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29 December 2009 @ 08:57 pm
The Institute  
So, there's a meme going around that is basically the best thing ever. I am willing to admit I put far too much time into this and already have scenes from it in my head. And ships. And I cast a lot of Stargate actors. I can't help myself. I went a bit cliche (and cast Anthony Stewart Head as a vampire hunter, for which I apologize for the typecasting,) but I would totally watch this. Also, I included bits of dialogue because I over-thought this usually hear a character speak when I'm first thinking about them and getting their personality fleshed out in my head.

Now I kind of want to write it too. Or recast it and make it an SGA AU. Although I should probably get one of my other two AUs out before starting another one.

Also, check out havocthecat's The Lonely Sky in which space pirates are awesome.

1. Ask and I'll assign you the basis of some show idea.
2. Create the characters you need, including the actors who'd play them. Photos optional but recommended.
3. Come up with a general synopsis of the premise.

havocthecat gave me "Victorian-era vampire hunters."

The Institute

Synopsis: The Institute is a drama set in Victorian-era England, focusing on a small group of vampire hunters who live and work within The Institute of Vampire Dispersal & Elimination. Together they strive to get rid of vampires completely, but are soon waylaid by the claims of one vampire that not all vampires are evil, and not everything is what it seems. Their once black and white world is soon colored in shades of gray, and will never be the same again.

Character List:

Charles Ward – Anthony Stewart Head
Abigail Ward - Kate Mulgrew
Samuel Edwards – Nathan Fillion
Clara Baker – Katee Sackhoff
James Foster – Joe Flanigan
William Foster – Ben Browder
Dorothy Russell – Teryl Rothery
Ellie Gardner – Jewel Staite
Katherine Bishop – Torri Higginson
Joshua Butler – Michael Shanks
Tuli Young – Zoe Saldana
Warren Jacobs – Robert Patrick
Luther Wright – Harry Lennix
Isabelle Adams – Summer Glau
Raphael Shaw – Michael Weatherly
Arabella Gideon - Claudia Black
Vincent King – Tahmoh Penikett
Priscilla Hunt – Olivia Williams
Constance White - Mary McDonnell
Beatrice Fisher - Allison Janney
Nathaniel Price - Alan Tudyk

The Institute of Vampire Dispersal & Elimination

Charles Ward

When Charles Ward's father died he was given a run-down mansion that was considered a joke by his siblings. Ignoring their condescension he rolled up his sleeves and got to work, and in a few years the mansion served as the place he rested in the day. During the night he hunted vampires, and eventually his one-man show grew to a small group of people hunting vampires side-by-side and living in the mansion in their downtime. Thus, The Institute was founded.

Charles: “A man is a master of his castle. Or, in this case, his run-down barely held together mansion.”
Abigail: “It's gorgeous.”
Charles: “I know.”

Abigail Ward

Charles' wife, to those who don't know that The Institute exists Abigail appears to be like any other subservient housewife, even occasionally joining the ladies for monthly knitting or gossip circles. In fact, Abigail is heavily involved with running The Institute, often handling money matters and seeing through the day-to-day activities of the team. Where Charles often leads the team in tactical and fighting matter Abigail runs the paperwork and purchasing side of things, giving them a co-leadership of The Institute.

Abigail: “You know, there are accountants that often take care of estates.”
Charles: “But if we had an accountant you could not point out my flaws in handling money, nor could you bicker at me and you love that so.”
Abigail: “I do not love to bicker. I merely feel the need to point out the better ways of handling such matters.”

Samuel Edwards

Samuel ran across Charles and The Institute quite on mistake. A vampire hunter by nature after his sister was turned he made it his life mission to preserve the natural order of life wherever he could. On a stake out he came across Charles, who was slightly wounded, and while he was in the process of helping the man they were both attacked. Samuel was badly wounded and taken back to The Institute to recover. As he recovered Charles showed him techniques to killing vampires, and eventually took him under his wing. Samuel was the first member of the team.

