Alright, giving fantasy RP a try. I saw The Last Witch Hunter and liked it, and thought I'd base something loosely off of that, but the plot is very different. The only elements from the Witch Hunter story is the use of dream-walkers, but everything else is modern realism based. I'll explain further below.
In short, dream-walkers were kept secret by the government when they were discovered in the early 60's (one of the UFO sightings were actually true). It was believed by the government that the world wasn't ready for supernatural beings / alien life so they kept us hidden, but all in all, we were treated well and rather respected by the government. The Y2K data scare causing for the government to ensure that all of the software and hardware were ready for the year 2000 change over, one of the contracted software engineers stumbled on the files about the dream-walkers, and threatened to go public if the government didn't out us, so they did. Since 2000, we've been public knowledge and now live out in the open. There are only about a hundred of us, so we're not common at all.
Dream-walkers are all female, and our offspring are always dream-walkers, regardless of the male sperm donor, be it human (or dark or light skinned human) any other race (be it aliens from far away or whatever). All dream-walkers are identical, so we all look like twins, we never visibly age past our prime, so early 30's is as old as we look, and we live to be roughly 800 or so. We look like a BAJORAN
from Star Trek to keep it simple. The Bajoran look is basic human anatomy, but with the serated nose bridge and connected earrings that go from top of the ear to the bottom of the ear, and the Trill look is basic human anatomy, but with speckled markings that run from the head to toe down the sides. So we look human, but with noticable markings be it our nose or markings. We can also combine the two if you want to take it a step further. Also, to make it more 'alien without being all that alien' perhaps they wear something Geisha
themed, but slightly sheer or simple patterns.
In the beginning, people were nervous, maybe even scared, but once it became public that all we can do is dream-walk, people started to see us as physics/witches more than aliens or powerful beings, so we are now generally accepted, aside from the small cults and racist sort of people. Most of us have emporium lounges, which is basically a wine bar with loungers everywhere instead of bar stools and booths, and the dream-walker that owns the establishment goes from lounger to lounger and offers her services.
The dream-walking is enabled by way of donation or 'pairing' is what we refer to it as. The dream-walker must have a genetic part of the dreamer in order to pair and walk them through. For recent dreams (recent memory playbacks) we need saliva, sweat, or urine (probably won't play out the urine, but it is there for backstory
), and for deep dreams (years old memory playbacks) blood or semen is needed to pair. The dream-walker decides the method of intake, be it sprinkled into her wine, or if she consumes it orally directly from the source. Dream-walkers used to be rather open to direct method, but have since avoided seminal fluid offers due to the prudish views of humans referring to them as dream-suckers, cock-walkers, or simply cocksucker gypsies since people were starting to seek them out for dream-walking more for the easy sex as opposed for the purpose of reliving a memory. This has caused for us to be reluctant in new customers seeking the given semen donation, so we've transitioned to offering to pair via blood, saliva, or sweat more than semen. In our culture, pairings were normal and casual, but humans turned it into a mockery.
In short, we're basically memory recallers. People come to use to remember a time with their deceased grandparent or parent, or their most egotistical moment of a game winning score or their first time/last time with an ex and so on. Any sort of memory that you want to relive, we're able to bring you to it and you can relive it yourself or stand back and watch it unfold before your eyes. It is just an idea to mix a little fantasy with a mostly realism based world. Our services are legal, so we're not prostitutes, even though that is what some ignorant people refer to us as. I'm not 100% sure how to turn this into a long term story, but it could be a decent short term story.