La Femme Nikita, KISS Song of same name, Retrowave & Space Age Pop, Pulp Fiction
”Don't let her talk, her words will get inside your head faster than you could put a bullet in hers.”
Monica Darling aka The Black Diamond is a notorious thief whose identity is not known to anyone. Having committed some of the biggest jewel heists in memory, she's a name that has topped the most wanted lists and has repeatedly eluded the law, leaving the law enforcement agencies everywhere frustrated. She's a materialistic playgirl who enjoys her life, goes for what she desires and primarily driven by money, truly doesn't care about much else. She's a smart, cunning woman , a femme fatale who has faced number of challenges and has emerged from them unscathed.
But finally, she's captured and her identity is exposed as well while attempting to board a flight after an information leak where one of her contacts, one of the few people to have actually seen her face rats out against her. Facing inevitable prison, she's offered a shot at redemption by the [insert nifty agency name, real or fictional] to work for them in retrieval of sensitive information/goods and espionage in general.
Left with no choice, she takes the deal and she's paired with a handler whose job is also to keep an eye on her and essentially compelled to do whatever missions that the agency tells her. [I have ideas about the kind of deal she cuts that I can elaborate upon to prospective partners]. I do imagine there to be romantic attraction between the two of them and her partner/handler, though an effective operative in their own right, should be a bit naive, falling for her after initial reluctance and clashes.
Initially I see them using just for her machinations and her ultimate goal of freedom but I want her to like them ultimately. There will be good episodic fun, I am not looking for 100% realism but a playful vibe with focus on thrills and action. Interspersed along with that, I would love to include excerpts of her past told in flashbacks, maybe when she converses with her partner which I think would be very fun to explore.
Valerie PalmasSeeking to Play:
Angelica Leticia Diaz aka The WidowmakerThemes:
Revenge, Drug Trafficking, Turf WarsInspiration:
Semion Mogilevich, Mexican Organized Crime
”What are the odds you think I am going to beat this, become more popular than ever and a pop culture phenomenon? Any of you boys here willing to take bets? I promise I'll come good if I lose.” – Angelica Diaz
Angelica Leticia Diaz is a mob queen popularly known as The Widowmaker, but one far different than the usual crime lords who like to sit clandestine, control their empires or just go about some ruthless displays of their power. Not only is she someone with an absolute disregard for lives of those who she finds to be a threat to her throne of power but likes to hint of her exploits in subtle manner over popular social media like Instagram or Twitter, something that has gained her a fan following of sorts in certain communities.
Born into a family of criminals in Guadalajara, she was mostly educated in America, where as a young woman she did her masters in field of economics, and forensic accounting working for number of corporations for few years before returning to her hometown. The prime reason why she chose to come back was due to the potential crisis the family was facing and with her brilliance, Angelica was able to route most of the illicit money through complex mechanisms and bring in cleaner revenue streams along with other techniques that made the balance sheets much more logical, preventing a disaster.
Since then, she went further and further, becoming entrenched in family business. When her father was gunned down and both brothers were arrested by the FBI, Angelica took it upon herself to manage the cartel, quelled a potential civil war and kept the drug trade, prostitution rackets and the good stuff going and even expanding it. Along with investments in number of government projects garnering her a position of further influence. The growth also brought enemies due to turf wars and that's what led to her arrest on charge of drug trafficking and calling out a hit on two of her rivals.
The case didn't stand, led by her defense attorney, confidante and lover Valerie Palmas along with some careful witness intimidation and coercion to go with it. Now Angelica is out. She's looking to destroy those who tried to bring her down and she won't stop until every single trace of them and everything they care about is wiped from the Earth.
So this is the basic premise, I am looking for someone to play Valerie Palmas, a woman who is as intelligent and smart as Angelica with a similar ruthless and cunning edge about her along with sharing load of other NPC's. For instance, I am sure we can split handling of people who tipped the law enforcement off about her, perhaps someone from her own cartel who ratted her out along with someone from a rival cartel while the big bad could be leader of some cartel that had friendly relations with Diaz Cartel who had orchestrated the whole ratting out in order to become the most dominant players in the market. Plus there would be others vying for dominant position that Diaz's hold in terms of drug trade and so forth and law enforcement officials seeking to nab Angelica. Her brothers...the room is endless here.
Genre: Dramedy, Black Comedy
Role Sought: Joshua Thompson + NPCs
Seeking to Play: Dominique Rochefort + NPCs
Themes: Slice of Life, BDSM, Stoners
Inspiration: 90s Indie Cinema & Music
Dominique's life is in a quandary. She's a young woman who works as a rather popular dominatrix, thoroughly enjoying her lifestyle and work, blending her passion and vocation together. But that also makes her life complicated. Dating is difficult and while she has many a satisfied customers, her career has left a void in her personal life since most can't seem to come to terms with what she does for a living. She's an intelligent person, who graduated in something that easily could have given her lucrative career like say, finance or law but chose to pursue her passion.
