Percy Jackson sat in the middle of his classroom listening to his teacher, Mr. Brunner. The wheelchair bound teacher spoke with a deep voice and enthusiasm that surprised Percy as the subject he spoke about was.....well frankly boring.
Percy's sea green eyes were glazed as he looked at his notebook doodling away a picture of a trident and not paying attention to what was being said.
"...And hence the Gods lived on Olympus for the rest of eternity ruling over the world," Mr. Brunner finished his lesson closing his book. He looked around the classroom and spotted Percy who was doodling on his note book, "Mr. Jackson."
Percy immediately looked up in surprise, "Ah-yes sir."
"Tell me Mr. Jackson what is the purpose of us learning about Greek Gods and Goddess?"
Percy looked around confused. He looked to his side to his best friend Grover, a boy with crutches and a beanie on. The boy shrugged and Percy sighed, "I-ah....don't know sir."
Mr. Brunner sighed, "come now Percy you must be able to guess, think of some reason."
Percy scratched his head and wondered, what were the gods good for anyway? Percy shook his head and said the one thing he could think off, "it would help us passing this class."
The class laughed and Grover gave Percy a thumbs up while holding in his laughter while Mr. Brunner pinched his nose. "Yes Mr. Jackson I suppose that would be an answer to the question, not the one I was expecting but nevertheless true."
Percy shrugged, "I'm sorry Mr. Brunner, who come on what could the actually answer be? What's the point of learning about some dead gods anyway? Shouldn't be learning something else like say...balancing a checkbook or something?"
The class laughed again but strangely this time Percy noticed Grover was very quiet, he almost looked kind of scared like someone was going to hurt Percy for talking like that.
Mr. Bruner shook his head again and slowly started to roll himself to the front of the class, "while it is true for the present day world learning about Economics if far more useful than learning about Greek Gods, but it is not more important. The Greeks invented most of the methods we see today in our lives. Their rule of drama form the bedrock of our entertainment. Their philosophy, the corner stone of the Western world. That is why we need to learn about the Greek Gods Mr. Jackson, to understand where we come from, and what stories influenced the great people who formed our world."
"But I mean come on Mr. Brunner," Percy said with a sigh, "other than being an extended history lesson it's not like they actually have any other use. They don't have anymore power in the modern world."
Mr. Brunner narrowed his eyes, "don't be too sure Mr. Jackson."
Percy shrugged and the class continued moving on like nothing ever happened. But unknown to them, three old women were looking at this scene from far away.
These were the Fates. They lived in a cave that be found by no mortal or demigod, but only a divine and only if the Fates themselves wish it. The women looked as old as time itself with hair as white as snow as fingers with marks of a knitter. Next to them was a river of blue yarn extending beyond them further into their cave.
"A gauntlet has been thrown," said one of the three women dressed in grey robes.
"Challenges us the boy does," said another in a tone of anger.
"We are fate, we are always challenged."
"Indeed we are, but this time we must do something about this."
"And why must we? What would we gain by interfering?"
"Indeed, we have nothing to gain."
"Oh but we do. We have everything to gain."
And so one of the three spoke up, "Perseus Jackson is the one who will decide whether to save Olympus, or let it burn. He is the chosen one, and his dismissal of the Olympians and of us the Fates will not be in our favour."
"It is a problem easily fixed," stated one of the Fates, "we simply have to introduce the boy faster to the divine world, make him reliant on it."
"But that may not be enough," said another Fate, "I agree with sister, we need to boy on our side. We need him to rely on us."
The Fate that suggested the idea nodded, "I propose we give the boy a power that will trap to our service, that he may never leave, else he lose this power. This will ensure he remains loyal."
The Fate that objected before nodded, "very well. But what shall we give him? He is already a demigod. Perhaps then a weapon, like the original Perseus."
"No, not a weapon," said one of the Fates, "he will need his entire life consumed by the gift we give him. A weapon can be replaced and his reliance on it will....be minimum in his mortal life."
"Then what shall we give him?"asked the Fates that started this subject.
"It would have to be something he would be good at."
"But is should also be under our control, but give him the illusion of control."
"And modern, Perseus would not like it otherwise."
Slowly the three looked at each other and smiled as an idea come to them. They lifted their right arms together and a ball of blue light formed. Suddenly just as quickly as it formed, it disappeared.
