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I must... speak with Morganna.
To go where she is...
the living flesh poses a hindrance.
But I must... I must go.
For our Aura.
- Helba during the intro sequence for .hack//Mutation ..hack//Infection, .hack//Mutation, .hack//Outbreak, and .hack//Quarantine. These four games are each "chapters" of one massive game on the Playstation 2, sometimes collectively referred to as ".hack//IMOQ". They take place immediately after .hack//SIGN, and form the core of the R1 storyline of the .hack saga. .hack//Liminality takes place concurrent to the games' story.As the game begins, Kite logs into The World for the first time, his best friend Orca showing him the ropes. However, he soon witnesses Orca get attacked and Data Drained by a strange enemy known as "Skeith", who is chasing a white-haired girl who does not appear to be either an NPC or a player. Kite is whisked away by unknown forces before the same fate can befall him, and receives an item called The Twilight Bracelet, which allows him to use Data Drain himself. Learning that Orca's player has been in a coma ever since being attacked in-game, Kite begins a quest to find out what exactly is going on in The World and how to save Orca.The games are complemented by a quartet of Light Novels titled .hack//Another Birth. These novels follow the same story from Kite's partner BlackRose's point of view. Events that BlackRose was not present for are skipped over in the novels, but they also detail what her offline life is like, and some things she does on her own when Kite's not around.Kite and BlackRose make an appearance in Project X Zone, where they find themselves unable to log out, and when the rest of the group of heroes returns to the real world, they are shocked to find their Character-selves coming with them.See here for character sheets.
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give me a little more courage.