Joshua, has a slightly similar problem of his own. A marijuana grower, he's been at it since high school. He loves the plant, likes a laid back way of life and knows how to make the most fabulous of blends. His own life hasn't exactly been the smoothest ride in personal department since being a pot grower isn't exactly the most legitimate venture, yet his passion is something that most can't understand, leaving him exasperated on occasions.
When he moves in the house right next to Dominique's, a place that has been empty since a while, both of them are instantly curious about each other.
That is, until he begins to spot a bevy of people showing up at her doorstep at designated times, before recognizing one of them. It's one of those people for whom he used to sale weed before. Suspecting Dominique for a rival dealer, he begins to observe her. Until one day he notices a strong smell of pot coming from direction of her house.
And they begin to talk.
So, this is a quirky story about two people from different walks of life, each having their own passions that are perceived as deviant by people at large. It has been a long time since I have written anything romantic and I have been craving of late to do so. I aim this to be far more lighter than my usual stuff, but at the same time we could incorporate a good deal of black, deadpan humor and forge an engaging blend of comedy and drama.
Part of the aesthetic that appeals to me the way the bond builds among them, first from the confusion that thrusts them into each others life until common threads are discovered between each other and in process, they learn more about themselves as much as they do about each other. I don't want all of this to be sunny and fine, they should have disagreements, their own fights, struggles. There will be ups and downs, overcoming certain odds and such.
I can elaborate more on Dominique for any prospective partners since I decided to keep this advert on the shorter side. A large part of the inspiration for this was 90s music, the culture and low key aesthetic of so much of independent cinema from that decade. It is not necessary for you to be into this, but if you are, all the more wonderful. :)
I Want You
Genre: Psychological Drama, Dark Romance, Transgressive Fiction
Pairing: F/M or F/F
Forum: Bondage: Human or Extreme
Role Sought: The Man
Themes: Postmodern Life, BDSM, Avant-Garde
Truly rich can never expect to find people to love them for their inner selves. Partially, because people often want one or other thing in return from them and those who are willing to offer unconditional love? Find a being that is devoid of any emotional reciprocation to offer back to them because of the very unique position that these people are in. The blue blood is a curse of its own kind that can be understood only by those who are born with it running in their veins.
The Man has everything. Riches that have culminated into a point of saturation as he has entire world lying at his feet, catering to his whims. Raw male ambition whose appetite sees no end except more and more conquests in stock markets, expansion of his empire. He also considers himself to be almost dehumanized because of the very thing that drives him. To feel, he desires to and is most definitely struggles with that. Those around him, flatter him to please him. Their fake nature repulses him, turning him into a temperamental recluse. Moody, highly irritable his emotions swing as wild as pendulums as he attempts to fill the void with one or other thing.
That is, until he meets The Dominatrix. Married to one of his jet setting friends, his latest muse, she is another person living an equally emotionally void life. Enamored by her charm and sensuality, The Man enlists her services and an entirely different world opens up for him. Robbed of his control and more importantly to be humane even if for little bit of time as she gives him a taste of pain and pleasure that emanates through it. Their games continue to escalate, reaching newer and newer heights as being deviant is the drug The Man needs and becomes addicted to. It's the fix for him that soon enough develops into an obsession.
The Dominatrix herself is ambivalent towards the entire thing. Gradually she finds herself falling into love with The Man, yet it is unknown whether for him his emotional attachment towards her, that grows into a crippling one at times is part of their games. As transgressive as they come, both of them are quite simply, terrible to each other and thoroughly unlikeable every now and then with caustic, spiteful interactions.
This is the story of two people who are living in such wealth and opulence that they have near about sacrificed their human nature. Their interactions stilted as instead of facing the frailties of their modern lives they would rather choose to hide in their high rises and glass windows, looking down upon the bourgeoisie with disdain. Something so distinctly Ballardian. The setting can even be near future or something past, but no less than 15-20 years in both cases.
My sole caveat for this is, the characters shall remain unnamed. They will be referred only as The Man and The Dominatrix and remain nameless enigmas throughout. Everything else, is as always for us to build!
Genre: Romance, Psychological Drama
Forum: Light or Bondage
Role Sought: The Girl
Seeking to Play: Ivan Favraux
Themes: Angst, Emotional Turmoil, Unrequited Love, Coming of Age
Inspiration: The Duke of Burgundy, Romantic Bohemians
Ivan Favraux is a famous author who has been struggling with her work of late. A practitioner of the avant garde in a relentless quest to find out what shall push her limits more, what shall open her doors of perception to degrees unseen before. Seeking means to unleash her creativity in directions she has not explored them until now. For her art, she would sacrifice anything even if it means burning herself out if that's what it's going to demand.
She is also a known womanizer with a taste for younger women, always moving from one woman to another. Often, each of them serving as an inspiration to her in some ways but the side effect is a trail of broken hearts in her wake as Ivan, not one to be tied down to anyone, lives a life that's fast and her dalliances nothing more than a blur, momentary excursions as she mercilessly seduces and moves on.
That was until she met one particular girl. The sort who usually ticks all the boxes for Ivan. Young, gorgeous, passionate with a taste for arts.
