Nested in the breathtaking Thanos Mountains, Thornwood is a relatively small town. Hartford University, one of the world's most prestigious scholarly institutions, is the municipality's lifeblood and is famous for its extraordinary contributions to many academic fields.
In recent news, Dr. Indiana Tawny, a famed archaeologist and professor at Hartford, unearthed a crown estimated to be a thousand years old from the submerged city of Posidonia. The crown, thought to be made of meteorite metals, platinum, and a combination of luminous minerals and bioluminescent organisms, might have belonged to the ancient city's ruling class. Scientists and historians from all corners of the world are desperate to participate in a collaborative research project surrounding the crown.
But before the find becomes a perpetual laboratory subject, the mayor of Thornwood is hosting a celebratory bash for the discovery in Thornwood Town Hall. The night of the gala, the prized artifact will be displayed behind a glass case in the center of the Starlight Sonata Ballroom for all to admire.
Soon after the announcement of the celebration, the town's hotels found themselves fully booked, as well as every restaurant in the city for days surrounding the event. The tickets for the event sold out in mere minutes, but you were fortunate to get your hands on one. This is where your story begins.
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DR. INDIANA TAWNY
Professor of Archeology
Indiana Tawny is a dedicated professor and chairperson of the archaeology department at Hartford University. Indiana is kind, helpful, and a genuine joy to be around. Unfortunately, Indiana's gentle personality is often taken advantage of, and this professor usually ends up in harm's way. Nonetheless, everybody loves to see Dr. Tawny's contagious smile.
Mayor Mint was proud to announce that Chuck Cheddar, an action-adventure movie star, would be attending the gala in honor of the crown's discovery. Chuck's publicist has contacted Indiana and arranged for Chuck to meet Dr. Tawny for lunch the day of the gala. Indiana is starstruck and cannot wait to meet one of Hollywood's biggest faces.
Dr. Tawny's numerous archaeological finds have gained significant recognition, but the discovery of this crown has created a sensation on social media, capturing the attention of the Associated Press. Now, the entire world is captivated by the story.
Suggested attire: Trendy yet conservative archaeological or explorer costume in a tawny/beige/khaki color.
CBC News Reporter
Ashton Jade is a gregarious news reporter for CBC News. Ashton will do anything to get the scoop and outshine their competition at RBC News. Therefore, if you don't want your skeletons escaping your closet, stay clear of Ashton. Some have accused Ashton of creating or fabricating news stories in the past, so not many people trust this reporter.
Ashton Jade's relentless pursuit of the next big story has earned them a reputation for being both tenacious and unscrupulous in their journalistic endeavors. With a career defined by the pursuit of exclusives that could catapult them to the top of the news cycle, Ashton operates under the principle that no scoop is too small and no tactic too bold if it means beating RBC News to the punch. This aggressive approach to journalism, however, has not been without its controversies. Accusations of bending the truth or, in some instances, outright fabrication have swirled around Ashton, leading to a palpable sense of distrust among peers and the public alike. In a profession where credibility is currency, Ashton finds themselves walking a fine line between fame and infamy, with each story potentially tipping the scales.
Ashton will be at the gala with eyes and ears open, waiting for a story to break. The CBC News crew has been put on notice and are ready to pounce on any story that may emerge the night of the gala.
Finn Navy is the brazen police chief of Thornwood. Finn micromanages a police force of 400 officers but is usually considered fair. Still, Finn gets what they want at all costs, so stay out of Chief Navy's crosshairs if you wish to remain on the chief's good side.
Off the clock, Finn's love for the thrill of sporting competitions is known to few, a passion the chief indulges with a zeal matched only by the commitment to the badge. Yet, beneath the surface of Finn's commendable dedication lies a complex web of challenges.
Finn, by choice, plays a role in all security-related activities in Thornwood, which occasionally causes friction with non-police security personnel. Consequently, Finn's rapport with the Town Hall's security office is somewhat strained. Despite this, Finn has asserted authority and will oversee the secure transport and placement of the crown into the ballroom's glass display case for the upcoming gala, working with the private firm, Thornwood Security, who will deliver the secure case to Town Hall on the day of the gala.
Finn's closest friend in town is Gentry Black. The two have dinner every Friday night, but sometimes on Thursday when their schedules conflict. Finn gets along well enough with Mayor Mint, but the mayor is not Finn's favorite person in town.
Suggested attire: Trendy yet conservative navy-blue police uniform with a Chief’s badge/hat.
