Okay, the closest I’ve ever come to doing something like this is posting some fanfiction, so bear with me because I’m going to be awkward and anxious.
A Summary of the Story: The Darwin, an American ship containing a small army of super soldiers enhanced with animal DNA, travels the known universe attempting to keep the peace between distant planets of human colonists dealing with emerging governments, alien inhabitants of varying sentience and low resources.
You are not one of these soldiers, just their doctor. (And keeper/designated voice of reason.) Have fun with that.
What’s been written: At the moment, I’ve carved out a basic codex in the stats page, more or less finished the introduction chapter and I’m working on the first actual chapter. All in all, it’s about 39k words and that first chapter I mentioned is less than a third written. I might have bitten off a bit much with that chapter, but you live and learn. And never do that again.
It is so far from okay that I should be embarrassed but here, take a stab at it- mini update 4/9.
Things that will probably happen: Alien and human conflict, discussion of the morality of genetic modification (that’s kind of a major plot point), a planet of AI’s, problems courtesy of an eclipse, nepotism, human/alien trafficking and super soldiers that hate receiving medical attention.
Other things of varying importance:
Romance is a thing- Five options, three female and two male. Six (Another male character, but he’s kinda… Yeah, I’m still debating on him)? And there’s an aromantic character that you can form a close relationship with, but she’s not exactly going to be your girlfriend. Five for sure, anyway. Some of the characters have preferences, but none are locked based on your gender or bits. At least one is demisexual, all but one are content with an asexual relationship and while you will probably have frank discussions about the physical aspects of your relationship(s), there will not be any explicit content.
In relation to the above- polyamory is also a thing. Not with every character, but it’s possible to have a V or a triad depending on the individual characters’ relationships.
Science- I am a writer, not a science major. I have literally no idea whether any of this is even a little plausible, but feel free to help me sound semi-intelligent if you science well, please and thank you!
Branching- A majority of the story happens in the presence of the soldiers, but you’ll be allowed to focus on maintaining professionalism and sticking with your fellow medics. Because you’re a doctor meant to stay away from the front lines, you’ll only have so much influence directly. However, with your relationships, you can change the outcome of various situations.
The universe- A lot of lore and story information can be found in the stats page. Feel free to ask clarifying questions and let me know if something seems missing.
Your character- Your origins are established a bit later in the story- your home-planet, class and family situation are all up to you, whether or not it has a great deal of impact. You’re a recent graduate from a school that only admits virtual geniuses, so you could be anywhere from a prodigy that got a doctorate at 20 or somewhere in your thirties. Maybe I’ll find a way to let you establish that, maybe I’ll let you make your own assumptions, we’ll see.
That’s… about it. I look forward to seeing what you think! I love this community and I think your input will really help this project along.