The Starr Verse is a world of interconnecting stories centered around the Starr Family & Organization (though not always). Sometimes the setting has very little to do with the Starr family or their associates depending on the story. The Starr's themselves are basically glorified placeholders for the verse, despite being major players. The world is not that much different from the real world, except for some cultural changes in entertainment here and there. But there's hints of the supernatural, and Urban Fantasy stuff going on, in addition to some low level Sci-Fi as well. But overall on the surface the world is still pretty much the same sometime miserable, sometime divisive place as the real world. And America's politics is still as toxic, and divisive as ever too.
Stories within the Verse are:
- Outlaw Starr- About a very popular Genre-Busting Rock band, comprised of absurdly gorgeous black women. Story touches on themes dealing with fandoms, the music industry and the politics found within, addiction, what is, or is not sexual liberation, censorship, racism/sexism within the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal community, celebrity's place in the world of politics, over sexualization, commercialization, alternative media, fame, and good ole fashioned stereotypical wholesome Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, and new found obscene wealth etc
- The Scorpion- Centered around the founder of Outlaw Starr, Tishauna Starr. Usually about her place in the Rock, Soul/R&B, and Hip-Hop worlds, her battle with colorism (and the privilege, and condemnation that comes with it), and her adjustment and grappling with being a very powerful businesswoman, media mogul, entertainer, and a tech & industrial-magnate. Also about her navigating the far reaching hidden world of the top 0.1% of the ultra wealthy elite that she now finds herself a member of. Though she's mostly still seen as a outsider (she considers her self an outsider too, so there's that).
- Shadows & Vengeance- A grieving black military family taking on corrupt law enforcement and politicians in the state of Louisiana with an army of ninja at their disposal. But they might have a shadowy enemy of their own hiding in the background.
- Starr Industries- A very powerful corporation owned by the aforementioned Tishauna Starr, and operated by her and her associates. The story usually deals with the cut throat corporate world, corrupted and compromised politicians, The Government, institutional corruption/racism/sexism and other institutional ills.
- Dying Starrs- A post-apocalyptic tale set in both the early stages and the in progress stages of a Zombie outbreak. Told from the POV of first responders, emergency services and civilian volunteers. However It's a alternate continuity to the rest of The Verse.
- Fallen Starrs- Set amidst a second American civil war, that gradually spiraled out of control and became horrific. Another alternate setting.
Tropes found within The Verse are:
- Alternate Universe: The alternate Starr-Verse
- Beleaguered Bureaucrat: Bureaucrats are usually stuck between the pressure of angry citizens and the pressure to toe the line by powerful political establishments. See also Morton's Fork below.
- Benevolent Conspiracy: From a certain point of view it can be The Hidden/Shadow, or Starr Industries.
- Black and Gray Morality/Grey and Gray Morality: Very rarely is there any Black and White Morality.
- The Dog Bites Back: Pretty prevalent in the setting.
- Fallen States of America: The Verse of Fallen Starrs
- From Nobody to Nightmare: The setting loves giving power to disenfranchised, or marginalized groups of people.
- Specifically The La Résistance forces in the Fallen Starrs verse definitely counts too.
- The Ghost: Down played with Outlaw Starr in the setting's Dying Starrs, and Shadows & Vengeance.
- The Government: Usually, not evil, but highly debatable as to whether or not it's good. If at best they're not out right evil they're still definitely culpable of certain things behind the scenes.
- Hanlon's Razor: Downplayed, and deconstructed; Instead of actually being this trope, it's usually sometimes disguised as this trope as a form of Plausible Deniability. What's a more plausible deniability than someone doing something out of incompetence rather than malice? For example; The War on Terror, and or The War On Drugs could be a case of malicious intent disguised as a form of "criminal justice". A couple of the characters from Shadows & Vengeance thinks so.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: There's vague supernatural elements.
- Mohs Scale of Science Fiction Hardness: 4.5 to 5, basically Speculative Science mostly. Especially in the Starr Industries stories.
- Morton's Fork: Because of the pressure of shadowy Outside Context Problems low level bureaucrats (or low level institutions) are forced into a situation where whatever choice they make piss off powerful people.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Of the "Jobsworth" variety.
- Outside-Context Problem: Whoo boy, mostly towards the establishment in the form of shadowy clandestine oppositions, or straight up uprisings. It's a very bad idea to toe the line of the status quo in this setting. Too bad most aren't aware of these problem(s).
- The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized: Downplayed but still Deconed/Reconed in the Fallen Starrs Verse.
- Urban Fantasy: Mostly found in the Shadows & Vengeance stories.
- We ARE Struggling Together: One of the themes of the setting. Especially in Fallen Starrs
- Zombie Apocalypse: The verse of Dying Starrs