But for once, someone who actually resists her charms. She has her own plans, her own goals. For once, there's a girl who isn't starstruck by Ivan's status but on the contrary is content with being well, herself. Their worlds and their ways couldn't be more different.
Will Ivan romance her and then forget about her as a notch on her bedpost like so many before or she the 'one' and the girl that Ivan has always needed in her life?
Heaven's Gonna Burn Your Eyes
Genre: Crime Drama
Role Sought: The Wife
Seeking to Play: Rich 'The Professor' Weaver
Themes: 70's Culture, Unrequited Love, Criminal Life, Psychopaths
Inspiration: The Getaway, Elmore Leonard, Jim Thompson, Hunter S. Thompson
He has waited for five long years and finally, the day is here. The day when the infamous 'The Professor' gets out on parole upon doing his time for a robbery that got botched because of their contact man for delivery of money bottling it at the last juncture.
Five long years and every single day he has found motivation, courage to go through because he knew the day he would walk out, she would be there waiting for him and she indeed is, his wife.
Now the two of them are reunited and they set on a spree of murder and revenge unlike any other. The aim here is to explore not only their relationship but to see the world through eyes of both characters. He has been behind the bars for half a decade, during which world changes significantly, from Summer of Love, the hope of it all, the height of counterculture, the free wheeling use of LSD, he's into this world that's familiar and yet has changed in certain manners that is entirely new to him.
He's a former professor of psychology who had been advocating some unique methods in past to treat the conditions and researching on the same. Hence, the nickname 'The Professor'. A distinguished man who's not your usual criminal, possessing a high degree of finesse blended with a distinct touch of deviancy about everything he does.
Her, she's always seen him as the only man in her life, a former student of his affair with whom and experimenting with psychoactive substances cost him his job before he married her. Everything else about her is totally up to you.
I choose the 70's decade because well, it was an interesting time. The counterculture's hangover was still there, people still believed in a ton of things they won't today. Plus the whole style, architecture, music, fashion sense and most importantly cinema from that era was quite cool and it would be great to have a story set in early 70's I felt. Along the way there shall be numerous NPC's and I do have ideas for good few of them ranging from fellow criminals to victims they swindle, to lawmen and so on.
Confessions of a Femme Fatale
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Neo Noir
Pairing: F/M, F/F
Role Sought: Psychoanalyst
Seeking to Play: Femme Fatale
Themes: Manipulation, Deceit, Fact vs Fiction
Inspiration: The Usual Suspects, Jean-Claude Brisseau, The Five Obstructions
Cynthia Gordon is a billionaire heiress of a fortune. A woman shrouded in mystery, born and having lived her life into opulence, she likes to live on the edge. When you have every luxury in the world at your feet, every pleasure, every toy you can wish for yours at a moment's notice what do you turn to?
You choose to make toys out of people.
She unscrupulously plays games with people, with their minds and even worse, with their hearts. Seemingly serving as the kiss of death to anyone on whom she sets her sights, pulling them in her web of lies and deceit until she enjoys conquering them, finding their weakness and orchestrating their fall from grace. Now this fall in itself can be anything, from psychological destruction of someone, to destroying someone's public image or could be something as small as cuckolding someone, point being it's something that is precious to that person in that moment that she takes away from them and discards them, the toy having become boring to her.
The story begins when she's being interviewed by her psychoanalyst for her weekly sessions for the first time, as they begin to get to know each other, she tells him one tale after another. Some of them are true, some are lies, some are a blend of fact and fiction. But exactly what is real? He finds himself wondering as she pulls him in her web.
The idea that I ha was to delve into those tales as one narration while keeping this other 'present day' narration track at the same time. However, a writing challenge for both me and my partner would be to keep each 'past' episode of no more than 50 posts, in effect creating an obstruction. Another probable and challenging yet fun narration exercise that could be included is when the analyst maintains his journal entries interspersed with more personal notes about their encounters.
Furthermore, the prime notion that drives me to construct a story of this sort is that often, we see Noir explored from point of view of a 'protagonist' but never do we see a world that is entirely explored through the mindset and eyes of a femme fatale and that, is something which would be a fantastic exercise in stylized writing in my opinion which allows us to experiment substantially with form and composition. The time period here is flexible from 1970's to present day, although I do find myself slightly leaning towards present day setting.
Genre: Romance, Dramedy
Forum: Light or Bon-H
Role Sought: Escort
Seeking to Play: Neal Pinehurst
Themes: Muse, Bohemian Life
Inspiration: Jack Kerouac, Californication, Hunter S. Thompson
Neal Pinehurst is a man who has issues. In fact, many issues. But the biggest of them that has been currently haunting him is not being able to finish his yet untitled, yet still in stage of first draft since last seven years novel. He has tried everything in his power and yet he finds himself floundering in that regard while his agent and publishers often keep on inquiring about it.
However, the straw on camel's back for Neal is when his ex-girlfriend asks him to attend her wedding to her current man who Neal deems to be an asshole, in part purely to rub it in his face, in part because the son he fathered wants him to be there. He attends the event, but in the middle of bolts like his ass is on fire because it all becomes too much for him. First thing he does?
