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Literature / Magisterus Bad Trip

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Money (Game) Master is the world's biggest VR online game. It is an open world financial game in which all sorts of illegal actions like violence and theft are allowed in the pursuit of Snow, the game's currency. Due to the game's massive popularity, Snow has significant and growing influence in the real world, thus making the game's conflicts part of the global economy. Players of the game are known as Dealers. Each Dealer is contracted with a Magisterus, an AI-controlled being modelled after a supernatural creature like a demon, which acts as their guide and partner.

Kaname Suou is one such Dealer, and his Magisterus is a demon named Tselika. Though still a high school student, he's an extremely skilled Dealer, capable of earning 1.7 billion Snow in a single risky transaction. Part of his success comes from his Lion's Nose, a sixth sense that warns him of danger.

Magisterus Bad Trip is a web novel written by Kazuma Kamachi, the author best known for A Certain Magical Index and its related series. It's also adapted into a light novel. The series is complete at three volumes.


Tropes found in this series:

  • Ambiguous Gender: Frey(ja). He/she freely transforms between a man and a woman (though it's suggested that this might just be an elaborate disguise).
  • Artificial Intelligence: All over the place.
    • In Money (Game) Master, AIs run corporations, act as mercenaries that protect the corporations, or (in the case of Magisteri) assist Dealers.
    • In reality, AIs handle a large and increasing proportion of jobs. Anyone who falls into debt is detected and assisted by the AIs, allowing them to live a relatively comfortable life (but they are seen as second-class citizens).
  • Cool Car: All Dealers have one, as it's necessary to log out of the game. Kaname has a mint green coupé, while Lilikiska has an oversized limousine with bulletproof armour and a powerful engine.
  • Equipment-Based Progression: Because there is no level system, a character's strength is based purely on their weapons, armours, vehicles and other equipment.
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  • Fate Worse than Death: Falling, the term used for dying in the game. A Dealer who falls is forcibly logged out for 24 hours and cannot interfere with financial transactions in the game. This means that they can very easily lose all their money and fall into debt. If a top Dealer falls, their enemies will gang up on them and keep forcing them to fall, meaning that they effectively can no longer play.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The Over Tricks, or Inheritance as they are collectively known. These are pieces of equipment once owned by the legendary Dealer known as Criminal AO. All of them have been customised to the point that they literally break the laws of physics in the game.
  • Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game: Money (Game) Master, with a number of players estimated as ranging from 5-200 million. However, it lacks many game conventions such as quests or a level up system. This is because it was never intended to be a game, but is actually a simulation of the real world.
  • Reference Overdosed: The novel is filled with references to other series by Kamachi. The main heroine's name, Tselika, has previously been used for two other demons (in The Zashiki Warashi of Intellectual Village and The Weakness of Beatrice the Level Cap Holy Swordswoman). The corporation names are all references as well: Fiamma Securities, Megalodiver Shipping, Toy Dream etc.).
  • Serious Business: Despite being a game, Money (Game) Master has considerable influence on the actual economy. Its currency of Snow is valued more than some real currencies.
  • Succubi and Incubi: Tselika is a succubus-themed demon who takes this trope and revels in it. She wears a skimpy outfit and often expresses her desire to visit a strip club or Hooker Island.