Jules Scarlet is an agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Or it could be for the Central Intelligence Agency. Or perhaps a top-secret agency? Nobody in town truly knows where Jules goes when they leave town. This secret agent is challenging to be around, as it is impossible to tell if Jules is on the clock. Watch what you say around this undercover snoop.
Jules Scarlet's enigmatic persona extends beyond their ambiguous employment, casting a veil of mystery over their every interaction. Townsfolk speculate wildly about Jules' clandestine missions, whispering about international espionage, covert operations, and high-stakes negotiations that could be ripped straight from the pages of a spy novel. This air of secrecy makes casual conversations with Jules a nerve-wracking experience, as one can never be sure if seemingly innocent remarks are being filed away for a report to some shadowy overseer. Living in the same locale as Jules is akin to being in a perpetual espionage thriller, where the line between friend and informant is as elusive as Jules' true allegiance.
A former hit morning radio host, Omari Gray is now a social media influencer with over a million followers. Omari's a great friend to have and a dreadful enemy to make. Omari has the attention of the internet and can make nearly any story go viral. Omari has endless energy, and this type of vibe can be too much for most people. Some people have found this attention seeker untrustworthy.
Omari's eyes are perpetually set on the horizon, scouting for any chance to climb the ladder of success. Fueled by aspirations of becoming a household name, this influencer appears willing to push boundaries and explore uncharted territories to secure their spot among the stars. Their relentless drive and ambition hint at a readiness to embrace both conventional and unconventional paths, suggesting that for Omari, the pursuit of fame could justify the means, no matter how audacious or controversial they may be.
DR. BRIN WHITE
Professor of Biochemistry
Dr. Brin White is the chairperson of the biochemistry department at Hartford University. Brin is constantly working in the lab, filled to the brim with ambition. Brin's work habits can be off-putting, as this professor's energy exudes stress. Dr. White never relaxes and is continually wound tight. Brin's colleagues worry about this scientist's health and well-being. Dr. White is a night owl insomniac and often takes work from the lab home.
Dr. White comes from a large family, all of whom still live in Thornwood. On the rare occasions when Brin steps away from the lab to take a break, Brin's typically found spending time with family members. Consequently, Brin has little time for a social life beyond these family engagements.
Brin's contributions to biochemistry are noteworthy, especially with the development of an anti-venom for Australia's rare Pistol Snake last year. However, these significant achievements have only been recognized by the local press. Despite this, Brin appears unfazed by the widespread attention Dr. Tawny's crown discovery has received.
Suggested attire: White lab coat and any biochemistry props you wish.
Retired Tech Genius
People say that everything Blaise touches will turn into gold. Blaise is a former tech genius from Silicon Valley who moved to the quiet college town of Thornwood after selling an AI Vasanth Music Composer application and banking millions. Blaise is only days from launching a global beauty pageant system integrated with AI bells and whistles. Those who've gotten the inside scoop have told the press that the pageant system will be groundbreaking. Stay in this entrepreneur's shadows if you seek good luck and fortune, as there's plenty to go around.
Numerous townspeople have persistently approached Blaise, seeking roles within the pageant system, but Blaise has been too overwhelmed to evaluate the potential candidates. With the pageant's imminent debut and the upcoming world tour, Blaise faces the possibility of departing Thornwood for an extended period, leaving little time to address these requests.
Retired Army General
Gentry Black has moved home to Thornwood after serving four decades in the U.S. Army. Gentry sometimes teaches courses in various departments at Hartford University, as Gentry's skills, knowledge, and experience are broad. Gentry also has an extensive network of friends and family and knows most of the Thornwood townsfolk. It’s been challenging for Gentry to adjust to civilian life, and for this reason, Gentry can appear bossy at times.
Recently, Gentry has felt a strong desire to engage in meaningful activities but hasn't yet delved deeply enough into self-exploration to determine what those might be. Since retiring, Gentry has experienced a sense of restlessness, attempting various hobbies without much success, partly due to limitations from an old war injury in their shoulder.
Gentry and Finn Navy maintain a close friendship, making time for weekly catch-up dinners, typically on Fridays, though occasionally on Thursdays due to scheduling conflicts. Gentry's easygoing nature and charisma make them a beloved figure in town, with many considering Gentry a close friend. Gentry and Finn will likely have their weekly dinner at the usual place in town the night before the gala.
The big-time Hollywood publicist, Axe Quinn, is Gentry's nephew. Mayor Mint had asked Gentry for Axe's contact information and successfully arranged for A-list movie star and Axe's client, Chuck Cheddar, to attend the gala, Gentry is looking forward to the opportunity of catching up with Axe over coffee while he's in Thornwood.
