Basic Premise: MC is a customizable alien character, a low-level assistant to their planet’s diplomat at a large-scale event drawing dignitaries from planets near and far. The diplomatic conference is attacked! ZAP!!
Only 6 survivors escape; the MC and 5 others of similarly low station, meaning everyone is pretty young and fairly inexperienced, although you have a mix of human, , alien , robot , and maybe even a giant manatee. (I know this is a dolphin) WARNING! Many of their races do not co-exist well (hence, the conference).
In their desperate escape attempt, these 6 board an unfamiliar vessel, essentially ‘hit the wrong button,’ and are flung to the edge of the galaxy. At least one of them knows the identity of the attackers, and for that reason, the ship becomes a target. Being so far from home, the crew must put aside differences and try to figure out a way to get back and expose the attackers to the rest of the galaxy, while also avoiding detection by said attackers. Oh, and they have to co-exist in a relatively small ship and deal with long-standing prejudices and rivalries.
- Episodic approach, with perhaps 10,000-15,000-word adventures that pair the MC with different crew members, and pose different challenges:
Conflicts with Hostiles
Encounters with Unfamiliar Cultures
Other than being an alien, everything else is up to you…
Pick your form: Disgusting, Blah, Sexy, you pick! Human-like (think purple skin and forehead ridges), Humanoid, or Vastly Different Anatomy.
Pick your stats: Diplomacy, Combat, Trading, Research, etc.
Pursue romance with one of the crew, or perhaps, if you’re feeling lucky and resilient to most diseases, romance an alien on an away-mission.
Try to resolve conflicts (on-board and off) in your preferred manner
This would basically have a Community College Hero vibe. Most of the crew would be young and inexperienced, and there would be a mix of serious and more whacky missions and adventures, with the “return home and expose the attackers” as the overarching goal. Very character-focused.
I know this isn’t much to go on, but might anyone be interested in this? I might write up a few thousand words this weekend to give it a go.