First and Foremost, a note: I want this rp to open to all orientations and genders of characters. Ideally, I'd love to have a little of everything, and tons of variety. People are varied and different, and I'd love it if this rp could reflect that.
So I've been watching sappy romantic anime and Asian dramas, and it struck me with the intense need to do a sappy romantic rp. I figured this would be the best spot since, ya know, sex is a part of romance, and I'd like to be able to explore whatever happens. That said, this is definitely not going to be an rp where sex is the focus. So I've been thinking on the best way to put this rp together, and have it be something more entertaining than just "lets see a bunch of characters make out." I think the general appeal in great love stories is often in seeing how they not only explore relationships, but the nature of love, and sometimes even being human, and just how important love is to the human condition, and the power it wields.
SO. With that said, here's the idea. The setting of this drama is the near future! If you look around you right now, most things in this setting are largely the same. However, new discoveries in smaller, faster computer electronics has given rise to a host of new technology. People who don't mind a bit of surgery can have an implant that allows them to wirelessly access the internet with their mind, imposing a UI over ones normal vision. The implant contains a hard-drive to download and install data, as well as a small access port, easily concealed by hair, to upload data to other machines through a local connection, though wireless transmission is also possible. Robotic prosthetics have also advanced to the point where they're on par with natural limbs in virtually every manner. Prosthetics superior to natural limbs do exist, but are expensive and new, and largely only in use by the military. Humanoid machines, called "Dolls" are now also available, essentially serving a variety of functions, including acting as personal computers. These dolls were initially created by a Japanese robotics company by the name of Eien Heavy Industries, but are now commercially available under a number of different brands, including all the leading computer electronic companies. Mini-Dolls, small, pocket sized models, are also available, largely sold by companies that previously specialized in mobile phones.
Now, despite what all of that may sound like, I do NOT intend for this to be a cyber-punk rp. It has the cyber, but not so much the punk. Perhaps, I would say there are cyber-punk elements, but again, I wish the focus to be on the drama and the romance, the connections between the various characters. Cyberpunk has been a great genre for exploring what it means to be humanity, and I would like to use elements of that in this rp. But I do not intend for this to be an rp about cybercrime and cyborg ninjas and prosthetically enhanced super commandos. Instead, this rp will be about normal people. Regular, every day people, living in this world of advanced technology, with dreams and hopes, and flaws and regrets and problems and heartaches and desires and urges, like other normal people. These people will have flaws, some serious, perhaps others not so much, and through this rp, perhaps we can explore just how much love can erase, or perhaps if someone who is broken can be loved at all. Perhaps the question asked will be 'what makes humans special'? What is the measure of a human being? Perhaps we'll simply ask just what this illusive thing known as love really is?
The exact questions asked, and the answers provided, I leave up to you, the players, but I want the stories told in this rp, and I hope there will be many, to hold to one or more of the following themes: 'flaws in a world of mechanical perfection', 'the nature of humanity in a world that blurs the line between man and machine' and 'the nature and power of love'. I don't want everyone making the same general archetypes either, so feel free to think outside the box, ask yourself how your character will fit into this world, and these themes. I want different characters to have their own love stories, and ideally, the stories will all criss-cross and mix and match as characters not only find love, but friendship and hatred and rivalry and all the many other relationships that make our lives what they are. Also. Given the setting I feel I should request that everyone try to avoid making their character a superhacker for the sake of it. I don't mink hacker characters as long as it works its way into the themes, but I'd prefer if not everyone in the cast is just some epic super awesome hackers for the sake of it.
So on to the rp! The exact setting will be New York City, the focal point being a fictional bar called Home, a clever name, chosen largely to allow its regulars to use the line, 'Looks like its time to go Home.' The crowd varies pretty heavily, and its located in a pretty diverse area. That's not to say all, or even more of the rp will take place at the bar, but its the one location every character will have in common, though obviously other characters may have other locations in common.
I'm not quite certain which section to put this in, though, as honestly, I don't want to limit anything, but I do feel like, all in all, it'll probably lean towards the vanilla. That said, I can see how non-consensual stuff could lend to the drama and thus further the story and themes. Also, as for character sheets, I'll post one of my own, but I won't require everyone to utilize the same sheet. I also encourage people to leave off details from their sheet if it would better serve the plot by leaving them as surprises. Though I do ask if any details even seem like they might possibly be a bit questionable (either making the character seem too 'super special awesome' or 'beautiful unique snowflakey' or whether or not it would fit with the themes, setting or story), that the player PMs me with said details now, instead of waiting until its too late to see if its acceptable. My character will be added when its finished!