Dual Schools: Our Lady Elle (School for Wayward Youth) and George Jackson Hamilton High
This is less of a story, and more of a setting for stories that holds a special place in my life.
It's your traditional "School Age" type setting,-- it includes students (ages 16+; younger students might exist as background but the stories focus on classmates in the same age group), faculty, even parents, and is a urban fantasy type "magical reality" world that I've created and populated over the years. It's set in a contemporary setting, and is most notable in the fact that it caters to the strange,-- main characters are, at a minimum, 'strange' and often exhibit bizarre and wonderful powers. Even world-shattering abilities! The teachers and the classes are /weird/, the environments range from just what you'd expect to a bit off, and the setting itself has a deep and rich history that will probably never be fully explored in play.
Important Note: Dual School stories are going to be Light, /at best/, for the sweet innocent long-build romance type stories; or non-adult storytelling in general.
What follows is a collection of environs and characters, which explore some of this setting, and which most interest me:
The Schools Themselves, and Friymore Town
The primary setting for the stories here are, of course, the schools themselves.
Of the two, Our Lady is the more modern and impressive, and where most of the 'better off' children in Friymore end up going for their high school years. It has a really amazing computer lab, lots of high-tech equipment, the best sports team in the state and an amazing athletics program, and so on. It's got very good scholastic records, the students doing very well on all of their exams and tests, while the teachers are amongst the best of the best.. albeit, sometimes, in ways that don't entirely make sense.
Literally across the street, George Jackson Hamilton High School is basically a struggling inner-city school dropped right in the middle of a lazy suburban town. There's a sizable collection of students that, quite literally, live in the basement of the school and the area directly abutting the school is perhaps the worst part of Friymore in terms of... well, everything. Hamilton's halls are decorated with tasteful motivational posters, the kids are interested in anything but schoolwork, and the teachers are... strange.. and in some cases inhuman.
The two schools are not separate,-- they're linked.
The first, most obvious, and least important of these links is the elevated covered walkway that crosses Main Street and bridges the two schools. A place for kids to meet up, the odd fight or showdown, there really isn't much particularly interesting going on on the walkway except what the students bring there themselves. Less obvious, though, are the Tunnels. Delve deeply enough in either school, and you eventually reach a strange almost pre-war construction, that just stretches on... forever.. Walk far enough, some say, and you'll reach the other school. But, more likely? No one will ever see you again.
(Because, in walking the tunnels from one school to the other, your entire life changes.)
There's also, you know, a town.
It has all the normal things you'd expect to have in a town.
It's also, like the schools themselves, somewhat dualistic.
There's the "good side of town," and the "bad side of town."
Here are some of the characters that I've populated my setting with, any marked with (CS) are ones whom I'd feel slightly uncomfortable with anyone playing them but myself (if only because they have a lot of background that I consider integral to who they are and would find weird by its absense), heh. Many of them are just background characters, or characters to be used in an ensemble cast or throw-away references, just to give a better idea of the setting as a whole. Plenty of room for original characters here!
Lots of these are girls, and if you want me to play a girl for whatever reason, this setting is a good choice to do so...
Roll Call: Our Lady, Students
Chastity Markal (CS), the Head Cheerleader, is considered by many to be perfect. She's beautiful, popular, well-off, and friendly,-- boys want her, girls want to be her, teachers love her,-- she's the Head Cheerleader, Captain of the Squad, and a good girl. Like, seriously, she's good girl at almost an elemental level. It's physically impossible for her to be 'bad'. She is also, essentially, the Goddess of Youth,-- not just physical youth but the very act of 'being young' itself which gives her a fair amount of influence over the concept of School itself--she's far older than she looks, and more tired, and more lonely. She's had a hundred different names, lives in a giant house all by herself, and is beholden to all sorts of rules that she only half-understands and has little control over.
Lucas Johnson, 'the Guy,' is popularly considered Chastity's direct counterpart despite the fact that they don't have that much in common. He's attractive, of course,-- like, distractingly so,-- and just a bit of an asshole in all sorts of ways that don't really make him.. that bad of a guy... you just, you know, have to know him? He pushes a little, makes you do things that you might not otherwise do,-- he, much more than Chastity, sets the standard for Our Lady in terms of what the in crowd does,-- he sets the fashion, the style, the trends. He's THE GUY. He and Chastity have been dating for a while, she tends to vacillate between wanting to be with him and thinking he's an ass who needs to be taken down a peg. You can't take Lucas down a peg, though, you just.. can't.
Lorianne Smith considers herself more of a Hamilton Student that, by some lame trick of zip codes and school ordinances, got shoved into Our Lady but she's just fooling herself. She's dislikes the culture of the school without out and out rejecting it, considers herself something of an iconoclast while still mostly fitting in, and purposefully dresses down while maintaining a very eclectic and expensive style. She's smart, though, and isn't afraid of her intelligence or what it allows her to do. She rules over the computer lab, knows more about the inner workings of the School than most of the faculty, and is something of amateur computer game designer (and not at all amateur computer programmer). She lives in her imagination; a goodly percentage of the time... so does everyone else..
