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Plot Bunny Thread: Other Fandoms

Discussion in 'Fanfic Discussion' started by Oneiros, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Zenzao

    Zenzao 500 Club King Prestige DLP Supporter

    Aug 30, 2009
    Adrift on those Binary Seas.
    High Score:
    Dresden/Potter idea I've been sloppily chewing on lately. Either the Red Court or the White Court have been funneling resources into the Nevernever that lead into the Potterverse. Dresden get's assigned to stop them. He get's thrown out into the Potterverse, either in America so he has to deal with the MACUSA of the modern day, or in England somewhere for the more familiar annoyances of the Ministry of Magic. He gets away from the respective authorities and now has to track down the vampires and whatever else from his world has set up shop in the foreign world.

    The way I'd been playing with this initially, it was supposed to be an excuse for Snape to be a vampire of one White Court flavor or another, so he gets sustenance from the terror he imposes on the students, and Dresden is hired as the Defense Professor of the year who puts together the matter and finally confronts Snape, but that is just so bland overall that I've mostly dropped it by now.
  2. Blorcyn

    Blorcyn High Inquisitor DLP Supporter DLP Silver Supporter

    Oct 16, 2010
    So I've got a number of Worm related plot ideas that have been rattling around for a good while and I'm kinda thinking I want to get back on the writing horse and maybe even attempt the five hundred challenge and smash out one of these ideas as a short fic. The ideas that I've most plotted out are two Taylor AUs, and two OC stories. I've got one I'm rolling around a lot at the moment too, but I've not quite got the plot down just a bit of the premise and where I'd want the character to start off and where I'd want him to end.

    I'm just looking for some input or challenge on the ideas as they stand, and any obvious pitfalls you might see. If anyone would be willing discuss one of them further in detail, that'd be great.

    1. Twelve Seconds of Vengeance (Taylor AU)

    Elevator pitch: a coming of age story about the cape daughter of a nationally infamous supervillain, and her struggle to adapt her ideals about how the world should work to how the world does work.

    Background: Diverging from the crash that took Annette's life, Danny is the one driving and he doesn't die. He becomes crippled and angry, and after a bit of time this leads to an untenable home situation and a divorce. He triggers with a more potent Skitter power, and for a brief time becomes the crimelord of Brockton Bay before a televised fall from grace and imprisonment or death. He makes a lot of money doing so, and as he fails buys two vials from cauldron - one for Annette and one for Taylor - Taylor gets 'Vestige' which gave Greyboy, Epoch and Perdition their powers, getting a sorta inverse of Epoch's time travelling. A 'stronger' power needs more challenge so after the publicity of Danny's villainy they move to NYC and the story takes place there.

    Plot: Around the time Noelle unveils the conspiracy, in some manner similar to canon, as the case 53s begins leaving, one of the Staten Island wards is 'kidnapped' but the wider Protectorate concerns at that moment mean the response is lacklustre, and Taylor ends up splintering with several non case 53s too. She tried to initially just go vigilante, but finds how much difficulty that presents. She then sets up a commercial cape team, and struggles to maintain some effectiveness. The middle act would also deal with various lower level parahumans who aren't capes and their roles in society. The antagonist would be the Adepts and Epoch who can no-sell Taylor whom can no-sell him. Initially, Taylor would be pursuing vengeance against him for the kidnapping of her ward friend, but when it becomes clear that it wasn't a kidnapping but a defection and when she stops pursuing him, it would become apparent that Epoch has no interest in letting her go.

    The story would be a good opportunity to explore other capes that we don't have much exposure to in Canon but know a fair bit about, like Jouster, Barrow etc. It suffers from the fact that I don't have a clear end point in mind.

    2. Hierophant (AKA, Taylor vs. the Elite)

    Elevator pitch: Kingpin and arbiter of Brockton Bay, Taylor returns from the most recent endbringer fight to find the Elite's most prominent assassin awaiting her. The Elite want a hold on the eastern seaboard, and they think they've got what the protectorate didn't, a way to take her down.

