Inspired by and to a certain extent based on the Australian TV show "Sea Patrol
" produced by Nine Network, this is intended to be a naval drama story, featuring two lesbians on board a small warship. The vessel pictured above is an Armidale class patrol boat of the Royal Australian Navy, of the same class that was featured in the TV series. The vessel has a crew of 21, which is about what I'm aiming for.
The story can be set in any country that has a navy, and allows gay people to join the armed forces (so no Muslim countries, and also probably eliminates Israel). But the other two main requirements for the setting are, obviously, that the country's navy has fast patrol boats similar in size to the Armidale or Fremantle class ships used by the RAN, and also that there can be some pretext for an actual armed conflict to occur, either with a neighbouring country or some internal crisis, or possibly getting involved in a neighbouring country's internal crisis. Note that this probably eliminates most Northern European countries too, unless we can come up with something really creative.The plot:
We can either start this with our characters meeting for the first time, or we can have them in an existing relationship that they are so far keeping secret from the rest of the crew. Or anything in between... Something that might work well is if they know each other from somewhere else, and this is the first time they've met in a while, with one of them just being assigned to the ship.
The story starts with a regular patrol, the ship (which will be fictional) is just carrying out it's regular coastal patrol duties. But, either during this patrol, or subsequent to it, some sort of hostilities break out. The exact nature of the conflict can be discussed, and will be very much dependent upon the country the story is set in.
The point being, though, that an inexperienced crew is suddenly in a situation they have trained for but hoped never to actually encounter. The bigger ships of the country's navy - probably frigates, destroyers, at most maybe a cruiser or two - will be mobilised and put to sea to do the actual fighting, but the patrol boats will have their part to play too.
And I want to have our ship hit by enemy fire, badly damaged, and neither character knows what has happened to the other.The characters:
One character needs to be an officer. NOT the ship's captain, but maybe the navigator or engineering officer or gunnery officer. Will depend on the class of ship, which (again) will depend on the setting.
The other character will be a rating, possibly a Petty Officer, depending upon what the existing relationship between them is. Obviously, this creates a situation that would be unacceptable in nearly every military - fraternisation between officers and enlisted is almost universally frowned upon.
The two of them will be very much in love with each other. Whether that is pre-existing or they fall in love during the story is something we can discuss.
I don't see this story as including any BDSM elements, it would make things a bit awkward, but we could easily reverse the roles and have the rating be the "top" in the relationship, if you wish. The story would probably go in "light".NPCs:
There will be around 20 to 30 other characters on the ship - even if we go with a fictional class of vessel, it will need a crew and a skipper. We can create some of these on the fly and some of them we may simply never encounter, but the Captain, First Officer (Executive Officer), and immediate colleagues of our two characters will need to be defined, and kept consistent. We can also create NPCs who are not part of the crew on the fly.The Ship:
A small ocean going Naval patrol ship, similar to the Armidale Class
patrol boat of the RAN. There are a wide variety of similar patrol craft in use throughout the world, so it doesn't have to be one of these, it's just that the Armidale class is the one that sort-of inspired the idea.
The ship will have a crew of between 20 and 30, divided into two watches (the naval equivalent of doing shifts), and our characters will be on the same watch. The ship will be armed, and carry live ammo, and could well get involved in shooting incidents prior to the actual conflict, possibly involving pirates or smugglers.
If you prefer we can invent a totally fictional class of vessel, based around the Armidale class.The setting:
This is set present day or slightly in the future, technology is what we have today. The country our characters hale from must be a maritime nation - one with a navy and a coastline, for obvious reasons. A previous attempt at this idea that never got off the ground had the characters be part of the South African Navy, and the war that started was with Namibia.
A third-world setting will probably work best, as a non-industrialised country is less likely to have a big fleet and probably won't have battleships or aircraft carriers, and is also more likely to get into some brushfire war or border dispute with a neighbour.
If you have some preference, do let me know. Or alternatively, we can create a fictional country.See the last post for another option setting this in Gibraltar.What I Require:
I am after a female player, please. That's a lady, or a liege who identifies as female. If you are male and contact me about this idea you will be met with a polite but firm refusal.
I have the following additional requirements:
- Be willing to put up with my tectonic posting rate - by "tectonic" I mean it moves at the same speed as a continent. Glaciers move faster. I generally post anything between once a day and once a month. If I haven't posted for a week or two, please feel free to give me a nudge, and I will do my best to get something up for you.
- Be willing to respect my offs and include a few of my ons
- Be willing to discuss the story via PM in order to keep it moving, be willing to go back and edit things if they need to be changed to keep the story consistent or keep things realistic, or stay within each others ons & offs.
- Be capable of using a spelling checker, and willing to post at least 200-300 words at a time, preferably more.
- Be willing to move the story forward, be creative and imaginative, but not god-mode my character. You can move her around if the story requires it, but what she says, thinks and feels is my choice and mine alone.
I have those same requirements of myself.If you are interested:
Please have a look at my O/O page and my recent posts (ignoring OOC ones as they don't really count) to see if you think we will be compatible, and if you do, then please send me a PM saying that you are interested in this idea. I will check out your O/Os and recent posts and let you know.
Please be aware that I only roleplay in the open forums, never by PM, email or IM.
I will only mark this idea as "taken" when there are at least two posts, one each, in the story thread.