-->''"I, October Greyson, believe that a truly incredible tragedy has occurred here. These murders are the work of a monster."''

''Rise and Fall'' is a VisualNovel based off several characters from the Music/{{UTAU}} fandom, written and predominantly sprited by prominent fandom member scarfu (though with assisted art from many other people who have dubbed themselves "Faguar Productions" and borrowing some [=CGs=] and music). While it uses the UsefulNotes/RenPy engine and is functionally a VisualNovel, [[KineticNovel it has no choices and generally plays out like a regular, illustrated story]].

At Redwood School, a [[ElaborateUniversityHigh big school of posh rich wealthy kids]] invested in the arts, a new year has started. Aside from the upcoming competition guaranteed to make [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne one particular student]] fabulously famous called "The Rankings", the somewhat stacked-up high-school-like culture, and the reclusive headmaster who doesn't seem to come out much, the school seems pretty normal for now.

Then, on the first day during an assembly, a fire strikes three buildings of the facility, sending five students to the hospital. Immediately the school goes into panic, and fingers are pointed. The mysterious headmaster recruits a detective named [[CluelessDetective October]] to solve the problem, but the headmaster's somewhat...strange...antics haven't escaped the notice of three students: [[PyroManiac Kaen]], [[BrokenBird Sachi]], and [[TheDitz Lucy]]. Things get even more complicated when Lucy's sister, [[SpyCatsuit Violetta]], a secret agent, comes into the picture - and promptly ends up standing with the mysterious headmaster, where absolutely nobody can figure out what she's working for. Kaen's general history as a PyroManiac isn't helping matters. And the body count keeps rising...

The first of four chapters [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W41sISq8sPo has been released]], and comprises about 6 hours. Around [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters 50 characters]] are planned to eventually appear.

