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Kon Ran is a panfandom mystery roleplay game on Dreamwidth.
The totally innocent default icon.

In a beautiful, charming city, an odd epidemic has begun to take hold. Ordinary civilians from all walks of life have begun collapsing due to a mysterious incident, falling into comas with no seeming sign as to the cause. They sleep for days, or weeks - or longer. And when they wake up, they have no recollection of their prior lives, believing themselves to have had an entirely different life. Undergoing treatment, these people must now reacquaint themselves with their new/old lives and come to terms with them before re-integrating themselves into their society again.

It's all a lie. Or is it?

Originally slated to be on LiveJournal, the game changed over to Dreamwidth before its opening and has been there ever since.

  • Alien Invasion: Both the reason why the characters have been brought to Kon Ran and Kon Ran even exists. Not to mention why Fay exists.
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  • All There in the Manual: The mods allowed access to the game's surprisingly comprehensive full in-story bible once the game sputtered out to its unfortunately, untimely demise.
  • Anonymous Benefactor: The KIM. Not even its members know who's in charge. Subverted when it was revealed to the characters.
  • Adventures in Comaland: The doctors' explanation of all of their patients' experiences. And the characters' suspicions about it being a lie proved to be true.
  • Alternate History:
    • So far, the characters have learned that they are (apparently) in a universe where Imperial China never fell, became a powerful constitutional monarchy of some sort, allied with Japan and currently own Alaska, northern Korea and some other places. Also because of this the World Wars didn't affect Asia as they did, and World War II isn't even considered as such - its called the "War of the European Fascists". Then again, for all we know...
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    • The Boxer Rebellion also occurred, except that the Chinese government joined the West and slaughtered them. Said event, which took place in the city, is now celebrated annually, according to one mod plot. On the other hand, this also gave birth to even more extremist and nationalist resistance movements, culminating in existence of the KIM.
    • Divided States of America: Though thus far all we know of is that Alaska is in Chinese hands...
      • Expanded States of America: ...But then this happened. Thanks to that, the multi-continent, 60-state United States of Columbiana is now canon. Alaska and Hawaii not being part of the country notwithstanding...
    • Permanent Elected Official: If November's mod plot is any indication, Margaret Thatcher and George W. Bush have been blessed with this trope in the alternate universe.
  • Badass Santa: Naturally.
  • Batman Gambit: Of all of the characters, who would have thought it was the Viceroy trying to pull one of them?
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Oppenheimers. Second place goes to the royal family.
  • Body Horror: The August plague is causing several victims to transform into beasts. It's not pleasant.
    • It gets worse. According to a conversation with one of the mods over Skype, if a cure hadn't been found, the plague would have ended with every victim's genetic structure breaking down completely. Every citizen of Kon Ran would have been a pile of goop. Sweet dreams!
  • Brought Down to Normal: With a rare few exceptions, this is what might be happening to those in comas.
  • Catchphrase: FUCK THE POLICE
    • Alternatively: "DAMMIT MECHA"
  • Cultural Posturing: What the KIM's philosophy is based on, especially in regards to Kon Ran's existence. Subverted with Gang Kwan, who himself would be considered one by their definitions.
  • The Clan: The Oppenheimers.
  • Different World, Different Movies: Not explored fully yet, but...
  • Driving Question: Several. They were thankfully answered for the most part.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Seriously, KIM, KRIMP, KRIB...Maybe IQR, but that's not like the others.
  • Geographic Flexibility: Or weren't those new locations in the city always there?!
  • Have We Met Yet?: Liz, Donatello and Roxas all ran into Dr. Kwan in the past, not even aware they'd gone back in time, and were shocked to find him in prison, and that he didn't recognize them.
  • Half-Human Hybrid Fay. And Santa Claus, of all people.
  • Handicapped Badass: The Viceroy counts.
  • 100% Adoration Rating: The Viceroy enjoys this, for the most part, among her loyal subjects.
  • Like Reality, Unless Noted
  • Licensed Game: Armageddist, of all things.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: [[Word of God]] is that the upkeep for the numerous major NPCs, along with their comprehensive backstories that contributed to plot, were a major part of the reason the mods ultimately burnt out on the game.
  • Master Race: The KIM's primary motive.
  • Meet Cute: Jesse and Kate, technically, since Jesse still seems to be suffering from his amnesia. She brought him cookies on Valentine's Day and past that, it was clear neither of them knew what to do. Subsequent events make it far less endearing, though.
  • Noodle Incident:
  • People Jars
  • Phlebotinum-Handling Requirements: Only the characters, the Viceroy, Chief Oppenheimer, Fay, Santa Claus, the Visitors, and the enemy Others fulfill this in any way, be it to prolonged exposure and experience, having the genes of a Visitor, or not being from Kon Ran's universe at all.
  • Polar Opposite Twins: The Kwan twins.
  • Police Brutality: Even if you're innocent. Just ask Donatello or Dr. Kwan!
  • Police State: Especially for the patients.
  • Psychic Nosebleed: The Viceroy. Its generally a sign she's overextending her ability to control the Phlebotinum Battery.
  • Random Number God: And how.
  • Richard Nixon, the Used Car Salesman: Or in this case, Lan Ping[1] the world-famous and loved (and still-living) actress and director. She was married to some guy who liked Communism for a few years in the 30s and 40s. Whatever.
  • NPCs Who Actually Do Something: Most of the non-playable characters are active within the game, helping (or hindering) characters on a routine basis, and even in some cases hanging out with characters.
  • Running Gag:
    • Mechakara's alleged vibrate function.
    • 'TRISTAN CARINO, etc. etc. etc.
  • Santa Claus: He is an utter badass and don't you forget it.
  • She Is the King:
    • Surprisingly, its Fay. Or, rather, Fēiyúxīng, aka the Wànwǔ Emperor.
    • Meaningful Name: The above's true name roughly translates to "flying fish star". Guess what the Visitors were partially based on.
  • Split Personality: All of the player characters have this, evidently brought on but the dreams they had while in their comas. Except when they don't. Which, it turned out, was the entire time.
  • Teasing Creator: NI. All the mods are to an extent, but Ni is the epitome of this out of the three. Just try and get a straight answer out of her about what's really going on. Just try.
  • The Random Number Generator is a Troll.
    • A troll that knows all.
  • The Plague: August's mod plot...
  • The Tower: But what, exactly, does it mean?...
  • The Virus: Trachemysscriptaelegansviridae, Influenza D. TSEVID or Influenza D for short. The meaning behind the name is, thankfully, completely innocuous.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Oh, Poor, poor Lisa.
  • Trolling RNG: Who may or may not be a former player named Crysiana.
  • Typhoid Mary: Not going to point fingers, but. DONATELLO.
  • Unperson: Dr. Kwaaaaaaaaan.
  • Waking Up Elsewhere: How everyone starts in Kon Ran.
  • Wham Episode:
    • A terrorist group approaches the patients with an offer to join them, but not before attacking the city and placing bombs in some of the patents' homes.
    • Liz, Don and Roxas all suddenly find themselves wandering lost in a prison...five years ago. As they end up wandering death row, just moments after listening to someone choke to death on their poisoned dinner, who should they find but Dr. Ang Kwan. Meanwhile, Hajime, Neku, and the Eighth Doctor all discover that Lisa Owens not only used to be a police officer, but is - an Oppenheimer. Not only that, but she's Arthur Oppenheimer's wife.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: The KIM...maybe.


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