The very best at what they do, the title of Ultimate is widely respected and coveted. Despite being teenagers, an Ultimate will possess immense talent and success in a certain area, from scaling mountains to pacifism to news reporting, even to the extent of professional success. As well as this, they're known as the beacons of hope for the future, the very brightest of their generation.
Ultimates have developed a culture of their own, to the point where people not only respect and work alongside them, but some even devote their work to fostering these talents. Notably, a prestigious school known as Hope's Peak Academy has started to shape the future, with the students they scout being all but guaranteed success upon graduation, as many of them end up major influential figures in whatever field they go into, due to both their preexisting and newly developed talents. It's a rather unconventional school; students develop their talents instead of traditional classes and exams, and are tested to ensure they meet the standards that the Ultimate title requires.
Upon arrival at Hope's Peak, not everything is as it seems. Sixteen Ultimate students have been trapped, with no escape, no memory, and no answers. Before they know it, the students are forced into a death game, in which the only way out of their situation is to get away with murdering another student, with the cost of failure marked as one's own life and the cost of success being those of everyone else. To push them further, a strange bear known as Monokuma is introduced, to give the students some... motivations.
There are no answers to be found, or very few at that. Though, a traitor lies among the students, one who knows much more than they should, and one who will stop at nothing to keep those things under wraps.
1. Death - I'll just get this out of the way: you're putting your characters in a death game. Chances are they're going to die some brutal death at the hands of another character, or they'll murder another character. I will ignore requests for survival, even if it's just to a certain point in the story. The cases will be picked based on the characters alone, how they will work in the case and how the case will affect the overarching story. Their creators are completely irrelevant, as are my opinions on the characters. As well, I will not be shying away from violence, as this is rather death-centric; if you're uncomfortable with that, it should go without saying that you should stay away.
2. Liberties - I will try my hardest to stay true to the characters I am working with, but I reserve the right to do whatever I wish with them. This includes inter-character connections, development and arcs, and obviously their deaths. If you have specific requests for their characterization or how you think they will react to the situation and various circumstances, that's more than allowed - in fact, it's actively encouraged. At the end of the day, I do want to stay true to your characters. Of course, I won't take any requests specific to deaths, but I will take things like how your characters would respond to their friends dying or the like, or even just the types of people they'd get along with.
3. Forms - Please remove parentheses from forms, just for organization. As well, I would prefer for characters to be as unique as possible from one another, but I do understand that coincidences happen. As well, if you design characters to be foils/parallels, that's completely fine, and please mention if something like this has been planned so I can set things up accordingly. Finally, please be as descriptive as you can in your form; the more detail, the more I have to work with, and the more likely it is I will pick your character. I would appreciate more detail than "hair: black, eyes: green, skin: pale, build: tall". The more details, the better. Obviously, you don't need to follow the exact format to a T, but I'd prefer to at least have all the information there in some way, shape, or form.
4. Secrets - This is a big one. As this is a murder-mystery at its core, please try and keep your characters' secrets as secrets. For this reason, I would appreciate it greatly if you utilize and take great advantage of the white text function. I have the form color-coded to show what I would like to be whited out, and I would appreciate it if you try your best to follow this. For a rule of thumb, anything besides first impressions should remain white text to preserve the mystery that comes with reading them. If you have another means to get the form to me, one that allows for more secrecy, I actively encourage that, because people can and likely will read these forms anyways. As well, please try and add some level of sketchiness or suspicion to your character. At the very least, make a character who is mentally capable of murder or even of being the mastermind if you want a challenge. I don't want to have to butcher characterization because the perfect killer for this case is a precious angel who would apologize for hurting a fly.
5. Characters - I have some ground rules for the characters I will accept, which tie pretty closely to that last one. I won't accept perfect or overly-good characters, especially of the precious cinnamon roll variety who can do no wrong. At the same time, no edge masters straight out of a bad anime or walking pity parties (put that violin away and give your character a personality). Keep any tragic backstories within reason; preferably, they have at least one parent or a legal guardian at least, and not one that just hates them for no reason other than bad parents. The more nuanced your character, the more likely I will pick them.
