the city's royalty
TYPICALLY LATE 20'S AND BELOW
THE TRUST FUND BABIES (#d56461)
they're richer than god, but not by their own means. these are the characters who ride on mommy and daddy's success and are expected to take up positions in the family business. there's a lot of pressure on these kids and they probably have a lot to whine about, but you won't see more perfect examples of First World Problems than you will right here. it's not really hard to spot a trust fund baby, and, when it is difficult, you can rest assured knowing s/he's probably up to no good trying to blend in with the common folk.
THE BROSEPHS (#d56461)
these guys will probably never outgrow the love of shotgunning natty lights and comparing notes about past hookups. blacking out in bars and wearing pink polos and cargo shorts is never gonna get old, bro!!! even though they're kind of simple-minded, they have this weird ability to be school/work oriented for half the day and then magically, instantly shut that part of their brains down and jump into the party scene. sometimes they're tools, sometimes they're nice guys under the tool facade. always fun to have around.
THE BEAUTY QUEENS (#d56461)
outwardly, these girls look like they've won the genetic lottery. they've got the looks, and they've got the means (aka: money) to maintain their looks, and they're really good at being nice and sweet in front of the right people. but underneath all the pretty is a whole world of ugly. these girls will rip you apart and tear you down to their level. they have a LOT of ambition in them-- but not about the typical stuff you'd call ambitious. they strive to have the best hair, the best clothes, the best boyfriend, the best reputation-- things some people would call shallow. but these girls know better-- appearance means EVERYTHING.
THE FASHIONIST-AS AND -OS (#d56461)
these folk walk around like they own the place, and, judging by their shoes or that three-piece suit or that bag, they probably do. some of them skip meals and eat ramen and exercise at home to cut daily costs so they can buy their dream wardrobe. others are lucky enough to have the means to get it themselves. fashion is an art to them-- don't tell them anything else. you'll find them pouring over fashion magazines in all corners of st. anthony's and, in some cases, working long nights to design the next IT dress. ambitious and typically vision-oriented to a fault, the fashionist-as and -os are a force to be reckoned with.
the world of successful adults
TYPICALLY 30+ IN AGE
THE BUSINESS MOGULS (#645C6F)
these tend to be parents of trust fund babies. these are the people who are REALLY successful. they're hard-nosed and business-minded and they're GOING to make money and they're GOING to succeed. passing a legacy on to their children is a huge priority to these types. they want their name to live forever, and they'll do whatever they have to to make it happen. WHATEVER they have to. some are righteous to a fault, and that will hurt their chances. others will go to hell and back to be on top. the inner workings of the business world is a mystery to common folk, but these people will play everyone around them perfectly until everything falls into place for them. which works for a while, until the next king or queen of the world shows up. then the games really begin...
THE POLITICIANS (#645C6F)
they typically start off wanting to make the world a better place. but, at some point, things just start to get off track. maybe it's money. it's probably money, actually. they tend to team up with business moguls to get money for their campaigns, and then, the next thing you know, they've been bought by their partner and have to succumb to his or her whims BEFORE the constituants. messy business, politics. but someone has to do it. maybe, just maybe, an idealist who sticks to his guns will crop up. until then, though, the politicians of st. anthony's are notoriously corrupt.
THE VISIONARIES (#645C6F)
these men and women got rich and famous and powerful by using their hands. they made something-- and it exploded. there's little reason for these folks to be corrupt, which makes them a rare breed in st. anthony's. they're smart and capable but, when businesses try and buy them out, it becomes every man for himself. the visionaries work for themselves and each have different goals, but they're highly respected through the city because they've gotten to where they are just by following their artisitc/engineering instinct. pretty cool, right?
THE DRUG DEALERS (#c22629)
these guys got into their field somehow and, now that they're making serious BANK in under-the-table sells, they're probably never going to go back. they live a pretty risky lifestyle, but they have loyal customers and they tend to enjoy what they do. some are vicious-- out to make money and cut any bitch who stands in their way. others would much rather lay back and smoke with you and play it by ear with money. but there's always a risk with drugs-- and in this world no one can really trust anyone they know, can they?
