And it's kinda scary back there sometimes. Anyway, I had several ideas scattered around in a couple of threads, so I wanted to update and compile them -- you know, help keep the place tidy. :)
I saw this idea posted elsewhere, though it never quite turned into a game as far as I know. A wealthy, middle-aged collector is found gruesomely killed in his home. The only real clue is a strange old book, which he was clutching when he died. With the police stymied and quietly giving up on the case, the man's young widow (my character) hires a private investigator to track the book back to its source and find the truth. But this time, the truth is something Man was Not Meant to Know...
This is Lovecraft-inspired, but doesn't need to be based on the actual Lovecraft stories or the Chthulu games, but it's the same idea -- humans finding themselves facing off against a bizarre supernatural evil that they'll never quite comprehend. Maybe the widow hires a private detective to help, or perhaps someone with knowledge but questionable motives appears to help? Or the poor woman might just have to go it all alone...
I'm not looking for anything hentai, at least not overtly -- tentacles might creep in, so to speak, but that shouldn't be the main focus.
Simone is a member of the French Resistance in WWII. She's caught the eye of a German officer -- maybe SS, maybe an ordinary soldier, but definitely not someone any patriotic Frenchwoman would want anything to do with. But he has access to some sort of information that the Resistance group wants very badly, so she pretends to fall in love with him in order to get that information.
From here there could (and should) be all sorts of complications. Maybe she's in love with a fellow Resister who can't stand seeing her with another man. Maybe she ends up marked for death as an apparent traitor. Maybe the German ends up seeming like a pretty nice guy who's quietly helping her get information -- but can she trust him? Will she end up falling in love with him in spite of herself?
I'm not looking for exact, actual dates and places and all that, just a good sense of the danger involved in that time period, and of how quickly loyalties could change and everything could go wrong. There's bound to be violence, of course, but what I'm mainly hoping for is more a look at the psychological and emotional ways people can be manipulated. Betrayals, questionings, desperate missions behind enemy lines -- there's all kinds of possibilities.
More things in heaven and earth...
One day, now or a hundred years ago, a young woman who's simply going about her life discovers, much to her surprise, that she can do something no human should be able to do. Perhaps she finds she can speak to the dead. Maybe it's something more like a super ability -- she can walk through walls, or can't be harmed by any normal means.
But as Samuel L. Jackson once said, this next part isn't going to be like a comic book. She lives in the real world, and this ability suddenly causes real problems. Maybe it's difficult to control, maybe she trusts the wrong person to share her secret with, but something -- probably many things -- end up going wrong, even as other things go spectacularly right. Maybe she even learns she isn't alone, that there are other such individuals, scattered throughout the globe.
So here's the technical stuff: modern-day or historical, just so long as it's realistic. System or freeform, either are fine. Powers, whether supernatural or just plain super, should be rare. And my character will somehow end up in way over her head. Anything else is negotiable.
Questions, comments, and suggested variations on the above are always welcome. :)