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Jason Todd ([personal profile] runningred) wrote in [community profile] ways_back_room2017-08-06 01:09 pm

AU week 2017

Ladies and gentlemen, and all beings in-between and beyond, AU (Alternative Universe) week is upon us again! And with the Mod-gods permission we invite you to mess with the universe your character is from.

The plot will run from the second August weekend onwards, that is, from 12th to 19th of August, Saturday to Saturday.

Alternative histories, re-written ending, or a different world all together – bring it on.

For one week, our characters get a chance to be an Alternative Universe version of themselves -- either collectively as a canon group, or individually. For example previous years the entire "Vikings" contingent were bikers, Hannibal Lecter was a vampire from the world of She Who Must Not Be Named, the Amis de l' ABC were from a Daemon AU, Rae Seddon was still Raven Blaise, having been raised by the magic-handling upper-class other half of her family, and Javert and Valjean were from that amazing modern AU of Write's that she is posting on AO3.

Bring your character in on a solo adventure, or team up with canon-mates for a collective AU. For those who have been around, you’re welcome to pick up for last year or start something new entirely.

For those who choose to play, the alternative universe will be the way it has always been for that character.

As with all things, threading should be fun - participation is entirely optional, unchanged characters are free to interact with the AU affected, and remembering what happened after it’s over is entirely discretionary.

As with other plots with drastic changes, like IMDb flu, people are completely free in their own charrie's reactions. So, if you don't want to do that, you can decide your charries simply haven't met the AU versions before, and just meet them as complete strangers. However, in order to hit the ground running when threading with a changed version your charrie always knew like this, coordinating your interactions per IM or PM might be very helpful, in addition to the OOC establishing posts for each character participating. Communication is key!

Maru and Munnin are tag-teaming this year so any thoughts, ideas, questions, or concerns can by asked here, or –

Munnin - PM to Jay, Sinric or Bodhi’s journal or emailed to munnin.odin(at)
Maru - yakalskovich(at)

Discussions, planning, and questions from previous years can be found here and here.

Good luck, have fun and we look forward to seeing everyone in the bar!
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[personal profile] cottoncandypink 2017-08-06 07:47 pm (UTC)(link)
I might actually have an idea I can use. The problem is finding a way to take a character that's already absurdly OTT and ridiculous and changing it so it's still interesting. I think the only way to really go with that is to do something completely and totally different, rather than trying to AU up what's already been laid down.

So I'm thinking pirates. Pirates should be fun.
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[personal profile] electro_kinetic 2017-08-06 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
I would looooooove suggestions for AU ideas for Nori and Ganymede! I don't have any that are fleshed out enough to work, so I'd love for people to shoot me some thoughts!
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-08-07 12:43 am (UTC)(link)
Ooh, you could give one of them bird's wings, or try a demon AU, or make Noriko a scavenger from space, or bring in one of them from a world where everything has been magnetized, so skyscrapers are twisted and shrapnel flies everywhere, or one of them could be a tavern singer, or from the Wild Wild West, or they could be a paladin from some D&D-type 'verse, or make them telepaths, or make one of them have their own wildly successful cooking show, or they might be painters, or spies, or card sharks trying to eke out a living in Vegas, or living in Pompeii, or...

I hope that helps!
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[personal profile] cameoflage 2017-08-08 06:29 am (UTC)(link)
I am somewhat overtired and didn't see the "card" in "card sharks trying to eke out a living in Vegas".

A sharkpeople AU could be interesting!
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-08-08 06:37 am (UTC)(link)
A sharkpeople AU would be fascinating! How do they breathe the air? Do they still have gils/fins/teeth? Do they have to drink a ton of water? Do they have to hydrate their skin with misters?