Samuel: “An institute devoted to killing vampires. I must say, I like the sound of that. I don't suppose you have a book in the library that I can pull down and reveal a secret layer with?”
Charles: “No.”
Samuel: “I guess we'll just have to spruce up the place, then.”

Clara Baker

Clara is everything she's not suppose to be. Born into a high class family she should have had her pick of a wealthy man and made her family proud. Instead, she found the entire atmosphere suffocating and as a child would often spend time with the servants or run off into the streets of London dressed as a boy.

Stubborn and insistent Clara gets what she wants and often speaks her mind. One night she was speaking her mind to a man who she thought intended to mug her, but was in fact a vampire ready to feed on her. Samuel came to her rescue, and she followed him insistently, pestering him until he eventually gave up and brought her back to The Institute.

She already had the strength and agility to fight, and soon wedged herself into the team.

Samuel: “Do you always get what you want?”
Clara: “It's simply a matter of persistence, Mr. Edwards. And I promise you I will not cease until my persistence has paid off.”
Samuel: “And if I were to simply abandon you here?”
Clara: “A gentleman wouldn't do such a thing to a lady. I suppose if he were to, though, the lady would give up her hunt and go back to knitting.”
Samuel: “How convenient then I'm not a gentleman.”
Clara: “Unfortunately for you, I'm no lady.”

James Foster

James was born into the lower class. His life was expected to consist of nothing more than back-breaking work, marriage, and death. His father was a strict man, and when James didn't comply with all his rules he found himself swiftly abandoned and out on the streets. His twin brother, William Foster, left with him and together they began to support themselves however they could, often with con games on the streets.

They became adept at every way to swindle and steal, though they made an early pact to only steal what they needed and only from those who didn't need it for food.

When James had the unfortunate experience of running a scam on a vampire he was found out and was attacked. William held off the attack and Charles, Samuel and Clara soon showed up to save the day. It wasn't long before Charles and James joined the team, their eye for detail and schemes an essential asset to the team.

James: “I always assumed my untimely demise would be from a swindle gone wrong, though I did not think it would involve the draining of my blood.”
William: “They've asked us to join them.”
James: “Nor did I think that it would lead to fighting vampires in the middle of the night for the betterment of humanity.”

William Foster

Brother to James Foster, where James is more serious and somber William is far more lighthearted. Both men have had a rough life with many close calls to their lives, but William is of the mind set that everything happens for a reason, including being criminals for so long in order to use their talents for The Institute now.

William: “Smile. People enjoy other people who smile.”
James: “People also enjoy honesty.”
William: “People never enjoy that.”
James: “And yet I'm still honest and you're still smiling. I suppose people do what they want to do.”

Dorothy Russell

As The Institute moved from just a few people to a small group of people, it became clear that the place would need someone to look after it. Dorothy's job is a wide-ranging one, from the garden she keeps with herbs to fight away ailments and prevent infections to making sure all the weapons and clothing are properly put away to cooking meals. Her meals are known for being less-than appetizing, though she claims she's no cook and if you don't like it you can get your own food.

The Institute is very much her domain.

Clara: “She's cooking something that involves beef and cabbage tonight.”
James: “Is she going to combine them into a broth again? Last time I couldn't taste anything but the cabbage.”
Dorothy: “I can hear you! You know I might just accidentally switch the herbs in your usual tea to some poisonous ones I've been growing. They look quite similar.”
James: “Has she considered becoming a vampire? I think she'd be adept at it.”

Ellie Gardner

Ellie was orphaned at a young age and without any next of kin was destined to have the deaths of her parents define her life. Instead, Abigail and Charles took her in and raised her. She has remained behind in The Institute with little interest of leaving because she finds the work done by the Wards incredibly important, and helps out however she can. Often Ellie helps Dorothy or goes out into society to pick up on the latest gossip of humans gone missing or other information that will help the team know where they need to hunt next. She's incredibly optimistic and bubbly, and makes a point to be extra-optimistic when the team runs into trouble.