The three closed their eyes and the image of Percy sitting in class reappeared. Suddenly the ball of light they made appeared over Percy's head. It seemed however no one could see it as nobody reacted. The light bathed the room in blue before it slowly sank down into Percy.
Percy jerked up as he felt something....something strange. Like a disturbance in his head, only thing is he didn't know what happened. Percy shook his head and quickly tried, and failed to listen in class.
That night Percy went to bed with a raging headache, his classes were getting distracting, the teachers were being boring, again. And worst of all Grover was going on and on about Greek Gods and how they were going to get him or something, honestly that guy acted like such a chicken sometimes.
Percy finally went into his dorm room, luckily Grover was still in the library studying. Percy took off his shoes and socks and crashed into the bottom bunk bed which was his. The last sound he heard before he fell asleep was a 'ping!'
The next day Percy opened his eyes and slowly wiped away the dust in his eyes. He stretched around and yawned feeling great. No headache, no homework....that he remembers and no Grover snoring waking him up in the middle of the night.
Percy nodded and then looked up to see a blue box hovering over his head with black letters in it. Suddenly Percy heard a 'ping' and he shot up hitting his head on the bed above. He rubbed his head and looked again wondering whether this was actually happening or he was finally losing it.
Percy then read the text;
You have slept in you own bed, HP and MP have been restored 100% each. All ailments and negative status effects have been cured.
Percy tried moving his head but the text stayed in one place, exactly a feet away from his head. Percy then moved forward and tried to touch it, only for his hand to go through the screen and then suddenly the screen rippled like he was touching the surface of a lake causing ripples to form on the blue box.
Percy quickly took his hand back and watched as the box disappeared. Did that actually happen? Percy blinked again and again with his mouth hanging out until it began to dry up from being open for so long.
Percy shook his head, maybe it was just his head telling him to lay off the video games or something. Percy then got off the bed and in the process hit himself again on the top bed in which Grover now drolled on, seriously the boy smelt like goat!
Oh no. Percy then slowly looked and in front of him was a red box with black letters, it read;
Skill: Physical Endurance, Lv-1 (5%)
Your Body's durability increased and you take less damage.
3% less damage from physical attacks.
No way in hell, Percy thought to himself as he again made the message disappears with a wave of his hand through the red box.
'What the hell is going on?' Percy asked himself, 'am I going mad? Please tell me I'm not God.'
Just then an idea struck him, something that sounded crazy, but then again he did just see floating boxes appear in front of him.
What if this, and he knew he was being silly, what if this is a game? Then what is this like the Matrix or something? Was he The One? Was his whole life real? Was it all just a fantasy game?
There was only one way to find out. Percy took a deep breath and let it out calming himself, he then opened his eyes and with determination spoke, "status."
A brown box appeared before and it read;
Percy Jackson is a ?, the son of Sally Jackson and ?. He has ADHD and Dyslexia making it difficult for him to sit still in class. His behaviour has gotten him trouble over the years in various schools. Percy is unaware of who is father is, and wishes to find meaning in his life. Percy loves his mother, and hates Gabe, who is a dick.
Status- ? giving Percy - +2 VIT, +2 DEX and the ability to ?
Percy then snapped, whatever holding him together let go and the green eyed boy fell down unconscious. The Fates smiled, this was going to be the best scheme they ever made.
This is my take on the popular, life is a video game story type, simlar to The Gamer. I hope you enjoyed this, please leave a review telling me your thought as it is greatly appreciated and will help on my writing.
Percy slowly came to as the darkness slowly drifted from his eyes. He opened his eyes to see a goat standing over his head, wait....goat?
Percy shook his head and got up slowly and then he heard Grover speak up.
"Wow, easy man. Take it slow," Grover said as he helped Percy to his feet, "what happened Percy? I heard you drop to the floor."
Percy looked at Grover and then shook his head again, "I-I'm fine G-man. I think I must have just hit my head on your bead one to many times."
Grover looked at the bed and then back at Percy slowly bringing the green eyed boy to the edge of the bed, making sure Percy didn't hurt himself again, "well I suppose we are getting a little too big for these things now."
Percy nodded and rubbed his head, "hey Grover....you wouldn't have heard any strange noises coming from this room did you?"
