Based on the book ‘Nine’ by Zach Hines
“In an alternate world similar to our own, humans have nine lives—and they can’t wait to burn through them.”
In a world where cicadas emerge in 18-year bursts and cats come from the Lake, the term YOLO doesn’t apply anymore. Since 1808, after the Summer of Storms, humans all around the globe all have nine lives, instead of one. When a human on Life 1 died, their body remained wherever it was they died, but they were reborn in the Lake with a better body. To prevent overpopulation, governments have incentives encouraging you to burn your lives, such as higher lives having better access to better homes. Despite the appearance of Wrinkles—defects and abnormalities, such as loss of taste—and the threat of developing retrogression (rebirth sickness) as you progress through your lives, for the most part, nobody showed any signs of stopping the burns.
Although Burning was illegal, and you were only supposed to die in an extinguishment clinic, this didn’t stop a group of students at Lakeshore High from killing themselves when and how they wanted. Distinguishable by their white blazer, the Burners ruled the school and were seemingly above the rules. Nicholas Hawksley runs the club and with his Dad as the current director of the Lake, he is able to get himself out of any trouble he finds himself in. Eloquent and manipulative, Nicholas is able to coerce many students into doing things they never thought of doing before. With Headmaster Denton silently encouraging the Burners, there seems to be no stopping them or their antics.
Still, Burning is a worry to some, especially considering the tale of Autumn Crate, a beloved biologist down at the Lake, who was researching ways on how to decrease the possibility of getting Wrinkles and developing retrogression. For whatever reason, Autumn burned through her lives too quickly and became riddled with retrogression, the illness causing her to become aggressive and forget all of her memories about her family. At Life 8, Autumn’s body was found near the shores of the Lake. Permadead, they called it. The tale of Autumn Crate was well buried, and most tuck into the back of their minds, but some people know there isn’t something quite right with the rebirth system.
You are a Burner or you’re pledging to become one. Maybe you’re a Burner because your family will lose your house if they don’t up their life score or maybe you just find Burning fun. Whatever your reasonings, you find yourself a part of the club. Soon, students who were Burners begin disappearing and it raises the question, “How trustworthy is the rebirth system?”
so, idea I had after reading a book—doubt I’d even get signups out before the end of this month, but I wanted to make sure to jot it down for when I’m more available. And also some things might not make sense, but I wrote this in the car and haven’t re-read it or anything lmao so my apologies.
- Maybe, tag
- Maybe, no tag
- Not Interested
Also would be looking for someone to help me co-own the rp since it’s not like I’ve ever done that before. Preferably one other person, but I might take two.
- I’ll help! (PM me)
- I’ll pass.