William: “And you could go off and be a proper lady, get away from all this death and despair.”
Ellie: “I could. But I've found that ignoring death and despair don't make them go away, so I see no reason to not help stave them off while I can. There are worse things than missing a day to dress pretty.”

The Derelict

"We call ourselves the derelict, Mr. Foster, because that's exactly what we are."

Katherine Bishop

The leader of a small group of vampires who work for good rather than destruction. Katherine is fairly young for a vampire but has incredible control over her blood-lust instincts. After being turned Katherine lived in the coven of Arabella Gideon for a while, feeding her new-found need for blood and filling out her instincts to hunt, even turning one human. Soon, though, her rational mind began to fight against the baser instincts and she started to secretly feed on animals instead of humans. With the help of Tuli and Luther she broke away from the coven and formed her own group of vampires with the sole purpose of helping her kind understand they didn't have to give into their instincts, and if that doesn't work she's more than willing to slay them to save innocent lives.

Purposefully she runs into the team of vampire hunters and helps them but remains a mysterious figure, until she goes to James Foster and tells him everything. She talks to him about an alliance between her group and The Institute, thinking he's the least likely out of the group to let his prejudices cloud his judgment.

James: “Vampires are soulless creatures who kill without regard for human life.”
Katherine: “Not all.”
James: “I suppose you're going to tell me you're a good vampire, and the leather is just to throw the other vampires off.”
Katherine: “Good? Hardly, but some of us don't give into our instincts so easily. As for the leather, it's practical. Can't you have staking me before I get a chance to speak. Plus, I quite like the style.”

Joshua Butler

Joshua is Katherine's right-hand man. In the daily life instances where being a woman holds Katherine back Joshua gets what she needs done completed, sometimes even appearing to be her husband or the leader of the derelict.

Unlike Katherine, Joshua never joined a coven. He was turned on his family's farm, and resorted to eating livestock and living a life where he just made it night-to-night as he fought his urge to attack everything in sight.

Katherine found him ragged and teetering on the edge of sanity, and helped him to control his instincts. In repayment he's since become incredibly loyal to her, often to the point of becoming easily insulted on her behalf.

Joshua: “When she found me I was insane and eating rats.”
Luther: “So, not much has changed.”
Joshua: “No, except now I have her back on top of all that.”

Tuli Young

Tuli has one of the strongest minds of a vampire, a fact which she has kept carefully guarded in fear of being seen as competition by fellow vampires and killed off for sport. Soon after she joined Arabella Gideon's coven she found herself disgusted by the nature of blood lust and feeding, and snuck off to feed on animals.

She was alone in the coven, a sane mind among many unstable ones. Luther came along and provided her with the one thing she craved most, friendship.

When Katherine came along Tuli caught onto the woman's fight with her baser instincts and took the risk of reaching out to help her, a risk that paid out in the long term. Though Katherine technically leads the group, she often goes to Tuli for advice and the two remain close friends.

Katherine: “You are the most intelligent person I have ever met.”
Tuli: “The biggest mistake of most people is to make their intelligence known to the world.”

Luther Wright

Strong and often-times silent, Luther was once a vampire hunter himself. He slaughtered many vampires, only to be turned by Arabella Gideon herself. He was thrown into her coven and gave into his blood lust for years, until Tuli Young came along. The two became friends, and eventually she trusted him enough to show him that she had long since tapered off her basic instincts in favor of being more human. The two worked together secretly saving lives and slaying vampires.

When Katherine came along she showed the occasional suppressing of her instincts and Tuli and Luther took her and trained her, until eventually Katherine had not only stopped her instincts but had the idea to leave the coven entirely and form their own group. Luther was cynical to the idea, but Katherine was insistent and he now loyally works much as he did before he was turned.

Luther: “People don't deserve second chances, life dishes things the way it sees fit and people who deal with that badly are out of luck.”
Tuli: “You got a second chance.”
Luther: “I didn't deserve it.”

