[About the Setting]

for those who haven’t played the games or are wondering where this fic strays from canon!

The Dreadnought universe is not terribly different from our own, at least at first. It’s set several years in the future, and technology is a bit more advanced than modern day, especially in fields like robotics and space travel.

Hope’s Peak Academy Main Course

Hope’s Peak is a prestigious high school devoted to educating those with unusual, near-supernatural talents of all kinds. Recruitment scouts travel the world looking for the students with the greatest potential to become masters in their field, and bring them to their massive campus in ████, Japan, free of charge, where they can devote as much time as possible to honing their craft (think a smaller-scale Rapture from Bioshock.) Graduates of Hope’s Peak Academy have the opportunity and ability to change the world, or are at least guaranteed a successful career for life.

Super High School Level (SHSL)

“Super High School Level [talent]” is the title given to each student scouted and and accepted into the main course. It may sound goofy translated into English, but it’s not a title given out lightly! Contrary to popular belief, though, it doesn’t always mean that student is the best in the world at what they do– just that they show the potential to become the best in the world.

Hope’s Peak Academy Reserve Course

Hope’s Peak is primarily supported by government funding and donations, but the amount of research work they do combined with federal budget cuts resulted in the opening of the Hopes Peak Reserve Course, a branch of the school open to any student who can afford tuition. While the curriculum is obviously not as stringent as that of the main course, the Hope’s Peak name is enough to get a foot in the door at the vast majority of employers.

The Tragedy


Killing Game Structure

For those who haven’t played the Dangan Ronpa games, here’s how the games are usually laid out:

  • Daily Life – Downtime for the students to recover and interact– after all, where’s the fun in making them kill each other if you don’t give them time to get attached to each other first? This usually includes exploration of any new areas unlocked aboard the station andfree-time events where Timaeus can talk to the students one-on-one and learn more about them.
  • Abnormal Days – MONO-9000 gives the students a motive to kill each other. It could be something that threatens the whole group, or a promise of something life-changing. Who knows?
  • Investigation – Once a murder finally happens, the students are given time to investigatethe crime scene for any evidence that could point towards the killer. More information about the mechanics as they appear in this fic will be published once the first murder occurs.
  • Class Trial – After MONO-9000 decides investigation has gone on long enough (or he gets bored) the Class Trial begins. The students are to solve the murder and vote for who they believe to be the culprit– if they get it wrong, [REDACTED] and if they get it right, the culprit is punished and the cycle begins again. More information about mechanics will be published once the first Class Trial starts.

Misc. Notes

While the fic is in English, the students are technically speaking in Japanese. As the canon games do, though, I’m representing different accents through their English equivalents–Jurou in particular is from a very rural village in Japan, so I write him with a U.S. rural southern accent despite him not being American.


Since DRV3 is technically by its own admission not canon, I’m pretty much ignoring any of the worldbuilding from this game, haha. A few plot elements are similar to things I was gonna add later on in this story, but I’m gonna go ahead and stick with what I had planned! im not deliberately plagiarizing anything i swear