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You haven't reached Magister, but you're one step closer to doing so. If I decide I feel like talking to you.

Mobile. At the sound of the tone. You know what to do, chappie.

And make it interesting, yeah?

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OOC: To Do!

Answer these questions, for how_swell, or_timelords, and wrong_saxon:

18. Did you enjoy school?
21. While growing up, how did you get along with the other members of your family?
41. What is your greatest fear?
74. What, if anything, do you like to read?
22. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
27. Are you a virgin? If not, when and with whom did you lose your virginity?
28. If you are a supernatural being (i.e. mage, werewolf, vampire), tell the story of how you became what you are or first learned of your own abilities. If you are just a normal human, describe any influences in your past that led you to do the things you do today.
100. If you could, what advice would you, the player, give to your character? (You might even want to speak as if he or she were sitting right here in front of you, and use proper tone so he or she might heed your advice...)
92. What are your reasons for being an adventurer (or doing the strange and heroic things that RPG characters do)? Are your real reasons for doing this different than the ones you tell people in public? (If so, detail both sets of reasons...)
36. What is the most embarrassing thing ever to happen to you?
98. What three words best describe your personality?
81. How do you deal with stress?

11. What does your voice sound like?
24. As a child, what kinds of personality traits did you display?
40. Are you basically optimistic or pessimistic?
70. What is/are your favorite hobbies and pastimes?
93. What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime?
31. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
52. Who or what, if anything, would you die for (or otherwise go to extremes for)?
68. Do you like interacting with large groups of people? Why or why not?
76. Do you smoke, drink, or use drugs? If so, why? Do you want to quit?

37. If you could change one thing from your past, what would it be, and why?
26. When and with whom was your first kiss?
79. What, if anything, shocks or offends you?
33. What is the most evil thing you have ever done?
49. How honest are you about your thoughts and feelings (i.e. do you hide your true self from others, and in what way)?
39. What is your worst memory?
36. What is the most embarrassing thing ever to happen to you?
23. As a child, what were your favorite activities?
99. What three words would others probably use to describe you?

I also owe t_eyla Magister being found by a cat, Magister with the Doctor, and Magister with Phyllis from LoM (pfft).

And savagestime Magister with Ada Lovelace. Awesome! You foxy mathematician-wooing bastard, Magister. Also, my three characters and Iron Chef.

rude_not_ginger suggested poker. Which I interpret as board games! Board game party, hoorah.

Prompts from charloft Children, ultimate power, embarrassing secrets, song dedication, poetry.

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OOC: More Notes

If Marjorie was Majesty, once, she needs a different job. Or a very good reason for working at the Monument. Hm...maybe she works with the Botanical Gardens. I could see that. And she's young. Should she be young? In grad school or in her last years of college? Interning? Taking a year off before grad school, maybe. Would Majesty do that? Maybe if she "knew" that doing so would lead to her meeting Magister. A no-nonsense assistant at the Gardens. Or the Observatory? No, the Gardens, because she's much more likely to meet Magister there. He'd go there during the Festival. It's the right time of year, and it's nearby. So, she's...she has to be young. 24 or 25 at the highest. Hm. That leaves quite the age gap. Or maybe she'd started up in grad school, said hell with it, and is now trying to find a new direction.

OOC: More Random Thoughts

Having them go back to the National Cathedral is redundant. It's also too obvious—in a crisis, one of the kneejerk places to head first is wherever that crisis began. Also, there's the height consideration—the Washington Monument is the highest structure in the city (the first place someone might go if you said "go to the highest place in DC"), but the National Cathedral tower is the highest point—it's elevated, way up on a hill overlooking the rest of the city.

So. To mix up the endgame a bit and give them something to do, maybe Magister was found at the top of the Washington Monument (and that would definitely get some knickers in a twist in DC—some guy got up into the top of the Monument? A wounded amnesiac who speaks a ton of languages? HE MIGHT BE A TERRORIST. Somehow), and when Lu keeps drawing the Tower card near the endgame, everyone's first thought is "of course, the Monument." But before they can get to it, it's...blown up? I really want to eventually blow something up. Seriously, I never blow anything up in fiction. And there was a false-alarm situation once, where a guy threatened to blow up the Monument. In any case, they can't get to the top and time's running out. Something clues them in, then, to the fact that, hey, there's still a highest tower in the city. The Cathedral tower. Maybe the bells get their attention.