    Taylor has a few names. She is Minos on PHO and to the PRT. She is Arbiter to the villains of BB, and she is the inheritor of Terminus to Cauldron. She only calls herself Taylor. She's a little older than canon, 18-20, and she's long since conquered the Bay. She accepts crime is inevitable and so she enforces simple rules. If you kill a civilian you lose a cape. You don't deal in slaves or murder. A tithe of all profits goes to her (to the bay) and the bay has been stable, incredibly stable.

    Prosperity looks to be returning. The Wards and Protectorate are half the size of canon because the need for them is so reduced.

    Enter the Elite, seeing a ripe and fruitful first incursion on the east coat.

    From the first scene, the Elite come out swinging. Speaker of the House and Uppermost attempt to assassinate her at Somer's Rock, after speaking to the villains of BB and promising them more personal wealth under them than Taylor. She survives and kills them, and arrogantly assumes that's the end of it.

    The second attack would come at her when she is visiting her parent's grave. She'd survive that too, but she'd not have had time to recover her strength from the first attack and this would alarm her. As well as the location lending an emotional weight to it.

    She gets attacked again and again, with a few emotional reprieves where she visits Grue and some of her personal history in this timeline is hinted at, and another with Parian and Foil, which ultimately ends with Parian being killed.

    Eventually, in the final confrontation, I'm imagining at the point bastard son comes out to play being suitably vicious but suitably defeatable, and Taylor achieves victory by sacrificing her desire to rule the bay and instead escape with her life.

    She's there at the ending, survived, broken, weak, but optimistic - before long she'll recover. Then Foil turns up angry and betrayed that Parian died caught up in the conflict for a moral position Taylor didn't even keep. Then an ambiguous ending.

    I read the magical kingdom of landover by Terry Brooks when I was a kid and I enjoyed the first. But then, once the secret of the unbeatable Paladin was known, the following books were boring because if the king could call on him there was no challenge and therefore, each novel, they'd contrive a way to throw him away. Until the last book where the villain, instead of presenting one almost insurmountable challenge, just throws challenge after challenge at the king and his paladin and each one is just a little harder than the last, and they're worn down just a little bit more with each conflict, until there's doubt that they can win. This would be that story, in one arc, in worm.

    3. The Three Brothers (OC)

    Elevator pitch: A young provincial cape, moderately successful screws up in a 'shoot out' and a civilian ends up in ICU. While it blows over, the PRT assign him to capture a trump that has recently appeared in Brockton Bay's E88, the catch is, they think it's long-lost brother and they're pretty sure it wont be a happy reunion...

    Background: The main character is one of three AU son's of Glaistig Uaine with varying levels of phantasm projection power. Their parentage led to a kidnapping attempt in which their father was murdered. They move from home to home until an argument with the main character causes the middle to run away. After this occurs, the eldest washes his hands of the MC and MC eventually discloses his abilities to the PRT and his brothers' existence and becomes a ward.

    Plot: The main character is mentoring a new tinker, in the small rural community he works in as a roaming Protectorate member, a showdown with a minor villain who's normally more concerned with showmanship than actual profit doesn't got as planned and a civilian gets shot due to his show boating.

    He is recalled to regional headquarters and assigned a case rather than severely reprimanded, to travel to Brockton Bay and bring in his brother, before he gets a kill order on himself. He's given a ticket to Brockton and instructed to liaise with the protectorate there. Instead he heads to New York, last known location of his eldest brother to ask him for help. It's a conflict filled dead end, because the brother is actually gun running from the border.

    He heads down there and finds that brother the head of a small local gang trying to cut ties with his sponsors in New York, and none too happy to see him regardless. Violence ensues between them and against them on the road to brockton bay.

    The time line is placed when they arrive in the ruined city immediately post Leviathan, and they end up dealing with craziness that goes on there in a sort of parallel drama to what's going on with Skitter and her Gang and the S9. Ultimately in the style of the three brothers: The eldest is killed, the middle commits suicide by cape after a suitably human moment and the youngest lives to regret it all.
    4. Three Point Five Million Dollars in Cash (OC)

    Elevator pitch: No country for Old Men meets 90s Brockton Bay.

    plot: in the mid nineties a new cape stumbles across Iron Rain's defection gone wrong, he witnesses the whole thing and ends up taking it all. With the money she was carrying for the Empire gone, both Allfather and Marquis (her intended drop off/lover - although this is not well known) have a strong interest in finding out how she came to die.