!!Tropes found in ''Rise and Fall'':
* AuthorAppeal: The author ''really'' likes grimdark. It's a running gag among the fandom to figure out how much worse it can get.
* AllThereInTheManual: Knowing some stuff about the UTAU characters in question, even though they don't have set personalities, will help understanding them a bit. For instance, knowing that in his original character conception [[spoiler:TATARI is a demon]] changes one's perspective a bit, though it may not be true for this story. [[spoiler:As it turns out, it is.]]
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Pretty much forcibly invoked, as while most UTAU characters have some guideline of personality, to make a full-fledged story a very firm character personality needs to be made for each one.
* AmbiguousGender: Tatari. Yes, we know that he's generally referred to as male but to be honest we really don't even know if that's right. Even Kasui lampshades it: "You heard the man...woman...heshe!" [[spoiler:And he's a demon, so now we have absolutely no clue at all. Go figure.]]
* AmbiguouslyGay: Tatari, taken in stride with Shun.
* ArcWords: "tragedy"
* AnyoneCanDie: Within minutes of gameplay? About nine deaths.
* BerserkButton: Accuse and insult Kaen however you want - but don't you dare get Lucy involved..
* BlankWhiteEyes: Either this, or extremely shrunken pupils occurs to any character severely in shock.
* BreakTheCutie: Quite a few but most significantly Sachi and Lucy.
* CharacterDevelopment: Kaen starts out as a lone wolf, preferring to shun company except maybe occasionally his childhood friend Koneko, whom he doesn't even talk with much. He seems to pride himself on it at the beginning, [[spoiler:but it's a facade. He accepts at the end that this whole time IJustWantToHaveFriends, which spurs his actions on differently.]]
* CheshireCatGrin: Headmaster Tatari. ''All the time.''
* CouldntFindAPen: [[spoiler:When trying to get a message to Lucy, Kaen finds himself stranded without one - and so cuts himself and writes it in blood on a paper.]]
* EasterEgg: [[spoiler:Completing the game unlocks the [=CGs=] done by D.Artemisatto, but also unlocks a considerable amount of scenery art done by the rest of the art team.]]
* FriendlyEnemy: Tsubaki and Karen are friendly to each other, but both of them know the other plans to eventually push them down in order to become queen bee.
* GenreBlind: Kaen's [[spoiler:trying to make amends with Koneko, and he sneaks into her dormitory. He sees Koneko's arm hanging limply over the bed, and she seems to be sleeping absurdly soundly. What does he do? He approaches closer anyway - and ''picks up the gun she was shot with'']]. He then proceeds to [[spoiler:assume that October is right that there are no more bullets left in the gun, and ends up killing October]]. Smooth.
** WrongGenreSavvy: And when it seems he's finally picking up on deciding to not get involved, [[spoiler:he decides not to investigate the clear-looking liquid he finds in his meeting area. What is it? Kerosene...]]
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Violetta's eventual motives are ambiguous, along with the Headmaster's in the long run. Kaen himself is a PyroManiac and has delighted in burning things, though he knows himself to not have burned down the buildings.
* [[spoiler:GroundhogDayLoop: Redwood School is in fact the world belonging to Tatari the demon, and he is concerned about the murders - so he is willing to continue placing time on a loop until the true murderer is found. Oh, and they've been looping for ''centuries''.]]
** [[spoiler:ResetButton: Tatari is pushing it with every iteration.]]
* [[HighlyVisibleNinja Highly Visible Secret Agent]]: Violetta isn't one herself but Lucy tends to spill stuff about Violetta quite easily, making it difficult for Violetta to carry out her business.
* HopeSpot: Oh look, the five who got caught in the fire might still be alive! [[spoiler:Oh wait, Sachi saw body bags...]]
* [[spoiler:KillEmAll: Ending of Chapter 1, and has apparently been the ending of previous loops. The loops will continue as long as it keeps happening, until the killer is found.]]
* LargeHam: '''~HEADMASTER TATARI~ ★'''
* {{Megane}}: Not unusual, so many UTAU have them, but of particular interest is Yue, who does not have glasses in his original UTAU design. But then again, he gets killed five minutes later...
* NapoleonComplex: Shoichiro has one, though not without reason as people keep mistaking him for a freshman.
* ObviouslyEvil: Headmaster Tatari, who has ridiculously sharp teeth in a CheshireCatGrin, loves to talk about how his students are pathetic and useless beings, and seems to be ''extremely'' suspicious about what he's doing. It however is equally possible for him to be a RedHerring. [[spoiler:In fact, it ''is'' a RedHerring - Tatari, while a malevolent demon who seems to enjoy this "game" and doesn't seem to wish to do his own detective work to figure it out, does indeed wish to spare his world from the killings.]]
* PowerTrio: Kaen, Lucy, and Sachi, [[spoiler:though it pretty much shatters around halfway through Chapter 1]].
** Also, on the other side, Tatari, Shun, and Igamu.
* PsychopathicManchild: Okay, so we don't exactly know [[spoiler:how demons age]], but for all intents and purposes Tatari has the attitude of a three-year-old.
* RedOniBlueOni: Scattered and reckless Detective October compared to the more collected, analytical Agent Violetta. Notably, October wears a blue tie and Violetta wears a red scarf, though their temperaments are the opposite.
* RetCon: In-universe. After October mentions that the fire victims are dead, the students are perceptive enough to figure out the inconsistency between that statement and Tatari's statement they ''might'' be alive from the previous day. Tatari claims that he spoke wrong and he meant that they were dead. Given that he spent whole minutes talking about the possibility they might be alive, nobody buys it.
* RichBitch: Tsubaki.
** AlphaBitch: And apparently everyone follows her.
* RightHandHottie: Shun, Headmaster Tatari's assistant.
* [[SayItWithHearts Say It with Stars]]: Headmaster Tatari loves to pepper his speech with ★ - even when saying something ridiculously morbid.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Mathieu and Kasui respectively.
* SmugSnake: Kaen is not ''really'' this, but the way he has his "smug" sprite all the time you'd expect him to crown himself king at any moment.
* TheDragon: Shun to Tatari. [[spoiler:As a demon, too. Interestingly, he clearly had a past history with Ceoil, implying he was human at one point.]]
* TeamMom: Linako thinks of herself as this in a literal sense, calling herself "mama". Not just to her friends, though - to ''everyone''.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: [[spoiler:Selen's death]] is treated this way.
* TragicHero: Kaen for Chapter 1 at least. While he never killed anyone [[spoiler:up until his killing of October, which was not ''entirely'' intentional]], his motives are somewhat shady as he wishes to kill the Headmaster, believing he is the killer on just as much flimsy evidence as October has for him. The fact that he was a complete recluse prior to and during the beginning of the story doesn't help him.
** Arguably October as well, as his only wish is to solve the case, but the evidence is so lacking he turns to Kaen to frame him by any means; [[spoiler:he however lacks a true redemption as in the end he challenges Kaen to shoot the gun at him, not knowing that there was still a bullet left in the gun]].
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Pretty much everyone who dies at the beginning and doesn't get more than two minutes of screen time. (Three characters who are killed in the shooting are not even ''named'' before they are killed!)
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"He's a demon."]]
** A visual one right before that during which [[spoiler:Tatari opens his eyes and they're '''''inverted''''']].
* {{Yakuza}}: Kasui has been known to be heavily associated with them.