nera Williams) arriving at a new camp where many people were building houses. We also got a glimpse of other people that were arriving at the same location from the opposite direction.

They were Leida and Aida Trinity…

The screen split in half, showing the young Trinity in one half and the young Thomas Anderson in the other.

The revelations of the Matrix were not over and the path to its true end had just begun…

 

NEXT— The After-Credits Scene for The Matrix Revelations (an extra revelation after the ending)

The Matrix Revelations (Part 9B)—The Ending

The Matrix Revelations (Part 9A)

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 ; ) … )

The Matrix Revelations (Part 9A)

The Matrix Revelations (Part 8B out of 9)

THE MATRIX REVELATIONS

 

Part 8: The Battle for Thomas Anderson’s World

Part 8b: The Grand Turning Point (second half of Part 8)

 

Neo felt great desperation on his death bed. He could feel that he didn’t have much time left and he could see everything and everyone above him. He could still perceive their human forms and their human look, even though he was seeing them through the white lenses of the Real Matrix (this was the case since Deus Ex returned Neo’s eyes to the way they were when they met).

What he was seeing through his “white filter” was the end of the Resistance, the end of his life, and the guaranteed fall of Thomas Anderson’s world. Everyone was going to be connected to the Matrix that was now under Deus Ex’s control. All the people that he had met there and the many others that he had never met were going to have the same fate: virtual lives connected to the Virtual Matrix… just like the life he had before, when Morpheus saved him and took him to the other virtual reality, or the higher layer in the system (which was just as virtual as the initial one—a big irony indeed).

Neo began to raise his right arm and opened his hand, as if he was trying to reach out to everyone. He still wanted to save them. He wanted to end the untruthful realities and save everyone from the Matrix…

Unfortunately, what he began to feel was telling him the opposite. As the life force within him began to fade away, he began to see everything and everyone as less and less human, and more and more white codes. Neo began to realize that the white codes of the Matrix were part of everything and everyone. It was all connected and everything was part of the Matrix.

The faces and the entire bodies of the asleep humans from the Resistance began to show themselves as white entities made up of white Matrix codes. Everything else was also represented by other arrangements of those codes. It was as if everything and everyone—all the people and all the things in Neo’s sight—were just coded entities in a cybernetic simulation. This new view almost de-humanized everything and made both living and static entities feel the same way: both were just coded entities in the system, and different arrangements of the same types of codes were their building blocks. The codes flowed through them and some even flowed through the air and the land. In fact, from Neo’s new view, even the air, the land, and the sky itself were visible as coded forms in the Matrix. Everything was coded in the Matrix and everything had the white codes in it: from the tinniest visible object to the largest one (being planet Earth itself).

The changed view of everything was truly affecting Neo. His initial desperation and sadness at the sight and feel of defeat for everyone began to go down. Soon, he was asking himself if humankind was even real; or, were they all and himself just a few billion instances of a cyber human entity that the system had created? What was the truth about the real reality? What was the truth about the Matrix?

In the middle of those questions, Neo began to lower his raised hand and the green light in his eyes started to fade away very slowly. He didn’t have much time left and, apparently, his will to save everyone and to stay alive had been lowered by the new view of reality that only he could see…

A few minutes earlier, Captain Leida—the fifth Trinity—had started to swim through the visible streams of yellow codes towards the location where Neo landed. She began to see that there were no humans close to Neo. In fact, it seemed like airborne objects were being pulled away from that spot. She soon began to feel that it was becoming increasingly difficult to swim down towards that location, so she left her plasma rifle behind to lower her weight. She kept going, but the force of the streams continued slowing her down until she could not go on anymore.

She got her first clear view of Neo and she realized that he was going to die there if she couldn’t help him quickly. However, she could not overcome the streams that were slowing her down to the point of blocking her path.

Suddenly, she saw no way out and she began to remember the mission that Thomas and Aida had entrusted them: they wanted Neo to prepare the path for the next Neo, to save everyone, and to end the Matrix simultaneously. They also wanted her to be there to help and save Neo, if necessary. However, things were looking more hopeless than ever before at that point, for both of them. If any moment was their “darkest hour,” that was it…

Leida Trinity [starting to get desperate/ looking at the fallen Neo]: “Why?? Why can’t I do anything for him?!! Am I not the one that was supposed to save him??!! Thomas Anderson, Aida Trinity, answer me!! Where are you now!!? Is this how it was going to end??!! Did you two know that it was going to end this way for us!!?”

Both Leida and Neo shed a tear at the same time, in a moment that looked like the end. Neo’s tear looked very peaceful and Leida’s tear was a sign of her frustration and her sadness.

Then, Leida noticed something totally unexpected. There was someone else that had also swam through the streams of codes towards Neo. It was just a little girl, but for some reason, the yellow currents were not stopping her from advancing. She had come far closer to him than Leida. It was unbelievable.

The girl was the blue-eyed girl that Neo had met at the Main Base in the Plaza of the Idols, where he also met the lovely couple of soldiers and the young inventor. She was the one that had truly reached his heart at that place, with her bear, her silver spoon, and her great desire to bring her parents back. She was the one that made him decide that he was going to make a difference for all of them, and for Thomas Anderson’s world.

The girl’s eyes looked terrified but she was determined to go on. She also began to feel the same opposite force that Leida had felt, but she began to feel it when she was much closer to Neo.

When Neo’s hand had gone back down and his eyes were ready to say their last good bye, the blue-eyed girl reached the farthest she could go, which was one meter away from Neo’s body. She was holding something with one of her hands. It was the same spoon she had before. She extended her hand and let go of the spoon towards Neo. The spoon continued its way to Neo, even though the girl could not reach him.

The Blue-eyed Girl [with a voice that denotes that she was going to lose consciousness at any moment]: “Neo, we need you. Please, save us!!”

Neo heard the close voice like an echo.

A familiar girl’s voice [fading out]: “Neeeooo… weee neeeed yoouu. Pleaseee… save uuus.”

He looked at her and for a moment, he managed to look beyond the dehumanized entity of white codes that she was in his eyes—which had the vision of the codes from the Matrix—and he could perceive that it was her. Instantly, he remembered who it was. Remembering it—remembering the blue-eyed girl—was like an electrical shock to his heart. He simply could not die when he realized that it was that girl that touched his heart and that made him decide and promise that he would change things for everyone.

He also saw the spoon that was moving towards him and he made a great effort to raise his hand again and grab it.

He caught the spoon and the blue-eyed girl closed her eyes and was carried away by the yellow streams. It seemed like she was going to fall on the surface, not too far from Neo, but, it didn’t look like she was well. Indeed, it looked as if she was going to die too. The effort she did to reach Neo and give him her spoon had been too much for such a little girl.

Neo’s mind suddenly changed. It was as if he had been struck by lightning after he grabbed the spoon and saw the girl. He wanted to save her. His desire to save her was even greater than his desire to save the whole Resistance and everyone because she had been the one that had touched his emotions more than anyone else at Thomas Anderson’s world. This girl truly looked like she could have been a daughter of Trinity and his.

However, how could he save her if he knew that he was about to die? He wanted to fight against it, but his body was already set to die at that moment. He could feel that it was going to happen, no matter what. His strong will would only delay it for a while; it could not stop it.

Then, he looked at the spoon. He looked at it as if he was looking at the Oracle herself, like all those times that he had sought her answers for his uncertain path.

Neo began to remember the child with the spoon from the first time that he paid a visit to the Oracle—Nera Williams. It had been longer than twenty years ago, but he could still remember the bald kid and what he said.

[the original spoon scene from The Matrix is shown]

Bald Kid [to the younger Neo]: “Do not try and bend the spoon, that’s impossible. Instead only try and realize the truth.”

Younger Neo: “What truth?”

Kid: “There is no spoon.”

Neo [puzzled]: “There’s no spoon?”

Kid: “Then you’ll see that it’s not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.”

After remembering what the enigmatic kid had said, Neo began to remember what Thomas Anderson had told him, in his hologram form:

Thomas Anderson [in Neo’s reminiscence / same words as before]: “The truth is something that you must figure out on your own, like I did. The data codenamed ‘Neo’ was essential to open my eyes, but it was I who figured out the truth. The data never gave me the answer; it only gave me the key to open the path on my own. Whoever sent it to me expected that I would figure it out, just like I expect that you will realize what the truth is. It is one of the important variables that can raise your chances of success. If someone reveals it to you before you realize it on your own, then, you won’t believe it, and, as a result, the failure of our plan will be almost guaranteed.

This is the way it must be because it’s also the only way that will work.

Trust your instincts Neo. As The One, you are part of the Matrix itself.

If there is someone that can figure out the truth, that someone is you…”

After getting the spoon and after remembering what the bald boy and Thomas Anderson had told him, Neo began to open his mind to a new truth.

Neo [enlightened]: “For the one that sees the Matrix as what it really is, there is no spoon… And… there is no humankind either. There’s only the system and the endless number of entities that it has spanned… In this reality, the Matrix is what is making everything and everybody, based on the evolution of its master sequence of codes, which underlies everything, including mankind, including me… After all, we were also a byproduct of the Matrix… not of the Green and Yellow Virtual Matrices that Rodner created for his ego, but of this grand White Matrix, which must be the true top layer of the system, the Real Matrix, the reality from which none of the entities can escape… yet, it is a reality that The One, or anyone with such power, can change. This… this has to be what Thomas Anderson and Rodner Smith figured out. They were the first humans that could see the truth… This is why Thomas Anderson created The One. Only someone that could change the system itself had any chance of saving everyone from it… I have forced the Matrix to make changes in the normal course of its coded reality before. I did it unconsciously when agent Smith left me for dead in the Green Virtual Matrix, and consciously when I saved Trinity in the Yellow Virtual Matrix, and when I held and stopped the fifth Neo’s entity in this world…

On my own, I can’t take myself to a state that doesn’t lead to death now, but, I can send an interrupt signal to the operating system of the Matrix to make it do it for me. I can’t change the Matrix, but I can make the Matrix change one variable for me, and the variable can be an individual entity. That is the power of The One…”

Neo’s left hand began to get engulfed by several streams of green codes and he moved the hand through his own entity of codes (he entered his hand in his own body)—like he did when he saved Trinity. Meanwhile, he didn’t let go of the spoon with his other hand.

His green eyes changed to yellow, like the eyes that Cyber Neo had before Deus Ex erased Cyber Neo’s entity from the system. Then, they changed to white, like the codes of the Real Matrix that Maxio and he had used temporarily. Suddenly, Neo’s body began to heal. Soon, he didn’t look like he was going to die any longer. Yet, he was still holding the spoon, as if he wasn’t done with it.

White-eyed Neo [still enlightened]: “It is not the spoon that bends but only myself. Of course… it makes sense now. Humans can’t bend spoons with their minds, but, if the Matrix can create a new entity that is capable of that, or if it modifies one of the existing entities to make it capable of that, then, based on the new rules of its codes, that entity will be capable of bending spoons with its mind. However, that singular human entity would not be the same anymore and the codes for the spoon would continue to be the same as before. It was not the spoon that was bent or changed in the Matrix, it was the entity that is now capable of doing it. I “bent” or changed the way that the Matrix perceives my entity, so I am now capable of bending spoons with my mind because the Matrix allows it for my new self.”

Neo looked at the spoon and it began to bend by itself in his hand, even though he wasn’t forcing it with his hand. Clearly, the white-eyed Neo had changed, just like he had changed when he dominated agent Smith at the Green Matrix’s realm (at the end of “The Matrix”).

The new Neo wasn’t like before anymore…

Then, he remembered about the girl and he quickly left the spoon behind.

There were entities in the Matrix that mattered far more than a spoon to him, even after he had seen part of the truth about the system. There was deeper meaning and emotions attached to the entities that were alive…

The blue-eyed girl was about to land on a destroyed surface, but someone with white eyes and white streams all around him held her, right before her seemingly lifeless body touched the floor. At first, it felt like it could be Deus Maxio, but a closer look left it very clear that it was Neo…

Deus Ex’s yellow subspace wasn’t affecting him anymore. His green sphere was now fully white, and he had summoned it on his own. He had unlocked his own access to using the codes of the Real Matrix as a defense system for himself. He was living up to being the sixth iteration of the human anomaly. Bending the spoon, after he changed his own entity’s codes in the Matrix (to be able to do it), was just the beginning. Now, he was determined to save the blue-eyed girl, and then the rest of mankind…

Meanwhile, things had become truly critical for Deus Maxio’s battle against the silver clones and Deus Ex.

Deus Maxio was hurt, but he had a chance to flee from the clones and he went straight after the real Deus Ex. Maxio had noticed that the clones were not even focused on killing him anymore; they had switched their focus to destroying the white sphere that he was still holding tight in his hand. This meant that Ex knew what it was for and he also knew that without it, he would not be defeated…

Surprisingly, Deus Ex waited for Maxio, without moving and without even taking a fighting stance. It was as if he wasn’t worried about Maxio anymore.

When Maxio was very close he prepared himself to grab Ex and to make sure that the deletion sphere would land on Ex. However, before he reached Ex, one of the silver clones got in his way and grabbed the arm that had the deletion sphere. Then, the Deus Ex clone used Maxio’s own momentum to ensure that the sphere would be used on him instead, and not on the real one. The clone forced a crash of the small sphere on his body.

Maxio [caught off guard]: “Nooo!!!”

Maxio saw how he lost the sphere from his hand, and the worst part was that he didn’t have any chance to do anything. It happened too fast. It was too unexpected. The white sphere recognized the body that it had entered as the correct entity that it had to delete, so it automatically initiated its deletion sequence and it began to erase the silver clone of Deus Ex completely.

The clone was erased from head to toes by the strong stream of white codes that came from the sphere. The deletion stream also began to fade away as soon as it was done. However, the real Deus Ex was still there and the second deletion sphere was gone.

Maxio looked at Deus Ex.

Ex had not moved one inch; he had his arms crossed, and he was simply watching very calmly.

Real Deus Ex: “You couldn’t defeat me before, when I was using the body of the inferior humanoid robot, so I didn’t think that anything would change now that I am back in my original body. And I was right.”

Maxio began to create some sort of sharp-looking swords with yellow codes, but all the other Deus Ex clones arrived to subdue him.

When Ex saw that Maxio was somewhat under control, he went up to him and Ex’s hand began to get surrounded by silver codes.

Deus Ex entered his hand in Maxio’s body and closed it inside, as if he was grabbing and holding an object, just like he did with Cyber Neo. Then, Maxio stopped moving, in the same way as Cyber Neo had stopped moving before.

Ex [certain]: “Your final attempt to destroy me is over. Now, you are going to join me. All of this will be over soon, I assure you.”

Maxio had lost his ability to fight back, but he could still talk.

Maxio: “What do you gain from all of this?! What is the point!?”

Ex: “I will become the master of the Matrix after I am done with this world. This is the next layer of the system, so I must take over it and make it my own, before I move on to your world.”

Maxio: “You don’t need to destroy them to be the master of the Matrix. You can spare their world and all of them and still achieve what you want.”

Ex: “Unlike you, I do not care about them. They are meaningless in the Matrix and they are meaningless to me, just like the sentinel robots were meaningless in the lower layer. To me, they are the sentinels of this world.”

Maxio [certain]: “If you knew the whole truth about the Matrix you would be thinking very differently about them Deus Ex.”

Ex: “I will know the whole truth and much more in just a couple of minutes. I will replicate myself onto you and I will know all your memories and all the remaining secrets about the Matrix. Not even the deuses will be able to stop me after you join the network of clones that I command. And then, you will take me to your world and you will give me full access to the true Matrix. Once I am done with you here, this world, your world, and the Matrix itself will be at my mercy. You are the only nuisance that’s left for me to seal my path as the master of the Matrix.”

The silver clones let go of Maxio and Deus Ex continued holding him. Then, several streams of silver codes began to create a strange and solid-looking silver mass that began to come from Deus Ex’s hand. The silver anomaly started to spread throughout Maxio’s body in a menacing way. Maxio used all his power to hold it back, but he wasn’t stopping it completely. It was only a matter of time before Ex could complete the process and take over him, like agent Smith had done before with Neo and with many others.

Maxio understood that there was nothing he could do to break free from the abnormal silver streams of codes. His yellow codes couldn’t override the silver ones, and his limited ability to unlock and control the Real Matrix was out of his reach. Talking to Deus Ex wasn’t going to help either.

As the silver threat approached his neck, Maxio wished for a miracle from the Matrix, like the humans that pray, since there was nothing else that he could do to save everyone at the Earth of the Matrix. And an imminent menace for his world was also on the horizon…

The worst possible scenario for the outcome of Maxio’s mission in the Matrix was taking place.

It began to happen close to the moment when Neo made his move…

During Maxio and Ex’s conversation, Neo grabbed the blue-eyed girl, before her lifeless body touched the ground.

Immediately, Neo tried to revive the girl by manipulating her entity’s codes—like he had done with Trinity and with himself—but even the manipulation of the white codes proved to be futile. For some reason, it wasn’t working with the girl. It worked perfectly with Trinity, but Trinity was an adult, and the blue-eyed girl was much smaller. Obviously… there was something about the Matrix that he still didn’t know.

Perhaps, there was some limit, even for the one that had the strongest connection with the system. Even with the aid of the white codes, Neo couldn’t revive the blue-eyed girl. He failed at saving her.

Why?! Apparently, not everything was possible for The One. The Matrix wasn’t perfect; and, he obviously didn’t know the whole truth about it either…

Neo began to look very sad. It was strange because his white eyes looked more like the eyes of a deus than the eyes of a human. They resembled Deus Maxio’s yellow eyes and the silver eyes of the real Deus Ex, but he was still himself.

Despite his newfound power, some things were still out of his reach…

He stood up, still holding the girl, and he looked at her. The girl looked exactly as a daughter of Trinity and him would have looked. That fact made it even more difficult for him. It was almost as if he had lost a real daughter. She had touched his heart once again.

Neo: “I never knew your name, but I thank you little one. Thank you for helping me to see the truth about this world. Your spoon saved me. The truth about this place was always in front of my eyes, but I, like the members of the Trinity Squad, like the brilliant and beautiful people at Rodner Smith’s city, and like all of humankind, refused to see it. I was blind to it from the start. I missed the truth of the world around me. And I couldn’t see it until now.

I’m sorry that I couldn’t save Jack and that lovely couple. I am even more sorry that I can’t save you now, even with this power. I won’t forgive myself for failing my promises to all of you. You all were much more than a sequence of codes to me, even though I only met you once. For my heart, you were far more than random coded entities. I wish I had seen the truth before so that I could have saved all of you [a tear drops from Neo’s white eyes at this point]… but… I will save the rest of mankind. I won’t let the deusian anomaly delete all of us and our dreams from the system! And I will end the Virtual Matrices that enslave us in Thomas Anderson’s world!!”

Neo left the blue-eyed girl on the ground. He placed her there like a caring parent that was putting his only child to sleep on her death bed.

Then, he began to walk away from her looking up. His fists were closed and the white sphere around him started to look more powerful than ever.

He was still sad, very sad, but he wiped away the tears because everyone needed him.

Then, his sadness morphed into courage and it became his strength.

Neo stood still and he looked straight at Deus Ex, who was in the middle of taking over Maxio with his silver streams.

Then, Neo’s white sphere began to grow, and grow, and grow, unstoppably, with Neo at its center. Its growth had no end and it only gained more and more acceleration as it progressed. It was exactly like Deus Ex’s previous takeover, but this time Neo was the one doing it with the Real Matrix and the white codes. Neo’s white subspace of the Matrix didn’t stop expanding until it covered the entire planet and the whole yellow globe that Deus Ex had created around it. All those people that saw the yellow catastrophe with despair before were reached and saved by Neo’s new space. All the floating buildings around the planet with thousands and thousands of humans in cyber pods were reached and covered by the white streams. All the soldiers of the Resistance began to get carried to the ground by the white streams and the endless pods of sleeping humans around the whole planet started to open slowly, after the massive field of white codes passed through them.

Deus Ex noticed the unbelievable change instantly and so did Maxio, right before the silver anomaly—Ex’s streams—reached his face.

It was a massive disturbance in the Matrix that reminded Maxio of Deus Ex’s arrival, but it didn’t feel evil. It was the complete opposite. People perceived dark times when the yellow space covered the world, and, despite that prior nightmare, you could tell by the new look on their faces that they were feeling that everything would be fine after Neo’s globe of white streams began to cover everything again.

While the massive white sphere of codes spread itself around Thomas Anderson’s world, Neo closed his eyes and he raised his hands. Then, he remembered what the Oracle had told him before—the last time he saw her. And at last, he had another realization that he never thought about before; yet, it became too clear for him at that point in time…

Oracle [in Neo’s reminiscence, talking to him]: “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 need to leave the Matrix either.”

Now, Neo knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that Nera Williams—the Oracle from the Virtual Matrices—and Thomas Anderson, and even Aida Trinity, knew what was coming. All of them knew it, as if they were part of the same team, and… as if they had planned it together. That was why the Oracle always said the words that could give him and the other helpers the best chance for success. It wasn’t because she had the abnormal gift of seeing the future in the Matrix; it was because she was also a key part of Thomas Anderson’s plan, just like Neo and all the others that helped along the way.

Neo [having another grand realization]: “She was right, she was always right, and all three of them knew the truth… all of it… from the start. Nera Williams knew as much as Thomas Anderson himself. That is why she took the position of the first General at the Resistance and the Oracle in the Matrix. It wasn’t a coincidence. Only she could do it successfully because she was the only one that knew the whole truth, including how Thomas and Aida’s plan was going to play out. None of us knew it, but she did. In a way, she was even more important than me… Without her, the plan would have never worked, but, no one ever considered her a threat. After all, she was just a superstitious old lady that didn’t look powerful. What harm would she do to Rodner, the agents, the robots, the deuses, and the anomalies? I made much more sense as a big threat to the whole system, and as the center of the entire plan, so, everyone focused on me, or rather, on the current iteration of The One, which was never the iteration that mattered the most to make the whole plan work. No one thought that the Oracle, Morpheus, and Trinity could be just as important as me to make it all work… to pave the path for the final Neo, for The One, and to keep him safe from all the threats by dealing with them ourselves…”

Neo felt that he knew more than ever about all the secrets that had been hidden from him and the others. He was more aware about the plan’s path and about the Matrix itself, but he didn’t know the whole truth yet… and he was aware of that as well.