    After a period of stashing the money, he returns with a new cape identity, and before too long comes into contact with the cape hired to find him. A cat and mouse game ensues, with MC escaping on several occasions. The investigator finds out his identity and traps his personal life in order to gain his compliance, and begins training him up to 'earn back the money'. However, this isn't a solution because the Empire is watching and they want the money. They discover the arrangement and kill the mentor antagonist before coming for the MC. I'm unsure if the MC would be killed in the end, but Allfather would be assassinated by Kaiser, who pins it on the MC adding more fuel to the fire.
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2018
  3. Jester

    Jester Seventh Year DLP Supporter

    Apr 19, 2012
    I've been mulling writing a story that injects some of Marvel into the Young Justice universe. The new Metal universe characters in DC like Damage, and Sideways really have gotten this idea flowing in my head. The plot is mostly what would a DC inspired origins of some of my favorite Marvel characters.

    As an example combining parts of Captain America and his origins into Wonder Woman. Instead of the super soldier serum being man made it comes from the Greek gods. Ares is the force behind Hydra, and is the one to give the American military Ambrosia/Ichor to try and create a new demigod. It kills everyone, but our original Wimp Steve Rogers, and this leads to Rogers replacing Trevor in the Wonderwoman origin. It has some areas I haven't really thought out, but I think it gives an interesting direction for actually fleshing out some of the Young Justice universe a bit more, well adding in some Marvel flavor.

    I really am just trying to figure out a way that I could create a Spider Man origin story in the DC universe without just sucking him in with multiverse crossover shenanigans.
  4. 9th Doctor

    9th Doctor Slug Club Member

    Nov 25, 2013
    Pokemon idea I've been thinking about for a while. It's one of the 4-5 of quest ideas that waffle between quest and just straight fanfiction at any moment, but since the most success I've had at actually writing came from questing that's what I'm leaning to. I think I mentioned the idea earlier in this thread, here it is expanded upon some. It's still just a plot bunny so I'll keep it here till I'm ready to do something with it. Setting is 5-10 years prior to the events of Red and Blue.

    When a trainer license is granted and a starter is gifted it could be something simple like a nearly feral Rattata or a Zubat. It could be something more family related, like a Growlithe pup from a breeder or an Eevee. There are a few situations where people of higher societal standing function as a patron for a promising trainer. The most common are pokemon professors that will recruit promising young trainers to help them with a specific branch of research and fieldwork. This gives loose direction to the young trainer, grants aid to the professor, and so the cycle continues. Other high socialites are Gym Leaders, Mayors, leaders of Corporations, and the Elite Four. It’s common for professors to have six such starters a year, three each of the regions starters at midsummer and midwinter. Gym leaders typically prefer to pay a tax to avoid the patronage and responsibility of checking in on such trainers.

    This story follows One of three such options- a child of a director in Saffron who has been provided a Patronage with a Drowzee. Her training begins simply and will rise in complexity as is befitting a psychic trainer in Kanto- this is a region where the psychic are nearly uncontested.

    The second is a trainer from a poor family in Viridian. He’s been offered a Charamander and informed that his directions will be very restrictive, but that he will be provided with further Pokemon as he completes his tasks. There’s a promise that what he does will lead to a potentially lucrative career at the end of his trail if he should succeed.

    The final trainer is the child of a family from the outskirts of the wild. At the base of Mount Moon there is a pokecenter run by his family. A well dressed and dangerous man has passed through several times and the child has been able to help in tending the intense traveler’s companions. In turn now, three years later the trainer has come as a Patron, providing a bull Nidoran Male, the alpha of a local nest at the base of the route.
  5. Wynter

    Wynter Order Member

    Jul 31, 2012
    North Qld
    Want to do something with Persona 5. Ideally tight nit, 60k words at the maximum.

    I was thinking of focusing on the Fortune Arcana and Chihaya/Protagonist but as I'm sitting here thinking it up. I'm not sure if I want to do a generic romance sort of piece or if I want to fully bring in the metaverse and have other elements outside of it while the relationship is just an added factor.