Boston James is your best friend, the guy that you can trust with anything, who always stands up for you and knows what you need without you even having to ask him. Not particularly popular or popular, Boston just sort of is, drifting through the environment of Friymore and.. belonging. He has a position on half a dozen different school organizations; editor of the paper, secretary on student council, water boy for the team,-- paper boy? part-time job at the local Italian eatery? Yeah, all that too. What can I say; the guy gets around. Sometimes it seems like there's, you know, more than one Boston but he's just that kind of guy. Like, you know, you run into him even though he was across town just a few minutes ago. But, that's just Boston. Everyone knows Boston. Everyone.
Roll Call: Our Lady, Faculty
George Elliot Bhaines III, esq. is the Head Coach of Our Ladies' phy. ed department and probably one of the most brutal hard-ass in the history of P.E. teachers worldwide. He pushes his students, drives them to excell and provides them challenges that they have to rise to overcome. It's a rarity that anyone is seriously injured in his classes, much less dies, but it has happened. He never misses a day, has never taken so much as a sick-day (nor ever appeared ill), always showing up to class in his most formal attire with his sabre at his side and even a single kind word utterly missing from his vocabulary. All evidence, really, is that he hates teenagers and finds most other people in general rather hit or miss.
Roll Call: Hamilton, Students
Kimberly Clark (CS), is popularly known by Thursday,-- you know, like the girl from the Addam's Family, but +1 day. She lives in Hamilton's basement,-- actually, no,-- she rules over the basement of Hamilton. She's a benevolent dictator, don't get me wrong, but she is undoubtedly in charge. She's sort of a person, and sort of an environmental condition,-- a roiling heart of darkness, a never-ending pit of angst and despair condensed in human form, but you know, not a bad girl despite all that. She keeps a notebook filled with her angsty poetry, has a crush on Boston James and is unexpectedly friends with Chastity,-- bisexual, friendly almost to a fault despite her nature, and a little more unsure of herself than she lets on.
Cynthia Addams is Hamilton's not so benevolent dictator. She stands outside of everything and everyone, forever separated from the world around her, a bastion of independence and solipsism. Nobody likes or even respects her, but her word is law, because humans are social animals and ostracism is the one thing we all fear. She hates the concept of 'popularity' so no clique is despised at Hamilton more than 'popular people'; she finds beauty only in nonconformity so that which is common finds itself rejected at Hamilton. More than anything else, though, she hates Markal-- she still remembers when she first came to Friymore, when she split the two schools asunder, separating them forever more,-- everything she does is like a spear aimed at the School that dares to call itself rival to her own.
The Nemean is... filth.. but you have to bow down before him. Even more than Thursday or Cynthia, he's the true hidden power at Hamilton, and while he's mostly content to lurk in the background and collect his due from the shadows,-- it doesn't do well to earn his ire or upset him. He knows your secrets, you see,-- yes, even that one,-- and, while he's content to just hang on to them, he'll use them against you if he can. He'll break you with your secrets, smiling all the while, and if you manage to stand up to him? Oh, if you manage to stand up to him... just don't. He's disgusting, nobody likes him, but he walks through Hamilton's halls-- and sometimes Our Lady's,-- like a God because he controls the most precious commodity. Reputation. Status. Even his girlfriend hates him, but she uses their association all the same.
Ashley Carlson (CS) is perhaps the one woman, in all of Hamilton, that does not fear Cynthia's wrath. She's something of an outsider herself, of course, and those who love and respect her are each as different from one another as the colors of a rainbow, but that-- alone at Hamilton,-- has nothing to do with the Lady of the Bordermarches. She doesn't really do the whole 'school' thing, just sort of flitting casually about the town, kissing the boys and snuggling with girls,-- sometimes more,-- her eyes a daze of madness and enlightenment. She's crazy, everyone knows it, and from her madness,-- from her fucked up dreams,-- she distills the glory that is known locally as KISS. Ask her, and she'll give you some, but despite her reputation as a pusher,-- and, yes, this time I mean drugs,- she actually doesn't push. Accept her KISS, though, and you'll never be able to close your eyes again to the glories of the world. It's too much to ask of anyone, no matter how sacred and beautiful it is, so she doesn't ask. You have to ask her.
Roll Call: Hamilton, Faculty
Miss Rhys Malyaster, is one of the Sidhe, who along with their Fae kin are not uncommon amongst the Faculty of George Jackson Hamilton High. Like her counterpart at Our Lady, and boyfriend, Rhys manages Hamilton's Physical Education department and intermural sports. Her style is similar to Elliot's, though somewhat more.. intense... as anyone who has lagged along too far in the Mile Run and found themselves suddenly being chased by a pack of wild hounds will attest. Only those on a varsity sports team are immune to these dangers, being Rhys' golden children, spoiled and fetted as royalty... within the narrow field of Athletics, at least, with Cynthia's influence assuring that even the most impressive athletes receive no fame from the school at large.
The Bharon, the School's Janitor and Underkeeper, dwells in the depths below the basements,-- where the schools lowest levels abut the Tunnels. The Bharon and Thursday maintain an uneasy alliance, the senior faculty member taking an interest in the safety of the basement dwellers, while Thursday keeps anyone from venturing too deep into the deepest levels of Hamilton's understructure. Except, of course, for class, of which Hamilton has a few that are housed within these lowest depths. Mostly known to the School as he who shows up out of no where to keep curious children from wandering too far from the safe passages, or rescuing those foolish enough to delve too deeply, the Bharon can also be found cleaning out the bathrooms and/or the Gym after a dance.
I will add more people to this list, including teachers and faculty, but this is a good starting point honestly...