[Interest Check] A Modest Proposal (Or: Cannibals in London)
A re-posted idea that never came to fruition!
A strange calm permeates the smoggy sky above London as the sun makes its way tentatively through the fog and filthy air to the streets below. As it warms the face of the city, it's greeted only by the agonized moans of those besotted fools daft or unlucky enough to pass out on street corners, and desecrated stares of those not quite lucky enough to awaken. The gutters run red with arterial spray, the mad or desperate running their fingers through the muck as though prospecting for gold, pocketing flesh and hunks of bone when they find them. A wail goes up by an infant here and there, but only briefly; mothers smothering their protests beneath soft words and cotton, lest they attract attention. In the better neighborhoods, dogs yip and growl at urchins clamoring against steel gates whist immaculately dressed menservants make their way to the street's edge with dusky burlap sacks, smelling deeply of formaldehyde and perfumes, their glazed stares betraying their solemn disinterest in the gentle rattle and clack of their burdens.
One by one, the carriages depart, their swift passage leaving those that prowl the streets stumbling and collapsing in their wake, the drivers whipping their frothing and gasping charges into a gallop as the nobles take to the city. The cotillions and galas have already begun. The servants even now make their way to the catacombs with razors and saws in tow, another day of grim work ahead in the race for power. And somewhere, a doomsayer sobs at the top of her tremulous voice that the end of all has come.
Of course, that happens every morning. Some people can get depressed over anything...
Alright all, this is going to be a Victorian style fantasy RP based on the Modest Proposal by Johnathan Swift and the Maori principle of Mana. The gist is that whilst colonizing New Zealand, English explorers became embroiled in a war against the native Maori, expecting to wipe them out by virtue of superior technology, but quickly found themselves on the losing side when the Maori pulled hitherto unknown magical powers seemingly from nowhere.
Through some bribes and some treachery, the Brits learned that the source of the Maori people's power came from a ceremony involving the consumption of human flesh and blood, which granted them apparently supernatural powers. The brits, with their newfound knowledge, devised several tactics to cut off the Maori from their supply of Mana (burning bodies, capturing serfs, etc.) and pressed their advantage home to take the country. The explorers then brought the ideas and principles of Mana home with them, where it quickly became all the rage amongst the nobles.
I'm not going to lie, this is going to be a pretty dark RP. There are going to be some grizzly bits, some religious and societal aspects and parodies, and probably several bad accents, but hopefully we can get some real drama and atmosphere going, and run things with a bit of bleak humor.
Speaking as a Brit I'm interested =]
This is funny, I read some of Swift's stuff (a modest proposal included) this past semester in my literature/culture studies. Watching this closely.
I posted in the ooc, which am I supposed to be looking at? lol
Lol, OOC please. For those of you searching for it, you can find it here.
Speaking as a Canadian, it'll be nice to have someone who probably knows more about the place than I do. xD
Originally Posted by KrazyWolf
Last edited by Guru Gloin; 01-19-2013 at 07:08 PM.
Sobbing over Pizza
Oooh! This again!
I still love this idea. Maybe not be able to contribute this time around, but you know you have my support.
Which means jack schitt, as usual.
Lol, much appreciated, all the same.