Jenna is a gamer with too much time on her hands.
Except... It is no longer all in her hands.
(Inspired by the anime Ghost in the Shell - including the thumbnail art, and by the Mamoru Oshii film Avalon.)
Jenna logged on for a long run in a world she knew. She was good, she had shaped her world and set her parameters. There was a timer. She should not need an attendant like the others.
Something went amiss. Now, she finds that the virtual dramas she walks through have shifted. Her familiar characters have been replaced with others: women who must take risks and make compromises she would never make. Locked into the Machine, her senses are filled with sensuous but shocking encounters.
The virtual world is dream-like. It is rich with so many sensations, so much allure... A sheet of beautiful, lustrous ice floes drifting over the dangers that she now faces. The characters have their own reasons and purposes, their own programmed ways and reactions. As the player, Jenna can attempt to tweak them or to adopt other characters. But, her attention and her thinking are continually pulled between their situation and her own.
In the background, on the edge of her awareness, the Machine slowly feeds her body with sensations from her all-encompassing suit and chair. Mostly, the Machine provides an environment. Yet, it is also a smooth, distant intelligence that drives each story. And sometimes, it works to fit her feelings closer to the stories it is programmed with.
Still on the horizon: Is there a human reason behind all this, or is it only an error of the Machine... Does the Machine have its own reasons? Jenna barely has capacity left to think about how to find such reasons. Will they come to her, in the course of events? If there is sense to it and she were to learn of it... Would she wish she hadn't?I'd like to play Jenna. I have imagined some other initial characters as men, but am not 100% fixed on that. Anyone into the flow of it can play them and the Machine. At the moment, I'm thinking of one partner to manage the Machine and Jenna's various encounters. Subject to discussion.
General questions here please, particulars in PM if you like. :)