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Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: April 18, 2020, 04:07:02 pm »
The patriarch of an old irish family is dying -- or so it seems, from the family banshee's wails. He himself seems healthy, & does not believe that the rest of the family hears the wails -- which the family takes as evidence that he is the one who will die, since a family banshee can only be heard by members of the family whose death is not imminent. So, his two estranged sons are brought home, in preparation for one of them to take the inheritance. It is then discovered that the banshee is, in fact, a local keener -- a human professional mourner who has been paid by the patriarch to impersonate a banshee so that his sons would be brought home, as part of a test to determine if one of them is (as he suspects) illegitimate, the product of his late wife's affair (which she confessed to him on her death bed). The keener, apprehended, stays with the family during the storm that has just begun -- so they can keep an eye on her -- but the banshee wails continue that night, and the patriarch is found murdered in his bed the next morning. Our protagonist, the younger brother and second to arrive, suspects his elder brother -- a suspicion shared by the keener, with whom he has become romantically entangled after a series of encounters. The wailing is reported by the rest of the family the next night too, except the two brothers, neither of whom hear anything. In the dead of night, the keener kills the elder brother & her paramour finds her washing her bloody clothes by the river in the rain: she expected the two of them to get married, and was trying to protect the inheritance from a usurper from outside the bloodline proper. That night, for the first time, he hears the banshee wail -- and nobody else does, save the keener.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: August 17, 2019, 02:20:57 am »
When a vampire bites a person, a portion of their personality enters the vampire proprtional to the amount of blood. Each personality has equal control over the vampire's body, and they all feel the cravings for blood equally. Vampires are tortured by the increasing company in their heads.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: August 17, 2019, 02:17:46 am »
 A modern retelling of Frankenstein emphasizing period details lost in most adaptations by use of modern equivalents -- specifically, the fact that Doctor Frankenstein is not actually a medical doctor but somewhere between a med student and a talented amateur, and the role of ressurectionists in medical research. In this version, a bitcoin-rich biohacker with a transhumanist philosophy makes a new & improved human out of black market organs, using home-synthesized anti-rejection drugs, experimental nootropics, stuff for building muscle from the transhumanist side of the bodybuilding community, and sense extension drugs from grinder circles. The brain ends up being from a Chinese doctor who was killed after failing to complete a similar project. After escaping, he uses his familiarity with physical therapy to rebuild his coordination, learns English (difficult because of aphasia caused by mistakes in brain handling and transplant -- he has to sing everything but curse words), and comes back to take revenge on our protagonist not for resurrecting him but for his incompetence -- the 'monster' was awakened in a state where every bone and muscle was broken & needed months to heal, but without anesthesia, & there were no physical therapy plans, rudimentary anatomical mistakes led to tendons being connected up wrong in ways that caused mobility issues, some tissue had improper circulation and necrotized, etc. The 'monster's kills this guy, assumes his identity, recreates his work properly, & takes credit.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: August 16, 2019, 12:55:11 am »
A woman believes that if she doesn't leave flowers at her late husband's grave daily, he will rise, an angry revenant. This gets in the way of her work, social life, & romantic prospects.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: July 05, 2019, 11:35:12 am »
Because psilocybin increases sensitivity to scent in mammals, it begins to be used on both truffle pigs and drug-sniffing dogs. This periodic tripping in social situations with clearly-defined expectations causes both these sets of animals to quickly develop the complexity of their language & their ability to conceptualize & express abstract ideas. Truffle pigs and drug-sniffing dogs develop cultures and philosophies. A scientist discovers this new complexity in vocalizations and decodes it -- figures out how to 'speak' trufflepig and how to 'speak' drugdog -- and although these groups are not granted citizenship, they are given a special status as conscious non-human animals. This requires them to be represented in certain matters of international governance. It is during such meetings that the truffle pigs and drug dogs first meet, and their cultures first clash...

