Chapter Zero: Prologue IV

"Sakimoto...Ice Climber...Seventy-sixth class...why does that sound so familiar?" Glancing over to the other stack that was left untouched, a connection pops back into their memory. Slapping the previously held folder onto the desk with haste, the figure mills through the twenty files with a gleeful expression. "No way, this has to be too good to be true! How did I not catch this the first time?"

A giggle erupts from their throat as the person grins, but there was something sinister masking their seemingly harmless smile.

"Well I'll be damned...Imagine the mass despair this imbecile will experience once he realizes his sacrifice single-handedly sent his students and loved ones to their death sentences! It'll be glorious to witness this unfold on both sides of accidental betrayal by the one person they trusted."

The corner of their eyes catch movement coming from the set of monitors sitting besides them. Placing the single file back onto the desk, the figure directs their attention to the ongoing surveillance footage. Their interest begins to peak as they witness people sluggishly move around on the screens, each person gradually awakening to their new surroundings. At the sight of one particular person, an amusing expression appears on the figure's features. "I see our friend has agreed to the deal, how predictable. Now let's see if they could pull through."

The figure watches their colleague look around the barren hallway, standing alone as they take a couple of steps in the right direction. Before they completely vanish from the monitor's view, the person stares directly into the camera's lens and provides a curt nod directing to the viewer. Once their ally makes their exit out of sight, the figure blinks and takes their eyes away from the screen. They turn in their seat and spot the third pile of files resting on the desk they're currently stationing in.

With a single hand, they then proceed to pick up the stack and analyze the following Hope's Peak Academy staff members...


Elenor Blue

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: History Teacher

Work Location: Reserve Course

Former SHSL Talent: N/A

Age: 35

Birthday: February 15th

Gender: Female

Height: 5' 7"

Weight: 145 lbs.

Eye Color: Dark Pink

Hair Color: Black

Other Notes: Elenor is a stickler for following schedule and can be a bit intense when it comes to interruptions but that's about it. She doesn't care about her appearance and doesn't care about what you have to say about her either! She's easy to get along with, mostly because she's predictable, so it's easy to figure out what to say to her.


Yuzuki Chosuke

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: Librarian

Work Location: Hope's Peak Elementary Division

Former SHSL Talent: Rakugo Artist

Age: 21

Birthday: March 20th

Gender: Male

Height: 5' 7"

Weight: 134 lbs.

Eye Color: Golden Amber

Hair Color: Navy Blue

Other Notes: With a sophisticated and gentle nature, Yuzuki uses his comedic wit to bring audiences to their feet. For this reason, he not only made for an excellent rakugo artist but also a storyteller for talented children. Despite being talkative when performing, he can get bashful around peers and strangers when speaking directly.


Hideyoshi Hayate

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: Bus Driver / Substitute Teacher

Work Location: Main Course

Former SHSL Talent: SHSL Motorist

Age: 26

Birthday: April 19th

Gender: Male

Height: 5' 10"

Weight: 190 lbs.

Eye Color: Yellow

Hair Color: Golden

Other Notes: He jokes around alot and usually takes most things as a joke. He isn't a very serious person, but can become one when things go wrong. He is abnormally curious about everything, sometimes sticking his nose where it doesn't belong. He gets along with others, but they are usually victim to his mocking/teasing. He is most known for his sharp tongue and wit.


Hinako Hoshizora

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: Language Teacher

Work Location: Main Course

Former SHSL Talent: SHSL Voice Actress

Age: 24

Birthday: March 5th

Gender: Female

Height: 5' 7"

Weight: 130 lbs.

Eye Color: Dark Brown

Hair Color: Muted Pink

Other Notes: The former SHSL Voice Actress known for being the voice of the protagonist of a popular magical girl anime. She is often praised for her wide vocal range and for being able to voice characters in multiple languages. A few years after graduating Hope's Peak Academy, she returned to teach new generations of SHSL students.


Shigure Ishimoto

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: Homeroom Teacher for Class 2A

Work Location: Reserve Course

Former SHSL Talent: N/A

Age: 36

Birthday: August 23rd

Gender: Female

Height: 5' 4"

Weight: 139 lbs.

Eye Color: Green

Hair Color: Black

Other Notes: Being a calm and assertive person, though somewhat prejudistic, Shigure is not one to lose sight of her goals. While she can sometimes be somewhat unapproachable, she is a slightly timid person that can get a bit too trusting for her own good. She always seems to be thinking ahead of the situation.


Yuna Kim

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: H.P.A. Scientist

Work Location: Main Course

Former SHSL Talent: SHSL Neurologist

Age: 32

Birthday: March 18th

Gender: Female

Height: 5' 2"

Weight: 110 lbs.

Eye Color: Grey

Hair Color: Black

Other Notes: Quick and to the point, Yuna is a quiet and intelligent person. Not the type to beat around the bush or sugar coat anything, she's a blunt person, always willing to say what's on her mind. Though people feel like she's hiding something or trying to make up for a past mistake.


Iris Kingston

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: Talent Scout

Work Location: Main Course

Former SHSL Talent: SHSL Agent

Age: 32

Birthday: June 20th

Gender: Female

Height: 5' 7"

Weight: 125 lbs.

Eye Color: Green

Hair Color: Dark Red

Other Notes: Charismatic and outgoing, Iris is a person whose demeanor screams confident and self assurance. Naturally optimistic and friendly, she has an easy time managing her clients and has worked with some of the the biggest stars in Japan and the United Kingdom. She's a new talent scout, hired on by Headmaster Kirigiri just this year.


