I wish there were necklaces given to us at birth that were half of a unique shape and your soulmate wore the other half and they got warmer the closer together you were and colder the further away you were so you could go on this journey when you’re ready to find your other half so that you could be spared all the pain and heartbreak of being played with by those who don’t take dating as seriously as you do
I really like this idea that I’m playing around with at the moment. It takes place in my magicverse, where each country on this planet is divided by the types of powers its people have. In the country this story is set in, people are born with a random power, but they can also become a domain holder, where all the people in their territory who have sworn allegiance to them can give their energy to the domain holder and power up their power. Naturally, this power originally developed to be used on a relatively small scale, such as for the heads of clans, or for monarchs. But recently, a massive city has arisen in this country, the largest city this world has ever seen really, and all its inhabitants owe their allegiance to a single domain holder. The man who controls that city, with all that power at his disposal, could probably achieve anything he desired, but really, all he’s used it for is keeping the inhabitants of the city within his power and seeing that their numbers continue to increase, ensuring his rising power.
As a result, the city has become massively cramped and overcrowded, with no one regulating larger than on an individual scale how things are meant to be run. It’s violent and chaotic with almost no contact with the outside world and everyone scraping by to try to make a living. It’s also fairly common for young adults from crowded homes to strike out on their own and live in apartments with others their age.
The city is home to a number of violent, televised “game shows” such as the incredibly popular “House Hunters,” where the hunters pick a house or apartment, create a hunting party with the same number of people as there are inhabitants in the house, and attack that place until all its inhabitants are dead or driven out so they can claim the place as their own. Almost everyone watches it constantly, but most people don’t watch it for the violent content. They watch it on the off chance that they’ll see their own home on the screen and have a chance to either flee or prepare to fight beforehand.
There are also games, not even necessarily televised games, where citydwellers are marked and hunted through the streets. They do this just for pure sport and the thrill of the hunt, and anyone who gives sanctuary to these marked men are just as doomed.
And within all this, people are still trying to get by with what they consider normal lives.