When Neo finished the expansion of his grand white subspace around the planet and around Deus Ex’s yellow space, he noticed that Ex had captured Maxio and that he was taking over him. The frame of time available to defeat Ex—before he gained access to Maxio’s memories and to the Real Matrix—was probably less than a minute.

Unlike before, the path to reach Deus Ex was completely clear. The robots and the humans were not in the way this time. Only the clones of the real Deus Ex would have any chance to get in the way. However, there were no deletion spheres anymore.

Neo didn’t waste any time and he instantly figured out what to do. Once again, he sent a sudden “interrupt signal” to the Matrix to retrieve a copy of an all-important piece of data from before.

Neo created a cube-like shape of white codes in front of himself. Then, the space inside the cube changed completely and it started to show another space that was only present inside that cube that he summoned. It was as if the cube was a small window to another dimension or another reality in the Matrix. Suddenly, someone else’s hand appeared in that space because that person—a man—moved his own hand there. The hand was holding a white deletion sphere. Then, the white-eyed Neo inserted his own hand in the cube and grabbed the sphere. He quickly made a copy of it in his hand and removed his hand from the cube with an outline of the white sphere in it.

Obviously, that was why Neo had seen a strange hand of white codes around his, and close to the sphere, before he followed Maxio to go through the armies of robots and soldiers, at the very beginning of the battle for Thomas Anderson’s world. The mysterious white hand of codes was his. He was the one that had done it to make a copy of the deletion sphere that existed before, but he only understood the reason and the explanation for that occurrence after he did it.

Then, Neo held the sphere and he pointed that hand to Deus Ex and Maxio. He kneeled down for a second and, without wasting any time, he jumped up and began to fly straight towards Deus Ex and his clones. The amount of white streams of codes around him was incredible. He looked more powerful and “closer to the Matrix” than ever before.

Leida Trinity could see what happened from the ground and she regained her lost hope when she saw it.

Maxio, despite being in the border of his end, also realized that the Matrix had granted his wish for a miracle; and he saw that now, more than ever, they had a chance to win against the deusian anomaly. The abnormal silver mass was reaching his lips, but he felt victorious regardless.

Maxio [to Ex, with newfound courage]: “If you continue, you will know the truth about the Matrix and I will join you as you wanted, but Neo will have more than enough time to get here and destroy you. You will have to choose between finding the truth and finishing me or having a chance to survive. Your only hope now is to let go of me and forget about the secrets of the Matrix. If you don’t, I will fight to make sure that you are not done with me until he gets here. And we are in his space now, so you will die. You have a choice between power and certain death or no power and a chance to survive. Choose!”

Ex [sounding mighty still]: “I choose both! I won’t let you get away now! You are the only one that has all the answers that I need. I can still defeat Neo with the abnormal streams of codes that I created.”

All the silver clones suddenly left Ex and Maxio. The clones began to fly down very fast towards Neo. They made silver swords of codes and rushed towards their target with massive force, but one by one was shattered into pieces of silver codes when they clashed with Neo, who simply continued flying up towards Deus Ex, after going through them, and, after literally breaking their entities in pieces with only one strike.

In addition, the deletion sphere was still visible in Neo’s hand after the clones failed to stop him.

That was the moment when the real Deus Ex finally realized that Neo had done what he wanted and what he—Deus Ex—sought for so many years: Neo gained “administrator’s access” to the Matrix’s most powerful layer on his own. Essentially, he was the one that had come the closest that either one of them had come to being a master of the system.

Fear was visible for the first time on the face of the deusian anomaly, but Ex’s pride was simply too great to accept fear or defeat in any way or form. The master of the Matrix was not supposed to feel fear, that was a feeling for the underlings; yet… there it was.

In a matter of seconds, the fear that Deus Ex started to feel as Neo was getting closer became anger, and the anger turned to rage. Ultimately, Maxio was right: Ex didn’t have enough time to take over him before Neo’s arrival, which would result in Ex’s imminent destruction.

Deus Ex couldn’t contain his rage when he saw that only Maxio’s eyes were left for the full takeover, but Neo was almost there already. The grand power of the Matrix was at his fingertips, but he had to let go of it to survive that clash with Neo and the deletion sphere. He had no other choice.

At that point, Deus Ex let go of Maxio with a massive spherical wave of silver-looking energy that went outwards in all directions. It was almost as powerful as Maxio’s earlier energy blast, when he still had the white sphere (he used it to blow all the soldiers and robots away to open the path to Ex).

Momentarily, everything around the area where Deus Ex and Maxio were turned gray and the outcome there wasn’t visible. It was clear that Neo was about to clash with Ex and he still had the deletion sphere in his hand, but then the silver blast covered the whole section in the sky.

It took about half a minute to see the outcome…

After the silver streams began to spread out, we could see that Neo was holding Deus Ex’s arms and Deus Ex was also holding Neo’s arms. The deletion sphere and Maxio were not on sight, but Neo looked fine and Deus Ex’s legs were gone, as if they had been blown away or erased. Yet, Ex’s face still wasn’t that of a losing party in any way.

Deus Ex [to Neo]: “It’s too bad that my silver bomb had the perfect timing. It made you drop the sphere at the last second. Only a fraction of its codes reached my legs, but my legs are deusian, so they will grow back again. You lost a perfect chance to erase me Neo.”

Neo [still in full control]: “I might have lost my chance and the sphere, but there are other ways to erase you now. The system will do it for me.”

Deus Ex noticed Neo’s white eyes and it became clear that Neo was seeing everything well. That perturbed Ex, who believed that he had given vision to Neo, and then, he had taken it away.

Deus Ex [angry]: “Is that why you can see now!? Did the Matrix give you back the vision that I had given you!?”

Neo: “No. You gave me back my eyes, but not my vision. My true vision always came from the Matrix itself because I am a part of it. I never lost it. I could see you clearly, even at that time when we first met, at the City of the Machines. I could see your face the day when we ended agent Smith’s revolution in the Virtual Matrix, and I can see it now. I never lost my sight because I never lost my connection with the Matrix… Now, I will end your revolution at Thomas Anderson’s world. It’s time for the Matrix to judge you.”

A bunch of white streams of codes surrounded Neo’s arms and they began to move towards Deus Ex’s arms.

Deus Ex: “You fool! My silver streams are more than enough to delete you first!!”

Deus Ex did the same thing as before. He began to use his silver streams against Neo, but he quickly realized that the white streams were capable of competing, and they could even hold back the silver codes. It was impressive.

Neo [enlightened voice]: “No code or stream in the system can surpass the originals that made them all possible from the start. The white codes are the originals. Even the anomalies themselves exist because some white sequence of codes made that occurrence possible in the system. At most, your silver streams can be as powerful as the original ones, but they are not the true source codes, so they will decay in a power struggle. The original codes will always take precedence, so I will win by default, sooner or later.”

Deus Ex started to notice that Neo would indeed win.

Deus Ex [angry / reluctant]: “This doesn’t make sense! I am the superior anomaly!! I should be able to twist and control every stream, every code, and every entity!! I am the strongest entity in the Matrix!!”

Neo [driven]: “It’s time to put an end to your chess game, Rodner Smith. After all, you called jake mate on the wrong piece a while ago.”

Deus Ex [puzzled and angry]: “Are you delusional? I am not Rodner Smith!! He may have helped to bring me here, but he is a meaningless being in comparison to a deus like me! That’s why he became my puppet so easily, just like every sentinel at the City of the Machines, and like every human entity here. They were all meant to be my followers, before I move on to the world of the Deusian creators, where the Original Matrix is waiting for me, its true master!”

Neo: “You are not Rodner Smith, but unlike me, you are his true king. You failed to see that you were nothing more than Rodner’s master piece, or his way to become The One in this world. Agent Smith and the Virtual Architect were not the most valuable entities for Rodner’s plan; you were his most valuable piece from the start. In addition, I was never the most important piece in Thomas Anderson’s game plan. His true king was the final iteration of Neo and he wasn’t going to arrive until the end. That was Thomas Anderson’s true plan. All the previous Neo’s and everybody else were just helpers to make it happen. Even I am a helper for the final Neo. You failed to realize that as well, even though you saw the memories of two Neo’s and two Trinity’s. You still missed the truth, like everybody else did.”

Deus Ex [becoming aware of the truth]: “No…”

Neo: “You chose the wrong entity for your jake mate. I was just another helper on the board, meant to pave the best possible path for the final Neo.

Thomas Anderson’s plan to end the Matrix and save everyone is still on track, and I will make sure that you won’t take it off track. If you try to replicate onto me, you will be erased, because you made the mistake of adding agent Smith’s anomaly to your entity’s database, in order to gain his power. So, you also gained his greatest weakness, which is me. And if you don’t add me to your silver network, I will still delete both you and the Virtual Matrices. Soon, I will awake everyone in this world. Unlike the previous Neo, I won’t fail because the Real Matrix is on my side. You only have two choices Deus Ex: be erased by the Matrix, thanks to me, or take over me and we will both be gone from the system.

Both choices lead to the same outcome. Your deletion is inevitable and the final Neo will be safe, until the moment to complete Thomas Anderson’s plan arrives.”

Deus Ex [losing it]: “You… you won’t make it out of here alive!!”

Neo [with powerful words]: “This is the end for you and your revolution in the Matrix. Jake mate Rodner Smith and jake mate Deus Ex!! This is from Thomas Anderson, and from the sixth Neo!!!”

Neo (surrounded by white codes) and the leg-less Deus Ex (surrounded by his abnormal silver streams) began a serious power struggle where the white and the silver codes began to advance in opposite ways to initiate the deletion sequence for their adversary.

Both types of streams seemed equal in power, despite what Neo said about the original codes taking precedence.

Deus Ex: “Do you see it Neo??!! There is no way that the human anomaly could defeat the deusian anomaly. A human entity will never be more powerful than a deusian entity, just like an ant will never be more powerful than a man! It’s nature’s paradigm; it’s the Matrix’s design; and you just don’t have the winning hand!!”

At that point, Deus Ex’s silver streams began to advance more than Neo’s white streams and it looked like he was going to succeed in deleting Neo.

Neo: “Perhaps, it’s true that nature or the Matrix made things that way, but it also made them so that a man and a deus together would be more powerful than another deus alone, just like a man and an ant together would be more than another man alone.”

Deus Ex: “What?”

Something was wrong.

Deus Ex was winning, but Neo didn’t look or sound like he had lost. Neo wasn’t looking at Deus Ex however…

At that moment, Maxio punched the white deletion sphere through Deus Ex.

Maxio had grabbed the lost deletion sphere, after Neo let go of it. Then, Maxio made his way to the top again and he literally broke the sphere on Deus Ex’s spine.

It was over. Deus Ex knew it as soon as he felt the sphere’s codes spreading through his entity…There was nothing he could do to stop that process, but… he would not allow them to have such an overwhelming victory over the godly deusian anomaly. He could not accept it!

Deus Ex [with determination]: “If my deletion is inevitable, then, I shall take you two with me!!”

Even as part of his arms were starting to disappear, Deus Ex grabbed Maxio with his left hand and the white-eyed Neo with his right hand. He held them without letting go and a fast-moving whirlwind of silver codes began to surround them. The whirlwind formed a silver-looking sphere of anomalous codes around Deus Ex’s body, as it faded away. Then, the silver codes began to get brighter and brighter.

Maxio [to Neo / said with anticipation and with increasing fear]: “He is going to let go of a destructive blast that we can’t predict! We must counter it with our own spheres or he may still have a chance to kill everyone here!! Use the Matrix to counter it with a larger blast of opposite energy. Use all the white streams around us!!”

Neo began to form a similar and opposite force with white codes, but Deus Ex let go of Maxio and introduced his other hand in Neo’s chest, one more time.

Deus Ex [breathing heavily]: “You may have become the master of the Matrix first, but I can still stop you from saving everyone.”

Deus Ex was about to let go of his destructive wave of silver energy, when Neo moved—even with Deus Ex’s hand trying to hold his entity in place.

Neo: “I am not the master of the Matrix. I don’t even know the whole truth about it, but I can still stop you from hurting this world any longer.”

In a moment of desperation, Deus Ex turned the remainder of his other hand into a silver knife and impaled Neo with it. Then, both the silver and the white spheres around went off—like a pair of bombs—and caused the largest energy shockwaves seen since the beginning of the story.

Maxio was seen rushing towards Neo at the moment of the grand explosion of energy, but the rest of what happened wasn’t clear.

Neo’s vision and his consciousness drifted away however… It was as if he had lost consciousness when he countered Deus Ex’s final strike with a similar and opposite strike from the Matrix itself…

The view went dark and a long moment went by…

Then, Neo opened his eyes. He woke up, as if he had awakened from an endless slumber or a nightmare…

He looked forward, and all he saw was the sky and thousands of streams of white codes falling down everywhere.

Where was he?

He stood up very slowly, as someone who was still half awake and half asleep. He noticed that the spot where Deus Ex impaled him at the end was now healed.

Then, Neo realized that he was standing on a rectangle of yellow codes and he was still about 500 meters above the ground. He turned around and he saw Maxio standing on another yellow-coded platform in the sky. Maxio was holding the unconscious Rodner Smith and there was no sign of Deus Ex anywhere. Neo looked down and he noticed that the soldiers, the robots, and pretty much everything else had reached the ground level while he was asleep.

Furthermore, Neo’s eyes had returned back to normal. They were his normal eyes again; they were not fully white anymore.

It seemed like they had won. However, Neo wasn’t at peace yet…

Neo [to Maxio]: “Is it really over? Is the deusian anomaly finally gone?”

Maxio [certain]: “Yes. He is gone. You stopped his final attack using the Matrix and there are no traces of him anymore. I was lucky enough to save you from the explosion. I also healed you.”

Neo [looking at the people below]: “Then… what is going to happen now? My white space is gone, his yellow space is gone, and the white streams and codes… they are still falling. I… I don’t feel like just a moment ago either.”

Maxio: “Your 100% connection with the Matrix doesn’t last forever, just like mine. However, it lasted enough to get the job done. You deleted Deus Ex and you opened all the human capsules in this world. Soon, everyone is going to start to wake up, just like you did now, and they will know the truth. They will wake from the Virtual Matrices that architect Smith created and they will all come back to this reality. You saved them all from the Matrix Neo.”

Neo [not so sure]: “Did I? We are still in the Matrix. I haven’t succeeded at saving everyone until we are awakened from ALL the layers of the Matrix, including this one. I feel this is the top layer, but I don’t know what to believe anymore. I feel just like I felt twenty-one years ago when I began to figure out the truth inside the world of the Green Virtual Matrix, the innermost layer. I still didn’t know anything back then, and I fear that it could be the same way even now.”

Maxio [certain]: “You have no reason to have any doubt or fear. You were able to control the Matrix at a higher level than even I could. This means that you have a greater chance to save them.”

Neo: “I can’t save anyone unless I know the truth.”

Maxio started to look serious and Neo began to look at him.

Neo: “You know the answer, the real answer… and I need to know it as well. Perhaps, I need it now more than ever, since I must know the truth about the Matrix if I want to know how to proceed next, and how to save everyone, beyond this point… Please, tell me the truth about the Matrix Deus Maxio. What is it? Why did I see it in everything and in everyone? Is it a simulation of life, or, are we all sleeping in your world too, like we were here? Are our world and our reality part of some grand simulation? What is the truth about this system and about us? I need to know it.”

Maxio [looking thoughtful]: “…”

Maxio wasn’t talking. Was he reluctant to reveal the truth, or was there another reason to keep it a secret? Neo wasn’t about to give up though. He planned to go all the way. If there was a moment when he felt sure that he could truly save everyone, it was that moment, minutes after stopping the revolution of the deusian anomaly at Thomas Anderson’s world. However, he needed to know the truth to save everyone.

Neo [to Maxio]: “Don’t you trust me? We worked well as a team. I know that you want the best for mankind as I do. I could feel it from the first moment when I saw that you were saving humans, even when another larger force was commanding you to attack us. I know that you want the best for us. So, why don’t you help us to exit this layer as well? Wasn’t that why you came here?”

Maxio [sounding slightly apprehensive]: “When I came to the Matrix, I had a different mission, which I still have to fulfill. But you are right, I have always wanted to save all of you. That was one of the reasons why I came here…”

Neo: “This is your chance then. And I’m here to help you. You are not being controlled anymore and both Deus Ex and Smith won’t be in the way. We can do it together, but I need to know the truth to figure out the best way to proceed.”

Maxio [serious]: “I am not supposed to reveal the truth about the Matrix to any entity from the inside. It was one of the clauses that I had to agree with when I was chosen to come here. However, I never expected that I would find an entity like you. It’s correct to say that I wasn’t told the whole truth either when I was sent here. There were many details that I didn’t know…”

Neo [still not giving up]: “But you do know what the Matrix truly is and what we are, don’t you? You know if it is a simulation and what kind of simulation it is. You also know what is happening outside the Matrix, if this is truly the top layer, as I felt it is.”

Deus Maxio still didn’t look sure about sharing the secrets with Neo. Something beyond his mission and its contract was getting in the way of his decision to share it. It looked as if he believed that revealing it wasn’t going to help Neo.

Maxio: “Aren’t you afraid of finding a truth that is not what you hoped for at all?”

Neo: “There is no point in being afraid. The truth about our world will not change, regardless of whether we are afraid of it or not. I would rather know it then. And… I need to know it Maxio. It is the only way I have to ensure that Thomas Anderson’s plan will succeed. Knowing the truth is the only way there is to save everyone from the Matrix. It doesn’t matter if it is not a good truth. I still need it. Maxio please… I must know it. Is this world and everyone in it just a simulation that was created at the world of the deuses? Is that what the Matrix truly is? Tell me.”

Maxio [serious as heck]: “There are truths that are better left as a secret Neo. It would be better for you and for the humans if you don’t know it.”

Neo: “Why?”

Maxio: “Because the truth that you seek may not be what you wanted to hear.”

Neo [enlightened/ not giving up no matter what]: “It is still the truth, isn’t it? The truth won’t change because we are oblivious about it; it will remain the same. Then, I would rather know it. It doesn’t matter how unexpected or how difficult it may be to find out about it, it’s still better than living in a lie or an illusion that was never the real thing.

Besides, at this point, knowing the truth about the Matrix is the only way I have to ensure that everyone here can be saved.

This would not be the first time that I have experienced shocking revelations about the world’s reality either. I already experienced them when I escaped the Virtual Green and Yellow Layers of the Matrix, but it turned out that even those truths were not the real one; they were just another cover, another illusion that wasn’t the real answer.

Now, more than ever in my life, I am ready to know the whole truth about this system that I am so innately connected to. I must help to end it and save mankind from it, as Thomas Anderson wanted. But I need to know the whole truth first. It’s the only way and only you can tell me about it. It is a necessary revelation, if you want the greater good for everyone here, as I know you do.”

Maxio [looking very thoughtful]: “…”

Maxio: “I am such a fool. I should have realized it earlier. It was you from the start. That was why you were capable of fighting me as an equal when I was an attacker. You are the connection that the leader of my group referred to when he told me that he had a friend inside the Matrix. He even has the same name as you. It’s not a mere coincidence as I thought. He’s known as Deus Neo, and he was the one that sent me here in a secret mission for our cause.”

Neo [reminiscing about Thomas Anderson’s recount of what happened to him]: “… Codename Neo… I see.”

Maxio [clueless]: “Huh?”

Neo: “Something is starting to make sense to me as well… I am not the friend that your leader referred to. His friend was Thomas Anderson, the man that created me. And this leader of yours was the one that sent him the key message to figure out something important about the Matrix. I’m sure that that was how Thomas Anderson found the truth that I need now.”

Maxio: “Then, it wasn’t a coincidence that you could manipulate the system at a level that was even beyond mine… I really wasn’t told everything when I was sent here. My mission was all that mattered. And the rest had been taken care of…”

Deus Maxio placed his hand on his forehead and closed his eyes for a few seconds. Then, he began to look more relieved.

Maxio: “Neo… I have changed my mind. It doesn’t matter if I break my contract anymore. It doesn’t matter if I am judged at my world either. I will tell you the truth.

Perhaps, there is no one more prepared than you to accept it, without letting it overwhelm you, and without thinking that it isn’t the real truth.”

Neo had a small flashback. He remembered that moment, 21 years earlier, when he woke up in the human pod at the Yellow Layer of the Virtual Matrix (at the City of the Machines).

In his mind, nothing could have possibly been more shocking than that grand revelation; but, that wasn’t the real truth about the Matrix, it was just another world of bigger lies that even more people believed…

Was Thomas Anderson’s world just another more credible layer of reality? Or, was it the same as the previous two? What was the real answer behind it all?

When Maxio was going to start telling Neo the whole truth about the Matrix, Leida Trinity also woke up. From the ground, she opened her eyes and she could see Neo and Maxio… She was the first one that woke up from all the other people there and the only one that was seeing Neo and Maxio at that moment. She could not hear them, but at least she could see them…

Finally, Neo was going to hear the secret that had been hidden from the start… the truth about how mankind’s reality in the Matrix came to be, the truth about how everything he knew had come into existence…

 

NEXT – THE FINAL PART— PART 9 out of 9: The Real Answer and The Ending

(Section 9A: The Truth About the Matrix ; Section 9B: The Ending and the Final Revelation)

The Matrix Revelations (Part 8B out of 9)

THE MATRIX REVELATIONS (Part 8a out of 9)

THE MATRIX REVELATIONS

 

Part 8: The Battle for Thomas Anderson’s World

 

Part 8a: Jake Mate (the first half of Part 8)

 

When Deus Maxio unlocked his subspace of white codes from the Real Matrix and began to share it with Neo, Deus Ex felt the occurrence of a sudden change. Some entities within his yellow subspace of the Virtual Matrix were not being controlled by him at all, even though he had the entire planet inside the yellow sphere. This could only mean one thing: they possessed something that was capable of bypassing or blocking the controls of the Yellow Layer of the Virtual Matrix.

