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Persona: Halcyon Days

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a character in “Storage & Knuckles”, as played by Captain Kidd

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"Doors can lead to freedom, or enslavement. They can present infinite possibilities, or they can be shut and locked forever. But you know what they say when one door closes..."

Kinomoto, Japan. A small, normally peaceful town, famous for the beautiful surrounding forests, It's prestigious and well-funded private academy, and not much else. Two years ago, there started a series of disappearances among the town, the victims being mostly teenagers from the academy, between the ages of 15-19, and mostly female, but with a few younger males mixed in as well. The townspeople originally attributed this to the standard "runaway rebel" cases, but when the first three cases, which were at least two months apart each, were never found, the city council and police force began a more serious investigation into the matter. Little did they know, the reasons for the disappearance were far more sinister than they could have ever imagined.

Enter Limbo, A mysterious and terrifying realm that exists as a parallel to ours. Though it is shrouded in mystery, The Kirijo Group, a company whose influence affects nearly every aspect of everyday life, is aware of the existence of this parallel realm. They have discovered that when a person is overcome with negative emotions, a door to Limbo is created. These Limbo doors, visible to only the people to have been affected by Limbo, draw the victim inside, tempting them with the promise of a life unrestrained by the burdens and shackles of society. Once the person enters Limbo, they are transported into a hellish landscape, drawn directly from the recesses of the victim's own mind. It is there they face their shadow, a being created from the overwhelming negative emotions and thoughts of the victim. If the person is unable to face their shadow, and accept it as part of themselves, they will die in Limbo, and never again see their peaceful town. However, If the person is able to overcome their negative emotions and accept their shadow as part of themselves, they will obtain facade used to overcome life's hardships, the Persona.

The initial students who were able to fight back the shadows and obtain their personas formed a small squad backed by the Kirijio group known as the "Junior Shadow Operatives" or JSO for short. They are guided by Naoya Tsukehara, a teacher at the school, who is in reality, a member of the Kirijo group sent to watch over the JSO and assist them in rescuing those who are trapped in Limbo.

Two months ago, The JSO's leader, Chiharu Mitsuharu fell during the team's battle against a particularly strong shadow. The mission was a failure, and the victim, a first-year high school student, as well as Chiharu were both killed. The team's second-in-command reluctantly took over the position as leader, and the team hesitantly returned to fighting shadows. However, the JSO, and the Kirijo group, in general, has recently taken an interest in a pair of transfer students, who seems to have the innate ability to awaken their persona without ever being touched by Limbo...




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"The Arcana is the means by which all is revealed."

The Tarot is a powerful thematic element of the story, as it is used to help define a person in various ways, revealing what it is what they truly are under the everyday masks that culminate in the formation of a Persona. The Tarot cards and the concept of Persona are important elements in Jungian imagery and psychotherapy, which are the basis for the series.

The respective arcana's Tarot cards represent our characters and are used to summon their Persona, by being struck with either a weapon or by hand.

0. THE FOOL - A beginning or untapped potential
I. THE MAGICIAN - Initiative and action
II. THE PRIESTESS - Inner Wisdom, wisdom from the heart
III. THE EMPRESS - A maternal figure or luxury
IV. THE EMPEROR - A paternal figure or power
V. THE HIEROPHANT - Knowledge, the elderly, or religion
VI. THE LOVERS - Relationships and choices
VII THE CHARIOT - An external choice
VIII. JUSTICE - The sense of right and wrong, absolution
IX. THE HERMIT - Reflection and introspection
X. FORTUNE - Luck and chance
XI. STRENGTH - Inner strength and control of self
XII. THE HANGED MAN - Sacrifice
XIII. DEATH - Ending, loss, or conclusion
XIV. TEMPERANCE - Balance and moderation
XV. THE DEVIL - Temptation
XVI. THE TOWER - Sudden change or hard times
XVII.THE STAR - Optimism or joy
XVIII. THE MOON- Mystery, fogginess, and dreams
XIX. THE SUN - Life and positivity
XX. JUDGEMENT - Resurrection and important decisions
XXI. THE WORLD- Fulfillment or realization of one's true worth




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"I am a Shadow, the true self."

Shadows are monstrous enemies that reside in Limbo. They are born from humans and carry with them human emotions, which are mostly negative. Strong-willed Shadows attract lesser Shadows, which later create stronger Shadows.

A Shadow Self is a unique type of Shadow. Unlike the lesser Shadows, they appear as twisted mirror images of the person they represent, often with red or golden eyes. Despite embodying the repressed negative qualities of their human counterparts, Shadow Selves wish to kill their originals and harness their negative energy to fuel some sort of purpose, the true nature of which is unknown.




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"I am thou, and thou art I. From the sea of thy soul, I come."

A Persona is a manifestation of a person's personality in the Persona series, referred to as a "mask" for an individual to use to face hardship. A Persona is similar to a Shadow. Shadows are malevolent manifestations of one's inner thoughts, while a Persona is a manifestation of the same feelings but tamed and trained. If an individual takes up a resolution in their heart, the Persona will undergo a metamorphosis into a stronger form. While the summoning sequences of a Persona differs from one installment to the next, a tradition that later adaptations follow is that blue-ish fogs are always released when a Persona is invoked. A fight using Personas weighs the user's mind and spirit. Continuous uses of Persona will eventually devour the strength and stamina

Here is a list of skills that your persona can use. Please keep the original skills to one per character.

So begins...

Persona: Halcyon Days's Story