The Story MOMOCHI NINJA STORY Part 1: “We must fight! We must defend our country! How could it have come this far?” A month earlier (2 pm, Japan 2022): Momochi Sandayu is a 19 year old boy. His life is far from ordinary. He travels all over the world as a professional esports video game contender. He was living the absolute dream. But, this would all very much change soon enough… It was a normal day like any other. He slept in, and started playing his usual games in the afternoon. Suddenly his computer shuts down seemingly out of the blue. He had no idea what caused this. He disconnects all the cables and quickly travels to the store where he always takes his computer for repairs. When he arrived, to his disappointment there was a sign in the window. “Closed”. He immediately grabbed his phone to look for a new store. He found one not far from where he was about ten minutes away.
When he finally arrives with his computer in hand, he puts it down on the counter and dings a bell for help. An old man with a long beard came from the back. Hunched over, walking with a cane that almost resembled a staff, he gave the impression of what you’d expect a wizard to look. He opened Momochi’s computer, and immediately saw that the issue was caused by the graphics card. His, rather expensive, rtx 3060 was broken! How , he thought, he hadn't had it for very long and it was already broken somehow. The old man told him he could install a new one soon, but didn't have that particular one left in stock. The best we have in stock is the gtx 960, he said. Momochi thought that would never suffice for his needs. He looked around the store and saw an old wooden box, slightly off to the side as to almost be out of sight. It had a lock on it with the words “magic” inscribed on it. What's in it, he quickly asked the man. The old man grabs a key from inside his jacket pocket. Slowly opens the box. Inside is a very strange looking graphics card that glowed. The old man explained that this was a creation of his own. No one pays it any mind as it’s not a major brand you’d see advertised. Momochi, never the one to turn down the latest thing, enthusiastically says, “how much for it?!?” The old man takes a good look at the boy. Almost through him. No. Into him. Into his soul. The piercing look sent a shiver down his spine. Finally, the old man responds. Just one statement that confused Momochi. “For the chosen, this card comes at no cost…” After a few seconds of silence, Momochi smiles. “You must know I’m an esports gamer who could promote your work, right?” The old man gives no response. He locks the box again and extends it to Momochi. “This belongs to you”, he says…
When he got home he put the computer back in place, adjusted the cables and starts up his computer. There didn't seem to be any issues. He booted up his discord to make a call to his team. They needed to practice for a tournament approaching. A new ninja game just released. He played for a few hours straight without issue. Then, abruptly, his computer started whining. It glowed all over. This graphic card is junk, he thought. The glow became so intense it engulfed the entire room. Momochi looked down at his hand. It was breaking down into particles that were being sucked into his computer. He ran for the door as fast he could but the pull was too strong. His entire being disappeared into the computer screen. Entire darkness… “Wake up! Wake up!” Momochi's eyes slowly opened. Standing above him was a girl he’s never seen before. No ordinary girl, though. She looked like she came straight out of an anime series. “… what? What happened?!? Where the hell am I…”