So this is something I've been kicking around in my head for the past couple days. I have a setting and back story, and the semblance of an overreaching plot. But I thought it would be fun to see if potential players had ideas we could incorporate as well. And then we could throw them all together and make a new RP!
Anywho, here's my idea:
Its the far off future. Humanity has colonized the moon, Mars, even stupidly hot Venus and far off Jovian moons. In the time this has happened, nations have risen and fallen, new technology has changed our lives, unexpected advances have made life in the solar system into something that our ancestors really didn't expect.
Chiefly among these unexpected differences was the rise in cloning. Maybe that's the wrong word. But Mass Produced Synthetic Humans sounds weird. As humanity progressed, they originally developed a new robotic workforce to do certain types of labor for them. But machines had their limits, a finer touch was needed. Production companies began making their androids more human, making them bipeds, covering them with synthetic flesh, and other details. Eventually, full on synthetic humans were created. The advantages of human intuition and a bio-engineered body proved popular and soon enough different models were being mass produced. Laborers, teachers, caretakers, office workers, all these jobs could be handed to clones who had been born and bred for that purpose.
Naturally, not everyone liked these clones. Whether for moral or economic or cultural reasons, they protested against the clone companies and against the clones themselves. Some even grew fed up with this new way of life and left to a new planet or space colony entirely.
In an effort to make their products as appealing as possible, the synthetic humans were genetically engineered to act subservient and obey orders. They wouldn't age but they had a fixed lifespan, and they couldn't breed either, so sooner or later you had to buy a new one. Overall, everything seemed okay. The people who had clone to do work for them were happy since they basically had dogs with a really advanced set of tricks, the clone marketers who could sell, buy, and trade this synthetic stock were happy, the people who left were happy, and the clones were predisposed to be happy. Or so it was thought.
Despite assurances that they were just organic robots, and being biologically programmed before they were finished growing, the synthetic humans did in fact have dreams and thoughts of their own. But being nothing more than property in the eyes of the law, they spent their whole lives going through their assigned duties and nothing else. Forced to suppress their true emotions to keep their owners happy, the clones had become a servant race with pent up frustration.
Then make the day they decided to kill their masters. (Battlestar Galactica rip-off, I know)
A clone rebellion swept the solar system. What the clones lacked in wartime experience and numbers they made up with inside knowledge of national defenses and pure savagery. The terrible war lasted several years until a peace was finally brokered. The rebel clones left Earth and Mars and other worlds en masse and retreated to settle the asteroid belt and moons of the outer planets. The human nations kept the inner worlds.
It was peace, but an uneasy one. Both sides had inflicted atrocities on the other and neither has forgotten. And while they had gotten their liberty, the clones lacked the knowledge of how to fix the genetic tampering in their bodies. They still had stunted lifespans and couldn't reproduce. While the inner worlds have stopped synthetic production altogether, the clones keep cloning themselves as much as their resources allow simply to ensure their new nation's survival. Naturally, this has led to a lot of You All Look Familiar
scenarios. Meanwhile the inner worlds have been thrown into turmoil since the war caused the disappearance of their labor force and the economic bubble tied to the market of the clones themselves. And its not like compensation is ever coming.
That was seven years ago. Despite all the bad blood, a joint effort by the outer and inner worlds to build a new space station on the edge of the solar system has been underway.
The players come in here. My idea would be that people from across the solar system, synthetic and humans alike would come here to work and live on the new colony. Relations between the two sides could be funny ("I can't tell you from your five dozen brothers!"), awkward ("Didn't I buy you in a yard sale?"), and even downright hostile ("You killed everyone I knew and loved! I'll never forgive you!").
Meanwhile, certain people definitely don't want this partnership to succeed. And are willing to reignite the conflict if that's what it takes to achieve their goals.
So, thoughts? Ideas? Come on, people, lets brainstorm stuff! If we get the ball rolling we can get a sign up sheet going.
The shadowlands surround me now but You walk with me through the cloud into the sun.