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Messages - Rococo Modem Basilisk

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: January 01, 2019, 06:46:16 pm »
A standard high fantasy hero & villain (from a world that resembles all the worst stereotypes of high fantasy) are transported into our world. The hero must come to terms with the concept of moral ambiguity in order to gain the capacity to move forward, while the villain becomes politically powerful by embracing and endorsing a false moral clarity.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 12, 2018, 11:28:36 am »
Panic over the plummeting domestic birth rate & strains of nascent ethnonationalism in japan merge to result in the reintroduction to state shinto of temple prostitution, with a twist: miko volunteer to be artificially inseminated by donor sperm, and the children are raised in the priesthood. After a few generations of this, the administration of state shinto has an army -- one set to challenge both the diet and the once again rising star of the imperial family (from whom all claims of godship have already been long stripped).

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 12, 2018, 10:44:24 am »
With advances in ultradense non-newtonian ballistic gel technology, the 'big titty combat maid' form factor has become popular for robot & cyborg bodyguards: able to shield VIPs, cushion them in motion, and absorb projectiles that would tear through normal flesh. Unfortunately, these prosthetic bodies have a relatively low effective lifespan: though the frames remain fully functional, explosive or radioactive projectiles embedded in fake fat reserves cannot be easily removed. In an era of espionage and assassination, a new kind of hazardous zone appears: the lobotomized robo-maid grave yard, with shelves of unexploded prosthetic bodies too dangerous to move. These compounds become problematic when a terrorist group finds a way to control them remotely.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 11, 2018, 02:42:32 pm »
Prediction markets for long-term forecasting, though high-risk, have become trendy with the rationalist set. Naturally, one would expect this to result in an insurance-like conservativism. However, long term bets provide plenty of time for manipulation. Ultimately, this manifests in a wealthy futurist class who have bet, against sensibly large odds, that natural progress along various lines will suddenly halt or go in reverse -- and who then intentionally harm the world by using their power to make their prophecies of doom come true.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: November 11, 2018, 02:39:15 pm »
When vampires feed, they steal their victim's life expectancy -- their compulsion to count is part of an adaptation for making them better at intuiting mortality statistics. So, while vampires who feed on adults need to hunt every few decades, with new advances in medicine causing infant mortality to drop, vampires who eat babies can, locust-like, stay dormant for a hundred years at a time.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 27, 2018, 07:27:01 pm »
Among monks who have attained full conscious control of smooth muscle, an ancient martial art: entrail grappling.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 27, 2018, 07:26:23 pm »
The combined feng shui of a skyscraper in Dubai and a parking lot in Singapore diffracts the global ley line network. The luck waves interfere with themselves, creating banding: along odd lattitudes, winning the lottery is common, while even lattitudes are subject to repeated natural disasters. As people begin to migrate accordingly, slowly, the bands begin to expand and shift. Eventually, a signal appears: a repeating video clip stretched across the globe, encoded in patterns of misery.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 26, 2018, 11:37:28 pm »
With the advent of long-term space shipping (required by not-quite-self-suffcient colonies on the moons of Jupiter), ship's cats take on extra importance: just as airplanes are infested with mice, so too are the intra-system transport vessels that, with a skeleton crew, spend ten to fifteen years shipping staples like flour that can't be grown so far from the sun out to the colonies. As a result, polydactyl cats are bred on space stations, where they are exposed to both free-fall and a variety of g-forces through centrifugal chambers. First contact with an alien race occurs when an alien ship attempts to conquer one of these cat-nursery stations, to the aliens' peril.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:26:09 pm »
Psychic powers are caused by insufflation of a cocaine-like drug. Unfortunately, people with psychic powers have an exaggerated sense of their own abilities and importance and some difficulty accurating predicting the consequences of their actions as a result.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 20, 2018, 04:40:35 am »
The one aspect of spiritualist practice that's not a hoax is ectoplasmic emanations. A hundred years after the last recorded instance, a young woman once again learns to use telekinesis to form and animate figures made out of her own vaginal mucous -- figures that execute her suppressed desires during her increasingly-frequent bouts of somnambulism. After a mishap involving sleeping pills, she goes into a coma -- and the ectoplasmic figures must be hunted down & dispersed with flash lights.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 17, 2018, 07:47:11 pm »
Those shiny little flecks aren't glitter: they're an alien life form. They take little tiny bites, and they're reproducing! Scarlet, peach, burgundy, emerald, forest green -- all these colors are only possible because, like any bottom-feeder, these little buggers take on the pigments of whatever they eat -- and they'll eat every part of you, no matter the color!

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 17, 2018, 12:48:19 am »
A young couple come across an AirBnB listing for a house that describes it as haunted, & decide to stay there on a lark. Not only is it actually haunted but it has no owner: the house, abandoned except for its own warped psyche, has rented itself out in order to find victims, whose life force it will slowly drain away to sustain itself. The couple eventually find the basement full of stacks of emaciated, lethargic, and prematurely-aged members of various amateur ghost-hunting youtube vlog groups, recognizable by their matching t-shirts.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 16, 2018, 12:10:05 pm »
Hajimete no Shoggoth! / My First Girlfriend is a Shoggoth!
Suzune is a little bit sheltered -- her parents have discouraged her from socializing outside of school, for fear that it would impact her studies. But, she was told that once she entered high school she'd be allowed to go out & even date. So, after school on her first day of high school she goes into the city, where she's promptly accosted by a group of older boys who want to take her to 'karaoke'. She doesn't really know what's going on, but she's saved when she hears someone shout "HENSHIN!" and they are engulfed by a blob of putrid flesh. A girl about her age with strangely damp skin takes her hand and brings her to safety. I turns out this girl is a shoggoth who, upon accidentally thawing from an antarctic sample in the apartment of an archaeologist, accidentally imprinted on the transforming hero show he was watching & was given the following prime directive: hide your true nature, protect the weak, and fight for justice. Can love bloom between this naive teenager and this justice-obsessed shape-shifting blob of alien goo? Of course it can: it says so in the title!

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 04, 2018, 11:32:57 pm »
An aging legendary record producer makes a deal with the devil to resurrect from the dead all the legendary performers who died at age 27 in order to create a zombie supergroup -- The 27 Club -- but it all turns bad when personality conflicts make it impossible for them to work together on an album.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: October 02, 2018, 09:45:29 pm »
Vampires don't need to drink blood to live, per-se, but the blood meal provides them with a short period of telepathy during which they can see themselves as their victim sees them -- important for someone who can't use mirrors or cameras. Because vampire attacks are traumatic, this usually sends them deeper into self-loathing. Often, codependent vampire couples pop up -- drinking in idolized fantasy versions of themselves. Vampires with large social safety nets (usually mostly composed of humans, because vampires -- being born, not made -- tend to be pretty screwed up from an extended childhood where they can't see themselves & can't leave the house during daylight) can avoid drinking blood entirely because their trusted friends provide them with a sense of identity, but once those friends start dying off they start attacking out of desperation. In this world where vampires can only die by suicide, few last more than a few centuries. So, our protagonist begins a talk-therapy and group-therapy service for vampires.

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