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The morphogenetic field theory.

Espers (also stylized as ESPer) are people who can access the morphogenetic field through the fourth dimension.

They are classified into two groups: the transmitters and the receivers. The transmitters send information through the field and the receivers receive information through the field.

There are two types of Espers: SHIFTers, who can transport their consciousnesses across timelines, and Mind Hackers, who can read the thoughts of, and even control, other people.

The Morphogenetic Field Theory, first discovered by British biochemist Rupert Sheldrake, explains how two humans can send messages through an invisible field, similar to telepathy.


Although why and how someone becomes an esper isn't entirely explored, there are implications in the series that espers possess higher consciousness compared to the other humans. Akane Kurashiki explains that it's likely due to humans evolving to prepare for the Radical-6 outbreak.

Accessing the morphogenetic fields and esper powers are affected by two things. Those things are epiphany and danger, and while not required, they boost one's ability to access the field. By how much is unknown, but assumed a significant amount. Epiphany is explained as the feeling of when one is working on a difficult problem and the answer just sort of "pops" in their head. The second factor, danger, is required to be life or death.

First Nonary Game and Second Nonary Game

Gentarou Hongou wanted to be able to control the field to cure his prosopagnosia, so he had children that went to one of his hospitals tested to see if they could access it. It was then that he used his assets to set up everything he needed for the First Nonary Game. One night in 2018, nine pairs of siblings, 18 children in total, who were able to access the field, were kidnapped by Hongou and other Cradle Pharmaceutical officials.

The siblings were to be split up, 9 of them being on the Gigantic and the other 9 inside Building Q. There was a mistake on the arrangements however, and Akane and Aoi Kurashiki ended up on board the Gigantic together, while another unknown pair of siblings ended up together in Building Q. The game soon begins. The transmitters in Building Q were instructed to send help on getting through the escape rooms to the receivers on the Gigantic to have them escape. These kids included Clover Field and Ennea Kashiwabara. This was possible because the layout of both areas were nearly identical. Akane and Aoi are joined by Light and Nona, along with 5 other unknown children aboard the Gigantic. With help from the transmitters, their group finally made it to Door 9 in the incinerator.

The five unknown kids frantically left the unfortunate others behind, going through the 9 door. The kids left behind were Nona, Light, Aoi, and Akane. The incinerator suddenly activates, and the four trapped kids seemingly have no way out. Suddenly, a detective (who would later be known by the name Seven) comes out through a vent up on the wall of the room. He drags the kids up to safety with a "towel rope" and eventually, they find their way to the staircase. They quickly dash up the stairs, in fear of Hongou finding them, but as they were almost to the exit, Aoi notices that Akane was not following them. Aoi insists that the group go back for her, and Seven and Light tag along, with Nona continuing towards the exit. The three get there as soon as Hongou is about to throw her into the incinerator. He succeeds in doing so and locks the doors behind him. Then, Hongou escapes through a back door in the incinerator, and activates the burning process.

A computer suddenly comes up out of the floor, with a sudoku puzzle on its screen. Hongou informs her that he had left the bracelets that will help her stop the incineration process, but it will not activate unless she solves the puzzle. Ignoring his information, she tries to authenticate, but it doesn't work. With no options left, she reaches Junpei through the morphogenetic field, who is in the same situation in 2027. Hearing her cries for help, Junpei quickly gives her the solution, which allows her to survive in the past. Before she escapes, she leaves 5 numbers on the computer: 2, 4, 5, 7, 8. These are the numbers that the players inside the room with Junpei possess, and he quickly figures that they should authenticate at the 9 door, even though their digital root is 8. Because the door was actually a "q" instead of "9", it worked and Junpei and his companions escape safely.

The remaining players hop into a SUV that the Kurashikis have left behind and eventually see a hitchhiker on the side of the road. This turns out to be Alice, who was a member of the SOIS and was going to investigate what was happening inside Building Q. She questioned the others and released them all except for Hongou.


Some time later, Alice gathers up the players who had participated in the First or Second Nonary Games and asks them to join the SOIS for their esper abilities, in order to fight Free the Soul. Clover and Light decide to join.

In December 2028, while looking for the Myrmidon headquarters in Los Angeles, Alice and Clover were abducted for the Nonary Game: Ambidex Edition by Akane. They were frozen in treatment pods until 2074, when the game actually begins. On Phi's route, it was discovered that Clover and Tenmyouji were participants of the game for their esper abilities, which heightens Sigma's and Phi's esper powers and their ability to jump through timelines. Akane Kurashiki can also send her consciousness through time because of her esper powers. It is currently unknown if Clover and Junpei can do the same.

Known espers

v · e · d Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (series spoilers within)
Main focus: Second Nonary Game
Main characters (players) Junpei (playable) · Ace · Snake · Santa · Clover · Akane Kurashiki · Seven · Lotus · Ninth man
Other characters Zero (game host) · Alice · Funyarinpa · "Cap" · "Guy X" · Science Boy
Mentioned characters All-ice · Dashiell Gordain · Ennea and Nona Kashiwabara · Ichiro · Kurashiki parents
Doors & Escape Rooms 3rd class cabin · Door 1 (Chart room and Captain's Quarters) · Door 2 (Confinement room and Torture room) · Door 3 (Shower room) · Door 4 (2nd class cabin and Kitchen) · Door 5 (1st class cabin and Casino) · Door 6 (Steam engine room and Cargo room) · Door 7 (Operating room) · Door 8 (Laboratory) · Small Door 9 (Library, Study, Incinerator) · Large Door 9 (Incinerator) · Door q (exit)
Other locations Building Q (main location) · Junpei's apartment · Central Staircase · Chapel · Earth · Elevator · Gigantic · Large hospital room · Nevada · Storage
Game mechanics Bracelet · Calculator · Digital root · Numbered Doors · Planet Keys · RED and DEAD
Terms Bootstrap paradox · Cradle Pharmaceutical · Crash Keys · Esper · First Nonary Game · FLOW Chart · Free the Soul · Ganzfeld Experiment · Luminol · Map · Morphogenetic field · Nonary Game · Soporil
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Main focus: Decision Game
Main characters (players) C Team (Carlos, Junpei Tenmyouji, Akane Kurashiki) · D Team (Diana, Sigma Klim, Phi) · Q Team (Sean (non-player), Mira, Eric, Delta (mastermind)
Other and mentioned characters Zero II · Gab · Eric's mother · Eric's father · Kurashiki parents · Snail · Religious fanatic · Diana's ex-husband · Chris · Maria · Manufacturing robots · Left · Snail
Locations Underground Shelter inside Dcom in Nevada desert (main location) · Earth · Ward C · Ward Q · Ward D · Central Elevator Hall · Decontamination Room · Quantum Computer Dome · Prep Room · Lounge · Escape Rooms (Biolab, Control, Healing Room, Infirmary, Locker Room, Manufacturing, Pantry, Pod Room, Power Room, Rec Room, Study, Transporter Room, Trash Disposal Room)
Decision Game mechanics Bracelet (Soporil) · SHIFTing and Espers · Transporter · X-Passes · X-Door
Terms Fanatic Bio R · Free the Soul · Luminol · Map · Radical-6 · Reverie Syndrome
Archives Endings · Files · Mistakes · Philosophy and Paradoxes · Trophies · Timeline