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OOC / char gen thread
Ok, so this is my first request thing, and I hope I'm doing it right. ><
I had this idea for a freeform rp, based in the future. I would love some help/advice developing this.
Here's a basic premise:
It is the future, 2220 AD, on a horribly polluted Earth. There's very few natural resources. Most animals and plants have perished via human irresponsibility, disease and genetic sterility, a lot of the food is synthetic.
The world is mostly run by companies. "Civilised" people live and work in huge company buildings, like towers. Many live in physical isolation, all but married to work, communicating through neurally transmitted computer and phone signals. Life is very difficult for those who live outside the cities and do not work for a company.
Large companies can even form their own cities of employees. Gencorp, a company specialising in genetic engineering (and rumoured to be responsible for some of the disasters that made earth this way) is such a company, very powerful. Its city is called "New Olympus". Outside of this city are toxic swamplands, a very few non-employee settlements and several illegal shanty-towns.
In response to the lack of animal life and plants, GenCorp created hybrid plant/humans. Fresh fruit is a rich man's luxury and these plants are extremely expensive, rich man's items. In time, the plants were given more and more human elements, as a kind of companion creature as well as a source of fresh produce. One of their earliest but still popular models was the FructaFille, a plant that resembles a woman's torso and face, albeit ending at the hips in a rootball that sinks into a vat of nutrients.
GenCorp has also conducted other experiments with animal dna, in which more human matter is evident in the "models" they produce. These experiments are/were extremely controversial, but there's a definite market for what they make among the monied classes.
The company has a secret lab where they're continuing hybridisation experiments, producing "dryads" like the FructaFille 9 (these later models are more woman-like) and satyrs, goatish men with vast sexual appetite, things like that. The object in this is to cater to the sex slave and companion creature market, though the experiments are still technically illegal. Money talks, though, and the officials are looking the other way as long as things are kept discreet, since the very people who can afford to buy such creatures are the ones in power.
A group of rebel environmentalists want to expose this and bring down Gencorps and like companies, who actually profit from the wasted condition of Earth and its natural species. They also object to the treatment of these new lifeforms. The rebels are seen as terrorists, and hunted down where possible. Some rebels actually work at Gencorps, while others hide out in the swamps and shanty towns outside the city. The rebels have taken to stealing GenMod critters, worth millions each, and setting them loose in the "wilderness", or what's left of it, or otherwise trying to give them freedom, since they are not deemed sentient and have no rights at all.
Possible roles here are:
GenCorps scientists / Company honchos
Security forces who hunt the rebels/recapture or exterminate the liberated GenMod critters
Scientists who are leaning toward agreeing with/co-operating with the rebels
Rebels in and outside of the company
Rich GenMod critter owners
Rebels who care for/shelter the liberated critters
Advanced, sentient experimental creatures, dryads, satyrs, minotaurs, catpeople, whatevers.