...And I still want the artifact that's necessary to cut Magister/Majesty's connection to be a crystal skull. Despite the tacky. Because of the tacky. It's this symbol that people associate with ancient cultures, in pop culture, etc, and they were likely made in the 19th century. Another piece of cultural theft and manufactured significance. It's all about belief, history and identity and power or the lack thereof. Or so much of it is. And then when belief crumbles, new structures can be built. But only then.

...Hm. What does that mean, then? If I'm crumbling one tower and maintaining another? And the one that stands is the tower of belief in something beyond the human/historical?Collapse )

OOC: What Happens?

For my own reference, as Events begin to fill themselves in. The difficulty in posting one timeline for this is that, not only will there be a main storyline timeline, but each character, of course, carries the knowledge of their own past timeline—their personal history—which means that I'll need to rough in a basic timeline for each individual character, as well as this master timeline to follow the points of the main story. And, of course, there will be major events before the point of attack that will be extraordinarily important in the story.

Prior to the point of attack:Collapse )

Point of attack:Collapse )

SO YES. Lots of blank spaces. And I have to get all of their lives prior to their meeting down, too—particularly Magister's. I also need to figure out how to work the plot so that it's never 100% certain that Magister isn't actually just a bit loony and the events that happen are coincidental and unrelated to his stories of the Reigning and the Anathergem. I need to know how Luduan and Marjorie and Rob become/allow themselves to become invested in Magister and this quest, and how/why the two couples fall in love.

OOC: The Goof Troop Grows

For not even having a proper plot yet, and for not having written a full ficlet/piece exploring the universe for days, this universe keeps expanding. t_eyla's fault. It's all Teyla's fault! Regardless of the wisdom of the maneuver, the cast now has another New Guy:

Robert A. Franklin: 38, human, a museum/art lawyer specializing in law related to artifact provenance and international negotiation over ownership of artifacts. It's a useful specialization to have in DC, where the Smithsonian is notoriously mismanaged and in an era when nations are busy laying claims to artifacts that long ago left their countries of origin in the hands of tourists and private collectors. On the job, he's smooth, no-nonsense, and professional. Off the job, he's a closet geek and adventure-film buff—he works out constantly and has private daydreams about being Indiana Jones, uncovering and whisking away the artifacts he spends his working days arguing over. He's also gay, and ends up dating Luduan, openly, after the Goof Troop accidentally kidnaps him. Not an animal person, he disapproves of both Cat and Nos. He believes in feng shui and almost believes in some of Lu's prognosticating, which Lu heckles him about constantly. He has a massive ego, and considers himself the only normal/sane person in the cast. And also the only adult. (PB: Shemar Moore. Though I'm still greatly tempted to slide Bruce Campbell into the role.)

I'm beginning to think my universe is far too young and pretty so far. Though fictional universes have a tendency towards being unrealistically attractive and youthful.

Also, I need to go back and do more work with Magister. He's meant to carry this plot/universe, and he's currently the character I have the least sense of.

OOC: Inspire Me?

I have three characters now. Which means two more people to sort out, as to how they think and talk and move and dress and relate to each other. One of them thinks he's a 605-year-old super/meta/inhuman, one of them's had a fairly normal NoVA middle-class upbringing and takes a pretty practical view of life despite being a closet romantic/sentimentalist, one of them is a well-adjusted Goth conman fellow who tells fortunes for a living.

I was thinking. Is there a good short scenario that I could write from each character's pov--that is, one event/subject done three ways? As an exercise?

Any suggestions? I'm going to continue thinking about this, but I'm feeling a bit down/stuck right now. It's hard to keep faith in original ideas—but, as they say, the only way on is through.
Prompt: charloft, What is the most beautiful place your character has ever been?
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"Where is the most beautiful place you've ever been?" she asks him. "In all of human history. Where would you go back to, if you weren't stuck here with me and Ludu?"

She kicks her feet out over the sidewalk below. The two of them sit on the low concrete barricade edging his apartment building's roof, their feet dangling over the edge. DC isn't the right city for John Magister, Marjorie thinks—he loves heights and there are none for him here. No skyscrapers, no true towers, no spires. Even the Washington Monument falls hundreds of feet short of New York's EKG-sharp skyline or the lattices of Paris' Eiffel Tower.

