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“Why are you telling me this?” You must be thinking to yourself. Because, my friend, you, too, are about to embark on a journey similar to these brave survivors - - whether you like it or not. Come along as you face these challenges along the way, and you’d best pray and hope that you survive. Whether or not you believe in the paranormal is not the quest - - it’s if you can stay sane in this literal hellhole and overcome any obstacles in your path.”
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Weeping Willows: The Town of Spirthand (often referred to was WW2 or Spirithand) is a roleplay inspired by the Danganronpa series. It takes place over Discord, with the moderators being Erica, Middy, and Astron. It can be found here.

The events of Weeping Willows 2: The Town of Spirithand take place two years after the previous killing game, Weeping Willows. 21 Ultimates (with two more joining the party later) are trapped in the town of Spirithand, a town where its residents had disappeared years ago, with only fragments hinting at where they went. The Ultimates have to figure out what happened to the residents while they participate in another killing game. In addition to this, the survivors of the previous killing game are around to an extent - or rather, one of them can be heard on the radio, but his location is currently unknown.

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This is currently an ongoing roleplay. Spoilers abound, so read at your own risk.


Weeping Willows: The Town of Spirthand contains examples of:

  • Alternate Universe: While it does have tropes and themes associated with Danganronpa, the events in that universe do not exist. The only things they have in common are the killing games and the idea of Ultimates.
  • Anyone Can Die: Given that this is inspired by Danganronpa, this work takes that in mind. Demonstrated when Scilla murders Roark in the first chapter to make an example out of them.
  • Ax-Crazy: During the Possession motive, multiple characters were possessed and became afflicted with this, with Nagase and Roark's possessions being the ones that caused the most damage.
  • Being Good Sucks: What the cast is discovering. While most of them attempt to cling onto their morals, tragedy still strikes.
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: A few of the characters tend to do this on a few occasions.
    • Scilla is particularly fond of this trope and likes to tell the characters that their roleplayers (muns) like to torment them. The muns themselves broke the fourth wall at the end of chapter 2.
    • Tetsu is also fond of this trope, acknowledging comments from the roleplayers.

  • Body Horror: Part of the fourth motive revolves around the students having their bodies replaced with those of monsters. The students don't feel their body change, but they are left with the results.
    • Tetsuya became a chocolate monster that has the shape of a human.
    • Ayuna became an un-meltable snowman with a generic shape.
    • Nagase became a Chesire Cat.
    • Rory became a Voodoo Doll, with any injuries he sustains in that body will be transferred to his normal body. He's also much shorter.
    • Caolán became a goatman... And his clothes disappeared.
    • Ezekiel became an alien.
    • Yukan became a gryphon.
    • Loki became a zombie.
    • Susumu became a skeleton.
    • Deirdre became a Modron.
    • Kristina became a werewolf.
    • Emiko became a nightcrawler.
    • Milk became a Pillsbury Dough person.
  • Mimi became a Werepoltiger.
    • Demetrio is the only one who didn't visibly change but it's implied that something else happened to him...

  • Crapsack World: The entire town is gloomy and looks like the aftermath of an apocalypse.
  • Demonic Possession: Part of the first motive revolves around this premise, causing the possessed students to (mostly) wreck havoc. Takaika, Caolán's, Milk, and Loki's demons didn't harm the students.
  • Due to the Dead:
    • Most of the cast pay their due to the dead, with Loki and Yukan closing the eyes of the deceased and a group of them attempting to bury the first deceased.
    • Subverted with the students killed in the executions, but in a Justified way given that the bodies are taken away from the group.
    • Subverted with some of the students who refused to bury the first body, though that was mostly due to them pointing out that Scilla was going to take the body away.
  • Dwindling Party: As the story goes on, more of the characters end up dying. Briefly subverted when Tetsu and Demetrio arrive, but played straight again with the next murders.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Scilla has no qualms with showing up in the out of character channels to go after the roleplayers (muns). Or call them out.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: The motive of Chapter 3. Everyone is forced to swap bodies with another student and start to experience the memories of the person they swapped with.
  • History Repeats Itself: Many themes or events from the previous killing game have repeated themselves:
    • A child shows up, and the mascot is unsure how the child showed up.
    • One of the Ultimates is an Ultimate Mobster.
    • The mascot grows legs and terrorizes the students
    • The mascot is also capable of breaking the fourth wall.
    • One of the motives is a bodyswap motive.
    • Someone's death in the bodyswap motive causes someone close to them to be utterly devastated.
  • Not Himself: The motive of chapter 2. Several students are affected with this. They start to act differently (like Tetsuya becomes an Alpha Bitch and Ezekiel becomes nicer)... With a few students faking their symptoms as well.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted to an extent with Hisashi Tetsuya, Tetsuya Hironori, and Dr. Tetsu Nakamura.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The ghosts in this story are monochrome, cannot speak (due to a Retcon), and if they lose purpose, can potentially degenerate into shadows.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: How the executions and other punishments work. If one commits a crime, then one must suffer a crime of similar or greater proportion.
  • Perpetual Storm: It's always raining in Spirithand.
  • Reality Ensues: In chapter 3's trial, Ezekiel acknowledges that due to the the motive, it would be hard to pin down who the killer is because they can fake their handwriting. They only got away with it in chapter 2 because the killer had a freak out when they were asked to verify their handwriting.
  • Running Gag: There are several gags throughout the roleplay:
    • Whenever someone gets hurt, Loki immediately appears or someone tries to summon Loki, no matter what Loki is doing. This tends to irk Loki, given that many of their conversations or actions have been interrupted due to this. Justified given that Loki is the only certified and trained medic.
    • The Gnomes keep showing up to terrorize Susumu and Tetsuya, with one of them hitting on Tetsuya and Susumu having to initiate divorce proceedings to a family of gnomes later.
    • Scilla running around with their human legs. And yes that's as horrifying as it sounds, given that they grow heels and fishnets as well.
    • Ghost Dr. Phil returns to mess with the students.
    • Another gag is that the students are doing something mundane or looking for a way out... Only to run into a meme that's come to life.
    • Loki and Nagase constantly getting cockblocked - even in heartwarming moments. Someone always seems to interrupt them.
    • An unintentional one But barring Roark, the victims of the murders are the taller cast members, with the shorter cast members being the killers.
    • Mistaking the characters for someone else. Loki is a frequent victim, getting mistaken for others several times (and humorously, to people that look nothing like them).
    • King's rants on the broadcasts. They sometimes enter the weird territory.
    • Loki trying to punch Demetrio for a variety of reasons, with Demetrio not really feeling the punch.
    • Tetsu's methods of exiting rooms... They tend to be strange.
  • Small, Secluded World: The characters are trapped in the town of Spirithand. They can only travel as far as Scilla allows, but they cannot leave.

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