It's another beautiful day in Nikawa and you get ready for school. News of people being found dead on their beds or bodies being sometimes found relatively intact on the street are becoming more common lately. There's a site that speaks about some sort of Dream Nikawa, where monstrous shadows lurk during night.One night you find yourself in a strange blue teahouse where a big-nosed old man tells you about a certain ability you have awakened through your bonds with people.Good news is, you have awakened the power of Persona.Bad news is, you are not the only one by a long shot. And not everyone is quite as noble or sane as you.Persona Heaven is a popular Play-By-Post game that has gone through one season already. As the title implies, it is based upon the Persona series. It is set in the vast city of Nikawa, which is divided into numerous districts: Hirasaka, Aoba, Igahara, Noukonku, Sakiyama, Kanzan, and Noriyama. Alternatively, once you awaken your Persona you'll be allowed into Dream Nikawa, the equivalent of a sandbox Persona Dungeon. So what will you do? Reach out to the truth or live in blissful ignorance? Save or conquer?You can find the site here. The original board was taken down on Dec 18, 2013, since then it has been moved to the current board.
This roleplay provides examples of the following tropes:
Aborted Arc: While Events and Admin-created arcs are mostly finished, one can find some user threads with "Part One" written and no Part Two to be found.
Despair Event Horizon: A favorite theme of Dungeon Master umbraflamma. If you don't plan on breaking your character just yet, do not request him as a Dark Nikawa DM.
Eldritch Location: Dream Nikawa. Complete with barren buildings and ominous skies, it has a striking resemblance to the depiction of Hell in Constantine's movie.
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Whether you refer to it as Dark Nikawa or Dream Nikawa, that is the case. It's a dark version of Nikawa that exists in people's dreams.
Expy: Of numerous characters from the main series. To date: a few gay gangsters with a striking resemblance in personality to Kanji Tatsumi, a Kid Detective or two, and many others. Recently, a dual-wielding ambiguously brown sword user with a smart mouth. The problem has gotten so bad, that the admins have officially stated that they will refuse to approve any characters that are blatant ripoffs of existing characters in other media any longer.
Grand Theft Me: Introducing the horrifying Lemur shadows. They incapacitate their victim and take over the NPC's body, making it the material of a Resident Evil boss.
Harsher in Hindsight: Meta example, but the head admin ArchaicSong made a crack about breaking up Reizo and Yuki during the most recent event. Then, due the actions during the event, the two's Social Link goes into Reverse status. Everyone agreed about it in the chatbox.
One of Us: Some users are also tropers, hense the page was made.
The reason for the page's makeing was that Persona Rebirth had a trope page and not them.
The Power of Friendship: Social Links aren't there just for the show. Ranking up gives some bonus to a character such as the ability to withstand an incapacitating blow. At level 10 an All Out Attack is unlocked. Alternatively, against the eldritch abominations and impending mindbreak that comes in Dark Nikawa having strong social links are among the very few things that will allow a character to stay sane.
In a meta way, many members left the site when it was announced that it was going to go through a reboot, which has had a ripple effect, since their departures sparked others wanting to leave.
Running Gag: Several, both in-universe and in the chatbox.
RP: If Jhonathan is involved, expect misunderstandings. And at least one tsundere character to show up.
Chatbox: Do not attempt to troll BunnyKen. It's like trying to sell ice cream in the north pole. He is also prone to screencapping things people have said and using them out of context in the worst possible way.e."
Almost everyone saying Reizo and Jhon (or Reizo and Lysander) are a couple, followed by Rei cursing and swearing up and down that the character is asexual only to be reminded, "Rei, Yuki?" which is often followed by, "Oh... right."
TehAdrenalinePickle usually enters the chatbox in magical, insane ways. Some of these ways include leading cavalry charges through the chatbox, breaking in through skylights, and acting out of nature and simply walking in and sitting down like a normal person.
On a similar note, Yin Yang Bomb often exits the chatbox in weird ways. To date, s/he has thrown down a smoke bomb, dissolved, and exploded, among others.
Entering the string "Mark danced crazy!" once per page in "100+ things you've learned playing Persona"
Shout-Out: Plenty, specifically to various anime and games.
The doctors in charge of Ill Boy Emilio Hirasawa, Toshiko Umezawa and Hidetsugu "The Ogre" Moriyama, are named for creature cards from Magic: The Gathering.
Another after the reboot is with the continuation of Things stuff and Things thread, which starts of with a recap of what had happened before the reboot, then ended of with "... and now the continuation." followed by the Atop the Fourth Wall opening.
Scary Shiny Glasses: Subverted when Yuki Hirakata awakens to her Persona. Any potential scary points were nulled by the fact that her knees were almost knocking together.
Snow Means Love: When Reizo and Yuki got together in "Purpose, Meaning, and... Happiness?", it began snowing.
Stealth Pun: Yuki Hirakata's main attack spells are water based. Word of God says she prefers painting with water colors.
Though not the funniest pun, and possibly not even a pun at all, TehAdrenalinePickle's two characters both contain the phrase "Ransu" in them(IE: His first RPC having the last name of Ransu and his second RPC having the first name of Furansu).
Yandere: Masato and Haru are the Yandere couple. So much as say hello to one of them and you're risking your life.
Despair Event Horizon: The second season event thread called Let The Games Begin started as the usual dungeon thread until character Reizo Takeda decided to leave one Luna behind. Luna was the only blind girl character in the forum and was generally cheery, optimistic and nice. The roleplayer Katzparty was almost a living counterpart to the character. When the dungeon boss grabs her by the throat, announces the group's failure to rescue her and stabs her, kicking her body to the distraught teammates. The real sting came with the first reaction post, written by Prowiasto and pertaining the smartmouthed, easygoing gamer Jhonathan Diaz. The post reflects just how broken her death has left him in painful detail and ends with him cradling the corpse and telling himself she's just asleep, effectively mindbroken. The Dungeon Master cried. Cute Videos were needed in the chatbox.