Dept Heaven Apocrypha

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A fan-created Alternate Continuity to the Dept. Heaven series, usually referred to simply as "Apocrypha". This uniquely-told and unabashedly bizarre creation is a (mostly) linear narrative constructed through an online roleplay... or wait, maybe it's the other way around, just an online roleplay that's wound up creating a mostly linear narrative.

Whichever the case, the story has been going for a year now and is still continuing strong. The basic premise is that characters from any and all Dept. Heaven games arrive as students of, or teachers at, a vast interdimensional school that accepts talented students from the ages of six to twenty-six. This school, the Collegium Caelum as it's formally called, has been producing excellent warriors, mages, healers, and scholars from time immemorial, and its many students are watched over by its two headmasters, Ursula and Hector.

Due to the nature of the medium, the cast tends to fluctuate a little, and in order to keep the continuity from collapsing in on itself, many characters are Not as You Know Them. Apocrypha also finds itself flirting with near-constant Development Hell, as inevitably something will be interfering with one or another of its creators' lives and putting one or another of the plot threads on hold. This is balanced out, however, by the fact that the creators are all quite good writers, many of whom also happen to be tropers fond of placing lampshades on their own actions.

As of this writing, the story's main characters are:

  • Nessiah, a prickly transfer student struggling to acclimate to the school despite new disabilities and a slew of progressively more disturbing and horrific secrets. One of the central characters of the story's first and third arcs.
  • Milanor, a backwater thief sent to Apocrypha unwillingly to get some formal education. The experience is proving to be more of an eye-opener than he first expected.
  • Kylier, Milanor's long-standing girlfriend and emotional support—although maybe their relationship isn't as healthy as it appears to be. Recently she's been having trouble keeping her foot out of her mouth.
  • Ledah, the taciturn president of the Student Council. It's common gossip in the school that he's not on good terms with his family.
  • Fia, a young girl from Riviera who is displaying unprecedented power in her holy magic—and is having trouble controlling that power. The central character of the second arc.
  • Seth, the headmistress' cheery younger sister, for whom Apocrypha is her first taste of the world... among other things. Has a reputation as a troublemaker.
  • Monica, a village girl with big dreams. She's close friends with Fia, Seth, and Ein, and tries to help them with their problems. She has a planned storyline... that has been repeatedly postponed and will only start after the conclusion of the current plot and Nessiah's next event.
  • Meria, a well-traveled mercenary sent to Apocrypha because of family problems. She has connections to many different stories within the school.
  • And as of late September, Ein, an amnesiac, wingless angel who—unbeknown even to himself—once had a connection to Ledah. His arrival should bring Ledah's plot out of Development Hell.

There are several other characters as well, and new cast members are always welcomed, for anyone that wishes to get involved. An up-to-date backlog of the story thus far can be found here. Just be warned that the subject material can get mature in every fashion.

A Character Page is under development.

