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Alicization Awakening (アリシゼーション・アウェイクニング, Arishizēshon Aueikingu?) is the 17th book in the Sword Art Online light novel series, published on April 9, 2016. It is the third volume in the War of the Underworld sub-arc of the Alicization arc.
"They're my good, important friends. They came here to save us from the real world."
The «Final Load Experiment» plunges the entire Underworld into chaos. Led by the Dark God Vector, the 50,000 units of the Dark Territory Army are pulled into a fierce battle. The leaders of the Dark Territory Army and the Integrity Knights of the Human Empire army are defeated one after another. As the two armies fight for their own unreleasable things and faiths, Gabriel only looks to one person with his cold eyes as Dark God Vector. --- The Radiant Medium Alice. --- Even if I have to sacrifice the entire Dark Army, I must grab her in my hands.
Then comes the second day of the Experiment. Although the Dark Territory Army loses its advantage due to the Knights' life-risking fightback, they have found an unexpected way to counter. Critter, who has been observing outside the Underworld, throws in real world people into this final war. Claiming on American gaming community websites that it is a beta-tester recruitment for a serious VRMMO game, his way is to let those who log in Dive into Underworld. There are about 50,000 of them. The Human Empire Army are at the tip of a cliff because of this reinforcement. There is nothing Asuna can do by herself, even with the Super Account Stacia. Right then, the gods that have been passed on as stories in the Underworld descends one after another. The white and bright Sun God Solus, and the kind, merciful Earth God Terraria. Those two come in the form of Sinon and Leafa...Finally, the familiar characters are joining the final Great War! This is the latest volume right before climax!