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[[caption-width-right:330:[-[[{{Tagline}} A Better Place to Live.]]-] ]]

->''You awaken one morning in a bright, summer suburb straight out of the 1950s. There's a smile on every neighbor's face, not a cloud in the sky, and the paper has been delivered on time, just like every other morning. Your spouse lays next to you; your kids are asleep in the other room. Looking around, you see photos of yourself and your family--your wedding, the birth of your first child, your last family vacation.''

->''The problem? You can't remember any of this happening.''

-->-- '''OpeningNarration'''

A horror-themed MegaCrossover JournalRoleplay community, [[http://mayfield-rpg.livejournal.com/profile initially hosted on LiveJournal]], but [[http://mayfield-rpg.dreamwidth.org/profile moved to Dreamwidth]] after 2011. It ran from March 1, 2009 to December 3, 2012.

The setting was, ostensibly, a small American town named Mayfield during the 1950's. Upon arrival, new characters would awake finding that they had been [[BroughtDownToNormal stripped of any powers or possessions]], turned into a human if they weren't one (unless designated as a family pet), and preassigned to a household with other characters, acting out the roles of a traditional 1950's American nuclear family. Roughly every month, a game-wide event was hosted that often involved torture or psychological manipulation, but sometimes unraveled part of the mystery surrounding the true nature of Mayfield and those who control it. Participating characters would then be eligible to have one (or some) of their possessions or abilities returned to them, collectively known as "regains."

For its time, it was one of the largest communities in the LJ portion of journal roleplaying, and renowned for its team of moderators. Mayfield was also known for its acceptance of {{Original Character}}s, and featured both entirely unique characters as well as [=OCs=] from specific types of continuities (such as {{Tabletop RPG}}s and {{MMORPG}}s).

[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Totally not based on that level from]] ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.

Tropes related to the [=NPCs=] should go on the '''[[Characters/{{Mayfield}} character sheet]]'''.
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!! Mayfield provides examples of:

* AGlitchInTheMatrix: ''Many'' events involved these, but most notably (and most horrifyingly) [[http://welcome-rpg.dreamwidth.org/ the alternate carnival]] in the Summer 2012 event "Step Right Up."
* AndIMustScream: Oh, how shall we count the ways?
** Captives who were temporarily droned would be trapped in their bodies, unable to act for themselves but forced to watch (and experience) as they acted whatever role the town assigned them to play.
** During the "Better Dead" event of 2010, Sergei Smirnov confirmed [[http://mayfield-rpg.livejournal.com/901236.html?thread=18206068#t18206068 this was also true of permanently droned captives]], saying that they are fully awake and screaming to escape, but slowly fade away until nothing of them remains.
** It was also theorized that the NPC drones were also suffering from the same plight as droned captives. According to Zemekis, [[http://mayfield-mods.dreamwidth.org/94198.html?thread=5666806#cmt5666806 this wasn't true]]--but only for the drones.
* AnyoneCanDie: But luckily, they would respawn. Usually.
* ApocalypticLog: Done a few times, such as [[http://westport-rpg.livejournal.com/1436.html?thread=817308#t817308 a video found in the sister city of Westport]] during May 2010.
* ArcWords: Several--
** "A Better Place to Live." Mayfield's official motto, also used as the {{Tagline}}.
** "Don't drink the milk." A standard warning and greeting for new arrivals by other captives.
* ApologeticAttacker: Several cases--
** Some captives who were experimented on by Mrs. Johnson during the "New and Improved" event in early 2012.
** During the final game event "The End," Captives whose bodies were under Mrs. Johnson's control were often like this, [[BloodKnight if they didn't enjoy it]].
* AsTheGoodBookSays: During the May 2010 event "Westport," survivors found that the church had quotes from the Literature/BookOfRevelation [[http://westport-rpg.livejournal.com/1436.html?thread=876700#t876700 written all over the walls]] in red.
* BearsAreBadNews: The highway portion of the Spring 2011 event "Exit" included GODDAMN INVINCIBLE BEARS.
* BilingualBonus: The upscale restaurant in town, with prices more than anyone's paycheck and utterly bland food, is called L'Déplaisant. Which means "The Nasty" in French.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Captives can become drones themselves. [[RealLifeWritesThePlot If they get dropped they are permanently droned unless applied for again]].
* BodyBackupDrive: Not for the town's original citizens, but [[spoiler: for the captives]], a new copy of them was created with all memories up to their time of death every time one of them died. What happened to the corpses wasn't revealed until the final event.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: What happened to captives who were brainwashed by [[AxCrazy the Milkman]].
* BroughtDownToNormal: ''All'' newly arrived captives appear in Mayfield as a completely normal, powerless human. Unless they were designated as a family pet, though they would still be stripped of all powers and possessions.
* ChristmasInJuly: For the 2009 Forth of July event, the town suddenly shifted into Christmas mode, and all of the drones (except for the Milkman) disappeared. As it turned out, [[spoiler:the drones had been chopped up and their pieces placed in the gift boxes]].
* CircusOfFear: The Summer 2012 event, "Step Right Up / Welcome to Mayfield." There were two versions--
** The first version was in Mayfield itself, and was a CrappyCarnival playing this trope straight. The roller coaster dismembered and gored drones riding it, and (worst of all) the "freak show" tent included a few bloody curios from past events, including the rotting exhumed bodies of [[spoiler:Jane Smith and Officer Grady]].
** The second version was accessible only to a relatively few captives who got lost in the first version's funhouse. It was set in another, smaller Mayfield, and appeared to be a bright, colorful, cheerful, safe and actually ''fun'' carnival--at first. [[DoubleSubverted It was actually much, MUCH worse]].
* CompulsorySchoolAge: All captives placed in the children slot, whether or not they're actually children, are forced to go to school.
* CrapsaccharineWorld
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: For just about everyone. After the "Nice Job Breaking it Heroes" event in early 2012, coming back from the dead carried temporary consequences.
* DissonantSerenity: The drones can be like this, as can some of the captives. Even when not droned.
* {{Eagleland}}: On the surface, Mayfield appears to be Flavor #1--a perfect town modeled on the American 1950's. Under the surface, though, it's Flavor #2. Putting aside the captors' methods of torture, the town exhibits many of the uglier attitudes of that time taken to an exaggerated level.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: After all the horror and torture the captives went through (for ''years'' in some cases), the ending is nothing less than heartwarming.
* EscapeFromTheCrazyPlace: As much as captives wanted to do this throughout Mayfield's run, it only became a major objective in the game's plot at its end.
* EquivalentExchange: During the event "Payable on Delivery" in August 2010, a post office appeared where people can pick up regains at will. The catch? [[spoiler:Obtaining a regain this way requires you to give up a body part, a chunk of memories, or another regain you've already obtained.]]
* EmptyShell: The drones. Captives with [[{{Telepathy}} mind reading and the like]] don't get ''anything'' from them.
* {{Expy}}: [[VideoGame/{{Fallout3}} For Tranquility Lane]]. [[spoiler: The BigBad was even an {{Expy}} for Brawn]]. [[HilarityEnsues And once the Lone Wanderer showed up]] ...
** After a while, Mayfield's captors started droning the Lone Wanderer any time she mentioned Tranquility Lane.
* EverytownAmerica: Mayfield is designed to appear as an average small town of TheFifties in America.