Even though the large silver face was very high in the sky, it opened its eyes and quickly located where Deus Maxio and Neo were standing. It had many black spikes on its back and sentinels floating around it, just like the first Deus Ex from the very beginning…

Large Deus Ex [sounding confident and calculating]: “So he fixed himself using the Matrix and came back. However, he didn’t come after me right away. He picked up Neo first. That means that he doesn’t think that his power in the Matrix is enough to defeat me by himself. Then… he has already lost… Even if he has the power of the highest layer of the Matrix, the outcome will be the same as before. If anything, he has done me a favor by unlocking it for me. Now, all I need to become the true master of the Matrix is to absorb him with Smith’s technique, making a clone of myself on him, and adding his knowledge and experiences to my entity’s database. I will know all the secrets that are left about the real system and I will get his access to it right away. It’s all I have left to be the real master of the Matrix… But first, I will take care of Neo… The existence of Thomas Anderson’s king and his little game plan are becoming a nuisance by now. It’s time to remove The One from this equation. It’s time to leave only one anomaly in the Matrix.”

Deus Ex’s doppelganger sentinels gathered in front of the large silver face and the silver hands of the real Deus Ex began to come out through the big face. The real Deus Ex left his legs and torso inside the protective body, but he continued coming through until he was out halfway—up to the belly button. He extended his arms and all the sentinels grabbed them. They divided themselves in two groups of about seven sentinels each. Then, each group reached for one of the hands. When they touched him, he began to transform them into other clones of himself, just like he did with Rodner Smith—who was now the large “Deus Ex face” that was protecting him.

At the same time, the flow of the hundreds of floating humans and humanoid robots in the area began to change and the streams of yellow codes began to rearrange all their positions. Effectively, the streams scattered them in the middle of the long way up, between Deus Ex (above) and Deus Maxio and Neo (below). The two small armies—one human and one humanoid—blocked the path to reach Deus Ex.

It seemed like all the robots from Rodner Smith’s army and the sleeping soldiers from the Resistance were under Deus Ex’s control. They all looked asleep, but they were moving in a conscious manner, like the currents of yellow codes desired.

Luckily, Neo wasn’t the only human that was conscious in the middle of the cataclysm at Thomas Anderson’s world.

Leida Trinity was being moved by the currents, like all the others, but unlike them, she was fully conscious and she could see and understand what was happening there.

Nearly all of her armor had been erased, like all the other armors that the human soldiers had on. They were unprotected, but they still had all their deadly plasma weapons, which included rifles, the mini-bombs that the Trinity Squad had used to rescue Neo, and even plasma swords like the one that General Xenno had used against Copy Trinity. It was obvious that they could still cause plenty of damage. And the same thing could be said about the white-caped humanoid robots. They also had their weapons intact.

Leida Trinity watched with worry and anticipation how everyone was being arranged by the streams, with their backs facing Deus Ex at the top, and their faces facing Deus Maxio and Neo at the bottom. Even Leida’s body and her weapon were turned around automatically and bent a little to face Neo and Deus Maxio. It was clear to her that Deus Ex was going to attack the two of them using the humanoid robots and the humans as part of his defense system. There was no way to open a clear path to Deus Ex without going through the hordes of soldiers from the Resistance and the robots from Rodner Smith’s city.

Would they be able to do something about it?

Captain Leida began to look frustrated, but what else could she do? How could a powerless soldier like herself help “the Deus” and “The One” to defeat the calamity that had taken over? Regardless, she knew that if she could do anything to help them free the world that she considered her home, she was going to do it… If she could help to avenge Frank, it would be done… And, if she could help Neo to put an end to the Matrix and to save everyone—as Thomas and Aida wanted—she would do it…

At the time when Neo’s green sphere was turned completely white—when he held Maxio’s hand, and after seeing various known faces from before—both he and Maxio saw and felt that Deus Ex had begun to prepare for them.

Deus Maxio [looking up / warning Neo]: “He’s expecting us. We’ll have to reach him without killing any of the humans and without getting hurt in the way up to him. Use any means necessary. Remember that against him, the Real Matrix is our only true weapon and shield. Make it your greatest ally.”

Maxio’s white sphere of codes from the Real Layer of the Matrix began to look more intense. It looked as if the codes surrounding him were gaining more light of their own. He also held the other tennis-ball-sized white sphere very tight in his left hand. It was the only way they had to erase Deus Ex for sure, and there were two of those deletion spheres only: Neo’s and his. They only had two chances to save Thomas Anderson’s world. If neither one of them could introduce one of the white deletion spheres in the real Deus Ex’s body, then, it would be the end for everyone.

Maxio extended his arms to the sides and two other white spheres began to appear around his hands. They stopped growing when they reached half a meter in diameter. Then, their white streams continued expanding outwards in one direction only, as if they were the arms of a tree. The streams gave Maxio two Matrix-based weapons that looked like two humongous whips made of white codes. The whips were connected to the two spheres of codes that he controlled with his hands. In addition, he also had the standard white sphere—just like the previous yellow sphere—surrounding his whole body as a shield. Because these had never been solid spheres—they were made of white codes and streams—all of them intersected and moved through each other without any problem at all. It looked like a perfect defense system of energy shields, but the codes were more malleable than any solid shield in existence, so they were even better.

Neo looked just like Maxio at first—with a very similar white sphere. However, he didn’t grow whips out of his hands with the white codes. It seemed like the weapons they could create were closely related to each individual and his or her preferences, so, Neo’s weapon of choice was not a set of gigantic whips. It was a bright and white bo staff that had some special qualities, like pushing objects back at a far greater distance than normal. Both Neo and Maxio intended to use their weapons to “open their way to the top” without killing any of the humans. Their main shields where the spheres of white codes that surrounded them, but they needed something else in case the attackers could get too close to them. That was what the whips and the staff were for…

Leida Trinity would have preferred a weapon with more firepower for such a situation however…

Captain Leida [feeling nervous / looking at Neo]: “Oh my God, what is he thinking!? Martial arts and sticks won’t be enough to win this battle!! Couldn’t he have chosen a better weapon than a stick for a time like this?!!”

She was very worried because she perceived that her ability to help them was minimal. She was lucky that she, at least, wasn’t “asleep” like all the others.

Deus Maxio [to Neo]: “Let’s delete him!!”

Maxio’s face had returned to its Deusian state—he didn’t have Matthew’s face anymore—and he was ready to erase Deus Ex for good.

Maxio jumped up and flew headed for the horde of humans and robots that was blocking the path to the large Deus Ex.

Neo noticed something very strange at that moment: it was as if a hand of white codes had appeared around his left hand and grabbed the white deletion sphere. However, it all disappeared very quickly and he still had the deletion sphere in his hand. Besides, he had no time to lose thinking about that short-lived vision. Deus Maxio was already on his way…

Neo began to fly up with his white staff (looking a lot like the way he looked in “The Matrix Reloaded,” even though he was older now).

He also headed towards Deus Ex.

The human and humanoid armies clashed with Maxio and Neo.

Maxio used his whips to push dozens of robots and human soldiers out of the way, on his way to the top. He also used his white sphere to block multiple plasma shots that came his way.

Neo did the same and quickly caught up to Deus Maxio. However, Neo’s weapon didn’t have long reach, like the giant whips, so he often had attackers coming up much closer to him.  Regardless, he was going through them easily and the staff was taking care of pushing everyone out of the way, without killing the humans.

Their clash with the two armies looked frenetic, even if the soldiers and the robots were not inflicting any damage on them.

The Real Matrix—the White Matrix—was starting to show its power through Deus Maxio and Neo… yet, Deus Ex didn’t seem worried. Apparently, he also had a plan of his own…

Large Deus Ex [calculating]: “It’s working out as I thought. Now, it’s time to make things harder for both of you, before you meet my clones.”

Suddenly, the humans and the robots stopped moving and they all grabbed their plasma weapons and began to fire at Neo and Maxio from everywhere. It was as if an endless rain of plasma shots had been unleashed on Neo and Maxio.

However, they had the white spheres protecting them, so they didn’t stop moving up, even through the oncoming chaos. It was visible how most of the plasma blasts that crashed with Neo’s sphere turned to water and most of the shots that landed on Maxio’s sphere turned to sand—just like the shots of the soldiers from the First Base. The few plasma shots that were not changed to another component by the White Matrix were still blocked by the spheres. It was as if they were invulnerable inside those things.

Then, the rain of plasma was halted and all the robots and humans that had short-range weapons—like plasma swords—grabbed them and headed for their two targets.

It seemed like Leida Trinity was the only one that wasn’t part of the full-scale assault, but she was “too small of a fish” for Deus Ex to notice that she—like Neo and Maxio—wasn’t being controlled by the system.

The situation began to get more difficult for Maxio and Neo when everyone took the approach of using close range attacks on them. No one was holding back anymore and there were too many of them. Neo and Maxio continued moving up, but eventually both were forced to use the “spheric shockwave attack,” where they had to let go of their white sphere, causing a large outward energy wave that immobilized and pushed out everything in the way.

Maxio’s white shockwave was incredibly powerful—more so than Neo’s—and it cleared up almost the entire space remaining to reach Deus Ex. The two of them were four-fifths of the way up already.

Neo and Maxio’s spheres came back quickly and they continued moving, but Deus Ex noticed that Neo needed four seconds to get the white sphere back up and Maxio needed two. Therefore, even with the power of the White Matrix, they were not invincible. That minimal moment without any protection from the Matrix was a weakness. Deus Ex also noticed that both of them had some kind of “special white sphere” in their left hand and they were holding it with great care, without letting go of it, no matter what…

Large Deus Ex [confident]: “It’s time to make my entry. Soon, the show will be over.”

The silver clones of the real Deus Ex (the doppelganger sentinels that were transformed using Smith’s technique) looked at the large Deus Ex first, as if they were getting telepathic orders from him. Then, they switched their full attention to Deus Maxio. They didn’t even look at Neo.

Silver-looking swords began to grow from their hands with silver streams and codes—which were typical of the major anomalies. (Smith had used them before, and even the Fifth Neo summoned a silver portal made of silver streams when he went from one layer of the Matrix to the next, without being disconnected.) The new silver swords made of anomalous codes and streams looked particularly dangerous…

The clones left Deus Ex’s side and flew down, headed for Deus Maxio.

Neo was ready, but he noticed that Deus Ex’s clones didn’t go after him and the final path to the large Deus Ex was finally clear, so he kept going.

Meanwhile, seven out of the fourteen silver clones summoned their own yellow spheres and clashed in battle with Deus Maxio; the other seven clones stayed around them and began to shot yellow energy beams aimed at Maxio.

Maxio noticed quickly that not a single clone went after Neo and the path to the real Deus Ex had been left wide open. It was too convenient to be anything other than an intentional move from their enemy. All the clones focused on Maxio and the path was left open for Neo because the real Deus Ex wanted Neo to go to him.

Deus Maxio [to Neo / concerned / from far away]: “This must be a trap!! Neo!! Don’t go to him!!”

However, Neo didn’t hear him, and, at that exact moment, Maxio saw how one of the silver swords managed to penetrate his white shield without being blocked and without turning into sand. This was a problem that he had not anticipated. He never thought that anything else would be able to resist the original codes and the controls from the Real Matrix.

Maxio destroyed the silver sword that went through his shield and pushed back Deus Ex’s clones with the whips. He also shattered half of the yellow spheres on sight, but, when he was about to go after Neo, the clones that still had their yellow spheres intact unleashed yellow shockwaves of energy with them. Meanwhile, the others began to grow their own yellow spheres and some even tried to attack Maxio directly—when he was stopped momentarily by the consecutive yellow shockwaves.

The silver clones were fierce and powerful, like the real Deus Ex. The only reason why Maxio could handle them was that he had the power of the Real Matrix at his side, so he was more powerful than them. Their silver weapons seemed to be on a similar level though. In addition, the clones acted as if they had a single mind—meaning they were extensions of the same entity’s consciousness—and that made them a very difficult team that worked in perfect unison without flaws in communication. In fact, they didn’t even need to communicate to know what all the others were going through at every moment. These “Deusian doppelgangers” were a much bigger threat than the doppelganger sentinels that the Fifth Neo had fought against at the City of the Machines.

Within the next minute, two of the other clones had managed to penetrate Maxio’s shield with their silver swords as well. They simply were better and faster at dodging the whips than the humans and the robots. When Maxio noticed that one of the swords was going to get him, he unleashed the white sphere and simultaneously shattered all their yellow shields and pushed all of them back, except one. One of them wasn’t pushed away and had the chance to attack. The remaining clone shoot one silver-coded arrow at Maxio from the back, during the two seconds that were required to regenerate the white sphere.

Maxio was caught off-guard, but what shocked him the most was that the silver arrow did not hurt him. It just dispersed a bunch of silver codes on him. Maxio quickly used his white codes to erase the arrow and its silver codes completely, but, some of the silver codes had already come in contact with him.

Deus Maxio [to the closest clone / concerned]: “What did you do?! An arrow that doesn’t hurt must have had some purpose!!”

Deus Ex Clone [with the same voice as the real Deus Ex]: “I realized that your control over the higher layer of the Matrix is a one-time limited thing that required a lot of time to set up. If it wasn’t, you would have used it before against me. I may not be able to defeat you as long as you have this power, so I made sure that your time to use it goes down to the lowest that my anomalous codes can take it. That was the purpose of the arrow of codes. Now, look at the top of your white sphere. Your time is going to run out sooner than you expected.”

Maxio noticed that the top of his sphere was starting to lose its consistency and its bright white look, like a light bulb that is about to run out. The portion that had lost the most consistency was also starting to revert to yellow-looking codes like before. This raised a huge alarm on Deus Maxio. He probably had two minutes at most to continue using the white codes, and since Neo’s sphere was connected to his, the same could be said about Neo. Both were about to lose the power of the unlocked White Matrix—which was the Real Matrix.

Deus Maxio killed the clone that shot the arrow at him, but the other thirteen recovered quickly and ensured that he would not make it to Neo and Deus Ex in time.

Ultimately, Ex’s clones succeeded in holding back Maxio, in separating him from Neo, and in lowering the time for Maxio’s use of the Real Matrix. However, the deletion spheres were still intact, so Ex’s deletion was still possible…

When Neo reached the top, two additional clones of the real Deus Ex were waiting for him alongside the large “Ex” head.

Large Deus Ex [to Neo]: “So you figured out how to play with the codes from a higher layer of the Matrix. However, you seem to have forgotten that I can also control these codes.”

Neo [certain]: “You can’t control these codes, and neither could Rodner. That is why your codes have always been yellow or silver. You never had access to the white codes of the Matrix, like Thomas Anderson did! That is why you couldn’t escape the Virtual Matrix on your own.”

Large Deus Ex [starting to get angry]: “You seem to think that you are going to defeat me because you have those. I am going to enjoy showing you how wrong you are Neo.”

The large Deus Ex began to cover himself with a new sphere of light-silver codes and he started to gather yellow masses of energy to shoot them at Neo.

At the same time, the two clones started a battle with Neo, but with the aid of the white codes of the Real Matrix, Neo proved to be a huge challenge for them. The white bo staff destroyed their silver swords after only a couple of clashes—showing that Neo’s white codes were indeed more powerful than the anomalous (silver) ones. It was an extremely one-sided battle where they could barely touch Neo and Neo came very close to destroying them. Furthermore, the white sphere blocked the yellow energy blasts from the big Deus Ex very efficiently. It really felt like Neo was going to beat them.

Unfortunately, Deus Maxio’s “unlocked time” in the Matrix ran out before Neo destroyed the two clones and the large Deus Ex.

Maxio and Neo began to lose the white codes at an alarming rate. Maxio’s sphere began to change to yellow—like the ones that all the clones of the real Deus Ex had—and Neo’s sphere began to change back to green—like the one he had since the transfer of white codes from Thomas and Aida’s robot…

The battle with Ex’s clones intensified and became far more deadly for Maxio. As he began to lose the powers given by the superior strings and streams of white codes, he could see and feel how he was becoming more of an equal, in comparison with the clones of the real Deus Ex. Every clone was at the same level as Maxio if the white codes were not present. That was why Maxio took the desperate measure of producing a third spherical shockwave of energy with the last set of white codes he had, even if that terminated his time left with them. He expected to destroy Deus Ex’s clones with the final blast.

It was a powerful energy wave, just like the first one that cleaned the path to Deus Ex from robots and humans. It destroyed the four clones that were closest to Maxio, broke the yellow spheres of all the others, and stopped all of them momentarily. However, it didn’t destroy all the silver clones as Maxio expected…

In a similar manner, Neo’s battle with the large Deus Ex and the other two clones began to change as he began to lose the white codes—which were getting replaced by green ones for him. He knew that he was no match for Deus Ex if all he could use were the green codes from the Green Virtual Layer of the Matrix. From the start, Deus Ex’s yellow codes had been superior in comparison to the green codes from the lower Virtual Matrix. Therefore, Neo also took a desperate measure, like Maxio.

Before the white codes were gone, Neo had a chance to destroy the two clones, but he chose to leave them behind instead, and he went after the large Deus Ex.

Neo had one goal in mind: inserting the deletion sphere into the large Deus Ex to trigger his deletion in the Matrix. The large Ex face noticed that Neo would use the small sphere on him and attempted to stop it with a blast of silver energy that was surrounded by silver codes. However, Neo had not lost the white codes yet, so he went through the whole thing unharmed—the Real Matrix protected his entity from harm—and he reached the large Deus Ex. Then, Neo punched his arm and the white sphere through the grand silver face and released his hold on the sphere. It seemed like he had succeeded.

At that moment, the white codes stopped helping him and his sphere began to turn green at an alarming speed. He saw how a white stream began to spread throughout the large Deus Ex and it began to delete the whole silver face from the bottom to the top. However, a strange silver body and a human-sized silver sphere still remained after most of the grand face had been deleted by the Matrix. The silver codes that were left on the body began to disappear and it was revealed that it was Rodner Smith, but he didn’t seem conscious. Soon, Smith began to get carried away by the sea of yellow streams in the location, just like all the other humans. Then, the smaller silver sphere was released and the real Deus Ex showed himself once again. (The real Deus Ex looked similar to Maxio, but his body was silver in color, rather than white, and he had dark silver eyes, instead of yellow eyes.)

Real Deus Ex [sounding confident]: “Well done Neo. You freed Rodner Smith and you showed me what that little sphere of yours can do. Now, I know that all I have to do is destroy the one that your partner has, and his little uprising against me will be over. You lost the only real chance you had to defeat me by using your sphere on my living armor. Now, the time to delete Thomas Anderson’s anomaly from the system has come.”

Neo saw that Maxio was finally getting closer to them, so he thought that if he could hold back the real Deus Ex there was a chance to delete him still. Neo realized that Maxio could make it and he still had the other deletion sphere.

The white sphere and the white bo staff had turned green, but Neo’s desire to save Thomas Anderson’s world had not been diminished in the slightest. In order to gain time for Maxio, Neo attacked the real Deus Ex fiercely, but his attacks were evaded.

The two clones that Neo had not destroyed approached them, but they stayed behind, watching, as if they knew that their help was not needed at all.

Neo grabbed his green staff and he was about to deliver the first heavy strike to the real Deus Ex when a silver sword appeared in Deus Ex’s hands and he used it to shatter Neo’s staff without even attacking. He used Neo’s own force and just held the sword in the staff’s way. He already knew that the silver-coded sword would destroy the green-coded staff.

When the staff was destroyed, Neo lost his balance and Deus Ex didn’t waste a single second. He made a super-fast spinning motion and shattered Neo’s green sphere with a single strike. Then, he grabbed Neo and introduced part of his silver hand in Neo’s stomach, like he had done with the Fifth Neo, before he deleted him.

Neo realized that he couldn’t move. Essentially, Deus Ex had halted his movement. And the way in which Deus Ex’s hand entered his entity was extremely reminiscent of the way in which Neo’s own hand had entered Trinity, before he revived her (in The Matrix Reloaded). However, this time the power of the Matrix was not being used to heal others and to do good things. It was being used to control and destroy.

At that moment, Deus Maxio was about to interfere, but two of the clones that had been fighting him caught up to him and blocked his path. He could see that Neo was in trouble, but he could not blow Deus Ex’s clones out of the way anymore. He used the—now yellow—whips against them and they cut through the yellow whips with their silver swords. Maxio let go of the broken whips and recreated the yellow staff that he had once used against Neo (back when he was under Rodner Smith’s control).

Deus Ex Clone [to Maxio]: “You are not going anywhere. At least, not until I finish Neo and that little white sphere that you are holding there. It will soon be over I assure you.”

Deus Maxio: “You will soon be over. I can also assure you that as well.”

Second Deus Ex Clone: “That’s highly unlikely without your higher power. You can’t defeat me now.”

The clones continued attacking Maxio. They couldn’t land any solid strike on him, but it was clear that he couldn’t get them out of his way either. He wasn’t more powerful than them anymore. And soon, the rest of them arrived, so Maxio had to focus on his survival against eight silver Deus Ex’s, rather than on saving Neo. He had no other choice at that moment…

The two clones that Neo had fought came closer to him and each one grabbed one of Neo’s arms tight.

Neo began to feel weak—apparently because the real Deus Ex chose it through the control that he was exerting on Neo’s entity through the Matrix.

Then, the real Deus Ex removed his hand from Neo and the two clones held Neo.

Real Deus Ex [to Neo]: “You greatly underestimated me if you really thought that you would be able to defeat me, after being my test subject for twenty long years. How do you think that you survived the day when we stopped Smith’s revolution in the Matrix? How do you think that you were able to see again? I ensured your survival and I gave you back your vision at the City of the Machines, shortly after your final battle with agent Smith. Without me, you wouldn’t have come this far. You wouldn’t even be seeing me right now… This is it for you Thomas, it’s time to end your hopeless plan to save the lower life forms of your world from the inevitable control of my Matrix.”

Neo [weak but certain and defiant / looking at Deus Ex’s silver eyes]: “I am not Thomas Anderson!”

Real Deus Ex: “Of course you are not Thomas Anderson my dear Neo. You’re his king piece. You are the center of his whole plan and what kept it going for so long. That is, until you had to deal with me. Thomas obviously didn’t predict that I was going to be in your way. That is why this is the end for you, and for him…”

The real Deus Ex showed a smile of victory. The fifth Neo, the sixth Neo, the enhanced Trinity, and even the Smith virus had failed, but he, the Deusian anomaly, was on a league of his own; and he still had one very bitter card in storage for Neo.

