Shin Megami Tensei
Persona: Return of The Dark Hour
July 4, 2012, 12:00am
Hanged Horse Park – Dark Hour
Two Shadows, one of the Temperance Arcana and one of the Devil Arcana, soared out from a chasm known as Hel, straight for a young woman by the name of Xiva Vulzah. This woman stood firm, unintimidated by the two creatures that stood before her; the Temperance Shadow had the appearance of a fallen angel, whilst the Devil Arcana had clearly resembled… well, a devil. Xiva had begun to summon her Personae, Yamata-no-Orochi and Seth, who had immediately began to attack the two Shadows. But they were no match for the two of them, and were quickly overthrown by the Temperance Shadow. The Devil Shadow had disarmed Xiva and sent her sprawling across the ground, and was just about to finish her off when a second blade had intercepted the killing blow. What had saved Xiva's life could’ve been another Persona, but with her failing consciousness, she couldn’t even begin to figure it out. The last thing she saw was the creature firing off a Mudo Skill and a Hama Skill.
The two Shadows were quickly felled by this creature that seemed to have materialized from out of nowhere, and by the time Xiva came too, the creature had vanished, just as suddenly as it appeared. In its place was a man in a tuxedo, fitted with a sun yellow tie. His oil black hair was swept back, and a mole could be found under the left of his baby blue eyes. The man extended a hand.
“Ryoji…” Xiva asked the man weakly, “Is that… you?”
“It’s OK, I'm here,” he answered, grabbing Xiva’s arm and helping her up, “You’re safe now,”
“But… how? I didn’t… I didn’t think you had…” Xiva tried to continue on to say that she didn’t think Ryoji had a Persona, but it was at that moment that her consciousness had failed her as she fell forward, only to slump into Ryoji’s arms, her head now resting onto one of his shoulders.
“Xiva…” Ryoji picked the fallen woman up and carried her in his arms, as The Dark Hour had begun to draw to a close, and everything had returned to normal.
July 12, 2012, 7:59am
Middle Garden Academy
All the students gathered together at the hall for the opening assembly, which was to start at 8:00am on the dot. Ryoji Mochizuki tightened up his tie as he waited for those final few seconds to pass, as a senior student at the podium called for the others to quieten down. The assembly was about to begin.
“Hello everyone, and welcome to the first assembly of the new school year,” the senior student stated, “I’m sure you’re all excited to get underway, but first, we have a word from our principal,”
The senior student stepped down and took a seat in the front row, and now it was Ryoji that had the floor. However, the stern face that he held whilst in the assembly in the first place was still there, as he stepped up behind the podium, an applause following along as he did so.
“Good morning, I hope you were all looking forward to the school year to come as I was,” Ryoji smiled briefly as he said this, but that smile quickly vanished as he pressed on with his speech, “However, I’m afraid I must share some grim news. As some of you may know, particularly our senior students, Miss Xiva Vulzah has been teaching here with us for three years now. Unfortunately, she couldn’t make it today; last week she just went into a coma, and was rushed into Gin City Hospital,”
Everyone seemed shock to hear this, and began to gossip their concerns to one another.
“We don’t know how long this coma will last,” Ryoji stated, everyone silencing themselves once again, “But in the meantime, I’ve taken it upon myself to teach in Xiva’s place until she recovers. Those of you who have been assigned classroom 4-K as your homeroom; you’ll also be with me. Speaking of which, I’ve decided to host a Self Defense Club. School will be finishing at 2:45 today, so if you’re interested in joining this Self Defense Club, then meet me at classroom 4-K. That’s it for today’s assembly, so if you’d all line up in separate columns according to the homeroom you’ve been assigned.”
The students were led to their separate homerooms, and school proceeded as normal… until the bell rang at 2:45 rather than the usual 3pm. From there, the students went their own separate ways. Some were stuck at detention, presumably for misbehaving in class. Others turned up to the various other Clubs that Middle Garden Academy had to offer, and others still just went home. Ryoji, on the other hand, was in the principal’s office, finalizing a few things before he’d head off to classroom 4-K.
July 12, 2012, 2:46pm
The Velvet Room
Meanwhile, Xiva slowly came to a stir, only to realize that she had been summoned to the Velvet Room, a place that she’d never been in such a long time. A fair distance in front of her was a wooden desk, where an old-looking hunched-back man by the name of Igor would always sit behind. At first, Xiva was perplexed by the thought that she was even there in the first place. But she quickly deduced the reason why she was most likely summoned here after a while’s thought.
“You wanted to see me, Igor?” Xiva asked the hunched-back man.