* FacelessGoons: The Hazmats--literally just ambulatory, vacant hazmat suits filled with poison gas and coated with a chemical that burns skin on contact. First seen in Westport during May 2010 (along with [[http://westport-rpg.livejournal.com/2635.html?thread=2161483#t2161483 evidence]] that they were made to deal with Richard Grey and his resistance), they started appearing in Mayfield for later events--such as hunting down Sergei Smirnov (and killing anyone protecting him) in October 2010, or in the game's final events.
* FakeMemories: A common occurrence in events. Some highlights--
** The 2011 Valentine's Day event, "A Better Place to Love" gave adult and older teen characters a regain package that, rather than containing something from home, would give them false memories of an affair they had with someone else in town--who had ''also'' received the same memories.
** The 2011 Fourth of July event, "Proud to be a Mayfieldian." Mayfield attempted to {{Brainwash}} everyone into believing they were born and raised in Mayfield and have lived there all their lives, but without tampering with their personality, independent will, or regains. This worked to varying levels of effectiveness, with some still retaining knowledge of their real lives.
** The 2011 Christmas event "Every Time a Bell Rings" caused everyone to lose their memories of people who volunteered to be [[UnPerson Un-Personed]], sometimes with drastic personality consequences.
** The 2012 October event "Beginning of the End" saw one final attempt by Mayfield to force the captives into believing they'd always been denizens of Mayfield, much like the 2011 Fourth of July event. Any attempt to recall one's true memories would involve a progressively worse headache and an attempt by the captors to drown them out with false memories.
* TheFifties
* FreakyFridayFlip: Happened to captives during the eponymous "Freaky Friday" event in April 2012.
* GloriousMotherRussia: Several events involved or mentioned a city in the Soviet Union known as Maipole.
** The 2010 Fourth of July event, "[[RussianReversal Milk Drinks You]]," involved all of Mayfield's citizens getting translocated to Maipole. Life there turned out to be even worse than the town they were "liberated" from. Given suspicious similarities between the two towns, some captives theorized that Mayfield was actually transformed into Maipole, rather than everyone being moved there.
** The October 2010 event "Better Dead" involved a fugitive from Maipole, Sergei Smirnov, trying to evade Mayfield's captors. He explained much about Maipole's relationship with Mayfield. At one point, the radios all [[http://mayfield-rpg.livejournal.com/903728.html started playing a distorted version]] of the Soviet Union's national anthem, while a woman sobbed furiously.
** During the early 2011 event "Exit," the highway's mileage signs included Maipole as a nearby city, among several other towns.
* IronicEcho: The ironic {{tagline}} is repeated in the last line of the last IC post of the game, sincere this time.
* IronicNurseryRhyme: During the "Westport" event of May 2010, visiting the ruins of Westport Elementary [[http://westport-rpg.livejournal.com/2387.html?thread=1924691#t1924691 would cause vagrants to hear children singing a nursery rhyme]] that referenced, among other things, the Milkman's eagerness to poison people with his milk. With each successive verse, the rhyme would cause ShellShockSilence, then a splitting headache, then blood to trickle out of the ears. Hearing the fourth verse caused immediate heart failure.
* KilledOffForReal: Several examples--
** [[spoiler: Jane Smith and Grady]] after the Summer 2011 event "Speak Up."
** Starting with the September 2012 event "Don't You Forget About Me," a number of captives.
** By the final event of the game, [[spoiler: ''every'' named NPC]].
* LaResistance: Over the years, several of these popped up, taking different forms. The Mayfield Defense Association was more concerned with providing aid and shelter during more tortuous times, while other groups actively tried to fight the captors.
* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: New locations in Mayfield would pop up unexpectedly, but treated by locals as if they were always there. Some examples: Mount Bonanza and Makeout Point for the first "Summer Lovin'" event, the Lourve Hotel for the second, Mayfield's Post Office in the 2010 event "Payable on Delivery," and the highway in the 2011 event "Exit."
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Was one of the larger JournalRoleplay communities for its time.
* LotusEaterMachine: This is what [[ComicBook/{{Watchmen}} Adrian Veidt]] and [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Klaus Wulfenbach]] theorized Mayfield might be. By the end of the game, it turns out [[spoiler: they were right--Mayfield was originally meant to be a combination of SuspendedAnimation and this for survivors of a nuclear war]].
* LoveHotels: Mayfield had one called the Louvre Hotel, starting with the second annual "Summer Lovin'" event. It was presented as an upscale hotel (with minibars!) used by travelers, but also doubled as a place for married couples to get away for a night.
* MakeAWish: The 2010 Christmas event compelled captives to write letters to Santa, just like the old 1950's Christmas tradition! ... Except the Santa of Mayfield was a JerkassGenie who went out of his way to turn Christmas wishlists into horrifying, traumatic, and often deadly experiences.
* MilkmanConspiracy: The Smith family, specifically Lucy Smith, [[spoiler: who is really John Zemekis]]. The Milkman himself could also qualify, if he weren't so overtly psychopathic and homicidal.
* MoePersonification: Mayfield has one, in the form of [[http://better-place-to.livejournal.com/ May Field]]--but she's a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. May Field is '''''not''''' moe.
* MoodWhiplash: So much of this.
* MysteriousPast: The town itself.
* NewOldFlame: What many captives experienced during the 2011 Valentine's Day event, "A Better Place to Love."