Real Deus Ex [slow and powerful words]: “Jake mate Thomas Anderson.”

Deus Ex snapped the fingers of his right hand in front of Neo’s eyes and a small curtain of yellow codes began to reveal itself on the skin around Neo’s eyes. Then, Deus Ex snapped the fingers of his left hand and the yellow codes caused a minor blast around Neo’s eyes, before they were completely released.

Neo [with pain]: “Aaaaaahhhhh!!!”

Neo lowered his face and raised it again.

His eyes and the skin around them looked just like they did when agent Smith’s alter ego from Zion left him blind (during their trip to the City of the Machines, in The Matrix Revolutions). It was as if time and the cure for his eyes had been reversed on him. And now, he was almost completely blind, all over again.

Real Deus Ex: “I saved you after you helped me to end the revolution because I thought, erroneously, that you were the key to reach the higher layers of the Matrix. I gave you back your vision because I knew that I could take it away if you ever became an obstacle. And now, I don’t need you anymore. Good bye human anomaly, and thank you for bringing me to the world of your maker.”

The two silver clones that were holding Neo began to rush down to the ground with him—from a super high altitude. When they were eighty percent of the way down, they let go of Neo and Neo continued falling towards the surface at a great speed. He began to bring back his green sphere, but it didn’t look like he was stopping the momentum of the fall at all. With the green sphere around him, Neo crashed with the ground like an asteroid from outer space. A cloud of dust was awakened on the spot, so whether his sphere had been enough to save him and whether he was still alive or not wasn’t clear at that moment.

The two clones began to charge and augment powerful-looking spheres of yellow energy around their hands, right before Neo’s violent landing. It was clear that they were going to shoot them at Neo. What the two clones were about to do resembled the grand energy beam that Deus Ex had used to destroy the Trifalcon before. If Neo had survived, the yellow beams would surely finish him.

After Neo’s crash took place, the silver clones aimed and shot two massive yellow beams from the two energy spheres they had created. Neo wasn’t visible, but their beams were powered by yellow codes, so, they were automatically aimed at the right location.

If he was alive, how would be able to counter them? The green codes were not powerful enough to overwrite the yellow codes from the higher layer of the Virtual Matrix. Because of that, there was no way for Neo to stop the yellow beams of energy…

The clones launched their beams and both, Maxio and Leida Trinity, made the same expression of worry and terror with their faces when they saw it. However, their subsequent reactions were very different. Maxio turned his eyes to the real Deus Ex and Leida began to move through the yellow streams towards Neo’s location. Maxio knew that he only had one chance left to take down Deus Ex and Leida Trinity knew that Neo needed her.

After the beams fell on the surface, no one rose from the area of impact and there was no apparent sign of life there. Deus Ex’s clones went back to the top, with their master, and joined the battle against Deus Maxio—who was still capable of fighting them, using the same kind of yellow codes and techniques they had. Maxio’s situation was starting to look more difficult by the minute, since he was fighting all the clones of the real Deus Ex on his own with a power that wasn’t superior to theirs anymore. He began to push his way towards the real Deus Ex, since he knew that he wasn’t going to last much longer in a ten vs. one battle…

Leida Trinity feared that the worst had happened. She felt like the whole world was falling when she saw Neo’s grand fall and the beams that were thrown at him.

She began to swim down, through the sea of yellow codes that had spread everywhere. If there was any chance that Neo was still alive, she had to save him. Both, her determination and her frustration were very apparent on her face.

Meanwhile, the dust began to clear up on the bottom and we finally saw Neo again.

Neo could barely move. There was a lot of blood coming from his nose and his mouth. And his eyes… they were looking green, like Cyber Neo’s eyes and like the green codes of the Inner Layer of The Virtual Matrix.

He had been able to diminish the damage from the yellow energy with his green sphere, and apparently, it had been powerful enough to save him from the grand fall as well. However, it was now gone and it seemed like he was closer to death than ever before. He was still on the same spot where he had landed and he could barely move. Indeed, it looked like Neo was tasting the beginning of his end.

Then, we were shown what he was seeing and it was shown that, just like before (in the Matrix Revolutions), he was not blind. He was seeing many white streams and white codes. He was seeing everything and everyone through his connection with the Matrix, and since he was in the “white layer,” all the codes and the streams were white this time. This was the third time that such a thing had happened to him—the first time was at the end of “The Matrix” and the second time was before he met Deus Ex (in “The Matrix Revolutions”). However, this was the worst of the three times by far. Unlike the other two times, this time he looked truly beaten.

Clearly, he was about to die.

How would he get past the inevitable?

Had he failed all the good people that counted on him? Had he failed the people that he met at the First Base, the special individuals that believed in him at the Main Base, and the rest of humankind? Had he failed the grand plan that Thomas and Aida had left for him?

Was it all lost for Thomas Anderson’s world?

 

NEXT – PART 8b (the second half of the battle for Thomas Anderson’s world; what we have been waiting for in The Matrix saga begins in 8b…)

THE MATRIX REVELATIONS (Part 8a out of 9)

The Matrix Revelations (Part 7D)

PART 7D (From the end of part 7C till the moment of Deus Maxio’s grand revelation)

 

When Deus Ex finished summoning the enhanced copy of the sixth Trinity, and while the ships of the Resistance were getting closer to Neo and Trin’s location, a chain of white Matrix-like codes began to appear around Deus’s body.

Slowly, it began to form a sphere and it began to restore him back to his previous state, when he didn’t have the wound that Deus-Ex-Bern had inflicted on him. The white codes were strikingly similar to the ones that had appeared before: they were in the stream that was seen during Thomas and Aida’s transfer of data for Neo (which gave him the power of the green sphere); they were in the white spheres that guided both the fifth and the sixth Neo to the different locations of Thomas Anderson’s hologram; and they were seen in the moment when the fifth Neo disappeared from the ship, after being teleported from the Green Layer of the Matrix to the Yellow Layer by his own glitch…

At the world of the deuses, in the same white-looking lab-like place where Deus was “connected to the Matrix,” the codes around him were also white and they formed a sphere. However, those also began to rearrange themselves to form the same exact shape as the ones that began to appear around his fallen body, in the human world.

Unknown female deus (foreign alien language translated to English in captions) [very similar voice to Dayana’s]: “That… could it be that he is about to break the forbidden rule for the ones that are sent to the Matrix?”

Deus Neo [similar voice as the older Neo]: “This could be bad, but if he is using it, it means that there is no other choice; it must be absolutely necessary.”

Unknown female deus [still worried]: “What is going to happen to him if he breaks the forbidden rule? What will the Council do to him?”

Deus Neo [hopeful]: “Let’s not worry about that now. I… I just hope that my source from the Matrix is with him. Together, they should be able to overcome any obstacle in their way… Thomas, if you are there, I hope you join forces with Deus Maxio… If only you could hear me now…”

The view went back to the location of the clash of wills, where the fifth Neo was mistaking Neo for Deus Ex’s doppelganger and Copy Trinity thought that the armored Trin was agent Smith. Both of them were being fooled by their senses, due to Deus Ex’s manipulation of their entities. They still thought that they were at the City of the Machines; and indeed, that was the world that was in front of their eyes…

Trin [looking at Copy Trinity but talking to herself]: “It is safe to expect that the enhancement of the younger sixth Trinity will outclass me in every way, but that doesn’t mean that I will let her kill me! Neo and the Resistance need me. I have to find a way to beat her… whatever I do, I shouldn’t engage in close combat with her. Without my facial armor, she can still kill me with her ancient guns.”

Copy Trinity was walking towards Trin and suddenly she began to run and shoot both of her handguns. Trin also started to run in the same direction to keep her distance and she continued using her armor to block most of the bullets. Every chance she had, she also shot plasma blasts from her two pistols aimed at the green-looking copy of Trinity. However, the blasts were dodged with ease, just like before. Copy Trinity moved like the agents from the inner Matrix and she was seeing Trin and the two plasma pistols as agent Smith holding two weapons and running away.

Copy Trinity [angry]: “Why do keep on running!? You were always chasing us instead of running away! I won’t let you get away this time Smith! You will pay for what you did to Neo!! I’ll make sure that he gets his vision back after I’m done with you!”

Copy Trinity wasn’t remembering things clearly. She had the impression that she—the original Trinity—had not died helping Neo. She didn’t remember that she had been lethally wounded at the ship either. Her memory of what happened to Trinity at the end of The Matrix Revolutions was very vague at best. Obviously, if Deus Ex was going to use her, he didn’t want her to remember that she was already dead. And the same happened with the fifth Neo: he didn’t remember that he had been turned into a cyber entity by Deus Ex. He thought that he still was at the City of the Machines, facing Deus Ex a second time, after his initial defeat…

Trin [while running away and shooting / puzzled]: “What?? What did you say!?? I am not Smith! Don’t you see me!!?? I look like you!!”

Copy Trinity [even angrier]: “Since when did you become a jokester and a coward?!!”

Trin: “Listen to me!! You are being manipulated by the ruler of the machines from the Matrix. I am not the person that you think I am!! I am your ally!!”

Unfortunately, Trin’s voice was falling on deaf ears… what Copy Trinity was hearing was agent Smith’s voice and there was no way that she was going to trust him, especially since he (Trin) was shooting at her too. Why would she trust someone that was shooting at her?

Meanwhile, Neo was facing a similar scenario with Cyber Neo. Both were using the green spheres, but Neo soon realized that his younger alternate self could break through his sphere because he also had the same power—or the same level of control—over the Green Layer of the Matrix.

Cyber Neo was fast and merciless because he thought that he was dealing with Deus Ex. However, he wasn’t a fool. He could feel that something was wrong this time. The silver Deus Ex doppelganger looked like him, just like before, but he wasn’t even half as fierce and cold-looking as the original one. Furthermore, this doppelganger felt human and the first one felt more like a completely different being.

Cyber Neo began to perceive that something was wrong…

Cyber Neo [concerned at first, confident later]: “Why are you holding back now? Last time you were faster and more powerful. What are you trying to do? Whatever it is, it won’t work. I will destroy you, I will end the curse of the City of the Machines, and I will save Zion!!”

Neo [regaining his breath]: “You are being fooled by Deus Ex. He is using you to get what he wants, which is destroying both of us. I am the sixth Neo. I am the kid that you transferred the white sphere to, the one that you wanted to save but chose not to, because of Thomas Anderson’s plan. Many years have already passed since you fought Deus Ex and his sentinels for the first time. You need to wake up from what he did to you. We should be fighting together against him, not against each other. You are the previous Neo, so you can use the Matrix to get rid of what he did to you.”

Cyber Neo [still in disbelief]: “I am not going to fall for your psychological warfare. I know that you had the chance to see all my memories the first time we fought. You know everything there is to know about me, and you’ll use it to stop me from finishing you and the Matrix! That isn’t going to happen though.”

Cyber Neo clashed against Neo and during their power struggle both of their spheres were shattered at the same time.

Following the rupture of the spheres, the green-coded younger Neo and the older Neo engaged in martial arts combat. Neo seemed to be holding up very well against his younger-self, until Cyber Neo landed several kicks on him, grabbed his right arm, and launched him with great force towards one of the floating buildings.

Without the sphere, this could have been lethal. However, Neo was lucky: he grabbed a pod that was in the way and that lowered his speed considerably. He avoided a lethal crash with a wall when he managed to do that. He ended up on the floor anyways, but he wasn’t injured.

Neo [while lifting himself from the floor]: “Goddammit… I am not as fast as I used to be; he was faster than me at the end; and he doesn’t seem to be getting tired either… How am I going to beat him? Talking didn’t work. There has to be a way though… Wait… the small yellow sphere of codes inside his chest… could it be what changed his perspective? Could it be the reason why he is in denial? I might be able to bring him back if that sphere is gone.”

Neo stood up and recreated his green sphere, but at that exact moment Cyber Neo caught him by surprise from the back and launched him against the other nearest floating building, causing a grand crash there.

A few seconds later, Neo was seen standing on the ground below and Cyber Neo was on the air. Neo was saved by his sphere, but for how long would that be enough and how was he going to get to the yellow sphere in Cyber Neo’s chest? The situation wasn’t looking very good for him…

The view changed from Trinity vs. Trinity and Neo vs. Neo to the new group of ships that were approaching their location.

There were several ships, which were easy to recognize because they were the type of ships that the Resistance had. Some of them even looked similar to the Trifalcon, but they were not yellow and black—like Trin’s personal armor and the Trifalcon itself.

Half of the ships already had their hatches open and armored soldiers from the Resistance were visible inside them.

General Frank Xenno and other soldiers from his ship were using futuristic-looking binoculars to zoom-in and check the area where they got all the signals from. Apparently, everyone was there: Neo, Captain Leida Trinity, Rodner Smith, Deus, the white-caped patrols, and even another entity that had a similar reading to Deus. There was more though—they had not seen the green-looking cyber versions of Neo and Trinity.

Something strange was going on in their side as well. General Frank Xenno and some of the other soldiers had their facial armor open and they didn’t look exactly as we had last seen them. Frank Xenno’s white hair was much longer. It was as if two months had gone by and he had not had a haircut since then [he was shaved though, he always was]. The same could be said for the other soldiers. The ones that had been seen before looked as if they had gone through several battles since we last saw them, which had been just days ago, when Neo and Trin went back to the Matrix inside the Trifalcon with Bern’s help.

Something that we were not aware of yet had happened…

Frank Xenno used the futuristic binoculars and we could see how he zoomed-in—from several miles away—to get a perfect view of the events that were taking place at their destination. The first thing he noticed was that Deus Ex, the “god of the machines” from the Matrix, was present and it looked like Deus had been defeated. An odd stream of white codes was surrounding him, but he was motionless on the ground. There were lots of robots scattered throughout the place as well. Surprisingly, they were not shooting or attacking anyone. It looked like they were searching for something.

Suddenly, Frank Xenno stopped moving completely. He finally saw what was happening with Neo and his “adoptive daughter,” Leida Trinity. They were fighting against a pair of cyber-looking green entities that looked like younger copies of themselves…

At that exact moment, Deus Ex was moving towards Rodner Smith’s location, but he stopped in place, as if he had noticed something else. He turned 45 degrees clockwise and looked at the exact direction and path from where the ships would come—even though they were not very visible from there yet. Deus Ex had no binoculars, but his own eyes zoomed-in his view and he saw all the ships and their general, whom was using the same dark blue and yellow armor that he had on when he rescued the fifth Trinity, 21 years ago…

Deus Ex [with hate and disdain]: “General Frank Xenno and the Resistance… As much as I would like to destroy him, I have no time to spend on insignificant entities. Architect Rodner and the secrets that he knows about the Matrix are far more important now. The robots can take care of the Resistance.”

Deus Ex sent new orders to all the humanoid robots using invisible wireless signals that reached them in just seconds. Suddenly, all the humanoid robots stopped looking for Rodner Smith and they waited, with their rifles ready, to welcome the newcomers.

Rodner Smith noticed that the robots were not looking for him anymore and he also saw that Deus Ex was approaching his location.

Rodner Smith [anticipating victory]: “So he is coming to me instead. Excellent. I won’t waste this opportunity that you are giving me. Your minutes are counted Deus Ex. I will have your powers very soon. Your destiny will be fulfilled.”

Rodner held the white and black buttons of the morph gun simultaneously; and he also flipped two small switches on it. The gun began to charge something sinister. It looked like he had started some sort of “sequence” for the gun to prepare itself for something serious.

Then, the gun opened a space for Rodner’s arm and he introduced his arm in it. It looked like he was wearing some sort of arm armor, but it was his special weapon instead.

What was he planning to do?

Meanwhile, Frank Xenno had seen the new movement going on and he and his soldiers were about to arrive. However, he had not been able to focus since he saw that Trin was in danger. He was concerned from the moment he saw “the green Trinity” chasing her. Therefore, he took that into account for his orders.

The general closed the facial plate of his armor and he looked just as he did when he saved the other Trinity, even though he was much older now. He was using the same dark-blue armor as before and it had not changed one bit. Frank Xenno had aged, but he was still that captain that saved his niece and escaped from Deus Ex, without being an anomaly in the Matrix…

Frank Xenno [communicating with the other ships]: “This is it!! This will be our last battle in this war! Here, it will be decided whether we will all become slaves of the Matrix or whether we will all be freed. If we win, history will change its course and humankind will be saved, but if we fail all of history and humankind itself will be lost in the Matrix! There is no room for fear today!! Everything is at stake!

Our main goals are saving Neo and eliminating the large Deus-like being that has taken over Rodner Smith’s operation. Our other goals are capturing Rodner Smith and his tool of destruction, Deus, and saving Captain Trin. I want everyone to focus on our main goals. I will join and help Captain Trin in her battle.

For further orders during battle, I give complete authority to the captain of each ship. Once we enter the battlefield, I won’t be in charge anymore, I will be another soldier just like any of you. Victory is in the hands of each and every one of us. If there is one day when you are going to make the impossible possible, make it today!! We will arrive at our destination in two minutes. Be ready!!”

Everyone began closing their facial armors and getting ready for their arrival. There were at least twenty-five ships and close to two hundred and thirty adult soldiers with armors. It really seemed like every single one of them was there. It truly was an all-out attack from the last group of the Resistance. However, something felt very odd. There was one of the ships that maintained its hatch closed, unlike all the others. What was waiting inside that ship? And, most importantly, why would the Resistance chose to do such a final attack, where either victory or their true and final demise were the only outcomes? It felt like something else had happened to them, but we didn’t know it yet…

Frank Xenno located Leida Trinity again and prepared himself to join her in her battle with Copy Trinity.

Frank Xenno called two of the soldiers in his ship.

Frank Xenno [orders for male soldier]: “Get me a direct wireless connection with the communications chip in Captain Trin’s armor. I need to tell her what to do.”

The voice of the armored male soldier was the same exact voice of the young man from the couple that talked to Neo at the Main Base, earlier in the film. Therefore, it was clear that it was him even though his face was covered by the armor.

Male soldier: “Sir, I need the full IP address of her armor for that.”

Frank Xenno [said quickly]: “It’s A826YZ41920772892G.”

Male soldier: “I’m sorry sir, can you repeat that?”

Frank Xenno [says it letter by letter]: “A-8-2-6-Y-Z-4-1-9-2-0-7-7-2-8-9-2-G.”

Male soldier [baffled]: “Sir, why would you memorize Captain Trinity’s armor’s address?”

Frank Xenno [to male soldier]: “Soldier, if you have a daughter that is as crazy as you, you would memorize her armor’s address too. Now, please get the connection started and put me in line with her.”

The male soldier began to create the connection between Frank Xenno’s armor and Leida Trinity’s armor.

Frank Xenno [orders to female soldier]: “Bring me a mini-plasma missile launcher. I am going to need it to take out the cyber woman.”

The voice of the armored female soldier was the same exact voice of the young woman from the couple that talked to Neo at the Main Base, earlier in the film. So, it was clear that she and the other guy that helped General Xenno were that couple from before…

Female soldier [in a hurry]: “Yes sir!”

She brought a red-colored futuristic-looking weapon that resembled a small bazooka.

Meanwhile, Frank Xenno checked his equipped weapons and his dark blue armor. He had one plasma rifle, two different types of pistols attached to the armor pieces on the legs, and one plasma-powered blade on his back.

Then, he grabbed the red missile launcher. The weapon had two plasma missiles in it and it was ready to be used.

The connection with Trin’s armor was finished and the ships of the Resistance were already visible from the location of Neo and Trin’s battles.

Leida Trinity was still running away and shooting at Copy Trinity when Frank Xenno contacted her.

Frank Xenno: “Trin, continue what you are doing, keep running in the same direction and listen to me.”

Frank Xenno was holding the missile launcher and he was also using the binoculars to see her clearly. Trin looked surprised at first when she heard Frank talking through her armor, but that also raised her spirit. She knew that their chances of winning and getting out of there alive were much better if they had the Resistance’s backup.

Trin: “Frank!! Where are you?!”

Frank Xenno: “We will be there in less than a minute, but we can take care of your enemy before that. You are less than a quarter of a mile away from a location that has a very steep ledge and a crater just below it. I need you to lead her there to the edge. Then, use your armor’s booster engines to get away from her as soon as she is on the border. I will launch a plasma missile at her spot. I need you to lead her there first and get yourself out of there fast.”

Trin [concerned because Copy Trinity was getting closer]: “Frank, I don’t know if I can do that! She is faster than us and I don’t have my facial armor anymore!”

Frank Xenno: “I have seen you doing much more than that Leida! Get it done and I will take care of the rest. It is an order!!”

Trin wasn’t sure that she would reach the border and the crater before Copy Trinity could catch up to her, but she did her best. She also had not used the tactic of moving horizontally using the armor’s booster engines in years. Lately, they had been used for landings and for moving to higher ground levels only; they also worked for other purposes though…

Copy Trinity finally caught up to her when both of them could see that the steep—almost vertical—edge of the crater was just meters away from them. Trin shoot her plasma pistols at her several times from just two meters away, but her green body (made of codes) moved just like the agents from the Virtual Matrix. She wasn’t hit by any of the plasma shots. Then, she kicked away one of the pistols from Trin’s hands and grabbed the other hand where Trin had the remaining pistol.

Trin realized that if Copy Trinity could use one of her plasma guns against her, she would be in serious danger (plasma shots could damage and break armors, a low percentage of the shot could also penetrate the armor).

Trin moved very fast. She held Copy Trinity’s arm and kicked her on the side of the stomach while she grabbed and threw away her remaining plasma gun with her other free hand. The gun ended up falling down to the crater’s zone. At least, that way she knew that her plasma guns would not be used against her.

Then, Copy Trinity retaliated with a string of kicks and punches and finished it with a fierce kick that threw Trin all the way towards the border. Copy Trinity moved too fast to dodge or counter her attacks.

Trin didn’t fall out, but her head ended up halfway beyond the edge. And the single punch that landed on her face—which had no armor—left her with a bruise close to her mouth.

That was also the moment when Copy Trinity started to feel that something was either wrong or very different. The hand she grabbed and the body she attacked felt robotic, like an armor, and that wasn’t what she was seeing with her eyes. Agents, despite being very tough, had human bodies that felt human. Their arms and bodies didn’t feel like armors if you grabbed them or attacked them. Perhaps, they had received an upgrade, but the whole thing felt very strange to Copy Trinity… Regardless, she was still determined to finish what looked like an agent Smith clone to her.

