All right! Gonna need some feedback on this one. So far in our plot, we've had the MRDs (Mutant Response Division / mardies). The government decided that instead of forcing registration, they created units of specially trained officers to deal with mutant criminals. The public (humans) aren't very happy with the results. Nor are the mutants who have been attacked purposelessly by MRDs. Senator Kelly (who has yet to make an appearance in the game) is still pushing heavily for the Mutant Registration Act (MRA) to be approved and carried out.
That's where we are, at the moment.
Drawing from HBO's True Blood, Jordan and I thought something a little more dramatic was in order, and would like to suggest the existence of a drug within the X-Men universe called X. X (for the mutant-x gene), not to be confused to E (ecstasy). You do not have to watch or even have heard of True Blood for this to work. Here is the concept: Mutants are different than humans, biologically speaking (this is true for most Marvel/X-Men universes). Their blood works like a drug when consumed by/injected into homo sapiens. Here are the properties we've decided on.
• as a pain reliever • enhancement in strength / energy • enhanced / youthful appearance • enhanced sex drive • semi-high (release of endorphins) • decelerates aging, disease, etc
Thus making it a hot commodity. It would be sought after by all walks of life - government, medical professionals, the ill, addicts, the ugly, the lonely, the list goes on. So! We thought this would be interesting for large and small scale plots. Elected officials could be pushing for attacks on mutants to cease, while behind the scenes they're addicted to X, or funding projects in X research. There could be abductions, arrests, attacks, murders, mutants being treated like lab mice... Anything. What better way to find mutants and learn how to best them than to force registration? If a registry was made public, any person on the street could find and attack mutants that would've otherwise been "closeted" and take from them. It would've been around November 2008 (it's now June 2009) that it was publicly announced, kicking off the attacks and chaos, whee! Mutant blood has no effect on fellow mutants. If you have any thoughts, questions or concerns, lemme know!
If you think this is stupid and you're not interested, that's fine too. Just lemme know.
-Beck (and Jordan)
P.S. Rob's at work, so his feedback will probably come later in a comment here, too.
P.S.S. To clarify, I'm including comments from Amanda and me.
Amanda: But wouldn't their blood have adverse effects in the case of non-matching blood types? I'm not so sure about the blood angle (Jono: A, I haven't got any blood. B, there will be fucking sparkly vampires involved and I'll have to kill them. Or myself. Or both.), but the concept itself is neat, so...hmm. I'm trying to think of some other mechanism by which to achieve the same results and coming up blank. *scratches head* I like the idea, just not so sure about the injecting/ingesting blood thing and how that would work. Maybe once it's put into practice it'll make more sense to me.
Becky: I haven't read your next comment yet. It's taken like a drug, like pills. The fact that it's blood doesn't really mean much. There wouldn't be anything to do with vampires, from Charlaine Harris' books or any other, especially not anything to do with Twilight. Shudder. In True Blood, the vampires out themselves publicly (mutants are, in this 'verse) and it's discovered that drinking their blood causes super fun effects within humans. So, it's the same principle here. But yeah, no vampires. We're not introducing any other characters or creatures or anything magical. It's scientific, more or less. Some doctor in a lab discovered some mutant's blood did wonders for some person's cold or something and the rest was history. Blood makes it dangerous for mutants, as you can imagine.
P.S.S.S. I added some of this info to the plot page since everyone (or the majority) seems to be interested in giving this a go. We now have negatives to using X, wheee! SEE HERE.
This idea was not originally mine/ours. A game (which I have searched for, and will credit for the concept) had this sort of plot before us. Jordan and I have finessed it, and all of the text here belongs to us.