Suggested attire: Any costume with a black Army General’s hat, as you still like to wear it – even though you’re retired.
Peyton Pewter is a semi-famous opera singer who has a home base in Thornwood. Peyton travels with the Grand Stage Opera Tour throughout the year. Peyton might be out of town for most of the year, but this songbird is wired into Thornwood's dynamics and inner workings and knows a little about everyone's business. Nosy Peyton often fears missing out on things and can be a bit of a rumor-spreader.
Whenever Peyton is in Thornwood, they're inevitably spotted around town, engaging with the locals and soaking up the latest gossip. With various circles of friends, Peyton's itinerary fills up swiftly during their stays, but this performer thrives on the town's vibrant energy.
Recently, Peyton vied for a lead role in an anticipated opera production but was cast in a supporting role instead— a first in their career. Peyton has been reticent about the details and feels somewhat sheepish about taking on a less prominent part in what's touted to be a blockbuster show.
Nonetheless, Peyton has made arrangements to be in town the day of the gala, with a packed agenda of coffee meetups, lunch gatherings, and more lined up!
Suggested attire: Flowing, opera-inspired shades of gray attire. Sharpie marker for autographs as an optional accessory.
Logan Plum is somewhat antisocial and is known as a con artist in the town of Thornwood. Not one for enjoyable conversation, Logan can be a litigious troublemaker. Nobody knows precisely how Logan earns money to live, but many people have theories. With Logan’s faults aside, this townie is a dedicated and loyal friend to a handful of people – one of whom is Mayor Mint.
Logan's enigmatic nature extends beyond their financial means; it's rumored they possess a treasure trove of secrets about Thornwood's elite, making Logan a figure both feared and respected in certain circles. Despite their unsavory reputation, Logan has demonstrated an unwavering support for Mayor Mint, even in the town's most turbulent times. This loyalty has sparked speculation about the depth of their bond and the history they share, adding layers to Logan's already complex character.
Bradley Golden is a charismatic Thornwood Natural Science and History Museum curator. A tad narcissistic, Bradley is aware of their stunning looks and, therefore, can get away with what most people cannot. Bradley can be difficult to work with at the museum, so some of Bradley's colleagues steer clear of this curator.
Posidonia, shrouded in mystery and aged over a millennium, has long been the subject of varied narratives—ranging from local folklore to scholarly debates—over its exact nature: was it a city, an indistinct region, or perhaps akin to what we today would call a nation? Its precise location remained elusive until recent scholarly efforts unveiled its secrets, transforming age-old legends into tangible reality.
In this light, Bradley has masterfully curated a breathtaking exhibit at the museum, showcasing the sole architectural remnants of Posidonia ever discovered, thanks to the groundbreaking underwater excavations led by a few of Dr. Tawny's colleagues in the Department of Archaeology at Harford University. These relics, embodying the city's submerged splendor, have unfortunately only captivated local attention, leaving the exhibit's broader appeal somewhat diminished. This lack of wider recognition comes at a critical juncture, especially as Mayor Mint champions the transformation of Thornwood into a premier tourist destination, a move that could have spotlighted Bradley's exhibit. Amidst this backdrop, Bradley is at a crossroads, yearning for the exhibit to be the linchpin in Thornwood's cultural revival and this curator's professional advancement. The inclusion of the crown, a pivotal artifact discovered by Indiana, is seen as the missing jewel that could elevate the exhibit from local curiosity to national treasure, ensuring its success and, by extension, Bradley's bid for a much-deserved promotion.
Drew Olive is a survivalist and wilderness instructor, teaching survival techniques to corporate groups, families, and individuals through week-long camping excursions in the Thanos Mountains surrounding Thornwood. Drew is a tad eccentric, and many townsfolk don't trust this mountain dweller. Drew surveils people randomly for no apparent reason, but this survivalist says that spying is a valuable skill one must nurture.
Drew has set up an informational booth for the survivalist business at Thornwood Galleria, coincidentally on the same day as the gala. Unaware of the gala when signing the contract, Drew now faces the challenge of coordinating a schedule to ensure the booth is staffed from 9 AM to 9 PM. Fortunately, Drew's business partner, freshly back from vacation and indebted with a few favors, is available to help.
Meanwhile, Drew appears to be brainstorming yet another business endeavor. While the specifics remain a mystery, the townsfolk are buzzing with curiosity and anticipation over what Drew might unveil next.