* {{Non Player Character}}s: Several, besides the drones. See the [[Characters/{{Mayfield}} character sheet]] for tropes pertaining to them.
* OntologicalMystery
* PaintingTheMedium: Most players (and the mods) used the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Courier_New Courier New]] font to convey dialogue spoken by a droned person.
* PeoplePuppets: A favorite torture tactic employed by the denizens of the Smith household--and later, by Mrs. Johnson, forcing random captives to mercilessly hunt down and kill everyone else while fully aware.
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: A consequence of living in a place where you can be maimed, mentally tortured, or die in horrible ways yet be brought back to life soon after.
* PlayableEpilogue: The "Better Place" community, open only to characters who were applied into Mayfield during its run, with the exception of anyone who had been permanently killed off.
* PunchClockVillain: It was implied at times that [[spoiler:Grady and the Mayor are prisoners just as much as any of the residents]]. Doesn't excuse them, though; their actions were not, for the most part, forced.
* RedHerring: Mayfield's captors loved pulling this on its captives. Some examples--
** During the August 2010 "Payable on Delivery" event, characters were led to believe that they could exchange cereal box tops for their regains. They quickly found out that [[AnArmAndALeg it didn't work that way]]. [[LaserGuidedAmnesia At all]].
** During the Spring 2011 event "Exit," captives were led to believe that permanently droned citizens had their souls removed from their body and used as a source of power for the town. [[spoiler: Of course, the entire event was one big April Fools' joke.]]
** Late in March 2012, the town issued a census much like one that preceded the "Population Control" event the previous year, in which characters were psychologically manipulated into participating in a brutal DeadlyGame. Luckily, it turned out to be a relatively benign prank spree. [[SoapOperaDisease So long as you played along.]]
* RedScare: Mayfield made [=McCarthyism=] look tame in comparison. Some highlights--
** The 2010 Fourth of July event "Milk Drinks You" put the captives of Mayfield in Maipole, a town that fully acted out the Red Scare.
** The census that preceded both the 2011 event "Population Control" and the 2012 event "May the Pranks Ever Be in Your Favor" blatantly demanded captives to answer if they were a communist or not. It was also listed as a possible race ''and'' a disease.
** The July 2011 event "Speak Up" saw the town flooded with a cloying truth serum gas that compelled people into blurting out their secrets, and ultimately declare themselves a communist (even if they have no idea what that means).
* RightBehindMe: Early on in Mayfield, the [=NPCs=] had a tendency to drop in on posts or threads started by captives, [[http://stars-survivor.livejournal.com/6103.html?thread=83415#t83415 especially if they were griping about the town]].
** This also included [[http://antispiral-hime.livejournal.com/872.html?thread=360#t360 the generic family drones]], for captives who lived in houses not yet filled by other captives.
* RomanceEnsues: Mayfield had an annual "Summer Lovin'" event that [[http://mayfield-rpg.livejournal.com/136386.html#comments occurred]] in [[http://mayfield-rpg.livejournal.com/795377.html late August]] or [[http://mayfield-rpg.livejournal.com/1467695.html early September]], in which couples of adult and teenager captives would be locked up somewhere for a day, with this as the most obvious intent. Children and pets would be locked up as a collective group somewhere age appropriate instead--a [[http://mayfield-logs.livejournal.com/8871.html#comments daycare center]], a [[http://mayfield-logs.livejournal.com/73518.html summer camp]], and a [[http://mayfield-logs.livejournal.com/164528.html carnival]] respectively.
* SeriousBusiness: One word--''Homecoming''.
* SpinOff: Arguably, the players' IC [[http://www.epicmafia.com/lobby Epic Mafia]] sessions. Also, Cornfield.
* SpiritualAntithesis: Roleplay/HollyHeights was conceived as this--all of the domestic bliss, none of the deep lurking horror.
* StepfordSmiler: All of the drones.
* StepfordSuburbia
* {{Tagline}}: "A Better Place to Live".
* ThemeNaming: As it turns out, [[http://mayfield-mods.livejournal.com/17704.html most of the major commercial locations]] in town were named after the actual identities of those controlling Mayfield.
* TimeSkip: During the 2009 Christmas event, time was fast-forwarded by ten years.
* TomatoInTheMirror: As it turned out by the "Beginning of the End" event, [[spoiler:nobody was actually taken from their homes. They were all copies made by the creators of the town]].
* UnPerson: For the 2011 Christmas event "Every Time a Bell Rings," Mayfield convinced captives to voluntarily erase themselves from existence to save their own worlds and the rest of the town. In reality, the characters were never actually erased--rather, the town warped the rest of the captives into thinking the Un-Personed volunteers were grotesque replacements, then erased the memories of everyone that knew them.
* {{Yandere}}: The MoePersonification of the game.
* YouCantFightFate: Mayfield's objective behind the 2009 Christmas event.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The entire [[spoiler:AprilFoolsDay "Exit" event was essentially this]], with all of the [[spoiler:[=NPCs=] dying or running away, the mystery of the drones and the city being (somewhat) solved, and a way home opening]] only to turn out to be one long prank.
* ZombieApocalypse: Several cases--
** In September 2011, there was a player-run plot that involved a ''MarvelZombies'' outbreak.
** In June 2012, another player plot featured the Blackwing virus from the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse.
** In the game's final events, ''all'' the corpses left over from [[BodyBackupDrive the deaths of captives and drones]] were unleashed on the town, along with [[TheBlank Blanks]].
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