London 1857. It is the height of the Industrial Revolution. The British Empire, ruled by Her Majesty Queen Victoria, reigns as the most powerful nation in the world. At Parliament, the construction of a great clock tower has begun. The architects lovingly call it “Big Ben.” In Hyde Park, the Crystal Palace undergoes its last preparations for the Great Exhibition of the Works Industry of All Nations. It is this great show of wealth, power, and industrial and scientific advancement that excites the city today.
It is a time of expansion, growth, and tradition. While the growing gentry attempts to breach the sacred walls constructed by the elite, the Lords and Ladies of Society fight ever harder to bar their rise. Marriages are made for the purpose of political and social advancement. Fathers send their daughters to finishing school and spend thousands of pounds per anum in dowries, allowances, and tutelage. They do this in the hope that their daughter will be the key to their Social maintenance or advancement – After all, it is a proper lady that makes or breaks a politician, merchant, or family name.
The nobility and the wealthy gentry gather in London as the political and Social season begins. The Lords sit in Parliament while on the Society pages of the Times, their wives and sons fight to maintain their social dominance in a cutthroat world of subtle upheavals and politics…
Five families battle for dominance in Victorian Society. Three of these families already hold stakes in the House of Lords. One other holds a place in the House of Commons. The last family fights to rise from the Gentry and join the elite.
Who shall you play in this world of political and social intrigue?
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Synopsis: Five families fight for social dominance. They have just moved from their country houses to London in order to enjoy the social and political season. They bring daughters, sons and servants necessary to create an opulent lifestyle visible to the Times.
There needs to be at least one character per family, though I would prefer if there are multiple characters per family. Also, if someone would like to play a person on the outskirts of society or a servant, feel free to post.
I will be taking the post of daughter to one of the families. We need SEVERAL bachelors.
As one could imagine in a world such as this, there are plenty of vices, to include: opium addiction, alcoholism, promiscuity*, and gambling. It was not uncommon for a gentleman or Lord to gamble away his entire fortune and then rely on his daughter or son’s marriage to save his family.
Other than those basic character requirements, the world is subject to character action. Plot will develop because of what the players do, much like an MMORPG.
******SEXUAL CONTENT CANNOT TAKE PLACE WITHIN THIS ROLEPLAY. WHAT I MEAN BY THAT PARTICULAR VICE IS THAT IT CAN BE GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES, BUT OTHER THAN TO MENTION IT IN PASSING THERE MUST BE NOTHING, ZIP, ZILCH OF IT WITHIN THIS RP. I WANT APPROVAL SO DO NOT EVEN TRY IT********
That said, I await your posts! I plan to set the first scene in which all of our characters may meet and interact for the first time. Between these large social events and visiting between the heirs and heiresses, action may take place purely in one’s home. This is why I suggest servants, outside characters, perhaps secret romances between scullery maid and master.
AGAIN, PG CONTENT ONLY. ONLY!
ALSO, if you need help with Britishisms I’ve found a fairly good site. I’m also well-versed in etiquette and customs of the time, so ask any questions you need of me.
I will post my own character sketch after I've received a good number of replies.