I have so many questions!
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[personal profile] cameoflage 2017-08-08 06:26 am (UTC)(link)
If you know/like Homestuck, what about a SBURB AU? Or there's the old standard of a Hogwarts/Wizarding World AU.
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[personal profile] arkadia 2017-08-07 02:38 am (UTC)(link)
While I think I'm going to make a run at a The Chosen All Get Dark Spore'd And Go Evil (Except Hikari) AU for Yamato, I am very much open to ideas for an Eden AU, because it's tough thinking of one for him.
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-08-07 04:25 am (UTC)(link)
Okay, so, I already tapped out on a lot of ideas for Sage up above, but here are a few for Eden: Star Wars AU! Eden would be a terrifying Sith or an amazing Jedi--or if you don't want to go with either of those he could be a pilot trying to put food in the mouths of his two crossbred kids. He could be the host of the Wheel of Fortune, or a valet, or a microwave repairman with two kids and a midlife crisis, or a college student, or a vending machine stocker, or nothing about him has changed except that he's merged with Chirithy in a freak accident or ritual when he became a keybearer, or a thief ala Persona 5, or, continuing along the thief idea, one of Robin Hood's Merry Men, or a programmer who lives on Pop Rocks and Mountain Dew, or a high-profile lawyer framed for the murder of his mother, or a tattoo artist, or a child keybearer, or...

Good luck!

ETA: Actually, scratch the thieves ideas--I hadn't read the most recent OOM. That's going to be a ton of fun!
Edited 2017-08-07 04:39 (UTC)
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[personal profile] arkadia 2017-08-07 08:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooh, a Star Wars AU idea is interesting, I might go for that. At the very least, Eden's-a-Super-Happy-Sith is getting added to the list (along with a Type-Moon AU where he's a Saber-class Servant, and a My Hero Academia AU).
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-08-07 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Nice! I for one would hate to be eviscerated by a super happy Sith's lightsaber.
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[personal profile] iprotectyou 2017-08-07 05:23 pm (UTC)(link)
Any AU where Bodhi survives is a good 'un for me. Out of all of the Rogue One contingent, I feel he should have lived. Losing an arm makes total sense, and he'd have to deal with phantom pains and survivor's guilt.
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[personal profile] explosive_artist 2017-08-07 05:42 pm (UTC)(link)
I might be working out a way for Sabine to be Ahsoka's's just a question on if I'll have the Jedi in hiding with the rebellion (which is being ground between the new Empire and the Separatist) or if the Clone Wars conflict has spread to three combatants; a greatly weakened Republic, the Separatists, and an empowered Mandalore lead by Maul. In both of these AUS, Anakin learned about Order 66 and things happened to change how Revenge of the Sith shook out.
Edited 2017-08-07 18:08 (UTC)
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[personal profile] childofrebellion 2017-08-07 05:57 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm planning on doing my Leverage AU for Cassian and even did a write up of it last night. Someday I'll finish the fic. I don't know if I'll do anyone else as this one has kind of taken over my brain.

He'll be pre-canon in that AU but I do like the idea that with the AUs, its a chance for him to thread with Rogue One characters that he normally wouldn't due to timelines.
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[personal profile] thewidewideworld 2017-08-08 09:33 am (UTC)(link)
Can't wait. I keep itching to tag Cassian with Bodhi but it would end terribly. Do you mind AU!Bodhi confusing him for canon!Cassian? Could led to come interesting discussions.
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[personal profile] childofrebellion 2017-08-08 09:58 am (UTC)(link)
Of course not, that's the fun and angst of AUs, but I do thread dead!Cassian over in PFSB if you ever want a canon compliant thread. When the time comes, I don't know what I'll do post canon with him but I like trying things in the sandbox, I've been testing the AU as well. And I really should be asleep but I'm having an odd night.
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[personal profile] imthepilot 2017-08-08 10:03 am (UTC)(link)
I'd love to but I understand there's already a Bodhi there. I won't want to be the cause of any friction.

I'm thinking Survivor!Bodhi tried to reach Jyn and Cassian on the beach but couldn't reach them in time. And feels incredibly guilty for it.
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[personal profile] childofrebellion 2017-08-08 10:06 am (UTC)(link)
I don't think it would if you tagged in, it's a sandbox, there's space for everyone. I can see that, poor guy.
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[personal profile] imthepilot 2017-08-08 10:11 am (UTC)(link)
I'll come check it out sometime. Thank you.

Also, hope your weird night works out and you get some sleep.
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[personal profile] feminine_menace 2017-08-07 06:41 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm so excited! One of my AU characters will be happy hour bartending.