Edit: The bus has left now, so there are no more openings for prisoners. However, you can still join the game as a member of the public, stopped at a rest stop on the Interstate in the mountains between L.A. and the San Joaquin Valley.
The bus was gunmetal, with heavily tinted windows. It had an anonymous look to it, as if it were not meant to even be noticed, much less remembered. The only distinguishing feature was the number stenciled in black on each side and on the rear. 163-A. It was a passenger limited. Select passengers, and limited destinations indeed. There were only four stops on the route: jails in the Los Angeles and southern San Joaquin Valley areas...and the state penitentiary in the foothills near Los Banos. That was indeed the final destination, for anywhere from several years to the rest of their lives, for the prisoners the bus collected on its route. All were convicted, and remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections to begin serving their sentences.
In short, they were men with nothing to lose...and nowhere else to go.
Transport 163-A had run twice per week since its inception in 1978, and in all that time only two prisoners had been lost. One had suffered a coronary while passing through Bakersfield in 1983, and died in transit to the hospital. The second had been killed when 163-A had been hit passing over the Grapevine on a frigid morning in the winter of 1992 by a truck that hit a patch of black ice. The truck hadn't killed him. Rather, he had his chance for freedom when the bar he was chained to had been ripped from the floor, and he had taken it...only to be hit by an RV crossing I-5 in the semidarkness and cold, whilst partially disoriented by the concussion the collision had inflicted on him.
So for the men and women chained to seats in the back of 163-A, it was a long ride indeed. The last taste of semi-freedom, a final chance to see the world (if only the rather sere and ugly land where the last of the farmland of the Valley bled into the desert proper) before years and lifetimes of concrete and gray. The bus would pull up to that tall cyclone fence with the razor-wire on top, and guard towers. The gate would roll aside, and grim men with shiny badges and khaki clothes clutching shotguns would make sure the journey ended according to the State's design as the bus rolled that last hundred yards to the intake building, those tall gates closing behind it.
But that last part of the prisoners' story had yet to be written. The bus was just rounding the top of the Grapevine, and there was always the chance, however slender and against the long-established track record of CDC Bus 163-A, that something other than that mundane end could come of this. Hope sprang eternal, after all...
At the top of the Grapevine, basking in the warm spring sunshine sluicing its way through puffy clouds, was a rest area. More often than not, the driver and two guards pulled off the freeway long enough to take a piss and get some coffee and maybe a doughnut or two, or a cheeseburger if it was late enough, at the Krispy Kreme or the McDonald's. It was usually a brief stop. Indeed, regulations required it to be less than 15 minutes. Enough time to take a piss, grab a doughnut, maybe pump twenty or thirty gallons of Diesel #2 to top off the bus's tank.
Then it was on down the road.
Except today. For this day, the universe had far more important, fateful plans for a good many people, including the drivers, guards, and prisoners on CDC Bus 163-A. Indeed, for pretty much everyone...
This is a freeform story where things fall apart. There will be blood. There will be sex, including non-con. Anything can happen, and probably will. The storyline is open-ended. This will be a GM-led adventure: I play the world, and you each play your characters. There is an underlying storyline here, events that will help shape the story.
There are three types of characters in this story:
1) The Prisoners. These will almost certainly be what most would consider "evil." We're talking robbers, rapists, murderers, drug dealers and gangbangers: pretty much the crowd you would expect to see in a state prison. These can be males (most likely) but I'll also allow females. EDIT: Looking for male prisoners now. I'll take up to five prisoners. Prisoners begin in the back of the bus, handcuffed and in leg irons. TAKEN
2) The Guards. These may be "good" people, or they could be "neutral" or even somewhat south of "neutral." There are good cops, mediocre cops, and corrupt cops. These can be male or female. Already have two female guards. There is one driver. One guard is going to end up dead when the story begins, so there is one guard and the driver available to play.
3) The Public. The story begins at the highway rest stop, so pretty much anyone can be stopped there: commuters, families, traveling salesmen, college students, ladies from church groups--whatever. Members of the public can be males or females from any walk of life, any age 16 or older.
Post your statement of interest and/or character concepts in this thread.