The Matrix is an illusion. It appears to be America at the turn of the 21st
century; a vast megacity and an adjacent mountain range. In truth it is a
virtual, digital world that humans experience through feeds running directly
to their nervous systems. These humans experience an artificial life in the
Matrix, unaware of their real state.
In reality, the actual date is unknown,
but it is believed to be a couple of centuries later. The proprietors of
the Matrix are machines that have won a war with humankind. In the war the
sky was “scorched,” denying
them their source of energy, solar power. Instead, they now use sleeping humans,
enclosed in liquid-filled pods on vast batteries, to generate heat that becomes
A few free humans, based in an underground city of Zion, resist
the Machines and hope to defeat the Matrix system, which they see as a
form of slavery. These free humans, too, can jack into the Matrix, by lurking
close under the surface world in their hovercraft. But when they do, they
are ruthlessly hunted down by Agents of the Machines. One can die in the
Hovercraft Captain named Morpheus has heard a prophecy that there is one who
can control the Matrix reality by will alone. Morpheus Summons Neo and explains
the true state of affairs. He thinks Neo, a young man awakened from the illusion
and brought from his pod into the real world, is The One.
awaken, and the battle escalates, revealing complications. Along with humans
and Agents of the Machines in the Matrix, there are free, sentient programs – Exiles – enjoying
life as humans in the virtual world.
Exiles are varied. The Oracle is benign, and guides Morpheus and other humans
in their quest. The Merovingian, aka the Frenchman, is a sybaritic gangster,
commanding a host of human-formed programs with powers like that of ghosts,
werewolves and other supernatural entities.
There’s also a wild card, Agent Smith. Instead
of being destroyed by Neo in an epic confrontation, as he seemed to be, he
has become an independent virus-like program who can replicate himself, and
overwrite others -- a legion of lethal clones in sunglasses.
the crowning complexity when he meets the Architect, the program who designed
the Matrix. The Architect reveals there were previous iterations of the Matrix
that failed, and even previous Ones like Neo – and a bloody
cycle of destruction and renewal of the Matrix, Zion and humanity is inescapable.
won’t accept this. But first he saves the woman he loves, Trinity,
from death, by spectacularly reaching into her torso and massaging her virtual
heart back into pulsing life. Ironically, it is Neo’s capacity for love
that makes him the mightiest warrior, the One.
The crisis is imminent. The Matrix
is failing because of Agent Smith’s
viral takeover of every individual in it. It’s cleansing, and the destruction
of Zion by physical machines, is almost underway.
Neo does the impossible; he
and Trinity break out of the underground and fly a hovercraft to the city of
Machines on the surface world. He proposes a deal: he’ll defeat Smith,
whose cancerous growth threatens all the Machines, in exchange for peace between
the Machines and the free humans. The deal is struck.
Neo does destroy Smith,
with an assist from the Oracle (who had allowed Smith to overwrite her with
curious equanimity – what did
she have up her sleeve?), in a battle worthy of ancient gods of the sky. The
Matrix is saved. Zion is saved. The Machine Civilization is saved.
A truce is
made – free humans (“Redpills”)
can even awaken the sleepers (“Bluepills”), although too much of
this would threaten the Matrix. It’s one of the ambiguities the Matrix
films boldly allowed to stand. Another: Neo’s fate. He seems to have
died in the battle with Smith. But the Machines do not return his corpse.
This disturbs some people, and their actions set the story
of The Matrix Online in motion…
Posted by The Matrix Online Team