Tropes used in Dept Heaven Apocrypha include:
  • Abusive Parents: Ledah, possibly Meria.
  • A-Cup Angst: An interesting case with Meria - her own cup size is average, bordering on gifted. Despite this, she still manages to be smaller than her three sisters, the elder two especially, and has been shown to be spiteful about it.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Seth has a log to this effect. It's plot-significant, the fact she's able to be comfortable with her own body again is a milestone in dealing with her issues after accidentally cheating on Meria.
  • Adults Are Useless: Particularly against a Villain with Good Publicity.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Nessiah and Meria apparently both had to deal with this as kids.
  • All There in the Manual: It's not necessary to enjoy the story, but things will make one hell of a lot more sense if you're familiar with series mythos and trivia (this includes the canon bible and the drama CDs).
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Seth gives an in-universe one of Meria, but quickly admits it was said in anger and not entirely fair.
  • Altum Videtur
  • Angst Coma: Nessiah.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Hector, destroyer of favorite shirts.
  • Asexuality: For all intents and purposes, Ledah is asexual—this is one of the many issues he's been left with after his parents and Hector's abuse. Word of God is that he is technically bisexual, but just cannot bear sexual contact after what he's been through.
  • Aw, Look -- They Really Do Love Each Other: Meria and Marietta, who have been shown to completely loathe each other, are suspiciously quick to worry about each other's well-being when Hector shows up to harass them. Possibly a case of Enemy Mine.
  • Ax Crazy: Meria.
  • Beleaguered Childhood Friend: Meria's pissed to find out what happened to Nessiah.
  • Berserk Button: If you value your life, your 'nads, and the arrangement of your face, never suggest to Meria's face that she Really Gets Around.
  • Beta Couple: They're main characters, but Milanor and Kylier fit most of the other characteristics of this trope.
  • Birds of a Feather: Lampshaded by Fia when discussing her demon and Meria.
    • This may also be in effect for Ein and Monica.
  • Blessed with Suck: Poor, poor Fia.
  • Boy Meets Ghoul: Gender-flipped and made more complicated by the fact that the "ghoul" in question is using another character's body to carry on their Interspecies Romance.
  • Break the Cutie: Fia's plot seems headed this way. This is also Nessiah's backstory.
  • Butt Monkey: Fia, arguably. Nobody knows what to do with her, at first. When things finally start looking up, her best friends start abusing her. Except it's much more complicated than that.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live
  • Can't Have Sex Ever: Meria and Fia's demon, most likely--Fia isn't happy with the idea of lending her body for something like that.
    • Lately it seems they may be taking some creative measures to work around this without stepping on Fia's sense of propriety too badly.
  • Cartwright Curse: Every relationship Meria has ever had that might become serious has ended with an abrupt breakup or the death of the significant other. It has not done much for her inclination to get serious, or her self-esteem.
  • Cast From HP: What tends to happen whenever Nessiah expends more power than his chains really allow. Also, any of Meria's really flashy attacks.
    • Seth's powers are a variation - if she ever depletes her magic reserves entirely, she dies.
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: Variation - Kylier walks in on Milanor trying to tidy up after he and Nessiah made a huge mess of the sheets.
  • Chaos Architecture / Geographic Flexibility: The school has no official floorplan, so players invent rooms, corridors and settings as required, leading to some minor inconsistencies, such as exactly what furniture is in Milanor's room at any given point.
  • Character Development: All over the place.
  • The Charmer: Fia's demon. It works on Meria, anyway.