Isabelle Adams

Isabelle came to the group in the middle of the night claiming to want to fight her instincts. After much deliberation Tuli chose to vouch for her, and she's been one of them since. In actuality Isabelle was planted by Arabella, who was less than pleased so many vampires from her coven left to 'be good.'

Isabelle is coming to respect the group for what they do, and even feeds on animals with them. She remains as a spy to find out if other vampires are turning, and what information the group knows. One day Arabella will call on her to set them up, and that's when she'll have to decide if your loyalties lie with Arabella or if they've been changed by her time spent among the group.

Luther: “Tuli has vouched for you, now you do anything stupid you hurt her word. You hurt her word, I will be very unhappy.”
Isabelle: “And to think, you seemed like such a happy person otherwise.”

The Coven Leaders

"There are four main covens in England, each with a leader. They don't combine often due to bickering and the like, but when they do... that's when we lose good people."

Arabella Gideon

Arabella Gideon is the fiercest of the coven leaders. She's known for her temper, which can change from cool to hot in a second. She leads with a iron fist, keeping a hierarchy within her coven with her at the top. Anyone who betrays her, or even just irritates her, receives a swift punishment.

Raphael Shaw

Raphael is known for his hot temper and the tantrums that often accompany it. He hasn't had a steady right-hand man in years, because he keeps killing them off. He doesn't show himself to his coven often, but when he does it's rare for anyone to even look him the eye for fear of getting on his bad side.

Vincent King

Vincent is cool as ice, in many ways he's Raphael's exact opposite. He has a cool head and uses logic in his every choice, though he's quick to punish those who cross him.

Priscilla Hunt

Unlike the other coven leaders, Priscilla is rarely actually seen by those around her. Instead she chooses to keep herself sheltered, often sending high-level coven members off to do her necessary business. The times she does make appearances it's often with a side of violence to make sure everyone knows the strength and power she does have.

Other Characters

Nathaniel Price

A genius, Nathaniel uses his considerable brain power to make the newest crossbows and latest vampire hunting weapons, including guns that shoot several bullets at once and holy water that explodes to cover a wide radius.

The Institute has tried to recruit him more than once, but Nathaniel prefers to work as a free agent.

Constance White

Constance is a psychic. She sees the unseen and can read different possible threads of the future. She's had her gifts since she was a child, and what was at first frightening she has since come to hone to her own uses. Constance is interested in keeping up the greater good, and often uses her skills to help The Institute capture vampires and prevent injuries on their people.

She has, on occasion, taken up residence within The Institute but prefers having her own flat and working for those who need her help.

Beatrice Fisher

Beatrice is also a psychic, but where Constance is interested in the greater good Beatrice interested in the highest dollar amount. She runs a fortune-reading store, and though she can in fact read futures she often just tells people what they want to hear in order to get paid.

Beatrice can't control her abilities as well as Constance, and often receives vivid and sometimes painful visions. When these visions involve The Institute she becomes a constant thorn in their side – demanding payment for the information and demanding that they listen to her.

Though when the world really is in peril, she and Constance will team up and together they'll work for the betterment of the world. Those moments are rare, but Beatrice's heart is good and on the rare occasion she'll show it.

Warren Jacobs

A vampire, Katherine turned him when she was giving into her blood lust. Like the derelict Warren has since overcome his own need to hunt and feed, but his relationship with Katherine remains tense and he finds himself torn between slaying the vampire who turned him and helping the woman who now runs the small group of vampires trying to better the world. Though for the time being he hasn't made an attempt to kill Katherine to satisfy his need for vengeance, he refuses to help the derelict in any way. The one time Katherine tried to recruit him went poorly for both parties.

Warren works on his own to slay vampires, caring little for possible rehabilitation of them.
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Maya S.ppyajunebug on December 30th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD WRITE THIS. This is so awesome my brain wants to break from the awesomeness.