Enryumi Miyazaki

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: Chemistry Teacher

Work Location: Main Course

Former SHSL Talent: SHSL Chemist

Age: 25

Birthday: March 14th

Gender: Male

Height: 5' 5"

Weight: 87 lbs.

Eye Color: Golden

Hair Color: Raven & Aquamarine

Other Notes: A crazy scientist who appears as a creepy and skeptic guy. Often gives people, bad vibes. Finds great joy in mixing chemicals and blowing stuff up.


Kukuru Ooguro

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: Psychology Teacher

Work Location: Main Course

Former SHSL Talent: SHSL Fear Inducer

Age: 22

Birthday: October 22nd

Gender: Female

Height: 5' 10"

Weight: 161 lbs.

Eye Color: Red

Hair Color: Black

Other Notes: Kukuru Ooguro's personality is blunt and wooden, to say the least. Her style of speech is firm and she lets you know just what is on her mind. Despite this, she is quite caring and holds concern for the wellbeing of others.


Yukio Sawai

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: Part-Time School Cook

Work Location: Elementary Division

Former SHSL Talent: SHSL Cellist

Age: 40

Birthday: May 16th

Gender: Male

Height: 5' 8"

Weight: 165 lbs.

Eye Color: Indigo

Hair Color: Black

Other Notes: Yukio is a warm-natured and fatherly man who has the capability of making even the most nervous person feel at ease, especially children. He has a long, deep-standing loyalty towards Hope's Peak, but also does not wish to cause conflict and just wants everyone to get along, though this doesn't mean he is a pushover or easy to manipulate. Yukio knows his mind and who he is, is happy with this, and this isn't about to change anytime soon.


Sebastian Shepherd

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: Security Guard

Work Location: Main Course

Former SHSL Talent: SHSL Bodyguard

Age: 24

Birthday: June 27th

Gender: Male

Height: 6' 1"

Weight: 198 lbs.

Eye Color: Grey

Hair Color: Black

Other Notes: Sebastian is a very calm person and almost never loses his head. He comes off as a emotionless individual that cares about very little. He is smart and can think on his feet in tough situations.


Futaba Tamura

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: Homeroom teacher for Class 2B

Work Location: Reserve Course (formerly Main Course)

Former SHSL Talent : Wigmaker

Age: 39

Birthday: April 14th

Gender: Female

Height: 5' 6"

Weight: 149 lbs.

Eye Color: Medium Brown

Hair Color: Deep Mahogany

Other Notes: Seemingly a bit of a workaholic, Futaba is a dedicated and caring person who clearly takes teaching seriously. Though there is an air of melancholy to her, she tries to always keep smiling, and will always have a bag of chocolate mice ready to share with you if she thinks you need the cheering up. The gossip surrounding her wears her down, but after all life has thrown at her, she is not about to let that defeat her.


Kevan Tan Wei Jie

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: Talent Scout

Work Location: Main Course

Former SHSL Talent: SHSL Headhunter

Age: 26

Birthday: October 11th

Gender: Male

Height: 5' 4"

Weight: 128 lbs.

Eye Color: Black

Hair Color: Red

Other Notes: A hero who is very keen on helping others and wished to bring peace to the world. Currently actively looking around for a sidekick to join him for his mission to bring down evil in the world.


Ayane Wakabayashi

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: Music Teacher

Work Location: Hope's Peak Elementary Division

Former SHSL Talent: SHSL Songwriter

Age: 29

Birthday: March 19th

Gender: Female

Height: 5' 6"

Weight: 139 lbs.

Eye Color: Light Blue

Hair Color: Black

Other Notes: Ayane Wakabayashi is well loved by most of the elementary school kids she teaches and it's no wonder why. She's got a natural calming aura and a way of speaking that they just love. She wants to have a special bond with each and every child she teaches.


Aleister Wolfgang

Hope's Peak Academy Occupation: Homeroom Teacher of the Troublemaker Class (Zeroth Class)

Work Location: Hope's Peak Elementary Division

Former SHSL Talent: SHSL Tutor

Age: 28

Birthday: February 29th

Gender: Male

Height: 6' 1"

Weight: 159 lbs.

Eye Color: Light Grey-Green

Hair Color: Brown

Other Notes: He is a relaxed and generally laid-back. He also comes across very cheerful and friendly, especially towards friends and his students.


A sly grin of distortion spreads across their lips upon scanning the participants' information, one by one.

"My, my what an interesting batch we have here today. I suppose it's time to set the pian in motion as planned."


Hey guys! No I haven't forgotten this story, it's just that along with my other works, I went on a bit of an unintentional hiatus. But, I'm back with a couple of updates for everything which I'll be spreading out periodically! But anyways, sooo we have our finalized cast for Lessons of Despair! I would like to send my sincere thanks to everyone who had submitted a character for this story! As always, it was pretty difficult to narrow it down to 15 chosen ones out of 23! Every character was interesting, but unfortunately I can't accept them all, so I'm really sorry for those who didn't make it but just know that I appreciate the effort you guys went through to make them!

Now onto a couple of quick questions:

1.) For the intros, how would you guys like to divide the amount of character intros per update? I'm thinking of doing two updates with 8 characters each before the game starts and those two updates should be pretty lengthy, but I would like to know what you guys would prefer!

2.) Based off these HPA Staff files, aside from your own, which character(s) are you looking forward to meeting the most?

I hope you guys enjoyed the final prologue update with the cast list and that everyone has a nice day/night wherever you are! Catch you guys in the next update AKA the first batch of character introductions!

P.S: To the creators of the characters that have been accepted, lemme know if you would like to change anything about your character since it's been a while. Also, I might ask some of you a couple of questions regarding your character as well to get a clearer picture of them!