THE CRIMINALS (#c22629)
they're the thieves, the hackers, the punch-first-ask-questions-later type who are on the run or have once been on the run or will someday soon be on the run from the cops. sometimes they're smart-- terrifyingly smart. usually, though, they're all brawn and no brains. instictive to a fault, really. money is typically their MO here. sometimes the interest is getting their names out there for people to read. typically, it's money.
THE DRUG ADDICTS (#c22629)
it started with a few candy cigarettes in third grade, now look where they are! washed up on the side of the street begging for a little bit of money to feed their fix! well, sometimes it's like that. othertimes, it's that guy that you see on the bus every day in a three-piece suit. he slinks down to the alleys every night and passes some cash to "a guy he knows" and the next day he gets a package at work and everyone assumes it's files from the scranton branch and doesn't question it. people move on. a drug addict could be anyone, but all of them are caught in the web of the city's underbelly. in the wars between drug dealers, these people will be the first caught in the middle.
THE RED LIGHT CITIZENS (#c22629)
these men and woman have had to check their ethics at the door for whatever reason. stripping and prostitution and being pimps and so on and so forth? you don't just start doing those because you think it's a good career investment. these people all have their reasons for doing what they do, but it's a rule of the underbelly that you don't ask about what's brought other people there. just show your money, lay back, and have some cheap fun and try and ignore the gnawing sensation that it all might come back to bite you in the ass later on.
THE LAW ENFORCEMENT (#c22629)
of course, where there's crime, there's gotta be someone to try and enforce the laws! let's be clear about the saint anthony's isle police force: these guys are good. we're not talking about donut-eating, flabby-tummy characters here. we're talking about serious, hard-nosed cops that'll bust you for speeding as soon as they hunt down your meth lab. if you're making a cop, he's probably a badass. (which just goes to tell you HOW good the crime lords of SAI are since they're evading these guys!) then you have your private detectives who are as varied as flowers in a field.... but law enforcement isn't just cops! it's also the men and women in uniform-- serving to protect this great territory and the great and powerful US of A! they might have seen some horrors-- known some things that they don't want to talk about. or maybe they've never really seen battle. you never know. and don't forget about lawyers! they're the folks who are going to defend your right to freedom or accuse someone else of infringing upon it-- sure, they might be greedy or resort to underhanded means to get what they want, but, without them, what would the political system be?
THE HOLLYWOOD-BOUND (#c1a35b)
these people are so close they can TASTE fame and stardom. they're just not QUITE there yet. they've got the talent or the connections but typically they don't have both-- and they're working right now to get whatever it is that they're missing. this stage in the game of fame is critical, and it's a make-it-or-break-it scenario. either you play your cards right and get lucky and-- boom-- you're famous, or you're stuck in st. anthony's as a what-could-have-been for the rest of your life. your choice, guys.
THE A-LISTERS (#c1a35b)
primarily actors and musicians and starting athletes, these people go where they want and do what they want and will be followed by hoards of adoring fans wherever they go. they might be on SAI for any number of reasons: movie premieres, fashion shows, music festivals, family, homecomings-- but they're here, and that's what matters! they're all smiles and waves on the outside, but underneath, it's hard to say what they're really like. can you trust the interviews, or are these celebrities hiding something sinister?
THE B-LISTERS (#c1a35b)
these guys are less known than their a-lister counterparts. some are actors and musicians, but you also see a lot of directors and authors and miscellaneous claims to fame here. they like the peace of being able to go most places without a disguise and they like knowing they'll be recognized if they go to the right place at the right time, but most of them are still hoping to reach that a-list level-- whatever it takes.
THE SOCIALITES (#c1a35b)
they typically don't really have any claim to fame other than the reality shows that have recently started filling SAI's television broadcasts. some are famous worldwide, while others are locally famous. their money can and will take them anywhere and you better believe they'll throw it in your face at every given opportunity. fame is something that really matters to them, but they don't really have any direct way to go about it. they know the value of a dollar in the sense that throwing enough of it at the right people will get their face on tv and their name in the mouths of people all over the world. they do throw pretty bitchin parties, though.
