It’s an early morning Monday Mashup today, since I’m going to be non-bloggy most of the day. This week’s source material is the Oscar-winning Silence of the Lambs. Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, what’s not to love? Other than the rumors about a prequel focusing on Lecter, of course.
I’m going to use Buffy for the RPG component. I’m also going to cheat a little and broaden the influence out to the entire Lecter/Starling series. The hook is fairly obvious; we’ll nudge the game into slightly darker territory. This Slayer survived high school and college and is now an FBI agent — reclusive, solitary, reluctant to trust. And why shouldn’t she be? People die around her.
The White Hats are her fellow agents. Maybe one’s a werewolf. There’s room for a techie, for a combat specialist — lots of possibilities. God knows what her Watcher thinks of all this, but he’s there too.
The Lecter figure is the initial Big Bad, unsurprisingly. But there’s a twist. He’s a vampire, sure, but he doesn’t do any of the vampire things. He’s evil in a very human way; he doesn’t do anything a human couldn’t do. And, in fact, as he plays hide and go seek with the Slayer, the clues he drops are references back to human killers — Manson, Bundy, and so on.
Season two is Silence of the Lambs, when the Watchers have ordered the Slayer to keep our Lecter-figure captured. He doesn’t seem to need blood, you see, and it’s worth studying that. He’s a prize. We now swing into the full-scale Lecter manipulation, with him helping our Slayer figure out who the current Big Bad is… and of course he’s a human. “I suppose there are some things worse than I, eh, Clarice?”