story by Mike Gas

published on April 11, 2022

I wake up in a decrepit alleyway with my head pounding and not a single recollection of how I got there. I am only concious of one fact: I am in another man's body. This man's:

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Kay'l (pronounced KALE) 669 - The protagonist of video game auteur David Cage's first game, Omikron: The Nomad Soul.

The previous owner of this body leaves me with only one hint before disappearing into another plane of existence: “To begin your investigation, start at my apartment.”

I follow his lead, I step into the apartment, and Kayl's wife pulls a gun on me, mistaking me for an intruder. Instead of explaining to her I am a stranger inhabiting her husband's body, I tell her I have amnesia. I don't know this woman, so I figured I'd play my cards close to my chest.

She vomits out a clinically detailed account of what’s happened the week I have been missing, says “I’m so glad to have you back Kay'l,” and immediately returns to the bedroom. My wife just went to take a nap ten seconds after I told her I have amnesia. I couldn't believe my eyes. Surely she had more to say. Desperate for more information I follow her.

The moment I enter the room, she walks out the shower door in her underwear, gets on top of the bed, and poses like a Playboy covergirl. Her eyes wide open, staring dead at the surface of the matress.

Kay'l's wife lying in bed, in suggestive position.

No joke, David Cage, director of this game, has reportedly said in public: "In my games, all women are whores." SOURCE

I started to feel sick. I approached her cautiously. I knew what I was about to walk into, but part of me still held onto some hope. Oh, how naive I was. I pressed the interact button, hoping, praying with every fiber of my being, that my fears weren’t true.