I wish I was all creative and writerly so I could pull off something like this.
Alytenacious_err on December 30th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Eeee, I'm glad you like it! :D

Dude, I'm sure you could something like this. Vampires aren't hard with all the lore already laid out, it's pretty much just 'insert badasses and go.' :)
lovely surprise: {AJ} Good Things Flowgirlie_girl_23 on December 30th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
Um, this is AWESOME! I especially love that you gave Allison a part! ♥ Seriously though, you are a freakin' genius, Aly. And should obviously make this happen in the real world!

Also, can I have a scenario please? I'd love to try my hand at this.
Aly: {TWW} CJ Jackaltenacious_err on December 30th, 2009 04:22 pm (UTC)
In my head Allison steals the show when she's on it. ♥ It was hard not to just cast half The West Wing in this.

HMM. How about a coffee shop that secretly doubles as a spy agency? Can be comedy or drama or whatever, your choice. :D
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Zoecaramel_monkey on December 30th, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
This is awesome! :D I love how Joe and Ben are brothers. LOL.
Aly: {SGA} Johntenacious_err on December 30th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Clearly their family has very good genetics. ;)
Havochavocthecat on December 30th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
Oh, this is AWESOME, I definitely want to read this.
Havochavocthecat on December 30th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Also: GILES AND JANEWAY ARE MARRIED. That's just awesome.
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There's Hardly Room For Air: BSG- COTTLEsplodge04 on December 30th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)
I want this in my life now please!!! :D this is of the awesome. OMG YES.
Alytenacious_err on December 30th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Hee thank you! Clearly all the actors we love should just make a TV show together and be awesome. :D
☮ + ♡ + ☺: ff - w; mine is an evil laughhihoplastic on December 30th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
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anna_sg1anna_sg1 on December 30th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)

And Claudia Black as the main bad guy - EPIC!

Write it... please! :))))
Aly: {SG1} Vala lovedtenacious_err on December 30th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Heee, Claudia Black would be a GREAT bad guy! I mean she's an actress who could do pretty much anything, but I'd love to see her as an evil mastermind. :D
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Alytenacious_err on January 1st, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
Yep! Because that makes them even more awesome! :D

And thanks, out of all my casting imagining them together is one of my favorites. They would be amazing. I'm glad you liked it! :)
do I dare to eat a peach?: firefly. i'm still free.stop_theworld on January 1st, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)

I SHIP CLARA/SAMUEL. From that paragraph of dialogue. KATEE! OMG. I JUST REMEMBERED that Katee and Nathan were in White Noise 2 together. MUST SEE. LOL.

Tuli: “You got a second chance.”
Luther: “I didn't deserve it.”

Aly: {FF} Mal/Inaratenacious_err on January 1st, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

Lol I don't even remember White Noise 2 and that's the only reason I saw it. :( And also yay, because they are clearly a ship in my head.

Halima: Λ daniel? go to your happy placecartography on January 1st, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
THIS IS THE BEST THING. If you ever wrote this, I'd read it, despite the vampires. And I'd pay to see this on screen.

All those people, Aly!! And I geeked out over Michael Weatherly.

LOL at James and William Foster. Just, awww.


I WANT TO PLAY! No idea if I'll actually manage to think of anything, especially something as amazing as this, but I would love to try! But please, nothing set too far in the past because I'm having trouble with how people were speaking back then, lol. And please no vampires. ;)
Aly: {SGA} Elizabeth wtfevertenacious_err on January 1st, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
That's how I feel! Lol, I am not a vampire fan but now that I've thought this out the characters are stuck in my head and I very much do not appreciate it. Blast you, cliche vampires!

Hee, I had to cast someone from NCIS and I think he'd be a great bad guy, so. :D

I love the ship a lot, not gonna lie. Plus I see a few other ships in my head and I love those too. Apparently if I ever make a tv show it will have many ships.


How about a group of people stumble on a spaceship for a prompt. That's open, I suppose, but I thought that might help. I can try others if that doesn't work for you. :D

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