A shrike is a terrible little bird, but no matter what anyone thinks, it will endeavor to keep the garden pest-free.
Shrike is about a dumb kid playing an improbably advanced VRMMORPG, Great Crusade Online, and everything that entails. It's also about the real world and how it changes around him, coming to terms with the monster within, and a living, breathing world. It's also about the nature of RPGs, understanding their past and their future, and exploring the almost untouched opportunities a fully realized digital world might provide.
The story proper begins with youthful exuberence, a makeshift Stasis Pod, and a brief series of improbably unfortunate events.