"Noises?"Grover asked with a raised eyebrow, "like what?"
"Like a bell, you know the kind in video games that go, 'ping!'"
Grover scratched his chin and shook his head, "no Percy, no bells ringing for me. You sure you alright man? Hearing bells ring in your head isn't really the sign that you DON'T have a head injury. We should atleast go to the nurse Percy."
Percy shook his head, "no Grover I'm fine, you just...go on. I think I'm just going to stay here for a bit."
"You sure man?"
Percy smiled and nodded, "yeah man I'm sure."
Grover nodded and eventually left to take a shower, after asking Percy a couple hundred more times whether he was fine and then finally Grover left Percy alone.
Percy frankly didn't know why Grover was so worried. It was obvious Percy didn't have a concussion or anything. Because he was sure he heard the noise before he hit his head and before he fainted. And further proof that the blue, red and brown boxes' were not all in his head was right in front of him as the brown box still wasn't gone.
Percy still didn't know what the hell was going on. His best bet, his life had been a video game all this while and he was only now coming to realise this. Of course that sounded so stupid, like why would nothing ever happen to him......before.
And then Percy wondered, what did the hero of the story do before the game started for them? Before some kid took control over the joystick and play hero? Did they all have regular lives? Was he a hero now?
Percy shook his head, this is getting way to meta for him, after all it can't be true. Because Percy doesn't feel like he's being controlled right now.
For thinking far beyond yourself and wondering about this new ability in a very meta like manner you now posses, you have gained 1 WIS.
Percy blinked, really? It was like that? Percy looked at his statis screen and there it was.
Percy was stunned, at the very least everything he did here affected the world of the game. Meaning......was he infact a Gamer now? That would explain the title, 'The Gamer'. So this meant.....Percy could become so cool!
Percy grinned at this and quickly looked over his stats, honestly, they were pathetic. His strength was a 2, his vitality was a 1, but for some reason is a 3 now. His dexterity was the same as it was 2 now 4. The only thing going for him was his luck which was 3. And don't even get him started on his intelligence and wisdom.
Percy shook his head and waved the box away, he needed to improve this all. But then a thought came to Percy, he was being very very calm about all this, which just felt...strange. Like he was seeing all this happen to someone else, or something else.
Percy wondered why this was and called out, "skills."
Just then a box spread before and showed three symbols. Percy clicked one and a red box popped out.
A Gamer's Mind(Passive)
Allows user to calmly and logically think things through. Allows peaceful state of mind, immune to psychological status and effects.
Percy blinked, 'wow that explain it.' Percy now knew why he wasn't losing it like he used to. Heck before this he freaked out about the fact he could hold his breath almost indefinitely in the swimming pool, now he seemed far more relaxed.
Percy then went back and saw the other two skills he had;
A Gamer's Body(Passive)
Grants the user a body that allows the user to live the real world like a game.
є Skill: Physical Endurance, Lv.1 (10%)
Your Body's durability increased and you take less damage.
3% less damage from physical attacks.
Percy read and re-read all he wrote, if what this thing was saying is true then his whole world wasn't a lie. He wasn't in a video game, he was the video game.....for some reason that sounded so cliched.
Percy the looked at his states and his skills, he needed to become better faster. Unfortunately he doesn't know shit about video games other than the basics, and he has never for the life of him finished one proper video game in his entire life.
So that would mean he needed to learn from someone, someone good. Just then a 'ping' came out drawing Percy's attention to a new blue screen, it said;
Find someone to teach you about video games so you can be good at your life which is now a video game!
Percy read it and then quickly pressed yes. He then wondered, did quest come from himself, or was there a game master out there making things up for him to do? Percy wondered about that and then tried a little experiment, he tried to make his own quest.
The first guest arrived when he was thinking about getting help, the quest was his brain thinking that over. So if he focused a new goal for himself, let's say....getting a girlfriend with the biggest rack ever, it should become a quest.
You have got to be kidding me.
Get a girlfriend with the biggest rack in the world, that is 48V.
Percy quickly pressed no and sighed to himself, okay so that did work, although it seemed someone else determined the rewards for completing his quests.
For learning about the game mechanics and figuring out how quests work(somewhat) you have gained 1 INT!
