Memento Mori

Episode VI: The Lovers

Aeba Mizuho: So you’re saying they’re just going to… put him to death?

???: That’s what they’re saying, yes.

Mizuho: I swear to god… If they touch Shigure…

???: You’ll have to set your feelings aside, Mizuho. Morihiro needs us right now.

Mizuho: I know he does! But so does my little brother!

???: Do what you will. The world will keep turning. The end will approach as it has. Hammurabi will guide us to a greater existence.

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Episode V: The Hierophant

???: So, what exactly were you saying about these… personas?

Igor: Well, sir, your traumatic experience has awakened a great power in your soul. This power manifests itself as a new soul entirely, a Persona, if you will.

???: All this because these kids killed a… a shadow?

Igor: Well… Not exactly, sir.

???: And what am I to do with this… persona?

Igor: Use it as you will. Fate will dictate the rest. Now, if you would just sign this contract…

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Old Document 01

From the Journal of KM, July 2012.

The data from the “Nyx Incident” arrived today.

I had my reservations about working on this project. I suppose without MT’s guidance I wouldn’t have been bold enough to play with this kind of power. The nuclear age came and went, and humanity might have been better for it, were it not for certain… corrupting influences. This technology is beyond the scope of human imagining. It has the power to sculpt the world as its wielder desires. I imagine a utopia, but I know utter oblivion could also wait within the rabbit hole.

At first, reading these files, nothing about it made sense. It seemed to be utter chaos, completely meaningless and completely incomprehensible. I am starting to put the pieces together. My first mistake was to approach it from an objective standpoint, from a scientific perspective. Now I see it clearly, and my eyes are open. You have to open your mind to possibilities most would consider insane, to truly delve into this world outside reality.

I felt alone in this endeavor at first, but I have some very valuable assets on my side. Father understands the gravity of the research, and he has promised me and my team all the resources we require. I have called in an expert from America, and he seems both reliable and intelligent. Finally, AM will be joining us, and I think she already has a better grasp of the data than I do. My end of the bargain is to finally set a date for the wedding, which is honestly more terrifying to me than the Shadows we are attempting to harness.

Still, I wonder. MT has been an invaluable mentor and friend to me, even after Father betrayed him. What is his agenda? Why would he do this for me? I will speak to him later.

[End of entry.]

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Episode IV: The Emperor

???: So tell me your story again, Yukimura. Slowly this time.

Kiyowara “Bushido” Yukimura: Look, bro, I told you already. I had this completely fucked up dream, and I was being chased by this shadow thing. There were three other people, and we had to run up this tower or else the shadow would get us. There was a room full of cat figurines, a room with mannequins, a-

Kiyowara Motoki: You’re making yourself look like an idiot in front of your boss, Yukimura.

???: Honestly? I already knew Yuki was an idiot. I’m just curious whether this dream actually has anything to do with anything.

Yukimura: God dammit, Motoki, I’m telling the truth! And this… this girl isn’t my boss, her dad is!

Kanegawa Sakuya: Really, Yuki, you so do not want to piss me off right now.

Motoki: So what happened with this ‘shadow’, Yukimura?

Yukimura: So were led up this tower by a talking cat figurine, and the last room was an apartment. The thing had caught up to us at this point, but the American in our group had called some number and a new door opened up. We went through and met some sort of… midget or something, and the shadow came after us, but something about the room killed it. Then I woke up.

Motoki: Dead, huh? I guess that saves us some trouble.

Yukimura: Wait, what the fuck?

Sakuya: Just… Don’t worry about it, Bushi. It was just a stupid dream, after all…

[End of recording.]

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Episode II+III: The High Priestess + The Empress

???: Have you finished setting up the recorder, Akihiko?

Sanada Akihiko: Yeah, I think so. You know you have people you pay to do this kind of thing, right, Mitsuru?

Kirijo Mitsuru: Completely irrelevant. Now, would you please explain what we encountered in Akaimori this week? Don’t leave out any important details.

Akihiko: Right… So, we were already aware of the strange things happening in Akaimori when we arrived for the “business trip”. The plan was to put pressure on the Kanegawa group, and get the go-ahead for an unofficial investigation. Well, I guess in retrospect we got exactly what we wanted.

Mitsuru: And then some. A very… odd woman arrived in the middle of the meeting with Kanegawa Keishi, and brought with her some young persona users. I have to admit, even I was caught off guard.

Akihiko: That’s certainly a first.

Mitsuru: I’m going to ignore that comment, Akihiko. It was a peculiar encounter, almost nostalgic. They reminded me of… well, us.