THE WANNABES (#c1a35b)
they're not really close to fame at all, but they think they can get there. maybe. hopefully. they're riding on dreams and a prayer and maybe some talent. 99% of them won't make it, but they'd sell their soul and maybe a kidney if they knew doing so would put them in the 1%. they have a vision, and they really believe in themselves. except for those nights when the hopelessness of their dreams creep up on them and they realize just how fruitless it all is. tend to be the depressed artist types.
the worthless types
THE NEVER-DO-NOTHINGS (#5d4f23)
most are pretty much content to live in mom and dad's basement until the parents die at which point they'll either get the house or be forced to live on the streets. others have independence, but they're stuck at a dead-end job with no vision for the future. some of them like it that way. some of them hate themselves for being that way. none of them are doing anything about it. they're all considered pretty low on the social scale either way.
THE DIRTY ASS HOBOS (#5d4f23)
they smell AWFUL and they're pretty much the bane of everyone's existance, we know. they gather around dumpsters for the chance of a good meal and they ask for money and they have signs that say things like I NEED DOG FOOD FOR MY DOG PLZ HELP and you either feel really, really, really bad for them or you are so disgusted by them that you walk away from them angry. the hobos will either bring out the best or the worst in you-- and maybe that's what makes them so unwanted.
the majority of the population
THE AVERAGE JOES (617c98)
they're living their lives in the city as best they can. they have jobs, families, friends, and loved ones. they don't stand out very much because they don't identify themselves by being extraordinary or by being exceptionally worthless. the average joes might have dreams to get out and do bigger things and have their name remembered, but something's holding them back, and they've come to accept it. they're happy, really, with their average joe sort of lifestyle. they have everything they really need-- but what about the things that they want?
THE RETIREES (617c98)
for whatever reason, these folks are retired. some moved to st. anthony's isle to get to a luxurious world unlike any offered elsewhere-- somewhere nice for their retirement. they plan to live out the rest of their lives here. others are veterans who are still on the edge of their seats at all times. some just lucked out and managed to retire early. no matter what, these folks prefer to live on the edge of things-- away from the crazy inner-workings of the city. they're good company if you like hearing the same four stories over and over again or have a soft spot in your heart for people who smell like cheese.
THE SMELLY HIPSTERS (617c98)
they wear strange combinations of things and don't shave their bodyhair and are really proud of the places they shop at and the music they listen to and the clothes in their closet and the concerts they've been to in the last eighteen months and the drugs they've dabbled in over the years. hipsters are a competitive subculture: they want to be the most smelly, the most hairy, the most underground of all of their friends-- and they'll talk about themselves non-stop. they can be really, really nice, though. you just have to get around the pretention here.
THE GOD SQUAD (617c98)
note, they might not all be christians, but they are all very fiercely devoted to their god or, alternatively, their religion. some of them will want to spread the word to all the corners of the earth. some are here for missionary trips, to bring the gospel to st. anthony's isle. for others, it's a very intra-personal experience. they shave their heads or cover their heads completely and you see them walking through the streets completely blind to how strange other people think they look. why should they care about what other people think? they walk in grace. most of these people have the unique ability to irritate people the minute they open their mouths, but whether or not they choose to use this dark power divides members of the god squad.
THE STARVING ARTISTS (617c98)
they live and die for their art. they SUFFER for their art. their art is their EVERYTHING. they want people to hang their paintings and their photographs in galleries and ooh and aah over them for days and days and days. they want to show that they are so artistically talented that everything that has ever come and gone or will come and go is IRRELEVANT. the problem being that not all of these artist types are very good. hell, we'd argue that all of them are really, really bad. but once in a blue moon you'll find a disgustingly talented one amongst the sixteen-different-angles-of-a-coke-bottle-to-show-my-inner-woes types and wonder why s/he isn't in paris or london or wherever the hell it is artists go. but no, they're here, in st. anthony's isle-- where they're probably doomed to be the starving artist type for life despite their talent.