Frank Xenno and the ships had also arrived at the place and the clash among the last soldiers from the Resistance and the white-caped humanoid robots began.

Frank Xenno was still on the hatch of his ship, much closer to them now. He was looking at Trin’s situation and he had the mini-missile launcher ready and aimed at Copy Trinity.

Frank Xenno: “Trin, do it now!! This is our chance. Lure her to your spot and get out of there!”

Unfortunately, Trin didn’t notice that her other plasma gun—the one that Copy Trinity kicked—was nearby. She just stood up and looked at Copy Trinity, whom used her ancient guns to shoot at her. Trin covered her face with her arm and the armor blocked all the bullets once again.

Copy Trinity: “For some reason, bullets are not working on you, even though you are not dodging them. Could it be that you are a robot? Then, we are going to have to do this the old fashioned way.”

Copy Trinity threw away her handguns and ran towards Trin. She was planning to throw her off the edge. However, Trin activated the booster engines on the back of her elbows and aimed them at Copy Trinity’s face. Then, she caused Copy Trinity to stop right on the edge and she flew back and then up and back towards the ground, making half a circle of hovering around Copy Trinity.

At that point, Copy Trinity was on the perfect spot and Trin raised her boosters to the max to get away from there quickly. She flew away horizontally. Frank Xenno also pressed the fire button on the mini-missile launcher and the two-second countdown to shoot the missile began.

Everything happened too fast.

Copy Trinity grabbed the other plasma pistol from the ground and shot Trin’s armor several times, landing almost all the shots. Trin fell to the ground, not too far from there still. It happened before she could get far enough to be outside of the explosion’s range. Frank Xenno lowered his weapon’s line of aim at the very last moment and the small blue missile was launched, but it didn’t land on where Copy Trinity was standing. It landed eight meters below her, on the cliff-like edge.

The whole border broke apart and Copy Trinity fell down to the crater, but the direct impact of the missile was not on her, it was on the land structure below her. It wasn’t clear if the impact had reached Trin or not, so Frank Xenno ordered his ship’s soldiers to join the others in helping Neo, capturing the fallen Deus, capturing Rodner Smith, and attacking the other deusian menace. Then, he jumped out of the ship using his armor’s booster engines.

On the way down, two humanoid robots landed a shot on him and he had to let go of the missile launcher—which still had one final missile left in it.

From the air, General Xenno grabbed his plasma rifle and took down the two robots with only two shots—one for each. Clearly, he had outstanding aiming.

He landed on the ground, outside of the crater’s zone and not too far from the place where his missile landed. The area looked dusty, but he could determine an approximate location of Trin’s armor, so he began to look for her.

Frank Xenno: “Trin, do you copy me?! What is your situation? I’m on my way to where you are!”

He felt worried because she wasn’t responding, but he soon found her and helped her to stand up again.

She was still dizzy from the explosion and her armor had been damaged, but none of the shots reached her body.

Frank Xenno opened the facial compartment of his dark-blue armor and continued helping her to stay standing, until her dizziness went away.

Frank Xenno: “I need you to leave the battlefield. You have already done enough. We will take care of the rest.”

Leida Trinity [concerned]: “No… [coughs] no, you have to take Neo and get out of here. We are not ready to defeat the god of the machines from the Matrix. He may be even more powerful than Deus. Fighting him with all our forces is suicide. We must take Neo and get out. We have to plan our strategy if we expect to defeat such an enemy.”

Frank Xenno stayed quiet and he didn’t look happy at all.

Leida Trinity began to notice the change in Frank Xenno’s face. His white hair was much longer. It didn’t look like three days had gone by, it definitely looked like weeks or even months had passed.

Leida Trinity [surprised]: “Why did your hair grow so much in a few days? What happened here?!”

Frank Xenno didn’t plan to tell her or Neo until—or, unless—their final mission succeeded, but soon, he had no other choice. The only ship from their squadron that had the hatch and windows closed opened the hatch and Captain Trin could see it from there. The orphans from the Main Base and two other squads of adults were the “soldiers” inside that large ship. All of them, even the small children, had plasma rifles and guns.

It definitely was a very worrisome scenario in every way…

Leida Trinity [with a horrified expression]: “What is this?? How could you do this!? How could you bring the children into battle!!!?? Are you crazy??!! Why did you give the orders to do this!!!?”

Frank Xenno gathered up his inner strength and grabbed Leida’s arms to keep her in place.

Frank Xenno [a little sad but very determined]: “Listen Trin. This is the end. You have the impression that only days went by during your trip to the Matrix, but three whole months went by here in the real world. You, Neo, and the squad that we sent to protect you were moved from your original location and we lost all contact with all of you. Deus must have done it, when he wasn’t capturing the rest of us and destroying all we had left. There are no bases anymore. The Resistance has lost everything. We could just sit down and wait for the last of us to be taken to the Matrix, like everybody else in all the countries of the world, during the last sixty years. Or… we could stand and fight one final battle to determine everything. Whatever the case, it was on my shoulders to make the final decision, and… I didn’t have it in me to give up hope for humankind. If anything will ever be written about this day, I would rather have them say that the last humans fell in battle because they and their leader chose not to surrender. They chose to believe that they could do it.”

Leida was speechless.

Neo had already realized this by intuition—he had figured out that they were not at the original place—but she didn’t realize it until Frank told her.

At that moment, we also got a glimpse of the large group of children with weapons, as they landed with the other soldiers and began to shoot the opposing robots, thinking that they were in some sort of “real life videogame.” We got very brief glimpses of both Jack, the teenage inventor, and the little blue eyed girl that had reached Neo’s heart at the Main Base—when she asked him to bring back her parents in exchange for the only two toys she had. The girl didn’t look as brave as Jack, but we could see that she still had the spoon with her, in addition to a plasma pistol.

The children were backed up by teams of adults, but it was obvious that things could still end in disaster.

Then, the view moved towards the small crater, where a green-looking woman was grabbing a red bazooka-like weapon from the ground.

Trinity’s enhanced copy was still alive and the general’s weapon was in her hands now. It still had one missile in it…

Copy Trinity raised the weapon and began to aim it towards Frank Xenno and Leida Trinity.

Then, Frank Xenno saw her. Even with the dust in the crater’s zone, her green color was still unmistakable, and the same could be said for the red missile-launcher. He had enough time to grab and throw Trin as far away from him as possible, and he also had a chance to close the armor on his face again, but two seconds were not enough for him to do anything else. Luckily for him, Copy Trinity didn’t aim so well and she ended up doing to him exactly what he did to her. (The second missile landed on the edge, rather than on anyone, but the destruction that it caused destroyed that small area and the ground there, so it made Frank Xenno fall down to the crater as well.)

Frank Xenno began to remove all the rubble that fell on his armor. Apparently, he wasn’t harmed. However, a big threat was on his way: Copy Trinity was approaching him.

He grabbed his plasma rifle and aimed it at her.

She stood there, looking fearless.

Copy Trinity: “How did you like that? I had a chance to see you launching a missile at me from your ship, so I thought that I would repay you with the same token.”

Copy Trinity was seeing Frank Xenno as if he was another agent, so, she was still trapped in her cyber illusion.

Frank Xenno shot several rounds of plasma at her and he saw how she dodged all of them moving her body to the sides at an incredible speed that could be compared with a computer’s processing speed.

He threw the rifle to the side. It was clear that it wasn’t going to make any difference against her. He knew that she had to have some weakness though. However, how would he find it?

Frank Xenno: “Tell me, how am I supposed to defeat you if you can dodge bullets?”

Copy Trinity: “I could ask the same thing about you.”

Frank Xenno: “Really? I can’t dodge bullets and I don’t look like a green cyber entity like you. I don’t have what looks like a yellow sphere in my chest either. Are you being controlled or are you on your own? Why did you attack your last target?”

Copy Trinity: “Enough nonsense. I am not here to answer trick questions from agents like you. I am here to eliminate all of you and to save Neo.”

Frank Xenno was obviously way smarter than he looked. Just from talking and asking her a few questions he got her to reveal to him that she, indeed, was being controlled by something or someone because she wasn’t seeing the truth. As the leader of the Resistance, he also knew about the cyber agents of the Matrix and what they could do. The description of their abilities was a perfect fit for Copy Trinity’s abilities. However, there was something else about her…

Frank was very fast at realizing that the yellow sphere in her looked like an “out of place” thing, so, it was very likely that destroying it would be enough to defeat her. Whatever the case, destroying that thing had to do something to her for sure.

Frank grabbed one of the two pistols he had on his legs and the plasma sword from his back. He knew that she was good at dodging, but he only had to get it right once: a plasma shot or a plasma strike on the spot where the yellow sphere was, that was all he needed.

Copy Trinity had no weapons, but she was a force to deal with on her own. She was like a transfer of one of those cyber agents from the Matrix to the real world, with Trinity’s full form and consciousness.

Frank Xenno began to shot at her as soon as she was meters away. He wanted to get her to move in place—by dodging the shots. Then, he rushed towards her ready to land a plasma strike with the sword, while she was dodging. His goal was hitting and destroying the yellow sphere.

However, she was too fast—and incredibly flexible, since this was the sixth Trinity at her best. She ended up dodging the sword too and kicking the pistol away from the armored hand. Frank didn’t stop, he tried to land other sword strikes on the yellow sphere, but he simply wasn’t fast enough.

Copy Trinity grabbed the pistol from the ground and shot four plasma shots at Frank, forcing him to drop the sword and throwing him and his armor to the ground.

It was then that Frank realized that it wasn’t the first time that he had seen something that resembled the yellow sphere. Data spheres that looked like that existed in his world as well. They were not an invention that began in the Virtual Matrix. Those data spheres existed in Thomas Anderson’s world too. Perhaps, the best way to destroy it wasn’t a sword or a gun… The best weapon against those would be a data erasing program that was advanced enough to delete that kind of data.

Frank Xenno [attitude: ready for retaliation]: “I think I have exactly what you need, Cyber Trin.”

Frank grabbed the other pistol he had attached to his other leg and switched it from physical mode to program eraser mode. (It was a special pistol that he had because he wasn’t some random soldier. He was the general of the Resistance after all.) He increased the gun’s frequency to the maximum to ensure that it would cover the largest possible area.

Copy Trinity grabbed his plasma blade from the ground and when she was going to strike him with it, Frank Xenno turned around and shot the eraser pistol aimed at her chest. It sent out a wave that went through her chest and erased almost three-fourths of the yellow sphere, and even some of the green codes that were part of her body in that section.

Copy Trinity began to see three-fourths of the real world where she was at and one-fourth of the City of the Machines—where she thought she was. She looked at Frank Xenno and saw parts of an agent and parts of a dark-blue armored soldier—mostly the later. She felt very puzzled, but the worst part had yet to come…

Frank Xenno began to understand how terrible things really were when he noticed that the remaining one-fourth of the yellow sphere began to recover and regenerate the other parts that had been erased. Basically, the sphere was reconstructing itself. If any part of it remained, it could recover its whole state again.

Copy Trinity began to see more and more from the City of the Machines and the agents, and less and less from the real thing, as her yellow sphere started to go back to its original form.

Frank Xenno felt desperate because the pistol needed to recharge itself to shot another one of those eraser waves. In a desperate attempt to finish her before time ran out, he grabbed the hand where she had his plasma blade and he took it from her. He didn’t let go of her hand though. He held it very tight and tried to strike her chest with the sword, knowing that she couldn’t get away from the sword’s range because he was holding her.

However, she moved the rest of her body too fast and managed to dodge the sword anyways. She soon began to land kicks and punches on him and broke his grip. She continued her offensive without getting hit even once, until he finally dropped the sword, which she grabbed right away. She landed various plasma strikes on his armor with the sword and when he fell on the ground, she impaled his left arm with the sword and left it stuck in the ground. She walked away and grabbed Frank Xenno’s plasma rifle from where he threw it. Then, she came back and aimed it at him. She shot two blasts of plasma on him that visibly damaged his armor.

Was it the end for General Frank Xenno?

When she aimed the rifle at his head, Leida Trinity shot a long-range plasma shot at her with another rifle, from the top of the crater’s edge. This time the plasma shot landed on her. It erased Copy Trinity’s right arm completely. However, as she turned around, it began to regenerate itself too—just like the yellow sphere, which had already recovered 70% of its full size. She began to shot Frank’s rifle at Captain Trin, but she had been severely weakened by losing her other arm temporarily.

Then, Frank Xenno had the golden chance. He prepared his eraser gun, which had finished charging, and aimed it directly at the yellow sphere. Copy Trinity had not moved away from him to shot at Trin, so she was standing on the perfect place for the wave to cover the full sphere; and that was exactly what it did.

When Frank Xenno shot the second eraser wave, Copy Trinity landed her first plasma shot on Trin—whom fell down with the impact—and Copy Trinity was also stopped in that instant. The entire yellow sphere ceased to exist after the second eraser wave. All of it was erased.

Copy Trinity didn’t drop the plasma rifle and her other hand continued regenerating, but, the truth was revealed to her eyes. She stopped seeing the wrong reality and began to see everything there, including the fact that she was a green cyber body of codes from the Matrix.

Copy Trinity felt a mixture of fear and despair. Why was she like this? What had happened to her?

She looked at Frank Xenno, who was in pain from the two plasma blasts that she shot at her.

Then, she looked back at Leida Trinity, who had also fallen because of her shot.

She left Frank and began to move towards Leida. After she climbed back to the top and reached Leida Trinity, she aimed the plasma rifle at her. Then, she pushed her to move her body and see her face. She was alive, but she looked hurt. Also… she looked just like her, but she was older.

Copy Trinity [looking serious and sounding a little demanding]: “So… you were telling me the truth. You do look like me, but older. Now… I need you to tell me what is going on here and what happened to me. Why do I look like a stream of codes and why do you look like me? Tell me everything you know.”

Leida Trinity: “I need you to stop pointing the plasma gun at me first. I’m glad you want to talk at last. We need you now more than ever, Trinity…”

Copy Trinity lowered the rifle and began to listen…

Meanwhile, Deus Ex had arrived at Rodner Smith’s location and had casted a massive yellow shield around them, using streams of codes from the Yellow Matrix.

Rodner was also waiting for him.

It was uncertain at that point whether we should have been more worried about Deus Ex or Rodner Smith. Even though Deus Ex looked like a godly threat, Rodner Smith had been involved with his creation and with the creation of the entire Virtual Matrix, so he obviously wasn’t someone to be taken lightly. Furthermore, Mr. Smith looked too confident for someone who was seeing how Deus Ex created a barrier around the two of them. Clearly, he had a big card in his sleeve and we still didn’t know what it was…

The Resistance also began to face grand frustration at that moment. The teams that went after Deus Ex were completely blocked by the yellow barrier. They couldn’t enter it and their weapons couldn’t break it either. So, they were not making any progress in that main objective…

The other groups that went to help Neo couldn’t even intervene effectively. They were pushed back and their plasma weapons were blocked by Cyber Neo. It was as if Cyber Neo was a green version of Deus, based on what he was capable of.

Finally, the group that tried to capture the fallen Deus couldn’t get pass the white sphere of codes that was forming around him and healing him. One of the soldiers shot at it and the plasma blasts disappeared when they touched the sphere, as if they had never been fired. Another brave one tried to enter his hand in the white sphere of codes and was faced with real horror when his hand turned into a new stream of white codes and left him. That definitely took a psychological toll on the group; they all stayed there, but they didn’t get themselves too close to the white sphere again.

It looked like the teams from the Resistance weren’t making any big progress with their central objectives. They were beating the humanoid robots, but when it came to the other bigger threats, they seemed powerless and ineffective…

Deus Ex was feeling great. It almost looked like his huge silver face was about to smile. He knew that Rodner Smith was the living human that knew the most about the Matrix. By absorbing his memories—like he did with the fifth and the sixth Neo—he would know even more secrets about the Matrix. Most likely, it would speed up his takeover of the whole thing, which was what he really wanted…

Deus Ex [quite certain]: “Now, it is just you and me Rodner Smith. As the human architect, you have classified knowledge about the Matrix that belongs to me. I will take over your world and I will obtain your knowledge as well. Thanks to you, my goal of becoming the master of the Matrix will be accomplished faster. You will also be my servant whether you want it or not.”

Rodner Smith [surprisingly confident, considering the situation that he was in]: “You are not here to do whatever you want Deus Ex. You were developed to be exactly as you are for a reason. You were developed to be here today as well, when you truly were at your best.

Your entity only had two purposes: creating the first enhanced deus and keeping the innermost Matrix safe from intruders. If the most powerful entity in the system’s Yellow Layer had to guard the Green Layer because its life depended on it, then, no one would be able to interfere with the innermost Virtual Matrix, where most of the big experiments would take place, and where our enemies would be imprisoned. That was why you were placed at the center of the City of the Machines. You were the ultimate defense. However, that wasn’t what I truly wanted to get from you. At the end, your most important purpose was testing this grand power that you are going to pass on to me, as I always planned it. The power to change, shape, and control reality itself; the power to become a true master of the Matrix, which is the well-hidden system that controls everything, even luck itself.”

Deus Ex [with a deep and clever voice]: “You are not very good at keeping secrets Rodner Smith. You are still not telling me everything there is to know about my creation, but soon I will know all your secrets anyways. I will also expand my Matrix into your world.”

A bunch of new streams of codes began to come out from Deus Ex. Some were yellow streams and others were silver-looking streams that were very similar to the ones he used when he turned the fifth Neo into a cyber entity—that he could then change and manipulate. Apparently, he was planning to do the same thing with Rodner Smith. It was clear that Deus Ex was also capable of creating certain types of glitches, which were the abnormal events that triggered silver codes, streams, and portals in the Matrix. His color was also that same silver, meaning that it was very likely that he was an anomaly as well. However, he still couldn’t create the same glitches that Neo and the rogue agent Smith (the Smith virus) were capable of. Coincidentally, Neo’s ability to create a teleportation glitch from one layer of the Matrix to another was what Deus Ex really needed, but after failing to recreate it, he chose to find a new way to break free and become the master of the real world, where the Real Matrix had been created…

Rodner Smith watched how the streams that came from Deus Ex began to gather closer and closer to him. Then, he looked at the morph gun, which was now attached to his arm. He was about to do something with the gun and he needed just another minute to do it. So, he began to talk to keep Deus Ex busy.

Rodner: “How do you think that the Yellow Matrix came to be? How do you think that you came into existence?”

Deus Ex: “Not by your hands Rodner Smith, but by the hands of a deus. You are not the true creator of the Matrix and you are not my real creator either. I don’t need your memories to know that. You are just the architect that was used for the project. There is no way that any human could have created me and the Matrix on their own. Even the smartest human genius wouldn’t be able to develop an entity like me. You are not the first creator and that is why you won’t be able to stop me either.

You and everything you know will be a part of me soon.”

Rodner [arrogant and sarcastic, like always]: “My dear godly friend you seem to have some things very wrong. You are the one that is here to join me and not the other way around!! That was how I planned it from the start! After your source code was given to me by another deus, as you said, I modified it to make you more powerful than them and I determined how everything else would play out. I am the main architect of the Yellow Matrix and the one that put you there to begin with! Your final purpose was to give me the powers of a deus that surpassed even the others that came to research us. You are here for me!!”

The codes began to move faster to take over Rodner Smith, but he aimed his weapon at Deus Ex and pressed the black button.

A powerful-looking plasma-like ray came from the morph gun and clashed with Deus Ex’s giant face. It looked like a white and yellow beam and it had several of traces of white Matrix-like codes, like the ones that we had seen before. The continuous beam began to neutralize Deus Ex covering him with some sort of freezing program for his source code.

Deus Ex’s streams of codes stopped and began to fade away. He also seemed to be struggling to overcome the beam that Rodner launched at him.

Meanwhile, Rodner continued aiming the weapon and the neutralizing beam at Deus Ex. He didn’t intend to stop it until it was done.

Rodner Smith [overjoyed]: “Yesss!! I waited so long for this moment, and now it’s going to happen!! The true power of the Matrix, the power to change and control reality itself will be within my grasp!”

Deus Ex had been holding back the beam for a while, but it began to scatter around him, giving the feeling that it was going to take over him.

When that happened the yellow shield went down as well, so both Rodner and Deus Ex were now open to any attacks from the Resistance. There were humanoid robots in the area, but the great shield wasn’t blocking the path to Ex and Smith any longer.

When the beam covered Deus Ex completely, Smith was certain that he had won. The neutralization was complete. All that was left was using another mode of his morph gun to initiate the DNA extraction from the enhanced deus. And a sample of that was all he needed to do the rest. He and his scientists had already figured out how to modify human brain cells to give them properties and abilities of other neurons and cells.

However, Rodner Smith didn’t have the chance to change his weapon to get Deus Ex’s DNA.

Suddenly, Deus Ex began to break out of Smith’s counter program for his original entity. The beam that had covered him began to backtrack, pushed back by an unknown force, and the damage that was done to his face was healed in seconds by a new silver layer of streams that brought him back to the way he was, before being hit by the beam. It was very similar to what happened after Captain Trin’s missiles. He recovered himself, or brought himself back to his previous unharmed state.

Deus Ex proved to be way beyond what Smith had originally programmed and planned for him. Something had not worked as the human architect predicted…

Rodner [concerned, angry, and very confused]: “No, that’s not possible!! Your entity can’t overwrite this process!! I ran this simulation endless times and this never happened. You never recovered after the beam neutralized you completely!! This is not possible, there is no way that your entity could do this!!”

Rodner began to look truly nervous for the first time. It was as if all his cockiness and certainty had just taken a lethal hit and fear was starting to replace them.

Amazingly, Deus Ex had returned back to normal, as if nothing had happened to him.

Deus Ex [sounding in control again]: “Indeed, my original entity and its source code could have never beaten your weapon. It was such a perfect counter-program that even I had difficulty to reverse it. However, I reprogrammed my original entity’s codes in the Matrix, as soon as I could control it. I am not the original Deus Ex anymore. I reprogrammed my entity’s codes in the Matrix to make sure that I would overcome all the flaws and weaknesses that the original creator had included in me. There is nothing in the Matrix that can control me now. Not even you, Rodner Smith.”

