Welcome to Cyrene City. Strange things have been happening here. There have been sightings of bizarre animals and mysterious crimes, stories of random people going mad or falling into deep comas. While the incidents are still infrequent and sporadic, they seem to be oddly increasing. A palpable tension seems to blanket the city.
This night, however, something happens that will change the lives of your characters forever. This night, they dream of a small, hunchbacked man with a long nose named Igor, who tells them of a power that dwells within. He tells them that a strange darkness is creeping over their world. That a unknowable Light once held back the darkness, but it seems to be fading away… and so then, the darkness encroaches.
Igor extends his hand to you, and you feel something… different. And then, someone knew enters your dream vision. You see a being, one you cannot recall ever seeing before, but whom you instantly feel very familiar with.
Igor tells you that this is your Persona. The Persona is a part of you, a reflection of your true being, which holds within it, a fragment of the Light. Igor says that since the Light is faded, it is up to you hold back the darkness. And so saying, he bids you farewell. And you awaken. It is still night time, in the early hours of the morning…
Yun Lao/Trenton Cassiday – You awaken in the hospital, next to your sister. As you look to her with sad eyes, you notice something you never saw before. A sort of shadow, lying across her chest. Checking around, you see no obvious source of the shadow, and yet there it is, plain as day. You look harder. And as you do, the shadow seems to shimmer. All of sudden, the air feels unnaturally still. You look around and see that the colors of the world are slightly faded. You look back and see something that makes you lurch back. A being of pure darkness, about the size of a small dog, is sitting on your sisters chest. It is a four-legging thing, and what seems like it should be its head seems to be literally buried in her chest. Suddenly, it twitches, and raises its head out, revealing two round, glowing yellow eyes and mouth like a lamprey. It slowly turns to you, and after a moment, it hisses. Then it lunges!
Challenge: Kill the shadowkin! It is about the size of a Welsh Corgi, but has wicked claws that cut like knives. It has a rounded mouth filled with razor sharp teeth. It’s not that tough, but it is rather quick. Kill it before it kills you!
Froggy/Quincy Stalworth – You seemed to have fallen asleep while working on an art project in the school art room. Shaking yourself awake after your strange dream, you start to tidy up to go back to your dorm room. However, you hear something like a chattering sound around you. You look up, to see various paintings left behind by other students. One, in particular, a rather poorly redone version of the “American Gothic” painting, seems to e shaking. Suddenly, the old man and woman tear themselves from the picture, and attack you, hissing crazily!
Challenge: Destroy the two figures! They are shadow-possessed objects. Although still 2-dimensional, they have human strength and speed, albeit those of a man and woman in their prime, betraying their elderly appearance. The old man wields a pitch fork.
Ptrvc/Travis Coates – After your dream, you take a walk through the nearby bike trail, mulling things over. While on the path, you cross a bridge over a creek, but as you do, you hear something rustling beneath. Ignoring it at first, you hear a shout. You look up, just in time to see something crawl up the creek bank and block your path on the other side of the bridge. It looks like homeless person, at first, in ragged clothes and messy hair. But then, you notice something strange. His eyes, seem to be glowing. With an unearthly snarl, he lunges at you, a rock in his hand poised to strike!
Challenge: Defeat the strange man! He is shadow-possessed, and if you manage to beat him down, the shadow will be forced to flee, after which you can try to destroy the shadow.
The MunchKING!/Munch King – Upon waking up, you hear something rustling around your room. Annoyed, you look up to see one of your video games suddenly fly off a shelf and plop down onto the floor. You notice its your copy of Final Fantasy Origins. You also notice it appears to be “steaming” a dark vapor. Suddenly, a form leaps up, as if from inside the disk! A Final Fantasy 1 Imp, dual wielding knives, cackles and lunges at you!
Challenge: Destroy the Imp! It is a shadow-kin construct taken from the game, but is slightly tougher than you’d expect an imp to be.
Demon King Psycho/Daniel Craze – You wake up from falling asleep to reading a book. You open your eyes, and nearly scream as you see what appears to be a huge black spider on the ceiling right above you. This spider has been blown up to horror-movie proportions, with its body alone being about the size of a house cat, and its legs proportionally enlarged. It appears to be a brown recluse spider, and its six eyes are glowing. Giving just enough time to be shocked fully awake, it drops down upon you!
Challenge: Kill the spider! It is a shadow-possessed and mutated monstrosity. It lacks the brown recluses venom and webs, but has the proportionate strength increase of its size.
Tami/Teresa Anne Weir – You gasp awake, and realize after a moment, that you can hear screaming. Dashing to your window, you look outside, and see what appears to be a young man attacking a young woman. You at first think to call the police, but the man suddenly seems to notice your watching. He looks up at you, and grins, his eyes flashing. You find yourself compelled to intervene, because you just know the police will be too late.
Challenge: Defeat the man! He is shadow-possessed, and is wielding a butterfly knife. Beating him down will force the shadow out, after which you can try to destroy the shadow.
God of Awesome/Daemon Charmer – Daemon awakens and finds himself restless, going for a walk. As he walks, though, he keeps thinking he sees small figures darting out from beyond his vision. Fearing his hallucinations are returning, Daemon, stops and leans against a wall to reorient himself. All of a suddenly, he hears a laughing, and he whirls. He sees what appears to be a seven foot tall man made completely of shadow, his limbs and torso literally thin as broomsticks. The man has an overly large, horned head, and large bat-like wings. It advances upon Daemon, and he realizes that this is NOT an illusion.
Challenge: Defeat the devilish shadow! It has sharp nails and teeth, and can fly. It otherwise, has human-level stats, but beware is quick reflexes and long reach.
LordKaos/Felix Daniels – You’ve been seeing them for a while now, but you did not know what they were. On this night, you are fleeing the shadowy figures that chase you from the corners of your eyes, whispering to you in creaking, dead voices. You round a corner into an alley, but slip and fall, crashing to the ground, hitting your head hard enough to knock you out briefly. In this unconscious state, you dream of Igor, and your Persona awakens. With a flash of power, you are conscious again, your Persona glowing before you, you can see the shadows more clearly… several of them seem to sink away, but one stays. The man-shaped shadow steps towards you slowly, and its face seems to lighten, and shimmer. It continues to do so, until a familiar face peeks through the darkness. Like a living mask, the face of Calvin grins hideously at you. It taunts you as it advances, and you feel your back hit the wall. The world shits to grey around you as the shadow grins wider…
Challenge: Destroy the shadowkin! It wears the face of your former friend, and taunts you with strangely accurate memories of your time as friends. Do to let it fool you, or you will fall victim to its maddening taunts. It has human-level stats, and attacks with its fists.
Lemmiwinks/Ridley McNeal – It’s your shift at the firehouse tonight, and as you wake up early, pondering your dream, you decide to get some of the day’s duties started early, since you doubt you’ll be able to sleep now. As you head to the garage, you hear a scuffling sound. You walk around the engine and stop short as you see what appears to be a black fireman’s helmet hovering in the air, and below it and to the left is a large wrench, also hovering. These objects move forward, as if being worn and held by an invisible man. The helmet and wrench stop short, though, and then turn. In that instant, the world shifts to grey, and a shadowy figure fills the space between the helmet, wrench, and the floor. It pauses, as if waiting for something, but when you start to move, and it launches itself at you, swinging the wrench in a frenzied manner.
Challenge: Destroy the shadowkin! It is actually possessing the helmet, so you’ll need to destroy that to get rid of the shadow. It has the stats of a physically fit human.
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