THE SMARTY FARTIES (617c98)
they're brilliant and they know it. they're going to rule the country some day, they're going to change the world and people will write about them in text books of the future. they're GOING PLACES. or, at least, that's what they tell themselves or are told by the people in their lives. but it's not as simple as that. brains won't get you everywhere, as most of the smarty farties will or have learned. after all, there is no bliss in a life which allows no ignorance. there are pains that smart people are uniquely qualified to know, and life gets darker the smarter you are. some of these are young, with all the idealism in the world. some of them are old and bitter with their intellect. the smarty farties span all ages and types and are seemingly doomed to a life of cynicism.
THE FREAKISHLY FREAKY (617c98)
these people are just WEIRD and you should never want ANYTHING to do with them because that is how WEIRD they are oh my GOSH how WEIRD can people get??? some of them are convinced that aliens exist and walk around with tin foil helmets. others are conspiracy theorists and will shake you down and try and convince you that it's "all a lie" the second you let them speak. others are just quiet as can be and will stare at you and you'll feel like it's gone right through you. whatever reason, these people give us all the heebeejeebees so they're typically avoided at all costs.
THE FAMILY FIGURES (617c98)
the families mean anything and everything to these people. they would give their family the heart in their chest and the skin off their back just for a chance at giving them happiness. these folks can and will talk about their family for days on end and will have pictures of their family members all over the place and will derive a strange happiness from their family and you will probably stand on the outside of it wondering if they're just exaggerating or if it's true that families like this really exist. sometimes they do. sometimes they are darker inside than you'd ever know.
THE OUTCASTS (617c98)
at some point in time, these people were cast off by the majority or they decided to cast themselves off. now they live very solitary lives. solitude is the defining attribute of these people. some of them are very happy, others very sad, some very bitter and hateful. but they're all alone. by choice? maybe, but not always. they don't click with other people or they don't want to click with other people and they will push away the people who try and get close to them. it can be difficult to say the least to get close wtih an outcast, but maybe it's worth it in the long run?
THE NOT-FROM-AROUND-HERES (617c98)
these are the non-americans of st. anthony's. some of them have exotic accents and cool fairy tales about places like "liverpool" (yeah right like that really exists) and they eat intersting foods and they have different words for things that americans use every day--- and others are from canada. the not-from-around-heres will go one of two ways: they'll fall in with a very exclusive crowd of people because they're exotically desirable and well-off or they'll fall into a less desirable position in the city and live their lives among the less glamorous citizens of st. anthony's isle who got tired of acting like the difference between "crisps" and "chips" was really a thing five years ago.
THE DWEEBING NERDS (617c98)
they lurk around the comic book shops and the basements in which they have their D&D meetings and they talk about the cultural effects of star wars verses the social significance of star trek and they know how to speak that crazy language from avatar and elvish from the lord of the rings and they are actually very impressive when you're not distracted by how socially awkward they are! they're an isolated bunch who find comfort in things most people find strange, but they tend to be good at finding their own kind.
THE INTERNET SOCIAL (617c98)
they live their lives in chatrooms and on social networking sites. they believe in meeting strangers and getting close to people they may never see in real life. going outside? what is that? they have a blog to run, okay? and a fandom to ship or a graphic to make-- these people are very busy with their internet lives. so uch so, sometimes, that everything else falls by the wayside. which is a shame, really, because st. anthony's isle is BEAUTIFUL. they'd know if only they would get off their laptops for a few hours.
THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS (617c98)
they've worked really hard to see their vision come to life and now here it is!!! some of them have actually inherited the family business, others are co-owners-- but the bottom line is this: they own their own business! whoo! but the world of small business is a frightening one and they're always going to have to be on the lookout for the business moguls and the politicians because you never know what's gonna come around and rip the rug out from under these guys. owning your own business is tricky, and though some of them are cut out for the job, others are going to find themselves seriously struggling.
THE QUIET LIFE ARTISTS (617c98)
they've got a little bit of success, and, though they love their art, they're sensible about it. they might sing or dance or cook on the side, but these guys have other things that are important in their lives. they know their own limitations-- or the limitations that the world has put on them. sensible and artistic, the quiet life artists are just looking for a little place of joy in a hustling and bustling world-- and, for the most part, they have it. there's always one or two who can't seem to get happy, but you know. on the whole life is good for quiet life artists.