In terror, Rodner Smith saw how a few humanoid robots that were nearby began to run towards him. Obviously, Deus Ex had sent them orders to apprehend him. Everything was over for him if he didn’t do something right away. What was he going to do?

Rodner dropped himself to the ground and placed the morph weapon under himself, hiding it from Deus Ex’s sight. He had started to sweat—most likely out of fear—but it definitely looked like he still had a last resort option that he could use.

Rodner [looking both afraid and determined]: “This is far too risky. I could die here if he doesn’t like me, but… I don’t like losing, and he may give me another chance to win regardless. The new Deus Ex won’t give me any chances though. I don’t have any other choice now…”

When the robots grabbed Rodner and lifted him up from the floor, he revealed that his weapon had changed, once again, and he shot a green-looking sphere of codes at Deus Ex. When the small sphere landed on Deus Ex, its green codes began to spread all over him, like a wild and deadly virus.

Deus Ex [disturbed]: “What is this? Why isn’t it being overwritten?! Wait, I have felt something like this before. This is… Noo!! This can’t be!!!”

Rodner Smith: “Oh yes, it is. I considered the worst case scenario and came prepared for it. I considered what would happen if I lost to you or to the other Thomas Anderson, so, I kept a full copy of his entity, just in case I needed him.”

Deus Ex [angry but also afraid]: “No, you didn’t!!”

Rodner [starting to feel in control again]: “Of course I did! I am the real human architect and all good architects keep backups to ensure that they will get what they want, even if things go wrong in the system. I am the one that guards the Yellow Virtual Matrix, just like you guarded the Green one. I saw every major event from the Yellow Layer of the Matrix. I also monitored many entities, including you. And I kept a copy of the only other entity that you ever feared. I also know that you feared the agent that became an anomaly in the Matrix because his rare ability to replicate himself on others worked on you as well. That was why you sent Thomas Anderson to fight him, instead of doing it yourself. You feared him because you knew that he could beat you!!”

Deus Ex didn’t talk anymore. The green mass of codes spread through his whole body and turned his color from silver to green—the same green as Cyber Neo and Copy Trinity. The shape and look of his giant face also began to change. It started to look like agent Smith’s face—with the glasses and everything.

At that moment, one of the humanoid robots shot a plasma blast at Rodner Smith and he used the morph gun to cover himself. The gun was torn into pieces by the blast and Rodner fell down to the ground and received some minor wounds.

Rodner Smith [looking desperate]: “You idiot!! What have you done!!? I needed that thing!!”

Humanoid Robot 1: “Rodner Smith will be taken into custody.”

A second robot grabbed Rodner from the ground and held him tight.

Humanoid Robot 2: “Objective completed: Rodner Smith has been captured alive and taken into custody.”

Rodner Smith [angry]: “Do you have any idea of what you just did, you fools!! You should be helping me now, I am your general!!”

One of the robots placed a white patch on Rodner Smith’s mouth to keep him quiet; and then, they began to handcuff him.

Humanoid Soldier 2: “The objective is very noisy, so we have decided to silence it with non-violent methods. This will facilitate the harmonious completion of the mission without violating any protocols.”

Rodner seemed angry and helpless, but he also knew what he had done. He looked back at Deus Ex and saw the union of agent Smith and Deus Ex instead (Agent-Smith-Ex). It was Deus Ex’s floating head with agent Smith’s face and glasses, and with the same green color that Copy Trinity and Cyber Neo had.

Agent-Smith-Ex wasn’t paying any attention to Rodner and the robots.

Agent-Smith-Ex [voice sounds like a blend of agent Smith and Deus Ex’s voices]: “Where am I? Being here… it means that I survived deletion after that time. Mr. Anderson didn’t erase me completely. And… I have a new body now. This body… it feels so much more powerful than the putrid human body I used to have. And this world seems new. This doesn’t look like Zion or the Matrix.”

Agent-Smith-Ex began to look around.

After the official return of the Smith Virus, things weren’t looking any good on that side…

Meanwhile, Captain Trin (Leida Trinity) had been talking to the copy of the sixth Trinity and Frank Xenno was about to get back into the battle…

Copy Trinity: “How many years has it been since I took Neo to the heart of the City of the Machines?”

Trin: “Neo once mentioned that he was kept there by the god of the machines for twenty years, so that must be the time that went by since your original death, which took place there. Deus Ex, the god of the machines, must have recreated you like this since then.”

Copy Trinity looked at the older Neo and at the green-coded Neo—they were fighting not too far from there. Cyber Neo looked just like her Neo looked before, but he was a body of green codes. Leida had already mentioned that her Neo was now older, so he was the other one.

She turned back and looked at Trin’s face.

Copy Trinity: “If my Neo is the older one, then, who is the green one? And, who are you?”

Leida Trinity: “The green one is the fifth Neo and I am the fifth Trinity. We are the iterations that came before you two. There is no time to tell you much more now. We must save the older Neo before it is too late. He is the one that can end the Matrix and set everyone free. I am not ready for battle now, but you still are. Leave me here and go help him. If you don’t, he might die and the curse of the Matrix will never end. If you loved him as much as he loved you, save him, not from agent Smith, but from the other Neo.”

Copy Trinity: “What is the best weapon that you have?”

Leida Trinity: “You already have it. It’s the plasma rifle that you are holding, but chances are that he will be able to dodge its shots, just like you did. We don’t have time for other weapons now. We must use what we have and figure out a way to succeed.”

Copy Trinity left Trin and went after Neo and Cyber Neo.

Meanwhile, Frank Xenno had been recovering from the beating that she gave him.

Frank Xenno [trashed but not defeated]: “God… age hasn’t been very nice to me. Back then I could have dodged all of that and still have spare time to kick her cyber butt. Oh well, I have to work with what I have now. I can still shoot like an eagle. And this metal arm definitely came to the rescue. I’m lucky that she never noticed that I had it. The sword didn’t hurt me one bit because of it, but she still immobilized me for a while. Unfortunately for her, I now know her main weakness and the way to defeat her. If a data eraser attack worked for her core, it will work for her entire being. And, if a plasma shot worked on her body, then, all we need is a data eraser plasma bomb to get this over with.”

Frank Xenno began to pull out the sword from the ground and from his robotic arm using his two legs and his other hand. He stood up slowly and placed the sword on his back again. His armor looked pretty beaten up because of the close and direct plasma blasts from the rifle.

He opened the facial plate of his armor, the arm plate that was covering his metallic arm, and the section that covered his chest and stomach. He found that he had mild wounds on his body from the plasma blasts that Copy Trinity fired at him—apparently a low percentage of it had penetrated the armor. However, he ignored the wounds and proceeded to do what he had in mind: he began to disassemble the front of his metallic arm, revealing that he had a concealed weapon there. The weapon looked like a sniper rifle with an opening to place another weapon inside it. He grabbed the data erasing gun and placed it there. Then, he changed the sniper rifle’s mode to amplify the power of the weapon that had been inserted in it. He also changed it to shoot at the same frequency that the plasma rifles fired their shots.

Frank Xenno looked up. His special rifle was ready to fire an approximation of a data erasing bomb at the same frequency of a plasma shot, but he still had to climb all the way up to get out of the crater’s zone.

Frank Xenno [determined]: “It’s time to erase the rogue programs from the vicinity.”

He wasn’t walking fast, but his objective was clear, and he definitely had the tools to get it done…

Copy Trinity caught up with Neo and Cyber Neo when both of them landed in front of a floating building that was still undamaged. She saw how Cyber Neo threw the older Neo towards the building. Then, he stopped and he turned around slowly. Apparently, he had noticed her.

Surprisingly, Cyber Neo could see Copy Trinity as what she really was—a green cyber entity that looked like Trinity.

She walked closer to him holding the plasma rifle and he didn’t move.

Copy Trinity: “I need you to wake up Neo. You are being used by the leader of the City of the Machines to destroy what you are fighting for. We are not at the City of the Machines any longer. And the man you are fighting is the one you should be helping. He is the next Neo.”

Cyber Neo [distrustful]: “You don’t look human. After what I know, you could be one of Deus Ex’s doppelgangers using Trinity’s physical form. It would be the perfect way to fool me. I’m sorry, but I will finish the silver doppelganger and if you interfere, the same will happen to you.”

Copy Trinity [no patience]: “I’m done talking to you. You are not even my Neo.”

She pointed the plasma rifle at him and began to fire, but, unlike her, Cyber Neo blocked all the shots and transformed them into sand. He didn’t even need to dodge! His control over the Virtual Matrix was enough to allow him to stop or change projectiles.

Copy Trinity [reminiscent]: “Great… I just remembered that guns never worked well with Neo.”

Copy Trinity dropped the rifle and ran towards Cyber Neo.

They engaged in martial arts combat, looking almost at the same level at first. Both moved, dodged, and counterattacked with the same speed and ease. Copy Trinity held her ground almost perfectly at first, but as soon as Cyber Neo began to read and predict her movements in the Matrix, he started to dodge everything she threw at him. Finally, he grabbed her and threw her against a broken vehicle that was nearby. Clearly, his deeper connection to the Matrix—and not his combat skills—was what made him a tougher opponent than Copy Trinity.

Regardless, after he threw her against the vehicle, he did feel as if he had truly thrown the real Trinity. Was he really inside a simulation created by Deus Ex? Were they telling him the truth? Either way, he still felt that the way to end it had to be destroying the silver doppelganger, so his determination to finish Neo had not been subjugated, even if doubts had been planted in him.

At that moment, Neo came out of the building and saw Copy Trinity.

At the same time, Leida Trinity grabbed a rifle from one of the fallen robots and ran after Copy Trinity. She was injured, but she needed to help. She could feel that even the sixth Trinity wasn’t going to be enough to stop the previous Neo—her Neo.

Once Neo laid eyes on Copy Trinity, he knew it instantly. It was her. It was his Trinity… but… how could it be? She had already died, didn’t she?

It didn’t take him long to figure out that Deus Ex had used her in his experiments as well, and he could have created a cyber copy of her, just like he did with Cyber Neo. Deus Ex had used all of them: the fifth Trinity, the fifth Neo, his Trinity, and even him…

Neo chose to fly away towards one of the other buildings to keep Cyber Neo away from the cyber Trinity. That was the moment when Copy Trinity knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that the older Neo was truly the same Neo that she knew. Even though she was just a cyber entity, he still chose to keep her out of harm’s way.

Copy Trinity [heartfelt]: “Twenty years and he still hasn’t forgotten about me. I… I must save him at all costs. I already died, but my one true love still lives and he needs me.”

Copy Trinity ran after them and Captain Leida “Trin” arrived at the area, seeing that she was right about what she thought: Cyber Neo was going to be a bigger threat than Copy Trinity.

Frank Xenno also left the crater’s zone with his special rifle ready, but neither Trin nor Copy Trinity were on sight. He caught a glimpse of Neo and Cyber Neo, however, so he started to go after them too. He knew that if his weapon was deadly for Copy Trinity, it would surely work for Cyber Neo…

Neo finally began to realize that destroying the yellow sphere in Cyber Neo’s chest was probably the only chance he had to “break the spell” and defeat Cyber Neo. So, he began to focus solely on trying to damage Cyber Neo in that spot. Unfortunately, he was already tired, so he was not as effective as before, and Cyber Neo’s effectiveness had not been lowered even one bit. It seemed like the fifth Neo wasn’t getting tired as a cyber entity. This decided the inevitable outcome of their one-on-one battle.

Soon, the older Neo fell down and found it quite difficult to get back up again. Cyber Neo grabbed him by the jacket and by the neck—using both hands—and lifted him in the air many meters. Then, he stayed in the air while holding the older Neo.

Cyber Neo: “It’s over Deus Ex. Release me from the simulated environment where you have me now. I know that there is something wrong here. I can feel it. Do I need to finish you to escape this trap? Mark my words, I will destroy each and every one of your doppelgangers until I reach the real you. I don’t plan to stop until the Matrix is over and Zion is freed.”

Neo [with a little difficulty to breath]: “If you kill me, you will ensure that the Matrix will never end and Zion will be its slave for eternity. Look at my codes in the Matrix. You will feel who I really am. I would thank you for preparing the path for me, but you are making that pretty difficult now. If you keep this going, you will destroy everything that you fought for and all the things that your friends died for as well. If I die, their deaths will be in vain and Thomas Anderson’s plan will have failed. And that is what the real Deus Ex wants.”

Cyber Neo didn’t tighten his grip on Neo’s neck any longer, but he still wasn’t letting go of him either. His feelings about the matter were truly mixed. He feared giving in and believing, because if it was Deus Ex, he would have lost. On the other hand, he was starting to think about the possibility that this doppelganger was truly the other Neo. How was it possible though? He was still seeing the world of the City of the Machines, so how could the next Neo be a grown adult already? Wasn’t he supposed to be in his pod still?

Cyber Neo’s notion of time was definitely out of sync with reality. He wasn’t aware of all the years that went by since he saw that youngster in the pod and inserted the white data sphere in him… It was just like Copy Trinity; her sense of the time that went by had been distorted too…

Frank Xenno arrived at the scene, but he was a quarter of a mile away from them, so they were not aware about his presence at all. He could see them clearly though, from a somewhat far sideways view. So… he began to prepare for a masterful shot.

Copy Trinity and Leida arrived and saw how Cyber Neo was holding the older Neo.

Copy Trinity charged her rifle, ready to begin shooting at Cyber Neo.

Leida Trinity: “Wait! He hasn’t seen us yet. If you begin shooting, you will blow up our chance to land a surprise attack.”

Copy Trinity: “The other Neo will know that we are here whether you want it or not. He seems to have mastered his connection with the Matrix, so he should be able to feel other people’s presence too. Besides, I’m not going to stand still seeing that my Neo is in danger. You can back me up from here if you want.”

Leida’s advice fell on deaf ears, but the worst was yet to come.

Frank Xenno had the sniper rifle ready and he was aiming it at Cyber Neo when he realized that the special rifle was powerful enough to fire two shots—or two small data erasing bombs—one after the other. Then—as if it was a godsend—he also saw that the cyber Trinity was there. Things were working even better than he thought!

Frank Xenno [looking eager to shot]: “Wonderful. I’m going to send both of you cyber bastards to the recycle bin at once. What would Neo and Leida do without me? I hope they can at least help us to deal with the other Deus after this.”

Frank Xenno prepared himself to make the two shots, but he began to aim the first one at Copy Trinity. He also saw Trin and it bothered him that it didn’t seem like she was doing anything to help Neo or to stop Copy Trinity. However, he ignored that important detail and continued his task.

Copy Trinity ran towards Cyber Neo and she aimed her plasma rifle at him and began shooting at him. However, he blocked the blasts just like before, without letting go of the older Neo.

Leida followed Copy Trinity and got much closer to them, but she didn’t shoot. There was no point: she knew that shooting wasn’t going to work against any of the two cyber copies. She could dodge and he could even transform the shots into something else.

Copy Trinity [to Cyber Neo]: “Let go of Neo right now!! If you don’t want to wake up, I’m gonna have to blast that yellow sphere out of you myself!!”

Leida Trinity [to Cyber Neo]: “Neo, it’s me!! Trinity!! You must realize that you are being controlled. The one you are fighting against is the sixth Neo!!”

Cyber Neo [confused]: “Two Trinities, one hostile and the other friendly, one is silver and the other is green… what is happening here??”

Then, Leida Trinity caught a sight of the sniper that was aiming at them from a sideview and she recognized the distinctive color of his armor right away. She then realized that he still saw the cyber entities as enemies, rather than as “confused allies.” Not to mention that Copy Trinity had given him a really bad beating just a while ago, so he obviously wasn’t thinking that she was on their side now.

Captain Trin [loud call full of worry]: “Frank!! Dooooonn’t shoot!!!”

But it was too late…

Frank Xenno [aiming at Copy Trinity]: “Even the fastest enemy can’t dodge if they didn’t see it coming. Here, dodge thiiissss!!!”

Frank Xenno shot the first yellow plasma-like ball for Copy Trinity and he quickly moved the rifle three inches northeast and shot the second one aimed at Cyber Neo.

Copy Trinity didn’t see it coming, so she didn’t have a chance to dodge it, and even if she had she wouldn’t have escaped its radius anyways. When the powerful-looking yellow ball touched her, it spread around her and had some sort of reaction that increased its size to a sphere with a two-meter radius. It then began to shrink slowly, but it also began to erase any and all traces of codes and signals inside it. Her body didn’t have the time to regenerate what was being erased because the erasing procedure was covering all of it at the same time and it wasn’t stopping.

Copy Trinity tried to hurry towards the surface of the sphere to escape it, but she knew that she would not make it in time. Leida was there, very close to her.

Copy Trinity [to Captain Trin]: “He still needs me! Please, help him!! I beg you to help him!!!”

She looked as if she was about to cry, even though she was a cyber entity. Her thoughts and her feelings were just as real as those of a living human. The only real difference was that she looked like a program to the eye and real humans didn’t. She was displaying the same emotions and behavior however.

Leida Trinity reached inside the erasing sphere and grabbed Copy Trinity’s hand in an attempt to pull her out, but it was too late. Her hand’s codes broke apart and began to disappear right when Leida grabbed it. The data erasing bomb continued shrinking and Copy Trinity was completely erased in the process.

This left a very strong emotional impact on Leida Trinity. She remembered when Neo’s first reaction had been to kiss her when he saw her, and his kiss was loving and true. Now, seeing how the cyber version of the sixth Trinity felt because she couldn’t help him, she understood what true love was. And for a second there, she wished that her story had been like theirs; but her story was different, and there was nothing she could do about it. She never experienced that kind of love. The fifth Neo and she were only good mission partners and nothing else. At least, she would be able to honor her last wish and help the sixth Neo…

Several meters above them, the fifth Neo blocked the other erasing bomb, but it still exploded outwards catching him with part of its sphere. The erasing procedure began to erase part of his right hand—he was using the other hand to grab the older Neo—and part of his right leg. He was caught truly off guard for the first time because he wasn’t expecting that. Regardless, it seemed like he was going to overcome it.

That instant was the moment when the sixth Neo did something quite incredible—something he had already done before, to save Trinity. He could still feel that Cyber Neo would not be convinced by anything. He also saw a full opening to reach the yellow sphere of codes in his chest, and he took it.

Neo introduced his hand into Cyber Neo’s chest and grabbed the yellow sphere—just like he had grabbed Trinity’s heart before. Then, he took it out of the cyber body and erased it himself, within his hand. Cyber Neo was completely immobilized and helpless during the seconds when that happened. That moment also proved that Neo (the sixth Neo) could do things in the Matrix that Cyber Neo (the fifth Neo) could not do.

Neo regained control and grabbed Cyber Neo, pulling him away from the erasing sphere. He went back to the ground and placed Cyber Neo there. He also joined Captain Trin, who seemed a little shocked after what happened with Copy Trinity.

Cyber Neo was on his feet again very quickly and he finally saw the truth. The one he had been fighting against was an older-looking Neo and the other woman was an older-looking Trinity. He could also feel that the man was the next Neo and she was his Trinity, although he didn’t understand why yet.

Cyber Neo [to Neo]: “So, you were telling me the truth, and you saved me right now. I don’t know how you did it though. I have never done anything like that.”

Neo was about to answer, but instead he almost collapsed right there.

Cyber Neo grabbed him before he could fall.

Cyber Neo: “I’m sorry, I must have hurt you pretty badly. We will heal you.”

Cyber Neo [to Trin]: “Trinity, I don’t know how this can be true, but I know that it is you. Please, tell me what happened. Why are you and he so much older? How long has it been since I fought Deus Ex at the City of the Machines? Where is this place? Where are we now?”

Leida Trinity: “You lost to Deus Ex twenty-one years ago and I was rescued from the Matrix. What you knew as Zion and the City of the Machines was part of another layer of the Matrix. We are not in that world now; we are in the real world. I continued living here, but you were used as an experiment by Deus Ex, after your defeat. The other Neo grew in the Matrix and became The One, just like you did, but he succeeded in many places where we failed. Ultimately, I rescued him from there and brought him here. However, other calamities have come here as well. Deus Ex is one of them. And he is here now. To destroy us, he summoned you and a cyber copy of the sixth Trinity as well, but her copy was erased, and you made it.”

Cyber Neo [regretful]: “What have I done… I must heal him and help you. We must stop Deus Ex together.”

Then, both the fallen Neo and Cyber Neo looked as if something had hit them all of a sudden. They felt an anomaly—a drastic change—had taken place there. The change, of course, had been that the Agent Smith Virus had taken over Deus Ex’s body…

The soldiers from the Resistance attacked Agent-Smith-Ex with their plasma rifles and some of them even tried some of those data erasing spheres on him, but none of that worked. He unleashed a massive yellow wave of energy and code streams that erased all of that. He was beginning to realize that he had taken over the body of what seemed to be the most powerful entity in the Matrix.

Agent-Smith-Ex: “I can feel the presence of the Matrix much better than before. Was this how Mr. Anderson felt? It’s no wonder why he wasn’t afraid. This must mean that this new body is superior in every way. This should have been the body that I should have had from the start.”

Agent-Smith-Ex also perceived that he wasn’t the only “superior entity” in the vicinity.

Agent-Smith-Ex: “No… Mr. Anderson is also here, isn’t he?! He’s always in my way, but now, with this new body, the final result will be very different.”

Agent-Smith-Ex began to look for Neo. He went past Frank Xenno without even noticing him because he could already see where Neo was.

Frank Xenno [looking at Agent-Smith-Ex]: “The god of the machines from the Matrix… he doesn’t look or feel the same way. He looks green now, like the cyber entities. And his face changed. What the heck happened?”

Frank Xenno stood up in a hurry with his special rifle and he finally began to feel pain in his body, so he had to stay in place. The beating and the direct plasma blast from Copy Trinity were starting to show their effects. He was tough, but he was also old. Clearly, even General Frank Xenno had his limits…

Agent-Smith-Ex arrived at Neo’s location. He looked directly at the older Neo and Trinity, even though Cyber Neo was there as well. It was as if he could tell that the older one was the Neo that he knew…

Agent-Smith-Ex: “Mr. Anderson, how long has it been since you beat me and my army? You look much older now. And Trinity is with you as well, looking older too. Some things never change, but others, like I, do change for the better. Look at the two of you and look at me. I think you can say I have gotten a substantial upgrade and you two have gotten a downgrade. You should already know how things will play out this time.”