  • The Chosen One: Monica. Maybe Fia, too. And probably Ein.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Not that his circumstances (or Kylier) have ever really helped, but Nessiah fits this to a T. And given his Yandere tendencies, it wasn't pretty when he finally snapped.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Meria achieves this when her rage takes hold. In a particularly memorable example, more than five percent of a single post was instances and variations of the word.
    • Milanor also has one when he hears the Big Bad is coming back. It does a good job of showing just how bad the situation's getting - not only is he not known for such outbursts, he does it in front of the headmistress.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Fia and Milanor tend to get the brunt of this, although no one's really immune. The former still gets our sympathy, at least—when hilariously terrible things happen to Milanor, we just point and laugh. He can deal with it.
  • Cool Big Sis: Eudy.
  • Cooldown Hug
  • Cosplay Otaku Girl: Several characters seem to be into cosplay (if the Samhain events are indicative of anything), but Meria in particular stands out—not only did she cosplay as Beatrice, she went out of her way to be in character, too. And got Fia's demon doing it, too.
  • Creator Breakdown: Recently, one of the players has been going through this behind the scenes.
    • At least one of the creators is always on the verge of one at any given time.
  • Cute Mute: As of this writing, Nessiah, who has aphasia.
    • Also, Vienya.
  • Darker and Edgier: Relatively. Dept. Heaven does address issues like slavery, racism, insanity, and depending who you ask, rape; but it does so with subtlety and tact. Apocrypha approaches these taboos and more with all the subtlety of a freight train with an atom bomb strapped to the front fender.
  • Demonic Possession: A large part of Fia's plot, although the demon in question makes a Heel Face Turn and decides to help out with the real issue.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ledah and Monica.
  • Department of Child Disservices: Just ask Nessiah...
  • Development Hell: Ongoing and persistent.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The way Monica finds Joyeuse is pretty much a direct reference to the way that Joan of Arc found her holy sword in the book A Personal Recollection of Joan of Arc.
  • Double Entendre: Seth uses several to tease Monica at one point.
  • Drop What You Are Doing: Ledah's response to finally seeing Ein again for the first time in years.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Meria's reaction to learning that Seth cheated on her was to grab a friend and get completely smashed.
  • Dumb Struck: Nessiah.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Lampshaded by Meria in the same conversation as below.
  • Elevator School: Most people can't afford it, though.
  • Empty Shell: Nessiah in the first part of the Surfacing arc of his plot.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Seems to be the case for most relationships so far.
    • I'd like to contest that - for a long while, all sexual encounters were one-off for various reasons. It's only recently that one couple - Milanor and Kylier - have been sleeping together regularly.
  • Everyone Is Bi: Holds true for most of the cast, although there are a few characters who are stated explicitly to be completely straight (Fia, Monica) or completely gay (Nessiah).
    • Although, Nessiah is gay for whatever gender he happens to be at the time. That doesn't end well for him.
  • Everyone Meets Everyone
  • Extreme Doormat: Ledah. Lampshaded by Meria in a conversation with Aegina.
  • Fan Disservice: The Kylier and Nessiah sex scene and the rape scene.
  • Fantastic Racism: Apparently the Red Sage has been getting some of this from those darn NPC students.
  • Flanderization: In Yggdra Union, Monica's resemblance to Joan of Arc was largely implied through subtext and side materials. Here, her player is self-admittedly determined to play this up for all it's worth, including Shout Outs from Monica's username ("callmejeanne") to a few scenes that might as well be from the classic book A Personal Recollection of Joan of Arc.
    • To be fair, one battlefield's worth of spotlight isn't much to play a character on... but that's still an awful lot of lampshades.
  • Forgotten Childhood Friend: Ledah, poor thing.
  • Freudian Slip: Kylier has a massive one while discussing Milanor and Nessiah's particularly good morning.

