MODDING

The Magic of 0

In the world of Project 0 there exist people called outsiders. Stranded off-worlders. They are gifted with the power to manipulate the world around them, literally warping reality.

This is the best way to describe this special talent exhibited by the outsiders. The ability to change the world was initially guided by will and emotion. Over time it has been perfected into a skill called Modification or Modding.

Ciro is an active modder

Active modding is usually indicated by wisps of light surrounding the object or area that is being changed. But to some extent outsiders are always modding even subconsciously. The world is constantly reacting to their very presence.

Conceptually we came up with modding purely as a form of psychic power. Psycho-kinesis, telepathy, mind reading etc. but as we kept developing 0 we realized we could push its potential to be virtually limitless. As the story unfolds we’ll see more of its depths.

The outsiders can’t inherently do anything. But what they can do is make a change in the way the world works that allows them to do anything. That all important middle step is one of the things that I really love about 0, and it sets it apart from other series you might think are similar. 

Still, to kick things off, we’ll start with the basics.

MODDING: MOVEMENT

Movement, best described as a form of telekinesis, is perhaps the most commonly used and easiest to understand form of modding. It also has a lot of different derivatives and specialized forms, so it’s a good foundation for mastering other abilities related to motion.

With Movement, outsiders change the environment directly around them. It’s a quick and easy way of interacting with objects. Doing simple chores has never been easier.

Cleaning house

When Movement is applied to the self it’s also a great way to get around. You may have noticed an outsider’s tendency to be hovering instead of standing, or to float a little bit when they could have walked.

Still with modding sometimes you have to stop and think.  While the easiest way to talk about it is just to say that Owen can float, conceptually its a different thing. Owen can’t float.

This is not a floating boy.

Is your mind blown yet?

What Owen can do is modify the parameters of the physical world so that his body specifically is lifted off the ground. Like clicking and dragging an image on a computer, he can make the world put him somewhere else.

But there are other approaches to floating too. He could mod the world to repel his body from the ground, like a magnet.

Or he could mod all the forces acting on him to be uniformly distributed, simulating weightlessness.

Still he might mod the wind to lift himself up, making a giant fan, or a condensed cushion of air.

Or maybe he just mods himself so that he can float.

With the ability to mod how Movement works in your immediate environment, the possibilities have just become endless.