No mutants or super powers. No bizarre virus that causes every man's penis to double in size and ever female to become a quivering slut. No Killer Klowns. No global thermonuclear war, or alien spacecraft vaporizing all of Earth's cities.
Why bust up a perfectly good planet or ecosystem that way?
No, this apocalypse is a good deal more mundane. Call it the Death From a Thousand Paper Cuts. It's low-key. One day, stuff just stops working, a little at a time. The advanced societies are hit the hardest, of course. Civilization comes crashing down there. The less advanced societies quickly grasp the new balance of power, and move in. Payback's a bitch.
And then a few of the survivors found out who really did it...
The storyline will start just before things begin to go haywire. The collapse of civilization will be played out in dark, gritty, hardcore realism. The characters will be ordinary people caught up in these extraordinary events. Nasty things will likely happen to these characters. Note that the characters can be good or evil...if you want to bring in a criminal who will take advantage of the social collapse and rape and pillage, that is fine and totally not against the rules.
I'm too sleepy tonight to post more, but you get the idea.
Current Dramatis Personae
Overall alignment is rated as follows: Angelic, Saintly, Good, Decent, Checkered, Shady, Corrupt, Evil, Diabolical, Demonic. Note that this is not D&D-style alignment. It is not intended to constrain your character's options or actions. It simply is my estimate of where your character would rate if one dropped a plumb line through his overall personal moral code. On certain issues a character might be more "good" or "evil" than stated here. Your character may also move along the scale depending on his or her actions.
Female, Caucasian, 22, Los Angeles
Occupation: Social Worker
Andrew Johnson (dragoondawg25)
Male, Caucasian, 26, Illinois
Brianna Phillips (appleoferis)
Female, Mixed Caucasian/black, 18, Philadelphia
Occupation: Gang Member
Charlene Chase (delle)
Female, Caucasian, 27,
Hank Kane (Archangel)
Male, Caucasian, 36, Philadelphia
James Brandeburg (HeretiKat)
Male, Caucasian, ??, New York City
Occupation: Police Officer
Kim Sun (Asherah)
Female, Korean, 22, New York City
Lane Cassidy (Lirliel)
Female, Asian, 24, New York City
Occupation: Cab Driver
Luke Reynolds (Thymoit)
Male, Caucasian, ??, The Open Road
Occupation: Long-Haul Independent Trucker
Morena Mendez (RedEve)
Female, Latina, 23, New York City
Steve Clark (LonelyTroll)
Male, Caucasian, 30, Washington D.C.
Occupation: The Syndicate
Tony Saint (Seereous)
Male, ??, 28, San Antonio