Many Overlord anime fans wonder, how did Ainz get stuck in the game YGGDRASIL? First, we must understand that Ainz isn’t actually in the game anymore.
Ainz is a player of the DMMO-RPG game YGGDRASIL. In the year 2138, DMMO-RPGs are hyper realistic games that are played by connecting a neural nano-interface to a player’s brain.
DMMO’s are like virtual reality gaming. The only way a player can tell they aren’t in a game is because some sensory data is limited. Such as smell, test, and touch.
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Ainz Ooal Gown is known as Suzuki Satoru in real life, Momonga in his previous player life, and Momon as his adventuring identity. In this isekai, Ainz is a devoted player of YGGDRASIL. All of his friends abandoned the game long ago. It was announced that the server of the game would be closed forever, and all players would lose access to the game.
After this announcement, Ainz decides to hop back into the game for old time’s sake. He is one of the most powerful max level players in YGGDRASIL. His guild is legendary, and he is the leader.
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After logging into YGGDRASIL, the server’s countdown timer arrives. It announces the shutdown of the game. Ainz reminiscences and waits for the game to be disconnected. When the clock hits 0, nothing happens. Ainz is still playing in the game. Why didn’t the game shut down?
Ainz tries to contact other players, but none are available. He then tries to logout and is unable. In-fact, the game’s interface is completely gone.
Is Ainz stuck in the game he wonders? He tries to perform an action that is illegal in DMMO’s and touches Albedo (an NPC) inappropriately. The action goes through. And his sensory input feels real. At this point, we can conclude that Ainz is no longer in YGGRASIL. He has been transported to another world. All of the other characters of Nazarick were transported alongside him. These NPCs now act and feel as though they are flesh and blood personalities. Their power level corresponds to their abilities in the game.
Long story short, Ainz logged into the game YGGRASIL and when the server shut down, instead of logging out he got transported to another world along with all the other NPCs in his guild hall and the guild hall itself.
Ainz lates learns that there are other real players that have existed in the world he was transported to. They were last seen centuries ago. Is he the only one left? We will have to wait to find out.