6. More Character Notes - Feel free to make some level of unfortunate backstory with your character, but again, keep it within some level of reason. Try and make a distinct, entertaining character to read about, as I will be picking characters for the fun they will bring as well as their substance. I will allow for some level of anime colors, as there are canon characters with red/pink/purple eyes and hair colors of various tones, but again have the slightest bit of sensibility. Maybe go for a blush-pink hair and dark eyes or something along those lines, sure, but not neon cyan hair and yellow eyes. To fit the nature of the canon games, I will allow for some pretty weird and detailed outfits, but once again, have it make an ounce of sense and don't just throw your character in a ball gown for the sake of it. Also, this isn't required by any means, but in case you have a visual reference for your character (such as a drawing you made of them) that you would like to give me to help with the text description, you can send it to me elsewhere if you know where to find me. I would prefer a diverse cast in not only concept, but nationalities and other such things; try not to make them all American or all Japanese, but of course don't sweat that sort of thing - the spread I pick will ultimately decide where the school is set, as that's still up for debate.
7. Spots - As far as you are concerned for the time being, these spots are unlimited. You can submit as many characters as you like, as the characters aren't being accepted on a first-come first-serve basis. Instead, I will simply collect the pool of applicants, and when the time comes I will pick the lineup I feel will be most interesting from said pool. This lineup, in the end, will consist of sixteen characters. I will make further notice once the deadline for characters approaches. Also note that the white ink will serve as a marker for if you read the rules, and if you don't include that you won't be in the running.
All characters are exceptionally talented in whatever field they come from, as mentioned above. This can either be out of sheer hard work and dedication or from natural talent or a casual hobby; of course, as with real life, the latter is much rarer. Most likely, they will have devoted a lot of time and energy into their talent, and it will either affect or be affected by the rest of their life, personality, etc.
I will not allow canon Ultimates from any three games; however, talents from the anime are acceptable because that totally didn't happen what are you talking about. Talents from Shots Fired are acceptable as well. I would appreciate if every potential character had a unique talent if possible, but again, coincidences do happen. Keep an eye out for the other characters, though; two Ultimate Sculptors is fine, but six is out of hand. As well, keep as much variation between talents as you can; if there's an Ultimate Guitarist, an Ultimate Conductor, and an Ultimate Rapper in the apps so far, maybe save away your concept for an Ultimate EDM Musician. Both duplicate talents and highly similar talents will reduce your chances of being picked, the former more than the latter.
Talents such as the Ultimate Lucky Student, a student who gets into the school based on a national draw, will be allowed, as are any number of circumstances involving talents: hidden by the mastermind or yourself, forgotten, fake, and joke talents are all allowed, as are any other ideas you might have. Go as wild as you can think of, though I will only accept a couple of characters with odd talent circumstances.
Please keep in mind your character's age and circumstance and how they managed to get where they are with their talent. Some dodgy things must be happening if your fifteen-year-old is a high-ranking soldier. There are some ways to get around this; for example, Mikan from SDR2 was originally the Ultimate Health Committee Member and was only translated into the Ultimate Nurse, making her technically associated with a high school rather than a legitimate hospital. Keep in mind, as well, that this is a government-run school and without some major mastermind-lore-based alterations, they likely wouldn't accept the likes of thieves and assassins. Not only would Hope's Peak bring them to a prison rather than into their own walls, but their freedom and safety would be jeopardized by such a high public status. Of course, Danganronpa isn't the most realistic of series (take one look at V3) but please try to keep some level of sense in your characters and their talents.
If you have ideas that you're not sure are legal, just go for it! At the worst, I'll ask that you change it, or maybe just not accept your characters. You can also go two different routes, both including and not including that specific idea.
THE BEHEMOTH (FORM)
Keep Public | Keep Private
Name: (Full Name, Nicknames, Aliases)
Talent: (Title, special circumstances, talent-related skills, talent origin)
Skills: (Skills unrelated to Ultimate talent)
Personality: (Presentation to others, thoughts, opinions, values, strengths, weaknesses, any particular speech patterns, any particular triggers (positive or negative) or special circumstances)
> Hair: (Color, length, style, etc)
> Body: (Build, measurements, skin, eyes, scars/abnormalities/etc, etc)
> Outfit: (Go wild within reason - one outfit thats typically a uniform but not required to be)
> Presentation: (Posture, how they present themselves, expressions, physical habits (eg. twirling hair) - not required but appreciated!)
Backstory: (Childhood, family, talent origins but this time more detailed, getting accepted into hopes peak, any and all major life events, etc)
Secrets: (Any major secrets to reveal throughout the story - give me yall juice!)
Other: (Anything you somehow didn't get a chance to include in the rest of this gigantic thing)
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