    P5's Scale makes it nigh impossible to incorporate the whole game into such a tight story. So I was thinking of setting it in the Casino Palace, with a Joker wholly fixated on the idea of fate. Which is where Chihaya's fate is inescapable belief comes in as the two play off each other in that way.

    The Casino Palace is also the place where the concept of Fate can be explored the most. Due to the nature of the shadow involved, where one of the underlying themes was taking control of destiny albeit by unsavoury means. Creating a Joker who is sympathetic to the Shadow involved while he comes to his own idea of what Fate is to him as a character.

    So either a generic romance or a piece that fully explores one of the themes of the game in a much tighter setting than the game.
  6. Rynonis

    Rynonis Slug Club Member

    Sep 30, 2010
    Hp/avengers idea that popped into my head. Resurrection stone is actually the soul stone. Works near enough. Thanos comes a calling. Gets Harry involved more naturally.
  7. Heather_Sinclair

    Heather_Sinclair Minister of Magic

    Jan 19, 2008
    The Eighth Circle of Hell
    ASoIaF bunny

    Backstory: Minor fudging of canon dates where certain events occur.

    (Mad) Danelle Lothston, once Lady of Harrenhal c. early 200's AC, was killed due to her reportedly using blood magic and going crazy.

    Insert a family member that got away and settled in around Barrowton. A generation or two later and the latest Lothston girl meets Brandon Stark, who is fostering there. Instead of taking the maidenhead of Barbrey Ryswell, he takes the Lothston girl and she winds up pregnant.

    Brandon panics because he is betrothed to Catelyn Tully, who he's not fond of. Instead, they marry under the local Heart tree with a couple friends as witnesses. It's better to ask forgiveness than permission is their thought on the matter. Maybe Ned can marry Catelyn instead.

    Anyway. Since the Lothston girl is pretty much nobody at this point, Rickard winds up having Brandon set her aside (canon events take over from here). Lothston leaves the North and travels to Essos, meandering around until she winds up in Asshai with a little girl.

    Arc I: 13-16 years or so later.

    Danelle Stark has grown up, secluded at her mother's manse/estate/whatever, having very rarely stepped outside, because supposedly there are no children in Asshai-by-the-Shadow. Instead, she's been taught and trained in spellsinging, archery, and minor self defense (enough to get her used to blades, etc, but not much else) by people her mother hires while Mom is out and about taking part in gods know what kinds of depravity. What Danelle does know is that Mom always comes home with something very interesting every so often. Magic books/items/bags of gold coin/jewerly/etc. It's kind of depressing that she doesn't spend much time with her daughter, but Danelle doesn't know much else so she isn't all emo about it.

    Eventually, seeing as how Asshai is a very messed up place, Mom comes home with a new pox or something equally as horrible (demonic genital warts), and dies, but not before letting Danelle know about her heritage.

    At this point, she doesn't really care about Starks or Westeros, because they are so far away. What's the point? Instead, she sees her mother cremated and sets her mind to get out into the world, because she is quite talented in spellsinging, or she thinks so at least.

    Insert, exploring Asshai while she works on a plan for her future. She learns about the darker side of this already dark place. She also hears stories about a ruined city north of there called Stygai. There are a bunch of ghost stories about the place, but honestly, who really believes in that sort of stuff? If there are ghost-like things, then it's most likely Shadowbinders behind them or some other type of sorcery like that. And she's more than a match for them because she's so talented and has all her magical stuff... and her bow.

    Danelle reaches Stygai and realizes that she seriously fucked up when she managed to get through the gates. Lovecraftian horrors engage!

    Somehow (plot armor) managing to get out of there she makes her way back to her estate a clearly broken woman. Scarred, hair limp and stark white from fright, and having lost nearly everything she brought with her to Stygai, Danelle realizes she has to get the fuck out of Dodge. She can't stand the darkness anymore, magic didn't solve all of her problems, and her bow was next to useless. She had to go somewhere where things make sense, or at least somewhere where she could hide and build herself back up.

    Somewhere where there is no magic and she could defend herself easily with her obviously meager bag of tricks. Somewhere where there isn't some eldritch abominations that are hiding north of where she lived. Hold on, mate? How about Westeros, in the North! It'll be totally safe there with her relatives!

