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Light in Despair's Darkness

The world has become a battle of wits between opposing manipulators, all aiming to win this fight of life and death. Who will triumph? Who will blunder? Who will survive? Let the games begin.

AU of Danganronpa, Rational!Naegi. Current arc: 5 (6 students left counting Enoshima)Heavy reliance on forensics and pathology. Additionally, AI themes become more and more relevant over time, beginning with arc 3. All chemicals described within the story are theoretically synthesizable.

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Escaping

Chapter L: Escaping:A/N: Italics in this chapter are used both for letter text and Alter Ego’s voice. There is no significance to this.XxXNaegi I flicked my wrists quickly, spraying a small cloud from both vials onto the chains of the cuffs binding my wrist and ankles. The acid contained within the vials began to eat away at the metal. Now all I needed w

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Trapping

Chapter XLIX: Trapping

A/N: Italics indicate flashback as well as Alter Ego's voice

XxX

Kirigiri

The five remaining students walked slowly into the trial room. We all took our seats silently, trading glances, each person trying to find weaknesses in the other. Unlike prior trials, nobody began to speak, even after we had sat for a while. Eventually, Monok

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Hunting

Chapter XLVIII: Hunting

XxX

Kirigiri

I froze, digesting the new information. Only a few people knew of the existence of that aerosolized knock out drug. And, of those who did, only one could have been the culprit.

"The Gambler. You, me, her, and Asahina were the only ones who saw that vial. Unless the Soldier noticed it during the interrogation, we are the

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Awakening

Chapter XLVII: Awakening

XxX

Kirigiri

My eyes slowly drifted open as the world around me resolved into focus. I felt a strange prickling at the side of my head and raised my hand to the source of the pain. When I lowered it, my glove was dotted with blood. My eyes widened as I quickly stood up and began examining the room. Everything looked identical to how

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Countering

Chapter XLVI: Countering

XxX

Naegi

My head whirled towards the microphone as I forced my face to remain calm. Monokuma had found a hole in the plan I hadn't anticipated. Find us he couldn't, but he certainly could bring us to him. While I could hypothetically ignore his summons, he might then respond with violence or escalation. As I thought, Alter Ego's v

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Interrogating

Chapter XLV: Interrogating

XxX

Ikusaba

My eyes opened as the world around me slowly blurred into focus. I tried tolift my arms and found them bound. After swearing under my breath, I tried toflick my wrists to slide out one of the blades I kept in reserve for just suchan eventuality. My wrists refused to move. As my eyes widened, I suddenlycaught sight of

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Capturing

Chapter XLIV: Capturing

XxX

Naegi

I stood from the changing room bench, zipping up my bag. As I rose, Kirigiriturned to the others.

“As you can see, the speed of this operation is paramount. Printed images ofyour typical room surroundings have been left on your bedside tables, flippedover. Byakuya was kind enough to provide that help in exchange for…informati

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Testing

Chapter XLIII: Testing

XxX

Naegi

My eyes opened and I slowly lifted my head from the chem lab table. I turnedside to side to let the double vision settle and looked down at the now blood-dotted surface which was still covered with crystals from earlier failedattempts. I briefly felt the top of my head to ensure that there weren’t anysignificant bumps before sta

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Preparing

Chapter XLII: Preparing

XxX

Naegi

I stood in the center of the room, my perception of the surroundings nowchanged. If the tunnel entrance was here, then this wasn’t just some normalclassroom. This was a tactically valuable point. Suddenly, the locations ofthe blood splotches made sense. This wasn’t some random assortment ofmurders…this room was a battleground

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Exploring

Arc 5: …can be extinguished.

Chapter XLI: Exploring:

I walked out of Asahina’s room, mind already filling with ways I could use herto my advantage. She was clearly athletic and might be able to reach placesthat we couldn’t access more easily. Also, she seemed almost fanatic aboutdestroying Monokuma, which meant she would be more willing to take steps thatthe r

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Interlude: Mourning

Interlude: Mourning:

Grief, more than any other emotion, is intensely personal. Everyone looks attragedy differently. Some respond by hiding from their emotions, retreatinginto a shell of cold evaluation. Others let their feelings control them, andsink under a sea of sadness and rage.

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Asahina

Red. So much red. So pretty — she was dancing — suc

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Ended

Chapter XL: Ended

My vision seemed to be narrowing and focusing on Monokuma as he began tolaugh. I was vaguely aware of gasps from some of the other students, but Iignored them. While there might well be fallout from this, it was far moreimportant that I get confirmation or denial to this hypothesis. On the otherhand, if it was true, I didn’t know what my next move

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Forgotten

Chapter XXXIX: Forgotten

The elevator clunked down into place and each student filed into the trialroom, taking their places for the third of these macabre ceremonies. As I sat,I dispassionately wondered how the trial rooms were constructed anew eachtime: the decor seemed completely different in each one, which seemed like itwould be a rather costly endeavor. A

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Lost

Chapter XXXVIII: Lost

I froze, eyes widening.

“Run that by me again? I feel like I misheard.”

“You did not, ” she replied, the fear in her voice now clearly showingthrough, “When I went to check on Alter Ego, I found one of the passwordsfilled in. Also, I found this next to the computer. Do you recognize it?” Shereached into her pocket, pulling out a paper which I

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