Shards of Aetheria is a series written by Cube Kid. It follows Kolb and his time before & after the crash. only 2 chapters have been released. It is considered non-canon, as it has not been updated.
In this chapter, Kolb says goodbye to Ione and entity allows them both to disable a setting on MindLink so that it won't pull them out of the game whenever a life-threatening event is happening. He also bestows upon them both their swords: Critbringer and Bossender. Kolb also attempts to contact his mom, but this is unsuccessful
In this chapter, Kolb wakes up with his profile completely reset, no friends, no level, and no items. He meets an Aetherian woman who tells him of what he must do according to the prophecy. He then promptly faints.