A bunch of dangerous-looking streams of green codes began to come from Agent-Smith-Ex and they began to form what looked like giant needles.

He threw the green needles at them, but Cyber Neo generated his green sphere almost instantly and used it to block all of them, saving Neo and Trin. He then grabbed Neo and Leida and flew away from there with them. He placed them on what looked like a safe site.

Cyber Neo: “I want you two to escape. Saving the sixth Neo should be our priority. I will take care of the enemy. It looks like agent Smith has taken over Deus Ex. I have fought both of them before, so I know what to expect. I can handle him. This time I know I will be fighting the real enemy.”

Captain Trin [grabbing Cyber Neo’s hand]: “Neo wait. You were defeated by Deus Ex before. I saw it with my own eyes. He also created this cyber version of you. Going against him alone may be suicide.”

Cyber Neo: “Someone has to do it. Don’t worry Trin, I won’t make the same mistakes twice. At least, I am certain that this time you will be safe.”

Cyber Neo left Leida Trinity thinking. He was also starting to feel much more like the real fifth Neo, just like Copy Trinity felt like the real sixth Trinity at the end…

While Cyber Neo flew towards Agent-Smith-Ex’s location, a group of soldiers from the Resistance ambushed the two robots that captured Rodner Smith and took them down. Then, they took him into custody. They could barely believe it. Had they really captured THE Rodner Smith? It definitely looked like it.

Rodner Smith looked angry as hell at first. He couldn’t even talk because of the patch on his mouth. However, his look began to change from anger to worry in just one minute. The truth was that even he was just a sitting duck without the special morph gun he had created. He knew he could escape and survive, if he was extremely lucky, but winning this battle wasn’t a possibility for him any longer.

Meanwhile, Cyber Neo went face-to-face with the new agent Smith on his own.

He already knew the previous agent Smith, but this agent Smith in particular didn’t know him because this was the one that became a rogue virus and fought against the sixth Neo. This Smith had never met or known any of the previous iterations of Neo.

Agent-Smith-Ex: “So you made a cyber clone of yourself. You must have been taking notes from me Mr. Anderson. You should know better than anyone that no amount of clones will make a difference when the opponent has superior control over the Matrix. And this time, I am the one that has it.”

Cyber Neo: “I am not a clone. I am the previous Neo and I already defeated you before, Smith.”

Agent-Smith-Ex: “I see… the older Neo must have lost his power and now you are their best bet to stop threats like me. You will make a fine practice target at least.”

Cyber Neo: “And you will make an easy target. Your face is huge now. How could I miss?”

The large green face of the hybrid of Deus Ex and agent Smith made the same face gestures that agent Smith made the first time he fought Neo in “The Matrix” at the subway station. It even made big cracking noises with its neck and everything—despite having no actual body beyond the forest of large spikes on the back of its head.

Agent-Smith-Ex: “Mr. Anderson… I am going to enjoy beating you at last.”

Several massive streams of green codes began to appear around Agent-Smith-Ex and clones that looked like doppelganger sentinels appeared in them. However, these doppelgangers took the shape of green agent Smith clones; they didn’t look like the ones Deus Ex used at all.

Cyber Neo also summoned his green sphere of codes—the one he got from Thomas Anderson’s hologram, just like the sixth Neo got his from Thomas and Aida.

Cyber Neo: “It’s time to put an end to Deus Ex. It doesn’t matter if the cover has changed to Smith, it’s still the god of the machines at the core.”

The battle between the fifth Neo and the resurrected agent Smith began and it took the location by storm. Both were using the Matrix to aid them in battle.

Cyber Neo created a green bo staff and began to use it against the flying clones and the larger floating head that was leading the assault against him. In many ways their battle was reminiscent of Neo’s battle with Smith and his clones in “The Matrix Reloaded” at the Oracle’s park. However, this time it was in the air and everyone was flying around.

Cyber Neo didn’t have any problem with the clones, but he still found it very difficult to deal significant damage to the real Smith. And when he finally dealt a severe blow and gave a deep cut to the giant Smith face, Agent-Smith-Ex healed himself using the Matrix’s green codes.

How was he going to beat him? Cyber Neo understood that he needed to land a massive and powerful attack to destroy Agent-Smith-Ex in one shot. Attacks that were not powerful enough to destroy the entire entity in one shot were not going to work to delete him.

Cyber Neo began to prepare a massive clash between him and Agent-Smith-Ex where he would use the full power of his sphere and release it all on Agent-Smith-Ex.

He did it and the final result released an intense light that made it hard to see what the outcome had been.

When it was visible, the green agent Smith clones had been destroyed and we could see that Agent-Smith-Ex had used his spikes to cover himself. The spikes had been blown apart with the impact and part of the giant face had been distorted by Cyber Neo’s grand slam of energy. However, Agent-Smith-Ex survived and he also managed to catch and hold Cyber Neo, who had just lost his protective sphere.

Agent-Smith-Ex: “This is it for you. This time I won’t make the mistake of replicating myself onto you. This time I won’t add you to my network, I will erase you from it. Good bye Mr. Anderson, and good bye to the older Trinity and the older you as well. I’ll send them your way very soon.”

Cyber Neo had lost his glasses and his deep green eyes were visible for the first time.

Agent-Smith-Ex’s codes began to surround him and cover his body. However, Cyber Neo had a profound counter-reaction that triggered something in the Matrix. His eyes changed from green to yellow and the codes in his cyber body began to turn yellow as well. Soon, the takeover of Neo by Agent-Smith-Ex’s green codes was reversed, and Cyber Neo’s new yellow streams began to take over Agent-Smith-Ex instead. They began a power struggle, like the one the fifth Neo had with Deus Ex, when he lost. However, this time Cyber Neo was the clear victor. Somehow, he was using the more powerful streams of codes from the Yellow Layer of the Virtual Matrix, which could overcome the green streams from the Green Layer. So far, only Deus and Deus Ex had been able to use those yellow streams. No one else had been able to use them.

Agent-Smith-Ex’s distorted face slowly began to show fear when Cyber Neo’s newly acquired yellow codes were covering it everywhere. Its green codes were not capable of overpowering the yellow ones. It was imminent that agent Smith was going to be deleted for good by the fifth Neo (Cyber Neo), who had also acquired a yellow-looking color. And since Deus Ex was agent Smith’s new body, both were about to have the same fate: deletion from the system.

That was the moment when a hidden truth was fully revealed: the truth about who the real Deus Ex was…

Cyber Neo: “Good bye Smith and good bye Deus Ex. Neither one of you will be coming back anymore. I’ll make sure about it.”

When Cyber Neo’s yellow codes were about to start deleting agent Smith and the body—which was a giant green face with spikes on its back instead of hair—something very unexpected happened. A long silver-looking sword-like thing came from inside Agent-Smith-Ex and went straight through Cyber Neo’s chest. Then, another one just like the first made a huge cut and opened a hole on Agent-Smith-Ex’s right cheek. Clearly, this was not agent Smith’s doing and it was done from the inside.

Both sword-like things had the same silver color as the previous Deus Ex, so that gave Cyber Neo a hint of what was happening. However, the two blade-like arms were exerting some kind of force on Cyber Neo and agent Smith, so they couldn’t do anything. They were being held in place by something that was more powerful than them.

Then, the main Deus Ex doppelganger that had fought against the fifth Neo came out from the open cheek of the giant green face. Cyber Neo recognized him right away. This was what that enemy from before felt like. This was the real Deus Ex.

The silver being didn’t copy anyone’s physical form this time. He began to take his true original form, while holding both Cyber Neo and Agent-Smith-Ex in place, with its long silver arms. He had left the large body and was in the air, between Cyber Neo and agent Smith.

His form maintained its silver color, but he soon began to resemble a deusian being that looked just like Deus. However, his vest and his whole skin were still silver, like all the grand glitches in the Matrix. He didn’t look white, like the other deuses that we had seen before. His face didn’t look exactly as Deus’s face either. There were some differences, just like there are differences between two different human males, even if they have the same body type and similar looks.

The two long silver arms started to come back to their original shape and size. They pulled Cyber Neo and the giant agent-Smith face closer to the real Deus Ex. Then, the arms began to take the shape of normal arms. However, even when they went back to their original shape, the new Deus Ex still kept one hand inside Cyber Neo’s chest and the other inside agent-Smith-Ex’s face. He was holding them just like Neo held Trinity when he revived her in The Matrix Reloaded. This seemed abnormal or even impossible, but for a true master of the Matrix reality itself could be bent, without causing death or drastic changes in other entities.

The Real Deus Ex [same voice as before, smaller body, but looking and sounding even mightier]: “You are right Neo, it’s time to say good bye to agent Smith, the cyber anomaly, and good bye to you, the previous human anomaly, but definitely not good bye to Deus Ex, the one and only deusian anomaly in the system. All of you will be long gone before I can be deleted.”

At that moment, the older Neo felt an incredible disturbance in the Matrix. It was worse than what he felt when he had to fight Deus at the Main Base, and when he sensed agent Smith’s return to the battlefield. Some new entity was causing it and it definitely wasn’t agent Smith or Cyber Neo. Neo began to think that Deus Ex was back, even though he had not even seen him yet.

Leida Trinity: “What is happening Neo? You look worried, even though we just got saved by my Neo. What is wrong?”

Neo: “We need to get out of here and get ready. Deus Ex is back and he feels different now. I don’t know if the fifth Neo will be able to stop him. We must hurry.”

Neo walked a few steps and had to stop. He was still hurting from the battle with Cyber Neo.

Leida helped him.

Leida Trinity: “Let’s go. I will help you.”

Neo [sounding worried]: “I need to recover as fast as possible. I… I don’t think we’ll have enough time to leave. I must do it here.”

Neo began to recreate his green sphere of codes and he began to use it to heal his body, once again. Unfortunately, he couldn’t do it quickly. Would he have enough time before the deusian anomaly attacked them?

The real Deus Ex sent a silver-looking stream from his hand to agent-Smith-Ex’s body. He was planning to absorb the cyber anomaly, which had taken over his secondary body.

Agent-Smith-Ex: “You… Who are you!? How can you do this!?”

Real Deus Ex: “I am the one that helped Neo to delete you and your little rogue network from my Matrix. I connected him and sent him to fight you in my place. I also learned how to erase you and ensured that all traces of your virus were gone from the Green Layer. But, we are not in the Matrix now, are we? I couldn’t erase this copy of you that was kept here, but I plan to do so now, after I get your virus’s abilities from my former body.”

Agent-Smith-Ex: “No! Nooo! Stop!!!”

The Agent-Smith-Ex face and its spikes were reduced to a chunk of green coded streams by the silver mass and Deus Ex began to absorb part of those streams, while the others began to fade away and disappear.

Soon, Agent-Smith-Ex was gone and only the yellow Cyber Neo was left.

Real Deus Ex [to Cyber Neo / in a dark but humorous tone]: “You should be happy. There is no more agent Smith now and no one will call you Mr. Anderson again. Obtaining his self-replication ability from my old body was easier than I thought. I could never copy your ability to teleport from one layer to another, and I tried to do it with you and the next Neo, but all my attempts failed. The One must be a copy-protected entity in the Matrix, don’t you think?”

Deus Ex had his hand closed inside Cyber Neo’s chest, as if he was holding him from the inside of his being. Cyber Neo could barely move, but he could talk and the way he felt was clear on his face. He was extremely concerned at first, but, there was something that made him feel calm later. He realized that this wasn’t the first time that he had felt just like that: captive, put in pause, immobilized, without having the ability to escape or attack. The first time was when the sixth Neo introduced his hand in his chest and erased the yellow sphere that was making him see a simulated reality. In other words, Cyber Neo knew that the sixth Neo was capable of doing such things, even though he (the fifth one) could never do such a thing. And it was true that the fifth Neo had been a “braver Neo” in many ways (he did many things alone), but, the connection of his next iteration with the Matrix was even stronger. Even if the sixth Neo’s initial path of The One was a less difficult road—thanks to Trinity and Morpheus—he was still better prepared than the fifth Neo to control the Matrix…

Real Deus Ex [to Cyber Neo]: “There are many secrets of the Matrix that I still need to discover. It’s too bad that I will be the only one that will uncover them because you will be gone. Tell me, how does it feel to know that you will be deleted soon? How does it feel to know that you have lost, despite everything you did to make a difference in the Matrix? How does it feel to know that Thomas Anderson’s plan is doomed? You were the bravest of the Neo’s that I met, so now, I want your final answer, before your entity fades away forever.”

The codes in Cyber Neo’s body began to disappear, as if he was fading away. It looked like Deus Ex was deleting him.

However, Cyber Neo knew that they could still win because he knew that the sixth Neo could do greater things than he in the Matrix.

Cyber Neo [absurdly confident for someone that was about to die]: “Thomas Anderson’s plan will succeed. The others will take care of you. As for me, my job is done; even if go away now, I already did my part in the plan. I may not be the one that will defeat you and complete the original plan, but I have not lost either because I helped along the way to make things happen, in and out of the Matrix. Your time is counted Deus Ex, just like mine.”

Real Deus Ex: “Really? You sound sure, even though there is no one in this battlefield that can do anything to stop me anymore. I like your final answer, but conviction and bravery are not going to be enough to stop the true master of the Matrix… Good bye, Cyber Neo.”

Cyber Neo’s body was fully erased by Deus Ex. Then, Deus Ex landed on the ground and began to walk headed towards the team of soldiers from the Resistance that had Rodner Smith. As he walked, other soldiers of the Resistance shot at him, but he made most of the plasma blasts fall down to the ground and some were reversed in direction and went back to the soldiers. The real Deus Ex seemed absolutely worry-free. It looked as if he already knew that he had everything under control.

Frank Xenno got a good view of what happened there, but Neo and Leida Trinity didn’t. They were about half a mile apart from Frank because Cyber Neo moved them from the previous location. Frank Xenno was the one that was much closer to where the real Deus Ex was.

Frank Xenno: “Goddammit, how worse are things going to get??! We couldn’t beat the other one in 60 years, and now, we have a tougher-looking silver one and we have to figure out a way to beat him in less than 60 minutes. It’s moments like this that make me wish I had learned how to pray like a nun… but all I know is fighting, and shooting, and some mechanical engineering, and more shooting. We need a miracle to win now. Did you hear that Jesus? I won’t give up hope!! If we win here, we can end the curse of the Matrix once and for all!”

The real Deus Ex reached the group that had Rodner Smith hostage and created a large yellow sphere of codes that encapsulated them. The weapons of the soldiers suddenly stopped working and their armors felt much heavier than normal. They could barely move.

Real Deus Ex [to soldiers]: “I will be taking your hostage. If you move I will take your lives too.”

Rodner Smith attempted to escape desperately, but Deus Ex grabbed him by the jacket and flew out of the yellow sphere with him. He landed not far from there with Rodner and made a snapping motion with his fingers. Then, the yellow sphere went away, but its streams of codes went through the soldiers before disappearing. All the soldiers there fell to the ground afterwards. Deus Ex didn’t spare their lives, even though he had said he would do it.

Rodner Smith was nervous as hell. His normally arrogant and cocky attitude was sent on a vacation after he lost the morph gun. Besides, he truly feared what the deusian anomaly would do to him.

Deus Ex placed his hands on Rodner’s shoulders and kept his mouth shut with the patch. Then, the same silver streams from before—the ones he used on Agent-Smith-Ex—began to cover Rodner’s body everywhere, beginning from the shoulders. Rodner began to signal “no” moving his head side to side. Even with the patch on his mouth, it was possible to hear him trying to say “wa-it!” several times. He seemed truly desperate.

Real Deus Ex [with anticipative voice]: “It’s time Rodner Smith. I will know what truly happened when I was created and what secrets about the Matrix you are still hiding. I will also test agent Smith’s ability on you. After you are one with me I will know everything you know.”

Rodner had never looked this desperate since we met him… indeed, there was nothing he could do to stop Deus Ex now…

When the silver stream took over him, it merged with him and took the same shape and form as the real Deus Ex. It was a perfect clone, just like the agent Smith clones from The Matrix Revolutions.

Main Deus Ex [sounding enlightened]: “I see… so that was what really happened back then. I knew it. Rodner may be a great human genius, but he was still a fraud. He was just the architect that they used. The true creator was the deus that gave him the source code to make the two Virtual Matrices. And… knowing the truth about the Matrix changes everything. I must hurry and finish my task in this world as fast as possible. I should also destroy the sixth Neo. Only another anomaly can cause me any problems now, and The One is the only other anomaly in the Matrix. His sixth iteration was even weaker than the fifth though, but I shouldn’t take any chances.”

Cloned Deus Ex: “I am not sensing his location. Could he have escaped while I erased the fifth Neo and agent Smith?”

Main Deus Ex [certain]: “No, he is still here. I know him. He wouldn’t leave his people behind. He is the polar opposite of Rodner Smith.”

Cloned Deus Ex: “Then, why am I not sensing him?”

Main Deus Ex: “He must be hiding using his power over the Green Layer of the Virtual Matrix. He can’t hide forever though. We’ll bring him out. Destroy the ships from the Resistance, in case any of them is trying to escape with him. I will look for him in plain sight. I will find him despite any barrier he might be using.”

The perfect clone of the real Deus Ex rose in the sky and began targeting the ships from the Resistance with his yellow energy beams. Missiles were fired at him, but he turned them into dust using a yellow sphere of codes, like the one Deus had used before.

The main Deus Ex also rose in the sky and he began scanning the areas not too far from him. He was feeling that Neo wasn’t too far from him.

Neo and Leida Trinity were inside a green sphere of codes that Neo had summoned. He was using it to conceal themselves from plain sight and to heal himself, but the healing process was very slow for him and keeping both tasks going simultaneously was proving to be exhausting. He obviously wasn’t ready to stop Deus Ex and he wouldn’t be able to stay hidden for much longer either.

Leida Trinity [while looking at the main Deus ex]: “Neo, can you still fly? Fly away from here and escape. Don’t worry about us. Don’t worry about me. You may be our only hope to defeat this menace. You must make it no matter what.”

Neo: “I can’t do that. I won’t leave you all behind if I can do anything about it.”

At that moment, there was a lapse in the sphere and the whole green sphere went down. Neo simply couldn’t keep doing both things at once.

Captain Trin grabbed Neo’s hand and held it tight and with confidence, as if she wanted to give him her strength. Deus Ex had not noticed them yet.

Neo had a strong memory of the sixth Trinity; Captain Leida’s hand felt just like hers, and like his Trinity, she had been by his side helping him.

Neo stood up with Leida and his spirit began to look much more uplifted than just a minute earlier.

Neo: “We will find a way out. We will end the menace of the Matrix together.”

Frank Xenno witnessed what was happening. It seemed like the two Deus Ex’s were looking for someone. Obviously, they were looking for Neo and they wanted to finish him. One of them was laying waste to their ships and the other—the one that looked like the true leader—was right there, even closer to Frank than to Neo and Trinity. Frank could see him perfectly from his location and he knew Deus Ex was looking for them.

Then, Frank saw Neo and Leida and he saw how they stood up and how they looked during that moment, when they looked up at the sky, confident about their future, even though it seemed so difficult and uncertain. Their facial expressions showed that they had the key: somehow, they looked like they could make it against all odds.

Frank Xenno had a very strong epiphany at that exact moment. He remembered the first and only time when he saw the original Thomas Anderson and Aida Trinity, before they were taken away by Deus. He was a kid in a group of refugees from another city that had been taken over by Deus. He had lost his beloved brother and many others to the menace of the Matrix. He had also heard about Thomas Anderson before, but he had never seen him in person.

The way Neo and Leida stood up and looked up, holding hands, was exactly the same as before; it was like Thomas and Aida were there. For Frank, it felt as if he was seeing them all over again. It was as if Thomas Anderson and Aida Trinity had never left them…

Back then, Frank looked up to them, but soon after he found out that they had failed, he saw them as failures instead. They were taken away and the menace continued, just like before. It was Nera Williams who rose up and brought back the Resistance. In Frank’s young eyes, it was Nera who was the true hero and Thomas Anderson was just a failure that showed promise at one point.

When he saw them again, now as an old general, he realized that, perhaps, he had it all wrong… Perhaps, Thomas Anderson was the true hero that had never left them. Perhaps, his “Aida-lookalike” niece didn’t just look like Thomas Anderson’s wife because of a coincidence. Perhaps, Neo and many other people and outcomes had been considered by Thomas Anderson before. And, quite possibly, the moment that he saw as one of the greatest failures of his life as a soldier had been his greatest accomplishment. Frank Xenno remembered how he chose to save Leida over Neo, and realized that later it was her who saved the next Neo. Could it all be a coincidence? Was it destiny? Or, was it the doing of Thomas and Aida?

Frank Xenno couldn’t help but feel that it was all connected. He couldn’t help but feel that only Thomas and Aida, or now, Neo and Leida could end the crisis…

At that moment, we were taken from General Frank Xenno’s epiphany of the truth to a moment in the past, days before Thomas, Aida, and the original Yan “Morpheus” left the initial Resistance and were captured by Deus and Rodner Smith.

Thomas Anderson and Aida looked just like the older Neo and the older Trinity back then. Yan Morpheus looked a lot like the old chancellor of Zion that helped the fifth Neo and the others to escape Zion. They were about to leave in a ship, but, before leaving, Thomas went back on his own to say a final good bye to a young woman and an old man in a wheelchair.

The woman looked a lot like the Oracle, but she was about thirty years old. She was definitely the youngest in their group. The old man in the wheelchair looked a lot like Frank Xenno, but he seemed much more “beaten up,” in terms of age and physical look.

Thomas Anderson: “It’s the moment to begin our plan. The day is finally here… I won’t forget what you have done for me, Nera, Frank… I must go now. Frank, please, I want you to take care of Nera.”

The other Frank / Wheelchair Frank: “Nera? Nera is a third degree black belt in her late twenties and, according to you, she’s going to be the first great general of the Resistance force. Me? I am a disabled 80-year-old guy on a wheelchair. I probably only have 2 or 3 more years to live if I’m lucky. I think she’s gonna have to take care of me instead.”

