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What happens when you learn that every single world in the entire Multiverse is ending, and you're the only one who can stop it?

Inna Wilson is a completely ordinary young woman. Being Bulgarian by birth and Canadian by passport, she's currently living in Japan alongside her seven year old daughter Ellie. Her life is completely ordinary and unremarkable - every morning she wakes up, makes breakfast, drives her daughter to school and then goes to her job as the manager of a cosplay cafe. One afternoon, she meets an oddly dressed man in her cafe, looking distraught. He claims to be from another world - an alternate Earth - that was just destroyed by a neutron star that appeared out of nowhere. When the same star appears in the skies above Inna's world, the strange man informs her that he believes she's the key to stopping this madness and saving what's left of the Multiverse. Left with little choice, Inna is pulled from her world and taken to several others in an attempt to save them.

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When the roleplaying forum KS: The New Generation appeared to be on its last legs, its admins Raiden and Subverse decided to set it out with a bang by completely destroying it in a six-part original story, only to rebuild it as something else entirely. The story itself can be found right here.


The Last Generation provide examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Several throughout the various chapters.
  • Action Mom: Inna, obviously.
  • Adult Fear: Inna is constantly plagued by the thought that, if she fails, her blind daughter will not only die - she will die alone and terrified.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: At the end of Chapter 1, AYAME deliberately lies to Hawke about how long his homeworld has and then locks the Bastion down, preventing him from going back and rescuing the children.
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  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Heavily implied to be what happens to Inna once she merges with the Neutron Star.
  • Berserk Button: Wade might be a killing machine, but he's generally a pretty friendly guy with a sense of humor. It's only after Inna brings up his deceased family that he gets downright threatening for a while.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Inna and Hawke kind of have to be those, because no one else can. Hana becomes one as well in Chapter 3.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Multiverse has been restored, and even a brand new world that wasn't there before was created... But most worlds in the Multiverse now share the same planet (and, as "Missing Pages" reveals, are under the control of the sinister Family), all of the people who died throughout the story remain dead, and Inna has been erased from existence, resulting in Ellie now spending most of her life in various foster homes and only having very vague dreams about the mother who died for her.
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  • Breather Episode: Chapter 5 can be considered this. After the worlds Inna and Hawke visit quickly go from bad to worse, with world CYBORG resulting in Hawke's death, Inna suddenly comes face to face with her creator... Who's just a fat guy who watches weird porn.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Chapter 5 breaks so many walls, it's not even funny.
  • Call-Back: So, SO many references to KS: The New Generation - characters, worlds, plots, etc. It's a real treat for the people who have been part of the community from the start. There are even call-backs to the community BEFORE New Gen, when it was just a bunch of friends having fun on Facebook!
  • The Cameo: Several characters as well as Mootking, KS: The New Generation's showrunner make cameos in the various worlds.
  • Continuity: Serves as KS: The New Generation's Grand Finale, so it obviously takes place in the same continuity.
  • Crapsack World: While none of the worlds are perfect (TECH shows signs of a dystopian decadence and FAYWYN is in the middle of a hostile takeover by a dictator who's not afraid to slaughter villages), CYBORG takes the cake and runs with it.
  • Darker and Edgier: This story about the Multiverse being destroyed is based on a slice-of-life roleplaying forum about a school for disabled children.
  • Deus ex Machina: Raiden is a living one.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: Misfortune could be considered this, as he's the first major "big bad" that the group encounters... Midway through the story.
  • End of an Age: Quite literally - "The Last Generation" served as KS: The New Generation's Grand Finale.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Hawke and Wade, who casually chat about Final Fantasy while waiting for a horde of cyborgs to slaughter them.
  • Faceless Mooks: The cyborgs, who have been stripped of all individuality.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The multiverse will end. The question is, how is it going to be reborn, and in what form?
  • Fully Absorbed Finale: Sort of.
  • Grand Finale: For KS: The New Generation.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Hana in Chapter 3, Inna in Chapter 5, practically everyone in Chapter 4. Arguably the soldiers from Chapter 1 as well, who prioritized the children's safety over their own.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Chapter 5 downright rolls it over with a bulldozer and pees on its corpse.
  • Machine Monotone: JK-616 from world CYBORG, whose monotone is represented with all-caps.
  • Medium Awareness / Noticing the Fourth Wall: Inna learns that she's been a fictional character all along in Chapter 5. She takes it surprisingly well... But then again, she's got bigger things to worry about.
  • Off Screen Moment Of Awesome: Several - Hana and JK-616 both act as distractions against overwhelming odds while the protagonists get away, and finally Hawke and Wade's last stand against literally every single cyborg in the region.
  • Postmodernism: Nobody really expected that an online story written to end a moderately-successful roleplay forum would go post-modern on us. But it did. And it was awesome.
  • Rage Against the Author: Averted. When Inna meets Raiden, her creator, she does call him mad at first, but gradually warms up to him, seeing him for what he is - a regular guy who just wants to create a place where people can have creative fun. He didn't mean for so many characters to die when the forum was neglected.
  • Shout-Out: Oh, so many... Just par for the course considering the forum, really.
  • Take That, Us: Raiden isn't particularly happy with several of his decisions, and isn't afraid to say it.
  • Where It All Began: In an odd, meta-way. Inna ends up in the living room of Raiden, the forum's creator. In other words, where her entire world began.
  • The World Is Just Awesome: Averted. When Inna sees the real world, she finds it surprisingly mundane.
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