You are Jason McCormick, an 18-year-old who recently graduated from high school, and applied for an IT course. In the meantime, you've got a few months of freedom before you have to go. Although, this could lead to potential boredom.
But, one afternoon, you come home from gym and find the hilt of what looks like a one-handed katana on your bed. There's also a note attached. You pick up the hilt, and find a red button, as well as a rotary dial on the hilt. Strange, you thought. You picked it up, and out of impulse, pressed the red button. It's a good thing you were pointing the hilt away from you, because no sooner had you pressed the button than a white, glowing blade appeared to spring out of the hilt. You looked out the window to see a flock of birds, frozen in mid-air. Confused, you look at the note that came with the sword.
"Congratulations! You have been chosen to be the master of a unique object - the Reality Altering Laser Katana, or RALK. It is a sword that has several settings, but all follow a similar premise of cutting any body part but without repercussions of death or serious injury. What makes this sword special is that it allows the wielder to alter reality itself by stopping time and then making changes within the frozen time.
To enter reality-altering mode, press the red button. Time will freeze, and any changes made with the katana will become reality once you press the red button again. Bear in mind that merely cutting in any setting will not cause the parts to detach - if you want the parts to detach, you will have to move them. Moving a detached part will cause, in the new reality, the part to be treated as a separate part of the subject.
When a cut is made in reality-change mode, a glow, corresponding to the setting of the katana, will be visible on the cuts made. This glow will disappear once time has started again.
These are the following settings...
AUTHOR'S NOTE - See the previous page for detailed descriptions of the katana's settings.
Enjoy your new gift. Use it wisely."
You press the red button on the hilt. The blade retracts into the hilt, and the frozen flock of birds resume motion. The hilt is also compact enough to fit into your pocket.
This could be fun, you thought. But where can I use this?