It was about 7:30AM in Death City, Nevada. The day, a Friday to be specific, seemed to start out relatively normal - the sun was rising, students were getting ready for class, among other fairly normal occurrences. However, the day wouldn't quite turn out to be as routine as everyone would think...
...But enough on that unpleasant business, you might be a student or teacher at Death Weapon Meister Academy - a school dedicated to training Weapons and the human wielders of these Weapons, the Meisters, in order to protect the world from various evils and preserve peace. You may be a freelance team - doing what you want, when you want, if you want.
...Or maybe you're a with the Hounds of Hecate - a group of Witches led by the eponymous Hecate only known by the urban legends and rumors claiming their existence. It's said they're dedicated to avenging their fallen comrades that had been eradicated at a sacred gathering 13 years ago by the Meisters and Weapons of the DWMA. But who knows? They might not even be real after all.
As you walk/sneak/drive/bike/etc about town towards wherever your destination, you can't help feel something wrong. A few months earlier, a rather odd student by the name of Zero joined the school, and ever since then people leaving the city alone tend not to reach their destinations. However, things have constantly been rather slow and unassuming lately ever since the event 13 years ago. That means nothing bad should happen anytime soon... Right?
Soul Eater - Malleus Maleficarum: Act One - Witching Hour