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Frobozz becomes a war zone; the Sixers have blockaded hundreds of Zork replicas, but independent gunters start to attack the blockades. The Sixers maintain 10 blockades, and within hours, hundreds of Sixers and independent gunters have attained the Jade Key. Additionally, thousands of gunters have now attained the Copper Key.
Nolan Sorrento becomes the first to clear the Second Gate. Parzival, Art3mis, Aech, and Shoto are knocked out of the top 10 when numerous Sixers, following Sorrento, clear the Second Gate. Two days later, Sorrento acquires the Crystal Key. Parzival wants to discuss this depressing news with a friend but realizes he has no one to talk to.
Wade feels hopeless and decides to commit suicide after he loses the contest. He then receives a call from Shoto, who wants to give him something Daito left for him in his will. Shoto explains Daito will not create another avatar.
The Sixers now have a solid advantage in the contest, which is a nightmare come true for Parzival and the other independent gunters. The Sixers' lead seems insurmountable to Parzival. Despite his best efforts, he can't seem to make any sense of the clue etched on the Jade Key. His confusion and frustration soon turn to despair. For years the quest has given Wade a reason to live. As a fiercely independent, self-taught gunter whose life has been marked by poverty and loss, he needs to win the quest to feel validated.
Figuring his chances of winning have been eclipsed by the Sixers and without friends, Wade finds himself "inching toward complete hopelessness." For the first time he envisions a different kind of escape as a remedy for his turmoil. Wade fantasizes about leaving the OASIS behind, escaping his apartment, and finally escaping life itself by jumping to his death.