I moved through the halls quietly, just as everyone else did. We all were deadly silent. A few years ago, it would have been loud with people talking, joking, hurrying from place to place. That was before the Law. Before... everyone grew distant, and cold. I clutched my books to my chest as I walked, avoiding anything that could draw attention, and slipped into the classroom. It was Civics, and of course the teacher was all smiles as she prepared to teach. No one said a thing. We all sat down and the bell rang. She began her tirade for the day.
"The most important civic duty is loyalty to the state! Every time you go without reporting dissident activity, the more you're letting our society collapse! It's important that you obey the State and report any activity that could harm our wonderful society."
I tried to pay attention, I really did, but it was hard. It was the same boring lesson day in and day out. Sometimes they'd make it interesting by having officers from the Ministry of Internal Defense, known these days simply as Internal, come by to talk to us about their work in curbing dissident activity. You had to sit up and pay attention then, because otherwise you'd get in trouble and might disappear.
Before the lecture was over, the door opened and in walked Principle Hanes, who was followed by two men in the jet black uniforms of Internal, their brass badges shiny with the shield emblem with an eye in the center. "I'm sorry for the interruption, but I need for miss Jessica Noble to stand up please."
Behind me, I heard whimpering and looked back. A cute girl, long red hair falling in coils from her pony tail stood, shaking. The two officers walked to her and took her by the arm, leading her along. They didn't say a word. They didn't have to.
They stepped out the door and the Principle smiled, "Remember, students, that Internal is here for your defense. Carry on!" He walked out and shut the door.
My heart was racing. I didn't know Jessica that well, but... I trembled as I sat there, quiet as a church mouse, until the bell rang. I gathered up my things and went to my next class. The entire day was like that, and I didn't know how to respond. My friends didn't even talk about it... we couldn't. It was all too common. And we already knew, deep down, that we'd never see Jessica again.
Or at least, that's what we hoped.
Loyalty Above All Else is a dystopian freeform horror story taking place in High School 507, one of the numerous military run schools across the country. The story will follow players who live their lives in constant fear of Internal and their numerous agents, such as the Monitors with their shiny brass eye pendents, and the unknown Surveillance who keep agents everywhere and constantly listening, looking for dissident activity. And it's not just in school either... everywhere, people walk a tight-rope as they fear that Internal will show up and arrest them for dissident activity.
A harmless joke, an off-hand comment, or even just failing your studies could get you rounded up by Internal. If you're lucky, you simply disappear, people quietly whispering your name that you've gone. If you're not so lucky, you get to go on parade as Internal hosts a lovely public execution for you and the lucky others in the school gymnasium. These horrible displays remind you that the military's rule is absolute. When the black vehicles and black uniforms show up, someone is about to disappear, and you can only pray it's not you.
But never fear, citizen! As long as you're loyal and never question the State, you won't have a thing to fear. Internal never makes mistakes! Glory to the State! Loyalty Above All Else!
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[b]Age:[/b] (16 to 19)
[b]Official State ID Code[/b] [i](ex. 0000-AAA-0A)[/i]
[b]Family Status:[/b] (Include terminated dissidents)
[b]List Dissident Activity Here:[/b]
Wavy brown and black hair that falls to mid-shoulders, a soft, gentle face that shows concern and worry. Her pale skin is covered mostly by the black jacket of her uniform, over the white blouse and black skirt that makes up the rest of her uniform. Her boots are non-standard, but so far she hasn't gotten in trouble for wearing them. Her smooth, creamy legs are an envy of other girls.Official State ID Code
Michael Bailey (Father), Norma Baily (Mother), Julia Baily (Younger Sister), Marcus Bailey (Younger Brother)Family Status:
Father Terminated for Dissident Activity, Mother Alive, Younger Sister Terminated for Dissident Activity, Younger Brother Alive.Pets:
Calico kitten named Mittens (5 months old)Dwelling Description:
Apartment 22 in Complex 103, Single Family Unit, 2 bedroom 1 bathroom, furniture used and out of style, carpets in need of replacement, sink refuses to quit dripping. Apartment overlooks Internal Processing Facility 418. Two blocks from High School 507.List Dissident Activity Here:
Boots non-conforming to uniform code