Board on a flight to Amsterdam so he can be his hedonistic self in best possible way, put all those worries and pressures behind until he feels comfortable with coming back. With plans to stay under the radar as long as he wishes to. While indulging into once vice after another, one day he meets an escort who catches his eye. Someone with whom he enjoys the evening so much that he enlists her services again and again and again, feeling enamored with her as time passes by.
She, in return is courteous, professional for a long time, but senses his feelings and attempts to distance herself away from him. But at the same time, she's a bit star struck because he happens to be her favorite author. Eventually maybe she too develops feelings for him, perhaps it's too late by then. Maybe there's a happy ending in store, maybe not. Whatever happens since their first evening is open ended. There can be others, maybe some of his newer friends, maybe some from her own social circle etc. But beyond it all, I want her to be someone who makes a better person about him, making him realize how he's wasting himself away and thus, becoming his muse in more than one ways, inspiring him to finish the work that he has been struggling with for so long. In return, he could be able to give something beyond the fake, artificial things she has been accustomed to since ages, to actually be able to see an honest, passionate person person that's most definitely there beneath Neal's hedonistic, seemingly shallow self.
I imagine Neal as this young literary prodigy like Bret Easton Ellis who burst on to the scene at a young age and since then, has been writing at an erratic pace. His writing is provocative, flirting with transgressive nature of things and treads into postmodern fiction with surreal touches. When the story kicks off, he's in mid 30's. Neal enjoys the fast life, often experimenting with drugs and is a terrible womanizer. He's passionate about his art and when he delves into something, be it anything, he doesn't hold back.
Last few years haven't been quiet for him. He has had his book turned into a film he detested but doesn't care anymore because it granted him fat paycheck not to mention a gigantic boost in sales of his novels, learned about a child he had no idea had fathered and is trying to kick his drug habit but not really wanting when it comes to episodes like these. The sketch I have given of Neal is fairly open ended and can be tweaked any which way.
The Escort is entirely up to my partner. There's also scope to move action to Bangkok, Las Vegas or Ibiza or even somewhere else if you wish for.
Role Sought: The Recruit
Seeking to Play: Rachel Sterling
Theme: Espionage, Femdom, Shady Underworld
Inspiration: Mission: Impossible, Doomsday
Rachel Sterling is textbook definition of what a superspy is supposed to be. She kicks ass, takes names and is renowned for performing some seriously tough missions in her time. A veteran operative in her mid 30's, she holds an excellent reputation at the agency. [Note: The agency can be CIA or any fictional one of our own creation, really. An open ground there.]
When she's coming off a successful assassination mission, she's given instructions to meet at an agency safehouse in a lazy, nondescript town. Rachel gets in, prior to that, she checks in a hotel where further instructions shall be awaiting for her. In an attempt to unwind, she hits the bar. Enjoying the evening, she hits it off with a man she meets at the bar, good few drinks in, they end up in bed together having a one night stand that leaves both of them quite pleased before going their separate ways next morning.
Turns out, Rachel along with bunch of other agents has been called in for an ambitious project called Icarus Program which shall consist of pairing a rookie and a veteran together. The particular rookies chosen for this program consist of ex-military folks. The person who is supposed to be paired with Rachel? It's the very man she had a one night stand with much to the amusement of both of them. She's not exactly thrilled to train someone like that.
The first story arc would revolve around Rachel training the younger man, over USA/Canada. I would like them to eventually fall in love, despite of being fully aware of th complications of the same and not wanting to, but unable to stop the attraction. When the training's over, it's time head to the field, which can be the second story arc. I can think of a number of missions for them to embark upon, each with its share of challenges. Traveling around the world, exotic locales, big explosions and of course, the murky underworld where nothing is ever what it seems, with more layers than one can even imagine.
I would really like for this story to capture that element of being in 'transit' on a perpetual basis, that point where you feel like you belong to nowhere in particular and where your notions of right and wrong are blurred so much that you don't even know what you are doing is right or wrong. But I am getting ahead of myself, for those are elements to be explored well ahead into the story. I see the rookie as someone in his mid 20's, some youthful idealism still lingering about him.
He could even be a person whose area of specialization could be grounded in technology, proving complimentary to her set of skills which is more action oriented. But those are possibilities for us to contemplate upon.
I am looking for a glamorized take on spy game here that has been propagated by pop culture over the years here where style shall take precedence and of course, there shall be heavy emphasis on character development with a thick plot.
She Killed in Ecstasy
Genre: Neo Noir, Mystery
Pairing: F/M, F/F, M/F, M/M
Role Sought: Stefan Lafavre & His Family, Private Investigator, Cops
Seeking to Play: Louise Bouquet and various other NPC's.
Themes: BDSM, Mind Games, Moral Corruption
Inspiration: Edouard Stern Scandal
Stefan Lefavre is a playboy, a business tycoon who is found dead, his body discovered his mansion in a rather unique fashion, choked to death while being arranged systematically in a Vetruvian man like figure after what appears to be an extreme BDSM session. His death is something that's sensational, capturing public imagination and sends waves through the corporate world, bringing a rarely publicly seen side of corporate deviancy into public eye for a brief time.