Kylier: ...So how was he?
Milanor: What.
Kylier: Th-that's not what I meant!

Meria: I'm starting to think they pick us for scholarships based on how fucked-up we are rather than how much talent we have...
Aegina: What makes you say that?
Meria: Most of the people I've met so far at this school have got issues. ... Not the students' fault, but hey. You just have to wonder sometimes why the faculty doesn't make sure we get counseling or something.

  • Large Ham: The Red Sage.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Ein.
  • Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: Amusingly averted. Fia would love to do this for her demon and Meria, but since they're using her body to do it, she can't.
  • Le Parkour: Preferred sport of Seth.
  • Love Freak: Monica.
  • Love Hurts
  • Luminescent Blush: Nessiah, among many others.
  • Magnetic Hero: Monica. She knows almost every active character and is friends with almost everyone she knows.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Fia harasses her own demon into sleeping with Meria right before he leaves. Whatever her intentions are, they're anything but completely innocent.
  • Marshmallow Hell: Inflicted upon Nessiah by (who else?) Meria—just as friendly teasing, considering Nessiah's preferences.
  • Meaningful Name: In religious context, "Apocrypha" tends to refer to documents outside Biblical canon. (It's also the name of a song the administrator likes.)
  • Measuring the Marigolds: Ledah first appears to be a fairly textbook example, but his few childish moments seem to indicate otherwise.
    • Played a little bit straighter with Roswell and Aegina, though.
  • Meet Cute
  • The Medic: Fia still goes around healing people despite herself.
  • Melodrama: But of course!
  • Mental World: Fia locks herself away in one. Or something. The phantasmagoria is a straighter example.
  • Meta Guy: How many tropes has Meria lampshaded so far?
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: An unfortunate side effect of the Gender Bender incident. While Nessiah's sexuality remained the same, the fact that he was stuck in a female body meant that he was attracted to Kylier while in it. Which would have been fine, except that she wasn't as careful as she should have been. Even after an entire year, he's still not over it.
  • Mind Rape: Oh god, the Mind Rape... Always awful no matter how unintentional it is.
  • The Mole: Possibly the Red Sage, although it's a little early to tell whether or not this is Fauxshadowing. Fia's demon was also supposed to have a combination of this role and assassin.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Apparently Nessiah has strongly considered killing Kylier a few times in the past, although having thought it through logically, he never even tried because he knew that losing Kylier would be the worst thing that could happen to Milanor.
  • No Name Given: Fia's demon.
  • Noodle Incident: Milanor and Kylier's first time is often referenced, but never fully explained. Kylier apparently also has one involving children that's behind her dislike for them.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted. Meria's are so bad she has to take painkillers for them.
  • Nosebleed: Milanor has one thinking about Kylier and a gender-bent Nessiah. Too bad the actual occurrence doesn't play out nearly as well as he imagines.
  • Not So Different: Though not antagonists, Kylier and the Red Sage quickly realize this about each other.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Milanor and Kylier both have vaguely Australian accents, owing to their player's nationality. This isn't usually that noticeable, except for moments like Milanor using the expression 'kangaroo court'... when Dept. Heaven doesn't even have kangaroos.
  • Odd Couple: Meria and Ledah, bffs. Enough said.
  • Official Couple: Milanor and Nessiah. (And Kylier.)
  • Tourettes Syndrome: Meria, when in a bad mood.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Vienya, the Red Sage, and Nietzsche.
  • Tradesnark™: The Mailer Daemon?.
  • Triang Relations: Milanor, Nessiah, and Kylier. And it just keeps getting more and more complicated.
    • There's also Fia, her demon, and Meria, especially if you count the fact that Fia's body is involved, if not her feelings. At any rate, it's at least a Type 9.
      • This ratchets into full-on Love Dodecahedron proportions when one takes into account that Meria may have lingering feelings for Seth, and the latter may have lingering feelings although she may be acquiring a new love interest soon.
    • And now, we have Ledah, Ein, and Monica.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Nessiah is found doing this quite a lot, especially as the It Got Worse trope was stalking him for quite a while. Meria had her share of it, too, and Kylier acted like this briefly while under her blunt trauma migraine.
  • Tsundere: Nessiah. Meria has shown hints of the non-romantic version, too.
  • UST
  • Vapor Wear: Nessiah is stated to be unable to stand wearing tight clothing because of his negative body image (among other things), which includes underwear. A much more traditional example would be Meria.
  • Verbal Tic: Nessiah's "mii". Originally, "mi" was just a nickname for Milanor (who'd answered to it enough times when Nessiah only got the first syllable out for it to stick), but after Nessiah's mental breakdown and slow rehabilitation, this was all he could say when his vocal cords started working again. He's in speech therapy now, but still resorts to saying "mii" occasionally. It seems as though even once this is over with, it's going to remain a permanent tic.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Where Seth's apparently taken to keeping her phone.
    • More amusingly, Nietzsche does a variant of this and holds hers under her bikini strap.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Hector.
  • We Need to Get Proof: And even when they do, it isn't enough.
  • What Is This Thing You Call Love?: Poor Ledah.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: Meria regards the lives of both Fia and the demon possessing her as equally important, despite the latter being of The Legions of Hell.
  • White Magic: Fia. A cruel subversion in that its good intentions are slowly killing her.
  • Who Would Win: Seth and Aegina discuss a possible battle between Ursula and Hector.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Nessiah is intensely achluophobic. Hector likes to leave him in pitch-dark places.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Milanor, who has recently shown no regret slapping Kylier when she steps far enough over the line.
  • Yandere: Nessiah, so much.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Kylier seems to be becoming a bit of one, even if she'd rather not admit it herself yet.
  • You ALL Share My Story