Suggested attire: Any type of wilderness/survival with camo/olive green of any kind.
Mayor of Thornwood
Riley Mint is the mayor of Thornwood. Riley has been the mayor for twenty years and is facing an upcoming election soon. This politician is a hard worker and takes care of the primary needs of the people of Thornwood. Mayor Mint's status seems fine, as there are no other candidates registered thus far. The town is quiet and calm, so nobody has ever found a reason to run against Riley. However, remember that Riley is a politician who will do and say anything to stay in power.
The excitement among the townsfolk is palpable, all thanks to Riley leveraging a connection through Gentry Black to secure a major victory: having Chuck Cheddar, a leading Hollywood star, attend the gala. Mayor Mint is seizing this opportunity to elevate Thornwood's profile, aiming to transform it from an undiscovered gem into a sought-after tourist destination—a vision Riley has harbored for the town.
With the mayoral election looming, Mayor Mint's anxiety intensifies daily, haunted by the possibility of new candidates entering the race up to 30 days before the election. Having helmed Thornwood for twenty years, Riley's identity is deeply intertwined with their role as mayor, amplifying the weight of each passing day as the election draws near.
Former T.V. Star
Pram Peach is a former soap opera star from the long-running show The Beautiful People. After Pram’s character was written off the show, Pram moved to Thornwood from the wild vibes of Hollywood only six months ago. Pram spun a globe and stopped it with a pencil eraser, vowing to move to whatever location the eraser landed on, which was Thornwood. Some townies have speculated that this former star is bored living in such a quiet town.
Pram portrayed the enduring character Snakey Jordan, an international art thief, on the television series. The role benefitted from Pram's in-depth training in thievery techniques, facilitated by the show's collaboration with industry experts. The writers enlisted the help of rehabilitated thieves, Silicon Valley consultants, and martial artists to guarantee the authenticity of each scene, ensuring that Pram's portrayal was grounded in real-world tactics and strategies.
Suggested attire: Peach/orange/salmon-colored trendy movie star attire of any kind worthy of a celebrity.
Wolfe Indigo is a sarcastic academic advisor. Wolfe moved to Thornwood a year ago after graduating from a small college in Southern Louisiana. Unfortunately, this advisor seems more miserable and awkward than when the moving trucks arrived at the Treetop Terrace Apartments. Rumor has it that Wolfe has applied to multiple positions in town since moving here but hasn’t even received an interview. Everyone is curious as to why Wolfe doesn’t like working at Hartford University.
Wolfe pursued a bachelor's degree in Psychology, yet this academic background hasn't significantly aided in navigating interpersonal relationships with colleagues or students. Struggling to maintain a professional demeanor, Wolfe often interacts with authority figures as if they were peers from college days. This approach has not favorably impressed those in Thornwood, casting Wolfe as an unlikely candidate for local opportunities. Consequently, Wolfe is compelled to seek employment in other, more vibrant cities, moving away from the tranquil environment of Thornwood in search of a setting that resonates more with their personality and aspirations.
However, even if by a miracle that Wolfe charms an employer and gets a job - Wolfe has no possible means to make the move to another city.
Reese Cerulean is the wealthiest person in Thornwood. Reese is quite powerful, owning many businesses and properties in town. At Hartford University, the Cerulean Science Hall was named after Reece's great-grandfather, a famous biochemist with multiple biochemical patents that became the source of the Cerulean fortune. A crude businessperson, Reese has plans to open many new businesses in the upcoming year.
Reese possesses a fortune large enough to last several lifetimes, yet driven by an innate ambition, this entrepreneur is relentless in their pursuit of peak success. Whether it's becoming a world leader, founding a Mars colony, or achieving another monumental goal, Reese is determined to push boundaries until there's nowhere left to ascend.
In Thornwood, Reese is surrounded by a tight-knit circle of friends who ensure Reese's calendar is brimming with social gatherings, business appointments, and any reason to spend time with this multimillionaire.
Mayor Mint harbors a constant worry that Reese Cerulean might vie for the mayoral position of Thornwood. However, Reese's ambitions lie beyond local governance; starting at the top is more Reese’s style, making a bid for the U.S. Senate or even the presidency more likely paths should Reese decide to enter the political arena. But thus far, Reese has had zero interest in entering the political arena. Thus, Mayor Mint can rest easy—the mayoralty of Thornwood isn't on Reese's radar.
Suggested attire: Blue designer/expensive-looking attire of any kind. Money, jewels, other other expensive items hanging out of your pockets.
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