Fleshing out some notes.
To be written in novel form. A story of (partial, at least) redemption, of overcoming nurture, of choosing your friends not your family.
Largely the story of Alycia Chin from the Menagerie, with some differences for simplicity and for ethics:
- Most of the names changed (to protect the innocent and the IP), with serious scrubbing of anything Hanna-Barbera beyond the basics of science adventure, as well as anything Halcyon/Vyortovian (i.e., anything belonging to the Masks IP), or most of the stuff that was directly contributed by people playing in the game (because I respect you folk).
- A setting that is more Weird Science / Supernatural than Super-Heroic. World is one of hidden forces, all under wraps, all idiosyncratic (quantum theory – unreproducible outliers)
Alycia Qin - [Alycia Chin]
Achilles Qin - Her father, the late (?) leader of a global terror organization.
Quentin St. John (“call me J”), son of Byron St. John, kid science adventurer, once and future boyfriend of Alycia. [Jason]
Evelyn Temple , agent of the Bureau of Special Services (BSS. Yes, really. All that remains of the OSS) (Ace of Spades insignia). The story starts with Alycia turning herself in to Evelyn at her home in the suburbs.
Hector Callado (and all that jazz), the Lost Ducklings
Daphne Palin, a possible friend.
Charlotte Palmer - Hey, Community Intellectual Property. I want this Charlotte to meld both the Charlotte and Summer aspects. When I say Achilles Qin ran a terror organization, that means something a bit different in a world where the supernatural exists. Swap “robots” for “ghosts,” and Alycia having to work with a BSS squad that includes Charlotte will bring special challenges to understand what it means to be human vs being a monster.
Denver, both for ease of writing and as the one-time backup federal capitol. There are still secrets surrounding that latter aspect. Maybe pull in some Rocky Flats and RMA lore, too.
Plot / Action
Background action is the ongoing fight against the remains of Achilles’ criminal / terror organization – both those who want to use that organization for their own enrichment, those who are ideological successors, and those who have even darker plans.
(Definitely want to keep the radical economic/social justice aspects of Achilles’ Great Mission – this is not just mustache-twirling villainy. But adding a strong supernatural element leads to all sorts of other implications, as well as questions as to what death means to such an individual.)
Foreground is Alycia overcoming her past, learning to be trusted and to trust (both others and herself).
Alycia says she wants to come in from the cold, prove she is not her father. She really wants protection from Hector Callado, by getting the BSS to kill him. So a third plot is overcoming her fear and fulfilling her destiny (in a surprising fashion).
This is not likely to be written any time soon – it was going to be my NaNoWriMo 2018, but I decided that with starting a new job on top of all the other stress in my life, that wasn’t going to happen. Will it hold fire until November 2019? We shall see.