After more than 400 years of rule, the people are restless to govern themselves. The Overseer has the technology to halt and reverse aging, yet people still get old and die. Technology promising realistic interstellar space travel remains undeveloped because the Overseer has not devoted resources to space projects. There are still earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters. There are still regional wars. Crime is relatively low but it has not been eliminated.
The Overseer grants people the freedom to make their own decisions regarding how to live their lives. This inevitably leads to people making bad decisions, which leads to many of the world's problems. People have the freedom to express their political views without repercussions. Many exercise this right to complain about the Overseer and advocate a new government and a new leader.
People fear that the Overseer himself has no oversight. He is accountable to no one. They question whether he has their best interests at heart. Some people in positions of power, who passed virtual reality character tests – who govern fairly and mercifully – have also expressed concerns over a single person controlling everything through high technology, software and robots. This person is arguably not human, and his power on Earth is absolute.
“I see that you dispatched Akan,” said the Overseer.
“Akan is unworthy of his position of power in the spiritual world,” the Assassin replied. “Will he learn from his mistakes? Will you release him into the real world?”
“It is unlikely that will ever happen,” the Overseer responded. “However, the choice is still his and not mine.”
Unknown to anyone in the real world and seen only as an avatar in the virtual world is the Assassin. Several hundred years ago, the Overseer extracted brain tissue from his own mind and created a consciousness distinct from his own. Like himself, this entity is connected to life support and computer processing technology. The Assassin has lived his entire life in the virtual world, maintaining order and executing the Overseer’s will.
The Overseer continued: “The people have rejected me as their ruler. Without me they will destroy themselves. But I have one more plan to save them.”
“If 400 years of peaceful rule is not enough to change their hearts, what can possibly convince them to accept you?” the Assassin asked.
“I will give them my most prized possession. I will give them you. I have a body that I can implant your brain into. It is a physical human body that can walk with them, talk with them and plead with them.”
The Assassin promised: “If that is the only way to save them I will do it. I accept the risks of rejection. I accept the risk that they may kill me.”
“I appreciate your willingness to undertake this mission,” said the Overseer. “However, there is one more thing to consider before agreeing. Your memory will be erased and replaced with a generic background. You will forget who you are. You will forget about me. By your character you must convince them to change. I will use my influence over the world to place you in situations where you can interact with influential people.”
“I cannot imagine forgetting who you are or where I came from.” The Assassin and the Overseer wept at the thought of being separated for the first time.
The Overseer explained that it was necessary for the Assassin to be placed into the position of a common, lower-class person to be able to relate to people and connect with them. The Overseer’s announcements and press conferences are too removed. People cannot relate to him, and they have grown suspicious of his motives.
The Assassin, an executor of order, powerful in his virtual world, must live the life of a poor person in the real world. His only appeal to the human race is kindness and love. If he fails in this mission, humans will reject the Overseer and afterward they will destroy themselves.