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Persona: The Sougawa Files by Arsene_Phantom

  • Recommended by: Scandala
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Rina Oshiro has always lived a luxurious life due to her prestige, but her surroundings never allowed her to fully embrace it - until a few days ago, where she managed to seize an opportunity to move to the large city of Sougawa. While things seem great at first, her life promptly takes a sharp turn when she's thrust into a mystery detailing mysterious creatures called Shadows, that latch onto people and turn them into blissful husks. While Rina quickly develops a mysterious power known as "Persona", she quickly finds herself trapped in a battle involving Shadows, unexpected allies, and enemies far beyond her comprehension...
  • Comments: This is a Persona fic that almost feels like an original game. It takes place in its own unique location, with colorful characters (with Rina being a particularly interesting protagonist) and foes alike, as well as a well-woven narrative. Though it's lacking any connection to other Persona games besides the Velvet Room, it does reference them here and there. Now has a trope page.

In the Eye of the Beholder by HopeGale

  • Recommended by: rmctagg09
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Lydia White is new to the small city of Quartz, having had to move there due to her dad's new job. When people start disappearing into the nearby woods, the ones that come back have an insatiable need to stare at their own reflection. With the power of Persona, Lydia and her new friends delve into this mystery. Set in the Western world!
  • Comments: In the Eye of the Beholder is a Persona fic that, rather than taking place in Japan, takes place in the United States three years after Persona 4, though it lacks any connection to it or the other games apart from the presence of the Velvet Room. Despite the change in setting, however, it feels much like you're reading a novelization fic for an actual Persona game. It also has a trope page.

Persona Zeroes! by UknownHero

  • Recommended by Nightelf37
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Suicide rates have been recently increasing in Ikemasen, Japan and nothing seems to be working. Fear is running rampant across the state, and the Kirijo Group is doing its best to reduce suicide rates in the town. It seems like a job for a Fool and his team, right? Well, the thing is… the Fool is the biggest scaredy cat in the country, and he leads a team of cowards. Don't be afraid.
  • Comments: This an Original Flavour for the Persona series. The original characters prove to be uniquely promising so far. For a change, the Velvet Room is a chat room, and the underlying theme has to do with fears, and so the protagonist is fittingly a coward, but he soldiers through it.

A Fool's Study Into Witchcraft by 741AuthorNCS

  • Recommended by: krimzonflygon2, Leid
  • Sufficient Velocity link AO3 link Spacebattles link link to artist741's account on Deviantart
  • Crossover with Little Witch Academia
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: The Magical World is declining as the Collective Consciousness of Humanity embraces modern technology. During that time, a Fool begins her journey by enrolling in Luna Nova to follow her missing idol's footsteps. Can she rekindle people's believe in magic once more? (She probably needs to study first though...)
  • Comments: Not complete, but a solid story with a lot of potential even further down the line. The setting itself weaves the Persona-verse with the LWA-verse in a number of creative ways, and the fact that Atsuko's initial Persona Aradia is a character unto herself is right off the bat a unique approach: most SMT stories and media in general relegates the summons to near-mindless fighting machines once they're under the protagonist's control, and when they do get characterization it's usually played for gags. The fact that Aradia is acting as a bit of a guardian angel to Atsuko lends itself to some interesting events. Definitely a story to keep an eye on. It has a non updating trope page

Seven Days Survivor by Jon-Berry

  • Recommended by: Leidolf
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: The Tokyo Lockdown is over for Midori Komaki, but when she is moved to Tatami Port Island to continue her education, she didn't expect to be called up to save the world again.
  • Comments: Set in Gin's Route, Midori heads to Tatami Port Island after the events of the lockdown, only to end up becoming involved in the Dark Hour. This leads to her becoming involved in the plot of the story. This synopsis is just for the events of the first fic, set in Persona 3; it eventually moves on to Persona 4.


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