Percy blinked, he pulled up his status screen and there it was;
So Percy could gain stat points like this? So wise decisions made him, well wise. And learning more stuff made him smarter?
Percy the wiped all the boxes away and cleared his head trying to think, something was going on here, that is clear. But he needed to focus on the here and now, he needed to focus on himself first. He needed to be ready.
Percy then looked at the clock and saw that he was running late, again. 'Shit!' Percy thought as he ran away to the bath grabbing a towel and a change of clothes.
You're late asshat! Get to class on time!
Less reputation with everyone in class
'Now you have to do this?' Percy asked as he pressed yes and focused on getting ready. Quickly Percy finished his bath, put on his uniform Yancy Academy uniform and rushed out of his dorm room.
'Wait my books!' Percy cried out and then went back grabbed his stuff and made it just in time to his classroom.
"Safe!" Percy cried out and looked at his classmates looking at him odly. And Percy was looking back, not because he was uncomfortable, but because everyone of them had a name, title and level floating above their head.
Percy blinked once, twice and then quickly took his seat and sat down quietly looking at them from the corner of his eyes. This was just to weird, so his ability affected not just him, but the world as well?
Percy looked at Nancy Bobofit, a red haired girl with orange freckles and a nasty attitude. Seriously the girl was bad news, threw food at Grover, teased Percy and generally tried to steal everything in sight.
And guessed was her level was?
Nancy Bobofit Thief in the making
Percy guessed it did take skill to steal things. Just then Percy noticed a blue box in front of him;
You're late asshat! Get to class on time!
Percy then waved the box away and then quickly pulled up his status bar and there it was,
So quest work, the experience and reward worked, and guessing by this the failures must apply as well. Meaning this power must be able to make bad things happen to him. Percy had to be careful, this was in all purposes a double edged blade. It could help him, or kill him.
Just then Mr. Brunner rolled into class and spoke, "alright settle down class!" Quickly every went to their seats. Percy looked at Grover and above his head was a name, title and level like everyone else, except this one was...different.
Grover Underwood Satyr Protector
What the actual fuck. Percy read and re-read Grover's title and level, this is huge! The guy he's better than everyone here combined! Did this mean he is some kind of greek goat? Wait....a Satyr is a half man half goat, Percy then looked Grover's crutches, that's why he uses crutches and he doesn't let me see his legs!
'So my best friend if a goat, what's next?' Percy said as he inspected Grover that he thought about it the boy did look a little old to be a student, and what's with that goatee?
Just then Grover looked up at Percy and whispered, "to Percy you okay?"
Percy snapped himself out of a daze and quickly nodded, "yeah man, I'm good." Percy then looked ahead away from his goat friend only to have a bigger shock. Over Mr. Brunner's head was;
Chiron Trainer of Heroes
'Okay am I finally gone mad or is everyone around me a greek myth?' Percy knew the name Chiron, and the tile, trainer of heroes kind of gave it away. Percy needed to think, he needed to focus, maybe this class would distract him enough.
After Mr. Brunner/Chiron took attendance he started to teach something Percy found hilarious, he started teaching about Satyrs. Percy grinned, this would be the perfect time to pull a prank.
Prank Grover and Chiron by making fun of Satyrs and....well Chiron.
Reputation lost with Chiron and Grover
They will learn you know about them and will 'take care of it.'
Percy read the last part, okay that sounded dangerous, but the reward far outweighed the risk, 100xp! This was something he couldn't let go.
Percy pressed yes and then quickly waited for the right time to strike. Just as Mr. Brunner was talking about how Satyrs loved nature and such Percy raised his hand.
"Yes...Mr. Jackson," Mr. Brunner said turning towards Percy.
"I was just wondering sir, is Chiron a Satyr?"
Mr. Brunner looked shocked and then quickly shook his head, "what? No! Why did even ask that?"
"Well it's just I thought he was sir. You see there is this movie by Disney called Hercules and it showed Chiron, the trainer of heroes as a Satyr that loved to drink till he was red, party till Hercules stopped him and generally be kind of a laid back dude."
Mr. Brunner looked shocked at this and quickly shook his head, "no no no. I don't know where you heard about that Percy, but it's not true. Chiron is a centaur, half man half horse. And while I think he was a, how did you say it, a laid back dude, I don't think he drank and partied."