    Arc II: The trip to utter safety!

    Selling off the estate really didn't net her much in the way of gold, but that guy Mom was fucking was pretty loaded. If he wasn't dead of the pox (or whatever) then vengeance was hers... and hopefully some gold and maybe some magic stuff too.

    It was an easy score. He was poxed but not quite dead and had nobody to leave his crap to. Danelle would have to serve as an heir. Stuff! Enough to hire a ship for the trip and some interesting things to restock her magic supply with.

    About here is where I introduce a little Pathfinder/D&D lore (since there really isn't much detail about magic in Asshai in this ASoiaF-verse) it'll be toned down to fit into the story properly and not Mary Sue the girl. For those that are interested Danelle will basically be a toned down version of a Pathfinder Magus, someone who mixes magic and martial fighting. A low level Bladebound Archetype. More on this later.

    Ports of call will be:

    Leng (more fucking Lovecraftian abominations ho!)
    Qarth (House of the Undying warlocks really like Danelle's aura, but thinks she needs a little blue lip gloss to set it off!)
    Port Yhos (Nothing to see here, moving on.)
    Volantis (No, she won't be going to Valyria. Ships totally crash there, dude.)
    Lys (Uh... stuff happens there.)
    And fucking finally, White Harbor

    During these stops Danelle will be engaging with some of the locals, getting a read on the area, maybe some minor adventuring (Tomb Raiding), and picking up a stray or thirty.

    Finally, the North of Westeros! Totally safety achieved!

    Meeting the family... what do you mean I can't stay? Catelyn hears the word 'Asshai' and Nopes out of anymore family reunion. GTFO.
    Fucking Starks.
    Ned sidesteps Cat and since he notices Danelle is fairly well off, offers her Moat Cailin to call her own if she can build a new fortress. It's totally a fixer-uper! And it's as far south as one can get and not be wading around in swampy water and still call itself the North.

    And this is as far as I've plotted out. By this point I should be sitting around 100k or so words. Then canon ASoIaF begins.

  8. Celestin

    Celestin Master of Death

    Aug 21, 2008
    I recently read plenty of various self insert fics from different fandoms. Some better, some worse, but it did give me some plot bunnies for similar fics.

    One that could be fun is Marvel SI (mostly based on MCU, but including some elements from X-Men and FF) where the main character doesn't get any superpowers nor he's talented with anything that could be of use for a street level superhero. Yet he's aware that Thanos is coming and the world needs to somehow prepare to stop him. Sure, he could assume that Avengers 4 will undo the Snap, but he couldn't be certain that his presence alone isn't going to change that. That leaves him with only one option, becoming what can only be called a real world equivalent of a supervillain. A politician.

    The main character finds himself in a body of thirty something IT guy who was playing with some summoning spells he found on-line. One of them actually worked, but instead of sexy succubus, he summoned a person from our world and merged their souls.

    It's a year 2004, 14 years before Thanos arrival.

    At first, the main character does indeed try to become a superhero. Since his arrival was caused by magic, he tries to use it with a rather lacking effects. His attempts to learn fighting end up with weeks of getting better from many contusions. And while he's a competent IT person, it doesn't make him a computer wizard who can hack his way out of trouble.

    Still, there should be something he could do to prepare NY for upcoming invasion? For that reason he competes in an election for the City Council. He actually manages to win a place in 2005 election and gets on the Public Safety Committee.

    While his "be prepared for the worst" world view and an inexperience in actual politics doesn't help him to win over fellow council members, he wins over NY people after many of his proposals help the city in the 2008 Monsters Rampage (i.e. Hulk versus Abomination battle).

    With the help of a dedicated team of the supporters, he manages to win in 2010 the United States Senate special election and becomes first independent Senator from NY.

    In the Senate he quickly gets involved in various politics involving superpowered individuals. From mutants rights to SHIELD's budged issues.

    Then the NY invasion happens giving the main character a good chance to win the 2012 presidential elections.

    After that, the world becomes a lot bigger. Yet, as he prepares for Thanos and deals with some of the other canon events, he must face normal social and economical issues in the world where superpowers exists and alien technology is real, like a right to a mind privacy and an upcoming superpowers arms race between the countries.