"The most beautiful place . . ." He kicks his feet out, too—bare feet. He always takes off his shoes when they sit on a roof like this, as though he were paddling his feet in the sea. Above them, the sky is District-of-Columbia gray. A breeze whistles past, urgent and portentous, storm-full; and he leans back, putting his weight on his hands on the concrete, to look up at the clouds and think.

She sells this city short, he's told her with a straight face. It's not so terribly ground-bound. The Pyramid of Giza measures less than 500 feet, and the twin pyramids of Teotihuacán don't scrape the sky so much as nudge it gently. Objective height doesn't matter. What matters is being above.

'Huh. I cant't decide.'Collapse )

OOC: Reference: Cast

John Magister: 35, human, believes he used to be a member of a super- or inhuman people called the Reigning who police human/Earth reality and maintain the balance between it; the reality in which the Reigning live, the Medium; and a third level of reality, the Anathergem. He remembers events that happened throughout human history, though the memories are unreliable and unpredictable—he never knows when and what he'll remember. Multilingual, multitalented, idealistic, eccentric, and possibly a madman. Has no confirmable history or record before being found, injured, in the tower of the National Cathedral. Now lives and works in DC as a tour guide. (PB: Tim Roth)

Marjorie Rivera: 28, human, grew up in the area and works as a park ranger at the Washington Monument. Met Magister when he was the only passenger in the elevator there one weekday morning. One set of grandparents on her father's side are Mexican immigrants, but she's never had much to do with her ethnic heritage. Pragmatic but can also be sentimental. Has a family (younger brother and parents) she cares for very much. (PB: Monica Raymund)

Luduan/John Bonehill: 29, human, a conman with a college education. He runs an office of psychic consultation in DC, attracting largely female patronage, and has stolen from any and all cultures in putting together his fortunetelling "act." Knows more about divination throughout history than Magister does. Has family in New York, but doesn't talk to them. Black, carefully spiked hair and suave-Gothic clothing; he never goes by his given name if he can help it. Met Marjorie in DC and, through her, Magister. Magister puts him on edge, which Magister claims is because he actually is psychically sensitive. (PB: Voltaire, the singer.)

Robert A. Franklin:: 38, human, a museum/art lawyer specializing in law related to artifact provenance and international negotiation over ownership of artifacts. It's a useful specialization to have in DC, where the Smithsonian is notoriously mismanaged and in an era when nations are busy laying claims to artifacts that long ago left their countries of origin in the hands of tourists and private collectors. On the job, he's smooth, no-nonsense, and professional. Off the job, he's a closet geek and adventure-film buff—he works out constantly and has private daydreams about being Indiana Jones, uncovering and whisking away the artifacts he spends his working days arguing over. He's also gay, and ends up dating Luduan, openly, after the Goof Troop accidentally kidnaps him. Not an animal person, he disapproves of both Cat and Nos. He believes in feng shui and almost believes in some of Lu's prognosticating, which Lu heckles him about constantly. He has a massive ego, and considers himself the only normal/sane person in the cast. And also the only adult. (PB: Shemar Moore. Though I'm still greatly tempted to slide Bruce Campbell into the role.)

Dick Whittington's Cat: 2, cat, female, Magister's. Maine Coon. She adopted him. Perhaps more accurately, she adopted his food and his apartment and his body heat. (PB: A gray Maine Coon.)

Nostradamus: 4, dog, male, Luduan's. Black lab mix. Happy and silly and happy and more silly and OH BOY LET'S PLAY.

Her/Death/Majesty unknown, Reigning (or a figment of Magister's imagination). Magister can feel her presence and talk to her when he's in an enclosed space in the total dark—a closet, a restroom, an elevator, a dead Metro car. He doesn't know who she is, but he knows that she's important and that she knows him and he used to know her. She's connected to the abilities he may or may not be manifesting, which allow him to twist time and space beyond even the abilities he remembers as a Reigning. Marjorie cannot see or sense Majesty, but Luduan can. Then again, Luduan's not exactly the benchmark of sanity himself. (PB: None. She's never visible.)