The last person with whom Stefan is seen is his long time mistress and dominatrix, Louise Bouquet at a night club before he departs with her, as revealed by surveillance footage. An investigation is opened up and soon enough police at doorstep of Louise, who is a professional dominatrix and one very much high in demand, catering to clients who are often powerful politicians, businessmen, corporate lobbyists and the sort. She's a woman who carries secrets of the individuals with whom she has dalliances, in a sense making her far more dangerous than she appears to be due to the leverage she's able to exert on someone when she wishes to.
The truth is, Bouquet indeed has murdered Stefan and she has done it entirely on her own will. Now here, it presents multiple routes as to the reason. First could be that someone actually influenced her to do so, offering her riches beyond wildest dreams in return when Stefan is about to fight election for some prominent post or something, second is she does this out of some ulterior motive of hers or thirdly [and my personal favorite] is, she does it entirely out of power trip, upon getting too much into it, perhaps even giving into her subconscious desire to do so, for the games they played between the two of them have always been of a highly dangerous, deviant nature, brazenly flirting with death every now and then.
Lefavre's family openly denounces his death and also hires someone to investigate the matter personally. Soon enough Louise has all sorts of characters landing at her doorstep. She's a cool, calculating woman who knows she's in a fix, but shall also navigate her way out of it. Maybe she had Stefan under her thumb all along, squeezing him dry with what she held about him, perhaps now what she needs is someone new and that private investigator sounds perfect for that, or perhaps the young attorney who is left as executor of Stefan's will, which bequeaths significant assets in her name, even over his heirs and wife, who also have an agenda of sorts against Bouquet once revelations begin to occur about the depraved affair between Stefan and Louise. Then there's the reporter who keeps on snooping around.
This is about the deviant nature of mind and how Bouquet, a woman with an interesting history of her own [which I shall reveal to prospective partners. I do imagine her as an older character, in her mid 40's.] engages in a battle of wits against those who wish to nab her. If you so desire, it can even go in territory of a sensational court case, which again opens up a whole different realm of possibilities for us to toy with. The story itself can be set anywhere from Miami to French Riviera to blistering Tokyo should you wish to, leaving scope for expats and a culture clash to boot with present themes/plot. There shall be focus on style, mood, atmosphere and vast cast that shall be handled by both of us beyond the principle characters.
The Devil's Advocate
Genre: Crime Drama, Black Comedy
Role Sought: The Lawyer
Seeking to Play: The Mob Prince
Themes: Opposites, The Criminal Life
Inspiration: Jim Thompson, Chuck Palahniuk, Eastern Promises
He was a Mob Prince in his mid 20's, youngest of four brothers. Someone who was cunning, ruthless and running successfully the small operation that he was handed. But at the same time, he was mercurial, his extravagant lifestyle, all the bombast and his carefree, playboy ways attracting unwanted attention that his elders despised. But the point is, he's efficient at what he does, giving him a slight reprieve that has lasted so far, but when he goes too far in punishing someone when a drug deal goes wrong, the higher ups aren't too pleased with sensation it causes.
She was daughter one of elders, a lawyer with a razor sharp wit who in short span of time had become a crucial component of the team that handled the litigation front for the Mob. An intellectual. They had grown up together, not by their own choice, but out of being part of the closely knit clique that their families had been. She disliked him for being a charismatic asshole while he thought she was a prude, a pretentious person who didn't deserve his respect.
The elders decide to put him to guard her both as punishment to him when her old guard is gunned down in a drive by shooting, pushing his rank down by several notches while at the same time trusting his abilities. She finds it ridiculous that she has to be around someone shallow like her while he's miffed over having to spend time babysitting someone, in particular a person he doesn't have much liking for.
They would have witty exchanges, caustic even at times. But should come to warm up to each other. Perhaps an attempt is made on her life by a rival clan with some interests tied up in a court case where she's representing the mob and he's there to save her life. In that, in the defiance that she exhibits in the face of it all, he's able to appreciate her courage as both of them come to see that there's more to the other person than what they initially imagined to be. I would like for them to become best of friends slowly before becoming eventual lovers with him finally taking over the mantle and her as his equally cunning right hand all told with a really, really dark sense of humor.
The mob here could be anything from Bratva, Mafia, Yakuza, Triads..it's open ended and for us to figure out. Each option represents its own share of cultural paradigm and in that, gives us something unique to play with. The potential story arcs could involve turf wars, law enforcement agencies shutting their significant operations down, infighting that they might have to quell...many options. This game is not as fully fleshed out as some of the others, so it would require potential taker to be willing to brainstorm extensively and work the nuances of the story beyond the broad strokes here.
All Hail Me
Genre: Neo Noir
Role Sought: Randy Bowden
Seeking to Play: Alissa Hodgson
Themes: Blackmail, Corruption, Power Play, Corporate Ambition
Inspiration: Disclosure, James Hadley Chase's An Ace Up My Sleeve
Randy Bowden is a success story by all means. A self made man who has climbed up the corporate ladder with ruthless efficiency over the years. Coming from humble beginnings, he has not hesitated to burn his rivals, even bury his friends for his own sake. He's in his early 50's, living a prosperous life with his wife Rosalind and two children. However, his is a past that is marred with sin and debauchery, something that he cleaned up as he got older.
