Shin Megami Tensei Persona I: Mirror/Mirror The year is 2016, in the city of Shinimugen, Japan. It is a depressing locale, its looming skyscrapers and endless steel infrastructure choking the minute traces of sunlight that begs to shine through the perpetually gray clouds, its people scrambling to continue their meager existence. Highly industrious and surprisingly well-kept despite the dreary atmosphere it emanates, Shinimugen is a rather popular tourist location and business epicenter, inviting a range of outsiders into its shadowy embrace, offering a host of various activities and opportunities. However, crime is also an unfortunate fact of life within the city’s borders, and with a surge of criminal activity infesting the streets, the citizenry is understandably on edge. Murders, kidnappings, people losing their minds. The world inside the city walls seemed to be falling apart... Our story begins with the disappearance of one Jin Kurama, aged CEO of technology tycoon Tech Firm Japan, whose sudden vanishing leaves behind no clues as to the nature of his indisposal; police find no signs of a struggle, no note, or anything for that matter. It was as if the man simply vanished into thin air. The story made headlines all across Japan, with speculation that this situation was part of a scandal Kurama was allegedly involved in. The case seemed uninteresting and unimportant; you just switched off the TV. His wasn’t the first story to involve a disappearance in Shinimugen, and probably wouldn’t be the last. It was late, and you had school in the morning. You decided to head to bed early. You hadn’t been sleeping well the past few days; you didn’t understand why. As your head hit the pillow, though, a rush of relief coursed through you. Perhaps you’d get that rest you so desperately needed. Then, suddenly, the dream started to invade your sleep...it was a dream, right? You remembered it extremely vividly: a room coated from ceiling to floor in a striking, deep blue. Sitting, across an old oaken table, from where you were was a rather unattractive old man, bearing a long, pointed nose. “Welcome, to the Velvet Room!” he exclaimed. Next to him was a smiling, pale-faced woman with blank, orange-yellow eyes that shone like headlights on a dark highway. “Are you ready to begin?” the old man asked. As soon as the words left his mouth, a searing pain ripped through your skull, your screams echoing in the azure-colored surroundings. Suddenly, there appeared before you a mirror, with a horrendous-looking abomination reflecting in the spot where your image should have been, its piercing gaze meeting your frightened stare. 'Thou art I, and I am Thou.' The voice in your head was strangely familiar… --- Alright, so, this is just the basic hook I had to introduce my idea. Although this doesn't convey everything I envision (it can't really, without invoking spoilers), I feel it gets the point across nicely. What I'm going for here is a darker (by Megami Tensei standards) Persona-based roleplay. I'd really like to see some dynamic, flawed and/or (emotionally) broken characters who interact with each other in unique and interesting ways. At the same time, I am developing a plot that will reinforce the darker nature I am going for, serving to tip our characters over the edge to find out just what their true colors are when the chips are down. For those of you unfamiliar with the Persona series, but find yourself interested anyway, you can follow this link to read up a bit on the series and the concept of Personas themselves. That's what I have so far, and that is subject to change pending new thoughts and formulations of ideas. Let me know what you think, and if this has piqued your interest, don't hesitate to give me a shout. Thanks for reading.