I appologize for the late post, this weekend ended up being a little busier then expected. As such, I wanted to get this post up right away this morning, so please excuse any roughness and the lack of images.Richmond Academy
Founded in 1963 by a wealthy American named William Richmond, the Richmond Academy has been one of the top schools for the children of Japan's elite for nearly fifty years. The school's alumni have gone on to head multi-national conglomerates, become important political figures, and hold elite scholarly positions. No expense is spared for those lucky enough to attend this exclusive private school, even the school's lunch menu is mostly edible.
However, the school burned down in 2007, staining the school's otherwise impeccable history of excelence. Determined to build an even brighter future for the school and it's students though, this historic building was quickly rebuilt with a thoroughly modern update. The building makes use of elegant architecture, the grounds are large and immaculate, and the interior of the school is in a constant state of polish and functional beauty.
The school's population is fairly large, with a student body of about two thousand, the vast majority of which are full Japanese. However, there is a significantly higher porportion of students with at least some claim to western ethnicity then is typical for most highschools in Japan. Background wise, other then the rare student in on scholarship or other unusual circumstance, most students come from exceedingly wealthy backgrounds some upper-middle class students with some form of tuition assistance. The noteable exception to this is the sizeable population of about two hundred of the other students' live-in servants who are also getting a form of education as well.
The Richmond Academy has, for those who can afford the extra cost, a program which allows a student to take up to three servants with them to assist them. For another fee, one of these servants can also enroll in a specialized program for a degree. These special students have schedules that are entirely dependent on the master's and they are not allowed to take any courses that their master is not also enrolled in (except in the case of gender seperated classes). They wear a modified school uniform which looks more like a maid uniform then the typical uniform the rest of the school wears. These students are also expected to put the master's need above their education, and are therefore given a certain amount of leeway when it comes to schoolwork especially if proof is given that they were pre-occupied with their duties. Still, completing a degree in this way is very challenging, and not every student in the school is respectful to those who choose this path, but for some maids, it represents their only chance to go to high school. For maids who elect to assist the master but not get an education, they are simply expected to help whenever necessarry, provided they do not give an undue advantage to them in their academics. The teachers and to a lesser extent, other students may also ask work of such servants, although the latter is rare and considered rude. Most students either don't come from families rich enough to afford such extravagance, or have the desire to bring their servants with them to school however, so rarely is there more than one or two servants per room, and ussually, masters don't bring their servants every day.
(Gameplay note: For those who wish to have their maid be part of the student program, let me know and I'll work it in. This will come on a first come, first serve basis (or whoever I think will end up being the most interesting fit story-wise) and I will need to PM you some additional information about the school culture. The rest of you are going to have to work out some kind of rotation ICly for who is going to be in school with the master openly, and who's going to have to either sneak around the school or stay home. The scenario text suggests the costume change rules for this, but for the sake of simplicity, we won't be using them unless there is an overwhelming desire for them.)Gameplay Schedule
This scenario covers one week leading to the start of summer vacation. It starts with a prologue on Sunday, normal school from Monday to Friday, followed by the closing ceremony on saturday, the final event on sunday, and depending on if a sequel is planned or not, an epilogue.
Please note that this does not necessarily map anywhere close to real time. The normal days will roughly be divided into phases as follows:
- A Brief Morning scene
- Class, one particular noteable period for the day.
- School event, a GM started event for that day (note that this and above may be interchanged)
- Afternoon at the mansion
- Evening/late night
Please also note that this is rough and if players wish to have scenes in between these time periods, you are more then welcome to. These time periods can take as little or as much time as you wish. For the most part, I would like time at the mansion to be mostly the players' and as such will ussually be less structured then the time at school. I will try to keep things moving along though, but if you feel something is dragging along or is moving too fast, please let me know.
As we get closer to the end of the scenario and have a better idea of how attached we are to the characters, system, and each other, we can decide how conclusively we want this to end, if we want to keep going, I'll try to end it rather openly, we can hold off on any big huge confessions, and I'll start looking for or thinking of the next plot afterwords.
As always, feedback is appreciated!