Grover then spoke up, "yeah Chiron was very uptight."
Percy smiled and then looked at his friend, "what do you mean Grover? Do you know Chiron or something?"
Nancy laughed, "yeah goat boy, know any greek horses?"
Percy turned around angry, but smiled inside, "Nancy a centaur is half man and half horse, not just a horse. And Grover is not a goat, he isn't some... some..," Percy turned to Mr. Brunner, "what was it a Stir sir?"
"A Satyr Mr. Jackson."
"Right," Percy turned to Nancy, "Grover isn't a Satyr! Tell her Grover," Percy said turning to Grover, "tell her you're not a Satyr."
Grover slowly sunk into himself blushing red, "I'm not a Satyr."
Percy grinned, "see Nancy Grover isn't a Satyr, heck he's much of a Satyr as Mr. Brunner is Chiron!"
Nancy, the poor girl was left blinking all the while Percy ranted but the result of obvious. Percy saw Grover blush red while Mr. Brunner looked away as he rolled to side trying to hide his face.
Prank Grover and Chiron by making fun of Satyrs and....well Chiron.
Percy sat down and after the class resumed again, Mr. Brunner now looking at Percy with a look of weary. Percy smiled to himself, things were going great! Sure his best friend was a goat man, and his favorite teacher was the legendary trainer of heroes, but Gamer's mind helped him not think about that to much. Things happened, move on.
Percy slowly brought out his Status page and looked at the Exp he gained;
He was close to leveling up, he just needed some more pranks like that and he would be seat! Maybe he showed prank Nancy next by putting a whoopee cushion under her seat. Percy then waited for the 'ping' and a quest to come, but it never did.
'Strange,' thought Percy, 'maybe I can't just make up quests. Well there goes my idea of making up stuff as I go along.'
Percy then spent the rest of the day trying, and failing to pay attention in class. By lunch Percy was ready to call it a day. The classes were just too much, most of the stuff went above his head. He instead focused on his next quest, finding someone who knows about video games.
Percy looked around the class, observing everyone's title, one of them must be so addicted to video games that it is their title, and Percy just found them.
Han Jack Game Lover
Han Jack, an asian student whose parents came from south Korea. He should know something that could help Percy. Percy got up and walked over to the brown haired boy who was playing a game on a handheld device. Yup he was definitely his guy.
"Ah, hey Han," Percy said as he stood before the boy.
Han looked up from his game and looked surprise, "Percy? What do you want?"
Percy rubbed his head nervously, "well I, ah. Han I was thinking, you're pretty good at video games right?"
Han looked at Percy like he was inspected a book before slowly nodding, "yeah I'm pretty good."
"Well I was wondering wether you could help me out with a game I started playing."
"Really? What kind of game?" Han looked interested as he put down his device and gave PErcy his attention.
"Well it's kind of like an adventure game. The hero wakes up and has to do quests and all, he finds himself in..."shit think something Percy think!, "the greek world. He has to do quests and stuff. But I was wondering wether you could help me do better by giving me clues and such."
Ping! (Oh what now.)
Lying, Lv-1 (20%)
This is your ability to lie to people, the higher the level the better the lie and less chance of discovery!
2% chance of success, less based on how extreme the lie is.
What?! 2%?! The fuck?! That's all the chance I have of succeeding in lying?! This game is fucking rigged!
Luckily it seemed Hand bought it as he nodded and thought about it for a minute, "okay so what are the Hero's stats?"
Percy recalled and then told them out to Han.
"Holy shit those are some bad stats! I have seen children in Skyrim with better stats than that!"
Percy sighed, "yeah, yeah you don't have to tell me twice."
"Well there is a plus point to this," Han said making Percy stunned, "this means you can chose to improve whatever stat you want. Meaning you can make your own character."
"Like what do you mean?"
"Well usually in games there are three classes, warrior, rogue and wizard. You improve the stat that helps you for each class. For example, a warrior will require an improvement on Str, Dex and Vit while ignoring the rest."
Percy nodded understanding that clearly, "but what about Int, Wis and Luc? Isn't that a disadvantage?"
"Ture but most don't care."
"So what are the best ways to improve stats?"
"Well that would be to do things that would improve them, like say for Str you should make the character lift heavy stuff, for Vit you should make him run a lot. Things like that."