Chris “Kirbopher” Niosi, one of the many flash animators who rose to stardom in the 2007-08 Newgrounds age, is an independent animator responsible for the infamous “Brawl Taunts” and “Parody Rangers” series. Today, alongside several big names in independent animation, voice acting, and music, he creates TOME, the Terrain of Magical Expertise, an animated series in which people from all around the globe flock to a virtual landscape built around both combat and social networking.
In the show, we follow five players of the game, Alpha, Kirbopher, Flamegirl, Nylocke, and Gamecrazed, as they both build the bonds of friendship and try to stop a group of hackers from destroying the game they have come to love. Through a glitch in the system, Alpha stumbles upon an item (or entity, rather) known as the “Forbidden Power,” which is exactly what the hackers are trying to find. Through the course of the show, we learn that this “thing,” as Flamegirl put it, has the ability to hurt players in real life. The story takes off from there, recounting the devastation left in the wake of the Forbidden Power.