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Themes

Post by Lagomorph » Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:17 pm

As a community of players and characters, everyone at SJS contributes communally to the environment and to the supergroup. However, there are a few guidelines and general themes which exist to bind all the characters together, to give them a reason to live, work, talk, and fight together. The general themes of the stories of Saint Joseph School fall into two general categories: the broad category of identity, and the exciting world of adventure.

Identity
All adolescents face a coming-of-age. They struggle with physical, mental and emotional maturity. They buck against authority, they revere pop idols, and they form interconnected social webs. And that’s just the normal kids. At Saint Joseph School, students face unique challenges of personal growth. Many students at Saint Joe's have backgrounds they haven't fully dealt with or accepted. Some received or became aware of their powers in traumatic episodes. Some were rejected by their families. Some have an unsettled score with an enemy that needs to be resolved. For many students, coming to terms with the past is vital for moving on to the future.
  • I wish I was Super.
    Many students look with envy towards the heroes of the city. As young people, inexperienced with the full breadth of their own powers, the urge to become a real hero can motivate them to take risks and push themselves.
  • I wish I was Normal.
    While the students of Saint Joseph School can lean on one another, once they leave the safety of the school grounds, they are forced to confront the truth of their lives: they are not normal kids. Whether they are green-skinned, or can heal with a touch, they stand apart from other teenagers. Nothing can hurt as much as being called a freak.
  • Who am I?
    Self-discovery is an important part of every person's life. For some students at Saint Joe's, this question can be particularly poignant as they wrestle with the very concepts of self, humanity, or even the nature of reality.
  • Coming of Age.
    Though less pronounced, the students at Saint Joe's have exactly the same root issues as any other teenagers. They rebel against authority, the smoke in the bathroom, they sneak out, they fall in love, and they experiment with drugs, sex, and alcohol. Just because they have powers does not make them immune to the perils of growing up; in fact, sometimes it is even more pronounced.
Adventure!
What super-powered student's life would be complete without a healthy dose of adventure every now and then? Whether they're looking to save the day or seeking out trouble, there always seems to be something exciting happening. Of course, sometimes students bite off more than they can chew...

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