red shank

OP AU where One Piece is the new virtual reality mmo that’s just come out and is super fucking popular the world over.

At level 10, players choose whether they want to join the Marines, or become pirates.

Players who become pirates will then join up with other players to make their own “pirate crew” (guild) and set sail from their beginner island in search of new adventures.

Often, the pirate crews that beginners join at level 10 are just temporary crews until they reach one of the major cities, and can then part ways to join one of the bigger crews stationed in the Grand Line that usually have recruiters stationed at the major cities.

The beginner islands that users can choose from are scattered throughout the four Blues, and each island has its own loyalties.

The Conomi Islands, for example, are a popular starting island for players aspiring to become pirates, as it’s the HQ of the Arlong Pirates.

Whereas players looking to become Marines will, obviously, start at an island with a Marine Base.

Luffy, never being one to think things through or plan ahead, decides to choose his beginner island randomly and ends up at Dawn Island - one of the resort islands popular with those players who were just playing One Piece for the beautiful scenery. Most of these players never set foot in the Grand Line, and spend most of their time exploring the four Blues or meeting people and hanging out in the island they chose to settle down in. As a result, there aren’t very many quests to help a newbie level up, and Luffy ends up stuck on Dawn Island for a long long time as he slowly, painstakingly raises his levels through grinding, and saves enough money to buy a boat that will take him to at least one of the better suited beginner islands.

At one point, he’s almost saved when the Red Haired Pirates (a crew usually stationed in the second half of the Grand Line) visit Dawn Island so that their Captain can visit his irl wife at the bar she runs in-game, and so that she can meet the crewmates he’s always telling her so much about.

However the Captain, Red Hair Shanks, refuses to take Luffy along with them because he’s still only at level 7 and it’d be dangerous for him because even now there are like three Marine ships tailing the Red Hair Pirates, wondering what the hell they’re doing in the East Blue. He does offer to give Luffy enough Gold to buy a little boat for himself, but Luffy’s too proud to accept charity from another player.

In the end, the red hair pirates stay at Dawn Island for about a week, just relaxing before they’re thrown back into the fray of the New World, and during that time Luffy friends most of the Red Hair pirates, and also ends up accidentally eating the Gomu Gomu no mi, a super super rare item that Shanks had been planning to sell in the AH.

In the end, about a month or so after Shanks and his crew leaves, Luffy is finally able to get off Dawn Island, and begin his adventure towards becoming the Pirate King.

And the first crewmember he’s planning on recruiting?

The super infamous pk’er, Pirate Hunter Zoro!

  • Cat Viper and Dogstorm: Oh, i recognize that hat!
  • Luffy: WHAAAA YOU GUYS KNOW SHANKS?! Did you know Rayleigh too?!
  • Cat Viper and Dogstorm: Yeah, we also know Roger, Rayleigh, and Whitebeard!! We sailed with Whitebeard as apprentices, like Shanks and Buggy were to Roger, but then Lord Oden joined Roger.
  • Kinemon and Kanjuro: Yes, we met Roger and Whitebeard as well!! But only Lord Oden sailed with Roger.
  • Franky: Oh man, you guys knew Roger? you know, my Master Tom built his ship, the Oro Jackson!!
  • Cat Viper and Dogstorm: WHAAAA YOU'RE TOM'S APPRENTICE?!
  • Book: Oh, also, do you two know Crocus?
  • Cat Viper and Dogstorm: yeah! he was always looking for this one crew...
  • Brook: Ah, that was my crew! We died.
  • Cat Viper and Dogstorm: WHAAAAAAAA
  • Law: ...................
  • Law: ...................
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  • Law: *thinking to himself* how the fuck do these completely random group of people know so many big shots. what the fuck. how is this even possible. is this a coincidence? is this fate? how do they all know people related to the Pirate King? what the fuck? what the fuck. what the fu