Akihiko: I’d have to agree with that. We didn’t have long to reminisce, because before long we found ourselves in the archives of the Kanegawa Group. The investigation yielded some unexpected results: a very big shadow, and a kid by the name of “Belphegor” who claimed to be working for the “Council of Seven”. Too bad we didn’t get anything else out of him before he, well, you know.

Mitsuru: I think that’s all. Tres bien, Akihiko.

Akihiko: No problem. Now, considering this is your private jet, do you think we could order a round of drinks? Not everything needs to be business, after all.

Mitsuru: Oh… All right, but we’re not doing any karaoke this time. You do remember what happened last time, don’t you?

Akihiko: Yes… Execution.

[End of tape.]

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Episode I: The Magician

???: Well, I guess this is the last audio journal I’m going to make. I guess I don’t need any more evidence against me.

Aeba Shigure: So, I was just trying to complete this quest when some shadow tick apparently latched onto my back. Next thing I know, I’m in a burning building with a gun, and my girlfriend’s brother and his friends are fighting some satyrs and the tick.

Shigure: Apparently I shot one of my teachers and Nakasoto Seiji? Was about to kill myself too, if that parasite had anything to say about it.

???: I’m not your lawyer, Shigure, but I don’t think you should admit that much on tape.

Shigure: If my brilliant defense of supernaturally induced insanity pans out, Mizuho, it won’t matter how much I admit to.

Aeba Mizuho: Maybe we should get rid of the tape, little bro.

Shigure: As if! These tapes are my memories, Mizuho. I’m not going to throw them away!

Mizuho: I swear…

Shigure: Anyway, I’m not sure how much longer they’re going to keep me in this hospital. I guess I did nearly die…

???: Shigure, if you try to stand up again, I’m going to make sure you REALLY die this time.

Shigure: Ugh. Sorry, Rie.

Izumi Rie: If you guys are going to run around at midnight fighting god-knows-what, you should at least wait until you’re fully recovered.

Shigure: Well, with these two WONDERFUL women guarding my room at all hours, it’s not like- wait, Mizuho! Not the tape! Not the-

[Loud cracking noise.]

[End of recording.]

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Episode 0: The Fool

[static buzzes]

???: Hello? Is this thing on?

???: This is Sachie Persch- er, well, Persch Sachie. Do we really need to do this, Sakura?

Nanami Sakura: Well, I thought it would be a nice way to remember our time together, but we don’t have to if you don’t want to, Sachie-chan…

Sachie: No, it’s fine. So, what am I supposed to talk about?

Sakura: I thought we could talk about what happened to us recently. Like a diary!

Sachie: Well, when you put it that way, it sounds almost cute. Thinking back, all we usually do is fight together. Not that it’s a bad thing…

???: Are you guys going to record this or not? I spent a lot of time getting this equipment set up.

Sachie: Oh, be quiet, Seiji-kun. It’s not like we forced you to do it!

Nakasoto Seiji: But you did, Senpai.

Sachie: Whatever… Anyway, yesterday was pretty uneventful, like it always is at the beginning of the year. Of course, things got weird once the ground started shaking and the power went out.

???: Considering how much weird shit happens in this town, I’d say it was pretty ordinary.

Sachie: Is EVERYONE doing this recording now?

Sakura: It’s fine, Izumi-senpai.

Izumi Kazu: Nah, I gotta head back and make dinner… and do laundry.

[Kazu sighs]

Kazu: Just make sure the people know that I took that axe for a good reason, okay?

Sachie: Fine, fine. Anyway, the power goes out for a bit, then this voice comes over the PA. He says that he knows everyone’s sins, and he starts listing them off. Sure enough, it’s real, and he’s giving away peoples’ darkest secrets. Needless to say, it didn’t go over well with the other students, and they all headed for the PA room.

Sachie: That’s where things got ugly. We knew something was going on, because the After Dark app was acting up. We ran over to the PA room, and Kazu had grabbed a fire axe. Even though the fire alarm had gone off, people were fighting in front of the PA room over whether or not to stop the broadcast. They were pretty worked up about it. Makes sense when dark secrets are involved.

Sakura: Um… Do you know how much tape this has?

Sachie: Hm? I’ll cut it short- we bust into the PA room, and inside was a shadow called the Fool. It was kind of a pushover, but it acted like we were going to die if we kept fighting. Weird. After that we managed to get out clean, despite Kazu’s little stunt earlier. Hopefully the rest of the shadows will be that easy.

Seiji: Are you guys done? I need to return this equipment soon.

Sakura: Well, maybe we should say something together before we end it-

[The recording cuts out.]

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