Jahare is a ten-foot-tall fire mage. Inna is a small green elf with a quick mind and a warped sense of humour. For two long earth years they have fought dragons, made narrow escapes and grown to trust and understand one another. Night. The ice-dragon lies dead at Jahare’s feet and he stands victorious outside a cave beneath a rising moon. This isn’t high fantasy. It’s virtual reality. Every month, thousands of real people in the real world meet avatars and characters created by other real people in other places, and get to know them and, according to their own admissions, fall crazily and hopelessly in love with virtual constructs. Is it possible to know someone without having met the person? What about loving someone? Aside from online dating sites, gaming sites are a popular and populous arena for people to meet up, people who spend most of their time in virtual reality anyway.
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