In the year 2126, a Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game or DMMO-RPG called YGGDRASIL was given an official release. It stands out among all other DMMORPGs due to its unusually high ability for player freedom. It gave players the opportunity to freely interact with the game world where they can explored the unknown. After an intense 12-year run, the game servers are about to be shut down. Within the game exists a guild, Ainz Ooal Gown, once consisting of 41 members and credited as one of the strongest guilds in the game. Now with only 4 of the members left remaining in the guild, the other 37 were said to have quit the game. Of those 4 only one, an elder lich character named Momonga, continues to actively play YGGDRASIL as their guild leader. He spent most of his hours and money maintaining their headquarters, which is the Great Tomb of Nazarick they worked hard together to design in the past. He invites the remaining guild members but of those who did come during the final day, only one appears and stay around for a short while before leaving. While saddened by the fact that they had to part ways, he accepts the grim reality that his friends have their other lives (both lives are real) to take care of. In the end, he decides to stay logged on for the remaining duration left in the game until the servers shut down and forcibly boot him out of YGGDRASIL once the designated time is long over and pass.
Although the shut-down was already over, Momonga finds that he was still logged in the game and in the form of his game avatar. It appears he was transported into an entirely different New World as its own reality along with the various NPCs in Nazarick who have been brought to life after the transfer. Realizing the state and situation he is in, Momonga tried his attempt in using player functions, such as the chat, a GM call, or even a forced logout, but none of them seem to be accessible at all anymore. With no other options left, Momonga sets out on a quest to learn whether anyone from YGGDRASIL had been sent into this New World with him, refusing to believe that he was the only player transported. Along the way, he takes on the name of Ainz Ooal Gown as a sign of respect to not only represent his former guild members who aren't around, but to also sent a clear message to any other players out there besides himself. As a result, Momonga step foot outside Nazarick and begun his exploration of the surrounding lands and regions in an attempt to figure out what has been transpiring until now. He tried to search for anyone or anything that could help him unraveled the mystery of this world's magical norms and rules which sets it apart uniquely from YGGDRASIL. At the same time, while also ensuring the safety of Nazarick and its denizens first over those who he have managed to befriend with throughout his adventures in the New World.