The two larps in the project will have very different settings but some of the same background. The story’s based on a fictional break down of the society as we know it and we will play people who might inhabit small corners of the two different outcomes we imagine. Words that might have a special meaning in our production will be italicized the first time they’re mentioned and you can find them in our Glossary.
About the casting
We will try to pair the characters of the two settings in a way where most will play one high status and one low status character. You can thus choose from a big difference (at the edges of the scale) or less difference (more to the middle in both larps). Some characters will come with special instructions but not all players will have off larp responsibilities or fate-play instructions. Some characters will also have special requirements. There are more female roles than male ones. There will be no cismen playing cisfemales and vice versa. If your gender’s ambiguous or you are a trans* person we can offer to cast you personalized.
Casting will be done on an individual basis from your applications to participate. More on how and when this will be done can be found on the sign up page.
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Characters in the glass setting
The production unit has a guesthouse that is run by the hostess. The guests are peo-ple who are either tourists who have come to see the livestock or groups where one or more wish to be inseminated (ovalators). A major part of societal economy consists in trade and while conducting their business the traders stay at the guesthouse as well.
Extraction unit workers
The handlers who work directly with the men are part of a rotating system that ensures that all the production chores are carried out. The physical and psychological needs of the producers have to be met and only the bravest dare to take on the demanding work required in this kind of production. The unit is supervised by a director that handles both economical other administrative chores. The director has been politically assigned.
The unit has its own medical laboratory where a doctor and two assistants work. Their job is both to secure the physical state of the producers and to administrate the medical service for the visiting ovalators. The assistants main responsibilities consist of meeting the quality requirements of the product and make certain that only XX-products reach the fertility market. The residue (XY- XXY- and XYY-products) is mainly used for research but also for producing stemcell medicine, new stock etc. It is therefore sent on to bio facilities and hatching centrals.
After the liberation the efficiency was raised so that only about half the population needed to work. There would simply not be things to do for everyone at the same time. Some stay home full time in social work, as it’s called, and has never worked in production. Others alternate with other people. Mostly those who have small daugh-ters are more prone to social work.
The group of people with social work in the unit are socially very strong. They have very few things they have to do and as children only live with their mothers for the first two years there is a lot of time to spend. Their days are generally filled with lit-erature, art, social experiments and work out. They are also known to call for one or two of the privileged producers to entertain them quite frequently.
There’s a hierarchy among the males where some are entrusted with assignments within the group. The only formal position in the group is the bosses. They are in the difficult position to both act as spokesmen for the producers and to be held responsible for their peers behavior. There is also a physical instructor that also has the duty to inform the keepers on a more informal level. To have responsibility has its advantages, like not always being confined to the cage. Not everyone strives to be a boss though since it’s to a certain degree less safe. To be allowed out of the cage is, for instance, filled with certain expectations too.
To create a “natural” group among the producers the keepers use structures of group punishments as well as singling out individuals to be favourites and some to be picked at. The keepers are constantly feeding theses roles within the community by affirmation and scoldings. The groups are constantly rebuilt by transferring males between units, terminating old ones and introducing newer stock. Producers are kept in hatching units until they come of productional age (as soon after puberty as they are expected to survive in a production cage).
The producers exist only to produce sperm. They are nourished, work out and are kept as calm as possible with their biology. They are expected to deliver one to three times per two-day period. The ones that don’t deliver by themselves are extracted mechanically. There’s a strong group pressure to deliver as it makes living conditions more pleasant for all.
Characters in the steel setting
Wives and female slaves
The king is away in business. Left at his kernel are his wives. At the house they do everything but wait for him — an entire society of only women and a world of opportunity. Well guarded, by each other and the guards outside, they know that each gaze, each movement has a meaning. Status is important. The one who can bare the Lords child is forever safe. The one that can give him pleasure will be highly unsafe from the others but well compensated for the moment. To keep them beautiful and content, their every need is taken care of by slave women, the sobarica. These are typically unadorned and simple in their tastes and practices.
The soldiers who are trusted to guard the kernel of the king are the most loyal and only his personal body guards might be considered stronger or better. Still there are hierarchies among them — some are new but strong and some are seasoned but powerful. None of them have seen the treasure they are guarding. That just makes the stories all the more colorful and filled with reverence. Who wouldn’t die for a treasure like this? The paradise is at a woman’s feet. Soldiers that are part of the hirdu, the kernel guards, aren’t married. To cater to their needs they have young men who have a better understanding of their needs than any woman could. The soldiers are led by a captain who report directly to the king. Together with the other officers they guard around the clock.
Eunuchs and male slaves
There are two kinds of non-men in the kernel. They are a stark contrast to the masculine guards. The gelled, eunuchs, who are the only ones with access to both sides of the kernel, wields a special power because of it. If there ever are messages carried across, it’s the gelled that delivers. They love being out with the hirdu, both to loose some tension from the power games in the kernel and because of the attention their stories get. The male, iconically virile, younger men are their exact counterpart, who at the same time have both more and less freedom. Mostly their work is hard labour such as carrying water, caring for food and beds but on occasion they get used by their lords for more than that.