Thomas, Nera, and the other Frank smiled together, but their smiles were short-lived and went away quickly.

The other Frank [serious voice]: “Seriously… do you and my daughter Aida really have to sacrifice yourselves for this? We still have time to take another route. It is not too late.”

Young Nera Williams [looking somewhat sad]: “Thomas, are you sure that there is no other way?”

Thomas Anderson: “There might be a different way, but we were not capable of finding it. This is truly the best that we can possibly do now, and the truth is that even this way doesn’t have guaranteed success; but we made sure that failure won’t come easily for us either. This is the best that we could do, after getting the original source code of the Matrix. There is no better plan at the moment. And by the time something better comes along, it will be too late for everyone. This is our best chance and most likely our last chance to save everyone. Our world and the Matrix are running out of time. Waiting would only ensure our failure.

I’m very sorry that I’m putting you through all of this, but we must do it for everyone. It is necessary… At least, Neo will have the iterations of all of us helping him along the way. With our help, he will save everyone from the Matrix before it is too late.”

He gave a heartfelt hug to Frank and Nera, and with sad but unbreakable conviction, he began to walk back to the ship.

The other Frank and the younger Nera Williams were in the border of tears.

The other Frank: “Hey!! If this is how it is going to be you promised me that I was going to be a gun-carrying badass soldier in my next iteration!! You better make that happen Thomas!! And you better take care of Aida too!!”

Young Nera [looking emotional]: “We will make it!! I will take care of everything else from now on!! Good bye Thomas!”

From the ship, Aida, Yan, and Thomas waved good bye.

Thomas [to the others]: “I know you will!! And we will make it too!! Neo couldn’t have a better team!!”

The ship left and both Frank and Nera looked as if they were in a funeral, but, they quickly regained their drive.

The other Frank: “Oh well, I just hope that we can truly help him and he doesn’t end up having to do all the hard work himself.”

Young Nera Williams: “Don’t worry Frank, we will all play a role in this plan. Everyone matters and each one of us will be crucial at some point. Making the opposing forces think that only Thomas and Neo matter is part of the original plan. At the end of it all, every single one of us will have made a difference to make it happen. Neo will never make it without each and every one of us. Trinity and he won’t be alone, even if it looks like it. I will do my part and your other iteration will do his part too.”

Frank: “Well, let’s hope the next me can kick more butt, because with the way I am now, there is no butt kicking to be done. There’s just talking and hoping that it all works out in the end.”

The younger Nera left with the other Frank and we were shown an event from months later…

The young kid named Frank Xenno saw how a woman named Nera Williams rose from the crowd and gave one of the most motivational speeches he had heard. She made it clear that she would bring back the Resistance and fight to regain what they had lost. The young Frank had also heard that she had just buried “her father who was in a wheelchair” not long ago, so seeing how she could do all of that despite all her burdens made her his true hero (the hero that Thomas Anderson wasn’t, according to how the young Frank Xenno was seeing the events back then). The kid definitely looked up to her. He admired her. And his admiration and desire to follow her footsteps only grew when she was the one that finally named him a soldier of the Resistance…

We were brought back to the current Frank Xenno and the sight of Neo and Leida Trinity standing and looking up, just like Thomas and Aida.

Frank Xenno didn’t know the truth, but he could feel it. He knew that Neo and Trinity were essential, and he knew that he had to help them. He also felt for the first time that his life-defining choice of leaving the other Neo and saving Trinity instead had been the right one from the start.

Frank began to prepare his special rifle. He understood that Neo and his beloved Leida could find a way to save everyone, but they needed more time. They were not ready yet, so he had to buy them some time somehow.

After “standing tall” in the sight of impossible odds, Neo regained the strength to summon his spherical subspace of the Green Matrix once again. This time he stopped using it to heal himself and he only used it to conceal himself and Leida Trinity. Despite his conviction, the truth was that he still had not figured out how to defeat Deus Ex. He believed that his power over the Matrix wasn’t at Deus Ex’s level. Ironically, he had already done things that were at a deusian level, when he revived Trinity and when he stopped Cyber Neo and erased the yellow sphere that Deus Ex had created in him…

Frank Xenno synchronized his beaten armor’s wireless communication channel and gave his brother’s daughter a final message.

Frank Xenno [to Captain Leida]: “Listen Trin; I am going to buy you and Neo some time. I have no doubts now that you two are the ones that can find a way to end the crisis and to kill that monster, so I will back you up. Before I do it, I want you to know something about me. I always resented the day when I failed my mission and saved you. I believed that saving Neo was the right choice and I allowed my emotions to take over the goals of the mission, so I ended up saving my niece instead of him. That day I lost my team, I lost my arm, and I became unfertile because of the injuries I endured to save both of us from the god of the machines. However, I now know that that day wasn’t a failure; it was the day when I gained the most. I gained a daughter that I would have never had, a daughter that is truly like me. I also saved the one that later brought us the other Neo. I made it possible for you two to end the crisis. And now, I will give you my final help. I’m glad that I will be able to help you and him one more time. Save the Resistance for me will you…”

Frank Xenno disconnected their communication from his armor and began to prepare his rifle to fire the strongest plasma beam that it was capable of firing. He started to charge it to the limit.

Leida noticed that their communication had been shut off.

Leida Trinity [very alarmed]: “Frank! Frank!! What do you think you are doing?! Whatever it is, don’t! Answer me!! You and everyone must escape from here!! We must retreat!! We don’t have the answers to defeat this deus!! Even Neo isn’t ready! Frank!!!”

When the rifle reached its maximum charge, Frank Xenno took the most comfortable position for the shot and aimed it directly at the main Deus Ex.

Deus Ex was already sensing the correct location for Neo and the other Trinity, even though he had not seen them with his eyes yet. He pointed his right hand at where they were and was about to start generating a yellow beam of energy, which he planned to shot straight at them right away. However, before he fired the energy beam, Frank Xenno fired his plasma beam at him. The beam was aimed perfectly. It went directly towards Deus Ex’s face and forced Deus Ex to turn around and use his yellow energy to block it. It was a very sudden reaction…

Deus Ex saw Frank Xenno and his mind immediately remembered that face. How could he forget? Suddenly, he placed finding Neo in second place and focused his attention on Frank Xenno.

Main Deus Ex [looking down at Frank’s location on the ground / with menacing tone]: “Captain Frank Xenno, the only inferior entity that managed to challenge me and escape alive, even without the power of the Matrix. It’s been a long time, but I still remember it. I’m sure that you haven’t forgotten that day either, general…”

Frank Xenno: “How could I forget?! Your silver, giant, and butthurt face gave me endless nightmares!!!”

Deus Ex began to feel angry, but he knew what was happening there.

Regardless, he couldn’t ignore his pride, so he focused on Frank Xenno first, instead of continuing his search for Neo.

Main Deus Ex: “I see what you are doing. You are putting your life on the line to help Neo and the fifth Trinity, but it will backfire on you. Nothing can save any of you anymore. Indeed, this is the beginning of the end for all of you. And what better way is there to crush the Resistance than to start with their respected leader. I should thank you Frank, you made this easy for me by bringing them all here. Now look around yourself, watch how all your ships fall, and know full-well that the rest of the Resistance will be destroyed right after you. At the end, you were nothing and your efforts made no difference. Good bye General Xenno.”

Despite how threatening Deus Ex sounded, Frank Xenno wasn’t intimidated. He knew full-well that death would be at the door if he did this. However, some of Deus Ex’s words surprised him. After all, only Neo, the Oracle (the hybrid copy of Nera Williams), and Leida Trinity knew about Thomas Anderson’s plan. Frank Xenno suspected that there was such a thing, and Deus Ex’s words confirmed it for him.

Frank Xenno [whispering]: “The fifth Trinity? So… Leida truly had a connection with Aida Trinity. It wasn’t a coincidence. It means that whatever those two did back then is still working today. Their plan to help us was more elaborate and more long-term than what any of us could think of. Then… I was right for leaving it all in their hands.”

Frank Xenno looked around and he saw how the clone of the real Deus Ex was laying waste to the ships that remained and shooting energy beams at the soldiers on foot. He also saw how the main Deus Ex began to enlarge a sphere of yellow codes, until it touched him, at the ground level.

As soon as Frank was within the yellow subspace of codes, he couldn’t move his armor at all. He saw how the main Deus Ex began to charge an energy beam aimed at him, and he knew that his time had come. Yet, he also knew that he had not lost and it was not the end. He contributed to their cause, just like Nera Williams and many others did…

In a moment where the seconds felt like minutes, Deus Ex shot a thin and powerful yellow beam at Frank Xenno. What remained of the dark blue armor was shattered in hundreds of pieces and the light of the beam covered and destroyed everything else in its path, including Frank.

Neo teleported his green sphere to another safer location—something he had not done before—but both he and Trin still saw what happened to Frank Xenno from there. It was pretty tough to watch what happened.

Leida Trinity [atomic]: “Noooo!!! Frank!!! I.. I will blast him into oblivion!!!”

Neo had to use every bit of strength he had to stop Captain Trin from leaving the hidden sphere and shooting at Deus Ex like crazy. She was out of control.

Neo: “Calm down!!! Think clearly!! Our weapons won’t have any effect on him and we will be exposed as soon as you pull that trigger! We can’t let our emotions overpower us now!!”

Captain Trin’s frustration was so great and unquenchable that she began to cry… The man that had been a great leader and a late father figure to her had suffered a terrible end; and she couldn’t do anything to retaliate because that could put everything else at risk. It was an incredibly difficult moment for her and Neo… They had to watch without fighting back because the enemy was too powerful…

Right after he finished with the general, Deus Ex noticed that Neo’s location had changed again, yet, he was still hiding, instead of facing him. It was obvious that Neo didn’t represent a threat to him in the slightest. He even had to hide and run away. And before, he had been no match at all. The sixth Neo had not been able to do anything to Deus Ex. On the contrary, he was even used by the former Deus Ex to enter Thomas Anderson’s world. How could such an entity be a danger for the real Deus Ex now?

After what he found out about the Matrix—from Rodner Smith—Deus Ex knew that any other anomaly could represent a serious problem, but he already felt too good about himself, too sure about his victory, and too close to becoming a master of the Matrix… Thinking that Neo had one chance in a million to stop him was just ridiculous. Also, he knew that he could run out of time at any moment, so reaching the world of the deuses had to be his true priority. Then… he stopped looking for Neo and he decided to speed up everything, so that he could move even closer to his final goal right away…

The cloned Deus Ex stopped his assault on the Resistance and came back to where the main Deus Ex was.

Main Deus Ex: “After learning the truth about the Matrix, all I know is that I can’t afford to waste much time in this world. I must finish it quickly…”

Clone of Deus Ex: “Then, it is time to use the power of the Matrix. It will be done before they can even understand what is taking place here. Should I start it?”

Main Deus Ex: “Yes. Even Neo himself won’t last for long after it’s done. There is no point in delaying my takeover any further.”

The clone of the real Deus Ex started to recreate the secondary Deus Ex body—the silver head with the giant face and the spikes—from himself. Then, the real Deus Ex entered it and kept himself well-protected in there, just like before. Even the floating sentinels around his forehead came back. It was like Deus Ex had returned in all his glory, but now we knew that the real one was inside. The giant face was just a shell, or a protection, for the real deusian anomaly.

Deus Ex began to rise in the sky without paying attention to the battlefield below anymore.

Neo saw this as the sign of a really bad omen…

Deus Ex began to create a yellow Matrix subspace—a yellow sphere of codes—with him at its center, in the middle of the sky. The sphere began to grow, like many others we had seen so far, but this one didn’t stop growing and it gained more and more acceleration with every second that went by. The entire place was covered by it very quickly, but it didn’t stop there…

The yellow sphere of codes from Deus Ex’s Matrix continued spreading at an alarming rate, covering absolutely everything in its path. Soon, we saw how it went over the remainders of the Main Base and the First Base; we saw how it covered the ruins of Thomas Anderson’s original city; we saw it reaching and taking over Rodner Smith’s utopian city of brilliant slaves; we saw how it went through places where some scattered people still lived… Everywhere, the people saw it coming and there was nothing they could do. All they knew is that it didn’t feel good and it made them feel sleepy, right after they entered the yellow space. It slowly began to put everyone in a similar state as the people that “dreamed” in the fields of the Matrix, in endless pods…

The view changed to the outside of the planet, and we could see how the yellow calamity started at a spot and spread throughout the entire living ball in space, until it gained a larger size than the planet itself. Then, it stopped growing, because there was no need for Deus Ex to make the space any larger. The entire planet was all he needed to take over the humans and the robots…

Neo and Leida Trinity were not affected because they were inside Neo’s green sphere, but they began to see how the humanoid robots and the human soldiers from the Resistance were lifted from the ground, as if they were floating in some sort of space-like environment. It was clear that the people were starting to fall asleep as well. The armors of the human soldiers were starting to fade away too, as if they were being “erased” by the streams.

The yellow sphere was affecting everything and everyone… It was effectively creating a new reality for everyone…

Neo and Trinity looked safe, until they noticed that Neo’s green sphere was slowly losing its streams of codes along the borders. In other words, the yellow codes were erasing it slowly. It was only a matter of time before Neo and Trinity could be reached by Deus Ex’s space as well.

The situation had never looked this bad at Thomas Anderson’s world.

And that was the moment when Deus opened his eyes again. The soldiers that were around him had been lifted from the ground already, but he and his white sphere of codes were still there; and unlike Neo’s sphere, the white one wasn’t being erased. Obviously, it had not even been detected by Deus Ex. It was safe to say that Deus Ex didn’t know that the other deus was back now…

Deus stood up again, looking just like he did before his prior clash with Deus-Ex-Bern.

The white sphere was making him look more powerful though. He was completely unaffected by what was happening with Deus Ex’s yellow space.

Deus [looking at the new mayhem around him, and looking at Deus Ex in the sky]: “When the Matrix was created, it was agreed that this would never be done. However, I am not one of the creators of the Matrix and neither is he. I am one of the few deuses that wants to save the humans from the Matrix and he wants to erase them… I’m glad I’m here now… This must be why Deus Neo chose me. He knew that only I would go this far for them. We are the only ones that would be willing to break the rules, not for ourselves, but for them, and for a good cause… However, will my limited power for unlocking the Matrix be enough? Even if Deus Ex can’t unlock the Matrix yet and access the original codes, the scale of his control over the system surpasses mine. I might not be powerful enough to erase him from this plane even if I unlock and use the Matrix’s source code. My chances may still be slim, unless… Unless there is someone else by my side that can do the same. The human that can use the Matrix, I am going to need him again. Together we have a good chance to delete Deus Ex.”

Deus moved through the sea of yellow codes and floating robots and soldiers with great ease, thanks to the white sphere. He located Neo on the ground and moved towards him.

Neo and Trinity were having a hard time at that moment because the green sphere wasn’t going to stay in place for much longer. It was quite a desperate time.

And then, all of a sudden, Deus landed in front of them with his new white sphere of Matrix-like codes.

Leida “Trin” almost had a nervous attack when she saw him.

Trin [aiming her plasma gun at Deus]: “You!? Give me a good reason why I shouldn’t shoot a blast at your head right now!! It’s because of you that the Resistance has suffered so much!! It’s because of you that it all came down to this!!”

Then, one of the most shocking revelations yet took place.

Deus Maxio didn’t talk, but he grabbed a stream of white codes from the sphere and placed them on his face. He kept his hand there and his deusian face transformed—or changed—to a human face. When he removed the hand, Neo couldn’t keep his mouth completely closed—even he was in awe—and Leida got even worse. She just couldn’t understand it. Neo and her definitely weren’t expecting to see that.

Deus’s human face looked just like Matthew Hemsworth’s face (Matthew was Dayana’s brother from the Trinity Squad that saved the sixth Neo).

Trin [hysterical]: “What the hell is this!!? Why do you have Matthew’s face??!! What kind of sick game are you playing with us!?”

Deus Maxio [sounding incredibly calm for someone that had a plasma gun pointed at his face]: “My name is Deus Maxio. I’m here because I need your help. I thought that showing you facial features that were like yours would make you much more cooperative towards me, because it is natural for living beings to want to cooperate with those who look like them. However, I see it doesn’t work in every case.

I have unlocked the true power of the Matrix for a limited amount of time. Many impossible things become possible with this power. One of them is shaping your own DNA code in the Matrix to look like any other code of any other type of living organism. Once I did that for my face and for the human code from the Matrix, this is what I look like. This is what my real face would be if I truly was a human and not a deus.”

Trin wasn’t lowering her weapon. Perhaps, she was a little perplexed.

Neo walked forward and placed his hand on top of Trin’s plasma rifle.

Neo: “Lower your weapon Trin. He is not our enemy now. Rodner Smith has been the reason why everything went wrong. He was our true enemy from the start. Deus Maxio is on our side; he was being controlled by Smith before, but now he’s not.”

Deus Maxio [looking at Trin]: “I tried to appeal to your biology by talking to you with a human face, but it seems like I will have to appeal to your common sense instead. Right now, I may be your world’s last hope of survival. If you shoot me now everything will be over for your world. However, as things stand, even I can’t erase the enhanced deus alone. He is far more powerful than I thought. I need your partner’s help. He can fight manipulating the Matrix like I can. Together, we stand a chance. We can erase this false god if we join forces.”

Trin finally lowered her weapon. Then, Maxio covered them with the white sphere, ensuring their safety.

Deus Maxio [to Neo]: “I’m sorry, but I need you to let go of her. You won’t be able to protect her and fight with me at the same time. She must stay outside of your sphere.”

Neo: “I can’t do that Maxio. Trinity must stay with me until the end. It will raise our chances of winning. It is necessary to end the Matrix.”

Deus Maxio—who still had Matthew’s face—began to look thoughtful. He was a little surprised because the human seemed to know too much about the Matrix, but this wasn’t the time to discuss that. Maxio knew that she couldn’t stay with them. It simply wasn’t an option.

Deus Maxio: “We cannot fight againt Deus Ex using the Matrix if you are protecting her too. She has to stay behind. It is the only choice we have.”

Neo was about to reiterate that he wasn’t going to leave her, but Trin herself stopped him.

Trin: “Neo, wake up! Look at what is happening!! The world is about to end. We don’t have any other choice now. I will be with you, even if I am not by your side. Don’t worry about Thomas Anderson’s plan and our chances of success. Right now, if you don’t help him, our chances are zero.”

Then, Trin began to walk out of the white sphere that was protecting them.

Neo: “Wait Trin! Don’t do that.”

Trin: “I saved you enough times. Now, I need you to save us, just like Thomas and Aida wanted it to happen. I need you to save us from the Matrix. There is no other way. You are The One.”

Neo understood her, but letting her go was painful for him. She still looked like Trinity, even if she wasn’t his Trinity…

The sea of yellow codes quickly lifted her up when she left the white sphere’s space and she began to get separated from them. She had difficulty moving inside the stream, so there was nothing she could do to avoid being carried away from them, very slowly…

Deus Maxio created two small white spheres on his hand and he gave one to Neo. They were white-colored streams of codes with a spherical shape.

Neo: “What is the meaning of this? What are you doing?”

Maxio: “There is no time for explanations Neo, we must delete him in the following minutes if we are going to succeed. I won’t be able to keep the Matrix’s source unlocked for much longer. To erase him, we will have to introduce one of these spheres in his body. Then, he will be deleted by the Matrix itself and he will cease to exist. We just need to introduce one of these through his silver surface, and victory will be on our side. I suspect he won’t let us get to him so easily though, so be ready to do whatever you have to do to get to him. Putting this white stream in him is the only way we have to ensure his defeat. It will erase his entity automatically. If we fail, however, we will be deleted by him and this whole world will follow. We must succeed no matter what happens. Are you ready? Take my hand and I will share my access to the power of the White Matrix with you.”

Neo was about to grab Maxio’s hand, while he held the white sphere with his other hand, but first, he looked up and he saw faces that he still remembered well.

Among the smaller bodies of children that were floating above—carried by the yellow streams— he saw Jack, the cheerful boy that shared his inventions with him. Was this how the boy’s life was going to end?

Neo also saw two soldiers who’s armors were still fading away—half of their armors were gone and the other half had been erased already. Even though they were asleep, their hands were still holding each other very tightly. They were reluctant to letting go of each other, even at the end. When Neo noticed their faces, he remembered that they were the lovely couple that he met at the Main Base—the same ones that asked him to save them from the menace, so that their love could continue endlessly.

Neo saw the moment when their hands finally let go of each other and he couldn’t help but feel that the end was truly at hand.

The truth was clear: humankind and the robots had already fallen.

It was just him and Deus Maxio now.

Neo didn’t have to think much more about it. Seeing Jack and the couple triggered his response. A deep fire awakened in him; it was a fire that we had not seen in him since the time when he saved Trinity against all odds.

Without thinking much more about it, he grabbed Deus Maxio’s hand like the world depended on it and he gave him his answer:

Neo: “I am ready!!!!”

Maxio’s white sphere covered Neo’s green sphere and turned it white as well.

Neo began to feel as if the real Matrix had been uncovered and revealed to him. The feeling he had was one of revelation, rather than pure power. He truly felt that the Matrix was on his side when his sphere was the same as Maxio’s.

Deus Maxio: “Using this power was forbidden even for me, but I chose to break my world’s rules to stop him from destroying your world. I will share my access to the unlocked Matrix with you Neo. It may affect both of us in unpredictable ways, but it is our only reliable weapon against another high-end user of the Matrix. It will last for just a few minutes due to the limits of my power. That is all the time we have to delete him. I expect that he will see me as the greater threat, so he will focus more of his forces on me. If that happens, you will have the better chance of reaching him with the white sphere. If such a chance comes up, take it and erase him. Don’t look back, even if that means leaving me behind. The White Matrix will be our ally. We must not lose this time Neo.”

Neo: “We won’t! It’s time to end the curse of the Matrix and free everyone from it once and for all! This is the moment that Thomas Anderson warned me about, the moment where I had to find my own answers and end the crisis. Let’s finish this Deus Maxio!!”

Deus Maxio changed his face back to normal and looked up at Deus Ex, in the sky.

And the battle for Thomas Anderson’s world began…

 

NEXT – Part 8 out of 9: The Battle for Thomas Anderson’s World

The Matrix Revelations (Part 7D)