Alissa Hodgson was a faded memory from Randy's past. Someone who came from a wealthy family, worked as an intern under Randy several years ago when she was in her teens. In terms of family history, upbringing an antithesis to Randy. She was also someone with whom he had a minor fling out of a bet made among his colleagues, an absolute boys club if there was one, as to who would be the one to bed most interns. Needless to say, Randy got over this little conquest quickly but not before letting Alissa know just exactly how he used her, leaving her fuming over it.
Now there's a huge promotion coming up at the company as they branch out into newer territories, maybe an entirely new industrial sector that they've been eying, divisions, it can be anything. Randy expects for a newly created position of significant power to be handed over to him. This is something he feels is rightfully his. But much to his chagrin when the announcement is made with much fanfare, it's not his name that's announced, the woman in unveiled is ghost from his past, Alissa Hodgson. Not only that, but the situation now calls for him to work under him, something that he is not very pleased to.
Turns out, after he left her and forgot all about her, Alissa herself continued to push through the corporate ladder, jumping through various companies before landing up in her current, highly lucrative position. In subsequent years, she has become as cunning and vicious as Randy, being fully aware and an expert at the power games that one needs to play at this level. Now she has Randy where she can make or break his life and she decides to exact her revenge on him and thereby, also remove the only credible threat to her own supremacy in her new job.
She seduces him, aims to systematically destroy his family and eventually drive Randy into absolute despair, leaving him a broken man. But Randy's not the one to take it down lying, for he's equally cunning and while he tries to maintain cordial relations with Alissa, even rejecting her attempts to liaison with him for her own amusement; when pressure begins to mount on him, he digs up her past only to find out that it's a past of similar episodes, where Alissa has used her charms to beguile and release destruction around her. Except there's one problem, Randy has everything to lose, his family, his job, his stock options...everything he worked his whole life for, if he fucks this up. While Alissa has nothing to lose for she's in position of power, it's her word that's believed and not his and most importantly, money has never been a concern for her.
This is a tale about two thoroughly unlikeable people who are so ruthlessly ambitious that they would literally go to any lengths to destroy each other. Alissa is a scorned woman, but she's far from a saint and is utterly corrupt. An amoral opportunist and Randy is no different, despite turning a new leaf in his family life over the years. I imagine Alissa to be in her early to mid 30's. The names are of course mere placeholders. What the company is, we can pick any field and roll with it.
As ever, evolution of the story is open for me and potential partner to decide. What's needed here is style. Something to capture the cool, detached, almost predatory nature of the two people who already theoretically have everything, but are always about more. Said nature has been dormant in Randy for a while now, having mellowed due to age while Alissa is in her absolute prime, brining out the beast within Randy as they play one twisted mind game after another with each other where stakes only continue to get higher and higher.
Genre: Psychological Drama, Slice of Life, Tragedy
Forum: Light: Human
Role Sought: The Journalist
Seeking to Play: Musician
Themes: Celebrity Life, Addiction, Character Study
Inspiration: Juliana Hatfield, Sonic Youth, Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, L7, Douglas Coupland's early novels
The time is 1990's as the Alternative Nation is raging like anything. This is a story about an alterna rock goddess who had it all and decided to throw it all down the gutter, deliberately tearing apart all of her fame in name of her ideals and D.I.Y. ethic amongst other things.
Someone who worships her art and looks at it with an uncompromising view. Scaldal follows her, she's unapologetic, angry even downright horrible at times to those around her. This is a story of young woman who lives fast and dies young; starting off in late 1980's rain drenched Seattle. The paranoia of cold war, post-fall of communism scenario as Generation X takes its root and makes an impact with her as one of its icons. All of it told through the eyes of the journalist who documents her story and amid that engages in a volatile, explosive on and off relationship with her.
A muddy mass of concepts is what I have for offering as ever. My musical inspirations for this are Juliana Hatfield, Sonic Youth, The Nymphs, Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, L7, PJ Harvey and the likes. I grew up on this music and it has left a huge impression on me. It was when alternative music was truly 'alternative' to the mainstream in more ways than one I feel.
But yes, I am looking to play the rock star whilst seeking someone to either play journalist and create host of NPC's with me or if they wish to, even GM it. It's a story which is about a woman who did what she wished to in the ways she wished to come what may, of a free spirit and at the same time a story which is dark, depraved and downright ugly at times ending on a bleak note because the musician here is definitely on a darker path. It's not a question of how, moreso a question of when for inevitable it is.
I am not looking for happy endings here and I intend have it finish off with her death.
Genre: Romance, Drama, Black Comedy
Role Sought: The Writer
Seeking to Play: Starlet
Themes: Celebrity Life, Fame, Unrequited Love, Persnality Clashes
First off, credit for the plot seed goes to wonderfully talented writer, CorruptingPower. This is a story which we had going a while ago and it is dead and I would like to revive it.
