All right, now that my situation is no longer hellish . . . let's try this again.
I have decided not to work on Discordant Angel. I'm going to use that as a novel only. It'll probably be my National Novel Writing Month project.
This is a project I've hinted on and off for a long time to oldbies on the VAA. It's been in my heart and my head hasn't let me attempt it. I decided to finally listen to my heart for once. It's virtually impossible to write as a novel anyway so . . .
The Invoked. On the surface, they appear to be like normal humans. But they all possess something that makes them more than ordinary humans. Represented by cool blue auras that only they can see, they have a power that is humanity's sixth sense coming to life. Vonded together by traumatic events that activated their abilites, the Invoked are quickly becoming discovered and put to service by governments and private organizations.
But discovering the sixth sense, and a possible evolution for humanity, also opens the path to the exact opposite: devolution. Not everyone is ready to evolve, and forcing their Invoking usually creates the disfigused, red-auraed monsters known as the Forfeited. Any normal human wounded by a Forfeited will become a Forfeited, creating the possibility of apocalypse. And those who have had forced Invokings, represented by violet auras, must walk a careful mental tightrope, lest they become Forfeited as well.
Ariel Bowes is considered by all of those who know her to be the first of her kind, despite her also being one of the youngest. At age seventeen, she serves the Forfeited extermination squad of Mi-6, the Special Team Echelon (STE), attacking Forfeited head-on with a medieval sword and using her superhuman strength, stamina, and speed to cut Forfeited apart. After years lurking in the dark streets and sewers of London to keep the Forfeited infestation confined in London and London alone, she suddenly is given a new mission counter to everything she has ever done: the protection of an individual.
Felix Raines has been gifted with an incredible Invoked ability that's one of a kind: the ability to heal. Any injury or any disease can be cured, and this extends to even the Forfeited, as Felix can revert them back to normal (or, in some cases, even Invoked), the only person who can. Naturally, this makes him the ultimate asset . . . and the ultimate foe. And he is completely unaware of the war that wages around the world over people like him.
Going undercover to protect Felix, Ariel and her small cadre of Mi-6, Delta Force, and CIA allies quickly find themselves assailed by secretive organization taking full advantage of the United States' lack of preperation against Invoked and Forfeited. Their goal: create a new world where this are only hunters and prey. And, in order to accomplish her own goal and deny her enemies theirs, Ariel must face her greatest enemy: the man responsible for her Invoking in the first place . . . the murderer of her parents.
It is said you can win the battle but lose the war. Here, the battle and the war are so intertwined that they are one and the same. Everything hinges on one life and one alone . . . and all of the rest are, ultimately, forfeit.
For submitting auditions:
· Please send your audition lines in .mp3 format because of space issues. Either mono or stereo .mp3s are accepted. Please record in good quality, and keep pops, background noise, bumps, etc., to a minimum. If you absolutely CANNOT record in .mp3, send in .wav format, but please note you will be asked to submit in .mp3 if you are actually cast.
· Please save your files in a ZIP FOLDER as follows: Username_Character_Line#.mp3 (ex: rebelcheese_VillageIdiot_01.mp3)
· Please list your crediting name, your email address, and any notes or requests you want (such as a critique request), and whether you are willing to be cast for characters you did not audition for in as follows: 1. In the body of the email, or 2. In a text file, .rtf file, or Word document attached to the email or in the ZIP folder. A resume is optional and should be in a .txt, .rtf, or .doc file if you choose to submit one.
·Here is how to submit your audition:
-Please send your files in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.[LIST]
YOU CAN SUBMIT IN PIECES. In other words, you can send your audition in multiple emails or send some characters earlier and others later.
ON THE SUBJECT OF CRITIQUES: They ARE being given out this time, but only upon request.
THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS: August 28th at 12:00 p.m. CST. It will likely not be pushed back. WARNING: There is violence, mild swearing, and death, rendering this radioplay PG-13.
I am planning on mass distribution of this project (Youtube, possibly AzurePro, VAA, and a couple of other spots) unlike the small distributions of my previous work. High quality recordings are key.
I'm also going to go into Project Trinity-mode on deadlines this time. Part of the reason why I've struggled getting stuff done in the past is people not turning their lines in. That's not happening this time. Fair warning.
Background notes necessary for understanding audition lines:
Ariel and Edward: Ariel absolutely, vehemently despises Edward. It goes without saying that the moment she spots him she will try to murder him. Her hatred not only stems from Edward killing her parents, but also because Edward indirectly condemned her to this violent life. For his part, Edward regards Ariel as something of a mildly diverting joke, as he's easily bested her in all of their encounters so far.
Ariel and Michelle: The two met each other while Ariel was still new at combat, when Ariel killed Michelle's transformed father. While a little over five years makes Ariel look different (coupled with a dye job and a change of accent), Michelle eventually does recognize Ariel . .
Auras: They are visible only to Invoked and Forfeited, and come in blue (Invoked) and red (the Forfeited monsters). These auras can be suppressed by Invoked regardless of whether their Invokings were forced or not, but it takes considerable practice, and suppressing the aura weakens the Invoked's abilities (but doesn't take it away completely). The auras can fluctuate in size and intensity depending on the Invoked or Forfeited’s emotions . . . though that element doesn’t really come into play in an audio project. XD
Forfeited: Basically mutated monsters of all shapes and sizes.
Felix and Michelle: Their parents divorced when they were young, with the father moving to Britain with Michelle while Felix stayed in Chicago with his mother and younger brother. Years later, there were two family tragedies in the same week: their father became a Forfeited and attacked Michelle, scratching her (this was before it was known that merely being touched was all it took to become infected). While Michelle was flying home, their mother and younger brother were killed in a drive-by shooting. Shortly after the funeral for all three family members, Michelle became a Forfeited but was cured by Felix in the first demonstration of his abilities. Michelle and Felix have spent the last five years in the same household.
Invoked: A human who has tapped into a "sixth sense" granting some kind of superhuman ability. Forced-Invoked are also like this but tend to be more mentally and physically unstable, and unlike normal Invoked can become Forfeited.
Special Team Echelon: A British joint task force consisting of Special Air Service and Mi-6 personnel meant to specifically combat the Forfeited, formed seven years ago. George and Ariel are among the original members though Ariel did not have her first combat action until five years ago. Americans are rapidly being incorporated into the task force.
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Suzie Q. Sailaway