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: July 03, 2019, 12:45:24 am »
Following a brain injury, a man's autobiographical memory becomes highly context-dependent: he is unable to recall past events that do not smell the same as his current location, and instead confabulates elaborate false memories, which become consolidated. His personality and history begins to change drastically based on scent.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: July 03, 2019, 12:43:39 am »
Freddy Kreuger isn't the only one -- it turns out that any lucid dreamer responsible for the death of a child gains the power to visit and manipulate other people's dreams, and this power extends after death. A former pediatric oncologist, desperate to use this new power for good, embarks upon getting a second doctorate in psychology, while training his skills on whoever seems like they need his help. However, he must deal with unexpected problems from three directions: his overly honest nature makes it uncomfortable for him to lie about his intentions, there's a tendency for his own neuroses and traumas to slip into his patients' dreams, and his cures sometimes backfire as banishing his patients' demons have left them unable to properly identify and calculate risk in their waking lives.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: July 02, 2019, 02:07:28 am »
Man-man: the only superhero whose only power is a pathological inability to acknowledge weakness or defeat. The mask of Man-man is passed from father to son, but since he usually does not survive his first outing, it often passes among men of the same generation.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: July 02, 2019, 02:05:11 am »
An instructional video on choosing the right tornado for your home

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: July 02, 2019, 01:49:56 am »
The alien invasion was for political reasons: in order to bolster their own claim to power, the leaders of Planet X have claimed a similarity between "human politics" and the ideology of some past foe, & attack earth in order to stop it from spreading. The war, woefully underfunded and managed from light-years away with subliminal ships h liminal comms, becomes a seige as the aliens lack the manpower to raid bunkers, the spare munitions to bust them. Eventually they leave: we have won. Earth unifies under a world government promising efficient defense against (and maybe revenge against) the invaders, who have already forgotten us. We become a spacefarinh race.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: June 06, 2019, 12:27:16 pm »
20 years after 80% of the human population spontaneously petrified, the survivors who rebuilt civilization within the statue-filled cities discover that the statues are, one by one and at a very slow rate, reviving.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: May 31, 2019, 11:46:34 am »
A horror story where nothing truly unusual happens: it just documents a series of coincidences that get more eerie the more attention the protagonist (and thus the reader) pays to them. By the end, the protagonist is a gibbering mess with little connection to reality because he is unable to separate the feeling of meaningfulness from the idea that something actually has meaning, and thus is unwilling to stop trying to assign meaning to this series of events, as it grows and fewer and fewer meanings can even be projected.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: March 28, 2019, 05:13:48 pm »
A Nixon-like 'law and order candidate introduces an anti-counterfeiting measure: a device that scans cash, which all vendors are legally required to use. Later, it's leaked that it was storing the serial number, date, & location of all cash purchases, sending it to a central database. It'd defended on the grounds that none of the info was identifying. But, it was determined that most people could be deanonymized from this info, & indeed the candidate (now in his 2nd presidential term) bolstered his position with blackmail based on such correlations.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: March 15, 2019, 08:46:34 am »
NO SILVER BULLET: In the late 1980s, a skilled bullshitter with no technical background interviews for and unexpectedly gets a programming job. The day before his work starts, panicing, he decides to snort a large quantity of cocaine and memorize some programming textbooks, but ends up passing out in front of the book, during which time he has a vivid dream: Satan has come to him in the form of Lawrence Talbot, the man who transforms into the titular Wolfman in the Universal film franchise of the same name, and gives him a box of 1024 silver bullets, saying "your blood sacrifice allows you to solve any problem, but of these, four are my accursed share". He woke up with his nose bleeding, blood soaked into the pages of the textbook. He goes to work, and finds that every time he bullshits a solution, not only does it work but it's considered brilliantly successful. As a result, he quickly rises up the ranks, making fewer and fewer technical decisions. By the late 1990s, he is a VC, and firmly believes that he has some kind of subconscious genius. In 1999, he invests all his liquid assets into four startups -- the day before the bubble burst. Two days later, his corpse is found in a bathtub, a copy of this story handwritten beside him, a silver bullet in his brain.

Literate Chaotic / Re: ITT: Original Story Ideas
« on: March 08, 2019, 12:34:55 am »
A buddy cop movie with an odd-couple pair of psychics. One's powers are fueled by extreme emotions, while the other's powers are blocked by them and require calm meditation to produce; as a result, the first one has developed a firey personality and is constantly overreacting, while the other is deadpan. They eventually figure out that they can work as a team only through careful delegation, and if they work too closely together during an operation they just drag each other down; however, working together in non-emergency situations makes sense because it prevents the kinds of accidental use of powers that occasionally occur when one overreacts & because the other is pathologically indecisive & lacks an intuition for when something might be important in hidden ways.

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