It's about a spoiled starlet, who basically has the whole world at her feet. Born into old money, rich enough to burn money for her amusement she's someone who is born in attention. As if fulfilling a prophecy she becomes a supermodel and eventually enters the world of acting. The films she does? Action movies and rom-coms is what she's stuck into. She tries, but critics don't respect her whilst her films continue to make money like anything, turning her into a very bankable star but buys her little credibility. She's notorious for her wild life and partying antics along with her penchant for controversy has made her a constant fodder and endless speculation for media to partake into. Arrogant and callous not a very nice person but at the same time not someone who is essentially evil. What she seeks is respect for her craft and after years of big explosions and romantic fluff, she yearns for something more serious and complicated which shall allow her to show off her acting chops seriously and shut mouths of all of her critics.
Your character is an author. Think someone like Bret Easton Ellis or Douglas Coupland. One of the perfect inspirations would be Hank Moody from Californication. Loves his craft, very passionate about arts and life in general. He's been struggling to write his fourth book and in the meantime has two of his novels adapted into Hollywood films which in his opinion, are shit and have been killed off by big studios and mainstream production. So when she learns that this actress has basically bought rights of his book with an aim to produce it independently, it drives him insane.
But here's the catch, she wishes to do it the right way to the point of approaching him for writing the screenplay. The story, is meant to be about how their relationship develops. How both of them make each other grow as a person and most importantly, find the love which they never thought would exist. It is meant to be littered with pop culture/film/literary/music references [Well, at least old version was haha.]. They shall butt heads, he would dislike her immensly initially. I imagine loads and loads of witty banter, until he warms up to her. She is a male fantasy to say the least. Their dynamic is both funny, deviant and at times fuelled by the disagreements they tend to have every now and then. It's not 'Let's jump in bed' thing, but more like something which builds slowly over the course of time.
There are so many ways it could proceed. The movie they are working on? Does get made eventually. Plus there's her career, other films, promotional appearances. He's able to inspire her and she is able to do the same to him by helping him actually finish his next novel which he been working on for like forever. Meanwhile, this thing calls for a large cast of NPC's, playing which would be a blast, ranging from her agent [and his literary agent for that matter.], other celebrities, director, professional rivals, studio executives, rest of the cast of the film etc. Most of the NPC's I am willing to play, however if my partner wants to share the duty? It's more welcome because it offers room for far more interactive fun.
The Ultimate Score
Genre: Neo Noir, Crime Drama, Mystery
Role Sought: Femme Fatale
Seeking to Play: Terry Squeeze
Themes: Mind Games, Criminal Life
This, is another film noir tale wherein I would want to play the role reversed to the one I will be playing in Femme Fatale plot mentioned above. For this, I would like it to be a neo-noir story, set in perhaps early to mid 1990's around the time wave of neo-noir films had flooded the cinema with rise of Basic Instinct, Red Rock West, The Last Seduction etc. It is partially inspired by the 1996 film Bound which put a lesbian twist on the noir motif. For this one, I am looking to play the character Terry Squeeze which you can see mentioned in the pre-made characters post below.
The story shall revolve around a gangster's moll played by my partner and an ex-con out on parole looking to live a straight life played by me. Akin to the opening of Bound they would meet by chance when my character who happens to be working as a plumber is sent to fix some things in the house by the agency where she is working.
The moll, wanting the gangster who happens to be the boss of the local Mafia has been married to him for couple of years now and is sick of him. She wants him out and the plumber, finds herself unable to resist her. Which in turn draws her back in the very life of criminal underworld she has sought to leave behind. In part it's the lure of the riches and means to get out of her dead end job, in part it's the seduction on part of the moll as being the perennial thrill seeker, she finds herself being sucked in the netherworld she swore to leave for good like a junkie.
The duo ultimately hatches a plan to steal substantial money that the husband is going to keep in the house for brief period before transferring it to a safehouse when his wife over hears the scheme [Details of which I have kept open.] and escape together. Of course it doesn't go as per plan and how it takes place, what the plan is or what are the possibilities which we want to explore is for me and my partner together to brainstorm and decide. The underlying question would be, whetehr the moll is using Terry to get rid of problems in her life and then leaving her hanging or genuinely likes her? She will be charming, confident and will play with Terry.
Terry herself would dominate your character like anything, but your character will, in a twisted psychological sense be in the driving seat whilst being the bottom. Ultimately, I don't see things ending very well for Terry..perhaps she ends up back in jail, dies or maybe they actually do end up escaping together after this crazy adventure or even something entirely different takes place. There are numerous possibilities here and I believe the story has a lot of potential.
The Lead of a Lifetime
Genre: Romance, Sports Drama
Pairing: F/F or F/M
Forum: Light or Bondage
Seeking to Play: The Racer
Role Sought: The Journalist or Documentary Filmmaker
Themes: Overcoming the odds, Chasing the Dream
The Racer is the first woman chosen by her team to race in Superbike Championships. When the season is stopping at a particular race track [we can pick any], The Journalist, working for a local newspaper is sent to cover the story as one of her first assignment at her new job. She's not too thrilled, having little interest in the whole deal.
But that's where she spots the Racer for the first time who in a first actually manages to win that particular race, assuming it was a guy until she takes off her gear and climbs the podium. Curiosity piqued, she meets the Racer afterwards, deciding to make her the subject of her story. Finding her story intriguing, The Journalist decides to follow her throughout the season and eventually romance develops between the two of them.
It's pretty straightforward but I think there's plenty of scope for developing it the way we want to and that's part of the reason why I haven't made the advert very thorough. For instance your character could be a documentary filmmaker instead of a Journalist looking for some new subject.
Secondly, I by no means want Racer to win everything or something. If anything, the beginning race would be where she has peaked in the season and eventually she finishes somewhere in the middle. It's more about the heart, overcoming the obstacles and of course, the prejudice, breaking ground etc. and exploring these themes from her perspective.
My knowledge of motorcycle racing isn't very thorough nor is my knowledge of vehicles, but I have done some research, am always up for researching more. But I would like to stress that it's more about the characters than technicalities of things.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Neo Noir
Role Sought: The Rich Man
Seeking to Play: The Cat Burgler
Themes: Adventure, Life on the Edge, Flirting with Danger
Inspiration: Neo Noir
She's an art student who moonlights as cat burglar with the name Nyx. Often leaving her calling card after she has burgled a place, or even announcing days in advance that she's going to burgle a particular place and succeeding at it. Her specialty? Rare paintings and pieces of art that fetch a vast fortune at underground markets. She's effective, smug to the point of outright arrogant and proud of what she herself considers to be her own art.
When a never before seen Monet is discovered, hidden away in Germany during World War II, it's brought for sale in the open market. The painting causes massive intrigue in relevant circles and in ensuing auction it's purchased by The Man after a fierce bidding war. He installs it in his private gallery and the day he does so, she sends him a reminder that he's on her target and she will strike on certain day.
She has prepared for it methodically as usual. She enters his mansion, everything seems to be going according to plan, but this time round, Persephone has met her match for he has laid a trap for her. The painting is somewhere else entirely and all she has is a cheap knock off. Through his own meticulous planning, he captures her much to her dismay. But instead of giving her away to cops, he gives her an offer.
To remain what is her current business, except in his employ and to accumulate the goods for him. For he has his eyes set on certain things and wishes to expand his collection at a very rapid rate. Reluctant and with no choice left, she agrees to that, kicking off a series of globe trotting adventures where she is able to experience challenges she had never imagined before. Slowly but certainly, he finds beguiled by her charms, falling for the significantly younger woman, almost half his age.
But she's a free bird and though with remarkable comfort, it's still a caged life. How long would she remain his willing thief? Are even his, a libertine and notorious playboy as one they come, feelings real? And what about the private investigator hired by one especially ruthless stock exchange baron that they have burgled, who has been on their tail now?
Genre: Neon Noir
Pairing: F/M, F/F or F/F/F or F/M/M
Role Sought: Michael Chambers, Jessica Chambers
Seeking to Play: Angelica Schlingensief
Themes: Blackmail, Corruption, Power Play
Inspiration: J. G. Ballard
Michael Chambers is a high school senior, popular among his ilk, he's one of the bright stars and is looking forward to college. His mother, Jessica is a hardworking woman who runs her own business and has single handedly raised Michael, making substantial sacrifices along the way. Their life is seemingly perfect.
That is, until Angelica Schlingensief sole heir of the Schlingensief fortune who had left the city years ago right after her graduation has returned. And she has also returned with a purpose.
For there's a past, when Jessica had bullied Angelica when they were in high school. Years have passed since then and their lives couldn't have been more opposite. Jessica's life hasn't exactly been a fairy tale while Angelica, the blue blooded trust fund baby, went on to college, worked as stock market analyst and has had a life of comfort for most part. A fortune in her name etc. Think your classic older femme fatale. Where middle age has hit Jessica, Angelica is still the glamorous one, having morphed into a swan from an ugly duckling that she was bullied as in school.
She would sink her claws in the thing that Jessica finds most precious, her son Michael and pry him away from her before destroying him, manipulating him by playing him against his mother and thus, drawing her out. Her goal is to humiliate both of them and have revenge for all that Jessica had put her through back in the day.
Some things you never let go of. Some things you never forget. Sometimes, revenge is the only closure you have.
So, here's the advert. I have no conclusion in mind for this and it could go any way really. The potential supporting characters I can see are other people in lives of all principle characters. Though mother is conceived as single parent, she could easily have a husband or even the parent character could be switched to male or the son could be switched to daughter should you wish.
One prominent idea I would like to explore is in order to release son from her clutches, Angelica demands a similar servitude both of sexual and non sexual nature from the parent, effectively developing means of blackmailing both.
The directions where we can take this is very open. While the element of seduction and sex will play a part in the story, I want a deeper exploration of the mind games that are laid out, and overall character development to accompany the same. Angelica is not afraid of going to any lengths to get what she wants will push the Chambers to their very limits